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Modern UI Failure

  1. #11


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FrustratedUser View Post
    Okay so thanks to everybody's help I've managed to get to the point of being able to get to the refresh part and I've come to one more problem. I bought this computer with Windows 8 pre-installed, and to refresh it I'm supposed to insert the Windows 8 disc, but I do not have a disc containing Windows 8 on it. For convenience sake, I would like to know if there is anyway around this, however, from the school I go to I get a free download of Windows 8 and can burn the image file to a disc if that would be the best option.
    You won't be able to refresh Windows 8 without the install media. You'll need to obtain an install disk of it. If your school provides Windows 8 Pro x64, you should be good to go and be able to use the DVD or USB drive without issue. I'd recommend a USB flash drive, a 4 gig one, if possible. It's just a bit faster than the DVD.

    Or, if you so choose, you can probably start fresh altogether with a clean install of Windows 8 and just carry over the old user data files into the new folders.

    Further info can be found on the link in my signature.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by FrustratedUser View Post
    Okay so thanks to everybody's help I've managed to get to the point of being able to get to the refresh part and I've come to one more problem. I bought this computer with Windows 8 pre-installed, and to refresh it I'm supposed to insert the Windows 8 disc, but I do not have a disc containing Windows 8 on it. For convenience sake, I would like to know if there is anyway around this, however, from the school I go to I get a free download of Windows 8 and can burn the image file to a disc if that would be the best option.
    If your computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed, then is there some sort of Recovery process built in?

    I've not bought a recent computer with Windows 8 pre-installed, but my older computers would have a recovery method, usually on a hidden extra partition on the disk. So if you haven't already, I think it's worth looking at your computer's user manual to see if there is a Recovery solution for your computer. What sort of computer is it, by the way?

    There is an option in Windows 8 to create a Recovery Drive, which may still work for you as it's available from Control Panel - does the option within these tutorials to "copy contents from the Recovery Partition" appear for you?
    This tutorial shows how to make a bootable flash drive (note it erases everything on the drive, but USB may be easier than DVD if there's a big recovery partition on your computer):
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    or this one is similar but burning to a DVD instead:
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by FrustratedUser View Post
    I installed an update this morning (the little action center flag in the bottom corner of the desktop told me to), after which my start screen displays nothing except the background, whenever I search for anything it says "This app can't be searched". Nothing relating to the start screen can open, so I pressed 'Windows + r' to get myself to desktop. I can open IE in desktop but can't view in start. System Restore failed and no matter how many times I try it will not work. When I look through Control Panel at the recently installed updates I can't find the one I installed this morning. I have followed the steps on many different forums, and the next step is to do a system refresh - but there's a catch.

    I can swipe in to bring up the charms bar (that's what it's called, right?), and I then click on settings. At the bottom i select "Change PC Settings", but along with every other part of Modern UI, nothing happens. As far as I know, from this menu that I cannot open is the only possible way to do a system refresh/reset, thus I am stuck with an inoperable operating system.

    I am very frustrated with this, and am hoping anybody out there can help me.
    Do you have an install medium, e.g., any type of install DVD? or a system repair DVD? Do you have any of the things referred to in my sig?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    I would like to thank everybody on this forum for their help. I ended up just burning the image file to a DVD and using that to refresh it. I will be back here next time I have a problem, because I know I can rely on the great community here.

    To DavidY, I never looked for a recovery option, that idea never even crossed my mind. It's an Asus all-in-one desktop, I can't remember the model number off the top of my head though.
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