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Windows 8 rebooting loop

  1. #11


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


    OK.

    I've never seen that before.

    Did you make recovery disks when you first got the computer ?
    If so, you could choose for them to boot first.

    Otherwise you could get recovery disks from the manufacturer.

    Or, someone else here with more knowledge than I can jump in & offer help.

    So, pressing the delete key did work ?

    I'm sorry I can't offer better assistance.

    EDIT---

    Do you see this after pressing F-12:

    Click image for larger version

    Did you choose UEFI ?
    If not try it & you will see what I see in my picture.

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  2. #12


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


    See my edited post above about EUFI. !Click image for larger version
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  3. #13


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


    Have you tried UEFI yet ?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    I do not have an option for UEFI (my bios is not supported for it). So, I have booted into the win 8 install disk and went to advanced options. Tried a system repair, but couldn't repair. Then I tried a system restore (including the most recent where the critical win 8 update is the culprit) to multiple points but each one errors out.

    Tried using safe mode, but can not get into it. I used a command prompt to modify my bcdedit to include default safe network, but on reboot it doesn't go into safe mode. It still tries to install and configure the windows updates and restarts after reaching 30%.
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  5. #15


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


    I'm out of ideas.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    If you can get back to the command prompt again, try typing/entering "pkgmgr" (without quotes) and this should bring up a nice white pop-up notice telling you that pkgmgr has been replaced by the DISM command. It will also show all of the variables you can use. So, if you have any info about the bad update, you should be able to remove it via DISM. This was tested on 8.1 but I assume it should be the same for 8.0. Good luck.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Also, I guess a picture is worth a thousand words here:

    Click image for larger version
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If it hasn't installed, that might not work.

    In which case, try DISM /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions

    Replace C with the letter your windows directory is on.
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  9. #19


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    With Windows 7, it was necessary to run the startup repair several times to completely repair the system.

    I do not know if you got this far:

    In Windows 8 it is called Automatic Repair:

    Follow these steps to perform Automatic Repair:
    a. Insert the installation DVD or USB and boot Windows 8 from it.
    b. In the ‘Windows setup’ page select the ‘language to install’, ‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘keyboard or input method’ and click on ‘next’.
    c. Click on ‘Repair your computer’ and select ‘Troubleshoot’.
    d. Click on ‘Advanced options’ and select ‘Automatic Repair’ and select the operating system.

    I would attempt to repair the system from the setup disk or USB at least three times.

    As you are halfway through a failed windows update, I am guessing that there will be both files and registry entries in incomplete states. These are the cause of the unstable boot.

    I see that my2cents and SIW2 have recommended that you use DISM from the setup Preinstallation Environment command prompt, which is worth trying first.

    Sadly, the stock answer to Windows 8 boot problems are the "3 Rs" of Restore, Refresh, and Reset. There seems to be very little acquired wisdom on handling these problems.

    It is therefore imperative that you make a custom recovery image, soon after you are satisfied that you have the system running the way you want and repeat the imaging shortly after installation of new licensed applications.

    The tutorial Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image has a full discussion on the use of the recovery image creation and use.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    With Windows 7, it was necessary to run the startup repair several times to completely repair the system.

    I do not know if you got this far:

    In Windows 8 it is called Automatic Repair:

    Follow these steps to perform Automatic Repair:
    a. Insert the installation DVD or USB and boot Windows 8 from it.
    b. In the ‘Windows setup’ page select the ‘language to install’, ‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘keyboard or input method’ and click on ‘next’.
    c. Click on ‘Repair your computer’ and select ‘Troubleshoot’.
    d. Click on ‘Advanced options’ and select ‘Automatic Repair’ and select the operating system.

    I would attempt to repair the system from the setup disk or USB at least three times.

    As you are halfway through a failed windows update, I am guessing that there will be both files and registry entries in incomplete states. These are the cause of the unstable boot.

    I see that SIW2 has recommended that you use DISM from the setup Preinstallation Environment command prompt, which is worth trying first.

    Sadly, the stock answer to Windows 8 boot problems are the "3 Rs" of Restore, Refresh, and Reset. There seems to be very little acquired wisdom on handling these problems.

    It is therefore imperative that you make a custom recovery image, soon after you are satisfied that you have the system running the way you want and repeat the imaging shortly after installation of new licensed applications.

    The tutorial Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image has a full discussion on the use of the recovery image creation and use.
    At this point it is unknown whether the update has completed installation or whether it is still in transition. Now, if all goes well, either his or my DISM solution should work. In any case, the OP clearly identified the "need to preserve data."
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