Help. Windows 8 showing preparing devices before startup every time

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by uhuPascal, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    I installed my laptop with Windows 8 today and I'm having a difficult time finding a solution for the problem I'm experiencing.

    Every time I reboot my machine I will get windows saying preparing devices and showing me that annoying video that you're supposed to only get when booting windows for the first time.

    How do i solve this?
     
  2. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    at this point, it is better to try and reinstall really, maybe format partition before u install on it and make sure your media is up to par, win8 usb or dvd you are using that is.
     
  3. antonio120

    antonio120 MDL Novice

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    probably got an error on the HDD, leave it to the end to do the scan, and you can even try to check HDD with HDD Regenerator
     
  4. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    This is the third time i reinstalled. Still the same annoying getting started bug.
    The HDD i installed is a fresh one (bought it today), the old one died last night.
     
  5. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    You can try uninstalling one driver at a time, I don't know what laptop you have but I know some Realtek card reader drivers can cause this.
     
  6. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    It's an ASUS K70IJ.
    I need to leave for work now, but i will try and uninstall any driver windows installed for me
     
  7. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    I installed every driver i could find on the ASUS site and used a tool called Driver Reviver (never use tools like these, don't know if it's any good)

    And the problem still exists.
     
  8. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Does this problem also appear, when only Windows 8 default drivers are installed?
     
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  9. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    Yes. With a fresh install of windows and just some updates from windows. I installed the drivers when the updates didn't fix the issue, hoping that would solve anything.
     
  10. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    sfc /scannow did say it found something that was corrupt and fixed it. However it didn't fix my issue still.
    Going to run chkdsk /f /r now, although I find it hard to believe that a brand-new disk is corrupted this early in its life.
     
  11. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Would try to get a new ISO, to assure install media is not corrupted.
     
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  12. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    I used the same USB flash drive on two other notebooks today and both came out fine with no problems at all.
     
  13. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    smells like bad hardware :cool:
     
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  14. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    So far i have tried
    -checkdisk
    -sfc /scannow
    -automatic repair
    -updating all drivers from asus site and other sources
    -reinstalling windows (multiple iso's)
    -windows 8 refresh function
    -windows 8 reset function
    -checked if memory was okay with memtest86+
    -clean boot
    -checked HKEY_LOCALMACHINE/SYSTEM/Setup

    Anyone else have an idea?
     
  15. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    What happens when you install W7?
     
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  16. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  17. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    I will try that when this MSDN iso is still giving me the same issue
     
  18. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    Updated the BIOS to 205 before I first began installing windows 8
     
  19. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    In BIOS Setup, how you have set the HDD? IDE/SATA/AHCI?
     
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  20. uhuPascal

    uhuPascal MDL Novice

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    Windows 7 works. As it should.

    Thank you all for trying to help me, but I will just keep this install of Windows 7 and will not break my head any more on why Windows 8 is giving me such a hard time on this specific notebook.