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I have a Win8 laptop. Installed a free antivirus from AT&T which bricked my machine. I didn't have a backup copy -- yes, I know I should have -- but I own Win7 and used that. It's not working well. I thought I could just upgrade to Win10. It's not working well either. Anyone have a cheap Win8 I can buy? Or know how to fix the double image Win10 is giving me? I can't read anything on the screen well enough to use system restore. Additionally, it's not accessing the boot menu. I appreciate your help.










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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Catastrophic loss. Didn't have Win8 to reinstall h...

Right before you use the Acer recovery media, you should load BIOS defaults and then save/exit, and use diskpart clean to wipe your HDD. So it would be like this: 1. Load BIOS defaults and save/exit2. Boot your Acer recovery media. Navigate in the menu to "command prompt". Use "diskpart clean" to wipe your HDD3. Shutdown your computer4. Turn on your computer and use Acer recovery media












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I have a Win8 laptop. Installed a free antivirus from AT&T which bricked my machine. I didn't have a backup copy -- yes, I know I should have -- but I own Win7 and used that. It's not working well. I thought I could just upgrade to Win10. It's not working well either. Anyone have a cheap Win8 I can buy? Or know how to fix the double image Win10 is giving me? I can't read anything on the screen well enough to use system restore. Additionally, it's not accessing the boot menu.  I appreciate your help. 











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A:Catastrophic loss. Didn't have Win8 to reinstall h...

Right before you use the Acer recovery media, you should load BIOS defaults and then save/exit, and use diskpart clean to wipe your HDD. So it would be like this: 1. Load BIOS defaults and save/exit2. Boot your Acer recovery media. Navigate in the menu to "command prompt".  Use "diskpart clean" to wipe your HDD3. Shutdown your computer4. Turn on your computer and use Acer recovery media













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I have a Win8 laptop. Installed a free antivirus from AT&T which bricked my machine. I didn't have a backup copy -- yes, I know I should have -- but I own Win7 and used that. It's not working well. I thought I could just upgrade to Win10. It's not working well either. Anyone have a cheap Win8 I can buy? Or know how to fix the double image Win10 is giving me? I can't read anything on the screen well enough to use system restore. Additionally, it's not accessing the boot menu.  I appreciate your help. 










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A:Catastrophic loss. Didn't have Win8 to reinstall h...

Right before you use the Acer recovery media, you should load BIOS defaults and then save/exit, and use diskpart clean to wipe your HDD. So it would be like this: 1. Load BIOS defaults and save/exit2. Boot your Acer recovery media. Navigate in the menu to "command prompt".  Use "diskpart clean" to wipe your HDD3. Shutdown your computer4. Turn on your computer and use Acer recovery media












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Alright, these are two posts that I made on a different Windows 7 forum. Just trying to spread my effort to get the most replies possible. The first one was posted about a week ago after a few days of various issues leading up to catastrophic failure of the PC. The second post that I post as a reply is my follow-up tonight about what has happened since:

Over the last week, this computer has become more and more problematic. Just to get it out of the way, I can, with 99.9% certainty, rule out viruses or malware, as I'm extremely careful and use Malwarebytes, AVG, and Firefox with Noscript. My computer has been virus-free for years. Every scan (the above two, Spybot, Avira, Ad-Aware, Bazooka, HijackThis - all scans have always been clean for years). Keep in mind that this computer was functioning flawlessly up until this week. This hardware setup is from 2008 and I am using the same Windows 7 disc that I installed on it three years ago. This is the second format and re-installation since I built the computer. No problems the last time, which was about a year ago.

About a week ago, I started getting random squeaks and buzzes out of my speakers - especially when a progress bar is moving in a browser. I figured this was a power issue. Three days ago, my Windows volume control stopped responding. I'd click the icon in the taskbar, and it would take a good minute or two before it would show up. Then I wake up a few days ago, and the computer is frozen and the speakers are maki... Read more

A:Slow, catastrophic failure, format and reinstall, now fails to boot.

