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Windows 8 (and 7) UEFI Install

I got my new laptop. A Dell Precision M6700 with 256 GB SSD and two 750 GB spindle drives in raid 0

However, it shipped without the SSD, and of course that is the drive that I want to install windows on. If you try to install Windows 7/8 on this machine using UEFI from a USB drive you will get an error:

“Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error: 0x80300024.”

USB installer tool doesn't work with it, so something needs to be done.

What you need:
4 GB (minimum) USB DriveWindows 8 installation ISOVirtual Clone Drive (ISO mounter) or another way of retrieving files from an ISO image Let's pretend that my ISO is mounted under drive letter F: and my USB is X: Open a command prompt as administratorFormat the USB drive using FAT32format X: /Q /FS:FAT32Make the USB drive bootablebootsect /nt60 X:Copy all the files from the ISO to the USB drive (this will take awhile)xcopy F:\* I:\* /EAt this point, you should be able to boot the USB drive in UEFI mode and select the USB…