View Full Version : Windows 8 restart loop with blue screen error

05-28-2012, 01:29 AM
Hi all,

I just downloaded Windows 8 today, everything was working fine until it downloaded the first set of updates. It restarted my computer to finish the install, but now right before windows finishes startup I get a blue screen which states "System_Thread_Exception_Not_Handled" and it has 1 second until it restarts. When it restarts, the same screen keeps coming on over and over. I've tried hitting F8 to at least get to the startup menu, but can't get that to come up either.

Any ideas on how to get out of this loop?

05-28-2012, 04:07 AM
Where did you get the original iso file (an approved site or a Torrent site)? How did you install it (Upgrade Install or Clean Install)? Did you burn the iso file to a DVD using a slow burn (4X max speed)?

I suspect your installation is corrupted and a reinstall is needed. The next beta, Win 8 RP, will be released on June 1st. This next beta will require a clean install anyway. I would definitely recommend a download from an approved site. Torrent sites are notorious for providing poor quality downloads and viruses.

05-28-2012, 04:09 AM
What happened between "downloaded" and "working fine"?

Did you download Win-8 from the Microsoft site and get the approved Registration Key?
Did you burn the ISO file to a DVD, using a slow burn speed? (4X Max is suggested)
Did you use the bootable DVD to boot up your system and install Win-8?
How/Where did you install Win-8 to your computer? (separate partition or separate hard drive?)

Sounds like you need to go back and do it all again. MS Updates should not bother a good install.
They would only bother an install that was not right, from the very start.

Good Luck,
TechnoMage :cool:

05-28-2012, 04:15 AM
Great minds think alike TM!

05-28-2012, 04:57 AM
Great minds think alike TM!

And we were typing at the same time. rofl You just hit the send button before I did.

But I'm still wondering, HOW was that install done? There is ONE Right way, and several wrong ways, as witness by all that problems being recounted on these forums.

I personally did a lot of reading on these Windows 8 forums, getting the full picture on the Proper way to do this TESTING, before I ever downloaded the first ISO file.

I've tested every version of Windows since Windows 3.0, but Windows 8 is a little bit different.:rolleyes:
However, I've ALWAYS done my testing on a SCRATCH disk,,,,never on my main hard drive. That is like playing Russian Roulette. Disaster is just one click away! :(

Testing Win-8 can also be done on a laptop, with just a little forethought.*

*On my own laptop, running Windows XP-Pro-SP3, I wanted to try Windows 8/CP/32, just to see how compatible it would be. Laptops can be awfully proprietary, as to drivers, etc.

So I devised a plan, to protect XP, and then proceeded to work the plan.
1. I used a partition manager program, from a bootable CD, to create a second partition on my one and only hard drive. (laptops generally have only one)
2. I then formatted the second partition as FAT-32, for the greatest access-ability.
3. Then I used my Ghost Backup program to back up my XP to the second partition, as a compressed Backup Image File.
4. Then I ran the "Check" routine on the backup file, to insure it is GOOD.
5. Then I installed Windows 8/CP/32 in the C: partition, letting the installer reformat that partition before the actual install.
6. The video resolution options, with the default Video drivers, are limited, but adequate, for TESTING.

The above scenario should not be attempted by anyone with minimal experience.

Also, you would need a good Partition Manager (on a bootable CD) that you're familiar with, and a good Backup program that you can run from a Bootable CD. (like Ghost or Acronis True Image, that can be run from a boot disk)

Good Luck! Happy Testing!
TM :cool:

05-28-2012, 07:39 AM
If my desktop were on the first floor instead of upstairs in the study (spare bedroom) I would probably use that for my test bed instead of dual booting on my laptop. It is just too inconvenient to the rest of the house, plus I would have to go up the stairs many times. I do not have any other options at this time so I'll just use the desktop for backups for now.

My dual boot seems to work well, but I have up to date Images of both OS's so when something bad does happen.

05-28-2012, 09:31 PM
Many thanks.

05-29-2012, 04:09 AM
Many thanks.

Well, you didn't answer a single one of our questions.
Did you do a RE-Install? Or What?

TM :cool:

05-29-2012, 11:23 PM
Well, you didn't answer a single one of our questions.
Did you do a RE-Install? Or What?

TM :cool:

Hi TM, thanks for getting back to me. Yes. I did a re-install as you said. Re-installing seems the best way to fix issue. Now everything is ok. :)

05-30-2012, 12:34 AM
It seems that many of the problems our members have experienced are due to a couple of problems:

First - Either a poor download from an unapproved site (Torrent) or not burning the iso file to DVD. Having a poor iso file to start with just makes very little sense. It will only create problems, either not completing the install, or not working properly.

Second - An improper installation (Upgrade versus Clean Install) First, this is a beta. It is for testing. Does not make sense to destroy one's working OS to install a TIME LIMITED beta OS. And next, upgrading a suspect OS with a new beta OS just brings whatever problems the original OS forward into the beta OS and compounds the problems even more because this beta OS is not finished and does have problems.

To fix these problems a Clean Install using a iso file downloaded from an Approved Site and burned to a DVD using a slow burn (4X max burn speed) should work most of the time.

Not that anyone will read this post anyway, but I had to write it anyway!

05-30-2012, 03:55 AM
After working these Windows 8 forums for many months now, I see one other problem:

Most of the people now testing Windows 8 have never tested an OS before and have no idea how to go about it in an orderly and informed manner.

In other words, 'they have no clue what they are doing'. Some have even wiped out their Licensed OS with Win-8 BETA, thinking that they are getting a new and FREE operating system. Wrong!

When Windows 8 finally shows up on dealers shelves, it will be a clean (factory) install with no other OS on the computer to mess around with Windows 8. It will come with all the correct drivers, factory installed.
Where the new Win-8 user is going to get instructions on how to use it, I can't say and I'm afraid to even speculate. Maybe stop by the local book store and pick up a copy of "Windows 8 for Dummies".:rolleyes:

Since most users of Win-8 BETA have created their own problems, the best advise is to go back to their Main OS and leave Win-8 testing to the experienced BETA Testers. Most people are not even doing what BETA TESTING is all about, and that is to find problems in the new OS and report them back to Microsoft, so they can fix them. Eh?

TechnoMage :cool: