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Repair Install Windows 8

  1. #260

    wow!!


    Ok well here I go............I hope to have success!

    Thanks!!


    PS why is it there not more info on this? Microsoft said it cant be done lol........the tech support line that is.

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  2. #261


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.

    I guess since it's not an official method, they don't have it in their guide manuals.
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  3. #262


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Stick the install disk in the drive while booted, then run Setup. Then go to Starbucks, win 8 usually does it all automatically.

    You should really secure your workstation though, and ESET/Malwarebytes. Those are the only two AV that work.
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  4. #263


    So very helpful Shawn, I'm still running into Win7, roadblocks& files, that I thought were, long gone always, resurface.Thank You for all your help!
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  5. #264


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm glad it could help Graham.
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  6. #265


    Fennville, MI
    Posts : 18
    Windows XP and 8.1


    I have a dual boot system, a desktop PC I built myself. 3 ea 1TB hard drives and Windows XP Pro resides on the drive 0 as C:\ logical partition of drive 0 has D:\ as well as F:\ F: is the partition that has my Windows 8.1 PRO installation, that, until recently, has worked great. I could dual boot between either 8.1 PRO or the "earlier operating system" which was XP PRO. I have some software and setups on XP that are/can only be used in xp. Some aren't even available anymore.

    The other day I turn on my monitor and Windows 8.1 was "hung" so I tried to push 'sleep' on my keyboard and then bring it out of sleep to see if that would bring back the video. No luck, so I shut it down and restarted. Ever since I get the boot menu that lists 8.1 and "earlier operating system (XP)" and I can boot right into XP with no issues. It is when I try to boot into 8.1 pro that I have the problems. It simply won't go/boot into the 8.1. I see the partition in my XP OS it's there and seems intact. (logical drive) and there are many programs I have installed in it including Classic Shell.

    I have my Windows 8.1 pro DVD. Is there any way possible I can use it to do a repair/install and keep the registry and installed files on my 8.1 PRO operating system?
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  7. #266


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Aksarben, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You will be able to safely do a repair install of Windows 8.1 without messing up XP since Windows 8.1 was installed last, but you will have to do it from within Windows 8.1 and not at boot. You will not be able to do a repair install at boot.
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  8. #267


    Fennville, MI
    Posts : 18
    Windows XP and 8.1


    Thanks Brink for the welcome!!!

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to even boot back into Windows 8.1 pro. I get to the boot menu screen and I can choose "Earlier Windows Operating System" and then it shuts down, BIOS appears again, and now it boots into Windows XP. If I choose the Windows 8.1 It runs for a bit, screen goes blank and stays that way until I push the reset button. I used a program at this local Dual-boot Repair tool - Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista that should fix the MBR and boot records. I have even tried to repair the booting from the Windows 8.1 PRO DVD I have, going into command prompt, using bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /rebuildbdc and so on. Nothing let me boot back into 8.1. Yet, in viewing that partition all files seem there, and even though the partition is not active (logical) partition, it was booting ok just a week ago on my dual boot setup.

    In the Advanced part of the DVD menu It won't even fix the startup, nor do a refresh. The one thing I wonder is if I should change the partition to "Primary" rather than "Logical" that it is?

    Any suggestions are worth a try. I cloned the entire Drive 0 (C: D: F: ) from the WD to a same size Seagate drive and that is the one I am playing with. If something is not right, at least I can put the WD back in and still boot to XP if needed or can access the files on the partition of the Windows 8.1 PRO installation on drive F:
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  9. #268


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    It's looking like you may need to back up what you can from Windows 8 while in XP, then delete and reinstall Windows 8.1.
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  10. #269


    Fennville, MI
    Posts : 18
    Windows XP and 8.1


    Would it be of any help if I made that 8.1 partition active? And, where is the registry located in Windows 8.1?
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