MSI Z87 mono can't install windows from USB

January 22, 2014 at 15:14:24
Specs: NONE YET, Intel i7 4770k / 8 gigs
Alright, I will admit that I am a noob with computers and this is the first one that I have built.

I built a brand new computer and I am trying to install windows 7 on it.

Now, the problem I am having is that I am unable to boot windows 7 which I have installed on a USB drive. The particular flash drive is a Sandisk Cruzer Glide if that makes a difference. My previous computer was a macbook, which I used to create the boot drive. I did this through bootcamp assistant and then all you do is select the .iso file and the program makes it for you. However, I am not sure that the drive is able to run on anything but mac since the program I used to create it was created by apple.

I set the USB to 1st boot priority. When I go to the menu and click the drive I want to boot from, I get a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left hand corner. Does anyone have any experience with this motherboard? What should I do?

The motherboard is a MSI Z87 G45

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#1
January 22, 2014 at 15:26:46
Is there some reason why you don't burn the ISO to a DVD & install Win7 the "normal" way?

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#2
January 22, 2014 at 15:33:19
I do not have any DVD's and I do not have enough sata cables to plug in both my hard drive and DVD drive.

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#3
January 22, 2014 at 15:55:55
You purchased a 4770K and a Z87 MB and you cannot do $4. for a SATA cable?
Second, You made a Windows 7 install 'disk' on a flash drive right? Do you have a legal Windows 7 key? Windows 7 is sold only on DVD's, retail and OEM disks, MS does not sell keys separately, nor do they sell Windows 7 as a download. Please explain further. You can download and burn a Linux distribution and you can usually get that free, but not Microsoft products.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
January 22, 2014 at 16:18:50
I don't have enough sata cables because I thought there would be more than there were with my power supply. I can get a free operating system through my college but the only way to get the free OS is to upgrade to it so therefore I have to have something pre installed. I put a normal windows 7 iso on a flash drive. I hope to install the 30 day trial of windows (30 days because I do not have a key) and as soon as I boot it up, go on the internet and upgrade to 8.1 as the free OS which I get through my college.

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#5
January 22, 2014 at 17:41:40
Why would you even want Windows 8? It's probably the worst OS Microsoft has ever created. I suggest you stick with Win7, it's going to be around a LOT longer. I also suggest you spend a couple of bucks & get a SATA cable for your DVD drive.

"I don't have enough sata cables because I thought there would be more than there were with my power supply"

If your power supply doesn't have enough SATA power connectors to go around, you should consider replacing the power supply. It'd be a shame to see the 4770K, Z87 board & 8GB RAM go up in smoke because you cheaped out on the PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#6
January 22, 2014 at 17:50:30
Haha, no, not sata power connectors, the other cables that go directly to the motherboard. I just wanted to have the latest OS since I can currently get it for free. I was gonna go with 8.1, not 8.

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#7
January 22, 2014 at 21:06:41
There is nothing wrong with Windows 8.1, but unless you have a touch monitor, Windows 7 is better.
Windows 7 OEM DVD is on sale for around $80. occasionally (I think Newegg's latest sale flyer was just yesterday) and I would recommend that for you and if you purchase the SATA cable at the same time, you qualify for the OEM Microsoft requirement.
A SATA signal cable is not expensive and easily available. Just buy one, you need it anyway (probably less than $5.).
I am not really sure that the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 will work without the key entered first, but you may try if you like.

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#8
January 23, 2014 at 12:18:46
Windows 8.1 is fine, it's only the interface that bugs people. If you want it to look more like Windows 7 (start menu etc) then get the Classic Shell freebie.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
January 23, 2014 at 16:56:35
"Windows 8.1 is fine, it's only the interface that bugs people"

Under the hood it may be a fine OS, but isn't the user interface the most important thing? The interface change is said to be what's fueling the biggest decline in PC sales in history.

http://www.extremetech.com/computin...

HP has begun offering Win7 PCs again to try to bolster sales:

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/...

I realize the Win8 interface can be "fixed" by installing Classic Shell, but the majority of computer users out there have no idea the program even exists. WinXP has been around for over 12 years & plenty of people are still using it. Win7 is the new XP. I suspect Win 8.0, 8.1, & the rumored 8.2 (if it ever happens) are going to have a very short life. Microsoft is already scurrying around trying to put together Windows 9 for release next year.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/forget-...

But getting back to the OP's problem, I recommend you splurge & buy a SATA cable, burn the ISO to a DVD, then install from the disk. If you insist on running Win8, you can do a clean install using the upgrade media.

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