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Stuck at recovery environment.

  1. #1


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    Stuck at recovery environment.


    Ok I need your help.
    My roommate has decided to install iatkos on my computer and messed up windows. I could handle fixing it if that was all, but then he decided to fix it himself and in the process deleted neccessary stuff.
    Now, when I start up the computer, it opens windows recovery environment and says that config files are missing or invalid.
    Specifically \boot\bcd
    And it fails to see install USB when I plug it in. It can't boot from USB. So, what do I do? If I managed to boot from USB I could install Windows over iatkos partition, if it's possible to fix boot files of original. I can't install new over opd ones. That's not an option.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    shift F10 in the recovery environment gives you a command prompt - try the following


    • bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    • c:
    • cd boot
    • attrib bcd -s -h -r
    • ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    • bootrec /RebuildBcd
    • bootrec /FixMbr
    • bootrec /FixBoot

      BCDBoot c:\windows /s c:

      If you get to boot after that, run SFC/scannow from an elevated prompt to repair any system files that may be damaged














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  3. #3


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    attempting to run Windows Consumer Preview


    Nope. I'm stuck at this and nothing but ctrl+alt+del is accepted...
    Ideas?

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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    From powering on, can you get into the bios menu by Pressing <Del> during the POST?
    Advanced BIOS Features let you set boot priority
    Integrated Peripherals for USB storage options

    GIGABYTE manual here: http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList...3v)_v1.3_e.pdf
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    Usb storage fn was enabled, boot order is USB, HDD, CDROM
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Perhaps clearing the CMOS will re-enable the USB storage functions -from manual p18:

    11) CLR_CMOS (Clearing CMOS Jumper)
    Use this jumper to clear the CMOS values (e.g. date information and BIOS configurations) and reset
    the CMOS values to factory defaults. To clear the CMOS values, place a jumper cap on the two pins to
    temporarily short the two pins or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two pins for a few
    seconds.
    Open: Normal
    Short: Clear CMOS Values
    • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before clearing the CMOS values.
    • After clearing the CMOS values and before turning on your computer, be sure to remove the
    jumper cap from the jumper. Failure to do so may cause damage to the motherboard.
    • After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized
    Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," for BIOS configurations)
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    Can it be done without messing with motherboard itself? I'm not so confident working with hardware...
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    One other point that occurs to me - is the bootable USB OK?

    I have had Windows Repair wipe the ability to boot on a Mulltiboot USB thumbdrive.

    Clearing the CMOS does mean opening up the system box, I am afraid.

    Other alternatives - Windows 7 setup DVD, and use the recovery environment from that?
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    Since this is he only computer I have, I can't test usb, but it is detected by iatkos. And it's the same when I boot windows and usb.

    If I could theoretically make iatkos work, could I put win8 again to usb in macintosh? Maybe I could fix it then...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Mirac7 View Post
    Since this is he only computer I have, I can't test usb, but it is detected by iatkos. And it's the same when I boot windows and usb.

    If I could theoretically make iatkos work, could I put win8 again to usb in macintosh? Maybe I could fix it then...

    I have no experience with Macintosh for about 10 years, so cannot comment on this.
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