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  1. @MRFS: Thanks again. On the off topic, is there a way to remove a Windows update from the list? I know that I can uncheck it but it never goes away, and if I try to install it, it gives me an error, which I tried to solve but failed.
  2. @MRFS: Just from the curiosity, how do you pick out "stable updates"? PS. It's a shame that Microsoft can't come up with a reliable way to backup their OS.
  3. Thanks, MRFS again. I managed to find an old image for my drive C: so I got my system back. So after what I had to go through, I'm curious, what is the point of keeping Windows updates on? I don't really receive emails or do a lot of web browsing on that desktop anyway. They just mess things up. Also what software do you recommend to do local backups? System drive image + incremental file backups? I'm currently using Windows 8 File History on one external HDD. And also Backup And Restore from Windows 7 on another external HDD, but it seems like the second one will be phased out by Microsoft. Somehow the File History didn't want to run when Backup And Restore was on, so I had to set up File History first and then set up Backup And Restore. Only then they would run together.
  4. Thanks, MRFS. I do have Windows 8 recovery USB that I can boot up from, but when I try to either do system restore or use their new "Automatic Repair" my desktop simply freezes up indefinitely, and the only way to bring it back is to press and hold down the power button. Interestingly enough (I discovered it by accident) if I plug in this SSD into my old Windows 7 desktop, when Windows 7 boots up, the chkdsk utility pops up and does some checks on this SSD, saying that it needs fixing, or something of that nature. After that I can access files on this SSD drive from Windows 7, and they seem to be intact. But if I plug it back into my Windows 8 desktop, the story above repeats again... I'm not sure if they did away with chkdsk in Windows 8 or what, everything seems to look new and... doesn't work .... argh!
  5. Yes, it does prompt me for the bitlocker key, which I have. As for the backup I had Windows 8 new File History backup set up that was doing it to my external HDD.
  6. I have a Samsung SSD 830 Series drive installed as drive C: on my desktop, with Windows 8 on it. (I also have Windows 8 BitLocker encryption set up for the drive.) This morning I installed Windows updates, about a dozen of them. (Unfortunately I don't remember what was in the list.) The updates screen showed that updates failed. I decided to reboot and try again... When computer was booting, it got hung up on the boot screen. I booted up into recovery console and switched to drive C: and ran the dir command to see what files I show on it. As a result I got 0 files and the empty space of 114,491,392 bytes: The drive is a 256GB Samsung 830 Series SSD, that the OS, Windows 8 was installed on. It had about 56GB of free space left on it. Ding it! Does it mean all my files are gone? Why is it showing that I have no files on it? I haven't run any recovery tools on it yet. Are there any that may recover this drive? Anything specific for Samsung SSDs? (PS. It must be available to run from a bootable USB drive.)