So I did a disk repair for one of my hard drives (not the system drive ) using check disk because I could not open my folders it would say they were corrupted. This followed me powering off my pc while it was shutting down. So after the chkdisk repair my drive was now functioning ok except for one thing; some of my files and were missing. I could not see any Found.xxx folder even after showing hidden files. I then checked my free space and noticed that it had not changed inspite of the files missing one of which was a folder containing 250GB of data which I cant afford to lose. This has led me to think my data is still on the drive but just hidden somehow. How can I recover this data.
when I upgraded to Win 8.1 it was online. I have a win 8 disk but its not recognised. How can I reinstall win 8.1 and not lose anything as it reports missing files.
My daughter plugged in her ipad which normally opened in a setting which no longer works, instead opening in windows which it should not. I opened a file this morning and it opened in the wrong directory??
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.
I've been trying several things throughout the day and I have had no success in fixing the corrupted files. I have ran "sfc /scannow" several times (even in safe mode). I have also ran "Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth" before and after "sfc /scannow" to no avail.
I am running Windows 8.1, I tried booting from my Windows 8 Pro DVD but whenever I tried to run "sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c: /offwindir=d:windows" I would get an error: Windows Resource Protection could not start the Repair service". How I can fix this without doing a clean install or refresh?
It did an update initially of one file and then of 15 (this on a Monday ...but I hadn't shut it down in a while so figured it was just catching up on patch Tuesday stuff).When it finished and rebooted it won't run properly.
I get a lack screen with the task bar in grey at the bottom of the screen but both are empty.I have previously installed the pokki start menu and initially the pokki symbol was there and using that I managed to get into the control panel and thence to the computer management screens and on one of them there was a message displayed "windows management files are missing".By right clicking on the task bar I can get to the task manager but it shows no running processes under the processes tab.
Tried re installing from my DVD but so far no good unable to get it to oot from the DVD drive, also tried downloading the windows defender offline file onto a USB but again can't seem to get it to run from the USB drive.
I ran SFC and it complained that some corrupt files could not be repaired.
Here's the relevant part of the log:
Code: 2014-09-17 00:06:45, Info CSI 00000520 [SR] Verifying 100 (0x0000000000000064) components2014-09-17 00:06:45, Info CSI 00000521 [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction2014-09-17 00:06:46, Info CSI 00000522 Hashes for file member
I got windows 8 online and I went to try and use the re install feature but its prompting me with this "Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files" But since i got it online I don't have the CD but I do have the product key
I am running into an issue I have never seen. I had a friends laptop that i was upgrading from windows 7. I took out his hard drive and plugged it into my windows 8 machine and backed up the files to my pc and then formatted and installed windows 8.
Once I got it all back up i setup the user profile Matt and then took the hard drive back out the laptop and plugged it into my machine to copy the (my docs, my music, my photos, etc.) back to the laptop drive. So i sat and waited for 2 hours while it copied 100GB back to the laptop drive. Once it finished i plugged the drive back into the laptop and when i booted into windows 8, non of the files appear... Nothing!
The computer doesnt even register that i copied 100GB onto the hard drive. It shows only that i am using 30GB of the 500GB drive which is not the case. When i took the drive out and plugged it into my machine to test, everything showed up as it was. So I confirmed i did copy the 100GB to the laptop drive. But when i put it back into the laptop, nothing shows up...
What could be causing this to happen? Is is because when i had it hooked to my desktop (windows 8) it was using my profile and hid the files?
When i goto the bottom left start square that pops up.. and i right click on it. None of the (computer management, device manager, event viewer, etc.) options don't appear. Could the profile be corrupt?
My laptop is running ok but I have noticed that certain programs have been taking a lot longer than usual to install/update (e.g. iTunes) but they always do. Then the last few days AVG Antivirus has been wanting to auto-update the software (not just the virus definitions) but each time it would freeze during the ''configuring'' step and subsequently cause every other program running to freeze and stop the opening of any other program - although I could still move the cursor so not a complete freeze if that makes sense.
So today I removed AVG with the removal tool and tried to do a fresh install but now I get a failure message immediately telling me ''MSI Engine: failed to initialize the package''.
