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8.1 boot settings screwed, cannot boot anymore

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    8.1 boot settings screwed, cannot boot anymore


    Hi there,

    Another challenge for the experts ! Without going into too much detail, by moving hard disks around etc. I managed to screw up my 8.1 boot settings.
    Partition-wise I should be ok as the 350mb "system" partition is still there, containing all necessary files.
    System will however go straight for automatic repair and tell me it was not able to repair the problem.
    bootrec /scanos returns 0. Bcd file seems fine when I take it through bcdedit. Renaming the bcd file and trying to rebuild one doesn't work either as it says there's no installation found.

    I did not touch any partitions nor files btw, everything is still there and in tact as far as I know.

    Thx in advance !

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    Ow and bcdboot, bootrec /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd, etc don't do or solve anything
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    by moving hard disks around etc. I managed to screw up my 8.1 boot settings.
    Make sure the Windows 8 HD drive is first device in BIOS.
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    Yes, I have disconnected all drives but the one containing 8.1
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    But is the Windows 8 HD drive is first device in BIOS.

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    Yup
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    Boot setting should be OK, run Auto Repair.

    From the Repair CD/USB:
    How to do a Auto Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Yup, ran it something like 8 times in a row without succes
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    Looks to be more than moving drives about.

    How to do a System Restore:
    System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8
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    True, yet I didn't want to elaborate because the source has little to do with the solution to my opinion, and would only cause confusion and looking in the wrong direction.
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