Windows 8 won't boot after updates (classic shell)
Posted on 2014-02-22
I jsut upgraded my windows 7 laptop to windows 8 pro. Everything was going great. I keep all my files and programs. I had no problems with device drivers. I spent a bunch of time added apps and getting things set up the way I like them. Then I added classic shell to get a start button. Worked great. Then I remember I needed to do my windows updates.
I did about 88 updates and windows rebooted. I got a black screen and the monitor would flash on and off. When it was on I could see, and move my cursor but nothing but a black screen. After some digging I decided classic shell was the problem. All I needed to do at this point is to boot into safe mode and disable classic shell at startup. No biggie easy stuff. Well I had no idea f8 didnt work in windows 8 very well.
So I shift +f8 an dfinally get in.
Well under "advanced options" I have no "Startup options". So I can't tell it to go into safemode.
System Restore produces the message "To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation.....
Refresh Your PC, it says, "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
Automatic Repair doers not fix the issue.
The only thing I can do is run the command prompt.
Am I just completely screwed or can I do somehting from the command prompt to tell the pc to reboot into safemode, maybe? or manually remove the shell file and put a fresh one in there? I don't know but I am running out of options and I don't want to do a clean install.
I even booted to my windows 8 upgrade cd and it would not let me run the upgrade that keeps all files and programs.
very lame its so hard to get into safemode. If i ever do get back into windows 8 I will turn on legacy boot with bcdedit but i have to get back in there first.