How to go about fixing this and ran system file check which said corrupt files were found but it was unable to repair some of them. Here is the log:
Originally Posted by CBS.log 2014-08-20 14:24:13, Info CBS TI: --- Initializing Trusted Installer ---2014-08-20 14:24:13, Info CBS TI: Last boot time: 2014-08-20 13:56:23.498 2014-08-20 14:24:13, Info CBS Starting TrustedInstaller initialization.
How to read one of these or even if it effectively evaluates the status of the installer.
I have an Asus gaming laptop that I got off of Craigslist awhile back. It did not come with any factory disks. I'm trying to do a factory reset and it says "Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files." But I don't have any recovery media.
I recently did an update of my machine from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. The update process did not show any errors or warnings and by the time it finished I was under the impression that everything went smooth.
After the update I was testing the environment and discovered that one of my desktop applications stopped working, I went to the developer's website and indeed I found there is a known issue with their software on 8.1 and to solve it, I had to completely uninstall the software and then install it once more. So I went to Programs and Features in order to do so and to my surprise the Uninstall button was missing from the interface. Right-clicking an item and selecting uninstall from the menu gives a warning message suggesting that the application might have already been uninstalled and asks if I wanted to remove the application from the Programs list. However, clicking OK or Cancel just closes the message box and nothing happens.
So I went and tried to Refresh My PC; Once I clicked Refresh My PC the verification process started and indeed it told my that some system files are missing and that it should take care of it provided I insert my Windows disc. Now since its an OTA update from Win 8 to 8.1 I thought that MS knows that some people will not have a physical copy of 8.1 and so I inserted my Windows 8 Pro System Builder disc hoping it would work, but sadly as you might have guessed, it did not. It told me that I needed the 8.1 recovery disc.
Now I have been looking everywhere for a recovery image to download and use to fix my problem, everywhere I go it suggests that I make my own copy. But how am I supposed to do that if my Windows is faulty and has missing files. I really don't wanna go back to Windows 8 and re-upgrade to 8.1. I have a monitored internet bandwidth and I cannot go and download the 3 GB 8.1 update once more.
How can I repair my 8.1 machine?
I came across this article describing how to get an ISO image for 8.1 with a Windows 8 product Key. However, entering my Windows 8 Pro System Builder (OEM) key in the box fails and tells me that the key I entered is not for this product.
I have a Windows 8.1 x64 and for some time (I guess after the Update 1) my apps have no icon in the taskbar as you can see from the picture the exe files missing icons too and notifications are not working as well removing and installing again didn't work and some of these apps i installed recently.
Using the sfc command, I found some corrupted windows files but it was unable to repair them... Is there any way I can repair the files without having to reset or refresh my computer and lose everything I installed?
I found something called DISM, but when I used it, it said unable to find source files or something... I found my recover partitions, but they don't have drive letters. Anything I can do?
I'm trying to do a complete recovery of my Windows 8.1 laptop (The "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" option). A few seconds after I try to initiate the recovery, I am stopped by a message that says:
"Some Media Files are Missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files"
After this message appears I am prompted to cancel the restoration. How can I bypass this message to continue with the recovery? My laptop is 4 years old and is ready for a recovery.
My laptop was purchased running Windows 7 64bit, from which I upgraded to Win 8 64bit Pro through a free download from my school. I have my Windows 8 installation key, but not the download files. I upgraded to 8.1 through the Windows Store free download.
I have an error when trying to restart my computer to factory settings. I am running on windows 8.1. It used to say "Could not find recovery environment" but after looking on forums for the day I got it to say the new error (Which I think is better than the old one). So when I go to settings it then change PC settings, than update and recovery, than recovery than remove everything and re install windows, It gives the error "Insert media, some files are missing. Insert recovery disk or drive" I want to restart it because my computer had randomly switched to a temporary profile, than i fixed it but the "temporary" profile was the new one I had to use and there are many messed up things happening with it. I do not have any disk or my windows activation code. Also, I have used a partition manager before to change the size of one of my partitions (The windows one) ...
