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Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Question: Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

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Answer: Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

Answer:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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I have installed ubuntu14.04 alongside windows7 and now in the multi-boot menu I get 3 boot options for windows 7 in addition with a boot option for ubuntu. They are:
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)
Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda3)

I am not sure which one to boot into.
Here is some information of my partitions:

Code:
============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
in partition 112 for .

sda1: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD

sda2: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda3: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
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Answer:Multiple boot options for windows 7 in boot menu

Please post back screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos ... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
 

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I installed Windows 8.1 to try.
The problem is that it stopped working and gives me troubleshooting boot menu .
I have Windows xp on the machine too that's working fine.
So now every time I open my pc, I get the boot menu where it says Windows 8 can't start. What u want to do. Run troubleshooting or boot in earlier version
I go ahead and select earlier version.
I just want to remove this menu and remove the entire Windows 8. I just want to go directly to Windows xp

Answer:Dual boot system (Windows 8.1 and xp), how to edit boot menu from xp

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management. To do this from XP, press the Prnt Scrn button, open built-in Paint to paste the screenshot in, Save File, attach back here in reply box using paper clip icon. Screenshot with Paint

If XP is still System Active in Disk Mgmt, then normally you can just delete 8, remove the boot entry in msconfig>Boot, but we need to see the screenshot to be sure of no unexpected configurations.

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So i was playing Doom 3 and the game crashed so badly that i had to restart my computer (im running Vista 64bit by the way) and upon restarting it, it gets to the BIOS screen but after that it just goes black and nothing happens, i have tried the F8 thing but all that brings me to is this boot menu, but not advanced boot options, i have also tried pressing F8 or F5 after i selected hard disk from that boot menu, still nothing happens. So i cant access "restore to last good system configuration" because F8 doesnt take me to the right menu to do so. Also i dont have a vista install disk so am i SOL and have to just get another disk or upgrade to windows 7? or is there some other way to do this? Any help is appreciated!

Answer:Cant boot past BIOS screen, no Advanced boot options menu

Let's first see if this is a hardware problem. Try these free, bootable diagnostics:

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H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
http://www.carrona.org/memdiag.html (read the details at the link)
http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html (read the details at the link)

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On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu.

I tried running Refresh just now on my deskstop but it didn't reinstall these Options. I still don't have the Recovery folder in C: on Win8 although it is there on Win7.

Can someone give me the way to link these to F8 hotkey? It's obviously not being used now.

Answer:Lost my F8 Advanced Boot & System Recovery Options on Dual Boot

Hello Greg,

Do you have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup? If not, then you will see the boot screens that Windows 7 uses instead of the new Windows 8 ones.
You might see if you could use a different option to boot to the Startup Options Menu to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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HI Guys, I am having a serious problem here and Lenovo Support has been bouncing me around between Hardware and Software Support.. They are extremely uneducated and I miss Dell Support.  They are not educated about their own product and it saddens me. Here is my problem and there should be a simple soulution. Please help. 1) I have a IdeaPad U 430 Touch laptop. It came pre installed with Windows 8 Home. Unfortunately Windows 8 Home did not work with any of my Business Applications.. 2) I completey wiped my Hard Drive using Government Software to write 1 and 0's..  I installed Winows 7 Ultimate successfully by booting off of my External USB DVD Drive.   3) After sucessfully installing WIndows 7 Ultimate I upgraded my Bios to the latest version.  4) I am able to see my DVD Drive in WIndows 7 at the Operating System Level. 5) This is the problem I can see the External USB DVD DRIVE in Windows 7 Operating System Level.  Its in Windows Explorer..  However I am unable to Boot off the DVD Drive. When I reboot the latop and press F12 the External USB DVD Drive is not listed there.  This is the Same External USB DVD Drive I used to wipe the Hard Drive Clean and install Windows 7 successfully.. My Bios is set to Legacy.. 6) Please Help.. Someone

Answer:DVD Drive not being able to boot off of. Not seen in Boot Menu options in Bios.

hi Agent0
 
Thanks for Posting!
 
Upgrading the BIOS might set off something.
 
Check under Exit TAB and see if you have OS optimized or OS optimal Settings.
      Change it to other OS or Disable.
      Save and Exit
Boot into BIOS again.
      Check Boot Tab if you have now a Boot mode and Boot Priority.
       Set those to Legacy / Legacy first.
 
Look for Secureboot and disable it.
      Save and Exit and try the F12 and see if you can have the ODD drive as an option again.
 
Regards
Solid Cruver





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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525, 320 GB HD with about 2 GB of free space left, 4 MB memory, running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit, SP1, updates current. Just lately, booting from off, Windows will not load, but instead gives me a \Boot\BCD error (0xc00000f)--an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I have repaired this error with my Dell-supplied OS disc repeatedly, and each time I turn off the computer it has the same error at startup. I have read that I may have to rebuild the BCD, but I don't know how to do that. Before I check with Dell, who I suspect will just tell me to reload Windows, I need to know how approach fixing my boot configuration data. The computer has had no new software installations, just routine Windows and Trend Micro Internet Security updates, I checked the disc for errors, and a few files were missing or incorrect, and defragmentation has also been performed routinely. Dell PC checkup finds no issues. How should I proceed?

Answer:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure: http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/b...agnostics.html

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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Hi, I am running Vista 64 on a 500gig HD and Windows 7 on a 1 terra HD, but I now made the plunge and got a nice SSD and have installed Windows 7 on that!

So now after bios, I get to select Windows 7 on the SSD, Windows 7 on the 1terr, and Vista 64 on the 500gig. I want to remove the option to select W7 on the 500gig as I will never be using that again, so what is the best way to do it?

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Dual Boot, how do I remove excess boot OS options?

