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Two people I know have had issues with their computers booting in the last month. Both had Windows 8 but different brands. In one case a screen came up "Boot device failed or missing".

Eventually both computers booted up and were fine.

This morning I had my laptop on and I noticed it was doing windows updates. I turn away for a few moments and then see the same message on my screen about boot failure.

After about ten reboots it slooooowly came back on. I almost hit the F key that restores the computer.

Just thought I'd post this here in case somebody else has this issue. Three computers with the same issue is making me suspect that this is widespread.

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It means Windows searched for the boot sector before the device (HD) was ready, the drive was most likely still spinning up, or it could indicate an impending drive failure (sticktion).

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Windows 8 sucks and was written by Hitler himself, or worse. I read they are skipping 9 and going to 10, it is suppose to fix some of the bugs (which some say is an OS that works for touchscreen and mouse). If I could send mine back I would. POS.

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The 10 preview is already available. Called a pre-beta it is primarily for techies on a secondary computer. Back when Mozilla hit the scene, I had their Firefox beta. At the end of the trial they sent me one of their nice polos and a cap.

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Two people I know have had issues with their computers booting in the last month. Both had Windows 8 but different brands. In one case a screen came up "Boot device failed or missing".

Eventually both computers booted up and were fine.

This morning I had my laptop on and I noticed it was doing windows updates. I turn away for a few moments and then see the same message on my screen about boot failure.

After about ten reboots it slooooowly came back on. I almost hit the F key that restores the computer.

Just thought I'd post this here in case somebody else has this issue. Three computers with the same issue is making me suspect that this is widespread.

Since XP went away, MS has to do a lot fewer updates that they used to, there are fewer security exploits available, daily patching is less an issue. To me, if you have a mission critical PC running W7 or 8 I would leave automatic updates turned off and run updates only after checking the grapevine for info like this.

Personally, I am at the point where my Win instances are mostly virtual machines, so if one does get screwed up, I can back level it in about 5 minutes - the only way to deal with MS as far as I am concerned!

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The 10 preview is already available. Called a pre-beta it is primarily for techies on a secondary computer. Back when Mozilla hit the scene, I had their Firefox beta. At the end of the trial they sent me one of their nice polos and a cap.

MS's gymnastics with product numbering are pretty comic. What is skipping "9" supposed to do for them? The truth is name vs number changes don't mean anything anyway. They made the jump from 'Vista', which had a bad name -to '7', but the fact is that Vista SP2 and Win7 are pretty much the same OpSys, they just stripped out some of the end user experience stuff that users associated with Vista so 7 seemed more like the 'good' OS - XP. Then they did a simple number increment from 7 to 8 when there really were a lot of changes under the hood. Now we are going to get another bigger naming shift but I'll wager the underlying architecture will be the same again, just with more stuff hanging off it for interaction with the wired environment.

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Bill Gates. Makes a kazillon dollars on software that has the world as his beta test group (no hate, just reality). If you game you need MS but otherwise Linux is all anyone really needs. If only more people knew...

I have windows 7 on the house laptop and it is fine. My Vista experience was just despicable. XP was much better but it is what it was. My garage laptop is the old Vista laptop. I have dual boot Linux/Vista on it now. I boot into Vista when I want to watch Netflix in the garage. It's like torture compared to how Linux boots up and runs (Netflix no work on Linux unfortunately). If it has been awhile since I last booted into Vista, it is the sucktacular MS updates that make me cringe first and second it is how bad a 6 year old laptop runs on it.

Now it isn't all beauty on Linux. Getting wireless my printer to work was a pain but with some surfing and info I got it to work fine. You don't throw a disc in and install with Linux. You get the software through the software manager or through the website for your particular product if it is supported with Linux. My Brother printer is Linux supported. It still takes more than Windows effort to get it done but for me more than worth it.

Microsoft and Apple took us out of the stone age in the software world but the free Linux system does what most people need just fine.

My yearly MS rant is over. :hurt:

Good luck with your Windows crashing, but most people are used to it as normal.

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Bill Gates. Makes a kazillon dollars on software that has the world as his beta test group (no hate, just reality). If you game you need MS but otherwise Linux is all anyone really needs. If only more people knew...

I have windows 7 on the house laptop and it is fine. My Vista experience was just despicable. XP was much better but it is what it was. My garage laptop is the old Vista laptop. I have dual boot Linux/Vista on it now. I boot into Vista when I want to watch Netflix in the garage. It's like torture compared to how Linux boots up and runs (Netflix no work on Linux unfortunately). If it has been awhile since I last booted into Vista, it is the sucktacular MS updates that make me cringe first and second it is how bad a 6 year old laptop runs on it.

Now it isn't all beauty on Linux. Getting wireless my printer to work was a pain but with some surfing and info I got it to work fine. You don't throw a disc in and install with Linux. You get the software through the software manager or through the website for your particular product if it is supported with Linux. My Brother printer is Linux supported. It still takes more than Windows effort to get it done but for me more than worth it.

Microsoft and Apple took us out of the stone age in the software world but the free Linux system does what most people need just fine.

My yearly MS rant is over. :hurt:

Good luck with your Windows crashing, but most people are used to it as normal.

Linux will probably never get to 'easy' but still, every once in awhile the evolution of Linux inter-operability will surprise you. I wanted to tether my laptop (Fedora/KDE) to my iphone to grab something I needed from the net while on the road recently. I figured it was going to require booting into Win7, but I plugged the USB from the iphone into Linux and there was the phone as an IP source in the KDE network manager - didn't have to do a thing but go.

and even as bad as MS has been, if they could just use the English language like normal people it would solve half the problem. Classic case - you have an IP printer connected to your router on your in home IP network and you need to connect it to a windoze PC. But of course when the printer install dialog comes up and asks you if it is a network printer, and you foolishly think "Why yes, yes it is.", you are done for. Anyone at Redmond could correct you that it is a printer on a local port, which makes it a local printer, it just happens to be a network IP port.....:confused:

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Linux will probably never get to 'easy' but still, every once in awhile the evolution of Linux inter-operability will surprise you. I wanted to tether my laptop (Fedora/KDE) to my iphone to grab something I needed from the net while on the road recently. I figured it was going to require booting into Win7, but I plugged the USB from the iphone into Linux and there was the phone as an IP source in the KDE network manager - didn't have to do a thing but go.

and even as bad as MS has been, if they could just use the English language like normal people it would solve half the problem. Classic case - you have an IP printer connected to your router on your in home IP network and you need to connect it to a windoze PC. But of course when the printer install dialog comes up and asks you if it is a network printer, and you foolishly think "Why yes, yes it is.", you are done for. Anyone at Redmond could correct you that it is a printer on a local port, which makes it a local printer, it just happens to be a network IP port.....:confused:

Well Linux just made it better Ger2. I poked around after my post about Netflix. It took about 30 seconds to find that Google Chrome supports Netflix. The install of Chrome was really MS like on my FREE Linux system. Click and install was it. I updated my software for Linux after the install of Chrome and Netflix now works like a champ. All is so well!!!

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Well Linux just made it better Ger2. I poked around after my post about Netflix. It took about 30 seconds to find that Google Chrome supports Netflix. The install of Chrome was really MS like on my FREE Linux system. Click and install was it. I updated my software for Linux after the install of Chrome and Netflix now works like a champ. All is so well!!!

My only issue with Chrome on Linux had been that unlike Firefox, controlling cache use is difficult/impossible. I have an SSD on this laptop, which gets used pretty intensively, and since I have fast net connections everywhere I work, I have no use for my browser running up the write totals to my SSD. But even this was soluble, once I figured out where everything was going, I just symlinked Chrome's cache directory to /tmp, which in Fedora is already configured as a ram disk by default.

