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Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

Q: Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

Can someone please help me.
I installed Windows 8. Then created a new partition and installed Ubuntu on it.
But now if I want to select Windows 8 in Grub, it waits a couple of seconds and then restarts Grub.
Image: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0B...lFrTnZORlE3T0U
Has anyone an idea how to get Win8(Consumer Preview) working again?

Thanks for every answer

Preferred Solution: Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

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A: Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

Have you tried the Ubuntu forums? I see this thread, perhaps it will help.

[ubuntu] Dual booting 11.10 and Windows 8 - Ubuntu Forums

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sorry if these questions seem trivial but I'm a new Windows 8 and Toshiba user.

After the start window and going into the Toshiba window I can see in the add software or unistall
I can see all software loaded but on the page its self I can't see any icons to start any programmes,
as there isn't a start menu as like on my old xp laptop,

how do I see any icons?

Also on on the description on my laptop is says that Nero and Toshiba webcam software should be loaded but again no mention of it anyway!

Help lol again sorry but I'm a user of xp and owner of an old laptop.

A:How to start installed software in Win8 preinsatlled Satellite L850


Since you are newbie to Windows 8 you should check some essential information from Microsoft. Here is a nice page giving you good survey of new system:

The main and important button now is the ?Windows? button (key with the Microsoft sign).
There are some important shortcuts you should know:

Windows Key + C: Displays Charms menu.
Windows Key + D: Activates desktop mode.
Windows Key + X: Brings up a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer.
Windows Key + Tab: Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps.
Windows Key + Q: Brings up the apps search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs.
Windows Key + E: Opens File Explorer to the ?My Computer? view which shows all your drives.
Windows Key + R: Opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their executable file names.

Here you can find the full overview:

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I have the blue win 8 bootloader with my os's but this is what it says when I choose Ubuntu

A:Boot Ubuntu from win8 bootloader

How did you install Ubuntu? From the ISO or via Wubi?

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Hello all,

I'm going to install Windows 7 X64, Windows 7 X86, Windows 8.1 X64, Ubuntu and FreeBSD all on my PC! I want to dedicate one separated drive for each OS. May main OS for daily working will be the Windows 7 X64. I have this purpose because I like to work and be familiar with all of those OSs. I don't want to use the virtual machines for that because I want to utilize all of the PC power when working with each one. Any one will be selected from boot (like dual boot).
What's your opinion on this case? And which one should be installed respectively?

A:Installing Win7 X86, X64, Win8.1 X64, Ubuntu & FreeBSD with each other

You can skip Windows 7 X86 - it's the same as the 64-bit version.

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Hello all,

I'm going to install Windows 7 X64, Windows 7 X86, Windows 8.1 X64, Ubuntu and FreeBSD all on my PC! I want to dedicate one separated drive for each OS. My main OS for daily working will be the Windows 7 X64. I have this purpose because I like to work and be familiar with all of those OSs. I don't want to use the virtual machines for that because I want to utilize all of the PC power when working with each one. Any one will be selected from boot (like dual boot).
What's your opinion on this case? And which one should be installed respectively?

A:Installing Win7 X86, X64, Win8.1 X64, Ubuntu & FreeBSD with each other

No reply!?

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I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?

A:Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

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I just purchased an HP Pavilion 20 All-In-One desktop computer that unfortunately had Windows 8 on it - I needed a computer immediately and no one in town had an all in one with 7 pro. I purchased Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM software (from reputable store; computer is 64bit) and thought it would be an easy install - insert disk, follow directions. It acts as if it's installing windows 7, but when it gets to the screen which shows the language, time and - forgot the last drop down choice, I don't have use of the mouse or keyboard. I can't tab, use arrow keys, or anything. I have spent hours searching online before bothering anyone for free advice, but now I'm looking for free advice. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, do I post this in Windows 7 Pro or 8 ?

Let me add that this All In One does not have the touch screen monitor.

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Hopefully my explanation of this problem is not too confusing, this my first post.

My system is a multi-boot for Win7, Win8.1 & XP. I boot into Win7 most of the time. The multi-boot is controlled via EasyBCD in Win7. My data drive is a separate disk - F. I have been running this configuration for over a year without any major problems.

