- Sep 19, 2020
I have a computer running Windows 8.1 that recently decided it would not load Windows 8.1 anymore. Currently, it will load the BIOS and then I get a blue screen with an error code. That is an issue for another time. I decided to take a clean, formatted hard drive and perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 from scratch. I formatted the new hard drive using another computer to reformat it. I downloaded the Microsoft ISO file from MSFT and burned it to a DVD as instructed. When I install the new HD in the computer and start it up I cannot seem to figure out how to get Windows 8.1 installed on the new HD. I have tried using F12 to get to the boot menu and I can and I ask it to boot CDROM rather than the HD, but it continues to load the HD because it tells me it cannot locate an OS on the HD. I also tried using the ISO file on a USB drive, but I get the same thing. I have been in the BIOS to check the boot priority and have switched it to CDROM as 1 and did the same when I tried to use the USB to boot and had it at 1 also, but no luck. I am kind of at a loss now as I have tried so many different ways to install that I am losing track. Any ideas would be appreciated.