If its bricked i'm guessing a fresh install of windows would solve your problem, or if you can get to the CMD from start-up and repair you may be able to run the chkdsk command to if you have any issues.
I tend to agree with you. But I cannot get to the recovery partition (F8 does nothing). Does Intel have a way to download a Windows 8.1 recovery disk?
If you did not by it bundled then probably not, you just need any win 8.1 cd to do this if you have another copy and boot it into recovery from there? or have you tried the resort point from f8 and safe mode?
Try to recover your compute stick doing the following steps.
a) Remove any additional SD card.
b) Plug the unit to the outlet using the power adapter
c) Use a wire keyboard
d) Turn the stick on and keep tapping F8. When you see the prompt “F8 to Activate Windows 8.1 Recovery Mode”. Follow the recovery steps.
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