The system is an older Dell-XPS Core2 Quad CPU Q9450 A 2.66GHz with 8Gb memory
System drive - 1Tb with four partitions
Data drive - 1 Tb one partition

Recently I booted into Win8.1 after a few weeks of using only Win7. The data drive F: was not available. It does not show up in Disk Management and under Device Manager it shows as not connected to the system when the Unavailable Devices are displayed.

Booting back to Win7, the data drive is available, no problems with it. There are not any errors in the event/system logs in Win8.1 or Win7 related to the data drive F.

One possible cause might be that the motherboard battery was replaced about a week ago. I had to go in the BIOS and make changes for problems encountered when Win7 was booted. Unfortunately, I didn't boot Win8.1 to see if it had any problems. I've looked at the BIOS, but don't see anything that might cause this problem.

The config for the EasyBCD is below for boot into Win7
There are a total of 4 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Microsoft Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 8.1
BCD ID: {3081a5c6-c566-11e3-808b-85773c60a873... Read more

A:Multi Boot-Win7 & Win8.1 - Data Drive not seen in Win8.1

First off, why so many entries in BCD ?

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I installed a Win 7 and Win 8 dual UEFI boot (on a GPT-formated disk of course) on HD0. Both Win7 and Win8 boot fine when the Windows Boot Manager is selected on HD0. Then I installed Win XP and Ubuntu (on an MBR-formatted disk) on HD1. Both the Win XP install and the Ubuntu install boot via legacy bios (with CSM support) when HD1 is selected in the UEFI.

This is very similar to what Theog's setup is (or at least was at some point in time; see image below).

I can boot in UEFI mode on Disk 0 and boot either Win 8 or Win 7, or I can boot in BIOS/MBR mode on Disk 1 and boot either Win XP or Ubuntu. The problem is that I can not seem to get all four options to work from one boot screen.

The closest that I have gotten is to load a Windows 7 boot manager (bootmgr) and a BCD store on the Win XP partition and use EasyBCD and BCDedit to create boot options for all four operating systems. WinXP, Ubuntu, and Win7 all boot up fine this way, but Win8 gives me a boot error saying something like "invalid signature for winload.exe".

Is there a way to get this to work?

A:UEFI Multi-Boot (Win8/7/XP, Ubuntu) with MBR Windows XP

The above screenshot is using the One Time Boot Menu.

You can dual boot two+ UEFI mode OS's
You can dual boot two+ Legacy mode OS's
But not a UEFI mode & a Legacy mode.

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I've a windows 8 Pro package that require me to install it as follows: Upgrade eligibility requirements apply. I had no problems here, I've upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Also I've had no problem having done the update through the Windows Store to Windows 8.1. I'm happy. My question though is thus:

Can I, with my legal Windows 8 Pro Upgrade-key-package download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO and use that instead of the Windows Store feature to update my system to Windows 8.1 Pro?

Thank you.

A:Updating a Win8 Pro to Win8.1 Pro with a Legal Upgrad disc


Welcome To Eight Forums

Check out this thread:

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

Hope this helps

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I am trying to gather some basic info about usage of Win8/UEFI and Win8/BIOS. So please participate in this noncontroversial survey. Note that you will not have a place to respond if you are not using Win8.

After responding, I?d also be interested in hearing about problems you have had using Windows 8/UEFI that appear to be associated with using UEFI (i.e., they most likely would not have occurred, in your opinion, under BIOS). Ultimately, I am wondering if you think Windows 8/UEFI is an idea whose time has come.

A:Information on Usage of Win8/UEFI and Win8/BIOS

Voted . . .desktop; hope that helps.

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On my computer there is a pre-installed Windows 8 which works fine for
UEFI boot (Secure boot not necessary).

Now when I switch in UEFI setup at boot time the UEFI mode into the CSM (BIOS) mode
and restart then Windows 8 is not starting any more.

As far as I find out an UEFI-based Windows 8 can only boot with UEFI mode enabled.

