The process of installing the Windows operating system software onto a physical or virtual machine.

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Installing Windows 7/8 64-bit on GPT partition table without UEFI [duplicate]

I'll start by saying I tried everything I found. And still nothing worked. Preface I've converted my old MBR to GPT partition table. I actually thought I'll just have to reinstall GRUB2 and ...
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Intel VGA drivers not compatible?

I have just done a format to a PC, and I have installed Windows XP. However I have some problems with the screen (probably the refresh rate). When I move a window, it shows the window to move really ...
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Bugcode USB during windows 7 installation

I'm trying to install windows 7 with a DVD (the pc is a toshiba satelite a200). During the installation proccess a blue screen flashes and stops the installation. The blue screen inticates an USB ...
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How do I clean install Windows 8 without an Installation Disk?

Recently I bought a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition, which had Windows 8 pre-installed requiring me just to select the settings to use, such as language and time-zone, etc. The only disk that I ...
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\Boot\ BCD Status: 0xc000000f error

I am getting the following message whenever I start my laptop: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem 1. Insert your Windows ...
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Why Linux works but windows not?

I ran the command badblocks and it found 5 sector errors on my hard drive It is preventing my windows installation from completing. After loading all the files, it is showing a blue screen error. ...
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Laptop not booting to Windows 7

I installed a fresh Windows 7 overwriting Fedora 17. The installation was successful, but the laptop is not now booting. It's showing a black screen with a blinking cursor.
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Broken laptop screen in win7 installation [closed]

broken laptop screen in middle of win7 installation, will not boot straight to external monitor. How can I restore? Or install? Lenovo g560
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swapped hdd, formatted old, now Windows won't function (“preparing desktop” every login, “not genuine” wallpaper)

I swapped HDDs via system image, and I'd been running ok with the old HDD unplugged. Win7 and Win8 installed, Win7 my main os forever, Win 8 installed on my new HDD after the swap. Today I decided to ...
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Does Windows 8 installation create a 100-MB-Bitlocker partition on second HDD as Windows 7 did?

I upgraded my computer (Acer Aspire V3-771G) by adding a SSD. Now I want to make a clean install of Windows 8 on this new SSD. The HDD should be cleaned/formatted and later be used for a Linux OS ...
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how can I install windows from a hard-drive?

My laptop has not been working for the past few months so I decide to just format the C: partition and install a new operating system (windows 7) I could not access my desktop therefore I formatted ...
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Windows 8 - Do I need any installation CD(s) to reset my PC?

I want to format a used computer I just picked up at a yard sale. It has Windows 8 Pro with Media Center installed on it. When I was going through the options and setting it up, I noticed a screen ...
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How to install windows XP

I want to install windows XP on my computer but when I insert a windows CD into my PC according to the installation instructions I am told there is a error due to low disk space. What would I do to ...
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Windows 8.1 Clean Install vs Windows Update Benefits? [closed]

Is there any benefit to doing a clean install of Windows 8.1 versus doing the platform upgrade from windows update, such as better performance, etc?
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Fresh install of windows 8 does not recognize SSD

I am booting from a Windows 8 Pro DVD on a system I've had Linux running on for a while now. I'm trying to install Windows 8. The DVD boots fine, however when I get to the choose a destination ...
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OCZ vertex SSD not displaying during windows 7 installation

I disconnected my other drives, and when I bootup using the windows 7 DVD and after I select the language keyboard settings, there is a list of drives that I would choose to install windows 7 on. The ...
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What OS can I install on my second HD? [closed]

I have 1 computer with HD, unfortunately, I can't install OS on it by usb or CD. Also I have a second working PC. I've connect a Hard Disk to him. What Operation System I can install on this Hard Disk ...
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Cannot install Windows XP

I'm having trouble installing "Windows XP student edition" on my friend's computer. My friend gave me her old computer, it was riddled with viruses and ran extremely slow Even the keyboard's key ...
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Getting a laptop to a prepurchase state

I have been asked by a friend to wipe clean and reinstall Windows Vista on it. The laptop is a Sony Viao (if it matters). What I would like to do is slightly more than just a simple format as it ...
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How can I create a 64-bit Windows 7 USB installer in a 32-bit environment?

I have a 64-bit capable machine but accidentally installed a 32-bit version of Windows 7. I have the 64-bit ISO and/or extracted files but can't find a way to create a bootable USB because I can't ...
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Install Windows 7 in Sony Vaio without disturbing recovery partition

I have bought a new Sony Vaio SVE14A15FN. It has a lot of unwanted software pre-installed, which I might be hampering the speed of the laptop. I want to make a fresh installation of Windows 7 and then ...
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“No drives were found” during windows 7 Installation [duplicate]

I have XPS-15 L502 with 1TB HD I have ONLY ubuntu 12.04 installed. It runs just fine. No other OS is installed. While trying to re-install Windows 7 using the Recovery Disk Dell provides, it asks me ...
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Windows 8 Installation couldn't find drives

I am trying to install Windows on Ubuntu using a bootable Windows USB stick. Basically I want to multi boot with Ubuntu and Windows 8. However, on the "Where do you want to install Windows?" ...
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AutoUnattend.xml Windows 8 setup

I need a example of how to make an Autounattend.xml for the Windows 8 x64 Core ISO setup. I saw a example from MSDN but don't helped me in nothing, my unattended always fails (is not recognized by ...
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Installing windows to a new hard drive [duplicate]

Go easy on me - my first post here! I want to install windows on my new hard drive. I have the install files on my old hard drive, I purchased windows 7 online and have downloaded those files. I can ...
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Install Windows 7 Manually

