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Fix None Bootable Issue w/o FORMAT

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Snuffy

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sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=D:\Windows

 

Note: that offbootdir contains the letter of your "System Reserved" partition and offwindir is the volume on which your broken, unbootable Windows 8.1 is located.

 

 

1.  Insert your bootable media and boot your PC from USB. or your DVD or CD
(You may need to press some keys or change BIOS options to boot from USB.)

 

2.  When the "Windows Setup" screen appears, press Shift + F10 keys together.
    This will open the command prompt.

3.  Type notepad and hit Enter. Do not close the command prompt window.

4.  When Notepad opens, open the File menu -> Open... item. Click "This PC" in the
left pane of the Open dialog to see your PC drives. Note the proper drive letter of
the partition where you have the damaged, unbootable Windows 8.1.

5. Also, note the proper letter of the hidden "System Reserved" partition. In my case it is C: 
Now type the following in the command prompt:

 

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=D:\Windows

 

Hit Enter to execute the command.

Thank You
Sergey Tkachenko


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Here is the blog from Sergey Tkachenko on his website that explains with color glossy pictures and everything!  http://winaero.com/b...-does-not-boot/


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hans71

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Hello,    "System Reserved" partition newer has one Letter !   ;)

 

C: is always the System-Partition !

 

Thanks


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plz note the picture

 

 System Partition is NOT C:\   while Primary Partition is C:\     :)  :)  all this info provided by Disk Management

 

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Yep very good info and on the even easier way to fix it have an image made of windows happy and booting with the boot sector backed up and just restore that sector when all goes to hell. Also, for simple boot problems just run the repair option and it will fix it if its not something major.


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I wonder if this would have helped me when I deleted my windows 7 dual boot and spent 5 hours trying to repair the MBR but kept booting into a black desktop, fortunately I just made a new partition and moved everything over.


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Thanks Snuffy and dhjohns. I have a feeling I'm going to be using this quite frequently here soon.


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Does this use a different method than the usual start up repair automated methods and such?


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cadman56

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So in the above screen shot from Snuffy the system reserved partition does not have a letter assigned to it, what would the command be?


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