I've made some configuration error but I can't remember what. I have a SD card with recovery drive on it which has been sat in my card reader for ever. Yesterday (I'm not sure if this is related) I was trying to make a Windows to go drive using 8.1 Enterprise Preview in a VirtualBox VM. This was to be on another USB key and didn't work as it was incompatible. This key is not in the machine.
Anyhow now when I restart I always boot to the SD card recovery drive. I have to take it out to boot normally.
BIOS shows C:/ top of boot order and msinfo shows C:Windows is the default (and only) boot entry.
I have a new Asus S200 noteboook and I'm trying to get used to it. I have burnt a repair DVD but I now want to test it. It seems that the usual means of getting into the BIOS no longer work, so how can I boot from the DVD?
I'd like a feature in a Bios to enable an ISO on the HDD to be a selectable boot device.
Some MB's have a small Internet Browser built in to the BIOS which can be activated at boot time before loading the OS.
Perhaps even if loading a file system into the BIOS wasn't possible perhaps by selecting this type of option in the BIOS Windows could issue a prompt for the ISO once it could read the file system before loading the rest of its code.
My Windows 8 desktop PC was working fine up until yesterday when it wouldn't recognize my external dvd drive for some reason. I tried some troubleshooting steps such as deleting the upper and lower filters in the registry editor and everything was fine until I rebooted my PC.
Upon rebooting, I noticed an extremely long boot time (about 10-15 mins) which I found highly unusual but the computer worked fine until I rebooted it a 2nd time. The 2nd time after rebooting it, it was stuck at the HP loading screen so I left it on overnight to see if it would take longer to boot but to my surprise, it was still stuck at the loading screen when I woke up this morning!
Here are some specs:
OS: Pre-installed Windows 8 Model: Hp Pavillion p7-1459
All drivers should be up to date because I frequently run windows update.
Just installed Win 8 on a new hard drive. "Almost" everything works fine. However my scanner, colorimeter and a couple programs are not compatible. I do not need to use the incompatible hardware/software very often. But when I do, I would like to boot the computer into XP and use them. I've done some research on this topic. Partitioning the Win 8 primary drive does not appear to be an issue. But, can I dual boot 2 operating systems if Win 8 is now the primary and only OS on the HD?
Yesterday night I upgraded my PC to windows 8 with an old windows 8 installation media. Everything was going fine and i also restarted it yesterday but today morning when I powered my PC it went through the Dell Splash screen but after that the screen freezes with a black screen and after 1-2 minutes It restart and again the same thing happened.
I just bought a 16GB kit (8GB x 2). I put both sticks of RAM into my PC and it does not boot, nothing is shown on the monitor, no beeping noise, no error message. I used another PC and got the same thing. After trying out the RAM one stick at a time, I found one of the stick is causing the boot issues. If I used that stick of RAM on any of my 2 PC, it won't boot at all.
Is this RAM not compatible with my PC or is the RAM defective?
I think the first time I've noticed something's up was when updating Flash - it would stop at 99% for a very long time and eventually give an error message saying to check my internet connection or something. Well, but I did look and I'm still online. Then, I was to download some software for my phone - but the download won't complete. Neither in Firefox, nor Opera, nor silly old IE or Chrome. If I tried it in Safari, I bet it also wouldn't work (yes, I have that many browsers installed, just in case). It's just not browser-related.
Disk space? Mate, my computer is 3 TB of memory, no chance. A virus? My anti-virus never failed me, it does a great job at blocking nasties, and I performed TWO full scans, and yet it found nothing suspicious. Is it blocking? Don't think so either, it would say that something was stopped.
my computer has suddenly starting acting up:- I cannot enter my password due to no response via the keyboard I am using a MS Comfort 500 keyboard & mouse but this isn't the main problem as if I can open up the computer (and I can now and then) the cursor is very jerky and unresponsive, but now things have got a whole lot worse the computer is starting up in repair mode (didn't know this existed) but cannot repair itself so gives me the options of refreshing or resetting, now resetting seems a bit drastic as although I have my files on external discs and in the cloud I have never done a restore point and it seems as though a disc my have failed but as I cannot get into the computer I have no way of doing any other checks it could have been a virus that caused the problem, wish I had created restore point, if I do a reset I will loose all the programs on the c drive.
My laptop was infected. So I used Malwarbytes and Hitman Pro to remove the infections. Then I updated it from Windows 8 to Win 8.1. After the upgrade finish, it rebooted and now only boots into SysPrep. I can't even boot into Safe Mode, I get an "installation needs to finish" error.
Also, once it logs into SysPrep, I log out of Administrator into my user account and use "net user administrator /active:no" command in Command Prompt and reboot, but still it boots into SysPrep.
I've also tried using msconfig and set it to Normal Boot, but again it restarts into SysPrep.