Start - type msconfig (and press Enter)

Click the Boot tab, highlight the line(s) for the installations you're no longer using (or don't exist) and delete them. Just BE SURE which one is which so you don't end up leaving yourself with your primary installation unbootable...

These instructions might be a bit different for Vista if that's your primary OS, I don't know. I don't run Vista but I just pulled up that sequence using Windows 7.
 

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Don't see a section that really fits this issue so I just posted in my best guess.

I got this new computer and at some point I went into the boot option to try and install my PC to it's factory settings but when I opened up the boot option it showed something like this but not exactly:

1. MC43689SGDAL7
2. MATSHITADVD-RAM

This is very random and unusual and I have found no fix and as you should know it should look something like this:

1. CD/DVD Drive
2. USB
3. Hard Drive
4. something else

Even in my Bios menu it shows the same thing and I cannot change it so I can't boot from a USB or CD, etc.

Does anyone know of a fix or an Idea on how I can fix this? Bios updating does nothing, new Hard Drive does nothing obviously, I don't really know any other options.

Answer:Wrong Boot Options in Boot Menu

Hello Zyromkiru .

Please include your motherboard related information in the system specs ... It would be easier to understand the situation.

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I have a Dell laptop running Windows XP Home. Everytime I boot the Advanced boot options menu comes up. Have tried everything on the menu including Last Known Good Configuration. How does one stop this from happening and go back to a normal boot screen?

Thanks
 

Answer:Advanced boot options menu comes up at every boot

Is it the full Advanced Options menu with all 11-12 items, or the short one that also says Windows Failed to start?

If it's the full menu, my first guess would be that the F8 key is stuck.
 

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Hi guys,I've just done a fresh install of XP Pro to try and get rid of this problem but it still exists. I deleted all partitions and did a fresh install, yet every time I boot my pc I am faced with the black screen asking me if I want to start windows normally (I only have the one o/s installation), boot in safe mode, last best configuration etc....and it's driving me nuts! I've scoured the web using Google seeing how to turn this thing off yet I can't.

Answer:PC always boot to Advanced Boot Options menu

how do you turn off your computer is it by the start menu or do you just turn off the ups.if you are just turning off the ups thats why this happends.or it might be some problem with your hardware or windows installation(curropt files)

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I have XP (x86) installed on one partition.

Last night I installed Windows 7 (x64) on a separate partition.

Anytime I had tried this in the past, using Vista, it always detected the Windows XP partition, and gave me a boot menu with "Earlier Version of Windows" option to boot to.

This is not so with Windows 7.

How can I get the boot menu to show both options, to boot to XP or to Win7?

Thank you

Answer:boot menu doesn't show up - XP and Win7 dual boot

Try this tutorial.

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Hey there,

Had W7 beta on my notebook as a dual boot (its was on the second partition). Im now selling the notebook so have wiped the partition with W7 leaving XP Home on it. The only problem is the dual boot loader / manager still pops up everytime the PC boots up.

How do I remove this?

I've googled and tried Disk Manager, Advanced options, MSCONFIG to set boot.ini etc but it doesnt seem to work.

Any advice appreciated thanks

Rik
 

Answer:Had Win7 as dual boot on XP system - how do I remove boot menu?

You could run recovery from an XP disc and in the dos prompt use:

fixmbr (that should remove the Vista/Windows 7 boot loader)
bootcfg /rebuild

more about bootcfg here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980
 

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I've been dual booting both 7 and 8x for years, and both have been reinstalled as upgrade in-place repairs, and as far as 8 is, concerned, upgraded several times.

I have always preferred the text mode, legacy boot menus, not least because they do not warm reboot when an OS which is not windows 8x is chosen.

Now I am not sure whether 7 or 8x software runs the boot menu.

How can I tell which is my bootmanager?

Answer:Dual boot 7 & 8 how to tell which owns text mode Boot Menu

It will generally be whichever OS was installed first, which is why when setting up multi-boot scenarios it's best practice to start with the newest OS first and then work backwards.

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Guys..!!! i was trying installing xp sp3 in xp..!!! got a fatal error (Boot Manager not found) which left me a dual boot menu, ie

"Which os u want to run
Xp professional
Xp professional setup "

now i installed win 7, thnx to a software named "EASYBCD" got rid of XP but still it shows dual boot..!!

now

Windows7
Xp professional Setup

how to get ride of this setup frm boot
can any1 help me...????

i havn't isntalled the os in different drives..!! everthing was i C drive
eventhought i deleted the windows.old folder..!! which contained the xp files.

How to get rid of this Xp professional setup frm the boot guys..??

Answer:Dual Boot ( Xp professional Setup with Win7 ) in boot menu

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool ni STart Menu.

Do you remember which partition you tried to install XP upon? Normally you would just delete that partition in Disk Management, providing it is not already System Active. So let us see the Disk Mgmt screenshot, and tell us what is on each partition.

EasyBCD does not get rid of the partial XP install you have on there, just the boot listing. You still need to find and delete it from where it was installed.

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I managed to mess up my Windows 8.1 factory install almost as soon as I unboxed my Y50-70 with a couple of boneheaded moves. I was able to restore Windows from a downloaded USB image from Microsoft and the BIOS Windows key on the laptop. So far so good. The boot is on /dev/dsa1 as fat32. I have a suspicion that the system when installed was in a different location from the factory. The reason for my suspicion is the following. When trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as a dual boot, Ubuntu cannot see the Windows OS. I have tried shrinking the Windows partition using the windows partition utility. I have also changed the unallocated space from shrinking to ext4 using GParted. Do I need to change the Windows boot location or change the BIOS boot type to get Ubuntu to see it should install alonside Windows?

