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Not able to install Windows 8 on SSD?

post #1 of 5
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Hello,
So a friend of mine bought a new pc, he bought a prebuilt Acer Predator, with a GTX 680 etc ..
Now, he still had an SSD laying around from his previous pc, so he connected it in his new Acer, tried to install windows 8 on it, but he was not able to ..
Whenever it was done loading it would go to a black screen, but the pc was still running though.
I said that he had to try and switch boot order to Windows boot manager, but that did not work,
So what could be the problem then?
post #2 of 5
The SSD might be partitioned as MBR and the UEFI/BIOS doesn't want to boot from it by default if it's a prebuilt machine that came with Windows 8. Switch the drive over to GPT partitions. Alternatively, see if there's an option to boot as "Legacy" mode in the UEFI/BIOS. "Legacy" is booting from an MBR drive, "UEFI" is booting from GPT.

If you want to switch the drive over to GPT and keep normal UEFI booting, you do this in Disk Management. In the lower half of the window with the graphical representation of partitions, right-click on the left on the drive itself where it says "Disk 0" etc. The right-click menu will have an entry "Convert to GPT disk" if it's MBR at the moment. That entry is grayed out and will be accessible after you delete all partitions on the drive, and you will be able to convert it to GPT.
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Originally Posted by deepor View Post

The SSD might be partitioned as MBR and the UEFI/BIOS doesn't want to boot from it by default if it's a prebuilt machine that came with Windows 8. Switch the drive over to GPT partitions. Alternatively, see if there's an option to boot as "Legacy" mode in the UEFI/BIOS. "Legacy" is booting from an MBR drive, "UEFI" is booting from GPT.

If you want to switch the drive over to GPT and keep normal UEFI booting, you do this in Disk Management. In the lower half of the window with the graphical representation of partitions, right-click on the left on the drive itself where it says "Disk 0" etc. The right-click menu will have an entry "Convert to GPT disk" if it's MBR at the moment. That entry is grayed out and will be accessible after you delete all partitions on the drive, and you will be able to convert it to GPT.
Okey.thanks alot ! And are there any other.causes that may cause that that you know off? Just to be sure .
post #4 of 5
Yes, the Windows installation program might have simply failed. biggrin.gif

In that case... in the past I was usually creating partitions myself if there were strange problems, but I don't know how that works nowadays. Windows seems to want to create a whole bunch of tiny partitions besides the normal "C:" and I don't know how to help the installation program manually with those.

There was also often a problem where the boot record was broken after installation. For that, boot with the Windows installation media and look at the three pictures on this page: http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-fix-windows-8-mbr-master-boot-record/
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Originally Posted by deepor View Post

Yes, the Windows installation program might have simply failed. biggrin.gif

In that case... in the past I was usually creating partitions myself if there were strange problems, but I don't know how that works nowadays. Windows seems to want to create a whole bunch of tiny partitions besides the normal "C:" and I don't know how to help the installation program manually with those.

There was also often a problem where the boot record was broken after installation. For that, boot with the Windows installation media and look at the three pictures on this page: http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-fix-windows-8-mbr-master-boot-record/
Oh okay, thanks alot!
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