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How to CLEAN Install Windows 8 directly from Hard drive – NO DVD or USB needed!

For example, you have a netbook or desktop that you want to install Windows 8 onto, but can’t use DVD or USB for whatever reason (or don't want to, like me). This method will allow you to boot and install Windows directly from the hard drive. This guide involves plugging the hard drive into another working computer, preparing the hard drive, placing it back in the system, and installing Windows as usual.

This was tested with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  The guide for Windows 7 is exactly the same.

Step 1: Part 1: Preparing the HD with Windows 8 setup files.

- Connect the hard drive to another working computer.
- Format the hard drive to NTFS (Quick format works fine; multiple partitions also work).
- Copy the following from your Windows 8 disc or ISO:

   -Boot
   -Sources
   -Bootmgr
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<p>This worked flawlessly even with windows 10!</p><p>I did get an access denied error when I ran the command \boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 but the weird part was that there was a success message followed by an access denied error. Regardless I tried going through and it worked.</p>
<p>B: is my drive - it is 400GB and it is a NTFS system. When executing &quot;B:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 B:&quot; it says:<br>Could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: Access is denied.</p>
<p>Hi. The same thing happened to me as well with the access denied. You have to run &quot;cmd&quot; as administrator. Go to your Windows search panel, type cmd, right-click on the cmd.exe and run as administrator. Type in the command X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X: replacing &quot;X&quot; with your drive letter as described in this article by StevenTyler and it should work. It worked for me. </p>
<p>you wont be able to put an operating system on drive a or b for historical reasons<br>remove the b partition, make an e or f partition or so, and then it should work</p>
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Sir i shrink a partition and created a 4 gb new partition , i put windows installation files into it , made that new partition active , installed windows from it successfully . Now i want to extend my partition to its original size. How to do that ? Mg new partition is showing (System, active and primary ). What to do ?<br>
I am SO close, when I do the last command though it tells me that either the directory name is invalid or that the system cannot find the path specified. The new HDD is F: and I have converted from GPT to MBR. I am also using CMD as admin so I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. Thank you so much for your tutorial, I haven't found another so clear and simple anywhere online!
<p>hey try to copy the files and folders listed before to the partition (or hdd) you formatted :) I did the same mistake</p>
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<p>i do everything and when type 'active' it says &quot;the active command can only be used on fixed mbr disks&quot;. help please</p>
<p>you have gpt hard drive</p>
<p>Run the command prompt as administrator and type in the following (X is the disk that applies to you):</p><p>diskpart</p><p>list disk</p><p>select disk X</p><p>clean (WARNING: THIS REMOVES ALL PARTITIONS AND FILES)</p><p>convert mbr</p><p>Now repeat from step 1 at the top of the page and you should be all good!</p>
<p>don't forget to create a new partition, format it and add a drive letter for it, like &quot;x&quot;, it was hard, but without RichardC6 i could not commet this :)<br>( btw, the installation failed for me, but the previous installation of windows recovered magically... 3 different hard drives: old windows - new failed install - and this setup created in the tutorial. Im an IT guy, but i have no clue how did this happened.. if u figure out plz inform me :D )<br><br>ps.: it was win10 prew not 8<br></p>

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