One week later:

Here's what's happened since that last post, and the details may be a bit flaky, as it's been about a week since I actually touched this computer:

After I got Windows formatted and reinstalled during my original post, I finally got the chipset drivers to install after about an hour of the installer hanging. This changed nothing, so I decided I might as well just try another format and reinstall. This time, I ran the Chipset installer, and it was nice and fast. The installer asked me to restart my computer, so I did, and when it tried to boot again, I got a "Bootmgr is missing. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart." error. This happened unstoppably, so I tried formatting and reinstalling Windows a couple more times because I figured maybe Windows was missing some essential boot files.

Every reinstall, I just kept getting the same error. Then occasionally, I'd get a "Disk Read Failure. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart." error. Just like last week (but not before these problems started), the Windows installer has taken an eternity to even open the "Install Windows" dialog, taking fifteen minutes or so between clicking "Install Now" or "Repair Tools" and actually having the next window appear. As of now, I haven't actually gotten Windows to boot in a week or so, still getting these same errors. I tried the "Startup Repair" tool, but it ran and found no problems that could be repaired.

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Prepare for a massive Wall of Text:

Over the last week, this computer has become more and more problematic. Just to get it out of the way, I can, with 99.9% certainty, rule out viruses or malware, as I'm extremely careful and use Malwarebytes, AVG, and Firefox with Noscript. My computer has been virus-free for years. Every scan (the above two, Spybot, Avira, Ad-Aware, Bazooka, HijackThis - all scans have always been clean for years). Keep in mind that this computer was functioning flawlessly up until this week. This hardware setup is from 2008 and I am using the same Windows 7 disc that I installed on it three years ago. This is the second format and re-installation since I built the computer. No problems the last time, which was about a year ago.

About a week ago, I started getting random squeaks and buzzes out of my speakers - especially when a progress bar is moving in a browser. I figured this was a power issue. Three days ago, my Windows volume control stopped responding. I'd click the icon in the taskbar, and it would take a good minute or two before it would show up. Then I wake up a few days ago, and the computer is frozen and the speakers are making some freaky, possessed R2-D2-esque beep/squeak/buzz noises - almost like the on-board sound card is experiencing some power issues. Also, for the last few days, when Windows would start, it wouldn't be able to recognize my USB wireless adapter. I'd disable and enable it, and I'd get a "failed to connect to network... Read more

A:Slow catastrophic failure, format and reinstall. Previously fast PC a

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Ive saw the diffreences while setting my old high quality wallpapers (1920x 1200) as background.Being used with the same wallpapers for some long I instanly noticed the differences.
I have the latest drivers

so here is a capture while runing winodows 7:

and with windows 8:


the difference its more proeminent on the fullscreen size

A:[Desktop display quality loss] with the win8/new gpu

I'm seeing the same problem here. Have you found anything new about this issue?

I'm on a new build with windows 8 but I'm using the same graphics card that was in my system when I was using windows 7 and I know it never happened on windows 7. It has nothing to do with the quality of the wallpaper as when I view the wallpapers in windows photo viewer at the correct aspect ratio there is no quality loss or distortion. It happens even with the default windows 8 (daisy?) wallpaper. I notice we both are using nvidia graphics cards...I'm on 306.97 drivers. I'm going to boot up my system using the intel HD 4000 graphics provided by the CPU tonight and see what happens. I'll report back what I find.

Both images that I've posted below are on windows 8 so don't be fooled. I grabbed the windows 7 wallpaper and there is obvious distortions and "blurryness". I've circled the worst areas in red. If you view these in full screen you can see it pretty clearly.

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My friend, who had a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and one other OS (either a Linux distro or XP) told me that after he installed Windows 8 on a second hard drive, the menu giving him a choice of which operating system to boot went away. Now the system boots to Windows 8. He has found a way to boot to Windows 7 but it's inconvenient. I suspect this has something to do with the tendency of Windows to overwrite the MBR of another drive/OS, even if not on the same hard drive. What can he do to get a proper boot menu that will show all three operating systems? Any help will be appreciated.
 

