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Bootable/Live CDs question for Windows 8.1


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#1 TonyToklas

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:57 AM

If Windows 8.1 becomes non-functional are the Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.5 and Hirens Bootdisc CDs v 15.x suitable for restoring function? If not, then what would be useful?

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 10:16 AM

what do u mean by "non-functional"?

 

you can use your windows installation disc to repair the system



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 10:19 AM

Please explain exactly what is not working with this computer.

 

It would also help to know the make and model of this computer.

 

Hiren's BootCD is a good tool with a lot of tools, but without knowing what you have going here I can't recommend it.

 

You can download a Windows 8.1 ISO image which you can use to create a installation disc.  If you are interested in this I will provide you with a link to the Microsoft download site and instructions for burning the ISO file to a disc.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 10:22 AM

you can use your windows installation disc to repair the system

Unless this is a custom build they wouldn't have the installation disc since OEM computers have a System Recovery partition rather than the manufacturer providing a installation disc.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:39 AM

Thanks for all replies.

 

 " non-functional" =  won't boot    Note: some people i know are puzzled by this word and think it is something strictly foot-related

 

Correct. I received no installation disc  with this basic Dell Inspiron nor  a manual nor was the link provided by customer service helpful.

 

Also, in order to get the PC up and running I had to approve the user agreement. A very lengthy read which had a provision in it to

 

sign away all rights to any participatory class-actions suits. A refusal to sign requires you to return the PC.  So I am not expecting it

 

to have a long life. Longer boot-up times and funky error codes that disappear b4 i can write them down are getting me ready for trouble.



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:55 AM

how far does it get during the startup process?

 

it could be hardware related and not software,

 

you could try booting using hirens and see if you can read the hard drive,

 

if you can you can try restoring the registry to an earlier time,

 

you can also make a bootable 8.1 usb stick by downloading a windows 8.1 iso file, then making it into a bootable usb stick using a program like rufus,

 

after that you can boot with the usb and perform startup repair, or use other advanced startup tools to repair it,

 

if all that fails you can install windows 8.1 again with the usb stick but that will wipe the drive,



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:22 PM

in order to get the PC up and running I had to approve the user agreement. A very lengthy read which had a provision in it to

 

sign away all rights to any participatory class-actions suits. A refusal to sign requires you to return the PC.  

Where did you get this computer.  I've never seen or heard of any agreement of this type.

 

Is this a legal copy of Windows?


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Posted 16 November 2015 - 07:33 PM

TO:Arachibutyrophobia

 

It is a Dell inspiron desktop bought online.I registered the Windows op thru the standard  procedure. You bet its legal.This

denial of class-action rights [ which necessitates arbritration] is the NEW thing creeping into these user agreements. Read carefully.

Its happening with cellphones,hardware,brokerage accounts,etc. The corporations are getting more powerful.



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Posted 17 November 2015 - 09:34 AM

Please post the exact error message.


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