I have an alienware laptop running windows 10 tech preview on the main os drive and then a data hard drive, i have a fixed size VHD file stored on my D drive which is 60g so I boot to windows 8.1 setup and i mount the VHD, i go through setup like normal creating a new partition on the VHD and going foward like normal.... then it reboots like normal and trys to boot into windows 8.1 but i get an error saying that it cant find winload.efi with code 0x000000e i think it was......
Every time I boot win 8 says my password is incorrect and I have to manually type it in order to continue booting. I Am using Classic Shell. I dont want my laptop to ask for a password. With Classic Shell installed I got rid of charms bar and now I don't know how to make my laptop stop asking for a password.
So my computer likes to crash normally or stop playing any sounds, so I wanted to back it up and then factory reset it and see if it fixes both problems. I downloaded macrium and saw a lot of partitions and I'm wondering if it seems weird and which ones, if not all, I should choose to back up.
I recently put this computer together as a cheap media machine. Everything worked. It connected via onboard NIC to the internet, it had sound. No problems.
Then I upgraded by adding another stick of RAM. Same module 4gb. and all hell breaks loose.
I lost lost and internet. Media sound service couldn't start. Said something along the lines that found new hardward. And it wasn't communicating with my NIC card anymore.. I tried updated the drivers. No joy.
I contacted Biostar and asked for an issue. They recommend me to update drives and then reset bios setting to factory defaults. I tried that. No joy.
I then RMA's the vendor and got another mobo. Installed it and it had the same issue. No sound no internet.
Last nite I decided maybe I should just reinstall windows, but now my computer freezes on the bios screen.
attempting to setup a dual boot with Win 8.1 and Win XP.
Just a quick break down of my current setup:
a) Win 8.1 x64 is currently installed on my SSD on C: drive partition b) On a different SATA hdd I have an old Win 7 x64 installation that I'm not using any more on one partition
I simply want to replace my old Win 7 x64 installation with Win XP. Why do I want to install Win XP you may ask ? The answer is simple, I want to play some older games that aren't fully compatible with Win 8.1 x64 and neither run good in a virtual machine environment on Win 8.1.
The only thing that is stopping me from attempting this is, has to do with the Win 8.1 bootloader. I simply don't want to lose my bootloader, and I'm afraid that when I install Win XP it might overwrite my Win 8.1 bootloader which will most likely leave me without gaining access to Win 8.1. At the moment the Win 8.1 bootloader lists along with Win 8.1 my old Win 7 x64 installation.
Given my setup of hdd's up top, what would be the easiest way for me to load Win XP on my old Win 7 partition that will still allow me to have the Win 8.1 bootloader with a Win XP boot option on the bootloader menu ?
Should I disconnect my SSD and then proceed to install Win XP on the Win 7 partition and then afterward reconnect my SSD and then using EasyBCD add an entry for Win XP to the bootloader? Or will I run into an issue along the way?
I really like the onedrive PC feature from Microsoft. It allows to upload my work files seamlessly. But I do not want other PC users (different user accounts on the same computer) to access that folder. I know they might not be able to view the files but I also don't want them to see the content inside the folder.
Can it be done with the same old 'folder permission' settings? If yes, how to do that?
I am looking into setting up a type 1, native hypervisor on my desktop (Xen, specifically). Would it be possible for me to load my current install into a VM? The hypervisor can be run from a live disk.
I Have a CPU it was Windows 7 Home Premium installed , i Got windows 8 downloaded from Microsoft . I installed it without a CD . I Extracted the .iso file and Just Click Setup.exe , it was really slow so i left it at my house , when i ome Home it enters windows 8 Home Screen . I am really confused , i thinks its gonna ask me Custom or Upgrade but when I'm home it just ask me what color do you want for your theme . I Inserted the windows 7 CD and Installed on drive B: ( B is a hard disk i made with diskmngmnt.exe ) and it boots to windows 7 , i want to shut down my CPU . I turned it back On ( Restart ) and it just shows me a black screen .
I don't want necessarily to remove SKyDrive but it annoys the hell out of me when my files go to it and not to Documents which is where I want them. I do not know how to stop Skydrive being the first port of call for all my saved files or how to replace it with the good old fashioned Documents File. I am sure I am not alone in thinking that the Microsoft techies did a lousy job trying to better Win7 with this appalling Windows 8.1. I am about to buy a new laptop but what was once a real pleasure is now going to be a pain in the neck to have to get a new laptop with Windows 8 on it.
I have a friend who has tasked me with removing the dreaded "Interpol" scareware virus from his Windows 8 laptop. Sadly, this means he can't boot into Windows 8, as the virus just locks him out. How can I boot into Safe Mode, so I can run the "Power Eraser" tool from Norton (handy tip!) to remove it?
If this can't be done, how can I tell the PC to boot from the DVD-Rom drive?