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They finally did a Reset the Computer (after all of the other options 
such as System Restore etc. failed) and the laptop is working, just need 
to re-install Office and should be good to go.

On 6/14/2015 8:54 AM, Geoffrey Duke wrote:
> Some options that come to mind:
>
>   * Is the important class-related data only on the local system, or
>     can they get to it if they have another working device?
>   * Do they have access to another computer?
>   * Can you send them a temporary replacement via overnight courier?
>   * Is there a GeekSquad location nearby?
>   * If they can access another computer, would VDI be an option?
>
> I hope this works out for everyone,
>
> --Geoff
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Technology Discussion at UVM [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>> Behalf Of Helen Read
>> Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2015 12:59 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: Windows 8 Laptop in Automatic Repair Loop
>>
>> Ugh. Error claiming "not enough disk space to restore the computer".
>> Cannot even boot into Safe Mode (goes back to the Automatic Repair loop).
>>
>> On 6/12/2015 9:51 PM, Helen Read wrote:
>>> Answering my own question, sort of: Shift-F8 while powering on got
>>> them to some "Advanced Options" that include System Restore. Told them
>>> to give this a shot. Crossing fingers.
>>>
>>> On 6/12/2015 3:59 PM, Helen Read wrote:
>>>> I have a faculty member with a Windows 8 (possibly 8.1) laptop that
>>>> has gone into an Automatic Repair loop and will not boot into
>>>> Windows. Unfortunately the faculty member is out in LA and won't be
>>>> back for two weeks...and is teaching on online class.
>>>>
>>>> Any ideas that the faculty member might be able to do on their own? I
>>>> don't think the faculty member has a USB recovery drive with them
>>>> (and isn't going to be able to make one).
>>>>