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youad
05-07-2012, 10:13 PM
Hi,

I have decided to install windows 8 on my windows 7. But I am facing a problem during setup. During setup when choosing to do a Custom install. After selecting the hard disk you would like to use and clicking next you receive the following exclamation across the bottom of the dialog.

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

Whats wrong? How can I fix it? Thanks.

Medico
05-08-2012, 01:43 AM
You have to create a partition ahead of time. The steps to take are as follows:

Step 1: Create an Image of your existing setup. If you do not know how to do this do not go to step 2.

Step 2: Have you finished step 1?

Step 3: Use a partitioning app (Win 7's own Disk Managment should work) to decrease the size of your Win 7 partition by about 50 GB. This will leave unallocated space of approx. 50 GB to install Win 8 CP into.

Step 4: Create another Image of the new Win 7 partition before continuing!

Step 5: Download the iso file from MS (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso).

Step 6: Burn the iso file to DVD using a slow burn (4X max) Win 7 has native burner. Right Click iso file and choose Burn Disk Image.

Step 7: Reboot to DVD and choose Custom Install

Step 8: Choose to install to the unallocated space you created in step 3.

Step 9: Create an Image of the entire HD consisting of both Win 7 and Win 8 CP in one Image file.

This will give you a dual boot system with the Win 8 CP Boot loader when you boot. If you do not like the Win 8 CP boot loader you can change this quite easily with EasyBCD (http://download.cnet.com/EasyBCD/3000-2094_4-10556865.html) or simply use msconfig to change the default OS back to Win 7.

This will leave your Win 7 virtually alone and give you a Win 8 CP to play with. Or you can use a separate spare HD and totally disconnect Win 7 while playing with Win 8 CP as many advocate. I have a laptop which makes this a little harder to do so I have chosen the dual boot scenario. This makes Imaging that much more important.

HyperUniverse
05-11-2012, 12:32 AM
No, no, no....

It's very simple.
I did it 3 times by now.
After you decide you want to get rid of your old operating system and install win8, do these steps....

During setup when choosing to do a Custom install. After selecting the hard disk you would like to use Do not click next. Click DISK options or something like that (it's not a button, just looks like some writings, but when you point to it, your cursor will let you know it can be clicked).

When you click disk options you'll get to a different page that lets you delete/create/format partitions, and then carry on with your install.

HyperUniverse
05-11-2012, 12:39 AM
oh, in case you want to keep your old operating system (like me)....

....I have about 15-20 hard drives laying around in my house.
I just install a new one in my old pc, connect sata cable and power, disconnect the power from the old HD, and installed win8.

When I want to work with my old OP I just remover the power connector from win8 hard drive and put the power on my old operating system.

It only takes me 3 minutes including shut down and power up again.
No messing with 2 operating systems on the same hard drive.
Hard drives are too cheap for such messing.

Medico
05-11-2012, 01:33 AM
The thing is it is a poor choice to get rid of your old OS. This is a beta OS. You should never replace an existing released OS with a beta OS for any reason. That's why I showed the steps to create a new partition to install Win 8 CP into. This will keep the existing OS, not replace it. People replacing their existing OS's are what are causing most of the problems we are seeing here.

TechnoMage
05-21-2012, 10:24 AM
I subscribe to HyperUniverse's method, to keep each OS on a separate hard drive, so the OS's never see one another and never futz with one another.

With a desktop computer it's VERY EASY!

Do something like this.....
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/Computer%20Stuff/ExternalHD.jpg

And you won't wind up doing something like this.....
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/Computer%20Stuff/avatar_5033-1.gif

OK?

TechnoMage :cool:

youad
05-21-2012, 10:13 PM
Thank you all! I should come here earlier. This forum looks professional! You are professional! :)

TechnoMage
05-22-2012, 05:21 AM
It's called "TESTING", right? So continuing with my own 'Testing' I did something a little different last night.

I took an old 80 gig Western Digital drive and wiped it clean. No partitions, NO format, Nothing!!!

Then I booted up the PC with my Windows 8/CP/32 DVD and started the install. I found that I had to use the "Custom" option and then I clicked on the *NEW icon so the installer knew to create partitions. It's the ONLY way that the installation would continue. When first I tried the Up-grade option, the install erred out (crashed) because there was nothing to upgrade, not even a partition to write to.

So I restarted the install and took the Custom option, then I clicked on the *NEW icon and the install went off without issue. It created two partitions, one for the OS and one little one for Whatever.

For the novice, this whole process was not very intuitive. But it's called TESTING, so I was testing all options.

After the install finished, I put the batch file "Show Desktop" in the Startup folder so the OS jumps to the Desktop on boot, sitting at the Metro screen for only ten seconds.

