Previously I’ve advocated using software to clone and then replace OSes should they misbehave. Acronis claims its software can even do this across disparate hardware configurations. I’ll believe it when I see it.
In a thus far misguided attempt to replace my failing ASUS tablet, I purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e (found out later there are four different versions, I hope I got the right one…) from Woot at 60% off. It arrived yesterday and it’s been a waking nightmare ever since. I’ve been live tweeting my experience from @NickelCityPixel. It goes something like this:
WTF, how are these drivers that my tablet DOESN’T NEED suddenly missing from my UNCHANGED boot media, & why is it PROHIBITING INSTALL?
Step 24. Turns out missing SSD & warping cursor weren’t the result of BIOS settings; moved ext. HD to different USB. Orig. defective or underpwrd?
Step 25. Trying a sector by sector recovery of Acronis restore point.
Step 27. More darts to throw: “repairing” boot in CLI.
Step 28. Repairing from the command line didn’t work, “element not found.” Fresh install fail: “Setup was unable to create a new system partition.”
Love how after exhausting all possibilities
@Windows asks, “Are you sure you want to cancel Windows installation?”
Been at this for 2 days now, nearly 16 hrs.
“Are you sure you want to cancel Windows installation?” Well I’d love for you to create a partition, but since that’s not possible…
Steps 29 – 33. Tried most of the solutions here https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/7791044e-db7f-4144-a96c-945299811f58/bootmgr-not-found-bootrec-rebuildbcd-and-fixboot-give-element-not-found-error?forum=w7itproinstall … to no avail.
@Lenovo @Acronis @Windows @Woot
This has been a sinful waste of one of the few beautiful days we’re sure to get here in Buffalo. Taking one last shot at it; will restore the unbootable image. Then, while startup repair still recognizes the partition (it doesn’t after attempting the first failed repair attempt), I will attempt repairs from the CLI. If that doesn’t work I’ll have to restore the unbootable image (for the purposes of working around Windows’ inability to create a partition) and then install Win7. Then I’ll have to install, without exaggeration, about 40 drivers. If the drivers enable pressure sensitivity (the whole reason I purchased it) I’ll have to install about 40 programs by hand. Failing that, I don’t know. Return it? I’d assume at that point the hardware is defective. The box did arrive damaged (security tape was not intact).
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