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Windows 8 Infinite Repair Loop [Unique Problem]


Zonet

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Hi, I've seen this issue all over Google but this seems to be a unique problem.

A few days back in tried to turn on my laptop only to be faced with a a screen telling me that Windows will try to repair a problem and that it could take a few hours. The problem is, this loops itself over and over again... Infinitly!

When I searched Google, every result told me to insert my recovery CD, however, this laptop being pre-installed with Windows 8 (all laptops) no longer come with recovery disks. :(

When I phoned Toshiba they told me to send it back to them and this could take 4 weeks, with some idiot on the other end telling me that I need a new HDD, as they do not offer recovery disks, apparently. But this would be half the problem as I am currently abroad and won't be back for a few months, which just adds to further frustration.

So I got a hold of a USB stick and downloaded the official Windows 8 X64 Core ISO and copied it to the drive with the official ISO maker from Microsoft.

I plugged in the drive and booted up the laptop only to be faced with the message "checking media presence no media present" followed by the infinite repair screen of death!

After HOURS or searching I found out it had something to do with UEFI settings however they got rid of the option completely in BIOS unless you (get this) go into Windows and disable the option!!! :mad:

What a load of bull. Microsoft royally outdid themselves here. I've seen my fair share of MS screw ups in the past but this takes the biscuit, well and truly.

All the help I can get is appreciated.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 X64 Standard
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba S50 A - 10V

XweAponX

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What kind of hard drive do you have, is it a regular HDD or is a a SSD? You will have to download Toshiba's Disk Checking utility and get it onto a Bootable CD or Flash Drive - Boot to that, and run a full scan on your boot drive and all other partitions on it, the Utility will do this by default.

After you do that, you will need a Windows 8 install DVD (Or a flash drive with the installer on it) - Boot to that, tun the Advanced Repair options, command prompt - Run CHKDSK x:/ /x /f where x = your boot drive/system drive. The Toshiba utility will find and fix any errors on the drive, and CHKDSK will fix any other errors - Try that and then see if it boots. If it does, cancel out of any Disk checking it wants to do.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    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
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

genet

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So I got a hold of a USB stick and downloaded the official Windows 8 X64 Core ISO and copied it to the drive with the official ISO maker from Microsoft.

I plugged in the drive and booted up the laptop only to be faced with the message "checking media presence no media present" followed by the infinite repair screen of death!

After HOURS or searching I found out it had something to do with UEFI settings
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
- Connect your USB flash drive.
- Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8 64-bit ISO image file.
- Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
- Under File system, select FAT32
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

Zonet

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So I got a hold of a USB stick and downloaded the official Windows 8 X64 Core ISO and copied it to the drive with the official ISO maker from Microsoft.

I plugged in the drive and booted up the laptop only to be faced with the message "checking media presence no media present" followed by the infinite repair screen of death!

After HOURS or searching I found out it had something to do with UEFI settings
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
- Connect your USB flash drive.
- Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8 64-bit ISO image file.
- Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
- Under File system, select FAT32
Who's the daddy? Huh?... Huh?

YOU THE DADDY! HAHA!

A thousand thanks to you sir! :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 X64 Standard
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba S50 A - 10V

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