Maintenance :: Windows 8 64bit Pro - System Repair Disc Fails To Boot

Feb 10, 2013

I have Windows 8 64 bit Pro Edition working fine using UEFI boot from a SSD disk. I've twice created a system repair disk on DVD but when I use boot override in the BIOS to boot from the DVD, I get the message "Non-system disk....

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When Secure Boot Fails - System Repair Broke Windows

Feb 8, 2013

I had a problem where I was running UEFI with secure boot disabled and dual booting with Linux Mint which is UEFI compliant. Mint had installed Grub, Mint's boot manager but I don't like Grub so i installed rEFInd. Unlike Grub rEFInd has support for UEFI and should have worked better as a boot manager. But it gave me problems too. So I had Grub and rEFInd both installed. I could boot to both Mint and Windows but the boot managers, both Grub or rEFInd, would not show at startup like they are supposed to.

I had to boot the PC, then hit Escape getting into my options menu built into the system, hit F9 to get a list of boot options where i could then choose to boot from hard drive, cd rom, usb etc. rEFInd was in this list. Only after choosing rEFInd from here, was I able to open rEFInd and choose Windows or Mint. This is way too many steps to boot into an OS, so i thought i'd try to use the system repair disk to repair my master boot record or the EFI data that the system uses at boot under UEFI. I forgot that i had to run some additional commands under command prompt and just ran automatic repair from Advanced instead.

At this time Windows had no trouble working at all with secure boot enabled if I really needed windows to use secure boot.

It said it found but could not fix the errors. Suddenly, Windows would not boot even with secure boot enabled. I reran the tool 3 times and it didn't work so i wiped the drive and reinstalled Windows from a clean state. I really did not have errors on the system to begin with accept that the system was trying to access my boot managers in an odd manner.. although i could get everything to work.

The automatic repair option should not have made things worse, even breaking my secure boot but it did.

My point of this is to show that the repair disk tools and how they play with the EFI boot tools is buggy and it can break your system even if there is nothing wrong with Windows and it's ability to boot under secure boot. Don't trust the Repair Disk tool folks. Don't trust UEFI. Don't trust Secure Boot. Be smart. Install a clean system under Legacy Bios mode with UEFI and secure boot disabled.

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How To Boot Windows 8 64 Bit From Repair Disc

Apr 8, 2013

My pc is a hp pavilion 64 bit desktop computer model # P6- 2220t it is 5 months old. It originally came with windows 7 then I upgraded to windows 8. I went ahead and used windows 8 to create an image of my hard disc and store it on a usb external hard drive I also made a repair disc.

Everything went well the pc backed up on scheduled and doing well in backing up. My big problem is this I tried to boot from the repair disc but it won't I looked at the bios but it is different from the type of bios that I am familiar.

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How To Create A System Repair Disc

Jun 27, 2013

I am trying to create a system repair disc, and I am getting the message: "do not have the files to create system repair disc". Why? How do I get those files. Never had a problem like this trying to create a system back up in the past. Running Windows 8.

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Setup Installation :: Backup Win 8.1 - Cannot Find Option To Repair Disc And System Image

Jun 28, 2013

How to Backup Windows 8.1 ? I can not find the option to repair disc and system image .

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Maintenance :: SFC Finds Errors But Fails To Repair?

May 25, 2014

I have run sfc /scannow on my system to find if there were any bad files. It comes up and says that it had found bad files and could not repair all of them. Ive run it three or four times in a row and always get the same result.

how I can get this to go all the way through?

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 System Image Fails

Apr 24, 2013

I'm attempting to follow the instructions here, to do a system image of my Dell Windows 8 machine:

Using Windows 8′s “hidden” backup to clone and recover your whole PC | Ars Technica

As I go through the wizard, I arrive at this screen:

I don't have the option to deselect any of these "drives". I proceed with the backup - it chugs along, and then consistently fails here:

"One of the critical volumes is not having enough free space." It doesn't tell me which - but, it's certainly not the OS drive, this is a virgin system.

