I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop currently running Windows Vista Home Premium. I have been trying to update to Windows 8, and as my computer does not have a DVD Burner, I have been attempting to use a bootable flash drive. To my knowledge, and based on what the internet says and trying this multiple times, I have concluded that the flash drive is being successfully created.
After I boot from the flash drive, it enters Windows 8 installation, and I go through choosing a Default language and starting the installation, at which point I receive a message stating that CD/DVD drivers are missing, and that I should find the necessary driver through a very helpful browse function they have. I have scoured my hard drive and have not found a driver that works. Based on the suggestions of the internet, I have concluded that I am somehow missing a driver for SATA/AHCI. I have tried booting it with AHCI turned off without any more success. Does anybody here know of where I might find the required driver to install Windows 8?
Are you getting the old "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing"?
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
Yes, it is in fact the "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing." Sorry, I should have copied that to here verbatim.
I presume you've tried a generic Intel SATA pre-OS driver?
This isn't really a disk drives problem, of course. And honestly, I'm not sure what I can suggest other than to continue searching.
To my knowledge you can't update from Vista to Windows 8. You would have to upgrade to Windows 7 and then upgrade to Windows 8. That's how its always been. Also note that since Vista its been typical for a clean install to complete in around 30 - to 40 minutes, however an upgrade generally takes anywhere between 2 1/2 hours to 4 1/2 hours.
Hope that helps.
See Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 8 (Step 6 preparing the SATA drivers and Step 8 loading the SATA driver):
Use these SATA drivers: