Huh... This is good to know. Thanks for the heads up Tom!
That's interesting. Have you installed a menu (Start8, etc) yet?
^This! Building computers is legit!
I was planning on installing a third party menu, but found a way to get things done to my liking without needing it. Basically:
- I uninstalled every Metro app straight away in one step through the command line
(full screen apps on a PC wtf)
- I put a reboot and shutdown shortcut
on the desktop taskbar along with my program icons
- I used task scheduler to open explorer on boot so it goes straight to desktop
- I added a shortcut to the taskbar
that goes to the app search screen and used the Windows icon so it looks like a start button (You can just press the windows key to achieve the same though)
= A really good experience for me without needing to install other stuff.
I actually find the app search screen pretty convenient for accessing everything other than my programs on the taskbar. I click the 'start button' and start typing. Whether its control panel or whatever. Its quick. And you can also use Windows + X to access a 'power menu' with things like computer management, cmd prompt etc.
Yes that is a bummer. I think it must be a UEFI bootloader partition. I had the same issue when I was toying with Linux systems, I installed GRUB2 (a Linux bootloader) alongside a system on my Intel 320, and it wrote over the Master Boot Record on my Plextor M3. All was fine and dandy until I uninstalled the Linux system; the bootloader didn't know where to find the GRUB configs and binaries and it wouldn't let me boot Windows I couldn't fix it either, even though I attempted the widely recognised fix multiple times. Please listen to Tom's post
Yeah its a nightmare. Basically I installed win8, got in to diskmanagement and realised the issue. So I tried to reinstall using the win8 bootable usb I had which didnt work. So I used GParted to wipe the drives. Then the 840 wasnt registering in the install process, so i played round with different settings in Gparted. Then I managed to install it, and then it rebooted and started the process again so I had to disable usb boot in bios. So then it installs and I get in, plug my other drives in, all is fine.
Then a couple days ago, I leave my PC, come back and Firefox is using 500MB RAM, 100% of the disk is being utilised in task manager, and its pretty much frozen. I reboot and get disk read error, I reboot several more times. This is where I enter an Automatic repair' infinite loop where it fails to repair, gives me a 1 millisecond glimpse of a blue screen and reboots automatically, starting the process again. I use the CMD in the repair options to do a diagnostic on all my drives. They are all fine, no bad sectors, they all have drive letters assigned etc.
So then I use the cmd do a special boot and select disable automatic rebooting after error. I read the blue screen (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE) and then search solutions on a laptop. Try a few things, nothings working. I go and prepare a usb with win7 on it ready to blast win8 to the underworld. I put the win7 usb in, go to bios, select boot from usb, then all of a sudden Windows 8 pops up and is like "oh hai I'm back to normal now soz". So I read the event logs once Im back in:
The IO operation at logical block address xxxxxx for Disk 0 was retried
This was repeated quite a lot. I search for a solution and find that I might get a fix by entering this command:
bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes
So I enter it, reboot, everythings sweet and Ive been running smoothly for the last few days now.
So yeah. I also found out some things about myself during the ordeal. Like the fact that pretty much the only thing that makes me sad and feel down besides friend/family/girlfriend conflict is when my PC isn't working well. From that I concluded I have a pretty sweet life satisfaction
TLDR; disconnect other drives before installing Win8.
Edited by TomSahz, 20 September 2013 - 12:17 PM.