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How to avoid Windows 8.1 Automatic repair boot loop ?

  1. #11

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Hi. I ran into this Automatic Repair loop problem on an HP Pavilion laptop running Windows 8.1 Pro. I tried everything suggested. I even used the 8.1 installation CD, but nothing worked. I was so disgusted that I was going to overwrite windows with Ubuntu Linux. However, I changed my mind and decided to try one last thing: Reinstall Windows 7 Ultimate and work forward from there The install started properly, and I chose the 1st option (on a system running a version of Windows). The install did whatever it did and told me to remove the CD, restart, and continue the installation. I did, and the computer came up into Windows 8.1 Pro with no missing files. Can anyone explain why Win 7 Pro worked and not Win 8.1? What is the issue here. I think, maybe, there is some sort of corruption happening in the boot file that was corrected by Win 7?

    This may help in determining the problem:

    I checked the Event Viewer for the system and the following events are noted as "A service was installed in the system."

    1. Service Name: gfutil
    2. Service file name: system32\drivers\gfutil.sys
    3. Service type: kernel mode driver
    4. Service Start Type: demand start

    there is also a similar Event for a service called "gfiark.sys"

    These are recurring events during the period the system was in the "Automatic Repair" loop.

    Also, an event labeled: "The start type of the Remote Registry was changed from disabled to demand start."
    Last edited by alevapa; 04 Jul 2014 at 00:26.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    You might check some of the log file in the following directory. The SrtTrail.txt file may contain information about repair attempts.


    As far as the other files you mention, I did find this when I was searching for gfiark.sys. VIPRE Anti-Rootkit which may be involved in boot problems, but I have no experience with it...

    The Windows 7 install may have reset the Boot files and removed whatever was causing the original problem...hard to say. But the Windows 8 Repair process is hard to understand since it operates in secret.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Viper files

    You're right!! I am running Vipre, but I did not think of that and only check Microsoft's base--which has no knowledge of these files.
    This morning, I checked Vipre's site for information about these files, but they had no information about these files. I did check the error logs, but there were no issues listed.
    I am going to check these files out, as best I can, over the Net. Thanks for the information.
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  4. #14

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I did some tracking, and found "gfutil.h" as a a part of the "GitHub" configuration. I am using "GitHub" on my MAC OS X Maverick Server--of which my Laptop is connected via an application called "Splashtop"--which allows control o of a MAC by a Windows computer, and ViceVersa. The files, themselves, are a part of the "farm" file system which supports "scalable I/O performance in distributed environment." (http://data These are "Open Source" applications that I use to keep track of system changes made on my MAC, and on the code, as I program.
    I don't know how this got into my Startup files in Windows, but apparently it did. I am using "Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express", with "Splashtop" to access my MAC from my Windows computer, and ViceVersa, to work with, and run, C++ applications. Checked "Splashtop's" site, but no know edge there of these two files.
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