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  1. #11


    Ok so this thread got moved. You see that correct?

    Making any strides? One thing I thought of is to clean the repair disk of grime. Did it get scratched perhaps? If it did its probably trashed. Someone else may, but Iknow don't know a way of fixing that.

    Also, It may not boot but you can get into your BIOS. Are all settings okay there? Able to boot to the OS disk and partition?

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  2. #12


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


    The reason it gives this error is because the Windows Boot GUI cannot find the System Files. You can fix this with "Bootrec /Fixmbr and then /Scanos"

    If that fails, then your Hard Drives has issues, download Hiren's Boot CD, burn it and boot to it, link below. Choose DOS PROGRAMS and then HARD DRIVE TOOLS.

    Try Gwscan, if that fails, find the drive tool for your OEM drive. You will have to run a full disk scan to repair read element failure.

    After you have finished that, Boot once again to Hiren's and go into Mini-XP. Open a command prompt and run CHKDSK on all of your drives. You can also do it from a Windows 8 Install disk from the command prompt, the trick is, do it from a boot disk, not from Windows 8 - That way it can scan all of the system drive and fix errors.

    My system has done this about 25 times and either a GWscan or a regular CHKDSK fixed it.
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  3. #13


    Thank you, XweAponX.

    Waylomana, You'll want to take directions from XweAponX (or others). He's much more knowledgeable than I.

    Good luck to you.
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  4. #14


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


    Well, that's just the reason I've found for that particular error, I suppose I am an expert on it by now. Maybe there are other ways to fix it, but I know it happens cos the Boot Loader can't find the System files. But the system where that happens to me the most is whack, the boot loader or 7 and 8 is on a Windows 7 drive, not on the Windows 8 drive. But I've seen that error a lot, don't know if that makes me more knowledgeable, only for this issue.

    A Windows 8 Install disk can do the CHKDSK, but CHKDSK don't scan the entire drive, so I use GWscan, WDdiag, Seagate Seatools, the Hitachi and Toshiba programs and if those fail, I use ViVard as a very last resort. I like Hiren's because it has all of these on one disk. The problem with that is I can;t write a tutorial that uses Hiren's, only the separate Drive Scanning Programs. I suppose I'll make a boot disk with only those programs and maybe they'll let me allow people to download it.

    Does anyone else have experience making special Boot CD's - I need to make a Boot CD where i can have a Menu to choose from all of these disk scanning programs. That way we can point people to it, they can download it and get to the drive scanners. But I can't do SSD drives.

    And we still need a way to run CHKDSK after that, the only other way is from a Windows 8 Install disk.
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  5. #15


    I sincerely am glad you stepped in. You're absolutely correct on the fault code. I think your solution is better than mine. I just don't want to misguide anyone.

    Great idea on the repair cd at boot, BTW.
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  6. #16


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


    Lets pool together and make one, if you have any ideas, PM me. I'll talk to Shawn about it too. I can supply a few of these tools.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro

    Same Issue - Windows 8 Pro won't boot, recovery disc fails




    All of this info is Greek to me. Can someone please walk me through? I have a Dell XPS 15 521 with Windows 8 Pro. I purchased and installed Adobe CS6 and when I tried to reboot, got the Windows dreaded black screen. My Windows 8 Pro was an online upgrade and the system reboot disk failed! Unbeknownst to me, my backup software stopped writing to my external MyBook Live drive a couple of months ago and was backing up to my C drive (UGHHHHH!) so I stand to loose a significant amount of data.

    I have been back and forth between my VERY EXPENSIVE Dell Pro Support warranty Techs and Microsoft Techs since last week. A Dell Tech had to come to my house to remove the battery or I would have voided the warranty - just to see if it would boot from the power cord and not the battery. Fail. All the Hard Drive diagnostics passed so Dell concluded that the Operating System is corrupt.

    Microsoft is mailing me, at my expense, a Windows 8 disk that will not arrive for 2 weeks (and the disk is not for Windows 8 Pro--they can't seem to agree if there is such a thing as a Windows 8 Pro reboot disk!).

    HELP!


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Well, that's just the reason I've found for that particular error, I suppose I am an expert on it by now. Maybe there are other ways to fix it, but I know it happens cos the Boot Loader can't find the System files. But the system where that happens to me the most is whack, the boot loader or 7 and 8 is on a Windows 7 drive, not on the Windows 8 drive. But I've seen that error a lot, don't know if that makes me more knowledgeable, only for this issue.

    A Windows 8 Install disk can do the CHKDSK, but CHKDSK don't scan the entire drive, so I use GWscan, WDdiag, Seagate Seatools, the Hitachi and Toshiba programs and if those fail, I use ViVard as a very last resort. I like Hiren's because it has all of these on one disk. The problem with that is I can;t write a tutorial that uses Hiren's, only the separate Drive Scanning Programs. I suppose I'll make a boot disk with only those programs and maybe they'll let me allow people to download it.

    Does anyone else have experience making special Boot CD's - I need to make a Boot CD where i can have a Menu to choose from all of these disk scanning programs. That way we can point people to it, they can download it and get to the drive scanners. But I can't do SSD drives.

    And we still need a way to run CHKDSK after that, the only other way is from a Windows 8 Install disk.
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  8. #18


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


    If your backup was written to the C drive, it may still be there, you can use Hiren's Boot CD and Mini-XP to move it to another hard drive. Link is below, burn it and boot to it and get into Mini-XP, then you can browse your C drive and find the backup. Then you can re-create your restore disk with the right backup file.

    If you have Windows 8 Pro, you NEED a Windows 8 Pro install disk. I don't care what they say, they are wrong, Call them back, cancel the transaction ASAP, because a non-pro disk will not help you unless all you use is the Command Prompt from it.

    as far as those MS creeps are concerned, companies are not paying fair recently. In September I was given a 10 dollar discount on my Cable bill, it was there in black and white.

    So this month they wanted to charge me for the "10 dollars I didn't pay" which was listed AS a discount in my September Online Bill, and this month, that bill has been edited leaving out the discount. So I called them and yelled at them for an hour and they finally agreed to pay half of it. SO whatever they tell you on the phone, they are LYING, if you upgraded to Pro, you upgraded to Pro, and you would have an email or something that states this, you need to find that and shove that in their faces.

    I've bought from MS directly before, they always send an Email of the transaction, even if it was a free offer. I've saved all of these. Usually it's an email with the Product Key in it.
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  9. #19


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    Waylomana is this an EFI installation? I ask because in my experience the Windows startup repair is useless in those circumstances. The BCD can need to be re-written (or copied back) and no, bootrec /rebuildBCD won't work either.
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  10. #20


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


    Why would an EFI install not allow BCDedit to work? I'll have to look this up, thanx for the info.

    Ok I found something on Technet about this:

    Modify the BCD Store Template

    You can roll up to the main topic:

    Deploy to UEFI-based Computers
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