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Cannot Start Windows 8

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    Cannot Start Windows 8

    Hello, I have a dual boot ubuntu-windows 8 machine, I can't seem to boot windows 8 now. When I start it, I get this message
    preparing automatic repair
    after that, it just gives me an error and says I have to shut down or advanced options. I tried running in safemode but that still needs to go through the preparing automatic repair screen. I tried to refresh my PC or whatever it was but it said something went wrong and it just failed. I also tried to make a full recovery but it also gives me an error, same with recovery points.

    Anybody know what to do?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    If you have the Win8 DVD, I'd suggest doing a clean install.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP

    Probably won't work, but you could try running automatic repair from whatever you have (if you do): a Win8 system repair disc; a Win8 install disc; or a Win8 install flash drive. If you can get an ISO using another machine (or from an off-computer backup), then you could, one way or another, create the medium of your choice. Given one of the latter two media you might be able to do a refresh or reset.

    Refresh your PC—Attempts to solve system problems by replacing system files without affecting user data files. Such files still should be backed up. Installed programs will have to be reinstalled except those from the Windows Store. A list of uninstalled programs is provided on desktop. You personalization settings will be maintained. System settings will be set to defaults. A Windows.old folder will be created at C:. You can delete it once you have everything you want from it--Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8.

    Reset your PC—Formats, removes everything, and reinstalls Win8. Not even settings
    maintained. Be well backed up.

    dinesh's call is likely to turn out to be your solution.
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