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Installing Windows 8.1 On Pre-Partitioned Hard Drive


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#1 Dynamata

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:27 AM

I partitioned my SSD using DISKPART on the Windows installation CD:

 

8_1_Partitions.png
 

How do I install Windows into the created partitions, without the OS overwriting them with new ones?  :unsure:

 

OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

HD: SAMSUNG SSD 850 PRO

MB: ASUS 885-PRO GAMER



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:50 AM

Is there some reason you wanted to pre-partition the disk instead of having Windows automatically create the partitions for you?. According to Microsoft the WinRE partition is at the end of the disk. The MSR is directly after the EFI partition. 

 

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/commercialize/manufacture/desktop/configure-uefigpt-based-hard-drive-partitions



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:35 AM

Is there some reason you wanted to pre-partition the disk instead of having Windows automatically create the partitions for you?. According to Microsoft the WinRE partition is at the end of the disk. The MSR is directly after the EFI partition. 

 

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/commercialize/mahttp://www.pwrusr.com/system-administration/best-windows-uefigpt-partitioning-scheme/comment-page-1#comment-9556nufacture/desktop/configure-uefigpt-based-hard-drive-partitions

I'm using the method described here:

 

http://www.pwrusr.com/system-administration/best-windows-uefigpt-partitioning-scheme/comment-page-1#comment-9556



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:57 AM

Thanks for the link. Interesting. I never did this partition scheme but I would think when you get to step 10 in the below guide you would select your 200GB partition to install. Bypass the steps show to delete partitions. I am not sure if the Windows install will populate your Windows RE partition or this is something you need to do manually which I have not experience doing. 

 

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-clean-install-windows-8-or-8-1-2626254

 

You may need to manually deploy the Windows RE image to the Windows RE partition. This is out of my experience level. Hopefully somebody on the forum can answer any questions on Windows RE.

 

https://www.winhelp.us/restore-windows-re.html

 

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=587


Edited by JohnC_21, 11 April 2017 - 10:19 AM.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:33 AM

Got this error message:

 

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style"  :unsure:



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:54 AM

That is strange. Your Motherboard is UEFI. Unless you changed the setting in UEFI to be Legacy  or CSM Boot the hard drive is required to GPT. Your install disk is 64bit correct? A 32 bit OS cannot boot from a GPT disk.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 11:06 AM

I changed all the BIOS settings to UEFI & it installed:

 

8_1_Installed.png

 

Now I get this boot error:

 

"The current input timing is not supported by the monitor display. Please change your input timing to 2048x1152@60hz or any other monitor listed timing as per the monitor specifications." Dell SP2309W

 

I've had this problem with 8.1 before, with Windows 10 I managed to get to the desktop before it crashed, maybe NVIDIA drivers. The monitor is 6 years old but in good working order.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:38 PM

I would say it's your drivers. Can you change the monitors settings using the menu button of the monitor. Possibly booting to safe mode will let you change your aspect ratio and refresh rate.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 09:40 PM

Maybe just dual boot--

 

https://www.google.com/#newwindow=1&q=dual+boot+windows+10


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:38 PM

I managed to get into windows using the information found here:

 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/windows-10-installation-and-the-current-input/c316d466-3199-423b-b3eb-c2f08407f692 

 

My edit:

 

Reboot computer into enable low resolution video mode. To do this particularly on windows 10, follow the steps below:
 
1. restart machine by holding down the shift key while restarting (sometimes it doesn't work, try a few
    times or press repeatedly) until you see the blue screen where you can choose "advanced repair
    option" click the button
2. click on troubleshoot
3. click on startup setting 
4. click on restart
5. press F3
6. right click and choose the right screen resolution. 
    finally, you are ready to go :)
 
Next day on logging in, Windows asked for a password which I couldn't supply. After many unsuccessful attempts at resetting the password, I decided to do system reset from the installation CD. Windows trashed the C partition then said it was unable to reset, when I try to install Windows it keeps trying & failing to auto repair.
 
I managed to delete the only folder that was left on C using a Linux live disk but can't see how to clear the data from the other partitions. Is there any way to clear the partition data without deleting the partitions?  :unsure:

Edited by Dynamata, 19 April 2017 - 02:40 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:17 PM

The problem with windows 10 8 is the hybrid shutdown which uses a hibernation file. This only allows linux to use read only on the partitions. Is that the problem you are having using the live linux disk? I can understand this being the problem on the Windows partition but not the others. 


Edited by JohnC_21, 19 April 2017 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:31 AM

Buy 8.1 Pro---

 

https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/Windows/categoryID.62684800


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 12:27 AM

Sorry for the delay in replying. After trying commands in Diskpart the partitions got deleted anyway, so I started again. The problem was a scratched DVD, I downloaded Windows 8.1 Pro & burned it to a USB stick using Rufus, it installed OK.

 

Thanks for all the help & comments.  B)






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