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I have a Windows 8 partition that was functioning perfectly since the second of this month. It recently gave me a BSOD and stopped working at all.

I tried the advice of everyone I could find that wanted to give it, except for one thing: installing updates.

I can boot into my Windows 7 partition but not into Windows 8. Can I install Windows 8 updates to a Windows 8 partition without being booted into Windows 8?

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i'm confused; you can just reinstall from the same media you originally installed with. Is there something more that you want? – Ian Boyd Mar 31 '12 at 19:29
@Ian Boyd: My data is on the Windows 8 partition and I'd prefer not to have to go through the reinstall process. – JavaAndCSharp Mar 31 '12 at 19:49
Windows won't delete any personal data if you reinstall. You can also try to Windows 8 "Refresh my PC" option (…) – Ian Boyd Mar 31 '12 at 19:58
@Ian Boyd: I can't refresh my PC. It gives me an error when I try. – JavaAndCSharp Mar 31 '12 at 20:37
It says "There was a problem refreshing your PC. No changes were made". – JavaAndCSharp Mar 31 '12 at 21:04

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