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Browser + harddrive Issues.

  1. #11


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Yeah I burnt a windows 8 iso just in case I have to factory it, which I really don't want to do. How do I start Windows 8 in safe mode? I've tried to before and I couldn't. I'm a very techy guy, I usually fix everything that happens with my laptop, but this one stumped me lol

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    ok I went in to safe mode and attempted to restore to an earlier start point, but its not showing system restore in properties, and when I clicked on system restore in recovery, this poped up saying "system restore does not appear to be functioning
    correctly on this system.
    a volume shadow copy service component encountered
    an unexpected error. " this is very weird, I would prefer not to do a computer refresh, as that wipes out a lot of programs and drivers, I've done that before and do not like it, any other ideas?
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  4. #14


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


    No more ideas.

    Maybe someone else will jump in & offer a solution.
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  5. #15


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    is your windows activated?

    are you seeing any activation watermarks on the lower right of the screen?

    Can you bring your laptop to another computer to backup your data and run a virus scan?

    Do you have an available partition at least 30GB in which to install another copy of Windows 8 on it?

    If the data and programs are very important to you, do not refresh, buy another harddrive, clone your malfunctioning drive and install the clone in your computer if the clone behaves the same then attempt a refresh. If the end result is not what you want, you still have the original..

    You said youve refreshed before, was it for the same behavior? It may be hardware related like your harddrive... Cloning the drive should eliminate the problem if it is your harddrive..

    BTW is your system a desktop or laptop? do you have an external drive connected to it?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    It is a genuine windows, paid for, I've never partitioned before, and I have an external hard drive, backed up most of my files, and as for the last refresh, it was for a different reason, and my system is a Toshiba laptop, and how do I clone my hard drive?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    is your windows activated?

    are you seeing any activation watermarks on the lower right of the screen?

    Can you bring your laptop to another computer to backup your data and run a virus scan?

    Do you have an available partition at least 30GB in which to install another copy of Windows 8 on it?

    If the data and programs are very important to you, do not refresh, buy another harddrive, clone your malfunctioning drive and install the clone in your computer if the clone behaves the same then attempt a refresh. If the end result is not what you want, you still have the original..

    You said youve refreshed before, was it for the same behavior? It may be hardware related like your harddrive... Cloning the drive should eliminate the problem if it is your harddrive..

    BTW is your system a desktop or laptop? do you have an external drive connected to it?
    Best solution I can think of.

    Copy over the user data you need to an external drive. Make a system image of the PC's drive as well.

    Also, I wan to ask, is this a new Windows 8 PC or an install of Windows 8 on an older PC?
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