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I have a curious situation. I replaced the hard disk in the above named Thinkpad with and Intel 530 SSD (250 MB). The OS is a fully patched Windows 7 Pro. Just for the record, to ensure full details are revealed: The new disk was, as recommended on the Lenovo site, activated as a GPT disk, the original was MBR. The BIOS option is Legacy boot (MBR) or UEFI (no MBR) or both. If I selected the UEFI only, I could not boot to or install the OS from the recovery disks. If I selected both, with legacy first or UEFI first, the recovery DVD's would boot and the inbstall would proceed without issue. This si where the trouble starts: Upon completion of the install, a number of anomalies appear. Regardless of the legacy/UEFI setting on the BIOS, if I warm boot, the options menu appears (tabbed with boot options and application options). I have no way out of this as another warm boot just returns me to that menu. If I cold boot, the proper boot sequence occurs and Windows loads properly, but only if the BIOS is set to BOTH for Legacy/UEFI. If it is set to either Legacy only or UEFI only on a cold boot, I get the option menu with the boot/applications tabs but the applications tab now includes the BIOS menu. If I cold boot with both Legacy and UEFI enabled, it boots to Windows and disk manager reveals that the disk is GPT but it appears to have an MBR. My conclusion is that the BIOS is confused because the disk is in some sort of amorphous MBR AND GPT state or something. I am concerned abo... Read more

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Greetings!

Is it possible to setup a dual boot with an installed Ubuntu and installed Windows and have options to boot from ISOs that are stored on the harddisk? Something like this would make a great setup for a diagnostics machine
 

Answer:Possible to do dual boot to installed OS + have options for ISO boot?

Closest thing I can think of is booting from vhd.
 

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Hey Guys,

So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but:

Previous Computer Setup:
I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.)

Drive C: --------> Vista (Now Windows 7)
Drive D: --------> Windows XP

Problem:
After upgrading my Vista to Windows 7 (Via clean install) I lost my boot menu to choose XP. Now everytime I flip the power it boots DIRECTLY into Windows 7.

How do I recover my boot screen option so I can boot back into XP when I need to?

Thanks.

--Asif

Answer:Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)

Hello Asif,

You can pick up at step 7 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below inside Vista to add XP back to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I am aiming to install latest version of Ubuntu (v13?) alongside the original Win XP Home OS on the C drive of my ageing desktop computer - mainly to see how Ubuntu/Linux works as I have no experience of this OS.
I want to make sure I know EXACTLY what to do, and have looked at various step by step guides and how-to videos. But I would welcome advice on a specific point - with apologies to those who think the answer is too obvious to need explaining!
The main steps are clear:
1) download Ubuntu and burn .iso to a disk or USB stick
2) back up, defrag, and chkdisk your existing C drive
3) partition the C drive to create a separate space for Ubuntu - either by using third party software like EaseUS or GParted, or when prompted during Ubuntu installation
4) amend boot menu to boot from CDROM or USB stick (whatever the Ubuntu .iso is on) rather than the hard drive.
5) put Ubuntu .iso disk into CDROM drive (or USB into slot) and restart
6) follow steps for Ubuntu install
..... and if it all works, Ubuntu installs on to the "new" partition, then when you restart every time thereafter, a "dual boot" menu (is this the so-called GRUB menu from Ubuntu?) comes up showing the two OSs and giving the option to choose which to boot from.
7) remove .iso disk from CDROM drive (or unplug USB) and away you go.
All seems fine in theory. But being logical, one thing bothers me. At step (4), before loading and installing Ubuntu, I will have changed the boot order in the boot men... Read more

Answer:Dual boot Win XP and Ubuntu - setting the boot menu?

OK, there's a few misconceptions here to clarify.
Starting with the boot order.
You set the boot order in your computer BIOS, telling it to first boot from your CD/DVD drive (or USB). Once this is done, the BIOS will look for whatever you've selected first, but if it doesn't find a CD/DVD in the drive, it will look at whatever you have set next - say your hard drive for example. It wouldn't matter in that scenario if you never changed the boot order back, as it will check for each device in turn according to whatever you've set. Normally there are a minimum of three options for the boot order, so you could set as follows: CD/DVD, hard drive, USB. Note, not all BIOS's will have the option to boot from a USB stick. Older ones probably won't.
Having said all that, it doesn't matter which operating system you have installed, the BIOS is ALWAYS available at boot-up PRIOR to the operating system loading. You need to look at your first boot screen to find which key to access it, but it's often Delete.
When you install Ubuntu (or any other mainstream Linux distribution), it will set up a dual boot option for you. GRUB (Grand Unified Bootloader), is the piece of software that takes care of that for you. It will overwrite your hard drives MBR. That's not a problem in itself, but just be aware, if you later remove Ubuntu, you won't get back into XP, without using your XP disc to write a new MBR. This is because the GRUB files reside in Ubuntu.
Two further things I should mention.
You do... Read more

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HIYAS
I have installed Win10 on secondary partition while keeping Windows 8.1 as primary. Everything went fine, after few reboots Win 10 was ready to use. After setting up things I rebooted, In boot manager I have two entries
- Windows 10 as default
- Windows 8.1
I choose more choices, change booting default and select Windows 8.1, then back to boot menu. Windows 8.1 take first place, I select it and boot. After closing Windows 8.1 session I reboot and await the boot menu but ooooooooops, there's none . Something had to go wrong. I used Paragon HDM advanced recovery CD to autorepair boot issues but apparently without any effect, boot menu missing. Now I don't know how to selectively boot to Windows 10.
Thanks for any advice how to restore my Windows boot menu (with Windows 8.1 as default).

Answer:No boot menu on dual boot WIn8.1↔10

Are you booting into 8.1 without any problem?

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I have installed Blue 8.1 on a separate drive in my system along side 8.0. When I restart the 8.0 boots unless I manually select the 8.1 drive in bios. How can I alter the Boot menu to add the option to boot from either OS?

Answer:Add Boot menu at start for Blue dual boot.

Try EasyBCD work with Windows 8.