A:Loss of Dual Boot Menu After Win8 Installed

i used this to overcome it

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/EasyBCD.shtml
 

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Hi.
My computer is a HP. I don't really know the other details on it. But I got the message NTDETECT failed. So I tried to repair the system using the XP disc. That didn't take. So I tried just reinstalling the whole thing and it got to about 11% and everything after that said it couldn't be installed. It told me to press [Enter] to try again (which didn't work), [Esc] to skip, or F3 to quit. I tried skipping, despite the message that it might not end up loading correctly. and nothing else would install.
I have 3 partitions, one doesn't have enough room. I tried installing it on the 2nd partition which, from what I can tell, is where xp is currently loaded. And the 3rd one is empty but wouldn't let me install on it.
I'm not even sure what question to ask. Simply "help?" Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Hi, I'm trying to uninstall Yamaha Softsynth XG completely from my system, I used "add/remove" AND the native uninstaller, but it still remains somehow and when I try to reinstall it, it says a configuration file on my system remains stating that the program is still installed. When I try to run the native uninstaller it seems to do something quickly and then it always for a reboot, over and over again.

I've tried removing reg keys, and deleting any and ALL files associated with this program, but it still complains, I'm out of ideas. Any help?

I need someone to find exactly what file(s) or regkeys keep track of the installation so I can try to reinstall and run this correctly, thanks.

Yamaha XG softsynth - S-YXG50. Ver.4.23.14 WDM US-S.

Thanks.

A:Yamaha Xg Softsynth Won't Reinstall/ Didn't Uninstall Fully

Did you try uninstalling in safemode?
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So, here's my unsolvable problem. I'm no computer noob, but I'm having a huge problem with my computer lately.
Started early this ear (2015), I started getting random BSODs. At first I though it was high temperature issues and it was shutting itself for safety purposes, because the BSODs happened when I was gaming.
But with time it started to get more recurrent, and once in a month became once in a week. Then once day, then came the day that it was impossible to even turn the computer on, with that I decided to reinstall the OS (windows 8.1), and did a fresh and clean install.
The problem seemed to be solved, but within a few weeks it started again, but became impossible to turn the computer on faster and so I came to google, downloaded BlueScreenView, did some researches and it all seemed to point to a single issue: Drivers. Well, I decided do reinstall the OS again and only install drivers that where given in the manufacturer website (DELL). Even ran some hardware stress tests in my computer, one that comes in the computer itself and another from Dell's SupportAssist, none showed a single problem.
Again, the problem started within a few weeks ago. But this time it seemed I could do a "bypass" to make it work longer, but the problem still goes back after a week. The "bypass" is to run dism.exe and sfc /scannow on the CMD. After I run those my computer seems to stop crashing, but again, as I said, in a week the BSODs show up again.
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A:Random BSODs for a long time - reinstall OS didn't solved

Hi,


I am extremely sorry that this thread was not attended to. There are not many people in this field.


In case you still require help, kindly respond to this thread and I will be notified via email and you should expect a response from me in 48 hours.


Regards,
Pranav

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Hi everyone,I just reinstall win8.1 on my y50 (old one got virus and i format it and reinstall the OS)so when i try to use OKR , it shows that "Current System can not support backup"does anyone know why?Also what other preinstalled software does laptop come with?Thank you.

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Hi Tech people,

So here is my dilemma....I have a Toshiba satellite preinstalled with windows 8, after a family member borrowed it the hard drive was DOA, nothing I could do to salvage it. So I bought a new hard drive (from Toshiba) and began to reinstall windows 8. everything went fine until I tried to activate it and my product key failed. I have the original key from the BIOS as well as an additional media & key (windows 8 pro) but neither product keys will work. I think I might have miss matched my media disks, (I have 8 various copies of windows 8). when I input either keys I am given a message stating that the key is not ment for this version please use windows 8 setup or use a windows 8 pro key. well both of these keys are windows 8 pro. I called Microsoft and they verified that both of my keys are legit, but the disk I was provided (by Microsoft) is not. they told me I have a MAK key and my version is GVLK. they told me I would have to pay $100 for a new key. is there anyway I can just get a install disk that uses MAK keys or something? and what the hell is the difference in using a mak key vs GVLK?
 

