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Can't boot from DVD, or USB!!! Windows 8

by diffuse20 / November 30, 2012 11:00 AM PST

Gosh this is really starting to bug me!! I have been trying to solve this for a few hours now and got absolutely no where! So I want to do a clean install of Windows 8. I did all the necessary steps to get it on a bootable dvd and USB. That was the easy part. At first I tried booting by DVD, I went into the Bios and set the first priority boot to CD/DVD. After that and multiple restarts I get nothing! I went into F12 and it says to boot from Hard Drive. Okay so this isn't working out. I then proceed to copy the ISO Windows 8 to a USB drive. Okay done, that was easy, I then go into Bios again and don't see an option for USB FLASH directly, but see other USB boot options, such as USB DVD, USB FLOPPY, AND USB HARD DRIVE. I first select USB DVD, After multiple restarts nothing! Went to F12 (Boot options) and still nothing! I then choose USB HARD DRIVE, Same exact thing!!! So now I'm on my knees, and have given up!! I seek help from my community and I hope you guys can figure this out.

I just bought the computer 3 weeks ago, Its a brand new Aurora R4. I don't know if this is a hardware issue or not, doesn't seem like it. I tried booting from CD/DVD with the re-install OS AlienWare gave me and it read it perfectly. So if it picks up that it should work right? So I tried multiple Blank DVD's and even went out and bought some new ones! Still nothing!! ahhh, sorry this is really bugging me. Something so simple, but I am so lost.

Thanks for any help peeps!

Dave, Happy

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How did you burn the DVD?
by wpgwpg / November 30, 2012 11:54 AM PST

If I understand your post, you downloaded an ISO file, is that right? Then how did you burn it to the DVD? It sounds like you might not've used the right tool to do that. If you need a program that will do it right, you can download the free program, Imgburn from http://www.imgburn.com . Give it a try.

Good luck.

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hey
by diffuse20 / November 30, 2012 12:13 PM PST

What I did was purchase Windows 8 upgrade and saved it to a media rather than install it right there. I burned it using Windows 7 USB DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL. Before I used that tool I tried Active ISO burning software. Right now I have Windows 8 on a USB flash and DVD. I have tried both multiple time in multiple ways but, I get nothing, no recognition of it during boot at all.

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UEFI? Yup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 12:46 PM PST
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hmm
by diffuse20 / November 30, 2012 12:54 PM PST
In reply to: UEFI? Yup.

Thanks again Bob! So am I able to boot from USB with legacy? and when booting from USB flash drive, to I choose USB HARD DRIVE, USB FLOPPY, OR USB CD/DVD?

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and....
by diffuse20 / November 30, 2012 1:11 PM PST
In reply to: hmm

Also by changing to legacy will that screw with my computer?

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Sorry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 2:37 PM PST
In reply to: and....

I can't answer those with authority. If you check the open discussions you see what's going on. It's a PITA as the HDD doesn't show up.

UEFI might be the solution to folk that would prove how insecure a windows password was. I can't reset (for now) a Windows 8 password if the system is on UEFI.

This is going to really upset those that forget a password and for now, have to format the drive.

But no, it shouldn't. But I can't say it won't do something odd like erase a HDD.
Bob

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