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Dual Boot Win7/8 - Win8 Goes To Black After Install

  1. #11


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7


    Yes after conversion I can boot up with no problem and all seems fine on my Windows7 partitions. Thanks for the Ctrl-Alt-Del suggestion which I'll try. I believe it was Theog that suggested that before. My problem previously was that the screen went to black before I had a chance to do anything. Everything seems fine for about a minute. I'll give it another shot and let you know. I've been busy and haven't had a chance to do a Win8 re-install. Thanks again.

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  2. #12


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


    Yah, sometimes when you move a system to a new hard drive, it has to be re-activated. The Black Screen with working Task Manager is evidence of a bad activation, I originally saw it when I first installed Windows 8 and I had used a bad program to activate it. I removed the bad program and activated it legitimately and it has never gone black screen on me since. So SLMGR.vbs /dlv will at least tell you the status of your activation.

    If the activation comes up OK, and you still get a black screen o deth, you can stick an install disk into the drive and open Task Manager and browse to the SETUP file on the Installation Disk. Then you can do an in-place install. It's what I had to do when I had the black screen of death.

    I prefer In-Place install over any "refresh" operations, because it will keep your system in the same state that it was before problems occurred.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7


    Thanks again for the information. I have yet had time to try a re-install but it appears that perhaps the no activation might have been my problem all along. I'll definitely try the SLMGR.vbs /DLV to check the status. If it's not activated I'll activate it through Windows 8 (how can I find activation quickly while in Windows8?) Normally I have a short window until all goes to black. Maybe Charm bar then "search" for activation? Just a thought.

    If I am activated you mentioned sticking in the install disk and going to setup through task manager, then doing an in-place install. I do this while still in the black screen? There's an option to physically get to the installation disk in task manager? I think I'm missing something here and may feel stupid when you tell me but would you please describe the procedure in doing an in-place install which I'm totally unfamiliar with. I think I'm going to be embarrassed here. Thanks so much!
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  4. #14


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


    If it is indeed an activation issue, you'll have to use a Phone activation.

    Yah, if you can pull up Task Manager and browse, you can run "Setup.exe" from the install disk, or, just type in the location of the setup command in "Run". Actually I think you'll have to do an In-Place install anyway, just to get the activator to show up. If the key fails, use the phone activation and they should give you a new key. If it's a core version, it should activate itself.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7


    Thanks... you mean doing a Ctrl-Alt-Del > task manager from the black screen while in Windows8? If so, I'll get to the setup. If all fails and I'm not activated do you by chance know the Microsoft number to call for activation? Anyway I'll do SLMGR.vsb /DLV first. If it tells me I'm activated then it's another problem I assume.... and still do an in-place setup?
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  6. #16


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


    The number should be in the activation screen when you choose "Phone Activation". Yah, you'll have to do an In-Place install. I think you can do it from SLMGR.vbs /ato, try that. You may need to insert your key.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7


    Thanks again... I've been traveling... and have to go to Canada tomorrow. I'll try this when I return next week. One question... you said in your last message I may have to insert the key when I do the in-place install. This is the new key I get from MS?
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  8. #18


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


    No, use any key you have. You don't have the key saved anywhere? It's the first thing I do, I use Aida64 to show me the full key and then I copy it and save it.

    You can use SLMGR.vbs /dlv to see if you have a key at all, it will return a partial key.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7


    Thanks... yes I have my original key. I was just curious if I could use that key or would have a use a new one I would get from MS if a new one was needed. You said that I can use SMLGR.vbs /DLV to see at least a partial key... I was under the impression that that command was to see my activation status? Activated, not activated.

    I'm no longer home but on my way out of the country for a few days. I'll attempt this when I return next week and let you know. Thanks again.

    Thanks too for Aida64, I'll check that out. Good to have.
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  10. #20


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


    Ok, bump the trhead when you get back and we'll try to figure this out. I'm curious as to the results when you try SLMGR /dlv
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