I have been helping a friend install Win 8 on an old computer. They seemed to be working well together and then he had problems. Instead of the BSOD he seemed to be stuck in the Sargasso Sea of Automatic Repair. His search has shown that others have been there. There is some evidence that it relates to Microsoft changing the boot up process.
I couldn't find a mention of it in the lounge. All thoughts would be welcome. I post his email to me.
>Well, I got sucked into installing the free upgrade to Media Player, which is currently free. This on the laptop. It would take while to
>explain what happened, but I happened upon a web site which describes EXACTLY my weird situation. The upgrade re-booted as they usually do, and failed to boot properly, followed by an endless loop of Windows Automatic Repair. From there the story here is almost exactly what happened:
>So the laptop is now completely bricked, sigh ... Safe mode no help. None of the tools in the Macrium rescue disk help: all end up back in
>the Automatic Repair cycle.