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Cannot Boot Win 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    win 8

    *PLEASE HELP* Cannot Boot Win 8


    I was writing an email and randomly my fairly new and perfectly working laptop kept freezing and showing Disk 100% in Task Manager so I restarted. After that my laptop is stuck on "automatic repair mode" whenever I power on and none of the options work. I have the options to "Continue to win 8" "use a device" "troubleshoot" or "turn off my pc" NONE of these options are working! If I click anything it just freezes.

    How can I recover some important files I had on my desktop? I didn't have any partitions! I'm not able to boot with Ubuntu, win 7, or norton ghost DVDs. I even set the DVD drive to boot first in BIOS. Please help! I'm new to win 8

    It's a toshiba satellite s855d-s5148
    AMD A10
    ram 8gb
    HDD 1 tb
    Last edited by toshiba; 17 Aug 2013 at 21:05.

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  2. #2


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


    You can download Hiren's Boot CD and burn it, boot to it and go into Mini XP, you can use that to move your personal files off of the system drive. Then at least you could re-install 8.

    But I think your hard drive has developed problems, on the same Hiren's CD, if you go into Dos programs you will see Hard Disk Tools, you can use those to test your drive and fix it. GWscan is what I usually use for that, run the first 2 scans and it will tell you if you have read error or not, if it does, do the 3rd full scan, and it will fix your drive up. Usually 100% disk and long aperture circles mean you should scan your drive anyway. Give that a try and see if your drive has developed read element failure. Windows 8 causes this a lot.

    Oh Yah, if you have a Toshiba system, you will have to use the Toshiba disk tool, it's in there. If it says there are "too many errors to fix" - Then you can use Vivard, do a Smart Remap. But it will take up to 4 hours, do not shut off the system while it is running or it will wreck the drive.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    win 8


    Thanks for all the details!! I burned the Hirens boot CD and put it in but it says "system doesnt have any cd/dvd boot option. Please select other boot option in Boot Manager Menu" (ive already gone in bios and done that)

    What can I do now?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Ubuntu, win 7, or norton ghost DVDs
    I burned the Hirens boot CD
    The CD/DVD/USB software above are not signed by Microsoft, therefore will not boot with SECURE BOOT.
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  5. #5


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


    Secure Boot? Oy Vey. How you shut that off?

    Found this:

    Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI

    8 is just overloaded with this kind of security CACK.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Secure Boot? Oy Vey. How you shut that off?

    Found this:

    Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI

    8 is just overloaded with this kind of security CACK.

    You now have Ubuntu x64, windows 7 x64 booting on some OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8.
    Would be better to have software signed by Microsoft, & which uses WinPE4, than the liveCD will boot with Secure Boot ENABLED.
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  7. #7


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


    Yah but the idea that they are locking out the Optical Drive to "MS-Signed ONLY" Disks is preposterous. That's gotta be shut off right away, people use all kinds of Non-MS OS's not to mention utility disks that need to boot. The normal person who knows how to do this, is not going to stick a whole disk full of virii into their systems.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Yah but the idea that they are locking out the Optical Drive to "MS-Signed ONLY" Disks is preposterous. That's gotta be shut off right away, people use all kinds of Non-MS OS's not to mention utility disks that need to boot. The normal person who knows how to do this, is not going to stick a whole disk full of virii into their systems.
    MS are not locking out the Optical Drive to "MS-Signed ONLY", some OEM manufacturer's are.

    Some OEM manufacturers are locking end-users out of the options in UEFI/ BIOS firmware on consumer PC’s, to install other OS's in UEFI mode, so you can only install Legacy mode, on business PC’s there not.



    Windows Hardware Certification Requirements for Client and Server Systems




    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Mandatory. On non-ARM systems, the platform MUST implement the ability for a physically present user to select between two Secure Boot modes in firmware setup: "Custom" and "Standard". Custom Mode allows for more flexibility as specified in the following:

    It shall be possible for a physically present user to use the Custom Mode firmware setup option to modify the contents of the Secure Boot signature databases and the PK. This may be implemented by simply providing the option to clear all Secure Boot databases (PK, KEK, db, dbx), which puts the system into setup mode.

    If the user ends up deleting the PK then, upon exiting the Custom Mode firmware setup, the system is operating in Setup Mode with SecureBoot turned off.

    The firmware setup shall indicate if Secure Boot is turned on, and if it is operated in Standard or Custom Mode. The firmware setup must provide an option to return from Custom to Standard Mode which restores the factory defaults. On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enabled.

    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
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  9. #9


    Posts : 3
    win 8


    Guys, so you think next I should try to get secure boot off somehow and boot one of the CDs? My only other option here seems to send the laptop back to toshiba after somehow backing up my files..

    I'm thinking to remove the HDD and use a HDD reader with another laptop? Any further suggestions? Thanks!
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  10. #10


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


    If you can get that Secure crap shut off, and boot to Hiren's you can use Mini XP to move the stuff off.

    If you can get Hiren's into a USB flash drive, mayme you'll be able to boot it than. Use iso2disc to change the bootable ISO image into a bootable flash drive.
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