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Installation of Windows / Linux on new HDD

By slnael ·
My friend recently gave me his old laptop that the HDD had crapped out on him. I purchased a 1TB internal hdd and installed it, then used my other computer, running dual boot windows 10 and linux mint, to live boot a usb to install windows 10 on the laptop. Whenever i go to install it, i always get errors that say something along the lines of missing files. One time it got stuck in a loop where it was mostly installed but had to connect to the internet to download more.

I have tried making a live boot windows 7, 8.1, 10, and even linux mint, the same way i did to make my dual boot, and it always says the same thing.

SPECS

Laptop
Asus S400CA
CPU - Intel Core i7 (3rd Gen) 3537U / 2 GHz
Max Turbo Speed - 3.1 GHz
Dual-Core
Cache - 4 MB
64-bit
6GB Ram
1TB HDD SEAGATE BARRACUDA upgraded from 500GB

I am trying to install onto USB then install on pc. PC doesnt have a CD drive.

I have tried 64bit versions of windows 7, 8.1, and 10, as well as linux mint cinnamon newest build.

I just want to get this laptop up and running for my wife to use. Please help.

** Update

When using Universal Uniboot Installer from pendrive i noticed that it was formating the usb in fat32 and the iso was over 4gb. I installed Windows 10 on the usb as ntfs with no errors.

Now formatting the hdd as ntfs then installing windows.

Will update further.
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by slnael In reply to Installation of Windows / ...

I have solved this! I don't know exactly how the way was different but here it goes.

Firstly, the USB size has always been a 16GB. When i was referencing 4GB before, i was meaning the max transfer at once of a FAT32 formatted device. It caps out at just over 4GB due to it being 32bit.

Secondly, i did some digging and it turns out that older generations and some laptop models had i7 in dual core. It is a rare occurance these days, but they did exist. This laptop is from 2012-2013 i cant remember the exact time. Like i posted above, my friend just gave it to me because it crapped out on him and he bought a new one. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Now on to the process.

I have tried the windows media creation tool before with no sucess. However, a post from another tech website suggested to go to https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-clean-install-windows-10-a.html . And follow the steps. Looking over that site i knew that i had previously been following those similar steps. I decided that i would try exactly what it said though, as i was getting pretty frustrated almost to the point of just bringing it to best buy and paying them to do it...

This time it made me use the media creation tool to put microsoft 10 on the usb. I had previously tried this with no luck. This time it did succeed, and the only thing i can think that was different this time was that the USB had been formatted in NTFS and not FAT32 prior to using the tool.

Next, when i plugged it into the laptop and installed it, i selected windows 10 home. It got to around 80 % and gave me the error, "Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure that all files required for installation are available and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070570". I restarted the installation and same error. So i tried again, but i selected Windows 10 Pro, instead of Home. This time it made it's way all the way through... and worked.

I don't know exactly why, but using the media creation tool, and selecting Windows 10 Pro from the installation setup menu made it work.

I hope this helps anyone further on. Thanks to all for the help, i greatly appreciate it!

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You'll have to help us out more here

by OH Smeg In reply to Installation of Windows / ...

For instance which version of Windows/Linux are you trying to install a 32 or 64 Bit Version?

What is the Brand and Model of the NB here?

What is the current configeration of the NB things like how much RAM the CPU Type and speed and anything else that is involved here. It is always possible that it simply doesn't support the stuff you are attempting to load onto it and you need a different version of either Windows or Linux.

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by slnael In reply to You'll have to help us ou ...

Sorry about that, here are the specs.

Laptop
Asus S400CA
CPU - Intel Core i7 (3rd Gen) 3537U / 2 GHz
Max Turbo Speed - 3.1 GHz
Dual-Core
Cache - 4 MB
64-bit
6GB Ram
1TB HDD SEAGATE BARRACUDA upgraded from 500GB

I am trying to install onto USB then install on pc. PC doesnt have a CD drive.

I have tried 64bit versions of windows 7, 8.1, and 10, as well as linux mint cinnamon newest build.

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OK then

by OH Smeg In reply to More Information

I'm a bit confussed an i7 can not be a Dual Core but none the less it should handle any OS you can throw at it.

It however may be limited to 32 Bit in BIOS so that is a place to look and make sure that the settings are correct. Could be something there that is wrong.

Also could be a RAM Issue here with the Module going bad or part being unreadable so a Memory Test is called for as well.

If you have a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD run that and run the MEM TEST to make sure that the RAM is OK. Also 4 GIG is small for todays OS's so if you can up it to something like 8 or bigger that will not hurt but whatever make sure that you have Matched RAM so you do not get timing issues between different Modules.

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As OH Smeg mentioned,

by wizard57m-cnet Moderator In reply to More Information

the 4 gb USB drive is too small, I would try for at least 16 gb. Next step would be to download the Win 10 ISO file from Microsoft, just in case you have a corrupt ISO, along with the Microsoft installation creation tool, use that to copy the ISO to the USB drive, not using Unetbootin. (Unetbootin is great for Linux, not so much for Windows) Once you let the install media creation tool from Microsoft do its thing, use the new USB thumb drive to install Windows 10 first, keeping in mind you want to reserve part of the new HDD for Linux, so partition accordingly. After Windows is installed, it will probably want to update, let it do that. Once that process is all done, you can go about installing Linux using whichever distro install ISO you choose. Just be sure and not use the same USB thumb drive you have your Win 10 install media on.

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