My Windows 7 is in a black screen with cursor before login in all boot modes state. It says I have no restore points (when I actually do) and I have tried all recovery options. It happened after I ran ...
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Blue screen of death while installing Windows XP SP2

I am receiving an error while starting Windows XP on my ten year old computer (D845PEBT2) that says Windows cannot start because the following file is missing or corrupt: ...
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all partitions became dynamic due to startup repair utility

All my disk partitions including system reserved and c: have become dynamic, due to which I am unable to boot linux. I wish to make some primary partitions. Ubuntu cant help since pc wont boot it even ...
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distinguish between hard drives in Windows 7 installation

Usually I distinguish between two hard-drives in Windows installations by their size, however this time I have two equal-sized hard drives, how can I know exactly which one is which during Windows 7 ...
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How do I clean-install a new SSD with Windows 7 upgrade DVD

I'm adding some new fancy pieces to my computer from HP. I now have a legitimate copy of Windows 7 home premium that comes from an upgrade DVD from Windows Vista that was given me with the computer ...
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Setup custom recovery partition? [duplicate]

So My 12 year old brother is becoming an "I-know-everything" PC gamer. Hence he often jacks his computer up. Share-ware, Mal-ware, 8 million start up programs, you know the norm. I'm going to do a ...
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Want to uninstall Windows 8 and install Windows 7 Ultimate on a new Toshiba laptop. How? [duplicate]

I just purchased a Toshiba Laptop S855-068; I7-3630QM system with Windows 8. I would like to uninstall Windows 8 and install my licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. I am going to be running CATIA ...
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Windows XP installation fails because of bad key

My computer was wiped clean before I installed XP, but my key was bad. I bought Windows 7 (downloadable) but the computer keeps trying to run XP. But since the install failed, I'm stuck. I just ...
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Install Win 7 Pro in a different language

I just bought a new laptop that came with Windows 7 Pro 64bit in Italian. I'd like to have it in English, but language packs are an option available only with the Ultimate version. Can I install the ...
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Installing Windows 7 and Windows 8 in same partition

I have Windows 7 installed on my pc. In c:\ I want to install Wwindows 8 on the same drive as I have created the partition size as 350 Gb. I want to keep both Windows installations on the same ...
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How Do I Move Program Files From One Drive To Another?

I'm have a lot of programs already installed on my Windows XP machine, but now am facing lack of free space in my C:\ drive. I know normal copy wont work anymore. From searching Google, I saw ...
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Windows 7 OEM 64 bit installation [closed]

I am a new user to SU. Sorry if this has already been asked before. I did ask a user in a comment a while back. Anyway here goes : I assembled my own PC. I purchased the OEM version from the market ...
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Can I do a clean installation of Windows 8 without burning any DVD?

Now I have the ISO file but I don't want to burn it into DVD so I wonder if there is a way to install Windows 8 right from hard disk ? (do a clean installation from DOS not from any Windows system)
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Windows 7 installation needs device drivers

I'm doing a clean install of Windows 7 on a friend's computer (an ASUS A53SV). I am installing Home Premium 64-bit with integrated SP1 from a USB flash drive. The installation gets to a screen that ...
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Windows 7 fails to finalise installation, black screen but mouse works

I had Vista installed and have now tried to put Windows 7 on the machine. Setup completes but Windows fails to initialise. It goes to a black screen and then stays like that. Safe mode loads but then ...
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Installation stops with cmd.exe window on Laptop

I am installing W7 Ent on an LG R580. I am working with a valid ISO (installs perfect on other systems). During the installation, before the installation window, the process hangs, and I get a ...
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“No operating system” after installing new hard drive

I bought a laptop from eBay. The previous owner took the hard drive out, so I replaced it with a new hard drive. I installed the new hard drive, did a hard drive self test – it passed. I downloaded ...
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Can't boot windows 8 install from usb, thinks it's a hard drive. Now stuck on win8 logo

I have a usb flash drive I used to install windows 8 on this laptop. Now I wanna try it on my pc. In boot order there is no clear USB, there were only 3 options (tried them all) Hard, CD, Removable. I ...
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“hard-disk not found” windows XP installation

Installing windows XP Professional 64 bit on a virtual machine using VMware Workstation V9 When installing Windows XP by using the IMG file I have of the XP Installation disk mounted as a CD disk. ...
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Unallocated space isn't seen by Windows XP setup

I'm trying to install Windows XP on a TravelMate 7530 laptop. I used WinSetupFromUSB to make an bootable USB installation disk. The problem occurs when the installation is started. The step where ...
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Windows 7/8 installation fails on a SSD

Short story: I have recently purchased a SSD (Samsung 840 PRO, 512 Go) on which I wish to install Windows 8. However the installation fails to complete. It starts just fine (regional options, serial ...
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Install software in ISO files

I have just downloaded an ISO of the Windows 8 Operating System onto my PC that is currently running Windows 7. Instead of burning a DVD, how can I install Windows 8 directly? Also, it is very ...
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How to install Windows 7 using an external display?

I have a Sony Vaio VPCF115FM. Through a lot of research online, I've come to find out that this laptop has external video ports (VGA & HDMI) that only work once the operating system loads the ...
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Can I use an upgrade DVD to downgrade to Windows 7?

I have a DVD for upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 7 Pro; Can I use it to downgrade from Windows 8 (normal version)? EDIT: If it is not possible, is there any way to downgrade without having to pay ...
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Downgrading to windows 7 on a computer with no optical drive

I just got a brand new computer, which comes with windows 8 (not pro), but I use an application that can only run on Windows 7 pro; thus, the need to downgrade. I have a Windows 7 Pro DVD (designed ...