Hi everyone. I can't boot my windows 8.1 PC at all other than in Active@Boot Disk. The repair functions all fail. The reset and reinstall functions also fail. I tried to repair the MBR a bunch of ways, that failed. I think I might have even made some things worse. When I run Active@Partition Recovery I find 57 partitions, 2 being good and the rest being pretty bad. I think a new boot volume had been created every time the system restarted itself.
This past February 13th I had installed Microsoft's Age of Empires 3, it ran poorly on my more-than-capable computer so I played something else and turned off my computer. I had taken off my glasses at that point, but my girlfriend noticed a weird error message as the system shut down. The following day I could no longer boot into windows and was shown a blue screen of death with a sad face.
I had booting problems before in my life and felt confident I could deal with this one, although I was demoralized. I had just built my dream PC this past summer and this was my first problem with it. I found a URL on the Microsoft website to create a repair USB, which took 24 hour cycle to download. I needed to boot from USB as my PC had no CD drive. To my despair the following Sunday, none of the repair functions worked. I couldn't repair, reset, reinstall, anything. The closest I got to re-installing and formatting the installer rejected my authentic windows 8 key. Instead of being smart and calling microsoft to authenticate my key, I kept asking them how to get into safe mode which I didn't know wasn't really accessible in windows 8. I started to panic and look up my own fixes for my booting problem.
The first website I came across was a Fixed by Vonnie article about how to repair the EFI bootloader. It suggested using EasyRE, but that didn't have a USB version for windows 8. So I followed most of the steps.
The only problem was that I was unaware that my system was not EFI, and didn't realize this would be a problem until I got to the part where I was supposed to "Verify that the EFI partition is using the FAT32 file system then select the volume and assign a drive letter to it".
All of my partitions were NTFS, but it didn't occur to me that would be a problem and I tried to "repair" the MBR and boot store anyway. Yes I'm aware I should have done none of these things.
I was spurred on by the unfamiliar disk drives. My PC had an extended C:/ Partition and a D:/ for other things. But in DISKPART I'd found a bunch of volumes that had no rhyme or reason. There was an unmarked drive that seemed to form the rest of C:/ so I created a partition for it in the hopes that Windows would find the OS on it. I started to freak out a little when I booted to EFI errors.
So I looked for an alternative to EasyRE, and found Active@BootDisk. I was joyous. I thought I had found a quick and easy fix.
Then I did that deep partition scan and saw how messed up everything was. I tried to undo the EFI bootloader commands in CMD but I don't think I did the trick.
After exploring the Active@ utilities and programs I thought maybe I could use the internet browser to launch a microsoft scan, but for whatever reason my PC wouldn't connect to my wifi and didn't seem to know about my ASUS wifi receiver. Then my mouse settled on Active@Killdisk.
I know there is some risk in wiping SSD's, but I don't know much about it. I just want to purge my drive of all these random partitions and all the data on it so I can do a fresh install of all the things. But I decided before I do any more damage to come here and seek advice.