I am trying to reinstall WIndows 8.1 on one of my HDD's. I have read that if I have the .iso file, which I do, then I can create a bootable Win8.1 install disk with a USB drive. I used the Windows 7 USB DVD download tool as recommended and formatted my 8GB USB drive and created the boot disk, only it won't boot. I shut down, remove the Windows 7 HDD and try to boot off the USB to reinstall 8.1 on the other HDD but once it gets past the Asus bios screen, it just goes to a flashing cursor and does nothing, which is exactly what happens when I try to boot off the Win8.1 install that is currently on the HDD. I have the USB drive as the #1 boot option but it doesn't seem to see it. What am I doing wrong? Why won't my machine see the bootable USB drive?
Bootable Windows 8.1 USB
Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:07 PM
Well I'm not sure. It's a 4 year old Asus G73 that originally ran Windows 7 64 bit. Does that tell us whether it's standard BIOS or UEFI?
Posted 06 April 2014 - 03:59 AM
it just goes to a flashing cursor and does nothing, which is exactly what happens when I try to boot off the Win8.1 install that is currently on the HDD.
Have you checked that the HDD itself is not defective - Is the HDD listed in the BIOS, it should look something like ST500LT012 for a Seagate or WD5000LPVX for Western Digital etc.
Having checked the notebook specs the 4 year old G73 range are not UEFI platform as opposed to standard BIOS so that is not the cause.
The USB device is set as the first boot device but is the target HDD set as the second boot device.
You could try a fresh download of the ISO but using Rufus instead of the Windows download tool, details here
Posted 20 April 2014 - 01:28 AM
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