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

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I followed this tutorial to add Macrium to another HDD on one of my PCs and it worked fine:
FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD

But when I tried to do the same thing to two other PCs they would not boot to the Macrium partition. No error messages just a cursor on a black screen. The only difference that I noted is when I copied the contents of my Macrium Rescue USB to the Macrium partition on the machine that was able to boot I received a UAC notification that I needed admin privileges to copy several of the files. On the two machines that would not boot from the Macrium partition there was no such notification. Could this be a clue to what's going wrong?

I've tried repeating the steps several times, creating a 512 MB partition at the end of the drive, formatting it FAT32, setting it as Active, and then copying the files from the Macrium USB Rescue drive (for the appropriate PS), and even created a fresh rescue ISO, and checked to be sure that all of the files are present but none of these helped. I've run out of things to check and I'm baffled that the Macrium partition boots on only one of the three PCs. I could really use some help solving this. Thanks

UPDATE: I stepped back through the steps and this time created a New Simple Volume and did not set it as active until after I copied the Macrium Rescue files to the new partition. Then everything worked. I discovered this when I looked at this video:
How to dual boot Windows... Read more

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Just built a new PC and I've noticed that sometimes I will turn on the PC from cold boot and the boot time will be so fast that I won't even see the "login screen" and the desktop will just pop up.

Other times it seems to take a long time on the login screen alone.

I don't have pending updates or anything, but it seems odd that the boot times vary without installing new software/peripherals.

Is this normal behavior?

Booting on an ssd of course.

x99-a
5930k
win 10 pro

Appreciate any opinions.
 

Answer:Boot times different on every cold boot/restart. Windows 10

It's possible that it's performing a full boot sometimes and a "hiberboot" on others.

http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4189-fast-startup-turn-off-windows-10-a.html

Not sure what would cause that or how to fix it.
 

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I have a PC with XP and Vista on it. I had some issues had to restore my XP and vista had to get reloaded cause i had them both on the same HD. Well I decided to put vista on my 2nd HD. After doing that my boot menu says

XP
Vista
Vista

The third option - second Vista doesn't work its trying to access my first vista install. So basically how do I change this in the boot file?

Answer:Dual Boot - Correct Boot Menu

Hello, ukbsktbll .

EasyBCD will do the trick, HERE .


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Originally Posted by NeoSmart Technologies


EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies' multiple award-winning answer to tweaking the new Windows Vista bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is possible. Setting up and configuring Windows boot entries is simple, and there is no easier way to quickly boot right into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader - on the fly, no expert knowledge needed!

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Hi,

Last night I decided to reinstall XP and 7, Installed XP first and then installed 7, On separate partitions.

XP on E:
7 on C:

I have downloaded and used EasyBCD before but only in XP to create the menu, As I can only get into 7 no, I have to do it in their.

I have done the same steps as I have done in XP which is:

1. Add New Entry > Unticked the box for Automatically selecting drive and changed Type to XP
2. Added the entry
3. Go to Bootloader Setup
4. Selected Install BCD on partition C:
5. Restarted PC

Then i get an error so I have to use my 7 disk and repair the start up.

When I view the setting here is what I see:
As you can see it says the XP is still drive C: when its not and I have changed it.

What is it I am doing wrong?

I went to another forum and they said either I reformat my partitions to install XP on C: and 7 else where, I cannot dual boot these. I don't really want to format at this stage

Answer:Creating boot menu for dual boot

Hello, try this:

Boot your PC using the Windows 7 DVD.
Verify that your Language and Region Settings are correct.
Next on the setup screen, click the 'Repair your Computer' option.
The repair process will then scan and detect all valid Windows installations and update the BCD store located in the 100MB 'System,Reserved' partition.

Regards,
George

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Hello,
I partitioned my hard drive and installed a second copy of my Windows 8.1

I like to experiment with registry settings, tweaks, etc so I use the second installation as a guiney pig, leaving my primary copy untouched.

My question is how to I get the second copy listed on the graphical Boot Options Menu? Right now, I have to press [ESC] on reboot to select it in BIOS settings.

Thanks
JustDave

Answer:Windows 8.1 Boot Options Menu

Some good information here: Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

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So, i recently formatted the pc, Im getting this weird error from windows boot every time i do a cold boot (meaning turning the pc on), if I just reset the pc i dont get the error.
Is weird because previous to this error, before formatting, i was getting a different boot error also only on cold boot.

Is not a huge headache, i just have to reset the pc every time i do a cold boot, but is an annoyance.

Any ideas?
The error message:

Answer:windows boot error only in cold boot

have to put in your disk and run startup repair/repair like it says?? chances are theres just a file or 2 missing thats causing this.

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I'm having a problem with booting my laptop - but only when cold-booting.

Never heard about this problem before. I can reboot just fine, and if i acces the BIOS and just go straight on exiting, not changing anything - it too boots windows normally without any hitches.

How is booting different from cold-boot to rebooting or through BIOS? I've been toying around with EFI boots, but everything [should be] reverted and i used my windows disc to repair the boot sequence. After the BIOS splash it just lingers and the "starting windows" gui doesnt appear.

Edit and edit2: I've now tried for a couple of times to let it sit, and it does boot up after about 4 minutes consistently. It goes like this:
I press power on. After,
3 seconds the BIOS splash comes on.
7 seconds the screen goes black.
4 min 0 seconds the screen turns off, then immediately turns on again with a black screen.
4 min 3 seconds the BIOS splash reappears.
4 min 7 seconds the "windows starting" gui comes on.
4 min 25 secs windows is booted up and responsive.

So the Black screen is consistently just about 3 minutes and 53 seconds. All BIOS settings are properly set to boot from HDD. No external HDDs or FDDs connected. Even removed the excess drive letter assignments in windows to be safe.
Satas in AHCI for the OS-SSD (and a spindle for storage). Booting from spindle drive is disabled in BIOS.

