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Windows 8.1 Install trouble

Post by Turnus on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:32 am

Okay so ive been trying to upgrade for awhile so i decided to download yours. It keeps getting stuck at

Getting Files Ready for Installation (44%/45%) <- Meaning it always freezes at these two points

I am so tired of of trying to upgrade. First microsoft makes it RIDICULOUSLY hard for pros to upgrade and now i finally have what i need and its just stops.

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Re: Windows 8.1 Install trouble

Post by Adwomin on Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:42 pm

Hello,

That part can take quite a while to finish sometimes. How long have you tried to wait?
And are you doing a clean installation? (E.g. formatting your HDD(s) via the installation wizard, and then installing a completely clean version of windows 8.1)
Also, did you burn the .ISO to a DVD, or did you use a USB stick?

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Re: Windows 8.1 Install trouble

Post by Turnus on Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:14 pm

Admin wrote:Hello,

That part can take quite a while to finish sometimes. How long have you tried to wait?
And are you doing a clean installation? (E.g. formatting your HDD(s) via the installation wizard, and then installing a completely clean version of windows 8.1)
Also, did you burn the .ISO to a DVD, or did you use a USB stick?
Sorry for the late response. I completely deleted all partitions on the HD and installed clean install. I also burned a dvd. I'm going to let it run for a few hours hopefully it works or i'm in big trouble, ( i was fixing said computer for my sibling)

UPDATE: Attempting to install windows 8.1 without nukeing (full reformatt) will cause it to permanently lock up at the early stages. Which is depressing since some of the files i lost were important. (i didnt think to back them up since im used to the old files being stored in the c drive.) Thje computer is up and running with seemingly no issues.

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Re: Windows 8.1 Install trouble

Post by Adwomin on Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:45 pm

Hi there,

Glad to hear that did the trick.
I'm really sorry to hear about the lost files, I know how extremely frustrating that can be. Especially if the files were important for you. I know that you do not want to hear the "THAT'S WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP BACKUPS OF YOUR IMPORTANT FILES!!11!!!¡¡11", so I'll skip that. Razz

What you can try, if the files were really important for you:

1. Insert the PC's HDD in an external case and then connect it to another PC, OR connect it to another PC internally. (Via a SATA cable) That way it will be recognized as a "data" disk.
2. Now run a deep scan with file recovery software. You can use Recuva for example, but you might prefer something more advanced. Good software can take hours to complete, depending on the size of the disk. I do not recommend any "quick scans". If the files are important, time shouldn't be too much of a problem.

3. After a few hours - remember, this can take a VERY long time - you'll get a list of all the files that were found. This includes files that have been previously removed, but not yet overwritten by new data. (Files are not really deleted when you select to "Delete" them in your operating system)

Hopefully you can get your files back this way. Or at least some of them.

Good luck!

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Re: Windows 8.1 Install trouble

Post by Turnus on Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:54 am

Admin wrote:Hi there,

Glad to hear that did the trick.
I'm really sorry to hear about the lost files, I know how extremely frustrating that can be. Especially if the files were important for you. I know that you do not want to hear the "THAT'S WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP BACKUPS OF YOUR IMPORTANT FILES!!11!!!¡¡11", so I'll skip that. Razz

What you can try, if the files were really important for you:

1. Insert the PC's HDD in an external case and then connect it to another PC, OR connect it to another PC internally. (Via a SATA cable) That way it will be recognized as a "data" disk.
2. Now run a deep scan with file recovery software. You can use Recuva for example, but you might prefer something more advanced. Good software can take hours to complete, depending on the size of the disk. I do not recommend any "quick scans". If the files are important, time shouldn't be too much of a problem.

3. After a few hours - remember, this can take a VERY long time - you'll get a list of all the files that were found. This includes files that have been previously removed, but not yet overwritten by new data. (Files are not really deleted when you select to "Delete" them in your operating system)

Hopefully you can get your files back this way. Or at least some of them.

Good luck!

NAh it's fine they werent my files anyway. lol!

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