Today, my pc with Windows 8.1 installed suddenly started crashing on start up, and then rebooting and showing the 'Automatic repair' screen. I tried solving this in multiple ways already:
I tried creating a USB drive with a copy of Windows 8.1 on it on my laptop, and then on my pc select refresh pc - when I insert the USB drive it says the inserted media isn't valid. I don't have the original installation cd
I tried using startup repair, it just runs for a minute and then it says the problem can't be fixed using startup repair
I tried using the following commands in the command prompt:
bootrec /fixMBR bootrec /Fixboot bootrec /rebuildBCD
However, after the last line it says that no installations were found
(I made sure to activate the windows partition using
I didn't recently install any suspicious programs, and I've been running Windows 8.1 for over a year now without any problems. Can anyone please help me? I really need to be able to use my pc
I gives the error
INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. I've disconnected all my hard drives except the SSD that Windows is installed on, I made sure it is booted from, I changed the SATA cable, but nothing helped. Also, when I try to enter safe mode from the Automatic Repair screen, the
INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error message still shows
This appears to be a known problem with Windows 8.1 - dubbed the "Automatic Repair Loop" by many. Given that you have managed to make a recovery USB drive, the following has worked for some people:
Step 1: Boot from your USB drive.
Step 2: Select "Advanced repair options"
Step 3: Select "Troubleshoot"
Step 4: Select "Advanced Options"
Step 5: Select "Start up settings"
Step 6: Select "Restart"
Step 7: The computer should restart. Now you want to hit the 4 key, which is safe mode.
Step 8: You should be able to log in now. Restart the computer and the computer should boot normally.
There are some alternatives to try if the above doesn't work:
Step 1: Boot from your USB drive.
Step 2: When the install screen pops up, look to the bottom left and select "Repair Your Computer".
Step 3: You will now see a screen that says "Choose an option". Select "Troubleshoot", then "Advanced Options", and finally "Command Prompt".
Step 4: You should now see the command prompt. Type "bcdedit" (without quotes) and hit enter.
Step 5: A list should have appeared. Towards the top, you should see "resumeobject" (It is under "default"). Highlight the long number, including the brackets, and copy.
Step 6: Now type "bcdedit /set (the long number you copied) recoveryenabled No" (Without quotes). Hit enter.
Step 7: You should now see the message "The operation completed successfully"
Step 8: Type "Exit" (Without quotes)
Step 9: Reboot
If this does not work, I would suggest returning to Command Prompt and following these steps, to check there isn't an issue with your SSD.
Step 1: Type "chkdsk /r C:" (Without quotes) The scan should start.
Step 2: This could take several hours depending on the size of your SSD
Step 3: Once the scan is done, type "exit" (without quotes).
Step 4: Reboot
Easiest way to get outta this automatic loop is to get into advanced options and choose command prompt. Then type this exactly all on one line .
copy c:\windows\system32\config\RegBack\* c:\windows\system32\config
This will throw you back into your login screen with a temp profile. Get yourself into user accounts and make a new account. Make sure you give it admin privileges . Reboot. At windows user screen login with new account. Delete previous user account. Reboot and presto problem all gone.
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