So my question is: Can I turn an existing UEFI based Windows 8 installation into
an CSM/BIOS based installation (=a Win8 which boots successfully even when I enable CSM in UEFI setup) ?

If yes: How do I do that?


A:Can I turn a Win8 installation for UEFI into CSM-Mode Win8

What OS are you trying to install?

Your other thread is about dualing booting Windows 7 & 8,
Can I boot with one Bootmanager Win 8 and Win7?
Windows 7 & 8 will dual boot in UEFI mode.

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A:Syncing Win8 phone to win8 tablet by USB connection.

Could be a couple of reasons.

Reboot your phone. Sometimes they just won't talk to each other.All USB cables are not equal. If you use the cable that came with your phone, you should have no problem. If you are using a different cable that came with another device, it may or may not work.

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I would like to test power management of my PCIe SSD, ASPM can work well.
And I want to know L2 state work well, too.
Anyone knows how to let PCIe device enter L2 state in Win8.1?

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AHCI will automatically do it, by talking to the bios.

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Hello Guru Members

I work for a small charity organisation for the elderly, (not trying to pluck heart strings), and the situation is that we were granted 7 new computers, these computers have Windows 8.1, and because we have an existing domain network we actually need to have Windows 8.1 Professional installed.

So prior to knowing that Windows 8.1 could not connect to our network, I had already started getting all the Windows updates, and cleaning the PC's of all the Lenovo add-on's software.

Once I realised that it was not Windows 8.1 Pro on the PC's but only Windows 8.1, being a charity we were able to purchase from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Centre 7 Windows 8.1 Professional licences.

I tried to use the VLC licence through the 'Windows Add-on's feature in Windows 8.1 , but a Volume Licence key is not accepted, and i have also been told that I must download the Windows 8.1 Professional .ISO from the Volume Licensing Centre, and install this particular download version.

But my question is, when I do the installation from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 pro, will it give me the option to do an upgrade installation, I worried as I don't want to lose all the previous windows updates, and Lenovo hardware driver files.

Or, is there a way to get the Volume Licence Key into the existing Windows 8.1 to unlock the Pro features, or even a clever way to trick the Windows installation.

Any members help would be really helpful.

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Hey all,

I have been going crazy trying to find the nitty-gritty details of what goes on under the hood with the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2 I am considering upgrading.

I am aware the many Windows 8.1 devices have OEM Product Keys embedded in the BIOS. I am trying to find information on how Windows 10, if installed from a .ISO bootable media, interacts with this key, and how Digital Entitlement plays into all of this. It's currently hard for me to make sense of a lot of this. Can anyone help clarify how all these elements play with one-another?

Another question regarding this process I have currently: If I use a NEW Windows 10 product key during installation, would the new key replace the previous (8.1 OEM) one in the BIOS?

The more I find out about all this, the more mystery there seems to be to it. I am just trying to find the cleanest way to install Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2, and this BIOS OEM key and Digital Entitlement vs. Product Key thing is really confusing me. Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask, I'm just pretty lost right now and could really use advice from someone who's really knowledgeable about this stuff, currently.

Thanks all .

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A:Brutal WIN8 problem (Ubuntu, Hard Drive, Windows 8 OEM)


I am also stuck with this. Seems ubuntu does something to your HDD so that Windows is unable to install itself. I am ended up running Ubuntu now which is happily installing itself no matter what partitions I throw at it. But Windows 8 simply keeps on doing tantrum no matter what parititions I create or not for it. Seems MS is punishing me for wiping Windows and installing Ubuntu. Now I have a PC in which I am unable to install Windows and thanks to my 3 year old DVD drive which does'nt recognize any CD / DVD I put in it. So i guess you should simply install Ubuntu also and enjoy!!!


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Sound works perfectly until...... I restart from Ubuntu and load Windows... then I have to put Windows to sleep and wake up again to get the sound to work.... right pain in the rectum it is....

Does we know how to fix this anyone please...?


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Cloud? Bluetooth? Wireless? If they share a homegroup, wireless transfer should suit you nicely?

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Originally Posted by Nathanr411

I really hope someone helps me here cuz my win8 OS is acting very unstable.

