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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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'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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What method computer manufacturers use to install Windows?

They automate Windows installation using scripts or do they simply restore different disk images for each hardware model? I've heard the second approach is not possible since some software that the ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Install windows 7 from internal HDD

I have 2 partitions on my hdd With WORKING windows XP. Empty, simple data storage. Morver I have Win7 iso image. Is there any option to install windows 7 from internal hdd, just by copying files ...
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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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How to install Windows7 on Hitachi HTS545050a7e380 harddrive?

I have a Samsung NP530U3B with a Hitachi HTS545050a7e380 Harddrive. In the Bios it shows as one drive Hitachi hts545050a7e380 When I try to install Windows 7 it show 2 drives in the setup Drive 0 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...