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Turned off PC when refreshing Windows 8

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    Windows 8

    Turned off PC when refreshing Windows 8


    I reset windows 8 on my alienware m15x for a fresh restart but it was taking too long and got stuck a 30% so I held down the power button. Next thing It says No Operating system detected. Help?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Hi,

    1. Boot into Windows Recovery Environment from the installation or recovery disk.
    2. Follow instructions from Step 2 down in How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder (applies to 8 as well).

    Vadim
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8


    I don't have a recovery disk and I don't have a windows.old folder?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    If you don't have a recovery disk, how did you determine that you don't have windows.old folder?

    But since you determined this, you know how to access your drive and copy your personal data to another disk. Then just do a clean install or restore the system to factory conditions per user manual.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8


    Before I reset windows 8, I had no windows.old folder. My computer does not have a manual at all. I tried installing linux but it still said no OS was found.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Linux usually won't allow you to see the contents of an NTFS partition.
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    Posts : 13
    Windows 8


    I'm installing Ubuntu onto the laptop, Will this allow me to do anything with it? e.g, download a windows 7 ISO and upgrade it with the windows 8 key?
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    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Linux usually won't allow you to see the contents of an NTFS partition.
    Linux can read and write most filesystems, including FAT32/16 NTFS, EXT2/3/4, etc. So the OP could boot a live Ubuntu CD and pull off his data onto thumb drive.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    @x50potato
    It doesn't look like you're interested in pursuing my leads, so I rest my case after making just two points.

    Quote Originally Posted by x50potato View Post
    Before I reset windows 8, I had no windows.old folder.
    It's created during refresh.

    Quote Originally Posted by x50potato View Post
    My computer does not have a manual at all.
    It does, and I suggest starting at page 61 of the mobile manual.
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  10. #10


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


    Quote Originally Posted by x50potato View Post
    I reset windows 8 on my alienware m15x for a fresh restart but it was taking too long and got stuck a 30% so I held down the power button. Next thing It says No Operating system detected. Help?
    Does it have a recovery drive where you could reset it to factory specifications ?
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