Hey. If you explain any issue(s) in how it is acting unstable, we might be able to help.

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Okay, my log is right below.
Can't afford much new software. I was running Wordperfect X3 and Corel Paint Shop Pro x3 and the photosoftware ran better than on Win XP. Actually so did WordPerfect. Upgraded to 8.1 on Sunday and no functioning in WordPerfect. I am at least an amateur and beyond writer and photographer.
I don't know where I stand on PaintShopPro, but how can I get my documents from WordPerfect? I can't find any support for WP X3. Is it still made? Can I make it run? If so, how do I get rid of WordPerfect Mail?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4430 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 12207 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, -2016 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1892623 MB, Free - 1825988 MB; D: Total - 13137 MB, Free - 1610 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 2AF3
Antivirus: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7.0, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: XP to win8 to win8.1 corel programs

Have you tried OpenOffice or LibreOffice which can open MS Word and Corel WordPerfect documents. And its free!

As for a Paint Shop Pro replacement, try Paint.NET from http://www.getpaint.net/

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Is it possible to upgrade from Win8 32bit to Win8 x64bit or trick the PC into thinking its x64bit so I can install x64bit programs

A:Is it possible to upgrade from Win8 32bit to Win8 x64bit

No, you cannot trick it and you cannot upgrade. You can format and start over.

Is there a particular reason you want to get 64bit apps? Is it to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM?

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running win8 pro
4 gb ram
64 bit
intel core 2 duo
avg internet security 2013
for two weeks, started having problems with java download. while playing games on pogo, games wouldn't play because of flash player and couldn't get it downloaded.
then today, ie, firefox, and chrome started crashing and now the os crashes.
my wife's son installed 8 about two months ago on her computer. to me, it seemed not quiet right and seems to have gotten worse as time went by.
we ran the installation disk to reinstall but now it crashes in a few ninutes after it boots.

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Was it established beforehand that this computer would be compatible with Windows 8?

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I need to rebuild Win8.1 update back to system specs. When I go to refresh or reset to factory original it asks for the disk. I put in my Win8 disk which is the retail from Microsoft. It comes back as the wrong disk. I think maybe because it is a Win8 disk and not a win8.1 disk?

Anyone have any thoughts how I can fix this?
Is there a way to get this done without having to reinstall win8 and patch all the way up to win8.1 update?


A:Can't Refresh or reset Win8.1 with Win8 Disk

Hello Blue1, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file with your retail Windows 8 product key, then create a Windows 8.1 installation DVD/USB from the ISO to use to refresh/reset with.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

Hope this helps,

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When I use File Explorer on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview I have the navigation pane set to 'show all folders' and 'automatically expand to folder'.On Win8 I use SkyDrive for Desktop, and I place the SkyDrive folder in 'C:\Users\Karl\'; and the SkyDrive folder appears in the File Explorer navigation pane under the Karl Dixon folder.Win 8.1preview has Skype for Desktop integrated into the OS.; and the SkyDrive folder appears at the top of the File Explorer navigation pane.
As I am currently back using Win8 due to an unrelated issue, I would like to know how to have Win8 show the SkyDrive folder at the top of the navigation pane whilst still using 'show all folders' and 'automatically expand to folder' settings.

I'm currently hoping that if I uninstall SkyDrive desktop on Windows 8 before I upgrade to the final release version of Windows 8.1, where SkyDrive will be baked-into Win8.1, that will fix it. I am only trying to replicate the behaviour of Win8.1 Preview, which I installed on both my Win8Pro and Win8EnterpriseN machines previously, and both had the built-in SkyDrive folder located at the top of the navigation pane in File Explorer.

A:SkyDrive for Desktop on Win8 and Win8.1 Preview

Hello Lilsting,

SkyDrive is not as integrated in Windows 8 as it is in Windows 8.1.

