Windows 8.1: Installation with Notes on UEFI and SecureBoot This guide is obsolete, please see the updated guide below: Windows 8.1 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...
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fabulous guide, my inheritted Studio 1537 is now compfortably running 8.1 :). My only add-on would be to remind novices such as my self to insert the Windows media before powering off for the first time.
Mr Yip you are truly a star.
I will be using this guide sometime this week as my new XPS 8700 desktop is now in a box at home. I plan to install 8.1 on the 256 GB SSD which will be installed in the computer's mSATA slot (as delivered, 8.1 is installed on an internal 1TB spinning hard disk). I plan to request the 8.1 resinstallation DVD from Dell later tonight. The computer and its media have literally never been used so I look forward to a streamlined installation process.
I'm a little wary of the whole process because, oddly enough, your writing here and elsewhere makes it seem so easy. Any additional hints for exactly what I am planning?
Thanks so much for your work and I will report back.
If you want to clean install download a Windows 8.1 .iso and make a bootable .iso opposed to requesting a DVD from Dell. The Reinstallation DVD may have issues with SecureBoot and UEFI. See here for details:
If you are satisfied with Factory settings you may alternatively use Dell Backup and Recovery, see these new tutorial videos I made yesterday:
I am having dell Inspiron N3010 laptop which was with win8 original and arch linux (dual boot). But due to some problem windows fail and I lost all data and windows Now I am installing Windows 8.1 on my LAPTOP (Custom installation ) but I get the following error message when the installation is on the "Installing updates" step of the installation:
"Setup cannot continue due to a corrupted installation file. Contact the vendor of your Windows installation disc or your system administrator for assistance."
Redownload the .iso and use a new USB Flash Drive.
Did that and not solved the problem…The usb Flash Drive gives only to may laptop (dell) this error "corrupted installation file". I have used the usb flash drive to install onto another laptop and installed win8.1 without any problem…The issue might be the hard drive?
Hello and thanks for your guide. I have a Inspiron one 2330 and the hard drive crashed. I purchased a new 1TB hard drive but not sure if it's either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installed on it. I have a Dell oem Windows 8.1 64 Bit DVD and was trying to install it but it's asking for a product key which I don't have. I have secure boot enabled and its still asking. Does this mean I should have a Dell Windows 8 DVD and not 8.1 in order to get past the product key. I really need help getting this fixed.
Microsoft made initial mistakes with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 installation media. Windows 8.1 media blocked Windows 8 keys and vice versa. This was amended with Windows 8.1 with Update 1 media which accepts both Windows 8 and 8.1 keys.
A UEFI BIOS with SecureBoot will reject a DVD so you need to make a bootable USB.
See here for details:
Absolutely amazing guide! Very detalied and well written, thank you so much, Philip, for your time and effort, it really saved my day! =D
Glad you found it helpful. 🙂