Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Friday, October 26, 2012

Because this is such a freaky situation, I felt compelled to come and actually post an item on this dusty old blog because I know I'm not the only person out there who tried to install it using the "normal" tools only to fail.

Here's the steps I had to take to install Windows 8 on an ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A with it's UEFI boot and GPT disk:

  1. Step 1: download Windows 8 and instead of doing the in-place upgrade, save the file as an .iso
  2. Step 2: mount the ISO using Virtual Clone Drive (or your favorite mounting tool)
  3. Step 3: insert a 4GB USB drive & format it to FAT32 this is a very important part, and this is why the Microsoft USB/DVD tool does not work, as that awesome tool formats the USB drive as NTFS.
  4. Step 4: copy all the files from the iso over to the flash drive, keeping the directory structure intact
  5. Step 5: reboot and hit ESC when you see the ASUS logo to bring up the boot menu
  6. Step 6: Look for and select the UEFI: Lexar yadda yadda yadda (your entry will vary based on the make of your USB drive) but the UEFI: part is critical
  7. Step 7: install windows 8 "normally"
this is quick & dirty just to get you installed, maybe one day I'll refine it and add screen shots... but probably not :)
Friday, October 26, 2012 1:16:14 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [2] | Microsoft | Windows#
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