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System restore taking many hours

  1. #11


    Posts : 9
    8.1


    I am using Bitdefender AV program and no 3rd party theming tools.

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  2. #12


    I myself don't understand the comment about "3rd party theming tools" when ClassicShell is really mostly a start menu replacement.
    I have been using Start8 since nearly the first days of Win8, and since upgrading to Win8.1 -- and have encountered no problems from doing that.

    That's the good news.

    The bad news is that, like you, I have been experiencing major system problems since the recent round of "bad" Windows updates -- so much so that, last week, I decided to "throw in the towel" and start over -- with a clean install.

    I used the MS feature (documented on this forum) to download and burn an ISO of Win8.1 64-bit. I grabbed another drive and installed that clean. I though it was not working because the installation started out with a several minute "pause" after selecting Install. But, eventually, it did start up again and I completed the installation. Then, I spend the better part of two days reinstalling and reconfiguring all my apps. But now, I have a "clean" Win8.1 64-bit system, that for the last two days, has been completely error-free!

    BEFORE this, I tried a workaround of restoring from image backups made in early December, and when those didn't fix the problems, back in mid-November. Those worked better, but there were still intermittent stability problems.

    However, during that process, I did several complete image restores, and at their worst, they only took ten minutes! So, a restore taking several hours indicates something more basic is at fault -- quite possibly a failing hard drive.

    A good thing to do would be to find out the manufacturer of the hard drive, go to their site, and download and run any drive "health" app they make available. IF they don't have one, you might be able to use either SeaTools (from Seagate) or the WD drive checker (forget the name, sorry). If any of them report lots of problems, only replacing your drive is going to get the machine back in working order.
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  3. #13


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Once you get it fixed & running good, I suggest you quit using Restore Points & use---

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    I use the Standard version myself because it has a boot time recovery menu.

    I quit using Restore Points because they failed to function properly.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    8.1


    Thank you for the detailed information! But what did you do about installing all the update to your fresh OS? Right now, I can't get into my system at all, so I'm not sure where to begin. Kind of in a panic.
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  5. #15


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Right now, I can't get into my system at all...
    This has worked for me---

    Use the Power button to shut the computer down & press it again to start it up again.
    Do this 3 or 4 times & Advanced Boot Options should appear.
    Wait a few seconds between shutting down & restarting so you will be able to see the boot menu when it appears.

    I hope it works for you.

    EDIT--- Macrium images your entire system, including the Windows Updates.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 9
    8.1


    It hasn't worked so far
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  7. #17


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by dmd View Post
    It hasn't worked so far
    Oh well.

    I works for me, hence my suggesting it.

    Somebody will probably come up with another suggestion.
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  8. #18



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    one more suggestion: Do a proper power reset:

    (Step 1) Shutdown and power off the computer.
    (Step 2) Once the computer is powered off, unplug the power cord. If it is a laptop also remove the battery. It is important that any way for the system to keep getting power is unplugged or unhooked.
    (Step 3) With the power cord unplugged and the battery removed (if you have one), hit the power button a few times as if you are trying to turn on the computer. When you do this and the computer tries to turn on, all the electricity is drained out of the system.
    (Step 4) Plug the power cord back in and reinsert the battery (if you have one) and turn the computer on.

    Then press whatever F key or Esc that gets you to advanced boot options.
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  9. #19


    But what did you do about installing all the update to your fresh OS?
    Since I reinstalled using a Win8.1 ISO, instead of the original Win8 ISO, there weren't many updates. I simply downloaded and installed them in one pass.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 9
    8.1


    Good to know, but even after I changed the bios, I can't get it to boot from the bootable flash drive.
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