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I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 enterprise; before doing so I was using daemon to tools to mount the image of Windows 8. I did not do a clean install as I wanted all my data to transfer over. Everything was going through fine and then on the last step I kept getting the blue screen of death with error KMODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED (epfwwfpr.sys). After restarting and seeing if it will work the same thing happens. I then removed all peripheral devices including my wireless network card but only after a few restarts.

After a couple of automatic restarts I get into system recovery options, so I tried a startup repair, no joy. I then tried system restore and to my horror there is no restore points saved. I tried restarting and going into safe mode by pressing the F8 key but it pressing F8 makes no difference. So I got back into system recovery options and went into command prompt and tried the bcdedit method, restarted the computer it again tried to load windows 8 a couple of times and then went into Windows 7 system recovery options started loading drivers as if it was going into safe mode but no, it went back to system recovery options. I cannot access any form of windows to run any tests to see what drivers are causing issues.

I now have no idea what to do and I'm stuck in this constant loop. Please someone help me out.

asked Mar 20 '13 at 12:17

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edited Mar 20 '13 at 18:16

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looks like you are going to have to do a fresh install anyways...

answered Mar 20 '13 at 13:42

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this is what i was worried about, I dont have any of my data backed up, is there a way i can get hold of my data?

(Mar 21 '13 at 10:28) timmi18 timmi18's gravatar image

if you do not format your drive when you install, everything will be placed into a folder. This will be located at C:Windows.old and fill contain an exact replica of your previous file system but with out the ability to boot. You can then copy the files from here

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Asked: Mar 20 '13 at 12:17

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Last updated: Mar 22 '13 at 05:12