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Note: I realise this is probably a very broad question but I don't really know what else to do. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about this stuff.

I have a fairly old PC running XP 32bit.

  • Intel Core 2 duo 2.60GHz
  • 2gb RAM
  • 700W PSU
  • nvidia quadro FX 3400 graphics card

Was planning to give this PC to my parents who are running a windows 95 fossil. Decided to wipe it and install Windows 8. Also wanted to upgrade it to 64bit since I want to do that to my current PC so wanted to make sure it would all work.

Ran a clean install from a dvd with 64bit windows 8 iso burned onto it. I at first ran into problems where it gave "unexpected errors during installation". Tried a few things to get around this (re-burning the disk etc.) and eventually found a fix on the internet which modified the setup file in the registry and changed its value from 1 to 3. To tell it that it was completed. This seemed slightly suspicious to me but I was out of ideas so tried it. And it worked. I got to the set up, choose your colour etc. Get through all that and it starts loading and then I get the BSOD page with the error: video_tdr_failure.

It sounds like hacking around with the registry isn't really helping install Windows 8. I have tried with a new iso from Microsoft burned onto a dvd and I still have the same problems eventually leading to the bsod. That seems to me like a driver issue. But since I never finish the installation I cant even log in in safe mode and install a driver or anything.

I did run the upgrade assistant before all this and it said the PC was suitable for upgrade to Windows 8. I'm sort of at a loss here. I have seen it suggested that booting from a usb may help but I don't have one available at the moment but when I do I will try that. However, that doesn't seem like it will really help ^^

Any ideas as to why "The Computer Restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error" during installation? Or if the PC just isn't up to scratch and no matter what I do BSOD will haunt any attempts to install windows 8? Thanks

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video_tdr_failure = GPU issue. Integrate this driver (nvidia.com/object/…) into the DVD (deploymentninja.com/3/post/2012/07/…) and test it again –  magicandre1981 Sep 1 '13 at 18:47

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