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Activation and Updates and Blue Screen

  1. #1


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro

    Activation and Updates and Blue Screen


    Hey, for like the 8th time now I've had to format my computer due to a blue screen error. The last error was HAL.dll missing or corrupted. My boot sector or whatever the correct name for it is, keeps getting corrupted and it will never repair, it just freezes at 2% and keeps looping. The drive I am using is the Corsair 240GB FORCE 3 SSD and I am not sure if the problem is due to SSD being bad or my motherboard being too old. I have the ASUS Striker II Extreme if anyone knows what could be causing this problem, can you give me help on this please.

    My second problem is, on my latest format, Windows 8 refuses to activate, it claims I cannot do a clean install and this is what I have been doing all the time. The other thing is that I cannot complete a Windows update, when it restarts, it says it has failed and rolls back the changes. I am not sure if this is because it wont activate but.

    Oh one more thing, now Windows has a problem with showing my real location, so I am getting the wrong weather reports and so on.

    One more thing I forgot to mention, I can't even check my system rating. Last time I did I check before the format my system was rated as 6.6, that was my lowest rated hardware and that was the SSD. Is that a normal score for an SSD?
    Last edited by Brink; 06 Mar 2013 at 12:37. Reason: merged

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    Jason:

    We'll wade into this one with some hard core. It could be hardware, It could be the bandido's messing with you.

    I have Win 8 and Win 8 Pro on two computers. One a new HP OEM regular, updated to Win Pro and another older computer with Win 8 Pro store bought Win 8 Pro 64 bit installed on a new replacement HDD.

    I found numerous defects in Win 8 * ( Nine to be exact ) most of which had not been resolved as of 2 weeks ago. There was rumored a BIG fix of 52 items coming. I got tons of updates last week but I can't verify if it was the big one promised. In any event I had EVENTS that sent my new computer into a tizzy! I had to enlist my annual contract pro Guru to remedy things. The combination of the Guru and the flood of updates has my barely 3 month old computer functioning like a fine tuned Swiss watch. It boots up at the speed of light and performs snappily better than any previous OS. Thus I am on safe ground when I tell you that Win 8/Win 8 Pro functions like it is supposed to.


    Based on my gut feeling, your problem sounds like it is may be in the hardware. If yours is old it may not have the system requirements and you will need to check those.

    Win 8 is persnickety, flighty, emotional and hostile to outsiders. If it doesn't like some software it will give it an attitude toute suite. *( Righty away without diplomacy ).

    If your computer is 5 years old or older it may be time to get a new one. You're having just too many issues.

    * Check you system requirements adequacy.

    * Run some scrub and clean software to flush out those pesky trouble makers.

    * Offload and get rid of as much baggage as possible that you don't need, old files, unused software programs. Give it a good house cleaning.
    Last edited by wetibbe; 06 Mar 2013 at 15:45.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    lol Thanks for the reply. My system was built in 2007, but it is more than capable of running Windows 8 with ease. In fact it does so until I randomly get the BSOD. I do want to upgrade my motherboard and CPU, but I just do not have the money to do so right now no job at the moment.

    My system:

    Motherboard - ASUS Striker II Extreme
    Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.49Ghz OC
    Memory - 7GB Corsair Dominator @1600Mhz
    Graphics Card - nVidia 660Ti
    System Drive - Corsair 240GB Force 3 SSD

    I will do another format later tonight and hope this activation thing doesn't pop up again. I just hate that I keep getting BSOD and it is such a random thing.
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    Let us know. There are lots of good guys here to help you.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by JasonD View Post

    One more thing I forgot to mention, I can't even check my system rating. Last time I did I check before the format my system was rated as 6.6, that was my lowest rated hardware and that was the SSD. Is that a normal score for an SSD?
    A rating of 6.6 for a ssd drive is a sigh something is not right. I have a Lenovo laptop with a ssd and it is rated at 8.1 with the graphics rated at 6.6 to be expected. I have also disabled fast boot as it was causing problems.
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    @ JasonD:

    Your computer specs are more than enough to run Windows 8.

    Just in case try to install and activate it with your rig at stock speed and RAM timing set to SPD. File corruption may be related to that. I had similar problems. That's why I had to limit my QX9770 @ 4.00 GHz and DDR2 @ 1000 MHz.

    Good luck !

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  7. #7


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonD View Post

    One more thing I forgot to mention, I can't even check my system rating. Last time I did I check before the format my system was rated as 6.6, that was my lowest rated hardware and that was the SSD. Is that a normal score for an SSD?
    A rating of 6.6 for a ssd drive is a sigh something is not right. I have a Lenovo laptop with a ssd and it is rated at 8.1 with the graphics rated at 6.6 to be expected. I have also disabled fast boot as it was causing problems.
    My SATA ports run at 3Gb/s maybe thats part of the reason for such a low number. I always thought it was a good number till you just said that lol cause it was always higher than my HDD lool. Should have known it should have been even better.


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    @ JasonD:

    Your computer specs are more than enough to run Windows 8.

    Just in case try to install and activate it with your rig at stock speed and RAM timing set to SPD. File corruption may be related to that. I had similar problems. That's why I had to limit my QX9770 @ 4.00 GHz and DDR2 @ 1000 MHz.

    Good luck !

    Will do another format ASAP, I doubt it will be tonight anymore, but will keep you posted. Thank you
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    Jason:

    I'm less than convinced that your computer is up to the tech spec system requirements either with hardware or software.

    Win 8 system requirements are:

    * 1 GHz or faster processor.

    * 1 GB RAM 32 bit or 2 GB RAM 64 bit.

    * 16 GB available hard drive 32 bit or 20 GB 64 bit.

    DirectX graphics device with WDDM 10 or higher.

    These are the bare minimums:

    Win 8 apps have a minimum 1024 x 768 screen resolution. If you attempt to run with less you will get an error message.

    To use the snap features you must have a minimum resolution of 1366x768.

    Using Win 8 on a singe core processor running at 1 GHz is possible but won't be a great experience. Using a dual core processor running at 1 GHz is recommended.

    Using the 32 bit version of Win 8 on a system with 1 GB RAM will work but won't be great.

    I understand your position and condition. *( Most of us are not happy now about the overall situation ).
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  9. #9


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    Sorry I forgot to update you guys.

    Ok formatted, like 3 more times and Windows will not install stable unless I put my SSD into RAID mode (on it's own). It's always kinda been that way, I am guessing the reason for that is, my motherboard doesn't really support AHCI, even though it somehow popped up in the BIOS now. So far it's running stable enough and still gets a score of 6.6. The thing with it showing that I'm in a different part of the country seems to be from my ISP (May need to call them). Will do another update in this post when it decides to keep asking to be repaired again.

    One more thing. Am I the only person who has trouble with the Messaging app? Cause sometimes it will not sign me in, so I will have to go onto Facebook to speak to who I want to talk to. Sometimes, I don't receive all my messages on it and now it just doesn't do anything.
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