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I've installed Windows 8 successfully and activated it. Then for some reasons it crashed with blue screen (I guess because of wrong VGA driver installed)

Now I can't install the same OS from the same DVD! It states some installation files are corrupted. (When Expanding Windows Files)

I thought that there was a problem with that DVD, so I burned an iso to another disk. Same thing happened. Windows 8 installed the first time, but no chance with second time. (I really tried so many times)

Is Windows installable only once from a DVD?! I know it's a stupid question :)

PS I can't install my old Windows 7 any more and get the same error at installation. I have an Ubuntu 12.04 installed alongside Windows.

Can this be related to UEFI? How can I get rid of?


I tried both Hiren's hard disk check and badblock tool from Ubuntu. Everything is reported healthy in hard disk. But installation still has no success :|

Added some screenshots of Windows 8 and Windows 7 installation enter image description here enter image description here

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If you were getting this with Windows 7 it sounds like a pure drive problem. As to the reason you cannot install Windows 8 more information is required. – Ramhound Mar 29 '13 at 23:25
@Ramhound Yes, I think so. But can't fix the issue. Even can't find it! – sorush-r Mar 30 '13 at 9:54
Test your RAM for errors using memtest86+. Also, have you tried formatting your Windows partition from Linux before attempting the install (after backing up your data of course)? – Karan Mar 30 '13 at 10:23
@sorush-r This error in 90% of cases there is any problems with memory or with the memory controller. Try playing a game of tag memory module like putting two in the second and third slots. You can also install the system with one module of memory. But before that, test the memory. Karan rights. – STTR Mar 30 '13 at 11:13
@sorush-r Every Windows Installation creates a system reserved partition. When you choose a drive during the installation, the installation wizard should inform you that this partition will be created. – mnmnc Mar 30 '13 at 12:23

IIRC, I ran into this same error message when doing a test installation of Windows 7 to a computer that had two EFI System Partitions (ESPs) and/or that had a FAT16 ESP. To diagnose the problem, I recommend booting to Ubuntu and doing a sudo parted /dev/sda print operation in a terminal. This should produce output like the following:

$ sudo parted /dev/sda print
Model: ATA Hitachi HDP72505 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size   File system  Name                     Flags
 1      1049kB  200MB  199MB  fat32        EFI System               boot
 2      200MB   411MB  211MB  ext2         Gentoo /boot
 3      411MB   621MB  210MB  hfs+         Unused
 4      621MB   500GB  499GB               Linux LVM data (nessus)  lvm

That's from one of my computers, and it obviously lacks any Windows installation. It shows a FAT32 ESP, which is denoted by the boot flag. Look for either two partitions with boot flags or an ESP with a fat16 filesystem type.

If you have two ESPs, you can either consolidate them and delete one or temporarily remove the boot flag from the ESP you don't want Windows to use.

If you have a FAT16 ESP, I recommend converting it to FAT32. This will necessitate backing up the partition's contents, creating a fresh FAT32 filesystem on the partition, and restoring the data. You'll also need to change Ubuntu's /etc/fstab file to refer to the filesystem by its new "UUID" (really just a serial number).

If you need more help with any of these options, post back with more details, such as your parted output.

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Check the comments section above. The problem (bad RAM) has already been diagnosed and taken care of. – Karan Mar 31 '13 at 16:37

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