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Windows 8 has a decent amount of desktop-side enhancements, which I tend to like over Windows 7, although that means Metro is sometimes in the middle here and there. One area for improvement is managing notifications and managing system updates and restarts. The final version of the operating system ran for several months and was painless until last weekend.

I shut down my desktop computer to plug in new hardware and was asked to “refresh and shut down” on exit. Of course, why not. I installed an additional SSD for maintenance, and apparently my system was long enough to refuse to boot immediately afterwards. I tried in vain to get inside.

“Restart and select the correct boot device”
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Since I turned off some devices, it took me a while to narrow it down to downloading A narrow SSD, and for a second I even thought the SSD was broken forever. After booting to another drive and finding that I could read all of my data on that drive, I took a deep breath and started troubleshooting boot write issues. If you decide that this is not a hardware issue and you cannot boot, the best way to try is Master Boot Record (MBR) repair.

Given the long history of dual booting different versions of Windows over the years, detecting a corrupted MBR, boot sector, or BCD (Boot Configuration Data) is nothing new, but it got me sick. It took longer than usual to find a solution. Here are a few things you can try to quickly master.

First of all, you need a bootable disk or USB stick. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it if you don’t already have one at hand. While not required, for security reasons it is recommended at this point to disconnect other storage devices from your PC and only leave the SSD / HDD you are using to troubleshootmalfunctions.

When you start installing Windows 8, launch Repair Your Computer, then Troubleshoot and Advanced Options at the bottom of the window. Here I remember well another interesting feature of Windows 8. After creating a restore point, you can return to this working copy of the operating system without losing data. Well, I didn’t have it.

The first thing you want to try is automatic repair.

If this solves your boot problem, do so and create a restore point another time when you’re out of luck. If Windows can’t fix your problem, read on.

Go back to advanced options and select Command Prompt. Enter the following four commands at the command prompt to resolve the issue.

bootrec / fixmbr
bootrec / fixboot
bootrec / scanos
bootrec / rebildbcd

After receiving confirmation of success. Close the CMD window and restart your computer.

If you are booting to Windows, great! Otherwise, let’s try something else. Follow the previous steps until you get to the command line.

Enter the “bcdedit” command. The list of items is displayed in Windows Boot Manager and Windows Loader. Look for the following:

  • In Windows Boot Manager, Device must be set to Unknown.
  • The Windows bootloader for devices and operating system devices must be set to unknown.

Run the following three commands to correct the settings:

bcdedit / set {default} device section = c:
bcdedit / set {default} section osdevice = c:
bcdedit / set {bootmgr} device partition = c:

Another thing worth trying (although in theory this is a repetition of what we did before), go to the X: SourcesRecovery folder and enter “StartRep.exe”, more aboutthe bottom of the startup recovery utility. automated runs.

Hope this helps you and good luck! Find technical tips previously posted on TechSpot.

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