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Maintenance :: Windows System Image Backup Fails

Mar 10, 2013

I'm having a problem with Windows System Image Backup just when I try to do a image backup it will say that it has failed and suggest to do a disk check. I've searched and some users say to use third party backup programs should I run the disk check first or just go with a different backup tool.

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Maintenance :: System Restore Fails

Apr 25, 2013

But I still cant restore to a chosen Restore Point.

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Maintenance :: Boot From External USB Hard Disc Bigger Than 137Gb

Mar 3, 2013

I have USB external hard disc 320Gb that I use to try Windows 8 since Developer Preview until the latest PreRelease. I boot from this USB HDD to keep internal HDD intact and protected with end point encryption.

It went very well until at some point suddenly I cannot boot from it anymore. All the file is in perfect condition when accessed from other system.

I try to recover with Recovery disc, but found nothing. I delete bootmgr to force corrective action. But still problem not solved.

Later I read that Grub cannot boot if boot loader and file required for boot is beyond 137Gb (128x1024x1024x1024 bytes). But I never read that Windows has same limitation. Anyway I would like to prove that.

I find UltimateDefrag that can move certain files to beginning of the disc. I select bootmgr, boot folder, and Windows folder to be placed in front. It works. I can boot again from my external USB HDD.

I just wonder how to keep those file in 128GiB boundary, it won't happen again?

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 Wants To Scan And Repair Drive On Every Boot

Jan 5, 2014

I have this identical problem mentioned here : Scanning and repairing volume (?Volume...) on startup

I think it has something to do with my deleting the 'system reserved' 350mb partition when I reinstalled Windows 8. I don't want it showing in My Computer and when I go into Disk Management and give it a drive letter, this message goes away on boot. But, since I can't merge this very small partition with any other drive, I'm not sure how to not show this drive and not get the scanning message on boot up.

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Maintenance :: SFC Cannot Repair Corrupted System Files

May 16, 2013

After getting infected and buying an antvirus and cleaned my system i run "sfc /scannow" and it says some protected system fiels are corrupted but its not able to fix them.

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Maintenance :: How To Repair System When Running SFC Or DISM

Jun 26, 2014

Recently I got problems when running SFC or DISM to repair my system. As far as I know it concerns the shortcuts in the folder Administrative Tools, there I changed under Properties the Run option to Maximised Windows and since then SFC and DISM have shown this error that the services are unable to download the proper source files (they admonish a mismatch I cannot correct).

I am running a Windows 8.1 Update 1 system without the Pro version, so I have no access to its exclusive features. I attach the corresponding log files after a run of DISM and SFC for more infos.

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Maintenance :: Avoid Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Boot Loop?

Feb 7, 2014

Since upgrading to windows 8/8.1 x64 i have twice had this situation when during boot up windows tries automatic repair & fails , every time i restart same repair fail happens , its stuck in this cycle , neither "Refresh" or "Reset" option works , . I have to do a fresh format & install , loose all my files stored in the OS partition , I even tried to recover the files using linux boot cd but the folders were inaccessible/corrupted .

I tried every solution i could find to make it boot including Unable to refresh or reset PC after Automatic Repair fails in Windows 8 but nothing worked .

This has happened twice in the one year since i have been using Win 8 , Is there any way to avoid this from happening i future ?

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Stuck In Windows 8.1 Repair Loop - No Recovery Disc

Nov 6, 2014

My Gateway machine was performing a windows update when the neighbourhood power went out. It was off for four hours. When I went to turn the computer back on, it said automatic repair the diagnosing your pc.....that lasted about 5 hours! Then a blue screen with options came up. When I went to pick the advanced options, I clicked accidentally on the first one and it rebooted into the repair loop again. Since it takes so long for the diagnostic part, when the blue screen came up again it was likely the middle of the night.

I saw it at 7:00 am and tried to click the advanced options but the computer had gone to sleep by then and so once again it got rebooted into the loop. Gateway refused to support since the warranty is up. I can't find a Recovery disc image for 8.1 to put on a usb stick, and I'm back to trying to find answers on my 12 year old machine running XP. I tried the boot to safe mode with alt+F10 but can't get that to work either. If I knew how to force a reset to factory defaults without being able to get into windows I would. I've been doing this for 3 days now and I was just starting to like 8.1 too...

