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Can't Install Windows, Disk Read Error

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So been trying to install w8.1 on my parents pc running w7, but can't get it to boot from the bootable usb stick i created with that w7 usb tool which I've used dosens of times.
Always getting that "disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to restart" no matter what.
The usb is fine as it works flawlessly on another pc. Changing the sata mode from ide to ahci doesnt help and that was the only credible thing i could find on the net, so came here.

Any ideas?
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Is there a "boot from USB" option in the BIOS?
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Is there a "boot from USB" option in the BIOS?
Have changed the boot sequence a number of times, it just shoots out that error evey time if the hdd comes after usb.
Have installed windows for like 100 times, no idea why it's not working
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The error disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to restart indicates that the USB stick isn't even being found, not that it is found but the OS isn't.

Front USB port, or rear?
Front USB may need a driver installed that doesn't install until an OS loads.

There should be a setting somewhere in you BIOS to use "legacy" for USB. It's not for "old" USB sticks. It loads a USB driver during post instead of waiting for the OS to do so. Turn that on.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

The error disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to restart indicates that the USB stick isn't even being found, not that it is found but the OS isn't.

Front USB port, or rear?
Front USB may need a driver installed that doesn't install until an OS loads.

There should be a setting somewhere in you BIOS to use "legacy" for USB. It's not for "old" USB sticks. It loads a USB driver during post instead of waiting for the OS to do so. Turn that on.

tried both front and back panels as well as usb 2 and 3. Currently I don't have access to that PC anymore as I'm not home, but will give it a try next week, thank you, mate.
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That error happens when the USB drive is formatted NTFS instead of FAT32. It sounds like the USB drive partition isn't flagged as active. Instead of using the Windows USB install tool use DISKPART to do it manually. Hasn't failed me yet. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

There should be a setting somewhere in you BIOS to use "legacy" for USB. It's not for "old" USB sticks. It loads a USB driver during post instead of waiting for the OS to do so. Turn that on.

To expand on that, some BIOS/UEFI have a rapid or fast boot option that, if enabled, don't enable USB devices at all during boot. Look for those options as well and disable if necessary
Edited by bavarianblessed - 11/9/15 at 11:45am
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