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Repair Install Windows 8

  1. #170


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, David, everything came out healthy....sooooo....mystery time with win 8 and lots of work ahead to reinstall it. Thanks so much for taking interest!

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  2. #171


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


    You might want to try the paid Standard version of Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download in the future to image your OS.
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  3. #172


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You could do a clean install at boot and select to install Windows only on the "primary" partition that Windows is currently installed on. This would leave your data partitions in tact, but I would still recommend to back them up to be extra safe.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Well, Shawn, I cannot use the uefi usb to do this because the HD is not blank nor partition free, right? So how should I proceed? Thank you onde more!
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  4. #173


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's fine. You can clean install without UEFI as per the tutorial.
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  5. #174


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Great! Thank you so!
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  6. #175


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  7. #176


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I bought my current PC in France with Win 7 pre-installed. Went for the Win 8 upgrade in the hope of getting the English version I ordered. No such luck. MS insist you stay with original language. Anyway, stayed with Win 8 after downloading English language pack. Tried for months to get into Windows store to upgrade to 8.1 and in the end decided to repair Win 8 installation following your excellent advice. Created the ISO according to your instructions, saved to HD and DVD. Ran it from HD and everything going to plan. Can now get into Windows store but find I have 135 updates to install! This after a shed-load last night already. Whole process looks like taking a couple of days but not a bit of data lost. Brilliant advice. Thank you.
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  8. #177


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    I'm in the process of running the repair install, after having burned the Win 8.1 Pro x64 ISO onto a dvd. This was originally a Win 8 Pro x64 retail dvd update from Win 7. I downloaded the ISO two days ago. Everything has gone fine until after the updates screen. It's been on the "Making sure your're ready to install - Please Wait - This will take a few minutes" screen for an hour, which seems rather long. This is a i7 machine with 16gb RAM, fast cable connection, I'm in the Admin account (didn't log out of the Local/Admin one) and all the security software is off except Win firewall. Any ideas?*

    The reason I'm doing this repair is that after a Comodo CIS free update from 7 to 8 failed a couple of days ago, and then uninstalling Comodo and reinstalling 7, Windows has been behaving strangely. It and programs are often going nonresponsive, some utilities and programs being very slow to open if at all, Comodo firewall isn't conneciting, etc., etc., and I often have to do manual shutdowns and restarts to get around it. A System Restore failed, though it did seem to return to a better condition than had developed. I've run three of Yamicsoft's Win 8 manager's repair modules, but that hasn't helped. This also makes me wonder if the Repair install hasn't also gone nonresponsive in some way that isn't otherwise obvious.

    *Update: I shutdown and restarted the process, this time closing the security apps from the local acct and then signing out of it before starting the repair. Same deal: 30 minutes in, still running "Making sure you're ready to install." Got to head out for now, but will see in a few hours if anything changes.
    Last edited by highstream; 21 Nov 2014 at 13:41.
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  9. #178


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello highstream.

    If you still have hard drive activity, then it would be best to let it sit and finished. A repair install can take a while since it makes a copy of your current installation before actually doing the install.
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  10. #179


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    It's now 5 hours and it's still on the "making sure you're ready to install" screen, i.e., not even to the activation code yet. Seems more than just taking awhile. I just tried to close setup via the X and it showed "not responding." I forcibly closed on the Windws prompt, which brought up a Windows 8.1 Setup error box: "Setup is unable to launch Install.exe. A dynamic link library (DLL) initiatlization routine failed [Error = 0x800745a]"

    Update: I'm running the ISO mounted right now. The first time it stalled, but then I rebooted, this time turning off Windows Firewall too, and it's now installing... Well, it got to 52% and seemed to hang, at which point I also found that Comodo was still running. So I'm trying again, but once more it's holding at 52%, approaching an hour now (no restarts). Hopefully, that's the copy being made. Task Mgr shows a little cpu use for Setup, 0.2-1.3%. Btw, I didn't get a Product Key screen on the way to install.
    Last edited by highstream; 21 Nov 2014 at 21:46.
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