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Posted 16 July 2016 - 05:33 AM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 07:39 AM
Try F7 or Esc. If you do a reset all the personal data and programs you installed will be erased.
Edit: Try the following and do a System Restore, not Reset.
Edited by JohnC_21, 16 July 2016 - 07:42 AM.
Posted 16 July 2016 - 07:56 AM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:21 AM
It may take up to 4 tries but I would not do anymore than that. No need to wait between power cycles. As soon as you seen the turning circle power off.
Have you tried tapping Esc at boot? Did that bring up any menu? Also F7 may work where F4 fails.
I know you posted that you do not have access to another computer but perhaps you can ask a friend to burn you a copy of Windows 8.1 using the Media Creation Tool. Using the install disk allows you to do a System Restore or Refresh.
Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:29 AM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:34 AM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:39 AM
If someone will create a bootable disk of Windows 8 using the Media Creation Tool it would also help if they would also burn a disk of UBCD. This would allow you to check your hard drive to see if it is failing using Seatools for DOS or if Seatools for DOS does not detect your HDD use Parted Magic which is part of UBCD. On the Parted Magic Desktop is an icon called Disk Health or GSmartControl. Parted Magic would also allow you to recover any personal data on the HDD if the drive if the problem is with Windows and not hardware related. Do both the short and long tests.
You can use R or RW but for the Windows Media Creation Tool a USB flash drive can also be used.
Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:50 AM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 09:05 AM
Do you by chance have a local library with computer access? You may be able to download and burn the iso on an available computer.
Posted 16 July 2016 - 04:37 PM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 05:03 PM
Instead of opting for the Media Creation Tool to burn the iso for you I believe there is an option to download an iso file and then use your computer to burn the iso to disk. The presario could use Imgburn to burn the iso to disk or if you have a spare USB flash drive available you could use Rufus to create a bootable flash drive.
A blank DVD+R should be sufficient for creating a Windows 8.1 install disk. Is the DVD+R a new blank disk?
Posted 16 July 2016 - 07:59 PM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 10:13 PM
You need to download the Media Creation Tool I linked to in my post #4 for Windows 8.1. You download the tool and double click it to start the creation process. If you have a flash drive you can either have the Media Creation Tool directly download and create the flash drive or use the iso file option which has the advantage of letting you save the iso file for later use for creating another bootable disk or flash drive.
The only problem is you must have Windows 7 or later in order to use the Media Creation Tool. I am not sure if the tools works on Vista but you can try it.
Posted 16 July 2016 - 10:38 PM
Posted 16 July 2016 - 11:35 PM
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