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Windows 8.1 won't boot even into safe mode

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Windows 8.1 won't boot even into safe mode


    From my previous thread below i have the same original issue on my desktop that I posted about on my laptop which was solved..Now I know how to fix the issue and get it working again on my desktop but I can't boot into Windows 8.1 at all or even safe mode..I have tried startup repair etc etc ....I also tried the bcdedit trick to boot directly into Safe mode with the command prompt option no dice either..I would rather not do a refresh or reset pc..Matter of fact I have tried both options and even with a clean 8.1 disk I can't ....It gives me the error message remove cd or media and restart no matter whether i have the disk on or not..Any other options here ? i think it might be a problem with the boot or something or its booting to the wrong device perhaps a USB ? i do have bitlocker on the drives if that helps at all and when i got to do a startup repair it asks for my key and i obv have it on other media which is my usb which won't read the key from it anymore..I enter it manually....

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    such an odd issue
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Buy the factory restore disks.
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    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Buy the factory restore disks.
    It's a self built computer
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    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    I have a similar issue where even booting to safe mode (via bcdedit) just results in the black screen again. keen to see if you figure this out
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    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Reignman View Post
    I have a similar issue where even booting to safe mode (via bcdedit) just results in the black screen again. keen to see if you figure this out
    I get text at least stating blah blah remove the disk or whatever thing is even without the disk in it says that so yea
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    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Here we go folks now I know the boot is completely f,d up so here's a screen of what it looks like c: is my main windows drive and no it should not be the sys reserved..also have tried refresh/reset with no luck and all the other methods like sfc/scan now the rebuild restore mbr commands as well
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    c: is my main windows drive and no it should not be the sys reserved
    You have a very small windows partition if it is only 100mb.

    Might be easier the right way up.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    That's what I think is the problem siw the boot order is screwed it shouldn't be 100
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