Creating or downloading a Windows 8 32-bit boot disk.

I installed Windows 8 pro on an older machine.  It ran fine for a month or so, but I think the hard drive crashed and I'm unable to get the machine to boot.   I have a newer desktop with Windows 8 installed but it's the 64 bit version, while the other machine was 32 bit.  Is there a way to create (or download) a boot disk for my 32 bit machine?
 

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Last updated March 4, 2019 Views 2,835 Applies to:

Hi Bill,

 

 

Thank you for choosing Windows 8 and welcome to Microsoft Community Forums.

 


Based on the description provided, you are not able to boot to the desktop.

 

1. How did you install Windows 8 in your computer?
2. Are you getting any error message when you try to start the computer?
3. What is the make and model of the computer?
4. Have you made any changes to the computer prior to the issue?

 

 

Please reply with the required information and we will be happy to help you.


You can refer to the article mentioned below to know how to create a bootable USB for Windows 8.

 

How to create installation media for a PC refresh or reset


http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

 

You may try performing a check disk from Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).


a. Insert the installation DVD or USB and boot Windows 8 from it.
b. In the ‘Windows setup’ page select the ‘language to install’, ‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘keyboard or input method’ and click on ‘next’.
c. Click on ‘Repair your computer’ and select ‘Troubleshoot’.
d. Click on ‘Advanced options’ and click on command prompt.
e. Run the following command from the command prompt and press enter.
chkdsk /f /r X:( drive letter)
e. Press Y when you are prompted to check the disk the next time that the system restarts.
f. Restart the computer.


Important: When you run the check disk, there are chances of losing data so you can take a backup before running check disk.

 

For any further Windows related assistance, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help.

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1) I installed upgraded from Vista to Windows 8 by downloading the software and doing a clean install. 

2) The error I get is 'Disk boot failure.  Insert system disk and press enter.'

3) The computer is an HP Pavillion a6200n

4) No I had not made any recent changes.

 

Today I tried booting it using the Recovery Driver I created on my 64 bit system, because I realized that my old system was also a 64 bit system, even though it was running 32 bit windows 7.  It actually booted to the recovery drive.   I opted to allow windows to fix itself automatically.  After that ran briefly, it showed an error 'Your PC needs to be repaired'. 

 

When I booted previously, it gave me all the restore/repair options, but now, every time I reboot, it only goes to this screen and doesn't give me any options to select.  I'd be fine reinstalling windows, or restoring to an earlier time, but I don't get these options.

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OK, I recreated the recovery drive on the USB device and tried booting to that again.  Now it lets me back into all options, but none of the options work.  If I try to do a Reset, I get "unable to reset your pc.  A  required drive partition is missing".

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