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I cannot get into Advanced Startup after Windows Reinstall

  1. #11


    Posts : 86
    Windows 8 Home Premium


    Windows 8.1
    Factory Reinstall - I followed the Instructions inside Windows
    Here are the partitions on my hard drive, it has an EFI.

    600MB - Healthy Recovery Partition
    300MB- Health EFI System Partition
    913.35GB - Acer C: NTFS Healthy, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition
    17.16GB - Healthy Recovery Partition

    The reason why I reinstalled Windows is very complicated. I would have issues where the computer would boot normally (12-16 seconds), and randomly it would take 2-5 minutes to boot. It got to the point where every boot up it would take 5 minutes or more. I tried everything I could - No startup items, no corrupt system files, no damaged hard drive, literally everything. I have made like 5 threads on this forum trying to figure it out, no one could help me. We tackled many individual problems though, none of which fixed the main issue. The computer had done it in the past, but snapped out of it later. It wouldn't snap out of the super long boot, so I decided to reset my PC to factory default, which fixed the issue.

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  2. #12


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


    OK, thanks for the info. Something's messed up with your last factory restore. The EFI partition being there means it was installed in UEFI mode. That means you should be able to do this, UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8 but you can't? It may be a pain but I think if it was me, I would do the factory restore again. This time though, access it on boot up, not from Windows. I don't know what key you press though. The factory install is long gone on my wife's Acer laptop. I'm not sure where the manual is ether. I could have sworn I had a digital copy on my PC somewhere but can't seem to find it at the moment.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 86
    Windows 8 Home Premium



    On boot up I press the DEL to access BIOS.
    I don't really have time to do another factory restore now. I'll have to do it next week I guess. Sure there is no other option?

    I will go try this again - UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8

    Update:

    No luck. Still doesn't work. Could it be I need to update a driver or something? Or maybe something I could try in safe mode?
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  4. #14


    Marion
    Posts : 111
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    During the reinstallation, all the partitions must be removed, and recreated, as during the install, Setup will install the appropriate files to the partitions. Windows 8 and 8.1, "in UEFI mode" has 4 partitions. First Partition is the Recovery, second partition is the system partition, then a 3rd partition that should say "MSR Reserved", and the 4th partition is where Windows is installed. Those should be the 4 partitions automatically created during the Installation process.

    If those partitions weren't deleted and recreated, then the Advanced startup won't work.

    I worked on a computer that had a similar issue, and that's what I had to do to fix the problem.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 86
    Windows 8 Home Premium


    So Imaneke....
    Your saying Windows 8.1 botched the reinstall and now I have to do it over? :-(

    What happens if the same mistake is made?
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  6. #16


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


    I would do this, Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 before doing anything else. Make sure you tick the option to copy the contents of the OEM recovery partition to the thumb drive. Step 5.
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  7. #17


    Marion
    Posts : 111
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Its funny the Acer Recovery Did not work Correctly. Let me ask first, was the Acer recovery a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?

    My experience was from installing a retail copy of Windows on a system. It was on a Dell that was out of warranty. The recovery media didn't work so the person had a retail copy, and I had to install it that way. Every time I used the recovery media, there would be partitions that weren't on the drive, and none of the advanced features worked. After installing the Retail copy, everything worked.

    If your recovery media is Windows 8, and upgraded to 8.1, the advanced features somehow gets removed because the BCD doesn't see the Windows PE or RE environments anymore. I know there's a way to manually setting the links, but I'm not sure how to.

    If its an 8.1 restore, then it's probably a faulty restore media, and you would have to call them to get new media or Install a retail copy of Windows.

    I was referring to the installation of a retail copy. Sorry I didn't make that clear.
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  8. #18


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Windows8Home View Post

    On boot up I press the DEL to access BIOS.
    I don't really have time to do another factory restore now. I'll have to do it next week I guess. Sure there is no other option?

    I will go try this again - UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8

    Update:

    No luck. Still doesn't work. Could it be I need to update a driver or something? Or maybe something I could try in safe mode?
    There should be another key you press to access the factory recovery feature. On my ASUS laptop It was F9. Esc gets me my quick boot menu and Del gets me BIOS access. I hardly ever touch my Wife's Acer so I've forgotten what keys do what on it. According to Google its Alt + F10 for our Aspire V5. That brings up the eRecovery.
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  9. #19


    Marion
    Posts : 111
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Acer should be F11 to start the recovery.
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  10. #20


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


    As a last resort you could if need be do a clean install with install media from here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. It's now option one here, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create. This media will install and activate Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 keys, even OEM embedded keys. I've verified it myself on my laptop. If you do a UEFI install, UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with all the required partitions will be there. UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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