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I bought windows 8 a few months ago only because the deal was too sweet, but never installed it until recently, and that was only because I got the free Windows Media Center license that would expire on Jan 31. So I upgrade installed my Win7 install and everything went ok, but somehow, a few weeks later, my RAID setup broke. Luckily I back up everything. But I've never been a big fan of upgrade installs and want to start over. I know Windows will install fine, but I use WMC a lot, and wonder if I can reinstall using my license, even though its after the 31st. I had already installed it, so i don't think I'm not abiding by the rules.

A:Will I lose my WMC license if I reinstall Win8

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Hi,
 
I run Windows 8 x64. During the last few days Windows 8 kept on trying/pretending to reinstall itself on start up/turning on my notebook. Colors of the screen changes I am asked to be patient and 2 or 3 mins later an empty--no tiles--start screen is showed and my account's name. No settings available on the right except Sleep/Switch off/Restart. A few turning on and off and then I used to be able to use Win8, but now it I am unable to do so anymore. Actually, today it's trying to do so constantly, so now I'm using Puppy Linux Live CD 5.2.8. to be able to ask for some help.
Recently I changed BIOS settings to be able to boot live CD. Yesterday I set all settings to default.
I guess its a Win8 bug, isn't it?
Well, I have no hot F keys to boot in safe mode, so actually I am unable to boot Win8 at all.
I don't think that I have any kind of malware, but Windows 8 bug/s.
Please help and tell me what to do! (Pls note, that I cannot run any diagnostic program under Win8, since I cannot boot. I can use Linux or bootable CD only.)
 
Thx for your help in advance!

A:Win8 constantly tries to reinstall ITSELF on start up!?

Plz show me a pic of what happens when you boot the computer.

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I'm running MS Office 2013 Professional in Windows 8. The old hard drive in my laptop was beginning to fail and I could not clone it directly to the new drive because of the few bad sectors. So I moved over all of my data and documents to the new drive and reinstalled windows, office, and the other apps from scratch. The problem I'm having is with Outlook within Office 2013. Right from the start, I had problems with the new install in terms of migrating my old mail files to the new application install. Multiple issues, from Inbox always hanging up, Outbox hanging up, folders disappearing, etc...I tried to do an Uninstall of Office/Outlook via Control Panel, and a fresh Reinstall via Setup files, but the main mail folders/file that is causing all the problems was automatically ported over to the new reinstall, so all of my problems continue. How do I uninstall Outlook/Office, making sure that I also uninstall the main mail folder/file/configuration, so that it is truly a fresh new install FROM SCRATCH, and NOT saving & porting over any email configuration. Obviously, when you Uninstall the app, it does NOT Uninstall your main email configuration/address/folder...it is saved, and automatically reconfigured upon the Reinstall. Hope I'm making some sense and not babbling incoherently....Jim

A:HOW TO REMOVE/REINSTALL OUTLOOK IN WIN8

Hi JHphc028 Your Outlook configuration files and folders are located in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft and %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft. There should be a folder called Outlook in both these folders. To be sure that you delete everything related to it, I would uninstall Microsoft Office completely using Revo Uninstaller Portable, set the scan type to Advanced and delete all the Registry keys and files/folders found related to it after. Or I would just go in Program Files (x86), Program Files, ProgramData, etc. and delete the Microsoft Office/Office folders manually.http://www.revouninstaller.com/download-free-portable.php

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Hi, i have and 6 month old asus with preinstalled win8, for about 2 weeks ago it started to crash, and i received several error messages, now it is looping trying to repair it self.

I can get into the menu and use sytem restore, i can also use the selfrepair and make Windows start all over, but none of this is helping, everytime i starts up it starts repairing and crashing again.

So my idea is to format my harddrive it is in 3 sections C: D: and X:
My current Win 8x86 is in danish language i have bought and upgrade to win8 pro also. but i dont have any of these DVD with me,
I have however two guys here one with win8x64 in eng and one win8x86 in danish, i have tried to use their dvd and reinstalling or repairing win8 that way, but my laptop will not accept it

I am and sailor and out at sea at the moment, our internet is nearly non existing so not easy finding solutions online. and getting little desperate thinking about 4 weeks without my laptop working, so i hope someone can give some good advice
 

A:reinstall win8 on asus K56CM-XX284H

are you getting any error messages

d/load and run the h/drive makers dos diagnostic utility on the h/drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
 

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I had a version of Windows 8 installed on a secondary hard drive for testing purposes. When I no longer needed it, I uninstalled it and formatted the hard drive. What's odd is that the Bootloader for Windows 8 is still there, and throws up an error screen saying it can't find critical system files.

