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Windows 8 Recovery Media

  Taff™ 16:14 03 Nov 2012

Just managed to mess up my first Win 8 setup and can't access the Windows system. Can someone point me to a download for recovery media. (64 bit)?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:34 03 Nov 2012

see here Refresh

  Taff™ 17:11 03 Nov 2012

Hi Fruit Bat /\0/\ - I can't get Windows 8 to boot and I haven't burnt the recovery media yet. (Which is what I'm looking for) It won't even go into safe mode or to the Lenovo onekey recovery.

The actual message I've got is:

A required device can't be accessed Error code 0x0c0000225 and relates to windows\system32\winload.efi

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:38 03 Nov 2012

What did you install it from?

If you have only just got it then do a clean reinstall.

  Taff™ 17:53 03 Nov 2012

It's a new Lenovo H520s from PCW (I know, don't ask - not my choice!) Everything was installed fine and working. Then I tried to repartition the 1TB drive and on reboot - you guessed it .....

The Lenovo recovery "Onekey" accessed using F2 just doesn't work although I can see the various partitions using Linux and GParted. Any ideas?

  Taff™ 18:28 03 Nov 2012

rdave13 - Thanks but this was my first Win8 install for a friend of mine at the pub. Didn't register it with Microsoft and turned off any usage feedback or anonymous stats when I installed it. (That might have been a mistake!)

  Taff™ 19:07 03 Nov 2012

what exactly is the file winload.efi and where should it reside? What does it do?

  Taff™ 20:53 03 Nov 2012

Have to admit that I don't quite understand all that. The Active Primary partition for Win8 is NTFS. Don't recollect any partition formatted as GPT. Hang on - I'll check!

  Taff™ 21:12 03 Nov 2012

It's definately something that's been caused by the repartitioning. I have using Gparted on Linux the following:

Unallocated 1001MiB /dev/sda1 fat32 260MiB Unallocated 500MiB /dev/sda3 ntfs (media/windows8_OS) 245GiB unallocated 684GiB

The boot drive is SDA1 - the second entry which is the FAT32 partition. That doesn't sound right to me.

  Taff™ 21:17 03 Nov 2012

I have learnt that Linux Ubuntu works well though ;0}

Time for a glass of wine!

  Taff™ 21:18 03 Nov 2012

If I tell him that this is Windows 8, how long before I get found out ......???

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