How To Restore 8.1 Without USB Boot Option

May 3, 2014


Win 8.1 USB Recovery Drive
Win 8.1 Full Install Retail 64 bit DVD
Legacy BIOS that does not offer USB in Boot Priority
Internal DVD
USB ports

Question: What would be a secure plan to be able to restore a new disk to a near-current state?

I'm thinking a second HDD and something like Acronis and bypass the MS backup tools. Or perhaps boot from the install DVD and use Macrium Reflect.

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I have had to system restore 3 or 4 times in the last week or so as Windows 8 refuses to boot after installing the latest updates discovered from the last couple of weeks (though some are from December 2012)

I have unchecked all the current updates and have decided against installing them as they seem to be preventing Windows from booting.

Pattern - "Restart to install updates"

Restart locks on the start screen - Restart again and locks again (repeat this process 3x)

"Windows is automatically repairing..." - Fails

"Windows must restore settings to a previous time..." - Usually succeeds, sometimes fails.

Then I can get back into Windows.

As soon as I install these updates, I won't get back into Windows until I system restore since before the updates and my build won't remain stable unless I prevent Windows from installing these updates.What could be going on?

They are quite big updates (totalling ~740mb and have all been discovered in the last week or so though some date back to late last year)

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I also see Led's 2 and 3 lighting up, meaning according to the manual 'hardware ok but bios possibly damaged/corrupt'.

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Unrelated images not mine, but kinda looked like this: [URL] .....

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By the way, ignore my system specs. That's my desktop, I'm talking about a laptop.

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In elevated command prompt it shows me this

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
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description Windows Boot Manager

[Code] .....

The bold line means my system does not boot from efi... isn't it?

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Here: [URL] .....

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Intel says: <F7> No uefi setup option in boot selection
Others say: <F8> No uefi setup option in boot selection
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Laptop Information- HP 2000 Notebook PC

Well, yesterday night, everything was going good until I tried to download League Of Legends on my laptop. I was multi-tasking on facebook, youtube, and a whole other stuff while my laptop was downloading League Of Legends, and then the whole laptop frooze and then I panicked and pressed the power button a couple times. When the laptop booted back up, it was all black and nothing happened.

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Your PC needs to be repaired

The operating system couldn't be loaded because the system registry file is missing or contains errors.

File: Windowssystem32configsystem
Error code: 0xc000000f

You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media(like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer

Press Enter to try again
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Press ESC for UEFI Firmware Settings
Press F9 to use a different operating system

All these options won't work because it will just loop back to this screen that I just showed you.

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