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Unable to boot Windows 8.1- possible failure during update

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    Unable to boot Windows 8.1- possible failure during update

    I have been running my desktop system under WIndows 8.1 since release, and I started having a problem the other day.

    The system seems to have hung up completely, so I powered it down (it is usually up 24 x 7 since I use it as a DVR along with my computer usage).

    It seemed to be ok when it powered up, but then a bit later it asked to reboot to finish installing updates.

    It has not booted since.

    During reboot, it displays the Windows logo and the spinning dots for a few seconds, and then the screen blanks, and my monitor loses signal. I have left it for quite a while and it doesn't come back. After some time, it goes into sleep mode (slowly flashing power indicator), so something is going on at some level. I have powered off and back on, and removed the power cord for a minute to see if anything different happened... it doesn't.

    I have tried pressing F8 and Shift-F8 during reboots to try to get to safe mode, but so far no good. Last night, I used my laptop and seem to be able to access shares, but unfortunately it appears that the things I want/need most are not shared.

    The bad part is that I haven't been able to locate my recovery disc, but I will continue to look.

    I bought the system with Windows 7 right before 8.0 was released, and When 8.0 came out, I got the cheap upgrade and before loading it, installed an SSD for my C: Drive, and kept the existing HDD for my D: Everything has been running well until this incident.

    Any ideas on approaches that may help me to recover my system?

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