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Cannot get into Windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Cannot get into Windows 8


    I have been running Windows 7 and 8 satisfactorily on two separate partitions on the same hard drive with both of the preview versions of W8. Yesterday I bought (online) and successfully installed the complete release version of W8 and all was fine.
    Today, I decided to increase the size of the W8 partition (and decrease the W7) using MiniTool Partition Wizard. This seemed to work OK but when I enter my password for W8, all I see is a message saying "Preparing Windows" but nothing further happens. W7, in contrast, works perfectly and I can read the files in the W8 partition using Explorer.
    Any help and suggestions would be very welcome.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Win8 might have decided to change it's drive letter.

    If you can get into 7 ok - fire up regedit, load win8 system hive and change it back to whatever it was - C if you installed by booting the media.

    If that is a bit complicated :

    If you already have a Paragon program you can just use the boot corrector module from that - it is very easy.

    Or you can d/l the free Paragon rescue kit express, burn it cd boot it up , select Normal Mode >Boot corrector>Search for windows installations >Correct system drive letters.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    SIW2
    Many thanks for your suggestion. In the end, I downloaded the setup iso to a USB flash drive and reset my PC from that. All now appears to be working correctly with W7 and W8 in tandem. I think your idea about drive letters changing may haave been correct but I had embarked on my own course of action before I read your message.
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