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

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Can I install the free Windows 7/8 -> 10 upgrade on a new empty drive?

With the new Windows 10 coming out soon as a free upgrade, I'd like to know if and how I can install the upgrade on a new HDD. I assume the files needed for Windows 10 are only for upgrading an ...
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How to run Windows 10 from an external hard drive? [duplicate]

I am currently able to boot from an external drive or multiboot USB. Taking this concept one step further, I have 3 questions: 1) Is it possible to install and run Windows 10 on a portable external ...
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Transferring a Windows 8 license and proper un- and reinstallation

Long story short I have two computers: a laptop and a desktop computer. Both have Windows 7 on them. I buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. To see if it screws up anything, I install it on my laptop as a ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask for additional drivers when installing from a USB 3.0 drive?

I just bought a new config ( ASUS p8z68-v lx, i5-2500k + ram and new graphic card ). Coming back and installing it in my old computer, I just saw that my DVD player was on IDE (yup…). So, I needed to ...
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Win8 downgrade - Windows 7 installation “Driver not found” [duplicate]

I have an Asus R500VD laptop which came with the preinstalled Windows 8. As actually this computer will be used by my grandmother (and she's only using win 7) I'd like to downgrade it. Thanks to ...
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How to reinstall Windows 10 on new hard disk

I've been using Windows 10 for a couple of month now (joined the Insider Preview). Now my hard drive started ticking so I've bought a new SSD and I want to move the windows installation to the new ...
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Windows installation: Couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one

I was trying to get a clean Windows installation on my hard drive, but am running into some issues. I get to the part where I need to select which hard drive I want to install Windows on. I have 2 ...
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Can't install Windows 7 on SSD drive

I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an OCZ SSD Agility 3 60GB, and the drive isn't recognized in the disk management utility of Windows instalation. I just bought an Intel Motherboard ...
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How to get windows 10 installation

I bough laptop with windows 8.1 pre-installed, and got OEM flash drive with windows 8.1 installation. Now I successfully upgraded to windows 10. But how could I install windows 10 on my laptop even ...
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Cannot download the Windows 10 ISO (x64) file

I'm trying to download the Windows 10 ISO (x64) file. It is 4 GBs, but it only lets me download 17.4 MBs, regardless of the browser! However, if I copy the download link to clipboard and paste it into ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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“The product key entered does not match any of the Windows image” [duplicate]

I have a HP with Windows 7 installed. I want to do a clean installation of Windows 8 from a bootable DVD. I purchased my Windows 8 32-bit core from the Microsoft store and I received my product key. ...
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How can an operating system be installed when the installation media is missing?

Often when trying to fix someone else's computer - especially consumer machines - the operating system will need to be reinstalled, but the owner will have lost or never created the installation or ...
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Windows External Harddisk drive letter after cloning boot partition to it [Installing Windows in External drive]

I cloned my windows 7 installation on c: to external hard drive. I applied usb patch using pwboot and i could successfully boot into windows. But My problem is even though i am booting in to external ...
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No discs found when trying to install Windows 8 with UEFI

I have a Vizio Notebook (CN15-A5). It came pre-installed with Windows 8 x64 and is taking advantage of UEFI out of the box. The BIOS (APTOS AMI) is in Secure Boot mode with the OS selected as "Windows ...
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Can you make a Windows 10 ISO with both Pro/Home and 32/64-bit flavors?

The Microsoft Download Windows 10 page hosts a tool which lets you download an ISO for Windows 10. This tool lets you select a version of Windows (Home, Pro, or N-versions) and then burn an ISO that ...
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Move Windows 7 to New Computer without original CDs

I have a used computer with Windows 7 installed on it. The product key is on a sticker on the bottom. The computer is dead, but the hard drive works. How can I transfer Windows 7 onto a new computer ...
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Windows XP INSTALL BSOD

Recently I got a virus on my computer that completely wiped the hdd. I am trying to install windows xp to this: DV7-636bus laptop from HP, and I get the following BSOD: A problem...............and ...
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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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How can I Install a fresh copy of Windows XP or windows 7 into USB flash [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP from USB pen drive Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick Can I run Windows XP from a USB flash drive? How can I Install a fresh ...
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How to setup Windows XP on Dell Latitude E6400?

