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Windows 8 Infinite Repair Loop [Unique Problem]

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 X64 Standard

    Windows 8 Infinite Repair Loop [Unique Problem]


    Hi, I've seen this issue all over Google but this seems to be a unique problem.

    A few days back in tried to turn on my laptop only to be faced with a a screen telling me that Windows will try to repair a problem and that it could take a few hours. The problem is, this loops itself over and over again... Infinitly!

    When I searched Google, every result told me to insert my recovery CD, however, this laptop being pre-installed with Windows 8 (all laptops) no longer come with recovery disks.

    When I phoned Toshiba they told me to send it back to them and this could take 4 weeks, with some idiot on the other end telling me that I need a new HDD, as they do not offer recovery disks, apparently. But this would be half the problem as I am currently abroad and won't be back for a few months, which just adds to further frustration.

    So I got a hold of a USB stick and downloaded the official Windows 8 X64 Core ISO and copied it to the drive with the official ISO maker from Microsoft.

    I plugged in the drive and booted up the laptop only to be faced with the message "checking media presence no media present" followed by the infinite repair screen of death!

    After HOURS or searching I found out it had something to do with UEFI settings however they got rid of the option completely in BIOS unless you (get this) go into Windows and disable the option!!!

    What a load of bull. Microsoft royally outdid themselves here. I've seen my fair share of MS screw ups in the past but this takes the biscuit, well and truly.

    All the help I can get is appreciated.

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  2. #2


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


    What kind of hard drive do you have, is it a regular HDD or is a a SSD? You will have to download Toshiba's Disk Checking utility and get it onto a Bootable CD or Flash Drive - Boot to that, and run a full scan on your boot drive and all other partitions on it, the Utility will do this by default.

    After you do that, you will need a Windows 8 install DVD (Or a flash drive with the installer on it) - Boot to that, tun the Advanced Repair options, command prompt - Run CHKDSK x:/ /x /f where x = your boot drive/system drive. The Toshiba utility will find and fix any errors on the drive, and CHKDSK will fix any other errors - Try that and then see if it boots. If it does, cancel out of any Disk checking it wants to do.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Zonet View Post
    So I got a hold of a USB stick and downloaded the official Windows 8 X64 Core ISO and copied it to the drive with the official ISO maker from Microsoft.

    I plugged in the drive and booted up the laptop only to be faced with the message "checking media presence no media present" followed by the infinite repair screen of death!

    After HOURS or searching I found out it had something to do with UEFI settings
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
    - Connect your USB flash drive.
    - Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8 64-bit ISO image file.
    - Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
    - Under File system, select FAT32
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 X64 Standard


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Zonet View Post
    So I got a hold of a USB stick and downloaded the official Windows 8 X64 Core ISO and copied it to the drive with the official ISO maker from Microsoft.

    I plugged in the drive and booted up the laptop only to be faced with the message "checking media presence no media present" followed by the infinite repair screen of death!

    After HOURS or searching I found out it had something to do with UEFI settings
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
    - Connect your USB flash drive.
    - Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8 64-bit ISO image file.
    - Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
    - Under File system, select FAT32
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