Ive tried restoring the MBR using my Win7 disc, but to no avail.

A:Win8 Bootloader/recovery still in place after reinstall

Sounds like a boot menu entry pointing nowhwere. You should be able to delete it from msconfig>Boot tab

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Hi,
I bought a computer (Z930, 128 SSD, 6GB RAM) with Windows 8 preinstalled, and I want to remove windows 8 and install windows 7 for which I have the license.
my question is:
1 - is it possible to format completely the hard drive to install a "clean" windows 7
2 - after doing this, will it be possible to reinstall Windows 8 from USB recovery media that I've created.
2 - Is the installation of Windows 7 pose a problem? (about the new UEFI; reconnaissence of hardware ...)

thanks

Message was edited by: bassam
to clarify my question about the reinstallation of Windows 8: if I delete all partitions of my hard disk, will it still possible to use the USB recovery media support that I created? is there any partition necessary to the USB recovery media support

A:Satellite Z930 - Is it possible to reinstall Win8 after its deletion?

Hi

Last week I tested it on my Satellite U940 and my answers are as follow:
> is it possible to format completely the hard drive to install a "clean" windows 7
Yes.
> after doing this, will it be possible to reinstall Windows 8 from USB recovery media that I've created.
Yes.
> Is the installation of Windows 7 pose a problem? (about the new UEFI; reconnaissence of hardware ...)
Generally speaking no, it is not a problem. Only problem can be installation of some drivers, tools and utilities but I believe you will be able to install it.

Check also http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2C03F80002R01.htm

> to clarify my question about the reinstallation of Windows 8: if I delete all partitions of my hard disk, will it still possible to use the USB recovery media support that I created?
I have tested it and there was no problem at all.

Before you start to do anything test recovery USB functionality.

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Well, I was asked to fix a several month old win 8 laptop.

I was told it had been interrupted during an update and said no OS found, after getting permission I tried to refresh and when that froze (4% for an hour) reset. Then I loaded a copy of win 8 onto a usb to try a clean install, still nothing. I use a program to wipe it, then try a fresh install again. useless. I try installing win 7, same issue.

No matter what I do I keep getting varients of this \windows\system32\config\system 0xc00000e9 and a message mentioning registry problems.

Any ideas?
Failing that is there any way to more or less erase the registry and start from scratch?

A:Win8 FUBAR-update ruined-registry issue-reinstall useless

If you do a clean install you registry is replaced (along with everything else)

0xc00000e9 tends to indicate a hard drive failure though which may not be good news.

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Hello,

I have done the WIN 8 upgrade on a Toshiba L870-156 laptop. The upgrade is OK, but I have no more Toshiba recovery media creator, as the upgrade procedure said that it had to be desinstalled before the upgrade and reinstalled after the upgrade.

I have one big issue : where can I find Toshiba recovery media creator to reinstall it ?

By advance thank you.

A:Upgrade WIN8 on Satellite L870 - Toshiba recovery media creator reinstall

You need to install the Windows 8 version of the Recovery Disc creator. I think it's generic so grab it from the drivers page of one of the new Win8 model notebooks.

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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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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

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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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 need your help!!! I got a real challenge for you! I am confused! I cannot locate the Internet connection loss source. Every night for the past 5 late evenings my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit has been losing my Internet connection on my desktop computer anywhere between 8 PM-12 AM (Last 3 nights: 11:05 PM, 8:55 PM, and 10:12 PM). I am on the computer most of the day and evening.

I would be working on something in the evening and when I load a web browser (Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox I use.), I get their prospective home pages not to load. I would get "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" from Internet Explorer and "Server not found" from Mozilla Firefox. I also notice my e-mail client's e-mail's visuals will not load too at the moment of Internet loss.