Do you have Show Favorites checked in your navigation pane settings?
Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
Do you have the SkyDrive desktop app installed in Windows 8? Windows 8.1 doesn't need this.
Hope this helps,

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Want to multi boot, XP, Vista, Win7, Win8, and Unbantu 12.
Currently have win7 on an SSD. (I've had win8 DP, CP, RP install for testing but now have wiped that drive.)
I have an empty 300GB drive I want to install all those OS on. I think the correct order of installs would be:
XP - updating to SP3 x86
Vista - updating SP2 x64
Win7 - updating SP1 x64
Use EasyBCD2.0 to build a boot loader menu with WIn7 as default
Ubuntu 12.04
Boot through grub to get back to WIn7
Update EasyBCD boot loader menu with WIn7 as default and add Linux menu item
Win8 RP x64
Boot back to win7 somehow from win8
Update EasyBCD boot loader menu with WIn7 as default, and win8 menu item.

I'm sure I'm missing some small but important steps. I want to use win7 as default so there is not reboot to get to other OS's as when Win8 is the default. Also not sure if I need to remove the boot flag for XP if i'm loading Vista right after. Of coarse, I have OS backup images, and data backup on other Data/backup drives.
Can several of you out there give this a once over and post some pointers to make this go fairly smooth?

A:Multi Boot Correct order of OS installs - XP Vista Win7 Ubuntu Win8

Unless you do it and report back if it was successful we would not know if this is the way go.

If you install Windows versions from old to new (XP, Vista, 7, 8) every OS automatically cares for dual/multi booting.

I would install Ubuntu/GRUB last but not to MBR !

Adding a boot sector loader later for any Linux is not a problem.
1. Copy GRUB first stage (copy partition boot sector) to a file.
2. Create a boot sector loader in system BCD with file from 1.
See how to add any Linux to Windows BCD with bcdedit or Visual BCD

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I have Win 8 Pro Upgrade which I installed over a Win 7 installation in VirtualBox. Now I would like to delete this installation and install my Win8 Pro on another VirtualBox VM. Will it install and activate on the new VM?

I also have ordered a System Builder version of Win 8. Will I be able to install it on more than one PC? Say I install it on PC1 then decide to return to Win7 on PC1. Will I be able to install and activate my Win8 on PC2?

Thanks for any advice, Jim

A:Can Win8 Be Installed More Than Once?

I will let our legal adviser ( Brink) answer this one ,

on the VM thing, I don't understand why you want uninstall it and re install in another VM, you can not simply move the VM ?

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I used windows 8 normally and has apps like steam/origin/avast/ccleaner etc and I have upgraded to windows 8.1 and the icons are still on my desktop(not incl Avast) and can be run but are not available on the start screen and cannot be found by searching via the start screen.

Extra info: Using StartIsBack

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Hoping for some help (Superfly?) with a similar issue, sorry if i'm threadjacking, can move it if needed. Thinkpad W540 purchased last summer, shipped with Windows 8 Pro but i do not have an email or car with the license key. I added on media center which required a separate key which I have. Earlier this year i kept getting the upgrade to 8.1 message and i finally gave in to end the annoyance. It went fine though i had to recreate various settings and such. About a month later, i started to get the activation notifications. I spoke with MSFT to said i was not on a Windows 8.1 Pro retail license (thanks to their pushed upgrade) instead of my OEM which i suppose makes sense. None of the license keys i had work for activation. Trying to make it go away by throwing money at it instead of time, i bought licenses of Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro Pack. None of them worked... So now I don't know what to do which has lead me to this thread. See below for a diagnostic tool report. Any ideas on what i can/should do? I'm hopeful to find a license key and/or hot fix to make this go away as i really do not want to have to do a clean install of Windows. Thanks!

Tool Version: 6.3.9600.16384
Licensing Status: In Notification
Licensing Status Reason: 0xC004FE00
Local Genuine State: Invalid Licence
Local Genuine Result P: 0
Last Online Genuine Result:
Grace Time Minutes: 0
Total Grace Days: 0
Validity Expiration:
Active Partial Product Key: JK7QT
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A:Win8 To Win8.1 upgrade gone wrong

Hi and welcome to EF.

