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Windows 7: Problem installing OS from USB (BIOS problem?)

6 Days Ago   #1
SD60659

10 Home 64 Bit
 
 
Problem installing OS from USB (BIOS problem?)

Hi guys,

I'm trying to install W10 (I know there's a ten forum but I don't think this is specific to W10 so I'm asking here because you people are awesome) from USB on a custom built, but relatively old desktop. It's currently running XP. The BIOS doesn't recognize USB in the boot menu. However, if I go into the HDD menu to see the connected drives, the USB is present there. If I change it to set the USB stick to primary, rather than the desktops actual HDD and go back to the boot menu the USB drive appears and I can select it as the 1st boot device. It will then boot and the installation begins but fails, I think this is because when the USB stick is selected as primary it's ignoring the HDD - thus nowhere to install to. Bottom line being, I can't seem to get both the USB drive and the PC's HDD to appear in the boot menu at the same time.

I've tried selecting USB as primary, going to the boot menu, selecting USB as 1st boot device and then sneakily going back to the drive menu to re-select the HDD as primary, but then USB disappears as a bootable option.

I can't run the installer from within XP as the USB drive is not recognised, well it recognises it's plugged in (Found new hardware, Kingston Datatraveler) but won't install the driver. I'm assuming this is because the USB stick is 16GB and XP doesn't like flash drives of such capacity.

Do any of you fabulous forum members have any ideas how I can get around this?

I think this would happen even if I was trying to install 7 from USB which is why I've posted here.


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6 Days Ago   #2
Paul Black

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi SD60659,

I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. It turned out that although the USB did not show in the BIOS it was actually there, but the option was hidden. I found that there was a keystroke combination that was shown on the right hand side in the BIOS menu that when I executed this it unhide the USB. I then just rebooted and selected that as the boot device.

There maybe such a method for your Toshiba!.

I hope this helps!
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6 Days Ago   #3
SD60659

10 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks Paul, good info as always! It's not my Tosh that's giving me a headache, it's an old ish desktop I built years ago and gave to my mother. It's running XP and I've put off the upgrade for as long as I can but the time has come! Ill definitely have a look to see if there's some keystroke combo I can tap to get this resolved. It's an American Megatrends BIOS if that helps.
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6 Days Ago   #4
Paul Black

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks SD60659,

Seeing it's an older computer this information might help.
It mentions about BIOS-version/date: American Megatrends Inc.

Snippet from the below post:

Quote:
In your BIOS settings under boot there should be something that says boot priority or something similar if USB or CD option is not there see if there is an option to add a new boot option.
CD ROM and USB not found in BIOS

I hope this helps!
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3 Days Ago   #5
SD60659

10 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Finally got this to install, after much hassle and bewilderment. There was no keystroke combo and no option to add another boot device. Basically what I've done is disable fast boot and set the USB to HDD1 and try again. The install hung up on 5% so I lost my temper and reset it, tried again and it has succeeded this time. Can't get the Wi-Fi working but I've posted in ten forums about that. I always seem to get these weird problems!
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3 Days Ago   #6
Paul Black

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi SD60659, it is all a learning curve! I am glad that you have got it sorted.
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2 Days Ago   #7
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I hope all goes well with you regarding Windows 10. The potential problem I foresee is that Windows 10 is constantly evolving, constantly changing and getting newer; but your computer is not. Your computer has to be pretty old, since it was running XP. Hopefully it doesn't become obsolete soon.
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