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"Good" morning,

I performed a clean installation I'd windows yesterday after having some OS issues. Before performing the clean setup, I ran the western digital diagnostics tool to ensure the drive was still performing optimally to exclude the hardware cause of failure.

I managed to install the OS again but after booting up I get the error 0xc0000034 saying that my BCD is missing some required information and I should use the recovery tools on my DVD to fix the latter.
I then insert my Win 8.1 disk and reboot, nothing: same error. I am now stuck in this endless loop.. I have been having issues of all sorts with booting up this past week so I went ahead and ordered a new WD blue 1TB drive.

Can anyone tell me how I can either access the command prompt to repair the BCD or a possible fix to the problem? MOBO is Asus Z87 Pro, I can access the UEFI but nothing else.

Thanks a lot.
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    if your errors are right after a clean install of windows then start looking at a bad ram or a bad cd. with the ram make sure it seated and with the asus mb make sure it has the newest bios file and the ram in ai tunner is set to xmp profile one. from another pc download the windows 8.x iso and use the free microsoft iso to usb tool to make a usb boot stick. that will rule out a bad cd and it free. on the windows install itself make sure you delete both the system partion and the data partions in advance mode and reboot. if it a virus or damaged file you dont want the os to reuse a damaged system file. if it error out again..pull the gpu and 1/2ram see if windows becomes stable..if it does reinstall and then add all of the drivers and updates then add the ram and then the gpu see if the pc errors out with the ram or gpu. if it the gpu it could be a sign of a weak power supply.
  2. smorizio said:
    if your errors are right after a clean install of windows then start looking at a bad ram or a bad cd. with the ram make sure it seated and with the asus mb make sure it has the newest bios file and the ram in ai tunner is set to xmp profile one. from another pc download the windows 8.x iso and use the free microsoft iso to usb tool to make a usb boot stick. that will rule out a bad cd and it free. on the windows install itself make sure you delete both the system partion and the data partions in advance mode and reboot. if it a virus or damaged file you dont want the os to reuse a damaged system file. if it error out again..pull the gpu and 1/2ram see if windows becomes stable..if it does reinstall and then add all of the drivers and updates then add the ram and then the gpu see if the pc errors out with the ram or gpu. if it the gpu it could be a sign of a weak power supply.


    I switched off and unplugged the PSU, turned on and accessed the BIOS and I changed the XMP to profile 1. Now I managed to get it to boot via the windows installation disk as a clean install but the HDD is partitioned into 6 parts. I tried formatting all and only 3 of the 6 are formattable; installing windows on one of the partitions as we speak.

    EDIT: installation failed because the "windows boot settings" could not be applied, what now?
  3. if your pc is a dell or hp some of the partions are a restore partion. you can run the restore by using some keys storkes or the bios. if it not a dell or hp with a restore partion. you have to use windows installer advance mode. then select on the format screen you were at to delete the partions.
  4. smorizio said:
    if your pc is a dell or hp some of the partions are a restore partion. you can run the restore by using some keys storkes or the bios. if it not a dell or hp with a restore partion. you have to use windows installer advance mode. then select on the format screen you were at to delete the partions.


    For future readers;

    Changing the RAM to XMP profile 1 and changing the boot priority to the disk reader WITH the DVD inside allowed me to access the command prompt under advance tools.
    From the command prompt, I followed an easy to find tutorial to ZERO the hard drive to get rid of all the fragmented volumes.
    The zeroing took 5 hours and I was then able to proceed with a regular Windows install off the DVD.
    I am now able to use the desktop and trying to diagnose the primary cause of the original failure.
    Thank you all.
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