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

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After low level formatting can Microsoft track previously pirated Windows installed on pc

I am getting call from Microsoft and they are forcing me to purchase so many licensed software but my budget is not that much. So they are asking for On-Site Audit (SAM Review). So I did low level ...
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windowsupdate troubles on windowsxp after april 2014, plus an explorer error message

I've spent the last couple of days trying to install windows xp from a cd onto my desktop. The installtion is successful, and I can activate windows, but cannot run windows update. The error I receive ...
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Windows 8.1 installation: Which drive is the F drive?

I am doing a clean install of Windows 8.1 on an old PC. It was purchased as download from Microsoft Store and written to and booted from a USB flash drive. It went through all of these steps: ...
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Is my recipe for installing a new Windows system drive reasonable?

I have had my PC since 2010 and am still running on the same Windows install. But now it's time to replace the old SSD with a bigger and faster one. In the process, I will get a fresh Windows install, ...
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Customize Windows Vista installation DVD from Windows 8.1

I know that there is a software called vLite that can help me do this, but it requires me to have Vista installed in order to run it. How can I customize an ISO image file of Windows Vista from a ...
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Downloaded Windows 7 32-bit has bootmgr.efi file missing

Recently I downloaded Windows 7 32-bit. However, I am unable to load it onto a USB drive by using the Windows 7 USB DVD download tool. It gives a message that the iso is not valid. I then found that ...
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Windows (7 or 8) does not detect SSD during installation, Linux does

Since a few days I'm trying to install Windows (tried 7 and 8) on a new SSD (Crucial M550). However, the disk is not listed in the target device selection, nor is it listet when using diskpart -> list ...
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What does “N new apps installed” message do in Windows 8.1?

Sometimes, probably after some programs installed, I get the following message in new super windows main menu: If I click this down arrow, then the useless list with numerous applications is ...
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Setting Primary Partition As Active

Guy's i'm wondering why i can't set the Partition that i want (Drive C) as the Primary Partition, When i right click the Drive C in disk management tool it won't give me an option to set it as Primary ...
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Prevent Power Users install or uninstall softwares in Windows 7

Does anyone know if it's possible to create a user account on windows 7 with custom installation/uninstallation permissions. We have an application that requires the user to be set to Power User / ...
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Dual booting Windows 7 & 8.1, using the Windows 8 Startup Options Menu, when Windows 8.1 is already installed and you want to add Windows 7

There are many excellent guides out there that explain how to dual-boot Windows 7 & 8. However, they are written for people starting with a Windows 7 installation and add a Windows 8 installation ...
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Windows 7 unattend.xml static IP-Address ist not set

I want to add a static IP-Address to my unattended Windows 7 Setup. To achieve this i added the following code to my unattend.xml: <Interfaces> <Interface wcm:action="add">...
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How to create Windows Server 2003/2008 installation disc

I have 2 HP Proliant DL 380 G5s that were given to me from a data center. The OS was wiped out of it before it was handed over to me. How would I create my own installation disk so that when the CD ...
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Fresh Windows 7 install without Windows DVD

I have two PCs. One with a purchased copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, and the second with an OEM of Windows 7 Home Premium (not Personnel). I have the Ultimate DVD, but can't find the Home Premium DVD. ...
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How to install RTM Windows 8 on a laptop with OEM Windows 8?

I would like to install a clean RTM version of Windows 8 on a HP laptop that came with OEM version of Windows 8 with all kinds of bloatware and trialware. However I would like to keep all the current ...
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Partitions on GPT disk are not in the recommended order?

I want to install a clean RTM Windows 8.0 on a laptop that came with OEM Windows 8.0 pre-installed. I have a working ISO image on DVD. The problem is that the setup program complains about "...
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Windows XP installation from USB giving “Cannot find EULA” error

I have an old Pavilion zv5200. A few years ago, the hard drive died, and I got rid of it. I also have an external HDD. I want to install Windows XP on it using the original CD for the laptop, and run ...
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Create bootable USB drive for Windows 8 clean install on UEFI

How do you burn a Windows 8.x ISO image to a USB drive such that it can be clean installed on a PC with UEFI enabled? I tried using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool, but the target PC didn't see ...
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Can I downgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 8.1 using Windows 8 DVD?

I upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 without taking a system Image before the upgrade. And I'm pretty unhappy with the upgrade as my PC continuously keeps crashing and keeps showing some lame ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro

I have recently decided to upgrade my laptop to an SSD. This has meant that I will need to reinstall Windows 8.1 Pro from scratch. I had first got Windows 8 from Dreamspark last year as an ISO ...
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Need to install Win7 on 8 identical computers

I am putting together 8 new computers for my dentist. All brand new with exact same hardware. These are generic machines I am assembling with Gigabyte motherboards and not name branded computers. ...
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Formatting a Windows 8 drive to install Windows 7 [duplicate]

I have problems with my Windows 8 due to compatibility issues with some of my applications. I need remove this Windows 8 and install Windows 7. How do I do this?
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How to install windows 8 without a keyboard?

I have a new VivoPC VM40B and usb mouse. Also I have windows 8.1 ISO. How to install windows 8 without a keyboard? I'll be glad to any advice.
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Any way to programmatically install vmWare Player or VirtualBox or any other free virtualization package on a client computer together with an image?

I want to write an installer to automatically install some kind of virtualization software on clients running Windows, and download and start an image. Is it doable?
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How to make advanced windows 8.1 installation disc (like Toshiba windows 8) [closed]

I want to make my advanced Windows installation image / disc for easy installation, like Toshiba does.
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Windows 7 fresh install won't boot without 2nd harddrive, missing boot partition?