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Use Other Installation Disc That Says 64bit?

Feb 3, 2014

I Integrated windows 8 32Bit & 64Bit together with 32bit setup file, but when I want install windows 8 32bit on the 64bit windows show me this error : "Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit". there is a way for solve this problem? mean can I have 2 setup file in DVD root?

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Setup Installation :: EFI System Partition Missing Files - Repair Disk Won't Boot?

Nov 30, 2013

While I was messing around with my laptop, I decided to add on a fourth operating system, Arch Linux. I suppose I was pushing my luck a bit . Anyways, during the installation, I accidentally deleted the EFI system partition from my laptop, which contained the Windows Boot Manager and necessary files to boot. Great. I only made things worse by trying to troubleshoot, and broke grub as well.

I have a Windows 8 repair disk I made using the Windows 8 built in utility, but it does not boot: the computer turns on, and just hangs at the Toshiba splash screen.

I also can obviously not access the Toshiba recovery partitions, as they are booted into just like Windows itself.

I found a bootx64.efi file on one of my system's recovery partitions (Toshiba seems to have some really complex system going on) and placed it in EFIootootx64.efi. According to this site, FGA: The EFI boot process., I need to place the bkpbootmgfw.efi (on my system, that was what it was called, but I suspect boot-repair (ubuntu tool) messed something up when I was first setting up grub and the ESP and the bkp stands for backup) back onto the EFI System Partition.

Where to look for in the various Windows Imaging Format .wim and .swm files I have laying around my recovery partition(s) in order to extract the necessary EFI files. Any Windows Repair iso that works.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 - Failed Boot / Preparing Automatic Repair Loop

Sep 15, 2014

Acer Aspire V5 is the PC I am using. I turn it on, the boot fails and the pc restarts. Then begins an automatic repair, which crashes and the PC turns off. It is a loop I cannot get out of. I don't have a Windows 8 Disc or anything like that.

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Maintenance :: Stuck In Automatic Repair Loop - System Restore Not Working

May 12, 2014

My Toshiba laptop/Windows 8.1 installed a VLC Media player & Malware bytes today. I was instructed to Restart as 'drivers not working properly' & since then have been on the Automatic Repair loop. It says it cannot fix it - log file: C:WINDOWSSystem32LogfilesSrtSrtTrail.txt, & I tried a few System Restore points but that just says -

System Restore could not access a file. This is probably because an anti-virus program is running on the computer . Temporarily disable your antivirus program and retry System Restore. You can try System Restore again If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method.

Thing is I can't get into Windows or my laptop to disable the antivirus program.

I don't have any CD or DVD & no product key as the disc has been misplaced.

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Maintenance :: Stuck On Auto Repair Boot Loop?

Apr 24, 2014

I was playing WOW the other night on my month old PC and all of a sudden I got a full red screen. I restarted the comp and this auto repair screen popped up and it freezes and just same thing over and over. the bottom of the screen is cut off and the only other window i can get into is the bios setup utility window. Cant get into any kind of safe mode nothing.

my computer is an Gateway SX2370-UR12

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Debugging :: 8.1 X64 BSOD On Startup Even With Repair Disc

Mar 6, 2014

I was getting a few driver IRQL BSOD's when my system was running, I have had it built for about a week now.But now I can't even boot, i get KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED and SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED and some other errors I believe, after one of these comes up it says prepairing automatic repair then that will also crash and this then loops. I had seen other people saying they solved similar problems by removing the graphics driver in safe mode, but I can't even access safe mode so that made me think it might be a hardware fault.

I don't know how to save the dump file as I can't even get in to windows, can only access the BIOS. I have also tried running the windows disc to access advanced start up options to get in to safe mode but this also gives me a blue screen error.

I have a 4770K and Asus Maximus VI Hero mobo and 4x8GB Corsair RAM

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Updates :: Windows 8 On Dell Laptop Fails To Update / Repair Or Restore

Sep 15, 2014

I am attempting to repair a Dell Inspiron 5520 Laptop for a friend of mine.

