Showing posts from July, 2013

Cloning HDD to SSD in ASUS S400CA and fixing windows 8 MBR

Its really a bad move from Asus that they didn't provide any recovery media or OEM windows 8 ISO to our purchased product. I wanted to speed up my laptop ( S400CA ) with SSD but due to the lack of recovery media above. Its a nightmare.

Long story short. Due to the reason above.

I have to clone my HDD(500GB)  to small size SSD ( 256GB)Normal cloning doesn't work as you will need sector by sector copy to avoid potential booting error. I'm using EaseUS todo Backup Free Edition which provide Partition to Partition copy with Sector alignment ( or sector by sector copy). P/S: I was surprise that this free edition is no way found in their main page but reachable by using google.  After cloning, in my case, I've hit into the mbr problem. To fix the mbr, I use the resolution in this link.
To be specific:
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /scanos
bootrec /rebuildbcd
Remember after you change to SSD, do not press F9 (recovery shortcut for asus) while booting. It will break the …

Google Hangout plugin is not installed due to windows updater error in windows 8

After upgrading my machine to SSD. I reset my windows and start everything from scratch.
I found out I haven't install "Google voice and video installer" and when I use the web-installer from

The download take me 2 sec ( 780+KB) but it take years to actually install the plugin. You just feel stagnant.
I tried all resolution including looking for offline package, I didn't install offline package because:

Version is old.Potential malware.

I occidentally found out that the Windows Update also having the same problem, using Wireshark didn't help but it did tell me there is no network activity when running updater. My instinct told me that they are related.

Lucky me, restart windows and run windows update again give me error below

code 80073718 - problem installing windows updates It turn out it is a problem with windows installer. The resolution is to reset the windows update component as mentioned in this blog. To be …