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  1. #180


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    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    nearly 2 hours later, still at 52% and same cpu range. Read/Write speeds on the system drive are mostly 0 with blips up as high as 45 kb/s write, if that's relevant. Is that reasonable? Anything I should look for? System SSD has 88 GB (of 118 GB).
    Last edited by highstream; 21 Nov 2014 at 22:15.

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  2. #181


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    64-bit Windows 10


    If you like, you could stop it by restarting the computer, but you'd be risking having to do a clean install if it goes belly up.
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  3. #182


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    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    It can be stopped via the Cancel button w/o harm. But what's a reasonable time to wait? I'm not impatient, just wondering if it's hanging and wasting my time. 3:10 and counting. I've done this before and it was nothing like this System Explorer shows Setup.exe using 0% cpu but Install.exe using from 0 to 0.7% cpu, about 69 mb memory, as is Dismhost.exe, which as I understand it is for deploying a Windows image.
    Last edited by highstream; 21 Nov 2014 at 23:23.
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  4. #183


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    That's a bit long in my opinion for it to run, but as long as you have hard drive activity it should eventually finish.
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  5. #184


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    Afer six hours with the mount, I restarted with the burned DVD image of 8.1 Pro x64 at midnight, this time skipping the updates to see if it made any difference. Got to 51% complete in a short while and now, 11am, that's where it still sits. Install.exe continues to show 0-02%, i.e., a trickle. Comodo keeps popping back on every so often. Is this attempt still worth taking seriously? I have to think that the same corruption that's causing the problem with my current installation is holding back the repair too.
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  6. #185


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    One thing I noticed in your post, don't know if it has anything to do with this:
    Quote Originally Posted by highstream View Post
    Comodo keeps popping back on every so often.
    The repair install is an in-place upgrade, to same version and edition but still an in-place upgrade. I have done my share of in-place upgrades, even wrote short instructions for that some years ago at our sister site the Seven Forums.

    According to my experience the most common reason for an in-place upgrade to fail is AV and / or Firewall. Both must be in my opinion totally switched off if not uninstalled while in-place upgrading, then again turned on or reinstalled.
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  7. #186


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    They've been turned off before starting and still off when the "hang" occurs, so I'm not sure that's the problem but I'll try an uninstall of Comodo to see. It keeps popping back on every hour or two. The others, MBAM and Windows Firewall, have stayed off. Thanks,
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  8. #187


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    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Question:
    - While I'm running the repair from the Admin account, does it matter if I'm still logged or not in the local one?
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  9. #188


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    It doesn't matter as long as you are signed in to any administrator account and do it from within Windows.
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  10. #189


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    Thanks. You said earlier that it makes a copy of the current install. Because of that, is it normal for install.exe to drop to <1% cpu usage shortly after it gets to a certain point, which here has been about 52%? Overall cpu usage is in the 1-2% range there too.
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