Seems you have tried a few key installs that failed ( currently you have the correct key installed which is a full WMC key that should not rely on a base qualifing Pro licence)
Anyway, the licencing store got corrupted - although there are no specific corrupted files as such, it may be prudent to run command prompt - admin:
sfc /scannow

Then try to activate with:
slmgr -ato

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I just downloaded the Technet version of Win8 Pro. When trying to UPGRADE the RP version, I keep getting a message to "remove install media, boot windows normally, and then add the install media afterwards". Of course, nothing happens when I reboot, heh. It LOOKS like I will have to do a clean install on my SSD which I just cloned so no big deal. BUT, if someone manages to upgrade, please post the procedure!

Will I be able to upgrade WIndows 8 Release Preview to RTM without - Microsoft Answers

Nope, looks like a clean install is needed but the personal files can be kept... I will let you know.

A:Cannot upgrade to Win8 Pro Retail from Win8 RP.

The way I had heard was you would be able to use an Upgrade Version of RTM if you had RP installed. It would still do a clean install but save your personal files. It was to satisfy the requirement to have a previous version installed for the Upgrade key to work.


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Wondering if anyone has done this? I am assuming settings would be lost and such. Can anyone confirm if the settings would be completely lost, or if they would be relocated to "Windows.old" folder?


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This 64GB internal card was working fine on win8.0 Acer v5, laptop.

Tried four different SD cards, win8.1 could not see any.
I have checked with SFC and DISM no problems.
Hardware Diagnostic tool does not find the SD.
Updated drivers from Acer. No help.
Have Auto Play set to use for everything.
Tried 8GB and 32GB SD cards, nothing.
If I plug the SD cards into a USB adapter they all work fine.

This sucks big time as the SD is my daily back up drive.

Any help?


A:SD Card Gone after win8.0 update to win8.1

OK, problem solved. Win8.1 kept seeing the SD card slot and installing the "Standard SD card slot drivers.

Acer's Support for this model V5 showed the card reader as an Alcom or something close to that and I was pretty sure that was wrong. I reinstalled an older backup image of win8 and Device manager showed the SD card reader as Broadcom SD SCSI drivers.

I reinstated the win8.1 in place of the win8 backup and then I went back to the Acer V5 models then looked through until I found a card reader that had Broadcom drivers. Downloaded that and installed and all is well with the world again.

Who was at fault? Beats me, but the card reader is obviously telling win8.1 that it is just a vanilla slot. Acer got it wrong for not listing a Broadcom card reader driver with this model. On many of their models they list two or three different drivers, but for mine there was only one and it was the wrong one for what was actually in the laptop.

The original win8.0 worked fine as the Broadcom drives were installed at the Acer factory.

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I do not have a Recovery CD from the Acer Recovery Software that you make to reset the pc back to factory default settings.And I then :

1) installed win 8 pro from dvd - and found I could not create a recovery dvd to reset pc back to factory default settings
2) reinstalled win 8 (not pro) which required the win 8 pro dvd to be put into the cd/dvd drive
3) when it was completed,i found that the acer software had all been deleted,and I still could not create the recovery dvd's after installing the acer software as there was message that said that the Hard Drive Configuration Is Not Set To Factory Default, for all options ....to create recovery dvd's or reset etc [as I guess the hdd has the os from the win 8 pro dvd and not the version from the factory.

And when I used the Repair CD
I) there was a message that a system image cannot be found.
Where is the OS that is in the hidden partition [from factory] that can be used to get back to factory settings???
that can be used to reset up win 8 with all the acer software??

I managed to make the repair cd and a copy of the drivers and applications of the acer software but there was no option to create the recovery dvd's as mentioned earlier.

Is there a way to get back to the factory state without sending the pc back to acer??

And now it also wants a key that I don't have,as I now have win 8 installed from a win 8 pro dvd

thanks in advance

A:win8 PRO Back To Win8-No Recovery DVD's

Welcome to EightForums.


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

You can a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

How to make Acer Recovery disks.
ACER video's.
Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Click here: Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube

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Hi all,
We have to reinstall Windows 8.1 several times a week, and on older PC's we find ourselves installing Win8 (original version), then doing tons of updates before getting to the stage where we can download and install Windows 8.1.  We have tried using the 8.1 disk, however it doesn't pickup the Win 8 licence number embedded in the laptop or rejects the the original Win8 OEM licence number.
This is costing us loads of time and downloads.
Does anyone know a work-around for this?