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Linux will probably never get to 'easy' but still, every once in awhile the evolution of Linux inter-operability will surprise you. I wanted to tether my laptop (Fedora/KDE) to my iphone to grab something I needed from the net while on the road recently. I figured it was going to require booting into Win7, but I plugged the USB from the iphone into Linux and there was the phone as an IP source in the KDE network manager - didn't have to do a thing but go.

and even as bad as MS has been, if they could just use the English language like normal people it would solve half the problem. Classic case - you have an IP printer connected to your router on your in home IP network and you need to connect it to a windoze PC. But of course when the printer install dialog comes up and asks you if it is a network printer, and you foolishly think "Why yes, yes it is.", you are done for. Anyone at Redmond could correct you that it is a printer on a local port, which makes it a local printer, it just happens to be a network IP port.....:confused:

Oh; shite!

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If only Linux did what I need it to do. Actually, it almost does, but everything I use for work has to be done in Wine, and takes much longer to figure out how to install it. By the time you get everything running, you wonder what the point was.

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If only Linux did what I need it to do. Actually, it almost does, but everything I use for work has to be done in Wine, and takes much longer to figure out how to install it. By the time you get everything running, you wonder what the point was.

Wine had little appeal for me. I have to use Excel, Word and powerpoint, and for me running a real windows virtual machine inside Linux is the better solution.

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I was just hoping that in my lifetime there would be an operating system that does everything and does it simply.

Ten, fifteen years ago, I loved screwing around with computers. Hardware and software. As I've gotten older, I just want the **** to work with as little issues as possible. And when something happens like what happened with my laptop (BTW, everything seems to be fine now), I get really pissed because I wasn't doing anything to make it go haywire!

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Wine had little appeal for me. I have to use Excel, Word and powerpoint, and for me running a real windows virtual machine inside Linux is the better solution.

I need the chemdraw plugins and endnote.

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I have a mac but I only use that for financial stuff. I foolishly believe that it is safer than windows for banking and such.

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I was just hoping that in my lifetime there would be an operating system that does everything and does it simply.

Ten, fifteen years ago, I loved screwing around with computers. Hardware and software. As I've gotten older, I just want the **** to work with as little issues as possible. And when something happens like what happened with my laptop (BTW, everything seems to be fine now), I get really pissed because I wasn't doing anything to make it go haywire!

I agree with this. When I was younger and didn't have a kid, I would have been more open to reworking my computers. Now I just want the laptop/desktop to work.

BTW, I had a similar issue with my HP Win8 machine, and it killed the hard drive. Took it to a local shop to get fixed, and that took 3 weeks to get done. It does not work like we were used to, but at least it works now. From what I have read, MS plans to release 10 for free to Win8 owners. Hopefully it is worth it. I didn't really have a problem with the interface, to be honest, just the fact my machine crapped out on me.

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Think I may have this issue solved. Thought the SSD drive was dying but now I think it was an out of date video driver causing the machine to crash and fail to reboot.

This all started after a Windows update. I saw that there was an update for my video card this morning. Updated it and so far, so good.

Now I just hope there isn't damage to the SSD from so many abrupt shutdowns.

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Think I may have this issue solved. Thought the SSD drive was dying but now I think it was an out of date video driver causing the machine to crash and fail to reboot.

This all started after a Windows update. I saw that there was an update for my video card this morning. Updated it and so far, so good.

Now I just hope there isn't damage to the SSD from so many abrupt shutdowns.

stuff like that shouldn't happen. I blame Ballmer - but I always blame Ballmer.

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Am I the only one around here who has used Windows since 3.1, concurrently on many computers, and loves it? I've had 1 (probable) Windows-based issue in all my years.

Disclaimer: whenever I am forced to touch VISTA it makes me rage. Also the W8 shutdown is beyond stupid but merely a mild annoyance.

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Am I the only one around here who has used Windows since 3.1, concurrently on many computers, and loves it? I've had 1 (probable) Windows-based issue in all my years.

Disclaimer: whenever I am forced to touch VISTA it makes me rage. Also the W8 shutdown is beyond stupid but merely a mild annoyance.

I still like, and use, DOS, and think W8 should be somewhere Steve Ballmer can't see it.

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