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Answer:Interesting boot problem... Cold-boot vs hot-boot

Give us some info about the computer and which operating system.
 

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No more F8?

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/22/designing-for-pcs-that-boot-faster-than-ever-before.aspx

Hope this works out okay, I'm sure they are testing it like crazy.
James

Answer:Windows 8 Boot Menu and Repair Options

Hopefully it does. 7 seconds seems like a very fast boot time indeed. I think the idea is a good one, and the idea of combining all the repair options and menus into one big menu sounds more efficient to me.

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My computer has Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on an SSD. It's that free Windows 8DL MS offered before Windows 8 was released. My son did the 8.1 upgrade. This is the boot drive.

The second OS is Windows 7 Ult. x64 on an HHD.

Until last week, the SSD had Windows 7, and 8 was on the HDD. The SSD is the primary boot drive, and the default OS.

RIGHT before I did the swap, The boot menu came up in GUI, thought it was nicer than the text one.

The boot drive followed Windows 8. [Was the HDD, now the SSD]

After the swap, I'm back to a text based menu.

After a search without results, I sent a message to Brink who very quickly pointed me to the link I wanted. [This one: Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 ]

I was so happy to see that in the first picture of the command prompt, my "default" and my "identifier" was the same as in the picture, but the "description" was different. My logic told me that the desc was not as important, so I did a copy/paste of the command from Brink's post to turn on the GUI, and rebooted to find a text based boot manager.

Answer:Dual drive, dual OS Boot, not GUI boot menu.

bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)

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I have a Lenovo y500 with Windows 8 installed on its stock 1TB hard drive. I am getting an 128gb mSATA drive later this week and plan to install windows 7 on it and use it as my primary OS.

My plan:
1. Restore the laptop to factory settings (Windows 8 installed on the 1TB drive)
2. Disconnect the 1TB drive and attach the new mSATA SSD only.
3. Install Windows 7 on the mSATA SSD.
4. Reconnect original 1TB drive with windows 8 and then use BIOS boot menu to choose which disk to boot from. (new SSD for Win 7, old 1TB drive for Win8)

This seems to be the easiest way to set up dual booting without messing around with the MBR. I dont mind switching boot drives in the BIOS when I need to.

My question is: With this setup, can I create a separate partition on the original 1 TB drive and use it for storage / program installations for both Windows 7 and Windows 8?

Answer:Windows 7 and 8 dual boot and storage options

It would look like this:
128gb SSD = Win 7 boot drive
1TB HDD = 128gb Win 8 partition, ~800gb partition with separate folders for Windows 7 and Windows 8 programs and general storage.

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Hi, I was experimenting with a dual boot with Win 7 and Ubuntu - the latter has now been removed from my system and the partition deleted but I still get the dual boot menu. Anyone able to advise me how to stop it doing this?

Answer:Dual Boot Boot Menu

  
Quote: Originally Posted by blue sabre


Hi, I was experimenting with a dual boot with Win 7 and Ubuntu - the latter has now been removed from my system and the partition deleted but I still get the dual boot menu. Anyone able to advise me how to stop it doing this?


Hello blue sabre, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can restore the Windows 7 bootmgr here: MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Here is another link for you to look at: Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7

Let us know if you have any questions?

Cheers!
Robert

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Ladies and Gentlemen
I am in a new arena and need some help. I have been in the INI and BCD Arena but not the EFI MBR.
I decided to go with a new motherboard and AMD RYZEN CPU. I set up the new system and moved my hard drives with Windows 10 Pro 64 bit and Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit. The system booted up and the courser jumped several places on the monitor as it booted. No boot menu appeared but the system booted up to Windows 10 (default Boot) no problems. After the system was stable new drivers etc. I began to search for a way to get the boot menu to work. Since the boot menu was not appearing, I decided to let the Windows 8 disk repair the boot setup. No luck with start up repair. I then decided to refresh the drive, no luck (Drive Locked). Next I decided to install Windows 8 on the same partition.
When I started the install for 8, I got the message Windows cannot be installed to this Disc. The selected disk has an MBR partition table on EFI system, Windows can only be installed to GPT Disk.
Not knowing what to look for, I decided to post this on web.
Any Help, Suggestion we be appreciated.

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When I first installed the Win 10 Preview, it set up a dual boot (actually triple boot, 3 OS's - Win 7, Win 8.1 and Win 10). One of the Win 10 updates corrupted it. I've tried to fix it by booting with all 3 OS install discs and running "bootrec.exe".

Bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd returns "Total identified windows installations 0"
Bootrec.exe/scanos lists all 3 OS'

Originally, I had a dual boot with Win 7/Win 8.1 until I installed the Win 10 Preview.

I no longer get boot options. On a power on or restart it will either boot directly to Win 10 Preview or to Win 7. I have to enter the BIOS and select which OS I want.

Jack

Answer:Windows 10 update corrupted dual boot options

I had the same thing once.
Try holding Shift then press Restart, on the blue screen choose 'Change Defaults', the 'Timeout' entry might be 0
Change it back to 30 seconds or whatever.

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop, with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS. I recently reformatted my C:/ drive, and all seemed to be working just fine until I installed an icon package, which required me to reboot the computer. Since then, my laptop has not been able to get past the Advanced boot options screen (i.e. the Dell logo showing along with the "F2 Setup F12 Boot Options menu", and later it goes into the white blinking screen (like when you're typing), and the screen goes black after awhile, restarting again to the advanced boot options menu. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows 7 startup does not get past Advanced Boot Options menu

Boot into the Win7 installer or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair a few times. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

It should offer to System Restore but if not run it manually from the System Recovery Options to get back before the crap you installed which ruined your Win7.

If this fails then you may need to run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore from it's partition, or get a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps and methods and using only the tools to maintain a perfect reinstall.

