Windows 8 Bizarre start up failure/restart

     Hello, I've just purchased, downloaded and installed Windows 8 pro (39.99 virtual download); upgrading from Windows XP Professional (32-bit).
I had also just installed new hardware such as an Intel Core i5 3570k Quad core processor, and Gigabyte Z77-DS3H Motherboard (Dual UEFI Bios).

I do have the receipt email with the approved Windows 8 pro activation key.

The Download and installation went smoothly to the point of common system restart. On the first boot of Windows 8,I was brought to a CMD Prompt entry:

A winpeshl.ini file is present, but no commands were successfully launched. This could be caused by incorrect formatting or an invalid executable        name. Please consult the documentation for more information.

X:\$WINDOWS.~BT\WINDOWS\system32>


  • I exited the command prompt window.
  • The system started to reboot as before.
  • I then came to a light blue window which displayed the following in the order...
 
        Choose an operating system

         |+| Windows 8

         |  | Windows Setup


         Change defaults or choose other options

  • I selected the |+| Windows 8 icon 
  • The system rebooted and brought me back to the light blue window display
  • I clicked on |  | Windows Setup
  • The system rebooted and brought me back to the command prompt window displaying:

A winpeshl.ini file is present, but no commands were successfully launched. This could be caused by incorrect formatting or an invalid executable name. Please consult the documentation for more information.

X:\$WINDOWS.~BT\WINDOWS\system32>

  • I exited the the command prompt windows as before
  • The system rebooted and brought me back to the light blue window once more.
  • I then clicked on Change defaults or choose other options 
  • I was brought to another light blue window now displaying:

       Options

         Change the timer

         Choose a default operating system

         Choose other options

  • I selected Choose other options
  • I was brought to another light blue window witch displayed nothing that would help me start my newly purchased Windows 8 pro.


I have not yet been able to start Windows 8 Activation, nor have I been Prompted to register my approved Activation Key.
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Did you download using your new hardware configuration or with the old motherboard?

 

If you used the old configuration I would re-install XP and start the download again. This time choose the .iso file option and use that file to burn a Windows 8 installation DVD.

 

 

After downloading the correct .iso file use ImgBurn or Gear ISO to create a bootable DVD.


Create a Bootable Windows 7 DVD using the .ISO file
Burning a Windows 7 ISO File on a DVD
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977640


ImgBurn - In addition to supporting the creation of Cds/DVDs from .ISO files,
it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it's free.
(BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO)
http://www.imgburn.com/


Screen shots to help you use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=screenshots
Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn article: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurn
(The steps are the same, except you are not creating a Repair disc but a full installation DVD for Windows 7 or Windows 8)


Note: Always use high quality DVD+R media and the slowest burn speed (4x or 6x) if offered a choice.

 

J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com

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Go to a working computer running Windows 7 or Vista and create a bootable of Windows 8 on USB or DVD:

create your own:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

then:

http://techingiteasy.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/part-2-how-to-upgrade-using-the-windows-8-upgrade-assistant/

 

Boot from the Windows 8 media you create:

Boot from the media you created to install on another partition

: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/boot-install-partition-media-usb-dvd


Click Install Now
Accept License Agreement
When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)

select the disk partition where you would like to install Windows 8 Click Next.

You will receive the following warning:

The partition you selected might contain files from a previous Windows Installation. If it does, these files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. You will be able to access the information in Windows.old, but you will be able to use your previous version of Windows.

(At all cost, do NOT click anything named Format or Delete or Partition. So even doing a custom install, your personal files are still preserved. Click OK

Setup will now start the installation. During the installation, your machine will be restarted several times.

When the installation is complete, you can complete the Out of Box experience such as selecting your laptop, create a username, password, your time zone. You can then proceed to download the latest updates for Windows and reinstall your applications and drivers.

You can then recover your personal files from the Windows.old folder and reinstall all your applications and drivers.

http://notebooks.com/2010/11/09/how-to-recover-documents-music-and-email-after-upgrading-with-the-windows-old-folder/

Best,
Andre
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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Thank you Mr. Stuart and Mr. Da Costa, I am to the point of formatting the USB drive. Much help appreciated.

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