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06-13-2012, 12:08 AM

I'm trying to install windows 8 from bootable DVD into a new partition with 20GB vhd. Dual-booting it with windows XP, but its getting struct at "Devices getting ready 8%".

Have the same problem with me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

06-13-2012, 02:49 AM
I suppose this could be a problem with a corrupted download which then gave a corrupted installation. Installing into a separate partition does not require a VHD installation as there is an actual partition you are installing in. This is exactly how I installed Win 8 RP. Into a completely blank area of unallocated space. I followed the steps outlined here (http://www.forumswindows8.com/installation-setup/steps-install-win-8-rp-when-released-read-before-you-download-iso-file-6411.htm).

06-13-2012, 09:44 AM
I would think that just 20 gig would be a bit on the small side. Eh?

Maybe not just for the install, but for the apps you'd want to install later.

My own basic install of Win-8/RP/32 is taking up about 12 gig's of space on my laptop hard drive. It's a 100gig partition, so there's no problem with space.
A 64 bit install will take up even more space.

TM :cool:

06-13-2012, 10:01 AM
I, too, was just about to say the same... 20G seems a bit, too, smallish. Be wise to increase that; minimum 50 to 100, please.


06-13-2012, 10:10 AM
I just checked the Win-8/RP/32 install on my laptop.
With minimal installs, it's taking up 12 gigs of HD space. That will balloon out to beyond 20 gigs real quick when I start installing programs. So far I've only installed the "Classic Shell" and nothing else.

Good Luck,
TM :cool:

06-13-2012, 10:40 AM
I set my partition at 50 Gb. Right now I'm using just about 20 Gb. I have installed many, not all, of the apps I use on Win 7. I did do a complete install of Office 2010 (want to test Office along with Win 8 RP) When I find an app that does not seem to work I try different things, and eventually forget about it or get it working. I had a problem with my smart phone tethering app, PdaNet 3.5 with Win 8 CP. It initially hiccupped when I tried to install it here, but ultimately I got it installed and it works fine. Sorry I started drifting off topic, that what happens as we age a little less than gracefully.

I would also resize the Win 8 partition to at least 50 Gb. In a modern HD, this is not a large amount, but it will give you a good size to run your tests with the apps you need to use.

06-14-2012, 09:14 PM
Hey guys,
Thank you for suggestions. It seems that I have to resize my WINDOWS 8 partition if I want to run it.

06-14-2012, 09:51 PM
Ride on! You're welcome. Glad if we helped.


06-14-2012, 10:00 PM
My Windows 8 RP install is on an old 40GB WD drive (2004 model) that I had laying around. Out of that, only around 37.5GB was usable, & I created a 5GB Data partition. So my "C" partition is 31.9GB, yet I still have 13.4GB Free space. 18.5GB isn't bad (as far as disk space usage goes) for a 64 bit Windows 8 RP, loaded with programs.

But I left Office 2010 off of it, because I'm hoping for the next Beta soon, & I don't do things of importance anyway on the OS, so what's the point of having it there? I have 2 Windows 7 Pro x64 installs with Office 2010 Pro Plus installed, I go there for those things.

Still, like power management, disk space management with Windows 8 RP is excellent. Doesn't require as much as Win 7 & earlier OS's does. I feel that 50GB should suffice for most. Hope so, because I'm going to buy a small 60GB SSD to run Windows 8 on & leave 5GB for Data.


06-14-2012, 11:37 PM

My own Win8 x64, w/ Office 2010 Pro Plus & whatever else but, no other 'big' items, takes up about 30G (total).


06-15-2012, 01:49 AM
In my setup, I have many of my apps pointing toward my shared Data Partition on Win 8 RP. This is most likely the reason my Win 8 RP installation is smaller than Drew's. Since I am using my Win 8 RP OS as my prime OS during the testing period, I want to keep my data synced with Win 7. This way when I boot to Win 7 on my laptop I will see the same data as my Win 8 RP OS.

06-15-2012, 09:16 AM
One problem that develops, not usually on day one, but eventually, is that when Windows tries to defragment itself, it needs room to work. I've seen numbers like "15% Free Space required" for Defrag to run.

I can usually get that, on my customer's PC's, by just de-installing unused programs and cleaning out the Junk.

But I suspect, that in the OP's case, just HD space is not the entire problem. W8 should install on 20 gig's without any error messages. A ram problem or some other hardware incompatibility might be at fault. Even a bad sector on the HD could cause it.

I won't put a new OS on any hard drive, even a brand new one, till I've run it through a DOS format, because only that kind of format, will examine every sector on the HD and block out any sectors that are not reliable. Of course, I could always run "Spinrite 6" but that might take several days on a really big drive. :)
Every new HD has a certain number of bad sectors, but most formats like the NTFS format does not check every sector.
I suffer very few HD problems, because I always format them before I use them.

TM :cool: