View Full Version : Windows 8 System restore keeps failing?

05-28-2012, 12:26 AM
Whenever I try doing a system restore it says "an unspecified error has occurred". What does this mean? Is it likely that I have a virus? I am using Windows 8 Customer Preview.

05-28-2012, 04:14 AM
I would say you probably have a failed initial installation.

Most of these problems are caused by:

1) Upgrading over a suspect OS. Solution - Always do a clean install, especially with a beta OS such as Win 8 CP. In fact the next beta, Win 8 RP, will be out in a few days. It will require a Clean Install.

2) Getting your original iso file from an unapproved site such as a Torrent site. These sites are notoriously bad. Stay away from them completely. They are also know for adding a lot of other things, such as viruses.

3) Not burning the iso file to DVD. This should always be done. This will also give more recovery options.

Also note, you should never replace a released OS with a beta OS. That is asking for problems. You should keep the original OS and dual boot Win 8 RP or use a VM, or use a spare HD and keep everything separate.

The best advice for you is to reinstall you original OS and be happy with it until Win 8 is released in October.

05-28-2012, 04:23 AM
Why are you doing a system restore? Are you having problems that would require a System Restore?

If you're testing Win-8, repairing your Win-8/CP install may be a waste of time and effort, because in just a few days the next version of Win-8 will be released and we'll be downloading, installing and setting up the new version.

It's important for everyone in the Testing Program to follow some simple rules:
Download the appropriate version, either 32 bit or 64 bit, from the Official Microsoft site.
Get the approved Registration Key from that same MS site.
Burn the downloaded ISO file to a DVD, using the slowest burn speed available with your DVD burner.
(do not install Windows 8 over the top of your Licensed Operating System, whether it be XP, Vista or Windows 7)

Boot your computer with the new Windows 8 Install DVD and follow the prompts to complete the install.

Good Luck!
TechnoMage :cool: