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Black flickering screen upon boot


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Today I uninstalled MS Office 2010. After doing this it informed me I had to restart Windows 8 for all changes to take affect which I did. Ever since I have not been able to get into Windows 8.

Essentially I turn on the PC, I see the HP logo, and then Windows 8 goes in an endless black flickering screen loop. I have closed the laptop and pulled the battery to see if that was the issue, but it was not. Considering it was running normally before hardware wise I believe something went wrong with Win 8.

Is there any known fix for this? I lack a Win 8 disc and lack a USB DVD drive regardless (laptop does not have an internal drive) and reinstalling Windows is out of the question as I have data I need on it.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8 OEM/Home (HP laptop)


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Without a DVD Drive or even a Flash Drive to use, the only option you have is the Recovery Partition.

You could TRY logging in to Safe Mode, if you can get into Safe Mode you can run Bootrec /fixmbr and then /Scanos.

Read this Tutorial and try some of the ways to get into Safe Mode:


If you are successful getting into Safe Mode, type Windows Key+X and choose "Administrator Command Prompt". IN trhe Command Prompt run Bootrec /fixmbr and then Bootrec /Scanos.

And you may want to run an SFC /Scannow while you ar ein there, do it a few times.

The only other option you would have is to use your Recovery Partition, which WILL delete any important Data you need, as will a Windows Reset or Refresh as well.

If you can get a Windows 8 Installer on a Flash Drive, you could invoke a System Restore from it.

The Link I posted may show how to do a System Restore while the main OS is fouled up.

Also, you can search the Internet for a WinRE or WinPE ISO file, which you could convert to a Flash Drive using ISO2Disc. So if you don't have a flash drive, go out and get one that is at least 10 GB.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Works 550w
    MSI "M-Box"
    Water Cooled
    Dell Keyboard
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Chrome/IE 10
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.