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My Aspire V5-122P-61456G50NSS, model - MS2377, has been crashed all together (bought 2 weeks before) and currently I am unable to go back to store I bought from for repair or exchange. It was preloaded with Windows 8 and I upgraded to windows 8.1 3-4 days before crash.
The screen at startup shows message:
"Your PC needs to be repaired. Operating system could not be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors 'File:\Windows\system32\winload.efi
Error code: 0xc0000225.
Insert any recovery media."
Unfortunately I did not make any recovery media before the crash. While accessing the eRecovery on Acer store with my PC's serial no. it says nor RCD available for this.
I tried recovery by loading recovery manager (Left Alt + F10) as mentioned in Acer support articles, Various other advanced startup options (like holding shift key while turning on or pressing F8 key) returns nothing but above message only. However I am able to enter BIOS.
After doing research on above condition on various PC forums, now my questions:
1. Is there any other way to access the recovery partition (may be through BIOS?)?
2. I read that a 'Windows Recovery Drive' can be made on any PC running Windows 8 and could be used to repair another PC. Does anybody in Acer community have that (or a link to download the same from somewhere? as I'm unable to find anybody running windows 8 among my friends).
3. Now that the product key of windows is not mentioned on any stickers pasted below to PC's as before but it's embedded in to BIOS itself, if I try to fresh install or reinstall windows 8, will it ask for a product key (which I don't know, it being tied to BIOS or is there anyway to find it?). If I can fresh install like this, should the new windows version be win8 or 8.1? (and whichever it be, does anybody have a link to download that ISO without product key (key being already there in BIOS).
Your help will be most appreciated.