Here are some things I have observed that make it hard to identify the issue:

1. My cable ISP states via their tech. support representative according to their system that I have a connection with no issues when I have no connection.
2. My cable modem shows normal signals on the LED at the time of no connection.
3. My wireless router shows normal signals on the LED at the time of no connection. This is completely hardwired home network. I have no wireless connections.
4. The motherboard/back side of tower's Ethernet port's 2 LED lights near the plug are both lit okay at the time of no connection.
5. I have VOIP service with the VOIP box's LEDs are normal at the time of no connection. This i... Read more

A:Evening Internet Connection Loss -- Unable To Identify Source Of Loss?

Hi there,

Are there more Users late at night connected to the same broadband?

Who has access to the router settings?

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I had a power loss while running on battery (it still showed power left, but suddenly shut down anyway) and when I restart, it reports that the Windows is not activated and Window is not genuine and system might be a victim of "counterfeiting."

Is this a virus (I have MSE on continuously and about once a week scan with Malwarebytes)?

I have run 'sfc /scannow' with filtered output ('findstr /c: "[SR]" c:\.....\logs\CBS\CBS.log" and it appears as usual.

How can I lose my Windows activation?

A:Power Loss To Notebook Shows Loss of Windows Activation (!!??)

Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/234159-windows-genuine-activation-issue-posting-instructions.html
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

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My Outlook, Windows XP keeps coming up with an error message in a small window that says: managed MAPI service catastrophic failure. Then my outlook freezes for a short period of time and sometimes will shut down. I thought it was a Norton problem, so I disconnected Norton (Norton help desk recommended this) and the problem went away. When I reinstalled Norton 2006, the problem came up again. Finally I replaced Norton with a new McAffee program that seemed to solve the problem for 36 hours only to reappear but not as consistantly as it did with Norton. It does seem to be getting worse and my computer is as slow as can be. After many hours of frustration on the phone with Norton, I was directed to your site in hopes that you can help me. Thank you very much.
Mary
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Hi folks, I've been messing around in my BIOS. Installing some faster RAM and trying a slight overclock (2.4 t0 2.7Ghz on a Q6600) and seem to have caused myself several problems.
Firstly I tried to push it a bit further on the FSB- from 1200 to 1300-the system wouldn't boot and wouldn't let me into the BIOS.
I eventually got round this by removing the mobo battery. I was able to get back into the BIOS and revert to my original oc.
However when I booted I got a re register Windows this is not a genuine version notice.
I had to 'phone microsoft and get a new activation ID.
I'm now back in windows (Vista HP 64 bit) but seem to have a few left over issues.
My clock was set back to 2006 and that meant I couldn't activate Gmail etc.
I went back into the BIOS and reset the date but could not change the day. So it's 3.19PM on Monday the 22nd of September, 2008. I've tried everything I can think of but cannot find a way to make it Friday, which it is.
Also I have Kaspersky Internet Security 2009. This keeps reporting that my computer is at risk and I need to update. I've updated over a dozen times but it doesn't seem to change and is still telling me it needs to update.
These are ther first problems I have noticed. I hope I don't find more.
Does anyone have any advice as to how to get my day and date correct and how to convince Kaspersky it's up to date?
Many thanks, John

A:Issues after catastrophic OC

Forget that. Stupid oversight on my part and the problem is now sorted.
Cheers, John

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Hi guys,

Thankfully, been a while since I needed to post here but today it felt like old times...

I fitted a new Radeon 9600 pro today. Installed the drivers. Rebooted and the PC suddenly died completely.

I opened up the case - the PSU had failed - red hot and smelling of burnt plastic.

I went straight out and bought a new Case/PSU but after fitting everything, I can't even get the system to POST. When I press the power button - nothing.

If I take the power lead out, then re-connect it, the system will power up for a couple of minutes then suddenly stop without any disk activity at all.

I've checked all the physical connections but everything seems fine.

My suspiscion is that the new PSU is faulty - ironic - that will teach me to upgrade on Friday the 13th Or might the PSU failure have fried some other components?

Just hoping someone might have some miracle cure.

System Spec:

900mhz Athlon
ECS K7S5A Mobo
512 MB PC133 ram
Radeon 9600 Pro
20 gb Seagate Master
80 gb Maxtor Slave
BTC CD-RW (on Cable Select)
Realtek 10/100 NIC
OS: Windows 98
Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Kit
 

A:Catastrophic PSU Failure

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hi
when i want to install the game,this appears:

can some1 help me?i have intel dual core 3.2 ghz,geforce 6600 LE+2gb rams..
 

A:GTA:SA Catastrophic failure

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0x8000ffff

when i try to convert video to mpeg etc that comes up

i have read microsofts pages on this still confused

A:catastrophic failure

When i run windows encoder to convert a video file mpeg,asf whatever to wmv the error 0x8000ffff catastphic error comes up when i press error help.

this error happns with all video authoring program such as vegas 3, sound forge 6, tmpec ???

i hope thats explained the problem if not ill be back with more

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I have a brand new computer with Windows Vista Home Premium.

I just came back from work.. Of course when you leave the computer on, it tends to go into sleep mode, or at least my computer does. So I woke up just by pressing Enter, like I usually do and then I moved the mouse to the screen would turn on. So, I clicked on the Vista start button and tried to click on WWEFreak666 (my vista account). It gives me "EXPLORER.EXE:

Catastrophic Failure"

Here's a picture:
When I try clicking on Pictures, Music, etc.. It gives me:

"C:\Users\WWEFreak666\Pictures (If I clicked on pictures, it'd say Pictures)

C:\Users\WWEFreak666\Pictures (If I clicked on pictures, it'd say Pictures)

Catastrophic failure"

Here's a picture:
When trying to access the Control Panel I get the following:
What I noticed: I can access all of them through other ways, like a shortcut on my desktop.

Any help would be greatly appreciated..

Thanks
 

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Have you installed any new software or hardware recently?
 

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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

Hi

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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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.

kind regards
Livio
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A:Can i do an upgrade install from Win8.1 to Win8.1 Pro?, beggin members help thanks

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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?

Peter

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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Why wont my Win8 phone come up on my Win8 tablet's Desktop in File Explorer by a USB connection. It did once, but no more. Any suggestions welcome. Thank you!

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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Hello,
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?
Thanks.

A:How do I let PCIe device enter L2 state in Win8/Win8.1

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

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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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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 .

A:Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help

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Hi,

About two weeks ago my secondary HD died.

I had software installed on that drive and now that the HD is gone, my windows XP registry thinks certain programs are still there.

I cannot uninstall the programs that were on drive "F:" from "add remove programs", I get an error saying that there is no drive "F:".

When I try to reinstall any of the programs or related products onto my C drive, the program tries to automatically install to drive "F:" and I get an error saying that drive "F:" does not exist.

Anyone have any suggestions on how I can fix this? I would prefer to not have to wipe my C: drive, and I'm sure there is some type of fix for this issue.
 

A:Catastrophic HD Failure issues...

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With regards to your problem, you could download CCleaner and delete the entries in the add/remove programs list

There should also be a way to change the default installation drive, i'm using windows vista otherwise i'd have a look but it could just be that it defaulted itself to installing to that drive.

While you have CCelaner open, run the registry cleaner, that should help as well
 

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Hello. Well I was operating my computer just fine. I decided to install some of the security updates that windows updater had been nagging me about and chose shutdown to install them. 33/33 updates were installed and it hung on the message "Windows is shutting down" for 30 minutes so I decided to manually shut it off.

After this my computer would halt on a black screen. I inserted my XP Home disk and saw that it gave me no option to repair. Therefore I went into the repair console and ran:
chkdsk /r
chkdsk /p
fixboot
Yes
Exit

XP was now running correctly aside from the de-recognition of sound and the system resorted to beeping instead of playing audio. I attempted to remedy any device conflicts and installed the appropriate audio driver for my board.

Restart. Sound still doesn't work.

Restart. I check to see if I have the option to repair on the XP Home Disk. I am allowed to repair now and do so.

Restart - > Boot-up -> BSOD before login screen referencing fltmgr.sys

I load fail-safe defaults in BIOS. Same error. I decide to boot from disk once more and go to the repair console to run another chkdsk /r or possibly manualy replace fltmgr.sys under system32/Drivers with a valid one on disk. I press "1" to load C:\windows and BSOD referencing another STOP:0X00...

