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windows 8 problem after update

i have a Hp Pavillion notebook Pc with stock windows 8. today after installing updates it started rebooting repeatedly. adter a few times i saw Getting ready and Installing devices(it had refreshed my pc or something i guess) anyways i logged on and the screen was flickering with my start window and desktop. i tried restarting but got no results. i tried restoring, refreshing and reseting but nothing worked so i put in my HP DVDs and started system restore. Now, while installing, my pc gives an error at 90% progress about some *.swp file which could not b copied which it skips and continues with the installation. on rebooting, it gets to the login screen but gives a message that windows is not installed correctly! Please advice! Thanks a lot!

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Time to contact the manufacturer

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When I've run into this kind of thing, I format the hard drive, check it for bad sectors, then restore from a backup. I take it you don't have a backup Sad so I hope you've learned your lesson from this. Contact your computer's manufacturer, and get them to send you the discs you'll need to restore to factory settings.
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have the discs!!

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Actually i do have the discs. And about the backup, i have everything important backed-up! So if you could tell me how to proceed like formatimg my hdd without an OS an further in installing win 8 through my HP recovery CD's!

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Just put disc 1

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into the optical drive and restart the computer. Hopefully you set the bios to boot from the CD/DVD Drive . If not when you reboot keep tapping f12 and choose boot from CD/DVD and enter, follow instructions from there

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tried that

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I tried doing that. I have 3 discs, with the 3rd disc, it gives an error in copying one file and prompts to skip it!
it finishes the installation, reboots and gives me the error for reinstalling on the login page!

one ques. If i copy that file manually using ubuntu live usb, as in boot ubuntu, insert DVD, copy that file manually to reqd folder!do you think it will work.?

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(NT) wpg better answer that one

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Did you format C: when you tried the discs?

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Usually the restore to factory settings will format the C: drive, but you should check because if you have a bad sector somewhere, you need to check for that and assign an alternate. If that's not the problem, then you likely have a defective disc 3. That's why I suggested contacting HP to get another. The situation you're in is also why I recommend regular full system backups because if you had that, you could be back up and running in 30 min. or less with drivers, Windows, applications, data and everything without worring about those discs which can easily get scratched.
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Good luck.

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(NT) Just do what Digger says - it'll let you format the drive.

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help me man!

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Wpg tell me if that is possible man! If you want i can post a snap of the error im getting!

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I think you should be able to do that

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what do you have to lose? Try It

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There's no .SWP file in Windows 7 or 8

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I just searched my Windows 7 and 8 systems, and there's no .SWP file on either. This further substantiates my suspicion that your disc 3 is defective. Sorry.

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error message

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The error shows data copying error from my d drive. The recovery partition that came along with my PC. Not the discs!
ne idea what happens if i remove the existing recovery partition in someway like ubuntu live and thrn try with the discs.?

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Whoa!

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Do you have a repair option on your recovery partition?

Dafydd.

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isn't the d drive

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the optical drive ?

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(NT) On my...

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(NT) There're no fixed drive letters for anything but C:

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You know, you really need to post the exact err msg.

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We're really floundering around because we don't have the exact error message, so please post that message. Only as a very last resort would I delete that recovery partition.

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the d drive is

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How'd you come up with .SWP?

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...Those files aren't .SWP, they're .$WM, so I'm at a loss as to how you could've come up with .SWP. Also I clicked on the 2nd link, but after it download 2 GB and was still downloading, I canceled it. ***?? Copying them with Ubuntu would do you no good either.
As I said initially, you really need to contact HP because your posts are making less and less sense. I hope you're seeing why you need to make full system backups to an external hard drive. If you had, you'd have been up and running a long time ago. Live and learn.

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weekend

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Its weekend and i can't get to HP that is the reason i needed help from you guys! As for the file extension it was a genuine mistake! And i checked the link just as i was posting here and it works very fine!

I dont get it that if i have my recovery partition, my HP discs and i don't care about my data( i keep evrything safe backed up) then why do i need a full system backup!!

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Instruction

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Are the recovery CDs from the factory or were they created by the user on recordable CDs? If latter, you cannot be certain they were done properly and checked that they could successfully restore the factory image.

A factory CD set should restore your hard drive to exactly the image it had when shipped from the factory, including all partitions such as System Reserved and System Recovery.
It sounds to me like you don't have the factory CDs.

Furthermore, make sure your BIOS is set to default before you do any factory re-imaging because the image assumes that the configuration is the same as when the snapshot was taken, so if it's not there Windows may fail to boot. That is another reason why user created images are risky, no matter how you do the image backup. If the user had changed BIOS config, then forgot it, you don't know what will happen when trying to boot from a re-imaged drive.

At this point you should contact HP for support instructions.

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I'll make this as simple as I know how

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Here's the simplest way I know how to put this. If you have a full system backup to an external hard drive, you won't have the problems you're having now.
If you continue to deny this, you're going to continue to have the kind of problems you're struggling with right now. Whether or not you believe and/or understand that, I can't say; but I'm speaking from decades of experience. If you don't believe this, you'll simply have to learn from the painful school of hard knocks. Your choice.

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