A:How To Install Win8.1 Without First Installing Win8

Hi Richard I guess this article on HowToGeek should help you with your issue.http://www.howtogeek.com/187525/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-of-windows-8.1-with-a-windows-8-key/You would have to test it on one or two computers however to see if it works for you.

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What's better, upgrade a Win8 to Win8.1 or purchase Win8.1 ?


A:Win8 Upgrade or Win8.1 New Install

Upgrade the Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is FREE.

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Before I upfrade to win 10 I'd like to upgrade to win8.1 pro I have legit disk I bought, but when I try to install I get a message "serial number not match any on system" or something like that. I wiped the C drive but kept the recovery drives and still the same result. Restored the system to factory. Any ideas short of buying a new HD, and if the number is embedded in the MB then it won't help anyway.

A:How to upgrade from preinstalled win8 to win8.1 pr...

the product key is embedded on BIOS and honestly is not worth upgrading to windows 8.1 and then windows 10, it's better if you upgrade directly to windows 10. if your system has Home version sand you want the Pro version, you can simply upgrade to widnows 10 and then change the product key on it, it will switch to Pro version automatically. or you can do a clean windows 10 install and once at desktop change the product key http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7209-product-key-change-windows-10-a.html 

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Last Fall I bought my wife a Dell All In One with Win8 installed. I seldom, if ever use it for I am sticking with 7 for now. She has Live Mail, Firefox installed and that is about it. No apps other than those that came with the machine.

Is it worth while upgrading to 8.1 and then 8.1Update?

If so, what is the simplest way to go about it?. Not necessarily the cheapest but the easiest.

Thank you very much.

A:Upgrade from Win8 to Win8.1Update

To upgrade from 8.0 you have to do it through the Microsoft store. When you do the upgrade from the Store to 8.1, you automatically will get 8.1 update 1. I just did the upgrade about 10 days ago and discovered this when i did the upgrade.

Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

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I mistakenly installed Windows server in my pc while trying to install it in VMware so I'm currently unable to boot into the factory installed win8. What do I do. It's a big stress for 2 days now. All files from the original windows 8 were automatically  saved  as windows.old in my C:drive while Windows server 2012 R2 was installing though I can't open the files in the new OS.

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when you install win8, you are required to use an email address to log on. You also have to use the emails password. When I installed the preview version, I used my hotmail account for my login.

The other day I was on a linux computer and rename my hotmail address to an outlook.com address. The renaming process will immediately delete the hotmail address/account. Completely forgot about using it for win8. However when I started my win8 computer, I immediately noticed my new outlook.com address was already visible on the win8 login screen.

I am now wondering how much access microsoft has to my computer. Whats the word?

A:microsoft access to installed win8

Well considering that Windows 8 is supposed to have "Cloud" based support and storage for your online identity, yeah when you change your email it will automatically be updated. Cause if you read the outlook.com information carefully, your account was upgraded to the outlook address. Meaning that the Hotmail account was not actually deleted but migrated to Outlook. There is a difference. So yes, your PC can easily show the changes at the login screen for such a small detail cause all it is is changing [email protected] to [email protected] Not hard to change a domain.

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I`m getting BSOD UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP on Windows 8.1 x64 Professional on my HP DM4T-2000 LAPTOP, after I`ve moved the old HDD to cd-rom caddy and installed a new Kingstone SSD and a fresh windows 8.1.

I`ve installed the video driver from this file

In order to have support for ATI/INTEL video driver. But either way I`m getting BSOD...
Just to mention, the BSOD happens when I`m not active on my pc, if I go 5 minutes away, BSOS appears and restarts. If I`m active full time on my laptop, no BSOD happens..

I`ve attached the detailed dump if someone will be able to help me, I will be really appreciated.

A:BSOD on HP after installed win8.1 on SSD with HDD on caddy

Hello and welcome riley now this one might be better answered in the 8 forum mate it is run and most of us in the 7 forum are members there too.

