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Windows 7: System Restore (0x8000ffff) - No boot at all

12 Dec 2013   #1
Tru

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 
System Restore (0x8000ffff) - No boot at all

I have been searching and trying to correct this error for a few hours now, and feel I should just accept a temporary defeat and enlist some assistance.

I am running a custom built PC with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel i5-2500K processor, Asus P8Z68-V motherboard, G.Skill Sniper 8GB (4GBx2) RAM, NVIDIA GTX-550Ti, 2TB WD-Green HDD.

There have been 0 hardware changes, and this occurred sometime throughout the day while I was at work.

I set Avast! Free to run a full system scan while I was away, because it seems a virus got onto my PC (I blame my girlfriend), and when I came home it was stuck in a half-boot cycle leading to System Recovery. Repair fails every time I run it, I've tried 10+ times in a row even. I can not boot into Safe mode, the POST beeps then it recycles back to the "Launch Startup Repair" or "Start Windows Normally" screen, which fails the recovery once again. Trying to do a System Restore brings me the 0x8000ffff error code, which is such an outrageous code since it isn't specific in the slightest. I have no Image to recover from, so that's out of the question. Windows Memory Diagnostic seems to be working, then the computer restarts and we're back to square once again.

I tried using SFC /SCANNOW and a few more specific variations of the command from the System Recovery Options Command Prompt, but to no avail. BCDEDIT forcing into safemode doesn't work either.

I have yet to try any form of USB boot process, as I'm not sure which would be able to help me. I found a program called PowerSuite Golden, but I have a feeling it needs to be installed onto the computer.

TL;DR - No startup repair, no recovery, no safe mode, no SFC /SCANNOW** or BCDEDIT, what can I do from either a command prompt or a USB boot.

** Doing 'SFC /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=C:\ /OFFWINDIR=C:\Windows' produced a "we found something broken and fixed it", but I was still in this loop of nothing working. Would I need a different directory than my original boot to use as the directory? Such as would using D: to point toward the disc's directory fix the C: errors as long as my CMD is as such: "C:\> SFC /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=D:\ /OFFWINDIR=D:\Windows'

I appreciate all the help I know you guys (and gals) will provide.

EDIT: I now realize this isn't the proper forum, please move this to whatever location would be correct. Thanks!


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12 Dec 2013   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello tru mate the beep/s is it just one or a combination of beeps so we can check the codes for them.

A Google came up with this "E_UNEXPECTED 0x8000ffff" error when you try to restore a system by using System Recovery Options in Windows 7 pretty involved but something.

One more thing I do not really like the Windows memory test better off doing this

MEMTEST

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/105647-ram-test-memtest86.html this one you will need to make a bootable disk set the BIOSto optical (or USB if preferred) boot the machine and let it run for at LEAST 8passes unless the errors come up straight away. Takes fair time to complete andsome leave it running overnight.
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12 Dec 2013   #3
Tru

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

I came across that article ("E_UNEXPECTED 0x8000ffff" error when you try to restore a system by using System Recovery Options in Windows 7) too, but as I can not get to anywhere where installing is available, it does me no good considering I do not have the Windows AIK already installed.

Currently running Memtest 86+, but I have doubts that the RAM is corrupt because I just had both stick replaced 3 months ago by G.Skill for them being faulty, and have had 0 issues since then.

Any other things I can do after Memtest 86+ is done, besides posting results in here?

There is the normal single beep when the computer is started. It happens between the Asus Bios screen, and when normally it would say Loading Windows.
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13 Dec 2013   #4
Tru

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

13 passes with Memtest86+ and it found 0 errors. Nothing else to try?
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14 Dec 2013   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Sorry late reply Tru been tied up away from home.
Maybe a look at the PSU would be in order while we are at it if only to eliminate it.
PSU- Jump Start

for a reference
PowerSupply 101: A Reference Of Specifications - Power Supplies asyou will see there is a +/- 5% variance that can make all the difference so11.4v is way too low and 12.6v way too high.

Plus remember correct bolts do not mean correct current (amps - in turn watts)
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14 Dec 2013   #6
Tru

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

PSU Checks out good. Looked up the manufacturer specs and check the voltage/wattage/amperage with my Fluke Digital Multimeter. I'm not new to electronics, as I calibrate them on a daily basis.

If there is something you know of that only experience people should do, please let me know because I am capable.
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14 Dec 2013   #7
indianacarnie

 

How about a repair install?

Not trying to stick my nose in where it doesn't belong, but if the virus attack was bad enough that could be the only practical solution. Imho , of course.

Repair Install

It will save your stuff, since you have no backup's.
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14 Dec 2013   #8
Tru

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
How about a repair install?

Not trying to stick my nose in where it doesn't belong, but if the virus attack was bad enough that could be the only practical solution. Imho , of course.

Repair Install

It will save your stuff, since you have no backup's.
Attempted to use Win7 repair discs I have to do a "refresh/restore" of files, and came up with nothing. I'll attempt to do this, but it looks as if you have to be able to boot and be on the desktop to do it. I can't get to the desktop, as it crashes before fully loading windows.

Also, I do have 2 backups/restore points, but they fail and give me the 0x8000ffff error everytime.
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14 Dec 2013   #9
indianacarnie

 

Yes, in my haste I overlooked that. My apologies
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14 Dec 2013   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well cannot get into safe mode and it is cycling means you can't run any on call scan I suppose you could try one of these I know the Kaspersky and Avira Bitdefender are good the others probably are but have never used them but I reckon they would be ok as I have tested Comodo out and Norton well I ma not a fan but if it works well......
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