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Windows Starts and Flashes Purple

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    Windows Starts and Flashes Purple


    Hey guys, I'm having a bit of a problem with my Windows 8. I'm currently running Windows 8 32-Bit, everything went well until this morning. I turned it on, and right before the log-on screen it started flashing purple. That's it, I couldn't do anything else, just watch the screen flash purple.

    I have ran into this problem a while back and managed to fix it by using the Windows Setup and using the System Restore option but now for some reason I have no clue on how to Boot from a USB/CD.. it's not working.

    I have a Compaq PC so it's a bit complicated to boot from devices. Anyways, if you guys could help me out a bit in a way that would be great!

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You have to get into your BIOS and set up booting from the install disk or USB disk. Unfortunately, MS in it's wisdom has allowed some OEMS access to the BIOS only through the OS, so if this is what you have your are F'd. But you can try shutting it off and then restarting, hitting F10 or F2 or ESC and maybe one of those will get you in. Just keep Hitting F Keys, one of them, Usually F12 is a Boot Choice Menu.
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    I can get into the Menu where I can set up to Boot from something, the thing is I have no clue on how to do it. I see things like my USB Device or CD but whenever I add those it kind of restarts and doesn't allow me to boot it up. I have no clue why though.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Can you boot into Safe Mode ?
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    Not that I know of unless there's some secret trick to do it at the boot screen, I only get three options:
    ESC (Boot Menu)
    F10 (Setup)
    F11 (Recovery) -- Which doesn't work for some reason which is why I have to somehow boot from a USB/CD
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Halo4 View Post
    Not that I know of unless there's some secret trick to do it at the boot screen, I only get three options:
    ESC (Boot Menu)
    F10 (Setup)
    F11 (Recovery) -- Which doesn't work for some reason which is why I have to somehow boot from a USB/CD
    OK.
    No Safe Mode.

    Try pressing Shift + F8 when restarting.
    It should take you into Recovery.
    You may need to try this several times for it to work.

    If that won't work,I have no other idea.

    If you do get it recovered, install BootUI Tuner :

    WinAero: Boot UI Tuner

    Once Advanced options is checked, EVERY time you restart you will get a screen with the options to boot into safe mode or Recover.
    You must press Enter to continue booting if you do not choose an option.

    See picture :

    Click image for larger version

    Sorry I can't help further.
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    Thanks for the advice man!

    Well I was able to fix my problem, I did that buy first Downgrading to Windows Vista (You can use Windows 7 too) then Upgrading back to Windows 8 using a clean install. It's good I did that because then I can remove all those useless files that I didn't need, and improve the overall performance of my PC.

    Anyways, I'm good for now guys.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


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


    Ok, great, werre you able to get into Safe Mode from the Install Disk?

    I've seen these purple flashes before, it was when my Media Machine had read element failure. I'd run a full disk scan using your Hard Drive MFG tools, they are usually available through the makers websites, and they are also on Hiren's Boot CD but you need to be careful running them, for instance, you cannot allow a laptop to run out of power, make sure it is plugged in and getting external power. It's my fault, because I neglected to mention that in my previous instructions to another user who had problems.

    Even if your drive is apparently good, its a good idea to check for Read Element Failure at least once a month. Normally, if the drive is OK, it will say so, relieving you from having to perform a process that can take up to 6 hours to perform. I'm just used to doing this, and every time I've done it I've made sure there were no expected electrical brownouts in my area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Ok, great, werre you able to get into Safe Mode from the Install Disk?

    I've seen these purple flashes before, it was when my Media Machine had read element failure. I'd run a full disk scan using your Hard Drive MFG tools, they are usually available through the makers websites, and they are also on Hiren's Boot CD but you need to be careful running them, for instance, you cannot allow a laptop to run out of power, make sure it is plugged in and getting external power. It's my fault, because I neglected to mention that in my previous instructions to another user who had problems.

    Even if your drive is apparently good, its a good idea to check for Read Element Failure at least once a month. Normally, if the drive is OK, it will say so, relieving you from having to perform a process that can take up to 6 hours to perform. I'm just used to doing this, and every time I've done it I've made sure there were no expected electrical brownouts in my area.
    I wasn't able to get into Safe Mode at all, I went kind of quick when I installed Vista since I didn't want anything to stop thus making everything not work again so I just installed Vista, and once that worked out, then Upgraded back to Windows 8.

    Yeah, I'll be sure to run some scans and such to make sure everything is perfect. I was looking at a video on Youtube and a guy who had fixed it said it was caused by Avast! so I'm not going to use that for safety reasons. (:
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