On restart Windows 8.1 only restarts to Automatic Repair screen with two options "Restart" and "Advanced Options". Restart Option displays the "ASUS" logo and the system hangs. Advanced Options changes screens with "Continue to 8.1", "Troubleshoot", and "Turn Off PC" displayed.
Selecting "continue" reports an error, then collects some data and finally goes back to the "Automatic Repair Screen" with the original two options and waits.
Selecting "Troubleshoot" provides additional selections, "Refresh you PC" (doesn't work), "Reset your PC" (haven't tried because at this point I don't want to wipe the files out) or, "Advanced Options" is displayed. Selecting "Advanced Options" yields a screen with "System Restore" ( have tried multiple times to previous dates successfully, but only results restarting to the same "Automatic Repair" screen),
"System Image Recovery" (no image to recover), "Startup Repair" (end result after running is system restarts to same "Automatic Repair" screen. "Command Prompt" (used to run chkdsk /f and produced same result as all others), "UEFI Firmware Settings" (haven't made any changes), "Startup Settings" (yields the screen with choices 1) thru 9) (have tried safe mode which doesn't get you to safe), if you leave it at this screen without making a selection computer will do a random power off.
My research seems to turn up many instances of this problem with Windows 8.1, some of the suggestions I have tried, but none successfully. Am hoping that someone on this board may be able to help.