I have a rather old but still capable and working HP notebook. It's an HP nc8430 with 4GB or RAM and I used to run Windows 8.1 on it without a problem. for the last N years.
The machine is old so I suspect it may have some HW problems and as I can't seem to be able to reinstall it. When I boot from DVD it shows up the Windows logo but then it stays on this screen for a few minutes until I get a blue screen (graphical not text which means that this error is not something completely unexpected) telling me:
There was a problem with a device connected to your PC.
An unexpected I/O error has occurred. Error code: 0x00000e9
This problem can happen when a removable storage device is removed while it's in use or is failing. Properly connecting any removable storage and restarting your PC may fix the problem.
Since the HDD I put in and want to use already has Vista on it and boots without any issues I suspect the disk is fine. I also tried removing it as Windows setup would kindly remind me later that there's not media to install OS on.
So I suspect it may be the DVD controller as I have a spare DVD drive and replaced it but the same thing happened. Therefore I conclude DVD drive is fine.
What other ways are there to install Windows on my machine
That's why I was thinking of these possibilities:
- Connect HDD to a second computer and create a smallest partition on it so that I could put on bootable Windows setup that I could boot to. During this setup I would then partition the disk and install on the same disk (but different partition). But is this possible, has anyone done it and how?
- I'm not sure whether I can create a bootable SD card and whether my notebook would be able to boot from it so that I could put Windows setup on it and install from there.
- Create a bootable USB HDD/Flash with Windows setup and install from there onto internal HDD.
I would prefer the first one if at all possible.
Is there anything else I can do to dismiss the error and install a fresh copy of Windows on my internal HDD?