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Can't restore Windows 8 64-bit

  1. #41


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 64-bit


    No worries thanks Wynona.
    And yeh my laptop is an Asus, and I've still got it with me over the weekend so if there's anything I can try I'm up for it.
    Otherwise on Monday I should be getting it sent off.

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  2. #42


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I'm running a Windows 8 recovery disc off of a USB
    Do you see this screen?

    Click image for larger version
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  3. #43


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Hi Theog,
    Nah mate I don't see the "OEM recovery solutions" only the other three options.
    And if I go into the refresh or reset option, it says to "choose an operating system" but there is not a selection available.
    Same if I go into Advanced options, I have the cmd prompt but the other options don't work (restore, etc).
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  4. #44


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    This is why you should always make OEM Recovery disks.

    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the ASUS OEM manufacturer's website.
    Essentio Recovery Software
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  5. #45


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Alright fellas out of my hands now. Just sent the laptop away.
    For the record, Post #21 is the state the laptop ended up in.

    See what the outcome is over the next few weeks, I'll let you know how it all turns out.
    Thanks for everyone's help. I'll definitely be floating around here more often once I get it returned fixed, be awesome to learn more what I can about the OS.
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  6. #46


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1


    I was reading thru this thread and had a question that those more expert than me might be able to answer:

    Beast100 reset his UEFI to disable so he could boot from his USB drive, then later tried following the directions to re-install (the system was still set with UEFI in disable) - should he have tried to enable UEFI, then follow the directions? I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the UEFI setting makes a difference (or it's the mind playing tricks on an old man)......

    Thanks,
    Frank
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  7. #47


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Hi Fallen,
    Yeah mate if you mean the settings I initially changed in the BIOS to get my USB to boot, those were simply what I had changed as I put in the first post in this thread.

    The entire time after I had these issues with the laptop I thought these settings may have had something to do with the results I was getting, however I am far from experienced enough to confirm that (I don't even know what UEFI means haha).

    But before I did the system restore from the cmd prompt in safe mode, I did revert the settings back to boot normally.
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  8. #48


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Alright all, I'm BACK!
    Recieved my laptop back a few hours ago, so I've just started installing some programs and getting it personalized again.

    Okay so, now that it's been completely reset:

    1. What should I make so next time the recovery process should be a bit smoother.
    Something about OEM recovery disks or something, backups? any help would be great!

    2. I'll also be looking to install Linux on my laptop (Asus R501V) if possible.

    3. I've just looked at how my drives have been partitioned:
    OS (C: ) 279GB
    Data (D: ) 398GB
    Why is Data so big? It was like that previously but I'm just wondering. And I'm good to install onto that drive aren't I?

    Thanks.
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  9. #49


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    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Beast100 View Post
    Alright all, I'm BACK!
    Welcome back, Mr. Beast!

    Quote Originally Posted by Beast100 View Post
    Recieved my laptop back a few hours ago, so I've just started installing some programs and getting it personalized again.
    I do hope your experience was better than mine! I got mine back without the hard drive connected and Win 8 had not been properly installed; I was told I had to buy a new key to get going again! After giving the nice man from India a hard time; he was really a great guy, we did a recovery and I was good to go. Seems as how all the HP repairman did was to change out the hard drive without hooking it up . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Beast100 View Post
    1. What should I make so next time the recovery process should be a bit smoother.
    Something about OEM recovery disks or something, backups? any help would be great!

    2. I'll also be looking to install Linux on my laptop (Asus R501V) if possible.

    3. I've just looked at how my drives have been partitioned:
    OS (C: ) 279GB
    Data (D: ) 398GB
    Why is Data so big? It was like that previously but I'm just wondering. And I'm good to install onto that drive aren't I?

    Thanks.
    You should have received a manual with your laptop when you bought it. Instructions on making a set of recovery DVDs should be in there. However, most of the guys and gals use the free version of Macrium to make an image of their computers.

    If you want to create the disk in Windows, run your mouse down to the bottom left of your screen and you'll see your "start screen" button. Click on that and then start to type: create a recovery . . . Nothing will happen or you'll be told Windows doesn't have an app for that, so you slide your mouse up to the top right and click on "settings" and among other things, "Create a Recovery Disk" will pop up. Follow the yellow brick road . . .

    It would seem to me that you can split the Data disk up into two 200 GB (or thereabouts) drives and put Linux on one of the partitions. Just guessing here, since I haven't attempted a dual boot with an already pre-installed Windows 8.

    I got my dual boot 'structions from howtogeek.com (almost as useful as these eight forums and tutorials). They have instructions on dual booting with different flavors of Linux. I keep saying I'm gonna try it one of these days . . .
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  10. #50


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can make a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


    warning   Warning
    I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
    You can order the Microsoft official HP/Compaq OEM Recovery disks from the HP/Compaq OEM manufacturer's website.
    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...09543&sw_lang=




    The Windows Recovery USB drive & Recovery Partition can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or
    look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8/8.1, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
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