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March 3, 2012 4:00:08 AM

Same as developr preview?
Lack of start button and inability to blay BF3 multiplayer have made me decide against it.
a b * Windows 8
March 3, 2012 5:46:39 AM

Seriously? A missing Start button, and the inability to play a brand new game in a beta version of a new operating system have you deciding against it?

I'm speechless...
March 3, 2012 6:12:04 AM

I hope you have original 'Windows.old' directory inside your primary drive C:

1) Get a boot-able USB for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
[To make a boot-able USB, first format your USB, and then copy the whole content of 'WindowsESD' directory (you would get that inside C: drive after installing windows 8 Consumer Preview) to your USB. Additionally, open C:\WindowsESD\boot\ in command prompt with admin rights and run command 'bootsect /nt60 g:' (without quotes) where 'g:' denotes your USB drive letter. Well, another way to make a bootable USB for Windows 8 is - use 'Windows 7 DVD/USB Download Tool but you must have an ISO image of your "Windows 8 Consumer Preview" installation before hand]]

2) Boot from that boot-able USB device (change your BIOS settings if necessary)

3) Let the setup load

4) Choose languages and click 'Next'

5) You would see a 'Repair your computer' button; click on that

6) Press SHIFT+F10. This would open an elevated command prompt

7) Now, run the following commands to move your existing Windows 8 installation:
[Ignore if you get 'no such file or directory exists' or something like that and go the next step]


- md win8
- move Windows win8\Windows
- move "Program Files" "win8\Program Files"
- move "Program Files (x86)" "win8\Program Files (x86)"
- move Users win8\Users
- attrib -h -s -r ProgramData
- move ProgramData win8\ProgramData
- move PerfLogs win8\PerfLogs
- rd "Documents and Settings"

8) Now, restore your previous Windows installation (for both 32bit and 64bit) with the following commands [Ignore if you get 'no such file or directory exists' or something like that and go the next step]

- move /y c:\Windows.old\Windows c:\
- move /y "c:\Windows.old\Program Files" c:\
- move /y "Windows.old\Program Files (x86)" c:\
- move /y Windows.old\Users c:\
- move /y Windows.old\ProgramData c:\
- move /y Windows.old\PerfLogs c:\
- move /y "c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings" c:\

** If your previous installation was WinXP SP3, run the following command additionally:
- g: (again, 'g:' denotes your USB drive letter)
- cd boot
- bootsect /nt52 c:


9) Now, reboot your computer and boot from your hard disk
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March 18, 2012 5:31:54 PM

not working for me, on the move side, what does /y represent?




-Unknown said:
I hope you have original 'Windows.old' directory inside your primary drive C:

1) Get a boot-able USB for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
[To make a boot-able USB, first format your USB, and then copy the whole content of 'WindowsESD' directory (you would get that inside C: drive after installing windows 8 Consumer Preview) to your USB. Additionally, open C:\WindowsESD\boot\ in command prompt with admin rights and run command 'bootsect /nt60 g:' (without quotes) where 'g:' denotes your USB drive letter. Well, another way to make a bootable USB for Windows 8 is - use 'Windows 7 DVD/USB Download Tool but you must have an ISO image of your "Windows 8 Consumer Preview" installation before hand]]

2) Boot from that boot-able USB device (change your BIOS settings if necessary)

3) Let the setup load

4) Choose languages and click 'Next'

5) You would see a 'Repair your computer' button; click on that

6) Press SHIFT+F10. This would open an elevated command prompt

7) Now, run the following commands to move your existing Windows 8 installation:
[Ignore if you get 'no such file or directory exists' or something like that and go the next step]


- md win8
- move Windows win8\Windows
- move "Program Files" "win8\Program Files"
- move "Program Files (x86)" "win8\Program Files (x86)"
- move Users win8\Users
- attrib -h -s -r ProgramData
- move ProgramData win8\ProgramData
- move PerfLogs win8\PerfLogs
- rd "Documents and Settings"

8) Now, restore your previous Windows installation (for both 32bit and 64bit) with the following commands [Ignore if you get 'no such file or directory exists' or something like that and go the next step]

- move /y c:\Windows.old\Windows c:\
- move /y "c:\Windows.old\Program Files" c:\
- move /y "Windows.old\Program Files (x86)" c:\
- move /y Windows.old\Users c:\
- move /y Windows.old\ProgramData c:\
- move /y Windows.old\PerfLogs c:\
- move /y "c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings" c:\

** If your previous installation was WinXP SP3, run the following command additionally:
- g: (again, 'g:' denotes your USB drive letter)
- cd boot
- bootsect /nt52 c:


9) Now, reboot your computer and boot from your hard disk

a b * Windows 8
March 18, 2012 5:46:51 PM

KonstantinDK said:
Same as developr preview?
Lack of start button and inability to blay BF3 multiplayer have made me decide against it.



What type of installation did you use?
Is it setup as a dual-boot system?
Did you do an "upgrade" installation?
March 18, 2012 6:00:14 PM

Well, I at the end I did full re install. But may be others can get help here.
March 18, 2012 6:06:17 PM

Put windows disk in. when asked what drive to install in, select your windows 8 drive and under options format it.
March 19, 2012 12:54:43 AM

Well, I at the end I did full re install. But may be others can get help here.
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