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Hi. I have a Lenovo P50 that after doing recent Windows 10 updates, it now is not booting properly. When it boots, it brings me to a boot menu that is completely empty. It does not detect the hard drives, any external usb/hard drives, external DVD, etc. from the boot menu. If I run a diagnostics, that detects the drives for example, and all results come back fine.  If I try to go in to the BIOS and edit anything in the boot order, that too shows nothing. Also, the network boot option shows nothing.  I cannot figure out why there are no boot options appearing and why I also cannot even boot of a USB if I wanted to. 

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop, with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS. I recently reformatted my C:/ drive, and all seemed to be working just fine until I installed an icon package, which required me to reboot the computer. Since then, my laptop has not been able to get past the Advanced boot options screen (i.e. the Dell logo showing along with the "F2 Setup F12 Boot Options menu", and later it goes into the white blinking screen (like when you're typing), and the screen goes black after awhile, restarting again to the advanced boot options menu. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows 7 startup does not get past Advanced Boot Options menu

You have already posted this. I would suggest one thread for one problem.
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ions-menu.html

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Hello,

I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

Answer:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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Hi,

trying to start W7 after killing TDSS (similar to post with same topic), i am getting this message just before login screen (animation of w7 logo start) and than BSOD hit with message below:

-----------------------------------

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent to your compter.

If this is first time you've seen this step Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps.

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Rub CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (x80786B58,0xC000000D, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

------------------------------------

had a fight on three laptops, and crash my new with w7 which really disappoint me big. well, last two days reading posts from microsoft, bcomputer etc. about this problem and frankly i am not sure what to do?

talking about problem on this machine: notebook lenovo g560 (0679), w7 home premium, 1 hdd, 1 dvd/cd

unfortunately didnot made recovery image i know it'll save my time and as my second lenovo this situation frustrating me because i think virus migrate from oldest laptop through 2nd lenovo to this new one, from xp through vista till w7! - anyway, following instructions on various posts i tried:

1.
startup repair

2.
system restore

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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot after using TDSS Killer - NEW (tried all options: repair, boot, chkdsk)

Hi,

I'm going to assist you with your problem.

Do you have a Windows 7 x64 bit or x86 bit system?

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I used to have a W7 system in IDE, MBR and since I had to reinstall everything from sratch, I decided to set my drives to AHCI, UEFI/GPT. After install, I checked the BIOS settings and saw that in my Boot Options I had the "Windows Boot Manager" set as #1, my SSD set as #2 and DVD drive as #3.
 
When I change the boot priority and set my SSD as #1, my computer won't boot and asks for a bootable device although the system is install on my SSD. I don't have a multiboot system, there's only W7 present so why do I have a "Windows Boot Manager" in my BIOS? I thought it was only for multi boot systems so I don't get why it's showing up here.
 
When I go to msconfig, startup, there's only one system displayed (W7).
 
Since I'm new to AHCI/GPT, I don't know what's normal and what's not. If it's not normal, how come I got this Windows Boot Manager in my BIOS? Maybe the old MBR wasn't erased even though I ran a secure Erase on my SSD?

Answer:Single OS and Windows boot manager showing up in BIOS Boot options?

Windows Boot Manager is standard on a UEFI/GPT disk. 
 
See this post for an explanation.
 
A more detailed explanation is here under the UEFI boot manager

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I currently have Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows 7 RC1 x64 running in a dual boot setup. Each OS is installed on a separate disk drive. If I preorder Windows 7 Professional upgrade ($99) will I be able to do a clean install on a partition of my choice or will it force me to clean install over my existing Vista Ultimate partition ?? I understand that I cant do an upgrade in place from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional. My question is will the preorder Windows 7 upgrade force to me "kill" my Vista Ultimate partition ?

Answer:Windows 7 preorder upgrade dual boot install options

you can clean install using the upgrade disc. If you're careful you shouldn't kill your Vista installation.

Same method as:
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista - Vista Forums

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Yesterday Windows Explorer began to stop responding fairly frequently, but would restart itself without issue and continue to run fine. Today, Windows now freezes completely every 45ish minutes - usually a random program stops responding followed by everything, the mouse gets stuck, CTRL+ALT+DELETE does nothing, and it stays frozen this way. I've had one BSOD happen right after this occurs (I couldn't get the error code with auto-reboot but I just turned that off). The most recent freeze I got a "The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed" message, and Windows just stayed frozen that way with nothing responding.

Upon hitting Restart button on my case or following the BSOD auto-reboot, my OS drive (a Crucial M4) it isn't detected in the BIOS, leading to a "Disk Boot Failure" message. Oddly, if I do a cold boot from this point and power back on, the Crucial M4 is detected and Windows starts normally. I can also boot normally after shutting down and restarting from within Windows. But no matter what, around 45 minutes later Windows then freezes again in the exact same way, repeating the cycle. I'm totally at a loss, please help!
System Specs:
Core i5 2500k @ 3.3 ghz
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Windows 7 64 Bit SP 1
8 GB Ram
Crucial M4 64GB, Firmware 0001 (OS drive)
Seagate 1TB (for storage)

Answer:Random Freezing/BSOD, Boot Disk Failure, OK Cold Boot then Repeat

Hi.

There are no .dmp files in the attachment. Please check this thread: Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSODand configure for Small Memory Dumps.

In addition, please go through this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...exe-7f1c0.html

Let us know if the troubleshooting steps mentioned help resolve your problem.

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I have two operating systems on this computer. There is a screen at boot-up that allows me to choose which os i want to use. Right now it's set to show this screen for 30 seconds... how do i change that?
 

