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Upgrading Vista to Win8.1


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#1 bit_by_bit

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 10:33 PM

I am attempting to replace a Windows Vista OS with a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro.  With the first boot device set to CD ROM, and the Windows 8.1 Pro DVD in the Optical Drive, I do a restart and hit enter to boot from DVD.  I keep getting "Error Code: 0xc00000e9" - I believe it may be a hard drive problem, but I don't know for sure.  The machine is a DELL Inspiron 530.  Please see the attached .txt file.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Posted 31 July 2018 - 08:15 AM

Does it give the same error when tapping F12 at boot and selecting your DVD drive?



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Posted 31 July 2018 - 08:30 AM

where did you get the install cd ?



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:45 PM

This thread certainly didn't get very far. Firstly, if the drive is literally "CD-ROM" then it literally does not support DVD. Secondly, I would be very surprised if Windows 8.1 can be made to work on Vista-era hardware. I know of one Vista user who had success with Windows 8 but not the 8.1 upgrade. Unfortunately, without 8.1, Windows 8 is an unsupported OS now. A clean install of Windows 7 is by far the most promising upgrade option for a Vista PC.



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Posted 08 August 2018 - 04:24 PM

As long as it's not the S Model with the weaker cpu I would love to see if it works myself!

https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_inspiron_desktop/inspiron-530_owner%27s%20manual_en-us.pdf

 

This would get more attention in the Windows 8 Section I think.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:52 AM

The boot sequence is properly set.  The Inspiron 530 is not the S model.  The install DVD was a sealed OEM disc that came with a new, but damaged PC that I purchased for parts.  I put the original Vista OEM install disc in the drive, and the installation initialized which I cancelled.  My next attempt will be a clean install of Win7, Home Premium 32-bit, which was the route suggested by the Microsoft Compatibility Scan and Abzyx.  Stay tuned.



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Posted 09 August 2018 - 12:01 PM

When I said: "I put the original Vista OEM install disc in the drive, and the installation initialized which I cancelled." ---FYI, I did not just put the disc in the drive, i also rebooted to initialize installation.



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Posted 09 August 2018 - 12:14 PM

Why don't you download Windows 8.1 from MS and make a DVD in case the one you have is defective?  That may work if you are set on Windows 8?  Sure it's a gamble, as it may be that Windows 8 will be difficult to boot from, just an idea.

 

I would install Linux on it, but that's me.  Windows 7 should run well on there also.


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