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winload.exe missing windows 8

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    Windows 8

    winload.exe missing windows 8


    It says my PC needs to be repaired and that winload.exe is missing.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8


    Here's a snapshot.
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    Windows 8
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Try running startup repair on the installation media.

    Possibly an incorrect bcd entry.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8


    That's the message that pops up after I run startup repair.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Did you try it from external media - e.g boot disc/usb?
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    Windows 8


    Plus, my PC can only boot to the Windows 8 boot options menu. To access the BIOS menu, I need a password and I do not feel like taking apart the computer to clear it. I can't refresh the PC via the boot options menu because it says an error occured or something like that, and I cant reset it either because it says I have an invalid CD even though it is the right one.
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    Windows 8
    Last edited by afrojack; 10 May 2013 at 19:38.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Could be that your main hard drive has become unreadable and unmountable, if you can boot to the install disk, if you can get to the command prompt, run a full CHKDSK from there and see if it has any errors, if it does, then go one step further and use whatever software comes with your Hard Drive make to run a full surface scan, if you have read element failure, it will cause this very thing. The Boot Sector is not on the main hard drive, so it gets so far before it says it cant find Winload.

    Also, if you ever run a system repair via the hard Drive and the advanced boot options, you may be stuck in a boot loop, it may be looking for Winload on your recovery partition, which would explain why it is not the same version of Windows as your disk. Is there a recovery partition on that system?
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