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Windows 8.1 Automatic Repair Loop

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#1 cheneymax


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Posted 31 July 2016 - 11:11 AM

Alright, I'm so frustrated right now so I'll try to not let this turn into a rant :D.


Yesterday I was trying to install Visual Studio so I can brush up on my C++. But, the installation failed :(. So, I tried to open Control Panel so that I could uninstall it and start over; but the search bar in the home menu wouldn't open up. The computer started to get bogged down and all of the program tiles on the home screen had these little X's at the bottom right. So, I decided to restart my computer to let it refresh.


But, the computer went through the "Repairing your PC" and then "Automatic Repair" and so on (I can't remember the exact phrases). Then, it gets to the "Choose an Option" page. Pressing "Continue" does the loop again. "Use a Device" is easier said than done. I don't have a disc drive. And, unfortunately to use a USB, apparently I would need a Windows Key, which I can't get because it was pre-installed. Pressing "Troubleshoot" brings me to the next page. 


Here is where it gets really frustrating! I figured I'll just "Refresh My PC", however, pressing that brings me to a page that says "You need to sign in as an administrator to continue, but there aren't any administrator accounts on the PC". I only have one account on this computer, which is mine. I always thought that it had Administrator Privileges but maybe not? 


So, I figured, maybe there is a way to activate Admin through Command Prompt, apparently there is. BUT, I get the same "No admin" message as above!?


So, now what?


I should mention that this "Infinite Repair Loop" has happened to me dozens of times in the past 2 years; from anything like a windows auto-update to installing or uninstalling a program. But, I've always been able to refresh.


I really appreciate any help!




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Lenovo Y50-70

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Nvidia GTX 860M


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#2 dc3


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 09:44 AM

There is a hidden admin. account created when Windows is installed.  Have you tried to create an admin. account?


Press the Windows key windowskey_zps092d5c75.png and the X key, in the menu that opens select Command Prompt.


When the command prompt is open copy and paste the command below, then press Enter.


sfc /scannow


When the scan is complete reopen the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, then press Enter.


findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >"%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt"
This will place a new icon on the desktop titled sfcdetails.  Click/tap on this to open the log, copy and paste it in your topic.

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