I recently got a windows pc from my friend that is broken. When it boots, it says "Automatic Repair could not fix the problem" and gives me the option to power off or choose advanced options. Under advanced I can:
- Continue to Windows 8 (which starts the whole cycle again)
- or turn off
After choosing Troubleshoot, I can either:
- Refresh your pc (which gives the error "there was an error trying to refresh your pc")
- Reset your pc (which gives the error "there was an error trying to refresh your pc")
- and more advanced options.
Under advanced options I can then:
- System Restore (which says I need to enable system protection on my C drive)
- System Image Recovery (I don't have any images to restore to)
- Automatic Repair (which is what it tries to do)
- Startup Settings (allowing me to try and boot into safe mode, which fails and brings me back to the same screen)
- and a Command Prompt
I tried running chkdsk /r on c, e, and c, but this did not help. After research, I found that I could use the CD that came with my computer to boot off, but my friend lost it. I've also heard that I could create a windows recovery disk from another computer, but this is the only windows computer I have (the others are all macs) and Microsoft's website says another 64 bit windows computer must be used to create one.
I'm new to windows, and am not really sure what to do. Is there any way I can get the computer to boot, even if I have to wipe it clean?
Thanks a lot