I just tried to upgrade my wife's computer to an SSD for silence and speed. To do the install I physically added the new SSD to an empty SATA port and then used the Windows 7 install disk to put a ...
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Pre requisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

I am trying to install Windows Vista Service Pack 2. Currently, I have Service Pack 1 . Before installation, I disable to Antivirus program as suggested by Windows Vista Site. I have tried several ...
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Installing Windows 8 without the key

I have a Sony Vaio Pro laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 8. I wiped the disk and now I don’t have the original system left any more. For my misfortune, the laptop didn’t have a Windows ...
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Installing Windows on an external hard drive without interfering with bootloader

I want to install Windows on an external hard drive (connected via USB). Then I want to connect this drive to another computer via SATA. The problem is that when I did the same thing with Ubuntu I was ...
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I purchased a laptop with Windows 8 and I want to install it again after deleting it

I purchased a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8. I wiped the HDD and installed Linux on it. I have since got a job where I'm programming in C# so it would nice to be able to develop on my laptop at ...
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How to use an MSI installer property in condition message in WiX installer?

I want to use an MSI installer property in a condition message in a WiX installer. This MSI property is set by a C++ custom action. I can set and get the same MSI property and value before calling the ...
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Reinstalling windows from repair disk using 64 instead of 32

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad W510 running Windows 7 Ultimate. Before my warranty ran out, I sent it in to have some repairs done which included replacing my hard drive and reinstalling Windows. I had ...
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USB making tool for Windows detects flash drive as fixed, need to be seen as removable

I downloaded the Windows 8.1 ISO file but my laptop doesn't have an optical drive. The only choice is to install it from USB. I found a Windows 7 USB making tool (the some works for Windows 8 as I ...
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Medion PC excruciatingly slow and unresponsive after Win 7 x64 reinstallation

Probably this kind of question has been asked way too often, but as of yet I have not found a satisfying solution; please accept my apologies if I am wasting your time. Introduction As Windows gets ...
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Windows 7 install: “No drives were found”

I noticed this question is already on here but it does not address the specific circumstances I am in and thus the solutions there are not really helpful here. I have several hard drives connected to ...
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OEM Windows 8 install failure

I have a question which I cannot find any answers to anywhere on the web. I have a fairly new Gateway desktop computer that had Windows 8 pre-installed. I hated windows 8 so much that I clean ...
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Windows 8.1 installation - partitions

I downloaded and burnt windows 8.1 from MSDN, but during installation I noticed that when I formatted and deleted particular partitions they won't merge into one as in windows 7 installation (as far ...
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Install Windows XP on a PC without a CD drive

My computer's CD burner is broken, but I have a different computer on LAN, running Windows 7, that has a working one. Is it possible to send the installation files over my LAN? How would I do that? ...
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Installing windows server 2008 on SSD with GPT and EFI

I recently purchased a new Samsung 840 EVO with a few other components, to rebuild a machine that has been on the verge of extinction. With the SSD purchase, I also purchased a new motherboard from ...
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BIOS doesn't recognize USB

My Mom recently bought an ASUS VivoBook X202E laptop. I have a USB (bootable) with Windows 8.1 on it, which I'm trying to install on her laptop. When I go into the BIOS of the laptop to change the ...
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hard drive died, recovered data, bought new bare drive, no install/recover CD for Windows XP, how to proceed?

Is there some way I can copy the I386 folder to the new bare drive, and then copy the rest of my recovered data files?
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Installing Windows 8.1 upgrade gives the error 0x80070057

I'm running Windows 8 and attempting to install Windows 8.1 via the app store. I attempted this several times and each time I get a message that the install failed with error message 0x80070057. ...
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Reinstalling OEM Windows 7 Without Original Disc?

My grandfathers 2 year old Dell laptop recently suffered a hard drive failure. I purchased a replacement hard drive and installed it for him. Unfortunately no Windows disc was provided with the ...
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Visual Studio Express with Visual Studio Ultimate installation

Has anyone installed Visual C# Express 2010 in the same (Win 7 x64) machine which has Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 already installed ? Note: This needs to be done for educational purposes as the menus ...
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PC won't start Windows 7 Setup

We have a PC, which doesn't like Windows 7 installation media. Ever since the PC arrived 2 years ago, I get this error when booting from a Windows 7 installation disk or usb drive: The only ...
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Install win8.1 from win7

I'd like to install win 8.1 on a different hard drive along with my current win 7. Can I simply mount the win8.1 iso (daemon-tools) and install it from Windows 7, or do I have to burn a dvd first?
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updating from windows 8 to windows 8.1 give me error 0x101 0x2000c and driver irql not less or equal on clean install

i'm trying to update my hp dv6-6156sl running win 8 to win 8.1. When i try to update the os with all kept when it configures devices (around 55%) i get a bsod with driver irql not less or equal error ...
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Do I have to reinstall Mac OS in case something goes wrong during a Windows Boot Camp install?

I have a Macbook laptop running Snow Leopard, there's absolutely no information on the laptop, just a few unimportant files on it, I wanted to use Boot Camp Assistant (version 3) to create a partition ...
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Reinstall Acer OEM Windows 8, Windows 8 Recovery for Acer Aspire V5 122p [duplicate]

My Acer Aspire V5-122P-61456G50NSS, model - MS2377, has crashed all together. It came preloaded with Windows 8 and I upgraded to windows 8.1 3-4 days before crash. Unfortunately I did not make any ...
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Blank Blue Screen During Windows 8.1 Install?

I'm trying to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 on a home-built PC. Specs are here: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/t823x/build_complete_hush_1450_silent_gamingphotography/ The video card ...