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Questions tagged [windows-installation]

The process of installing the Windows operating system software onto a physical or virtual machine.

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How to reinstall Windows 10 on new hard disk

I've been using Windows 10 for a couple of month now (joined the Insider Preview). Now my hard drive started ticking so I've bought a new SSD and I want to move the windows installation to the new ...
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Can I install the free Windows 7/8 -> 10 upgrade on a new empty drive?

With the new Windows 10 coming out soon as a free upgrade, I'd like to know if and how I can install the upgrade on a new HDD. I assume the files needed for Windows 10 are only for upgrading an ...
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Win8 downgrade - Windows 7 installation “Driver not found” [duplicate]

I have an Asus R500VD laptop which came with the preinstalled Windows 8. As actually this computer will be used by my grandmother (and she's only using win 7) I'd like to downgrade it. Thanks to ...
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How to run Windows 10 from an external hard drive? [duplicate]

I am currently able to boot from an external drive or multiboot USB. Taking this concept one step further, I have 3 questions: 1) Is it possible to install and run Windows 10 on a portable external ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask for additional drivers when installing from a USB 3.0 drive?

I just bought a new config ( ASUS p8z68-v lx, i5-2500k + ram and new graphic card ). Coming back and installing it in my old computer, I just saw that my DVD player was on IDE (yup…). So, I needed to ...
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Transferring a Windows 8 license and proper un- and reinstallation

Long story short I have two computers: a laptop and a desktop computer. Both have Windows 7 on them. I buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. To see if it screws up anything, I install it on my laptop as a ...
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Windows installation: Couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one

I was trying to get a clean Windows installation on my hard drive, but am running into some issues. I get to the part where I need to select which hard drive I want to install Windows on. I have 2 ...
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Can't install Windows 7 on SSD drive

I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an OCZ SSD Agility 3 60GB, and the drive isn't recognized in the disk management utility of Windows instalation. I just bought an Intel Motherboard ...
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Cannot download the Windows 10 ISO (x64) file

I'm trying to download the Windows 10 ISO (x64) file. It is 4 GBs, but it only lets me download 17.4 MBs, regardless of the browser! However, if I copy the download link to clipboard and paste it into ...
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\Boot\ BCD Status: 0xc000000f error

I am getting the following message whenever I start my laptop: Windows Boot Manager Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:  &...
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How do I install Windows 10 installation on my Windows 8.1 OEM laptop?

I bought a laptop with windows 8.1 pre-installed, and got an OEM flash drive with windows 8.1 installation. Now I've successfully upgraded to Windows 10. How could I install windows 10 on my laptop ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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“The product key entered does not match any of the Windows image” [duplicate]

I have a HP with Windows 7 installed. I want to do a clean installation of Windows 8 from a bootable DVD. I purchased my Windows 8 32-bit core from the Microsoft store and I received my product key. ...
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Differences between various official Microsoft Windows .iso files

I want to make a bootable USB thumb drive to install Windows on my computer. I don't want to use my old DVD to create an image and then upgrade to SP1, so I decided to download an untouched .iso file ...
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How do I upgrade to Windows 10 if I have less than 8 GB free?

I have an ASUS X205TA with MS Windows 8.1. This has a 32 GB drive, but it also uses WIMBoot and has a recovery partition. I am unable to get more than 7.5 GB of free space. Microsoft offer a ...

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