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8.1 Updated Failed - Cant boot "winload.exe is missing"


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MoNsTeReNeRgY22

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Hello,

Tried updating my Windows 8 machine this morning to 8.1 using the app store method.

Everything seemed to run fine when downloading from the app store, and it finally asked me to reboot.

I did and it started to set things up and eventually rebooted again.

After this reboot, the machine said restoring previous OS. After it did that, it couldnt boot. I am getting a Winload.exe could not be found.

I have tried the following to no avail; automatic repair, refreshing, restoring, and doing a manual restore of winload.exe from the following link.
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However, when I try that, it says "Could not find D:\windows\system32\winload.exe".

I am trying to avoid reinstalling Windows, so does any one have any suggestions?
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After a failed 8.1 upgrade, reinstall of Win 8 is your best bet. PITA for sure but it will save you time in the long (and short) run.

This is one reason doing image backups is so useful. Easy recovery.
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After a failed 8.1 upgrade, reinstall of Win 8 is your best bet. PITA for sure but it will save you time in the long (and short) run.

This is one reason doing image backups is so useful. Easy recovery.

Thats what I ended up doing, thanks!
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And now you have a good image backup, right? :whistling:
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And now you have a good image backup, right? :whistling:

I did a Windows System Image Backup, will that suffice?
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I don't know, never used it but it sounds right. Is this what you did? How to create a system image in Windows 8

I use Acronis True Image and Macrium Reflect Free.
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I don't know, never used it but it sounds right. Is this what you did? How to create a system image in Windows 8

I use Acronis True Image and Macrium Reflect Free.

Yes, thats exactly how I did it.
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You should be good then. See here also: Restore your computer from a system image backup
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