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    Upgrading corrupted 8.1 to Windows 10

    Many thanks. Do you have any screenshot of what this looks like? Sorry for being stupid! Where can I find the correct OS, as well? I didn't realise there was so many different versions of the same OS!
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    Upgrading corrupted 8.1 to Windows 10

    Hi everyone. A friend of mine has given me his old Asus desktop PC to have a dabble with. Sadly, the 8.1 OS refuses to come back to life. I can't, refresh or clean install and all of the System Restore points are toast. I was thinking about putting Windows 10 onto the machine after reading that...
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    100% HD load, after Automatic Repair on Asus X502c laptop

    Cheers, AE. I'm toying with the idea of buying on of these SSDs: SanDisk Ultra II SSD 120 GB Sata III 2.5-inch Internal SSD up to 550 MB/s: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories Here's the info on my old drive: https://www.hgst.com/products/hard-drives/travelstar-z5k500 Do you think I...
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    100% HD load, after Automatic Repair on Asus X502c laptop

    Thanks again, AE. So.........how do I get hold of a copy of Windows 8? I've only got DR copies of Pro....... Can I use this MS tool?: Creating installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help Found this, as well (Might help a few others......)...
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    100% HD load, after Automatic Repair on Asus X502c laptop

    Thanks. How could I find out which version of W8 the machine is using? And as the drive sort of works, could I not just use Macrium Reflect to clone the old drive with? Or would it fail due to the errors? And if I clone the drive, would it cause problems with the licence? Ahem, how hard would...
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    100% HD load, after Automatic Repair on Asus X502c laptop

    Many thanks for the quick reply. If the drive is DOA, is there a way I can install a new hard drive without having to buy a new copy of Windows 8? I think I read somewhere that if the machine has just a Windows 8 sticker on the bottom, the licence key is stored in the UEFI Bios? How could I...
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    100% HD load, after Automatic Repair on Asus X502c laptop

    I'm really at a loss what to do with this laptop. It runs after Automatic Repair, but the HD's spinning at 100% all the time, even though Task Manager tells me nothing's running. iI've been through the running processes, and tried to turn off the not-needed ones, but to no avail. I've had the...
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    Using Hirens Boot USB drive with Windows 8

    I'm really at a loss what to do with this laptop. It runs after Automatic Repair, but the HD's spinning at 100% all the time, even though Task Manager tells me nothing's running. iI've been through the running processes, and tried to turn off the not-needed ones, but to no avail. I've had the...
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    Using Hirens Boot USB drive with Windows 8

    Does it matter that my version of Hirens is on a USB flash drive? Are there any other boot disks of this nature that can be used with UEFI/Secureboot etc? All I want to do is check the HD health/chkdsk due to the fact the machine got stuck in an automatic repair loop, before fixing loads of...
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    Using Hirens Boot USB drive with Windows 8

    Hello everyone, I'm trying to run some programs from a USB-based version of Hirens that I made today on a new USB flash drive, as the HD is working at 100% all the time and locking the machine up (wanted to run some test to see if the drive's on it's way out) I'm really struggling getting my...
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    would a "refresh" install normally cure non-booting W8

    Hello everyone. I have to try and set up a boot USB drive for my friend's laptop (which has no DVD-ROM drive and won't boot) how can I find out which version on W8 it has on it? (Should I just download the "Pro" version?) And when I've set up the drive, would a "refresh" install normally cure...
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    It never rains, it pours! Two failed OSes in one day!

    Hello everyone, I have just turned on my laptop, after not using it for a few days, and BOTH my operating systems are playing up! I'm getting a "Updates failed, Undoing Changes" error on my Windows 8.1 install, and a "DPC Watchdog violation" BSOD in Windows 10 TP. What's making things worse is...
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    Easiest way of booting into Safe Mode from DOA laptop?

    Thanks for this. How do I boot from the CD, though? Windows 8 doesn't like boot CDs much, right? EDIT: Ignore this post, as I've just read the thread on the program. So it should still boot from this CD with Secure Boot enabled?
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    Easiest way of booting into Safe Mode from DOA laptop?

    https://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx It's just an .EXE file. If I could get into Safe Mode, I could run it from there, right?
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    Easiest way of booting into Safe Mode from DOA laptop?

    Hello everyone, I have a friend who has tasked me with removing the dreaded "Interpol" scareware virus from his Windows 8 laptop. Sadly, this means he can't boot into Windows 8, as the virus just locks him out. How can I boot into Safe Mode, so I can run the "Power Eraser" tool from Norton...