But in the meantime I have seen some faults in those dump files but am not really sure what they mean because a search for that particular fault has a lot of references to XP?? I will ask for help.

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I'm normally fairly good at troubleshooting and figuring out why crashes occur, but this has been bugging me for a while now and despite numerous hardware changes / reinstalls, it still occurs.

Basically, I built a system for running Virtual Machines in Hyper-V for testing.
Decent Spec:
i7-4770k (Stock)
SSD for OS
SSD's for VMs
GeForce 760 GTX

Every so often, with VMs running, the machine BSODs with SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION.
I'd like a little assistance please, in figuring this one out!

Attached is the SF Diagnostics Output.
Also created a Speccy output here - http://speccy.piriform.com/results/L...2JQeJ4XPzv4BYn

A:SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION / Win8.1 w/ Hyper-V installed.

Did this system come with Win8 installed? If so, why is UEFI/Secure Boot not being used?

You have 5 hard drives. What is the make/model/wattage and age of your Power Supply?

SSD's were temperamental when they first came out, but their reliability has improved greatly over the last year or two. There are 2 things that MUST be checked on systems with BSOD's and SSD's:

1) That the SSD firmware is the latest available for the SSD. I usually can't see this info in the reports, so I rely on you to check it.
2) That the storage controller drivers on the motherboard are the most recent. They must date from late 2012 or later. This is ALL controllers, not just the one that the SSD is attached to. If involved these should be visible in the memory dump - but it doesn't hurt to check manually.

PS2 keyboard isn't present. If you're using a USB keyboard don't worry about this error.

Please uninstall Gigabyte EasySaver. Also remove EasyTune if it is installed - both will cause BSOD's on some Windows systems.

If all of this doesn't stop the BSOD's, please run Driver Verifier according to these instructions: Driver Verifier Settings

The following is for informational purposes only.

**************************Mon Nov 18 12:16:16.825 2013 (UTC - 5:00)**************************
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\John\SysnativeBSODApps\111813-16375-01.dmp]
Windows 8 Kernel Version 9600 MP (8 procs) Free x64
Built by: 9600.16422.amd64fr... Read more

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Hi, i got a very big problem. My computer is using win8 64bits, installed memory 16.0Gb (8.00 gb usable). How can i fix this?? I did go through msconfig, the box was un check., but the number still the same.

A:problem with installed memories on win8 64bit

Check the BIOS first and see if it recognizes new memory.

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so I made a huge mistake and clean installed windows 8.1 on my HP dv6 and it does not run properly. I really would like to return to windows 7 but am having a very difficult time doing so. I have a system image of my old win7 on an external hard drive and I have HP supplied recovery disks, neither of which I can seem to boot win7 from. I should mention that my CD drive DOES NOT WORK and that I am trying to boot the recovery files from a USB flash drive. Upon booting loading the files I get a message that says "ssrd source not found" . I desperately need help in reloading my old windows 7, or at least boot to factory windows7. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:installed win8.1, want to remove and restore win7. i need help

Might be it is looking for the recovery partition.

Probably easier to d/l a pristine win7 iso from of the right language , edition and bit version. Put that on usb drive using Rufus. You can use the key from your coa sticker.

You want the SP1 U (media refresh)

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

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I set up a new, out-of-box Gateway G530 and turned it on. Before it booted all the way, I decided to re-arrange the cables, so I turned it off. It was at the initial configuration screen at that point. When I rebooted, I got a screen advising me that Windows had experienced an error, and I could Refresh or Restore the computer. I elected to Refresh. Following the Refresh, a user login displayed. Inasmuch as I set up no user accounts, I decided to attempt logging in as Administrator. I tried several password variations (blank, Administrator, Admin), but none worked. Sometimes, I get a message that I have been locked out.

The computer does not ship with any disks. I don't have any Win8 disks (though I do have a Win7 OEM CD).

Any suggestions for getting around this impasse?

Thank you.

A:Factory-installed Win8 Failed Initial Boot

and I could Refresh or Restore the computer.

or Return to Retailer.

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