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Windows 8 hangs up on boot after installing updates

  1. #1


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Windows 8 hangs up on boot after installing updates


    About couple hours ago I decided to install updates on my Windows 8 desktop. I had about 12 or so. Can't remember which ones now. My update settings are to notify me of the updates but not to install them. So I manually clicked, yes, install. Then after a little while the updates window showed up in red telling me that some updates did not install. So I decided to reboot the desktop to clear it up... Bad idea!

    The desktop now hangs up on this very screen:
    (New windows logo and a spinning thing)
    Click image for larger version

    That spinning thing keeps spinning, no matter how long I let it run like this. The HDD light first blinks but then about half a minute in, it stops doing so. I believe that the fan inside spins audibly louder too.

    OK, so if I reboot by holding down the power button for a few seconds, it begins rebooting again. For the second time it showed something like "Automatic repair" or something. (I need to say that my solid state drives have Bit locker set up on them.) So after entering the bit locker keys I was presented with an option to do repairs. Since I didn't feel like I needed to do system restore I declined and chose to keep booting into Windows.... again nothing.

    So I repeated the process above, but this time it did not offer me to do system restore and instead, it showed something in the tune of "Repair windows". So I chose it, and it then showed this window:
    Click image for larger version

    Now I tried it two times already, and no matter what I choose, it hangs up just like I showed on the screenshot above -- with that white border around whatever I choose...

    Anyone, any idea how do I get my desktop back?
    Last edited by dc2000; 04 Jan 2014 at 03:01.

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  2. #2


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I was able to boot from a recovery USB that I made before and started a console. Here's what I get for drive C:
    Click image for larger version

    That is a 256GB Samsung 830 Series SSD, that the OS, Windows 8 was installed on.

    Crap!

    Does it mean that it's all lost now?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Windows 8 hangs up on boot after installing updates
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