Need help installing Windows 7/8.1 on my laptop

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Octoling, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Octoling

    Octoling Banned

    Dec 28, 2015
    United States
    Same place as [INSERT NAME HERE]
    Whenever I try to install Windows 7/8.1 on my desktop, it always says I am missing drivers (even though they just work fine) and ask me if I have them on a removable disc, I cannot proceed from there, I am on linux debian and this laptop originally came with Windows 8.1 installed
    If anyone could help me that would be great, thanks
  2. MarcusD

    MarcusD FE FF FF EA

    Oct 16, 2015
    an infinite loop
    If you can boot into Windows PE (preinstallation environment), you could probably flash install.wim from the setup disk/pendrive on the laptop's HDD with ImageX.

    If you want to dual-boot, you might need to do some trickery with EasyBCD (there are other ways, but I'm using EasyBCD), because you installed Linux first, so dumb Windows overwrites the MBR completely.

    Or if you want to wipe your Linux installation, you can just format the HDD from WinPE.

    If you want to keep Linux, you'll need a Linux liveCD (or pendrive) to partition your HDD. Otherwise backup your data, and you can format the HDD from WinPE.

    You can read more about ImageX on Micro$oft's website.

    Edit: you can use "diskmgmt.msc" instead of diskpart
    Last edited by MarcusD, Feb 29, 2016
  3. KashiToxicBlood

    KashiToxicBlood how2hakpls

    Jan 30, 2015
    United States
    same place as Huntereb
    install gentoo
  4. Dr.Hacknik

    Dr.Hacknik Maniac | Dev | Trap

    Mar 26, 2014
    United States
    my lewd corner
    Same as MarcuzD, im currently using Windows 10 x64 on my USB HDD, 1TB SSD (USB 3.0). It was rather easy, but running it on a USB 2.0 Port is horrible, so i got an Expansion card (USB 3.0).

    -The End

    Also, you can use NTLite to inject drivers into the WinPE WIM, and even convert Win10's install.esd to a .wim!