He's been having issues updating it for sometime and when he called me he was having a "Windows update hasn't been able to check for new updates for 30 days" pop-up appearing every few seconds that was rendering the laptop almost unusable.

I managed to stop that by disabling automatic updates. When I attempted a manual update I got the message :

Windows could not search for new updates: Error Found Code 80070BC9

Other times it would say it needed to be restarted and would go into a restart loop that was generally
Restart one - no message
Restart two - configuring updates - 33%, 67%, 100%
Restart three - failed to configure updates - reverting - restarting
Then would go to the normal login screen

I tried SFC /Scannow which seemed to work and say a restart is needed to implement changes but then fails on restart

DISM didn't work when attempting to run it from the machine but got to 100% when I ran it from my own Windows 8 install disk but then failed and needed a restart to undo the changes.

I also tried a repair and a restore of the current Windows installation but got : Error Code: 80070490 both times

The laptop didn't come with an install disk or serial so it seems restoring it from external media may be out of the question?

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Maintenance :: Toshiba Satellite L875D S7332 - Cannot Boot From Startup Repair Disk

Feb 15, 2014

I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite L875D-S7332 Part No. PSKFQU-008003 With Windows 8 x64 Preinstalled. I created a Startup Repair Disk with a DVD. My problem is i cannot boot from this DVD. I changed the Bios to boot from DVD but it still doesn't work!

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Setup Installation :: 8.1 Pro With Media Center Repair Install Product Key Fails?

Mar 18, 2014

Have a couple of different problems with my 8.1

When I try to use the tutorial,I get as far as the Product Key entry.

The install was an original 8 I downloaded when it first came out.

I then installed 8.1, probably from the Store.

I recently downloaded and install 8.1 Media Center Pack.

Had a real problem with activation.MS Support finally had me go to where there was a long activation string and then he gave me a new Product Key, which is now on the machine and Activated.

When I get to the "Product Key" page and enter the Media Pack key, "This product key didn't work. ....."

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Setup Installation :: Unable To Refresh Or Reset PC After Automatic Repair Fails

Aug 4, 2013

You have Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed on your PC. Your PC fails to boot into Windows and launches Automatic Repair to attempt to repair Windows.

Automatic Repair is unable to repair your PC and you select "Advanced options". After selecting "Troubleshoot", you choose to either "Refresh your PC" or "Reset your PC".

In this scenario, recovery may fail and you are returned back to the main WinRE screen. This issue may occur if the System or Software registry hives have become damaged or corrupted.

To attempt to resolve this issue, follow the steps below. Following these steps should only be used if you are attempting to use the "Refresh your PC" or "Reset your PC" options in Windows RE because your system is in a non-bootable state.

-After Automatic Repair fails to repair your PC, select "Advanced options" and then "Troubleshoot".
-Select "Advanced options" and then select "Command Prompt".
-If prompted, enter in the password for the user name.
-At the Command Prompt, go to the windowssystem32config folder by typing the following command: cd %windir%system32config.
-Rename the System and Software registry hives to System.001 and Software.001 by using the following commands:
ren system system.001
ren software software.001

I did all that but when I tried to rename the Software.001 file the system responds: "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process" ...

I tried to create a Ubuntu start up usb key so that i could maybe get in and rename the file but that presented more problems.

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Use Windows 8 Repair Disc On Windows 8.1?

Oct 18, 2013

I updated to windows 8.1 for a test drive.

My windows store apps work now which is good and so far have not seen any problem just yet.

However, if I do encounter a problem and need to use my repair disc. Will it work with a windows 8 repair disc?

Note: can not use a recover because my bios does not let me boot from a USB drive.

Now, I Do Know You Can make a CD or disc that will let you boot from your USB drive using

Plop - Documentation / Manual / Examples - Free Boot Manager, builtin usb driver, native usb, boot different operating systems, cdrom, usb, freeware, option rom bios but rather use my own CD If I can.

