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Green Screen Of Death?

  1. #11


    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    See my post#6 about getting Macrium Reflect and this tutorial at Seven Forums Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums. With a system image you can alway revert to the last known good total setup. I make atleast one a month 1-2 weeks after Patch Tuesday.

    Cliff,
    If I make the 5 DVD back up discs will it save my downloaded programs like VLC and ExactAudioCopy?

    If not, why not just recover my files with the Ubuntu Recory Disc I made and reboot back to my PCs original state (day one) like I just did?

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  2. #12



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    With 5 DVD backup disks, do you mean something like the recovery partition that ASUS computers have that can be made to recovery disks? They are the same as the Reinstall option and reinstall all the bundled software that came with your computer when you first brought it home and turned it on. Everything else will be lost, but being that your computer doesn't boot to windows I don't under stand how you can make these disks,

    In post 6 I recommended that you download the windows 8.1 ISO and do a clean install. Just download it use something like 7Zip and extract to a USB(default format FAT32) then you can UEFI boot to it. You need the exact same Windows version & archetecture though. If you had everythig sync'd to OneDrive in a matter of minutes after installation you should have your last sync'd desktop and settings. Then you need to get your drivers from manufactures site/could also do it using Ubuntu live session too & store on an disk), at least the video drivers.
    But if you are able to make the 5 DVD's give it a shot(although an USB would speed up installation later).
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  3. #13


    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    With 5 DVD backup disks, do you mean something like the recovery partition that ASUS computers have that can be made to recovery disks? They are the same as the Reinstall option and reinstall all the bundled software that came with your computer when you first brought it home and turned it on. Everything else will be lost, but being that your computer doesn't boot to windows I don't under stand how you can make these disks,

    In post 6 I recommended that you download the windows 8.1 ISO and do a clean install. Just download it use something like 7Zip and extract to a USB(default format FAT32) then you can UEFI boot to it. You need the exact same Windows version & archetecture though. If you had everythig sync'd to OneDrive in a matter of minutes after installation you should have your last sync'd desktop and settings. Then you need to get your drivers from manufactures site/could also do it using Ubuntu live session too & store on an disk), at least the video drivers.
    But if you are able to make the 5 DVD's give it a shot(although an USB would speed up installation later).
    Sorry Cliff...I should be more clearer.

    My PC is back up and running thanks to a step by step instruction from an HP helper through a 1 800 number yesterday.

    She told me to now make some backup discs that will take up to 5 DVDs.

    I'm now asking why if all it does is put my PC back to its original state with all my programs gone?
    Doesn't the System Restore I just did do the same thing?
    (I recovered my files last week running a Ubuntu disc.)
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  4. #14


    If all is well with your computer, make an image backup using Macrium Reflect Free to an external USB hard drive. Then you won't need the 5 disc DVD recovery set though it might still be good to create them as another level of recovery.

    System Restore only covers system files, not user files or installed software.
    A Recovery Partition or set of Recovery Discs also covers only system files, not user files or installed software.
    A backup image covers everything. If you restore it, you put the PC back to the exact state it was in when the backup image was made.

    No matter what you do, you need to backup your personal data, the stuff you really don't want to lose.

    Image backup is the way to go.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    That's what I wanted to hear.
    Thanks Z!
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  6. #16


    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    If all is well with your computer, make an image backup using Macrium Reflect Free to an external USB hard drive. Then you won't need the 5 disc DVD recovery set though it might still be good to create them as another level of recovery.

    System Restore only covers system files, not user files or installed software.
    A Recovery Partition or set of Recovery Discs also covers only system files, not user files or installed software.
    A backup image covers everything. If you restore it, you put the PC back to the exact state it was in when the backup image was made.

    No matter what you do, you need to backup your personal data, the stuff you really don't want to lose.

    Image backup is the way to go.
    Are you sure the FREE edition will restore my PC back to the moment I create the recovery drive?

    "File and folder backup"~This was unchecked for the free edition.
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  7. #17


    Yes I'm sure. You do an image backup., not file and folder backup.

    See this tutorial by whs: Imaging with free Macrium

    Written for Windows 7 but applies tp Windows 8 as well.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Cheers!:d
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  9. #19


    Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koukol View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by windows8use View Post
    Hello Koukol,

    You does not have a recovery partition, so you need to insert media to refresh your PC.

    Cheer!
    Do you mean a back-up disc?

    I didn't make one as I didn't foresee this type of problem coming.
    (I thought System Recovery was always an option.)
    Do you or anyone know where I can find my product key for Windows 8?
    I read it was suppose to be listed at the bottom of my PC but it's not there.
    It's also not in the battery compartment.
    Try this vbs script to get your key.

    Attachment 60787

    Attachment 60788
    OK...I just tried this and I got under OEM~"windows 8 not supported"
    ???
    Edit~I noticed HP needs to do a lot of updating.
    Maybe this is why I got the result above.


    Another thing...I just tried to do an Image Backup with a 8 GB thumb drive and it only could hold about 10% so I guess I need something just under 100 GB.
    Can I put the Image Backup on DVD-RWs so when I make changes (like switching to W10) I can use them again?
    Last edited by Koukol; 28 Apr 2015 at 23:09.
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