I have an issue with Windows 8 (dual boot Windows 7) where the Windows 8 installation hangs at the loading screen (dots in a circle) indefinitely. It will fail 2-3 times then automatically go into "repair mode" where it will say "could not repair".
This allows ,me to boot to safe mode which will usually give me a good boot at which point the cycle starts again. It appears to be a software issue but I could be wrong. As far as I can tell doing a clean reinstall seems like the best but I wanted to see if anyone has a better idea before I spend a week killing our DSL line trying to reinstall all my software.
I have not installed any new hardware, but this is a development machine so I have installed a variety of VMs and there are a few odd drivers.
Updates: I ran the chkdsk as suggested (nothing wrong found). Is there any other suggestion? I'm looking for a way to "refresh" the system without knocking my CAD/Development tools offline for a day or two.
Updates 2: I tried the suggestion sfc /scannow from safe mode and "no issues were found" (and I'm going to disable fast-boot to see if there's an issue). I'll be trying the image/restore health as soon as I set up the media on my USB.