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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #150 on: November 03, 2017, 12:00:32 PM »
Well, I'll try to do with bootable USB. I found a topic on hp where somebody has to try with an USB.
I have just to change the USB port I use often.
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #151 on: November 03, 2017, 12:00:34 PM »
Sadly, that probably means that the recovery partition itself has an error in it.

Or at least that's what I get from

HP forum post on 0xEFFFFF08

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #152 on: November 03, 2017, 12:02:21 PM »
Error Code 0xEFFFFF08 is an HP Error Code (not a Microsoft Error Code).  It, simply, means that you have to use a different USB port on your computer!  Using the Recovery Manager requires that you use a particular USB port on your computer.  Try the different
USB ports on your computer.  HP recommends starting with a USB port on the LEFT SIDE!
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #153 on: November 03, 2017, 12:02:33 PM »
If your laptop has a sticker on it with the W8.1 serial number, you can follow post #2 in that URL and download a legal copy of W8.1 for you to install to a USB and then try a reinstall.  Unfortunately, the next step is to download the HP drivers for your laptop and install them as well.

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #154 on: November 03, 2017, 12:05:05 PM »
I had sticker for Vista. No sticker for W8 (nor the W10).

I'll try the left side of computer. I can't make a mistake, I have only 1 port at the left  :(ROFLMAO:
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #155 on: November 03, 2017, 12:05:50 PM »
Error Code 0xEFFFFF08 is an HP Error Code (not a Microsoft Error Code).  It, simply, means that you have to use a different USB port on your computer!  Using the Recovery Manager requires that you use a particular USB port on your computer.  Try the different
USB ports on your computer.  HP recommends starting with a USB port on the LEFT SIDE!

I don't believe she's using a USB for this.  She was trying to use the recovery partition on the hard disk.

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #156 on: November 03, 2017, 12:07:03 PM »
Ah the chaos!   :dk2: :reluctant: :dualknight:

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #157 on: November 03, 2017, 12:08:04 PM »
Ahhhh......makes sense then.  That's what I get for just jumping in and not reading all LOLOL.
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #158 on: November 03, 2017, 12:13:42 PM »
I don't believe she's using a USB for this.  She was trying to use the recovery partition on the hard disk.
Yes, I removed the USB (bootable windows) just before to start, like they asked. This time, USB is on the computer. I'll see in 30 minutes maybe.
It seems a lot of people have this error. I even found a woman with an issue on a laptop of 26 months... same age than mine.
The difference with me, it's she made at the beginning a key with everything of her system, to be her "recovery D", if the HP recovery in her laptop had an issue. And guess what? Even her USB couldn't do the job  :coffee3:
Of course, moderator of HP said her she could always pay to obtain their recovery disks  :coffee3:
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #159 on: November 03, 2017, 12:19:39 PM »
If your laptop has a sticker on it with the W8.1 serial number, you can follow post #2 in that URL and download a legal copy of W8.1 for you to install to a USB and then try a reinstall.  Unfortunately, the next step is to download the HP drivers for your laptop and install them as well.

I was showing my inexperience here.  Apparently, after Windows 7, the serial number for machines is stored in the "BIOS".  So, it MIGHT work to get the generic Windows 8.1 installer from Microsoft, put it on a USB stick and do the installation without having to find a key.

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #160 on: November 03, 2017, 12:22:50 PM »

that's why I stopped helping lol
we can all DO IT ...........but maybe not the same way  :(ROFLMAO:


Aelin you did run a disk check proggy on hard drive ??
or at least look at the "smart" data (if its turned on ) that can give clues to major disk problems


would hate to see you wasting lots of time on a failing hard drive

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #161 on: November 03, 2017, 12:28:35 PM »
I was showing my inexperience here.  Apparently, after Windows 7, the serial number for machines is stored in the "BIOS".  So, it MIGHT work to get the generic Windows 8.1 installer from Microsoft, put it on a USB stick and do the installation without having to find a key.
I copied a lot of codes in the BIOS, but I don't know if really I took the good.

I checked the hard drive yes, manually for a part. And today HP made the job.
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #162 on: November 03, 2017, 12:38:15 PM »
91% failed again.

So I'm back to the beginning, to options inside Troubleshoot.
Just above HP Manager I have "reinitialize your PC". And again above, "actualize your PC". Must I try one of them?
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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #163 on: November 03, 2017, 12:48:29 PM »
I don't believe either of them are going to work.  It sounds like the hard disk has some problem and the scan did not hide the problem, so we keep hitting it.

Perhaps some of the others have something to suggest.

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Re: Computer with W8.1 out
« Reply #164 on: November 03, 2017, 12:56:29 PM »
Sorry, I've been away for some minutes browsing for possible solutions. Here are the outcomes:

- Apparently M$ allows to download whatever is required to prepare an USB installer (from scratch) free of charge, but to run it one needs the key.
- Keys are available on the web, legally or less legally. However Aelin purchased her computer legally and complete with Win8.1, thus she has a right to have its key as well.
- Then I double checked and yes, I have here a free healthy unused 1TB SATA HD she can have in exchange for all her free stuff I've downloaded so far :smile:
- A friend of mine I'm going to see next week should be in France before the end of November and, if asked kindly enough, could possibly mail a tiny parcel from inside France.

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