I am trying to install Windows 8.1 and I get the following error after first reboot during setup:

Windows setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware

I have the following specs:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2 GHz
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology GA-890GPA-UD3H Rev: 2101
  • BIOS: Award/Modular BIOS v6.00PG

Anybody know how I can get more information about this cryptic error? (any debug-verbose mode on Windows setup?)


2 Answers 2


Source: microsoft.com

Make sure you have enough RAM, and Hard Disk Space, and other HW requirements

Windows 8.1 If you want to run Windows 8.1 on your PC, here's what it takes:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver


The answer in my case was to unplug all other hard disk drives. Specifically i had extra internals and externals hard disk drives pluged in on my initial attempt to install windows 8.1

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