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    Locked in "Repair" Mode

    My Dell laptop, new this past Christmas and running Win 8, has entered into a repair mode:
    "Repairing disk errors. This may take over an hour to complete"

    It has run for 48 hours.

    Advice on how to proceed?

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    Windows 8.1 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwaskow View Post
    My Dell laptop, new this past Christmas and running Win 8, has entered into a repair mode:
    "Repairing disk errors. This may take over an hour to complete"

    It has run for 48 hours.

    Advice on how to proceed?

    Call Dell, You should have a warranty on it now since you got it at Christmas!
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  3. #3

    Warranty expired last month
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  4. #4

    Dell laptops have a 1 year warranty. This past Christmas is only 4 1/2 months ago, so the warranty should still be active.

    Read here: Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop Issue
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  5. #5

    Hmmm - my wife looked it up on their website and said it was expired. I will check it out!
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  6. #6

    Yup - expired March 25. Exactly 90 days
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  7. #7

    Unfortunately I do not have a DVD nor did I create anything after purchase...
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  8. #8

    If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

    Windows 7 Direct Download Links

    Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

    I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file. Just be careful during the install not to accidentally install some of the bundled junk that comes with it. Always take The Custom Install option.

    You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

    The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

    If you are just using the Recovery Console you do not need a key.

    You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
    1. Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3[/*]
    2. Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom[/*]
    3. Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file[/*]
    4. Select your USB flash drive[/*]
    5. Click Create[/*]

    For techies or folks who work on computers:

    Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

    This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
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  9. #9

    Called Dell. They are sending a new HD, under warranty!

    Anything I need to know for installation or a better backup/recovery?
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  10. #10

    How are you going to reinstall Windows 8? Are they also sending you a recovery DVD?
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