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A:Catastrophic System Failure

I went ahead and opened my case up to remove the RAM sticks and Mobo battery, replaced them, used a new sata cable at a different SATA slot and dusted. This changed nothing.

Also the message I get when trying to run in safe mode is "Windows XP setup cannot run in safemode Windows will restart now" and does so.

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Im trying to back up my computer and it keeps coming up with catastrophic errors? If it was so catastrophic... Wheres the bsod?
Ok Im kidding
But why am i getting such errors? the computer is brand new cause i needed a faster computer for halo.
Error number: 0x8000FFFF
Please to me as soon as you can
 

A:Backup Error, Catastrophic?

go to your Event Viewer, find the specific error, and report the precise wording
 

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Hey guys. So I got this new monitor 1440p 144hz...and it was having issues, so I swapped it out with older monitor...1080p 60hz.

New monitor was having blackouts...i adjusted settings, tried lowering speed and resolutions with no luck. I packed it up and started the return process. It was a Viotek 32", curved gaming monitor.

I played a few rounds of Battlefield 1, with older monitor that had used for 6 previous years. quit..went to play C&C Generals when I got a direct x error. Said to make sure I was using version 8.1 or higher or that my GPU net the minimums "lol".
I went to properties and selected the lowest resolution and all the sudden lost all video.

I did a hard reset, still didn't work. Tried different cables, nothing. I pulled out GPU (MSI 1080 DUKE 8GB) and plugged into onboard, nothing.

I reset the cmos and then boom, I got it to come on. Went to bios, everything looked normal, exited, it restarted and then back to where I started, black screen.

Windows 10 does boot and I can hear the Windows jingle...

I pulled the memory, all of the SSD's except the boot, and no change.

I just replaced my power supply with an RMX850 a week ago.

Stats:
MSI pro carbon gaming board.
I7-7700k - water cooled with an H105
16 gigs Corsair ddr4 3200
MSI GTX 1080 Duke 8gb
5 SSD'S with various sizes
M.2 Crucial ssd 512 gig
27" Samsung led panel
 

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hey id really appreciate if i get answers asap yo.some freinds of mine wur playing games with my laptop and i think they got a blue screen.then instead of waiting for start up repair to finish they stopped that half way through.now ive discovered on of my ram chips doesnt boot and the other one starts up fine but then i cant access any files or folders cuz i keep getting a catastropic error message!!!is it a problem with the remaining ram or do i need to reformat
 

A:catastrophic failure explorer exe

I'm not sure if vista has this but windows 7 does, on reboot tap f8 when you see the black screen hit enter on repair your computer, this could let it finish what they stopped, using the one memory stick that still let's your computer bootup.

Hope this help's
 

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I recently got vista home premium by I cannot back up it says catastrophic failure (0x8000FFF), can anyone help me? thanks

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Hey...I recently lost all sound on my PC for no apparent reason. There is no sound anywhere. I am using a HP 2.60GhZ 512MB 120GB practically brand new computer running Windows XP. My sound card is a Realtek AC97. Or is it a sound card? I know very little about PC hardware. All I know is that everything was working fine and now I have no sound. The speakers are plugged in correctly, they have power...they have that "working sound" but no actual sound..if that makes sense. Things appear to be playing, but no sound. I have run a virus-scan program and it is clean, and Ad-aware which is clean too. I downloaded and updated the drivers for the sound. No changes...it is a complete mystery. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Cagedheat3
 

A:Catastrophic SOUND Meltdown!

Here is a couple things to check. First off actually look at the back of your computer and make sure your speaker plug didnt get disconnect from yout computer. It should be plugged into the green connector. Actually unplug it and plug it back in. If htat does not help open Control panel set it to classic view is the easiest. then open Sounds and Audio devices. make sure the the box marked Mute on the volume tabe is not checked. If it is uncheck it by clicking on it with your mouse. Apply changes and exit. See if that gives you back your sounds. You may need to restart your comuter after this if a change is made. I hope this helped you!
 

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