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Hp laptop Windows 8 Boot Loop

  1. #11


    Posts : 13
    HP Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    On systems with Windows 8 installed at the factory, the OEM key is stored in the BIOS. Windows 8 install media is coded to look for it and use it automatically. The caveat with option one, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help is you have to install the correct version. If the PC came with Pro you need to install Pro to use the embedded key. If it came with only Core you have to install Core etc. When I say Core I mean just the non Pro version of 8.1. Yours is most likely Core. If it is Pro the sticker on the bottom of the PC should say Windows 8 Pro. The download in the link I posted will install and activate with Windows 8.0 keys and 8.1 keys.


    To get out of the boot loop try this: Power down > unplug the power pack and remove the battery > then press and hold down the power button for about 5 seconds. Now plug the power pack back in, battery too if you want, then power up and press the key to access your BIOS. Have your install media plugged and see if you can boot from it.

    Just saw your post, we must have posted at the same time. I will give it a try. As for a sticker on the laptop the only one i have says Windows 8 nothing else.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Did you switch the boot order to the optical drive? If the BIOS is set to boot from the hard drive first you'll never boot from the DVD. My ASUS laptop has a quick boot option where I can boot from another device for that one boot up. All I do is press the esc key and I can boot from DVD or a USB thumb drive. On the next reboot it goes back to the default, my hard drive. Other wise I have to go into the BIOS and manually change the first boot device to USB. I do all my installs from USB thumb drives these days. I haven't burned a DVD in a dogs age. It's just easier and faster to install from USB.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 13
    HP Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    On systems with Windows 8 installed at the factory, the OEM key is stored in the BIOS. Windows 8 install media is coded to look for it and use it automatically. The caveat with option one, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help is you have to install the correct version. If the PC came with Pro you need to install Pro to use the embedded key. If it came with only Core you have to install Core etc. When I say Core I mean just the non Pro version of 8.1. Yours is most likely Core. If it is Pro the sticker on the bottom of the PC should say Windows 8 Pro. The download in the link I posted will install and activate with Windows 8.0 keys and 8.1 keys.


    To get out of the boot loop try this: Power down > unplug the power pack and remove the battery > then press and hold down the power button for about 5 seconds. Now plug the power pack back in, battery too if you want, then power up and press the key to access your BIOS. Have your install media plugged and see if you can boot from it.

    I just did what you suggested and it let me into the BIOS FINALLY... Now what do I do from here?
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kristenl2784 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    On systems with Windows 8 installed at the factory, the OEM key is stored in the BIOS. Windows 8 install media is coded to look for it and use it automatically. The caveat with option one, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help is you have to install the correct version. If the PC came with Pro you need to install Pro to use the embedded key. If it came with only Core you have to install Core etc. When I say Core I mean just the non Pro version of 8.1. Yours is most likely Core. If it is Pro the sticker on the bottom of the PC should say Windows 8 Pro. The download in the link I posted will install and activate with Windows 8.0 keys and 8.1 keys.


    To get out of the boot loop try this: Power down > unplug the power pack and remove the battery > then press and hold down the power button for about 5 seconds. Now plug the power pack back in, battery too if you want, then power up and press the key to access your BIOS. Have your install media plugged and see if you can boot from it.

    I just did what you suggested and it let me into the BIOS FINALLY... Now what do I do from here?
    Find the menu that lists what devices the PC boots from and what order they are accessed. If you are trying to install from a DVD drive move it up so its first on the list. Put your DVD in the drive. Then save settings and reboot. You should get a message saying, press any key to boot from DVD. Press a key and then follow the menus.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 13
    HP Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Did you switch the boot order to the optical drive? If the BIOS is set to boot from the hard drive first you'll never boot from the DVD. My ASUS laptop has a quick boot option where I can boot from another device for that one boot up. All I do is press the esc key and I can boot from DVD or a USB thumb drive. On the next reboot it goes back to the default, my hard drive. Other wise I have to go into the BIOS and manually change the first boot device to USB. I do all my installs from USB thumb drives these days. I haven't burned a DVD in a dogs age. It's just easier and faster to install from USB.

    The Boot order is

    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    ! Network Adapter

    But it's still not booting from USB
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    As far as what version to try, I'd ignore the "N" versions, those are special versions that aren't used all that much. If your sticker doesn't say Pro then your looking at Core or the Single Language version. "Windows 8.1" is Core, try that first. If you don't get prompted to enter a Product code you'll know you guessed right.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kristenl2784 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Did you switch the boot order to the optical drive? If the BIOS is set to boot from the hard drive first you'll never boot from the DVD. My ASUS laptop has a quick boot option where I can boot from another device for that one boot up. All I do is press the esc key and I can boot from DVD or a USB thumb drive. On the next reboot it goes back to the default, my hard drive. Other wise I have to go into the BIOS and manually change the first boot device to USB. I do all my installs from USB thumb drives these days. I haven't burned a DVD in a dogs age. It's just easier and faster to install from USB.

    The Boot order is

    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    ! Network Adapter

    But it's still not booting from USB
    You have to change it so it reads.

    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    ! Network Adapter
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  8. #18


    Posts : 13
    HP Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kristenl2784 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Did you switch the boot order to the optical drive? If the BIOS is set to boot from the hard drive first you'll never boot from the DVD. My ASUS laptop has a quick boot option where I can boot from another device for that one boot up. All I do is press the esc key and I can boot from DVD or a USB thumb drive. On the next reboot it goes back to the default, my hard drive. Other wise I have to go into the BIOS and manually change the first boot device to USB. I do all my installs from USB thumb drives these days. I haven't burned a DVD in a dogs age. It's just easier and faster to install from USB.

    The Boot order is

    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    ! Network Adapter

    But it's still not booting from USB
    You have to change it so it reads.

    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    ! Network Adapter

    I did it in that order, than rebooted the computer, and still doing its loop
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Earlier on in this thread you stated you burnt a disk? Are you installing from a DVD or a USB thumb drive? If your trying to install from a DVD you need to set the BIOS like this:

    Internal CD/DVD
    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    ! Network Adapter

    Then on the first reboot after Windows installs take the DVD out.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 13
    HP Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Kristenl2784 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kristenl2784 View Post


    The Boot order is

    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    ! Network Adapter

    But it's still not booting from USB
    You have to change it so it reads.

    USB Diskette on Key USB/Hard Drive
    OS Boot Manger
    USB CD/DVD
    Internal CD/DVD
    ! Network Adapter

    I did it in that order, than rebooted the computer, and still doing its loop

    I placed the internal CD/DVD first and now its working
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