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Can't boot into windows 8,hard drive locked, can't refresh

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    Maybe it's different for the OP, but 'Windows Startup Settings' wasn't an option shown. Did Microsoft disable it in the final version?
    The easist way to go to Safe Mode, is to add to boot manager.
    Safe Mode - Add to Windows Boot Manager in Windows 8
    Posted for ACR1020 .

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  2. #12


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    Now you your DVD.



    Try this, starting 1) & down until Windows 8 boots OK.


    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

    How to do a Refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8

    How to do a Reset
    Reset Windows 8
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Now you your DVD.



    Try this, starting 1) & down until Windows 8 boots OK.


    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

    How to do a Refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8

    How to do a Reset
    Reset Windows 8
    I'm sorry, but those are the same things I have already tried as mentioned above in my earlier posts. I used the dvd once again, and I do not have the same options as shown in those links.

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  4. #14


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    Take a look at the screenshot in post 7, you should have all options, but not Windows Startup setting.
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    The option to have safe mode in the boot manager is all well and good if you can access the machine, in this case (and my case where graphics drivers prevented the OS from starting) it doesn't help. But add it once you do get back up and running.

    You can get into safe mode though, here's how I did it.

    Shut down, then, turn on power and start tapping F8, if windows starts to try and boot hold down the power button so it shuts off. You may need to repeat this a few times but Windows will detect repeated failures to start and then give you a full screen blue menu which gives you a boot options screen including, safe mode, safe mode with network, command prompt etc.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Take a look at the screenshot in post 7, you should have all options, but not Windows Startup setting.
    Okay, I may be slightly confused, I apologize. I have those options but not the windows startup setting. I tried the other options and they still don't work.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    The option to have safe mode in the boot manager is all well and good if you can access the machine, in this case (and my case where graphics drivers prevented the OS from starting) it doesn't help. But add it once you do get back up and running.

    You can get into safe mode though, here's how I did it.

    Shut down, then, turn on power and start tapping F8, if windows starts to try and boot hold down the power button so it shuts off. You may need to repeat this a few times but Windows will detect repeated failures to start and then give you a full screen blue menu which gives you a boot options screen including, safe mode, safe mode with network, command prompt etc.
    Okay, I tried it till my finger got tired, I counted a total of 15 shut offs. It keeps trying to diagnose. Would it make a different if I tried f9 or f10?
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by satpe View Post
    Okay, I tried it till my finger got tired, I counted a total of 15 shut offs. It keeps trying to diagnose. Would it make a different if I tried f9 or f10?
    It didn't work for me either. Here's an article about it, but I doubt it will help as what they say and what they do seem to be two different things:

    Designing for PCs that boot faster than ever before - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by satpe View Post
    Okay, I tried it till my finger got tired, I counted a total of 15 shut offs. It keeps trying to diagnose. Would it make a different if I tried f9 or f10?
    It didn't work for me either. Here's an article about it, but I doubt it will help as what they say and what they do seem to be two different things:

    Designing for PCs that boot faster than ever before - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
    Thank you, Arc! Yea, it didn't work. I'm going to take the memory out of the laptop to try and save the information that is on it and use it as an external hard drive, then hopefully erase windows 8 from my laptop. This really does suck.
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  10. #20


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    Did you not backup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft

    Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

    Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:
    XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

    Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.
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