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Setup Installation :: Cannot Boot From Windows 8 X64 Disc?

Feb 20, 2014

I have Windows 8 x64 preinstalled on my Toshiba Laptop. I created a startup disk (DVD) but i cannot boot from the DVD/CD Drive. I set my BIOS to boot from my DVD Drive but i think the problem may be my autoplay settings from DVD Drive. I just don't know how to set them up. the Disk is fine it is not scratched or anything. I don't know how to set up my media devices especially optical so that i can boot from the DVD Drive!

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Sometimes Laptop Fails To Boot In Windows 8.1

Feb 24, 2014

After owning MSI GS70 for about less than a month I have noticed that sometimes my MSI wont boot up into Windows 8. It would get stuck on the MSI logo page without the little loading circle appearing. It would just stuck at the logo page. I had to force restart it. Sometimes after I force restart it would boot in the normal title page, but the Desktop Title would not be responsive. I then had to restart using the task manager restart button. (each shutdown I would usually unplug the power source and I would plug it back in before turning on the laptop.

Or is it more of a Windows 8 Issues?

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Maintenance :: System Restore Points Not Being Created (no Dual Boot)

Mar 24, 2013

I am running a cleanly installed standalone Windows 8 Pro X64 system which is not creating system restore points for updates, installations, and Revo Uninstaller uninstalls (despite the requisite setting being on in Revo).

I have being doing quite a bit of installation and updating over the past week or so but apart from one manually created restore point the only other was for an installation of Power DVD yesterday.

It seems MS is sitting on its hands on this one.

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Windows 8 Fails To Boot After Booting Into Windows 7 - Dual Boot

Sep 15, 2014

I have a Dell Inspiron 17, 5000 Series (1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 3558U, 4 GB Ram, 500 GB HDD). It came preloaded with Windows 8.1. I needed Windows 7 so I partitioned the main drive and installed Windows 7 in 100 GB of partitioned space. After swapping between the Windows 7 and 8 Boot manager. Ended up choosing the Windows 8 manager.

My problem comes in when I boot into Windows 7, then when I shut down and try and boot into Windows 8 it will hang prior to the boot manager (of Windows 8). I have to press and hold the power button to hard shut down. Once I do that and reboot, Windows 8 Boot manager and Windows 8 boot ok.

So Windows 8 will boot fine if I was last in Windows 8. However if I was last booted in Windows 7 then go to Windows 8 (or try and boot into 7 again, but using the 8 boot manager) it will hang at boot. I've used all the command checks with Windows 7 and 8. Found no errors. I can't reinstall Windows 8 as I don't have recovery disks, plus the computer came from Aarons Rent to Own (they had no issues me doing what I wish with it).

When I switch and use the Windows 7 boot manager I can boot back into Windows 7 even if Windows 7 was my last boot. But like when using the Windows 8 boot manager, I am unable to boot into Windows 8 if Windows 7 was booted last. But Can boot to Windows 8 if Windows 8 was booted last.

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Maintenance :: System Image Backup And Secure Boot Isn't Configured Correctly

Oct 21, 2013

Windows 8.1 64 bit pc48 GB RamIntel i7 - 3960X CPUBoxxTech ComputerDrive C: SSD - 446 GB

When I first got my new personal computer in January, I created a System Image using Microsoft's utility. I typically use Acronis for my backups, but after major changes, I use both Microsoft and Acronis.

Now, I am attempting to complete a System Image Backup using Microsoft's utility so that I can fix my SecureBoot concern, knowing that I have a safety net in place. Unfortunately, I am unable to complete a backup. BoxxTech suggests that I use Microsoft's utility.

I begin with the File History in the Control Panel as shown below. Note, that I have plenty of room on my FreeAgent F Drive (standalone USB drive). Yet, Microsoft's utility believes otherwise.

Only the three items that shown to be selected are selected. In other words, there are no other drives or partitions off-screen that are selected.

Thinking that it might be a problem with my external USB hard drive, I look at using one of my internal drives, T.

I get the same error message as shown earlier.

why I am unable to back-up my personal computer using Windows 8.1?

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