I built my own PC last year and I've done several OS upgrades in that time frame. First I started with windows 7 basic which I then promptly upgraded to 7 ultimate because my university offered upgrades for $7. I then upgraded to 8 when it first came out and then 8.1 too. I put a new SSD in my PC and copied all my 8.1 data on to it I then turned the old SSD in to a second boot drive for OS X. I'm having problems with 8.1. I wanted to create a repair drive to hopefully root out and fix whatever is causing windows explorer to crash. It's not a virus I've made sure of that. I have a feeling whatever caused this happened when I upgraded to 8.1 and then copied over the SSD. What my product key is for 8.1 pro i just found the email microsoft sent me with my windows 8 key but i have no disc.
when i followed the instructions to make a recovery drive it told me that some of the required files are missing and to use a windows installation disc or media which is a problem because all my windows 8 upgrades have been done online.
also my PC currently doesn't have a disc drive i removed it because i only ever used it to install windows 7 basic.
My windows update, windows defender and lots of other programs including Vistart start menu refuse to work. I run the Windowsupdatediagnostic download and it tells me the SFC Output is corrupted or missing. Recently the BITS wasn't working but for some reason found the windows events log was disabled in services. I went to black vipers site and reset all of the services to a standard or safe setting. Yet I cant get anything to work. Ive been running the sfc /scannow in command prompt and it says it found problems but was unable to fix them. It says to check the log files, but when i go to open them they refuse to open and say i don't have administration privileges???
I suddenly got BITS working recently and i swore that would have fixed everything but to no avail. I am afraid to have to to a factory refresh but the problem is I foolishly listened to microsoft suggestion in the store to upgrade this from windows 8 to 8.1 therefore it automatically deletes the windows 8.0 partition on the computer thereby erasing its original operating system with cd key....
I have heard of ones doing a factory reset or refresh and finding since that upgrade they cant get it running without them purchasing it....
I have done a system restore, but the last system restore was a month ago and unfortunately that was when the system was exactly the same as this.
So right now i need to try every possible avenue I can take and want to see if its possible to do a factory refresh without it freaking out because the cd key on the bottom of the computer is for a windows 8.0 and this is the useless upgraded 8.1. This is a Toshiba C55-A 5300 laptop
I've had a lot of trouble with my samsung laptop. The HDD has been replaced but I now cannot do a refresh or reset. I get the message"Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files". The laptop came with Windows 8 installed so I do not have the installation discs. I can do a factory restore by pressing f4 on start up successfully but still shows the above message trying to refresh. What caused this and what can I do about it?
Today I've tried doing a Chkdsk scan on my primary drive. Through the console, I entered this line to start the process on a re-boot 'chkdsk /f /r c:'.
I afterwards left it to do it's work for the next 1 and half hours '6:40-8:10pm', during this time I went to check on the progress of the scan and what I saw was that it was only '10%' into completion, this confused me greatly as previous computers that I have owned would atleast be around 70, or 80% percent completed, so not knowing what to do, I did a cold-boot.
From what I can tell, no visible damage has afflicted said the drive I did the chkdsk scan process on, but I would still very much like to know why my scan is hanging.
I have some questions regarding the new Chkdsk in Windows 8 (I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit).
note that Windows 8's Chkdsk has changed considerably since the previous Windows versions; so if you know about the Chkdsk in Windows 7 or previous Windows versions, this could not apply to the Chkdsk in Windows 8.
I also point out that I'm talking about the GUI version, accessible from the drive's properties Window.
My main questions are: when Chkdsk has finished scanning, and the results window appears, can I at once proceed with the following, or should I wait some time:
1) In case of an external USB drive, disconnect the hard drive (with "safely remove hardware", even if the cache is turned off), and turn it off.
2) In case of an internal drive (HDD or SSD), reboot Windows, or turn off the computer.
My worry is that if I would disconnect a USB drive, or reboot or turn off the PC in case of an internal drive, before the Chkdsk-related activity is finished, then the file-system of the disk in question could get damaged.
My doubts come from the following facts:
- I have been told that when the Chkdsk results window appears, this means that Chkdsk has finished working with that drive; but I have noticed that some short drive activity is happening some seconds (about 6) after the results window appears (should be a write activity, not sure if also read activity). I noticed this by observing the LED on my USB drives, and also by monitoring the drives in question with Windows 8's new Taskmanager.