Answer:Solved: Windows XP/Dual Boot Menu

Click Start , Run and type msconfig and press enter. Click BOOT.INI and change the timeout setting to watever No of seconds you want
 

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So I've got that annoying "Select which Windows to Boot" screen coming up when I boot my computer now. The one that lets you select from multiple versions of Windows. Only thing is I only have one Windows installation. I can't figure out how the heck to remove the other one. Anyone got any suggestions/solutions?

-zac

Edit: nm I figured it out. Heh. msconfig -> boot.ini

-zac
 

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Starting this thread per suggestion of Admin. Will cut and paste from another alternate thread:

I have a dual boot system, a desktop PC I built myself. 3 ea 1TB hard drives and Windows XP Pro resides on the drive 0 as C:\ logical partition of drive 0 has D:\ as well as F:\ F: is the partition that has my Windows 8.1 PRO installation, that, until recently, has worked great. I could dual boot between either 8.1 PRO or the "earlier operating system" which was XP PRO. I have some software and setups on XP that are/can only be used in xp. Some aren't even available anymore.

The other day I turn on my monitor and Windows 8.1 was "hung" so I tried to push 'sleep' on my keyboard and then bring it out of sleep to see if that would bring back the video. No luck, so I shut it down and restarted. Ever since I get the boot menu that lists 8.1 and "earlier operating system (XP)" and I can boot right into XP with no issues. It is when I try to boot into 8.1 pro that I have the problems. It simply won't go/boot into the 8.1. I see the partition in my XP OS it's there and seems intact. (logical drive) and there are many programs I have installed in it including Classic Shell.

I have my Windows 8.1 pro DVD. Is there any way possible I can use it to do a repair/install and keep the registry and installed files on my 8.1 PRO operating system?

Again, I cannot boot into the Windows 8.1 PRO OS . All boot drivers app... Read more

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I'm new here and have searched the web but can't seem to find similar symptoms.
I've noticed after performing various updates (either to whatever programs or Windows itself - any ones that require a re-start) that when I re-start my laptop and when the Alienware logo appears, booting basically freezes. I'm only having issues when I restart...even when there are no pending updates to anything. 
I tested today and booting actually continues on its own, but VERY slowly.  If I get stuck at this screen and I press my power button, the laptop immediately turns off.  Pressing the power button again boots the machine (to what I consider) normally.  It basically whizzes by the Alienware logo screen and into Windows without issue.  If I fully shutdown, then use the power button to boot up, everything goes normally too.  Re-starting (anytime) is when my issue occurs.
My system:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 ProVersion 10.0.10586 Build 10586OS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Manufacturer AlienwareSystem Model Alienware 17System Type x64-based PCSystem SKU Alienware 17Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710MQ CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2501 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date Alienware A14, 9/24/2014SMBIOS Version 2.7Embedded Controller Version 1.01BIOS Mode LegacyBaseBoard Manufacturer AlienwareBaseBoard Model Not AvailableBaseBoard Name Base BoardPlatform Role MobileSecure Boot State UnsupportedPCR7 Configuration Binding Not Poss... Read more

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This seems to be a widespread issue with various Thinkpads and various SSDs but I have yet to find a solution that works for me. I have a T400 with the latest BIOS (3.24 2012-10-17) and a SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD with the latest firmware. Since installing the SSD the system ALWAYS gives immediate Error 2100 on a cold boot and ALWAYS boots perfectly into Windows from a warm boot, e.g. a ctrl-alt-del from the error screen or a restart from Windows. I have tried everything that I could find on the internet to no avail. Any suggestions as to what causes this and any way around it?

Answer:T400 with SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD Error 2100 on Cold Boot but fine on warm boot (ctrl-alt-del)

Hello and welcome,
 
FWIW my best guess as to what causes this is timing.  Some SSD's internal controllers take longer to come to an operational state than the laptop's BIOS allows.  BIOS times out waiting on the drive and throws the error.
 
Warm boot works because the drive has had power long enough to complete its internal start-up.
 
I had a similar problem with a Crucial m4.  Fortunately it cured itself after a drive firmware update.  One interesting thing was that simply doing an update could cause the problem - until the drive had finished its internal housekeeping following the update.
 
This isn't much help   You might be able to finesse the problem by tuning off the "Quick Boot" option in the T400's BIOS.  Depending on when the drive timeout happens, this may give the SSD time to power on fully.  Booting will be a little slower.
 
Z.

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I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest86+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest86+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a blank wallpaper. Started going back through old drivers figuring that this w... Read more

Answer:BSOD KSOD No Boot Win7 64bit Cold Boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by roborabbit


I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest89+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest89+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a ... Read more

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Boot UI Tuner is a lightweight program for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows 8 operating system (not Windows RT) that you can use to configure the PC?s boot options. To use the program download it to your system and unpack it afterwards. To run it, select the right sub-folder ? 32-bit or 64-bit ? and launch the program. It displays a basic interface where you can check and uncheck options in.

The following options are available:

Enable advanced options of boot menu ? This, when enabled, displays the Windows 8 advanced boot menu on every start of the system, and not only when you select it in the PC settings.

Enable editing of boot options at startup ? This displays a screen where you can type in advanced boot parameters that you want the operating system to use on startup.

Enable Windows logo ? Can be used to disable the animated Windows logo on boot.

Enable messages ? You can disable system messages here. This includes information about updates, scans and so on. Not recommended.

Enable loading circle ? Disable the loading circle animation

Enable legacy boot menu ? Lets you boot into the boot menu known from Windows 7 and earlier versions of the operating system.

