Need help installing Windows 8 Pro OEM

I just received a copy of Windows 8 Pro OEM to do a clean install.  But, the installation locks up around 4% during setup.  I then re-installed Windows 8 Preview Release and everything worked perfectly.  I don't understand why? Same laptop, Dell Inspiron 17R N7110.  Do I have a bad dvd of the oem?

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Nils

 

 

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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 533 Applies to:
Where did you get a copy of OEM?  AFAIK there has not been an OEM of win 8 in general circulation.  They are for mfrs only What serial are you using on it?

Those may be the reasons that you are having trouble.
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  1. Uninstall any security software before attempting to upgrade.
  2. Disable any encryption software you might have installed.
  3. Disable/uninstall disk utility software such as DVD/CD burning utilities or third party defragment programs such as Perfect Disk.
  4. Make sure your computer is updated (devices and applications).
  5. Disconnect any external devices before installing.
  6. Check your hard disk for any errors:
    - Click Start
    - Type: CMD
    - Right click CMD then click Run as administrator
    At the Command Prompt, type: chkdsk /r /f
    Exit the command prompt.
    When you restart your system, your computer will be scanned for errors and attempts will be made to correct them.
  7. Another thing you can do is disable Start items:
  8. Click Start
  • Type: MSCONFIG.
  • Hit Enter on your keyboard
  • On the General tab, click Selective Startup.
  • Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
  • Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.
  • Click OK.
  • When you are prompted, click Restart.
  • After the computer starts, check whether the problem is resolved.

Run the System File Checker utility.

SFC/Scannow checks your Windows installation for errors and corrects them. This will help with ensuring that a smooth upgrade occurs.

Click Start
Type: CMD, from the results, right click CMD
Click ‘Run as Administrator’
At the Command Prompt, type: sfc/scannow

This will check for any integrity violations

Restart your system

or

Use the product key and create a bootable .ISO file which you can burn to a blank DVD:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

When the "Install Windows 8" message appears, select "Install by creating media" to create a bootable USB flash drive or an .iso (a disk image) file.

Step 3: Wait for the Assistant to download the Windows 8 Pro installation package and create the bootable media or .iso file. The flash drive must be have 3GB or more of free space available.

Step 4: Burn the .iso file, if that's the path you chose, to a blank DVD.

Step 5: Use that USB drive or DVD to boot the PC.

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Where did you get a copy of OEM?  AFAIK there has not been an OEM of win 8 in general circulation.  They are for mfrs only What serial are you using on it?

Those may be the reasons that you are having trouble.


I bought on Amazon.com.  You can also get it from Newegg.com.

 

 

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Thanks for info, but none of it worked.  I'm an IT professional and have done far too many installations that I can count, since the dos days, yet I can't get this to install.  The product key install was a good idea, but it didn't accept my product key.  This is very frustrating.

 

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How much RAM do you have installed?

Try reducing the amount of RAM or try switching around memory modules and see if the installation routine completes.

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I  have 8 GB of ram.  I don't think that's the problem.

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Until this gets resolved, I can't recommend purchasing Windows 8.  If I'm having trouble, I can't imagine what the average user is going through.

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I also got mine from a web e-tailer. 

BTW:  What is the color of your DVD sleeve?  Mine's sky blue.

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so is mine

 

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I finally got it going, after numerous re-installs.  Don't ask how I fixed it, because I don't know.

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