- In case of disconnecting USB drives, I have been told that I can be sure that if some drive activity is happening, then the "safely remove hardware" feature won't have effect, and would warn me that there is disk access going on; but I have tried to select "safely remove hardware" while Chkdsk was in the middle of a scan, and the result was that Chkdsk got interrupted (with an error messsage appearing probably from Chkdsk), and the USB hard drive got removed. Though this seems not to have caused any file-system errors (I did another Chkdsk scan later).
You may think that I just need to look at the drive's LED, or monitor the drive's activity with the new Taskmanager, and take note of after how much time the drive activity ceases. Then I would just need to wait so long before disconnecting the USB drive, or rebooting or turning off the PC.
My problem here is that I'm not sure if the new Taskmanager, or the drive's LED, are sensible enough to detect even the smallest disk access, which could get unnoticed. I'm not sure how much I should wait... seconds? Minutes? What do you think? Perhaps there's no need to wait at all?
I did some tests by disconnecting (with "safely remove hardware") a USB drive shortly after doing a Chkdsk on it. Then I did another Chkdsk after turning it on again. I didn't get any error message from Chkdsk. But I'm still worried that there could be an unfortunate moment, during which a disconnection (still with "safely remove hardware") could cause problems, perhaps because in that moment a write operation could be in process.
I think I have read that the new Chkdsk in Windows 8 uses VSS ("Shadow Copy") to check the drives while keeping them online. With this new Chkdsk, I think it is possible to continue using the drive while the scan is happening, even on the system drive.
I was thinking about this: is it possible that the short activity which I have noticed after Chkdsk's results window appears, comes from this Shadow Copy Service, which is "unmounting" (?) the shadow copy used by Chkdsk?
If this is true, is it important to let the "unmounting" task happen, or can I disconnect, reboot, or turn off before it starts? And what happens if I interrupt this "unmounting" task in the middle, while it is in process?
Does it make some sense to wait some time after doing a Chkdsk, or can I at once proceed to disconnect the USB drive, or reboot or turn off the PC (in case of internal drives)?
Delay Chkdsk start up time at OS Boot | Windows 8 & 8.1 (Or Disable Altogether)
Previous to Windows 8 if Chkdsk needed to run without prompt the user had the ability to cancel if so desired. Since Windows 8, the user input has been removed.
At the least, you can change the delay setting as follows:
Modify DWORD "AutoChkTimeout"
1. Open Regedit: One way to open regedit is to hit the Winkey+S and type regedit, hit enter when you see it appear.
2. Navigate to the following registry key:
Code: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager 3. Click on the folder "Session Manager"
4. In the right hand pane you will see registry values. Right click on the value "AutoChkTimeout" and select "Modify" (See image one) If the value is missing, create it (See image two)
5. Change the "Value data:" to the desired delay time of your choice. e.x. Changing the value to 10, will delay the Chkdsk start time by 10 seconds. Click OK, close the registry. Finished.
Create DWORD "AutoChkTimeout"
If the registry value "AutoChkTimeout" is not present: Right click on an empty space in the right hand pain (in folder "Session Manager")
Select "New" Select "DWORD (32-Bit) Value Name it "AutoChkTimeout" (No Quotation Marks "") Follow step 4. above.
Remember: Name = AutoChkTimeout Base = Hexadecimal Value Data = Delaytime (in seconds)
DISABLE automatic repair in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1
If you would like to disable automatic repair altogether:
1. Open the command prompt as Administrator (an elevated instance). If you have no idea how to open an elevated command prompt. Hit Winkey+S type in cmd.exe, when it appears, right click on the name and choose "Run as administrator"
2. Type the following text into the cmd window
Code: bcdedit /set recoveryenabled NO
You have now disabled the Automatic repair function. To reinable: Follow step 1 and in step 2 type in the following text:
Code: bcdedit /set recoveryenabled YES
Having disabled the Automatic repair feature, you can follow Brink's tutorial on manually running Chkdsk > Here: CHKDSK - Check a Drive for Errors in Windows 8
I have read that Windows 8 has a new Chkdsk, which checks the file-system integrity in background. I'm using Windows 8 Pro 64bit (and NTFS file-system on all drives).
Does this improved Chkdsk check the file-system just when the computer is not used, or does it check it also while the user is working? Or does it scan the drives just when it's maintenance time?
