I'm just trying to be thorough, if we know that your Audio system is fine, then we can focus on Windows 8.
An In Place install will replace any system files that have been corrupted. It will not delete any of your programs or users or personal documents or videos, it just puts a fresh install of 8 into the system. But it has to be done from the Windows 8 GUI.
I always do SFC /scannow first, the Windows Manager repair second, and if I have to, I'll do an in-place install. In some odd circumstances, I've had In-Place Installs totally fail to run. But if SFC will work, so will an in place install.
Regardless of which version of Foobar being used, 1) It has had those issues in the past, and 2) It seems to depend on some kind of SQL server.
I'll bet its this SQL server which is causing your errors. You can always see what version is installed by lookin in your "Add/Remove Programs" area in Control Panel.
Oh Yah, there is an update for MDAC in MS Downloads somewhere, Microsoft Data Access Components, if you need it, it will be offered as a download in your updates, check your history and see if it's ever been downloaded and installed.
I don't know for sure if my music system is ok, since as I wrote in the OP one day or two it works and the next I'm facing some kind of major problem.
By version, are you referring to SQL server? I have 547 entries in C drive with 'sql' but none in the Programs list (CP).
Do you have a favorite site with instructions for an in place install of 8? I've been searching google and duckduckgo for instructions, but am only finding upgrades from 7 to 8. Thanks,
Well, you have a Windows 8 install disk? There are tutorials on this site for doing an in-place install, look in the Tutorials section.
Repair Install Windows 8
Yah that's what you want, I've done it twice on both of my 8 Machines, it's pretty painless. If you use your same Windows Key, you'll have to call in a Phone Activation- IF it wants to be reactivated. It may or may not, the Tutorial will have more info.
Thanks! It was the 3rd party apps needing to be reinstalled that makes it more than a short afternoon. I've got ~125.
Yah, you'll be able to keep em all doing an In Place Install - It's been like this for Vista through 8, only Windows XP allows you to do an In-place install by booting from the install disk. Don't know why they did it that way, it makes it hard to fix a broken OS.
So are you suggesting using a custom recovery image as well?
Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
Refresh Windows 8
Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active
"When you refresh your PC, this basically repairs Windows 8 by reinstalling it while keeping your files, Store apps, most of your settings, etc..... However, all installed 3rd party desktop apps will be removed. If you like, you could create a custom refresh image to not lose anything, but this will require creating new custom refresh images every so often to keep it updated to not lose anything since the last image was created."
Not unless you already have one made... No, basically, you stick your Windows 8 Install disk into your optical drive and just hit 'Setup'- OR, you use a windows 8 installer on a flash drive. It has to be the exact same version you got. Follow the instructions in the tutorial. this is a different process than running refresh or restore.
You are basically installing Windows 8 over the top of what's already there - So you keep all of your Program Files, documents, etc. and most of your drivers, maybe all of them. You'll only lose any updates, unless you decide to download them during the install - I never do this, I always install fresh, because maybe an update caused a problem. That's why I set an extra restore point before I download updates in case I have to roll it back.
I've done this with Windows XP about a thousand times, Vista at least a hundred, and Windows 7 quite a few times as well, I've done it for 8 about 4 times, I've never lost a single program, file, or setting.
Thanks! When you say it has to be the exact same version, I assume you're referring generally to the Windows version, not to its current update state; i.e., updates still have to be done at the end. Right?
If you have "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" than that's what you gotta have. Since there are no service packs, the disks should all be the same at this point. If you have Pro, you need a Pro disk, Home, Home disk. 32 bit, 64 bit. it's gotta be the exact same OS. Usually you can determine this by the Build Number on the Disk itself. If you need help determining this, I'll ask our leader Shawn to help.
With Windows 7, sometimes you can use the newer disk. Say if you have Win 7 Ultimate, you can use the Ultimate with SP1 to do the repair install. I've done that a few times when it was all I had. But with 8, there are no service packs.
You can decide to download all of the updates at the beginning of the install process, it shows you in the Tutorial. I never do that though, I always assume one or two of the updates are bad, reinstalling without adding the updates allows me to discover which ones are bad.
Look, I think I know what is going on with you, you have trepidations, so you are just making sure. If the Windows 8 Install disk you have is the wrong one, it simply will not work. You need help determining if you have the right disk? I understand, I have three different versions laying around and I get them mixed up. But I also encourage you not to worry, an In Place Install is a safe opreation.