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Repairing a Hosed Windows 8 Boot

  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Actually, it's best to run a disk check outside of Windows before boot, that's when system files can get moved around if they happen to be in a damaged sector/block on the disk. I would heavily doubt that disk check wouldn't have ended anytime soon, it depends on how much you have on your drive, free space, and the condition of it. I recently had a 500 gig hard drive die on me, before it did I had to spend several hours trying to run disk check on it at restart (on a different PC) to get it relatively recovered. All in all, it was futile as it just died. And did Windows say that AFTER you canceled the disk check?

    You will have to experiment yourself on this one, I THINK I read before people doing that to get back their old BCD boot style. This happens if you install Windows 7 AFTER installing 8 in a dual boot situation. You will need to download EasyBCD, and install the vista/7 BCD boot record on the hard drive with 8 installed. But do this outside your normal setup, use an separate drive if you must, or a dual boot partition or triple boot.
    What did Windows do after I cancelled the disk check? It said "Error, can't mount Boot Volume" - That was when I GWScanned it, said Read Element Failure. See the problem is, all of the little piece of S**t things Windows Needs to boot Windows 8 are no longer contained on just the drive where it is installed. This is Dual-Boot with Windows 7 and if I boot off my Windows 7 drive, it's still windows 8. So the stuff that boots Windows 8 is scattered across three hard drives on this machine.

    So, when it boots, it is booting to the 320 Gigger to get the Boot Choice Menu. If I choose 8, then it moved over to my 500 GB drive. If I choose 7, it reboots, and activates the old Windows 7 Bootloader.

    I had two versions of Windows 7 get crosslinked like this, a 32 bit and a 64 bit. They both booted from the same drive. Actually, the windows 8 partition on this system IS my old x64 partition.

    Anyway my "Solution" from the first post, is for people who were forced to cancel the auto-chkdsk and it left them with an unmountable boot volume, using GWscan should restore enough of the drive to get it to boot, then Windows 8 can scan the rest of it.

    I've found that some drive scan processes are what have destroyed my drives. That's why I fret when they take longer than about 20 minutes. I can use Hiren's Boot CD to check, better and faster.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    There is a progress shown with disk check and sometimes Automatic Repair, it shows the percentage complete.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yah, there is supposed to be. That is what worried me heh. That it was not showing, made me aware I needed to run an external scan.
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  4. #14


    Thanks for he info, will be researching it as times goes by - and thanks again
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  5. #15


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Hello,

    In my signature are 2 links about BootUI Tuner.
    Check them out.

    BootUI Tuner will give one boot options at startup before anything else can pop up.
    If you wish to choose none of the options just press Enter to continue booting.
    A picture:

    Click image for larger version

    If it wasn't for BootUI I would have a piece of scrap metal to look at.

    EDIT-- It gives you about 10 or 12 seconds to make a choice.
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  6. #16


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That looks decent. I was finally able to get into Safe Mode after Shawn tortured me into it. Er, I mean "Tutored". I finally used BDCedit to switch both of my systems to Legacy Boot Mode. But I'll check into BootUI Tuner for futire installations.

    Mostly in here, I wanted to form some kind of tutorial I could refer people to who are having certain problems that with me, indicate hard drive errors, I have finally streamlined the process. Usually it's for people stuck in Automatic Repair loops or other situations where the Boot Drive can't be found. So I shut down, boot to Hiren's Boot CD, run GWscan first, and the full scan if indicated. After that it's Mini-XP, run the full CHKDSK from there, and after that boot to Windows 8 and let it finalize the Auto Repair, which it will do after the full drive has been scanned. If a hard drive has developed too many errors for GWscan to fix, you can use Vivard instead to do a Smart Remap. I've had to use Vivard twice so far- But it is a last resort, because the program can take up to 5 hours to fully run, and it cannot be interrupted. Plus, I don't know if you can use it with an SSD drive.
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  7. #17


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    One day I got a Black screen.
    That's it.

    After trying to restart a dozen times I got the taskbar to appear.
    I got Control Panel open & did a refresh.
    The refresh didn't help.
    The next time I restarted I got a black screen.
    After restarting another bunch of times I finally got restarted.

    I Googled the situation & found BootUI.
    I downloaded it.
    I restarted & chose Safe Mode & did a restore.
    I could have done a restore after it restarted to the taskbar but wanted to look for other options.
    I got to test BootUI anyways.

    That fixed it.
    It took 6 hours to reinstall lost programs.
    Not counting 55 Windows Updates.

    The point is, BootUI made getting into Safe Mode easy.
    One key press.

    F8 doesn't work for Safe Mode for me.
    I suspect others have the same problem.

    I really like BootUI.
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  8. #18


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    When I first installed Windows 8, I got the Black Screen of Death, on both of them. But I was able to get into Task Manager. So I re-activated from Task Manager, and it's been good on both systems ever since. I think it was because I had used an "activator" that I found somewhere. After I removed it, it booted, non-activated, so I just got a new key.
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