I've hit that problem again where you get into setup, it sees the disk, but says "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information".
Now I know it will work with a DVD install, but I don't even have a DVD drive at my place.
Removing the USB installer, then clicking refresh at the "Where do you want to install Windows" screen changes the error to: "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1." Showing details results in Error 0x80300001.
I have the disk as primary boot device in the BIOS, I've tried cleaning the disk under diskpart (Shift F10), creating partitions, formatting partitions, rebooting after creating partitions and formatting partitions. Still doesn't want to play ball.
I really would like to know how to solve this without a DVD because this is 2012
change USB drive emulation to CDROM instead of HDD?
I had this problem a couple of weeks ago, the usb installed fine on my computer but wouldn't install to the hdd in the kids computer. I didn't bother trying to find a fix and just dusted off my portable dvd drive though.
The USB drive is too small to load a temp partition or the destination is too small - somehow I doubt that.
i had the same problem - i used gparted to clear the disk partitions and started again - success.
So I did end up caving and driving all around the country to get a DVD and drive.
Still unresolved which pisses me off. Tried all of the methods listed above, plus every google hit I could find for about 4 hours
limiting your options by excluding one of the most universally available and utilised formats - dvd - just because you say it's 2012 is foolish and stupid btw.
Have had this same problem before. Ended up being something dodgy with the ISO I used.
Redownloaded from MSDN - problem solved.