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Information about Windows 8 recovery.

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I had a Windows 8 laptop and upgraded to 8.1 Pro version 9200 with Server 8 and 12 and SQL, Hyper-V, and every other web development and deployment tool. Got a little greedy and was controlling it with an Android LG2 through 2X and when I ran directv2pc in Windows 7 emulation mode. I was was psyched that it worked. I wanted to pull my DVR shows off my DVR and watch it anywhere. Well, even more psyched when when I was able to index the hard drives on all 3 DVRs and when Windows Media Player started building a playlist of all 3 dvrs and my desktop on the network with over 500g of media, I burst into excitement. Well, I knew it would take a while but a few hours later, crash. I verified that nothing was corrupted on the hard drive. My boot order and locations were re-written causing no boot. I could get to command line, but could not correct the paths. I would change it to where it should go and upon restart, like I never did it. After much agony, I allowed Windows to recover. This drive was clean, no games, video, pictures, just software. It's running fine, but all is gone. I used Recovermyfiles to see if anything was there. Almost 55000 files were found. Nothing dated in the area of the installs of what I was looking for. Log files only from 2 years ago. And the 55,000 files, all written by Microsoft showing the name of the files, the date of the recovery, and what appears to be something else to cover up the actual code. Could it really be that Microsoft wrote over my entire hard drive to deny me access to these files? Also, curiously, one of the log files from 2010 is about Hyper-V integration in server environment.

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Once you initiate the Recovery procedure, the old files are deleted, then replaced with the data from recovery. This means:

  1. The content you had is now in a terrible status which means its recovery is not possible.

  2. Microsoft doesn't mess with users and their applications or operating systems installed on computers.

  3. Even if you find the correct files, they won't be in perfect recovery state.

I would advise going from the bottom. Set everything up, then use another application to create the Recovery Image. This way if something happens again, you will restore the image with all the products installed.

Recovery Solutions (Acronis TrueImage recommended):

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