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Old March 23, 2013, 08:41 AM
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I'm getting tired of this. Windows 8 failed again last night. Now I'm back to trying to recover or rebuild again. This is like the fourth time. Is it me or a win8 thing?
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Old March 23, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Mine's been entirely stable since installing it, if we disregard my SSD dying.

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I have 3 separate machines running Win 8 and haven't had any failure issues, with two of the machines being Pentium Ds aka P4 era with stock/original HDDs too
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Old March 23, 2013, 09:05 AM
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If I had to guess it'd probably be drivers on a particular piece of hardware, but I was under the impression that protecting window's core from funky drivers was one of the benefits of win 8. That said, like JD my own win8 install has been fine, but then again that tablet doesn't have an awful lot of time on it w/ windows 8 installed.

How is it failing? (Expect AkG to pipe in here extolling the virtues of doing an image as soon as you've got a stable install.... ;) ).
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Old March 23, 2013, 09:09 AM
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Either incompatible drivers, or hardware failing - #1 suspect is usually ram. Easy to test, using Memtest for Windows. If unstable, ram will introduce errors in the OS and eventually render it unusable. Your 'again' tells me its one or the other.

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before trying to recover I would download a live memtest and use USB or disk to run it on your system at boot it will take a long time for it to run so let it run a few times to make sure
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Windows 8 has been great for me (with Start8 of course).
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With all my particular W8 issues, one of them I can't say is that it's failed or corrupted on me.
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Used one of my repair disks and it has been restoring a previously saved image. Been restoring since my last post four hours ago. It's about half done. Put a sticky not on the screen. The bar is moving at the rate of about one inch per hour.
Will run memory test when I can. Our thoughts by booting to the SSD that's set up for win7 I could at least go there. No go. I was using the new graphic dual boot start but that run by win8.

At least I'm getting some stuff done instead of playing X-Plane. Oh joy.
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Old March 23, 2013, 08:36 PM
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Well I'm getting no where fast. After 10 hours the system image was reloaded but now it is repairing disk errors - has been doing that for the last hour plus.

I'm thinking it is time to cut mylosses and just reformat the Win8 SSD a day and start fresh reload. Hopefully once win8 is reloaded I can get the dual boot to work and I won't face the same problem with win7.

Thought this would be easy but not sure how to format that SSD without an OS loaded? Is it an option to be found when booting from a os disk? Didn't notice it before. Or should I be booting from the disk that came with my motherboard.

Last time I was here it did eventually recover. (but didn't take this long). But I was advised that it is best to reformat the drive and load fresh. But what's the best way to do that when I can't seem to get past windows efforts to recover?
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