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windows 8.1 upgrade assistant saying my processor is less than 1ghz

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November 16, 2013 8:10:01 AM

hi all

im looking to upgrade from windows 7 to 8.1 and when i download and run the upgrade assistant it says my processor is less than 1ghz speed, ive disabled speedstep in case that was causing a problem so its definitely running at more than 1ghz, any ideas on what i can do to upgrade? any help is greatly appreciated
November 16, 2013 8:15:28 AM

kiezz said:
hi all

im looking to upgrade from windows 7 to 8.1 and when i download and run the upgrade assistant it says my processor is less than 1ghz speed, ive disabled speedstep in case that was causing a problem so its definitely running at more than 1ghz, any ideas on what i can do to upgrade? any help is greatly appreciated


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November 16, 2013 8:34:45 AM
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@ USAFRet,

OP's specs are in the signature.

@ kiezz,

Try removing your overclock temporarily. Also make sure that if UAC is turned on in your Windows 7 install, that the upgrade assistant is run with administrative rights (right click the upgrade assistant executable and select Run As Administrator).

There is an outside chance that a BIOS flash may be needed as well, but don't do that yet until other possibilities are eliminated.
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November 16, 2013 9:11:27 AM

thanks for the reply ive tried removing the overclock and running on default and run as administrator but i get same error saying processor is less than 1ghz it also says
" ##ProcessorArchHardText## "
and " ##ProcessorVendorHardText## "
i don't mind flashing the bios if you think it will help
November 16, 2013 9:52:07 AM

The_Prophecy said:
@ USAFRet,

OP's specs are in the signature.

@ kiezz,

Try removing your overclock temporarily. Also make sure that if UAC is turned on in your Windows 7 install, that the upgrade assistant is run with administrative rights (right click the upgrade assistant executable and select Run As Administrator).

There is an outside chance that a BIOS flash may be needed as well, but don't do that yet until other possibilities are eliminated.


thanks a lot the bios flash worked great, your help is much appreciated
December 16, 2013 5:27:06 AM

Hey guys I know this thread is older but I am having the same issue with 8.1 not being able to install because it says I am not running a processor with 1ghz or higher even though I have a i7 4770k. I am new to BIOS flashing. How do I go about doing that with a Z87-Plus motherboard?
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