Trying to Install Windows 8 on Compaq Presario 7120US

So I got nostalgic recently and pulled out my old Compaq Presario 7120US and decided to try to install Windows 8 on it.  For this test I tried using Windows 8 Enterprise 32-bit.  First I could not get it to boot from the Windows 8 DVD, but found it would boot from the Windows Vista DVD I had.  So I installed Windows Vista without a key and tried to install Windows 8 from inside Windows.  The setup started and it restarted the computer and gave me an error message.  Your PC needs to Restart.  Please Hold Down The Power Button.  Error Code: 0x000005D    Let me just say to install Windows 8 your processor has to support PAE, SSE2, and NX Bit.  The old first generation Pentium 4 in this machine supports PAE and SSE2 but not NX Bit.  I have not been able to find a way to install Windows 8 on this machine.  I have to say I was a little disappointed but this machine is 12 years old now.

I tried a work around I did on a tablet where you use the install file in the sources folder on the DVD and this did not work either just the same result.

If anyone does get it working however please explain what you did in the comments.  Also if you still have one of these machines I just have to say that’s awesome!

Fix for The Processor Is Not Supported by Windows 8

A friend of mine recently gave me a Ctl. 2Go PC tablet to install and test Windows 8 on.  This machine came with Windows 7 installed on it and Microsoft has said that if a machine can run Windows 7 then it should run Windows 8 and for the most part that is true.  So I grabbed my external DVD drive and went to work.  I ran into two problems however and the first was trying to run setup off of the DVD, try as I may I could not get that machine to boot off of the DVD.  It would attempt to do so but would get hung loading the Windows setup and then go to sleep.  So I rebooted back into Windows 7 and started setup from there and got this message.  The processor is not supported by Windows 8.  Wait, what??  It is a 1.83 GHz Intel Atom, this should be supported by Windows 8 and everything I read online said it was.

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Install Windows 8 on Intel DH55HC with AMD ATI Radeon HD 6750

I decided it was time to test Windows 8 on my desktop that I have built.  It is a home-built machine with an Intel DH55HC Motherboard with an Intel Core i5 661 running at 3.33Ghz, 4GB of Patriot ram and an AMD ATI Radeon HD 6750 Graphic card.  This was the fastest and easiest Windows 8 install I have done yet.  This also lets me play with Windows 8 on dual monitors and you can expect an article or video on that in the future.  For the test I did a clean install Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit, keeping nothing, but if you are coming from Windows 7 you could to an upgrade install keeping your settings, files, and installed programs.

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Install Windows 8 on Acer Aspire 5315-2826

I have to admit, the Acer Aspire 5315-2826 was one of the easiest Windows 8 installs I have done yet, and to top it off Windows 8 runs well on here.  This is another laptop that came with Windows Vista Home Basic but it is up to the upgrade.  For this test I did a clean install of Windows 8 Enterprise, keeping nothing, but you can do a migration keeping your files and settings but not your installed programs.

I booted from the DVD and installed Windows 8 and then ran Windows Update.  Keep running Windows Update till there are no more updates to install.  This installed the only missing driver which was for the graphic card.  After this, you will have a clean Device Manager and be ready to go.

Device Manager and System Properties on Acer Aspire 5315

Device Manager and System Properties on Acer Aspire 5315

This Acer Aspire is not such a bad performer for being a low model laptop.  The laptop does not support processor virtualization so you can not run Hyper-v 3.0.  I ran Passmark Performance Test which got a 248.9 however I was not able to run the Windows Experience Index, it would error out while testing the graphics.  To be fair the graphic chipset is very old so I will cut it some slack. If anyone can run the Windows Experience Index in Windows 8 on one of these machines please post the results in the comments.

This is not the fastest machine but it seems to run Windows 8 alright, I would suggest the upgrade to anyone looking to check out Windows 8.

Install Windows 8 on Dell Studio One 1909

The Dell Studio One 1909 is a great looking All in One computer and I have read that some are touch screen as well.  The one I am testing is sadly not a touch screen but I think Windows 8 would look great on this machine and well it’s my office PC so let’s try it.  For this install, I will be installing Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit.  I will be doing a clean install of Windows 8, keeping nothing, but you can do a migration from Windows Vista that will copy over your documents and settings but not your installed programs.

The install on this machine was fast and easy, I would say one of the fastest installs I have done yet.  I was up and running in a matter of minutes.  Once I could open the Device Manager there were two drivers missing.  A Coprocessor and an Unknown Device.  I ran Windows Update and there were still these two drivers missing.  It took a little research but I found them and how to install them.  The Unknown Device is actually the Touch Eject Button for the Optical Disc Drive, this button will light up in the lower right-hand corner of the screen when there is a disc in the drive, just hit it to eject the disc.

The second driver is for the Coprocessor and it was a little harder.  It is part of the Nvidia Chipset.  Download the zip file I linked to and save it to your computer.  Right click on the file and select Extract.  Then go to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click to bring up the Win-X menu (or by hitting the Windows Key and the X key at the same time) and select Device Manager.  You are going to want to right-click on the Coprocessor and select Update Driver Software, then select Browse My Computer For Driver Software and then select the folder you extracted and within that folder select Vista64 and then select SMU.  It should find and install the correct driver and you should be ready to go. After this, you will have a clean Device Manager.

