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!