I then loaded all my desktop icons and tested the icon placement thing. Everything worked as planned.
Then I installed a new Theme and that caused all the icons to jump to the left side of the screen. So that solves that problem too. Changing the theme destroys the OS's ability to remember where you put your desktop icons.
If you just leave the Desktop with the blue background and the FISH, everything works just fine.
I hope that MS fixes that in the next version.
I seem to remember Windows 7 doing something like that, when a new theme is installed.
I don't have Win-7 here so I can't test that. Maybe someone else can. Eh?

I can't wait for the next version of Win-8. TESTING is so much fun! (if you do it right)

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage :cool:

Hawk
10-28-2012, 09:15 AM
It's called "TESTING", right? So continuing with my own 'Testing' I did something a little different last night.

I took an old 80 gig Western Digital drive and wiped it clean. No partitions, NO format, Nothing!!!

Then I booted up the PC with my Windows 8/CP/32 DVD and started the install. I found that I had to use the "Custom" option and then I clicked on the *NEW icon so the installer knew to create partitions. It's the ONLY way that the installation would continue. When first I tried the Up-grade option, the install erred out (crashed) because there was nothing to upgrade, not even a partition to write to.

So I restarted the install and took the Custom option, then I clicked on the *NEW icon and the install went off without issue. It created two partitions, one for the OS and one little one for Whatever.

For the novice, this whole process was not very intuitive. But it's called TESTING, so I was testing all options.

After the install finished, I put the batch file "Show Desktop" in the Startup folder so the OS jumps to the Desktop on boot, sitting at the Metro screen for only ten seconds.

I then loaded all my desktop icons and tested the icon placement thing. Everything worked as planned.
Then I installed a new Theme and that caused all the icons to jump to the left side of the screen. So that solves that problem too. Changing the theme destroys the OS's ability to remember where you put your desktop icons.
If you just leave the Desktop with the blue background and the FISH, everything works just fine.
I hope that MS fixes that in the next version.
I seem to remember Windows 7 doing something like that, when a new theme is installed.
I don't have Win-7 here so I can't test that. Maybe someone else can. Eh?

I can't wait for the next version of Win-8. TESTING is so much fun! (if you do it right)

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage :cool:

Hi I have tried all of the above suggestions and still nothing works I have 2 drives one a 400gb and the other a 200gb I have tried on both full drives, I have clicked extend and made a 50gb and a 150gb partition on the 200gb drive I have deleted them both and recreated the two partitions and clicked New on the unallocated partitions, tried formatting and I still get the "couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one"

EricHooooopark
11-01-2012, 11:56 PM
Symptom:

You try to install Windows 8 (CP), and encountered the following error:

"We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files."



Resolution:

Try to following methods:

1)Check if you have an SD Card in the system. If you do, you remove it and run setup again.

2) Once the setup fails to find the partition, just close the setup window (the top-right-hand side red X does the job).

From that point, you should be brought back at the initial setup screen.Choose "Repair" then go to the advanced tools and start the command line.

Start DISKPART.

Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).

Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.

Type CLEAN

Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

Type ACTIVE

Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

Type ASSIGN

Type EXIT twice (one to get out of DiskPart, the other to exit the command line tool)

Hawk
11-02-2012, 12:51 AM
The step by step instructions above are good but for those who have never used dos or the command window before this is more an installation for dummies like me lol.

You try to install Windows 8 (CP), and encountered the following error:

"We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files."

Resolution:

Try to following methods:

1)Check if you have an SD Card in the system. Unfortunately Win 8 is a bit tricky, it doesn't like having a second HDD in the PC nor does it like SD cards so disconnect all additional drives and remove any SD card's.

2) Once the setup fails to find the partition, just close the setup window (the top-right-hand side red X does the job).

From that point, you should be brought back at the initial setup screen.Choose "Repair" then go to the advanced tools and start the command line.

Type Start DISKPART.

Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).

Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.

Once u have selected the disk you have to type the selected disk in front of each command ie "DISK 0 CLEAN, DISK 0 CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY " etc.

Type CLEAN

Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

Type ACTIVE

Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

Type ASSIGN

Type EXIT twice ( U end up with two command boxes) one EXIT to get out of DiskPart, the other EXIT to get out of the command line tool)

Start the install again

When you get to the select drive again DON'T FORMAT HERE just click next and the instillation process will do it all for you.

If your using a HDD that has had an other OS installed before, when you look at the partitions on the drive you will see your main partition 200GB or what ever and a small partition 100MB, previous OS only allocate a 100MB partition for the small drive where as Win 8 needs 300MB, I tried deleting all partitions and re allocating the small partition as a larger drive but that didn't work either, so used the method above and it worked beautifully.

If this is for a SSD, you can add the assignment in CREATE - like this:

Create partition primary align=1024

And the ASSIGN command is not really required.

Good luck

Medico
11-02-2012, 03:46 AM
Why are we discussing installing Win 8 CP when Win 8 Pro has been released for sale for a week now.

This thread is closed!