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#1 chickman1995

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:11 PM

I was on my PC, my dual boot failed, windows boot configuration data is now gone. I don't have a system install disk, don't have an order number the manufacturer needs to send me one, nothing I've tried worked. The status error is 0xc0000098. Is there a way to fix it without the install disk? Some sort of repair tool I can download? If I could even get a command prompt open I could fix it but it won't boot at all.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:59 PM

Downloading Repair ISO which is small size file is illegal as per Microsoft. But you can download the ISO for Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation, burn it to a blank DVD and then use it to repair your system. The file size is more than 3 GB.

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh771457.aspx

 

OR  Just ask one of your friends for their Windows 8 DVD and repair your system in a few minutes.

 

This is why you should create a repair disk the first time you boot your Windows computer.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:28 PM

Downloading Repair ISO which is small size file is illegal as per Microsoft. But you can download the ISO for Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation, burn it to a blank DVD and then use it to repair your system. The file size is more than 3 GB.
 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh771457.aspx
 
OR  Just ask one of your friends for their Windows 8 DVD and repair your system in a few minutes.
 
This is why you should create a repair disk the first time you boot your Windows computer.



I'm assuming the evaluation can be written to a thumbdrive as well? And can I launch a command prompt with it? And any windows 8 repair disk would work? I was told by a few people it has to be from your PC. I have another windows 8 PC in my home. Could I just create the disk on it and use it?

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:31 AM

 

Downloading Repair ISO which is small size file is illegal as per Microsoft. But you can download the ISO for Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation, burn it to a blank DVD and then use it to repair your system. The file size is more than 3 GB.
 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh771457.aspx
 
OR  Just ask one of your friends for their Windows 8 DVD and repair your system in a few minutes.
 
This is why you should create a repair disk the first time you boot your Windows computer.



I'm assuming the evaluation can be written to a thumbdrive as well? And can I launch a command prompt with it? And any windows 8 repair disk would work? I was told by a few people it has to be from your PC. I have another windows 8 PC in my home. Could I just create the disk on it and use it?

 

 

Yes, you can also turn it into a bootable USB thumb drive using instructions here:

http://www.trishtech.com/2013/01/how-to-install-windows-8-from-usb-disk/

 

There are many others tools like WinSetupFromUSB , Rufus etc.

http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/

http://rufus.akeo.ie/

 

 

Yes, you can access the same recovery options and command prompt as in regular Windows 8. I have tried many of the evaluation versions of Windows 8 (before it was released). Though I have never tried Windows 8.1 evaluation. The only difference is that it expires after a few months.

 

 

No the rescue disk does not have to from the same PC.

 

Yes, you can create a rescue disk from your other Windows 8 PC and use it. But for repairing 32-bit Windows 8, you need 32-bit Rescue Disk which can be created on a 32-bit Windows. For repairing 64-bit Windows 8 you would need 64-bit Rescue Disk which can be created only on a 64-bit Windows PC.

 

I think you can also find the Windows 8 Rescue CD's on amazon.com (it's funny that some non-microsoft people are selling it on Amazon, while downloading them is illegal ).



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 12:52 PM


 

Downloading Repair ISO which is small size file is illegal as per Microsoft. But you can download the ISO for Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation, burn it to a blank DVD and then use it to repair your system. The file size is more than 3 GB.
 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh771457.aspx
 
OR  Just ask one of your friends for their Windows 8 DVD and repair your system in a few minutes.
 
This is why you should create a repair disk the first time you boot your Windows computer.


I'm assuming the evaluation can be written to a thumbdrive as well? And can I launch a command prompt with it? And any windows 8 repair disk would work? I was told by a few people it has to be from your PC. I have another windows 8 PC in my home. Could I just create the disk on it and use it?
 
 
Yes, you can also turn it into a bootable USB thumb drive using instructions here:
http://www.trishtech.com/2013/01/how-to-install-windows-8-from-usb-disk/
 
There are many others tools like WinSetupFromUSB , Rufus etc.
http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/
http://rufus.akeo.ie/
 
 
Yes, you can access the same recovery options and command prompt as in regular Windows 8. I have tried many of the evaluation versions of Windows 8 (before it was released). Though I have never tried Windows 8.1 evaluation. The only difference is that it expires after a few months.
 
 
No the rescue disk does not have to from the same PC.
 
Yes, you can create a rescue disk from your other Windows 8 PC and use it. But for repairing 32-bit Windows 8, you need 32-bit Rescue Disk which can be created on a 32-bit Windows. For repairing 64-bit Windows 8 you would need 64-bit Rescue Disk which can be created only on a 64-bit Windows PC.
 
I think you can also find the Windows 8 Rescue CD's on amazon.com (it's funny that some non-microsoft people are selling it on Amazon, while downloading them is illegal ).

Last question. Will the evaluation repair options only fix the evaluation OS? it would make sense to me that it wouldn't be able to repair another OS on the drive or am I mistaken? If I use the command prompt on it, then it would execute only to that particular OS that the command was executed from. So how would that repair my old windows 8?

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

No it will fix regular Windows 8 too.  But you have to be careful whether you are using 32-bit or 64-bit.

 

You can also make the rescue disks off other Windows 8 computers that you have instead of downloading these huge evaluation versions of Windows.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:50 AM

No it will fix regular Windows 8 too.  But you have to be careful whether you are using 32-bit or 64-bit.

 

You can also make the rescue disks off other Windows 8 computers that you have instead of downloading these huge evaluation versions of Windows.

 

 

I tried to make a recovery media from another Windows 8 PC but i couldn't get it to boot either. it is also running a x64 bit operating system so im not sure why it didn't work. The evaluation Windows 8 is about the only thing as of now i haven't tried. I have attempted repairs with linux, but couldn't connect to the internet on my live usb because my wireless adapter drivers aren't compatible. as long as i can run the bcdedit commands in the evaluation mode then id be happy. And from what i've gathered in this thread i should be able to use it. and if all else fails i suppose i could buy some IT repair software or take it into a shop, but that's not always cheap...






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