I'm going to install Windows XP SP2 on my Latitude E6400 Dell Laptop. However, after I boot from cdrom the message appears: Windows is inspecting your hardware configuration Then the black ...
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Can I reinstall Windows 7 using a pirated cd, but real cd key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD? I need to reformat my computer, but I don't have my OS discs with me (I do have the cd keys, though). Can I ...
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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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Booting from USB with UEFI bios to install Windows 8.1

I have a Lenovo 11e Yoga laptop. I have installed a new, blank SSD in the system and now I want to reinstall Windows 8.1 (which is what the laptop came with). I created a bootable USB stick using ...
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Making a bootable windows 7 installation flashdrive from Fedora

My main rig had Windows go down and all I have is a blank flashdrive and a netbok with fedora running on it. I have the windows 7 iso ready to go. I tried unetbootin, but all I got was a blank boot ...
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Windows 7 Sub-Folders hidden in “Program Files” directory

I have Google searched for an hour now and I am confounded. I am using InnoSetup to install a .NET Winforms application that creates directories and folders on the fly. (I have set the folder options ...
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Install Windows 8 Upgrade to a new SSD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed I have a legit Windows 7 installed on my C:\ SSD drive. I have about 10 gigs left of 80 gigs total. So I ...
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Windows 8.1 RTM installation crashes

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 on my machine. After the first part of the installation is ready the installer reboots my PC, and when the installation continues, in the "Getting Devices Ready" ...
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Windows Installation and user profile path

I am just about to format my computer as I'm a frequent "clean type of person". The problems while installing Windows is that I always have to manually change location for my user files to d:/user ...
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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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$Windows.~WS folder in C:\ drive after Windows 10 Installation, Upgrade or Media Creation?

I have a hidden folder on my C:\ drive called $Windows.~WS that's 3 GB large after my Windows 10 upgrade. Disk clean and CCleaner even with system files removal didn't remove it, so I'm wondering if ...
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Installing Windows from a partition [duplicate]

Ok so I have left my USB pen in work and I want to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview onto my netbook. Can I setup a partition on my netbook, put the Windows installer files onto that and boot ...
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Windows 8 recovery partition on main hard drive

I've recently been having a lot of trouble with my current laptop which has caused me to reinstall my operating system several times, and I'm getting sick of always burning installation disks or ...
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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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Windows 10 install don't recognize SSD

I have a problem with a SSD (Crucial BX100) bought last week and Windows 10 install. When I try to install Windows 10, the installation software don't recognize my SSD, I have a same windows as this ...
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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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Installing Windows 8.1 I get “You cannot install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup”

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 RTM (from MSDN) ontop of a Windows 8 installation. When trying to run the upgrade from Windows 8 running Setup.exe either from ISO or from a USB stick I get: "You ...
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Dual booting windows 7/8 with a view to upgrade 7 later

I currently have Windows 7 (64 bit), and I'd like to try out Windows 8, but not commit just yet. Can I install windows 8 in a dual boot configuration so that I can dual boot 7 and 8? Assuming that'...
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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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Laptop keeps restarting after start installation windows 7

Yesterday I bought 8 GB RAM and SSD (Samsung 840 PRO) for my eMachines E732G. I installed RAM instead of my old RAM. Also I installed SSD instead of HDD, and I installed HDD instead of DVD-RW with ...
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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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Reinstalling a fresh Windows 8 on my new laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing a different edition of Windows 8 on an OEM system OK I have a new Dell (Inspiron 15R 5520) laptop that came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I'm really not a fan ...
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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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Rebuild laptop and specify Windows 8.1 should use small SSD

My question is whether it's possible to rebuild a laptop with a 32GB SSD and 500GB HDD with Windows 8.1 making use of the 32GB SSD in some way to improve performance. For example: I've read about ...
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Installation Error 0x80070570 while installing Windows 7

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on my computer and am continuously getting the error code 0x80070570 when installation gets to around 77%. I have tried using around 7 DVDs of the 64-bit version, all ...
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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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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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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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Windows Installer and Custom Images

If I understand correctly, the Windows 7 installer engine's Windows Imaging Format is partially designed to make it easy to do deployment to multiple computers using an image. I have a scenario where ...
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Problems installing Windows 7 OEM

I recently 'built' a computer by scrambling together parts from various PCs. Up until now, I've been running Ubuntu 14.04 on it, but now I decided to get Windows 7 aswell. The computer has three HDDs:...