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grendal
02-11-2014, 01:44 PM
Ok, my mother has an old xp computer...That she originally had windows 2000 on and upgraded 13 years ago. She went out an got windows 8 dvd only to find out the dvd drive doesn't work and now she don't have the money to fix the dvd drive. So I made an iso with my windows 8 computer and put it on a usb drive. When I try to boot I get a mbr 3 error. I've changed the boot for usb first in the bios and it will not boot to do a clean install....What am I doing wrong? Does anyone have anything that will help me get this to work. I've been at it for 3 days and I am so frustrated I am ready to beat it with a hammer.

Yes It is a bootable usb drive. Any help be greatly appreciated!

bassfisher6522
02-11-2014, 02:05 PM
What utility did you use to create the the ISO on the thumb drive? You just can't copy/paste the ISO to the thumb drive. Try using Rufus (http://rufus.akeo.ie/) to create the ISO on the thumb drive.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9uKlrrIRbg

grendal
02-11-2014, 03:58 PM
yumi, I'll try rufus, it's currently doing it's thing.

badrobot
02-11-2014, 04:53 PM
Did you check if your mom's computer can run WIn 8? you may be wasting your time.

grendal
02-11-2014, 04:56 PM
I did it says that it is compatible.

bassfisher6522
02-11-2014, 05:28 PM
Did you check if your mom's computer can run WIn 8? you may be wasting your time.

Good point badrobot....

badrobot is right...when installing windows 8 it'll run the compatible advisor.....keep in mind just because it's compatible doesn't necessarily mean it will work. If your are going from XP to 8, I'll doubt you'll find any compatible drivers other than the ones that the OS has. The biggest thing is to update/flash the BIOS. Flashing the BIOS in XP is some what of a daunting task...but it can be done. It's also recommended to max out the RAM...

There are instances of successfully going from XP to 8 but a lot of horror stories as well.....here are the system requirements for windows 8



System requirements - Microsoft Windows (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/system-requirements)

grendal
02-11-2014, 06:26 PM
"The computer started using the windows installation media. Remove the installation media and restart your computer so that Windows starts normally. Then, insert the installation media and restart the upgrade. [Do not select | Custom [advanced]| to perform an upgrade." It does meet the requirements...the only thing I can think of is drivers are screwing up....or like you said time to flash the bios....

badrobot
02-11-2014, 06:46 PM
Even an upgrade from Win 8 to Win 8.1 is troublesome to a lot of users with drivers as being the main issue. With a pc that old, I highly doubt you can find an updated drivers that will work with Win 8 esp. if the hardware are not being manufactured anymore. You may successfully install win 8 but won't connect to internet or get the display driver to work. I personally had problems with network and display drivers upgrading my Win 8 pc to Win 8.1. It will be a long rough road. It's really hard to give recommendations with your situation.

I think you know what you are doing and you are doing it right. It is more of a hardware vs. software issues you are facing right now.

grendal
02-11-2014, 06:55 PM
Well I don't think drivers will really be a problem anything that is too old I can just upgrade...which is why it said it's compatible while it's old I been upgrading her computer for years. It was so old at one point xp was uninstallable. I had 7 on here at one point but she wanted it off it was too confusing.

badrobot
02-11-2014, 07:00 PM
Well I don't think drivers will really be a problem anything that is too old I can just upgrade...which is why it said it's compatible while it's old I been upgrading her computer for years. It was so old at one point xp was uninstallable. I had 7 on here at one point but she wanted it off it was too confusing.

Geez, if Win 7 is too confusing for her don't install Win 8. She'll freak out. :)

I hope someone else can help you here. Good luck.

grendal
02-11-2014, 07:02 PM
Geez, if Win 7 is too confusing for her don't install Win 8. She'll freak out. :)

I hope someone else can help you here. Good luck.

actually she understands 8 better then 7, cause 8 is more like her nokia lumia.

it seems to be installing but I had to go to advanced and select the system partition....

badrobot
02-11-2014, 07:10 PM
actually she understands 8 better then 7, cause 8 is more like her nokia lumia.

it seems to be installing but I had to go to advanced and select the system partition....

It's not the same. Trust me. If you have a touchscreen monitor, maybe. But no. it's not the same. Even some IT people are not liking 8.

System partition? Isn't the hard drive reformatted?

grendal
02-11-2014, 07:23 PM
not from what I can tell.

badrobot
02-11-2014, 07:37 PM
not from what I can tell.

I think it would be much simpler if you wipe out and reformat the hard drive before starting the installation process.

grendal
02-11-2014, 07:45 PM
probably but can't find my book on that...and I got bad luck so far...I've been at this for ages and everything that can go wrong has gone wrong....I swear they put gremlins in the software...hardware and the rest of the computer just to make more money...

bassfisher6522
02-12-2014, 05:30 AM
Geez, if Win 7 is too confusing for her don't install Win 8. She'll freak out.

ROFLMAO.....sorry but couldn't not contain myself.

grendal
02-12-2014, 11:21 AM
It is now installed, and works and updated....It is finally no longer an unholy frustration I have to deal with.....

bassfisher6522
02-12-2014, 01:47 PM
It is now installed, and works and updated....It is finally no longer an unholy frustration I have to deal with.....


Great news!

Now, if you don't mind can you post some screen shots of your disc management window?

grendal
02-12-2014, 02:07 PM
I don't have any and dropped it off to her today.

badrobot
02-12-2014, 02:16 PM
I don't have any and dropped it off to her today.

Congrats!

You should at least share what you did for everyone else to see.

Cheers!

grendal
02-12-2014, 03:02 PM
I will next time I have to fix it and she drops it off.