Can't Install Windows 10/7 on Inspiron 7520

RenzR_

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Hi everyone.

The PC in question is a Dell Inspiron 7520 with 1TB HDD and a smaller 32GB SDD for the OS, which came with windows 8 installed. I upgraded it to windows 10 when it came out, and years later I formatted the whole thing and installed ubuntu. Right now I need to install windows again, but I can't manage to: after several difficulties I managed to install ubuntu again on a small partition on the larger HDD, mainly to restore the grub since it seemed no bootloader was present. I believe I've tried all the combination of UEFi/Legacy Safe Boot On/Off possible, but nothing seems to work...

  • -I have tried to install windows 8 from its original CD, but that just doesn't load at all.
    -Tried to install windows 10 from a usb stick, which causes the system to get stuck indefinitely on a windows loading screen.
    -Also tried to install Windows 7 from a USB stick, this too didn't work:

    • -when trying to install it on the HDD alongisde linux, I get told the disk as a GPT partition table, and because of this it isn't suitable
      -when I try to install it on the small SSD (which would be my ideal choice) I just get the 0x80300024 error with no further explanation
Ideally I would like to install windows 10 on the 32Gb SSD: dual boot with ubuntu would be good, but I could easily do without it.

Any help is greatly appreciated,
thanks in advance.

Also Merry Christmas and happy new year :)
 

phaelax

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Win10 should install in GPT just fine, I don't know if Win8 can.

Here's a possible solution for you install error 0x80300024.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/all/windows-installation-error-0x80300024/08122516-13ea-4761-987d-4e80fe11a392

Are you installing Win10 from CD or usb? If USB, the device could be bad or possibly the image on it is bad. You can redownload the image from MS, which is what I did when the CD I bought didn't work right. (Oddly enough, the image from MS never asked for my key nor did I need to provide one installing from their image)

I've also seen weird issues installing Win10 if the harddrive had bad sectors. Win10 seems a lot more picky about the hardware.
 

phaelax

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Win10 should install in GPT just fine, I don't know if Win8 can.

Here's a possible solution for you install error 0x80300024.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/all/windows-installation-error-0x80300024/08122516-13ea-4761-987d-4e80fe11a392

Are you installing Win10 from CD or usb? If USB, the device could be bad or possibly the image on it is bad. You can redownload the image from MS, which is what I did when the CD I bought didn't work right. (Oddly enough, the image from MS never asked for my key nor did I need to provide one installing from their image)

I've also seen weird issues installing Win10 if the harddrive had bad sectors. Win10 seems a lot more picky about the hardware.
 

RenzR_

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I'd like to keep this as a last option, easy to break things once you open things up.


I am installing from usb, created with the MediaCreationTool1809 downloaded directly from the microsoft website. I'll try with a different usb drive just to be sure, hoping the laptop disks are not the problem.
 

RenzR_

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This appears to have been the cause of my problems. Used another usb drive, let the windows 10 tool do its thing, and it worked as it should have on the fist try. Thank you, cheers
 

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