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Windows 8.1 takes >30 minutes to boot, can't even reinstal


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Hey guys, what a mess this machine is.

So a few nights ago we got some nasty thunderstorms, and unfortunately my pc took a toll from it. I have windows 8.1 pro installed on a Samsung 240 Evo 250gb SSD, and it takes well over 30 minutes to boot to the login screen.

Processor: AMD fx8350
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
GPU: nVidia gtx 770
OS: 8.1 Pro
SSD: Samsung 240 evo.

I've tried running sfc /scannow and it said it fixed some things but it didn't work. I've tried replacing memory, reseating GPU, connecting the ssd to another computer and using the fix drive tool, but none of these have fixed it.

I've also tried creating a recovery USB off of another computer, but the computer boots to the windows logo and then eventually goes to a black screen. This is also the case for an installation USB, it reaches the windows logo with the spinning circles but eventually goes to a black screen. My motherboard and processor don't support integrated graphics, so I can't test whether or not the GPU is the cause of this.

To make matters worse, I am no longer able to boot into windows regularly. I get a screen saying "Working on updates, 100% complete" and it stays there for hours.

If anyone has ANY ideas for what to do, please let me know.


My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro


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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HTPC: Custom built
    intel i5-2400
    Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-DS2H
    16GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board HD3000
    Sound Card
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" LED
    Hard Drives
    eight HGTS Deskstar NAS, 3TB
    seven WD Red NAS, 3TB
    one Seagate ES.2, 1TB
    one 64GB SSD
    Corsair 750W
    Li-Lian case with SuperMicro hotswap backplane
    Case 4 6" fans, stock CPU cooler
    Other Info
    Two 3-Ware (LSI) model 9650SE-8LPML RAID cards.

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