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  1. mctonale

    Restart Time

    Na my startup is pretty clean. Bootracer went up from 16 seconds on win7 to 25 when I installed windows 8 but it's usable before Bootracer reports. The problem isn't my startup configuration, though I expect I could do more to improve it, it is mostly the dodgy (marvel) sata3 controller on my...
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    Solved Windows 8 won't start up with Nvidia card

    Have you set it as "First display device" or disabled on-board graphics in BIOS? Also from your dxdiag it looks like you have the monitor plugged into the on-board graphics.
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    Restart Time

    Guess RAID BIOS doesn't help, also my Marvel sata3 controller isn't the best. I could take some stuff out of start-up like dropbox, steam and fraps.. but this is my everyday score not a best possible score.
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    How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

    Really? I must upgrade soon lol am waiting till Haswell though :thumb:
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    How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

    I would imagine the 25GB partition is the restore partition I mentioned earlier. You will definitely need c:\ and the 350MB "system reserved" partition. The others should be data partitions but you can check that before imaging. I'd resize c:\ before creating it's image to make it fit.
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    How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

    Should work fine if your drive is already in AHCI mode. I found IDE mode works but obviously you need trim for an ssd.
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    How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

    a recovery "partition" is different, it allows you to reinstall when your system has gone bad it may work form the usb but I expect you would have to use a program (paragon has a 30 day trial I believe EaseUS partition manager will do the same for free) to copy the partition image to usb then...
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    Stuck in Disk Repair Loop

    I did when trying to enable AHCI mode after install... Was it a traditional BSoD or a ":(" blue screen of unhappiness? (I'll call it that till someone tells me different lol). It may be a driver issue so try it with as few attached devices as possible at first.
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    How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

    I would imagine your laptop has a recovery partition, if you were to image and transfer that partition you should then be able to use it to install windows 8 with AHCI enabled!? That's if your BIOS makes AHCI mode available.
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    Stuck in Disk Repair Loop

    ok, can't fix it if it is no longer there so I'd suggest installing it along side windows 7 if possible and follow these instructions Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD - Windows 7 Forums so that if it happens again there will be a dump file to work with. I am assuming that the...
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    Stuck in Disk Repair Loop

    so are you now dual booting windows 7 and a broken windows 8 or did you just format and install windows 7?
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    Stuck in Disk Repair Loop

    no problems here. Did you try refresh, reset or system restore?
  13. mctonale

    EightForums metro tile?

    quick reference user guide.. extended function over windows "help".. touch interface (useful on smaller devices)...
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    EightForums metro tile?

    Same could be argued for ios and android, I had no problems using the site through a browser on my phone but find the app better. Just an observation. It seems weird that a windows 8 forum has apps available for most things except windows 8.
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    EightForums metro tile?

    I have several "news" type live tiles giving me headlines. Just thought "why not?" would be a lot more useful on a tablet.