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Repair Install Windows 8

  1. #190


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It usually doesn't take that long unless there's a serious issue with Windows or the hard drive.

    Personally, I'd do a clean install instead if able to do so at this time.

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  2. #191


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    So, not a refresh? With either clean or refresh, can an 8.1 iso be used on an install that started with a win 8 retail disk? Btw, Windows error check found one error on the system SSD, but it doesn't seem of consequence for the current problems, and scannow keeps coming up clean. Windows 8 Mgr repair of all system components hasn't solved it either.
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  3. #192


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You could use an ISO file downloaded from OPTION ONE below to install 8.1 and activate with a 8 product key.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    You could try doing a refresh instead to hopefully avoid a full clean install.
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  4. #193


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for the help (more, encouragement). The ISO I've been using on this attempted repair install came from using those instructions in coordination with your other set - Repair Install Windows 8. Just to double check, for the (failed) repair install I've been using an 8.1 Pro x64 ISO, even though the original disk I have is Win 8 Pro, because that's how I understood the instructions; my 8.1 install was an online update.
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  5. #194


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's ok. When you do a repair install or refresh, the installation media needs to be the same as what you currently have installed.
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  6. #195


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Update: I decided to give Windows repair install another try (about the tenth) - and it worked! And upon completion, CIS 8 installed properly and is currently updating. Don't ask me what changed. Was it running Avira's rescue disc (12 files renamed, but none obvious as to why), was it running msiexec /regserver, was it ignoring the safe CIS update instructions and running disk cleanup, or maybe it was being away for a few days and a good Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever it was, everything appears it's all back to working as it should.

    Btw, I did the repair with the iso mounted and it took only 30 minutes. Some of the specifics shown in the your (Brink's) repair install instructions were bypassed, including having to enter an activation code or give an MS ID. In the end it just turned into my desktop, all ready to go.
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  7. #196


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's great news.

    If this was an OEM PC, then the installation would have automatically detected and entered the product key embedded in your UEFI firmware chip.
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  8. #197


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Not an OEM, but a DIY.
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  9. #198


    Posts : 4
    windows 8

    Repair fail


    Hi,
    I was able to get to last stage to setting up devices but get a message box saying "one or more components fail.....restart"
    It then reverted to my previous version/current setup. Is there any way to rectify this? I really hate to do a clean install.

    thanks
    Andrew
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  10. #199


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Andrew, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunately, when a repair install fails, you usually only have a clean install as an option.
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