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Cannot boot computer in either standard or safe mode

  1. #11


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    If you are on XP you will need a iso image burning program. If you haven't got one, there is a good freebie here (it's tiny)

    Terrabyte-burnCDCC

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nodracol View Post
    Thanks SIW2 and others. I'm downloading the trail version as suggested. It's going to be slow since I have had to resurrect my 10yr old XP machine. Previous posts were on a netbook with no DVD drive. Will leave running overnight and sort out in the morning.

    Cheers guys. Will let you know how I get on.
    I think you are moving in a logical direction. If automatic repair does not work, then don't forget what others suggested you try via disk above. Also, there is a chance that things are more serious than they may appear. This thread deals with an endless loop (not your) and what the OP did to get his data back. I attempted to link you at about the point his solution began to develop seriously. But, you might want to go back to the start of the thread if you end up with very serious data recovery issues--as he did. Hopefully, your data are well backed up. For future reference, check out my sig.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by easyq View Post
    Once in the DOSs box do this
    BCDboot c:/windows /s c: /l en-us
    That worked like a charm for me
    Ten days ago, I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 8 ("What are you waiting for"-email from Microsoft).

    Within 6 days, I needed to refresh Windows 8 twice because of some crashes. After the second time "refresh", and reinstalling numerous updates for Win8, I turned the computer off. Next morning, after I successfully got the my Desktop screen, a message popped up saying, that my “Outlook driver had some errors and I needed to restart computer”. After I restarted my computer, Windows went through “Scanning hard drive and repairing” process.

    Suddenly, I got a message that Windows could not repair the errors and will be automatically restored to a previous state. After about 40 minutes, I got a message that Windows could not be restored to a previous state. I got an option to go Advanced Options.

    Several times, I've tried and failed to refresh or reset my Windows 8. I even tried to run chkdsk in MS-DOS. It failed with a note, saying something about “could not transfer log ...50”. Sorry, I don't remember the exact words.

    I tried to repair my Windows 8 by using USB Flash Drive, but got a message saying that my hard-drive is locked. Over-the-phone Microsoft technicians could not help me.

    I decided to do a “clean-install” of Windows 8 on the same computer that had Win8 installed.

    I got a message, saying something “Windows cannot be installed on GPT drive, only on MBR”.

    I needed to reformat my hard drive – to loose everything – and only then, I was able to reinstall Windows 8.
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  4. #14


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    Reply to znod - I think the recommendation was a restore partition, because no discs came with the PC. I've used system restore many times before on WIndows 7 and previous and this is the first time it has hung on me. I'm still trying to download the free trial enterprise ISO file but the downloads however stop after about an hour or two and report "unknown network error". I'm trying for the 4th time at the moment. I'm beginning to wish I never got a new computer!
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  5. #15


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    I've finally made a DVD from the link above and made it work. I've also found that everything is still all in one piece with no loss of data. My last challenge was to make a recovery disc about which I could find no reference to in the control panel or the Apps. Thanks to an online search I discovered that there is an app called Recdisc hidden somewhere in the system which you can get at using the Windows key and q and then searching for Recdisc. How isomeone is supposed to find this I don't know. Anyway all's well that ends well.

    To all who helped me in this thread - Thanks a million

    I'm left wondering why it so complicated. It seems that as Windows evolves to look more and more like Apple's, Microsoft seem to make it more and more difficult for the user to find howe how to do things - no instructions, no operating manual and no useful help function (which is also like Apple). Where would we be without guys like you helping us out. Thanks again
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  6. #16


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    The iso you d/l ed is the trial install version. You can use the repair options from it with no limitation.

    For those who got their machine with w8 pre installed, the oem must have included some way of running off reinstall media.
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  7. #17


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    Acer used to do it like this.
    See if that or similar is on your machine

    Step 1

    Insert a blank CD or DVD into the Acer's optical drive.

    Step 2

    Click the Start menu, click "All Programs" and click "Acer Empowering Technology."

    Step 3

    Click on "Acer eRecovery Management." Create a password to protect the recovery disc, then create a hint to help you remember the password.

    Step 4

    Click on the "Burn Disc" button. Click "Create Factory Default Disc."

    You won't have a start menu - unless you have installed a 3rd party one.

    Hunt about as best you can and try to find Acers recovery disc creator program. It would be ridiculous if they haven't included something along those lines
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nodracol View Post
    Thanks again
    You are very welcome for my very small part. SIW2 was da man.
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