Device Manager and System Properties in Windows 8 on Dell Studio One 1909

Device Manager and System Properties in Windows 8 on Dell Studio One 1909

The Dell Studio One 1909 performs very well with Windows 8 on here.  It is faster than Windows Vista was on this machine and it just flies.  I know I just did this as a test but I am considering leaving Windows 8 on my office PC now.  This machine does not support Hyper-V 3.0 as the processor does not support SLAT.  I ran PassMark Performance Test and the unit got a 747.1 and below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 8 Experience Index on Dell Studio One 1909

Windows 8 Experience Index on Dell Studio One 1909

I can not suggest this upgrade enough, it will work great and really wake up your Dell Studio One 1909, and if you are lucky enough to have a touch screen version then it is a no-brainer.  As always your mileage may vary as I can not test a touch screen one to see if the drivers are installed right away but if you have any issues drop me a line on the Contact page or leave a comment.

 

Install Windows 8 on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

HP has seemed to make a lot of these CQ60 Compaq Presario laptops and let’s face it with how low they were priced the sold well.  I have used two of them and the Presario CQ60-215DX is the older one.  It originally came with Windows Vista and never seemed very fast so how well will Windows 8 run on here, we will find out.

With all of my install Windows 8 articles I again am doing a clean install of Windows 8 saving nothing.  You can also choose to do a migration from Windows Vista that will copy over your settings and files but not the programs you have installed. For this install, I will be installing the 64-bit version of Windows 8 Enterprise.

The install went well but there was a driver missing after running Windows Update.  The driver is for a coprocessor and I found out it is part of the Nvidia chipset.  I tried installing drivers for this coprocessor but nothing I tried would get that driver installed.  So you have to unpack the drivers and install it through the device manager.  First, download the drivers from here, second right-click on the zip file and select Extract.  Then go to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click to bring up the Win-X menu (or by hitting the Windows Key and the X key at the same time) and select Device Manager.  You are going to want to right-click on the Coprocessor and select Update Driver Software, then select Browse My Computer For Driver Software and then select the folder you extracted. It should find and install the correct driver and you should be ready to go.

Clean Device Manager on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX, and System Properties in Windows 8

Clean Device Manager on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

Windows 8 performs well on the Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX and I do suggest the upgrade.   I think you will find that Windows 8 will run better than Windows Vista or 7 on this machine.  You will not be able to run Hyper-V 3.0 on this machine as the processor does not support SLAT.  I ran Passmark Performance Test and this machine with Windows 8 got a 454.3, also below you can see the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 8 Experience Index on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

Windows 8 Experience Index on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

I have so say again that Microsoft did a great job getting Windows 8 to run better on older hardware than its older versions.  If you still have one of these running and you are thinking of upgrading I would say go for it.

Install Windows 8 on Asus Eee Slate EP121 Tablet

The first time I saw my friends Asus Eee Slate EP121, I wanted to install Windows 8 on this tablet.  This 12.1-inch tablet seemed to be perfect for installing and testing Windows 8 and it is really easy to set up.  I installed Windows 8 Professional 64-bit on this machine very easily but there are a few things you should know as with almost every Windows install.

First, you are going to want to update the BIOS before you install Windows 8.  The updated BIOS will allow for the hotkeys to work properly and you can download that update from here for the current version. Please note that you need to do this before you upgrade to Windows 8, and to update the BIOS you are going to use the Asus Winflash utility installed on the tablet or you can download the Windows 7 version.  If you try to install the Winflash utility after you update you will get an error that is only meant for Asus products.

After you get the BIOS update installed you are ready to install Windows 8.  For me, I like to do clean installs which keep nothing and you get a fresh install of Windows, but you can do an upgrade from Windows 7 that will keep all your programs, files, and settings.  I connected and external optical disc drive to install Windows but you could also use the electronic installer if you bought it online.

After the install is done there are a few missing drivers, and you are going to want to connect the machine to Windows Update as it will download drivers from there.  Make sure to look at Optional Updates as there is an audio driver there that needs to be selected. Now even though there is a Bluetooth driver in Windows Update it is not the correct one, you will want to download the Bluetooth driver from Asus website.  After you install this you have a clean Device Manager.

Windows 8 System Properties and Device Manager on Asus EP121

Windows 8 System Properties and Device Manager on Asus EP121

Installing Windows 8 on the Asus Eee Slate EP121 is a no brainer it just makes this a great system to use.  This tablet is just as powerful as most laptops and I can not recommend this upgrade enough.  Asus has done a great job support Windows 8 on this tablet.  This tablet will also support Hyper-v 3.0.  I think my friend is going to be very happy with the upgrade.  You can see the Windows Experience Index below and the Passmark Performance Test this tablet gets a 686.2

Windows 8 Experience Index on Asus EP121

Windows 8 Experience Index on Asus EP121

If you have the Asus Eee Slate EP121 or are looking to buy a tablet you can install Windows 8 on I would highly suggest the upgrade.  It makes for a powerful tablet that can’t be beaten. Also, I will be using this machine to make a video on how to use Windows 8 on a touch device so stay tuned.  I also made a video using this tablet on how to use Windows 8 on a touchscreen device.  Check it out.