05-03-2016 11:27 PM
So I recently was trying to reinstall Windows 8.1 on my Ideapad Z585, and it will not boot to any USB drive or CD drive containing the Win8.1 install files.
(The original Windows install is gone, I had to wipe the drive using my main PC.)
I first tried creating a standard USB installation media using the official Win8.1 Installation Media Creation tool.
Created it on an 8gb USB drive, formatted in FAT32.
After selecting the USB to boot to on the laptop, it displays the Lenovo boot logo with the spinning circle of dots underneath for about 15 seconds, then a black screen.
Tried the same process, but with a RW DVD. Burned the image to the CD with Imgburn, completed and verified with no error.
I've tried resetting the BIOS settings to default, as well as changing it from UEFI to BIOS, and disabling secure boot, all to no avail.
I'd chalk it up to something in the laptop being faulty, but it does boot when I use a Ubuntu 16.04 install disc. Boots to the live CD perfectly fine.
So, is there something very specific I need to do to boot to a Win8.1 install media? Or, could it be another problem?
If need be (and if possible), I could most likely update the BIOS from within Linux, but I wanted to wait until I asked here to make sure.
Thank you for any help!
05-04-2016 12:09 PM
Thank you for the reply.
Rightyo, followed it step by step (noting that my BIOS does not have fast/ultra-fast boot, and that Rufus did not have a "Standard Windows installation checkbox).
My USB does not show up as a UEFI device in the boot menu, only as a USB Generic Storage Device.
Booting to it results in the same black screen as before.
05-04-2016 02:17 PM
05-04-2016 05:13 PM
NTFS did not change anything.
I ran the "everything" test with the USB bootable diagnostic software, and everything passed except for a few harddrive sections.
Smart short self-test
and Funnel seek test
All failed under the test.
Now, I'm pretty certain this disk has bad sectors (had had a problem with it before), but I worked around them and it worked perfectly fine before.
I'm also not sure why a HDD problem could cause it to only not boot a Windows install media.
Theoretically, would it boot to the media if I removed the laptop's HDD? (This is long past warranty, and I've dealt with hardware before)
05-04-2016 08:23 PM
Hi Jtpetch ,
Now that we isolated the harddrive as the point of failure, it may be during the format that bad sectors includes some system files.
Yes it would boot to a boot media . example would be running mini XP via external USB similar to rescue disc and your linux OS.
Hope this answered the query as to its failure to boot to the install media in the different ways you have tried.
05-06-2016 02:45 PM
I ended up removing the HDD from the laptop, connecting it to my desktop, formatting it, and writing zeroes to it. Seems to work perfectly fine now, and it booted to the media properly.
Thank you for your help
05-10-2016 07:46 AM
Hi Jtpetch ,
Nice to know all is working now .
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