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Windows 8 Dev preview x64 doesn't detect my HDDs

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  • Just now i was about to install it, after modified BCD to boot from the ISO file. Everything when ok until the installation asked me for some "drivers" and there were no HDDs shown on the HDD selection screen.

    Weird thing is didn't show the license window and the type of installation i want to do, it when straight to the hdd selection screen.

    Don't know what the problem could be since it installed ok in a VM.


    Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:14 AM

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  • I guess that there are some technical issue in a way that EasyBCD will use ISO to install Windows. You could also visit EasyBCD website and report this issue, since they are developer , they could reproduce it and see the exact error and solve it. Convert ISO to MSI is the recommended way to install Windows 8. In Windows 7 you just need a DVD and you insert it and then burn ISO file to DVD and it will convert it to MSI and then to run Windows 7 along with Windows 8, you should have one free partition other than the Windows one. Then restart your PC and boot by DVD and then start install Windows 8, then during installtion chose the driver that is empty and it will run Windows 7 along with Windows 8.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:06 AM
  • Yes i realized it has to be some problem with easyBCD. I try to run a linux distro and the same error occurs. At some point it just doesn't find or detects the source of installation. This is what happened with 8, it was asking me for the source installation drive aka the USB/DVDROM containing the installation files.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:41 AM

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  • Could you please provide step by step ways that you done to boot from ISO, to be able to reproduce the problem or source that you been used. It is recommended to convert ISO file to MSI and install Windows , since it is pre-Beta some of booting from ISO files directly are unsupported

     

    Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:17 AM
  • Installed EasyBCD

    Add an entry new entry as Window 8 devp using external media (iso file)

    Restart PC

    Choose Windows 8 devp on boot screen menu

    After the installation has loaded, select language and region

    Click on install

    just after this last step i get the mentioned error.

     

    BTW how do i convert the iso to msi, and what are the pros and cons of that. I want to keep my 7 system working.

    Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:46 AM
  • I guess that there are some technical issue in a way that EasyBCD will use ISO to install Windows. You could also visit EasyBCD website and report this issue, since they are developer , they could reproduce it and see the exact error and solve it. Convert ISO to MSI is the recommended way to install Windows 8. In Windows 7 you just need a DVD and you insert it and then burn ISO file to DVD and it will convert it to MSI and then to run Windows 7 along with Windows 8, you should have one free partition other than the Windows one. Then restart your PC and boot by DVD and then start install Windows 8, then during installtion chose the driver that is empty and it will run Windows 7 along with Windows 8.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:06 AM
  • Yes i realized it has to be some problem with easyBCD. I try to run a linux distro and the same error occurs. At some point it just doesn't find or detects the source of installation. This is what happened with 8, it was asking me for the source installation drive aka the USB/DVDROM containing the installation files.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:41 AM
  • Hello jodr666,

    It may be a problem with the download itself. I suggest you download and recreate the ISO file.
    From the Building Windows 8 blog:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

    How to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview from an ISO image

    The Windows 8 Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.

    Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

    Let us know if this helps.


    Marilyn
    Sunday, October 23, 2011 7:45 PM
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