Does it still make sense to run a manual Chkdsk on some occasions, or can I just not worry and let Chkdsk do its checks automatically? Such occasions would be for example after the computer completely hangs and I have it to brutally turn it off with the power switch (happened lately with a Linux live-CD), or after problems with the electric line (loss of power/power outage, resulting in instant turning-off).
In other words, is it useful to run a manual Chkdsk when there is a suspect that something could have gone wrong with the file-system, or can I just continue working and let Chkdsk do its verifications?
How long should it take (more or less) from when a file-system corruption arises, to when it gets detected by Chkdsk?
What worries me, is that not doing a Chkdsk at once, to repair eventual problems, may make the problems get bigger while the hard disk (or SSD) gets used. And they could get such big that they could not get repaired anymore (just an hypothesis).
I have a dual boot laptop with Windows 8 and Win7. When I choose to run chkdsk /f from Command Prompt(Admin) on my Windows 8 boot drive, I get the normal message that says disk is in use and to type "Y" to schedule it to run on restart. I type "Y" and hit "Enter", but if I either Restart or Shutdown and turn laptop back on, and choose to boot Windows 8, chkdsk seems to cancel itself. I get the message to "press any key" in 2 seconds if I want to cancel the disk check, but I never press or do anything yet chkdsk seems to cancel itself. When Windows 8 boots I have looked in Event Viewer and there is no sign of any chkdsk or wininit event that says it checked disk for errors.
I have gotten the message in Action Center, to reboot to scan and repair errors which works fine. Right clicking my boot drive, going to the Tools tab and scanning drive for errors also works. My only issue is scheduling to check my boot partition for errors via command prompt.
Must I disable Fast Startup/Hybrid Boot for the scheduled chkdsk to work or something else?
Firstly, I'd like to mention that I've had this PC for a while... I've even taken the whole thing apart and swapped out all of the components (slowly upgraded over time). It's actually at the stage where I've been left with all the old parts as spares, and put everything back together, almost exactly as it was when I bought it. All in all, the initial build is probably 2 or 3 years old now (for the most part, the specs can be found here).
After formatting the hard drive, putting things together back with the old build, and booting up Windows 8 onto it as a gift for my dad, most things were working fine, but one exe file which I copied across wasn't running (at least one which I noticed). I checked up the error code, found people with similar problems, and heard it could just be that the file was corrupted.
So, to get to the main point... I figured it wouldn't hurt to run a disk check, in case there were any other errors or problems. I knew it would take a while, so I opened command prompt, and typed in "chkdsk C: /r", before hitting enter, letting it schedule the disk check for next startup, rebooting the PC, and then leaving it to do its thing. It's been running probably for about 4 or so hours now, and for most of that time it's been at 27% on "Scanning and repairing drive (C:)". Normally I'd just give in and force shut down at this point, but I'm wondering... what's the best course of action if it doesn't get anywhere with this?
I'd really prefer not to force shut down, in case it causes any errors... I mean to say the least it's taken some effort and persistence to get the old build up and running again.
I have a friend with his broken HDD, ran chkdsk on it , after 120 hours it had gone up to 45% only and I got a bluescreen while playing dota 2 so chkdsk was interupted, when the pc jumped back I could access the HDD but it was super slow and after a restart I couldnt access it anymore, I unplugged the HDD thought it was gone forever and today I got another BSOD while I was on youtube. I got really scared cause I have had tons of trouble with this PC but after I switched out a damaged motherboard it all dissapeared and the PC was finally working 100%.
I deleted the old dumpfiles cause they were from when my motherboard was broken, if you find traces of the old dumpfiles, ignore them cause that problem is solved, its dumpfiles from july (its 2 of them) that are making me scared if I made a big mistake letting chkdsk run for that long on a bad hdd ...
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I have been having trouble with my laptop lately. I was trying to install a new driver for my graphics card when my computer suddenly rebooted, I was forced to refresh Windows 8, then an even bigger problem happened, windows kept thinking that it was not registered but when i go to system from the control panel it says it is registered and gives me the product code, so I read somewhere that doing the chkdsk scan will fix this so i did it, first it was stuck 27% for about 4 hours then it is currently stuck at 100%, its been at 100%for about 13 hours now. I do not know what to do, afraid to force restart, might cause errors.