The program can be useful if you prefer to boot into the old legacy menu on start, if you want the advanced boot options to be displayed on every start of the system, or if you want to make cosmetic changes to the boot process. You can theoretically use the program to quickly ena... Read more

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I am begging for help as this problem is driving me insane! To start the story Windows 10 asked me to upgrade last year, and God I wish I didn't. I had nothing but problems with the OS, mainly down to it being unsupported for my notebook by HP. I Decided to roll back to Windows 8 and during the rollback, the notebook has failed catastrophically! 'Luckily' the recovery option kicked in, but this also failed and crashed mid recovery.  I am now left with the boot failing immediatley and showing a BCD error 0x0000034. (press esc for UEFI). Once in UEFI the only option that doesnt bring the same BCD error is the HP System Test. This works ok and the system passes all tests (including hard drive which though a lot of searching online is often the root cause of the above error) I want to enter the BIOS settings and set it to boot from USB in order to use my windows recovery USB, but pressing F11 or F10 goes straight to the Blue screen of death with the same error above! I am fairly proficient with computers and managed quite a few repairs etc, but this loop of blue screen with no conceivable boot option is driving me insane! Someone please help! Thanks in advance, Thebgb! 

Answer:Unable to access any recovery options. Boot options menu als...

thebgb Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Sorry, but I don't have very good news for you ...The Win10 Upgrade is know to corrupt the Recovery partition stored there by the OEM that built the original machine. This pretty much guarantees that no HP Recovery is going to work: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Video-Display-and-Touch/HP-Recovery-Manager-Blocked-After-Windo...This means that RESET no longer works on your laptop due to your doing the Win10 Upgrade.To actually restore your PC to its original condition, you need something known as HP Recovery Media.HP Recovery Media is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks. You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada,... Read more

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I have installed windows 8 pro in C drive.Now i want to install windows 8 enterprise in next partition "D" Temporarily for the just sake of trying it.The question is if after installing enterprise edition, if i do not like the enterprise editon, how to uninstall the enterprise edtion? so that after uninstalling it should not show dual boot option in the system start. I do not want dual boot option after uninstalling enterprise edition.

Answer:Dual boot menu removal after uninstallation of windows

Take a look here:
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

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Hi! I just installed the latest build, but for some reason, when I turn my PC on, I see the usual BIOS thing, then it's pitch black. I know the boot menu is still there, but nothing on the screen. Is there any way to fix this?

Edit: I can access Windows (the boot menu does it's job, but I see nothing on the screen, so I need to go blind to choose between Win 8.1 and 10)

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows dual boot menu doesn't show up

Hi,
Sounds like your video card driver is not being recognized to me ?
If you fill in your system spec's it might help others figure out what's going on :/
Are you using onboard graphic's or do you have a video card ?
Cheers.

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I just installed Windows 7 on a Brand New WD Blue 1TB drive. Install went great. However in this PC I also have an 80 Gig drive with Windows XP on it that I use for old games. The 1Tb replaced and old 250 Gb. When I had that 250 and 80 in I would get a window that should which OS was on each drive and I could pick one. With this new install I ahve lost that. When I try booting from the 80 gig drive it still boots to win 7. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Moe

Answer:New Windows 7 Install now I lost my dual boot menu

Are you sure you installed to the correct drive, should`ve unplugged all other drives before reinstalling 7.

Post a shot of disk management.

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Hello,

My Lenovo laptop is pretty fast at cold boot. It takes about 12 seconds from initial bios screen to desktop.

On the other hand, warm boot is really slow. The same period takes about 51 seconds, involving a long black screen.

Actually, it was similiar at Windows 8.1 as well. What can be the cause of that?

Thanks

Answer:Slow warm boot & Fast cold boot

Start Microsoft event viewer.
Expand Application and Services Logs.
Expand Microsoft/Windows/Diagnostic–Performance
Click on Operational. In the Windows that opens up check out event IDs 100 and 200. When you expand these event IDs you will see a detailed breakout of boot event durations. They should help you identify the particular issues. In a cold restart you should only have an event ID of 100 while in the reboot you will have 200 followed by 100.

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I presently have a standard harddrive, gettng an m.2 ssd.. 500 gigs... My standard HDD is full to 800 gigs, and the drive is 921 gigs..  the M.2 ssd will only be 500 gigs..   How can I put windows 10 on my new m.2 ssd?  I cant clone, since the 1st harddrive is double the size of the new ssd... Can I somehow use a homemade "recovery" disk from dell for my system to do a FRESH install on the new SSD?  And Like I said, I dont want to completely MIGRATE my entire system to the new one, I just want to be able to be able to boot and run my computer from either one...   I need help and instructions please...

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Even after uninstalling bitdefender, the tool of windows boot manager has the bitdefender menu.
How to remove it ?

I am using easybcd boot manager.
 

Answer:How to remove Bitdefender boot menu from the tool of Windows boot manager

Could you provide an image?
 

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A hard drive failed on my 2 yr old Lenovo z585. I bought a new Seagate 1tb sshd and installed it. From another computer I used image burn to make a bootable windows 7 install disc. I assume it works properly, but I don't know. I restarted a different computer with the disc in the tray...and for moment a black screen came up that said 'to install from disc drive press any key'....so i assumed that meant it burnt correctly. Anyway...I have that disc in the computer with the new hard drive, but when i turn the computer on, it never says anything about installing windows. The dvd light flickers and i hear it spin for a while then a Bios type of page shows up and says: Boot menu / app menu1. ata hddo ...etc2. pci lan ...etc3. atapi cd tsst corp cddvdw i've entered the #3 on the list..it just brings up another page for a moment and returns to the boot menu page.i've also gone to the bios boot order section...it had something like 'usb hdd' at the top of the boot order for some reason ? So, I tried putting USB CD and ATAPI CD at the top & restarting each time...neither of them made any difference in getting the install disc to begin. It just seems like it's doing something for a little while...then back to that boot menu screen. Also, it says UEFI is enabled ... i have no idea if it is supposed to be or not,  Can anyone help me with this...i'm ripping my hair out over here...it's bad enough that my not even 2 yr old drive failed to begin with, this ... Read more

Answer:Installed new hard drive but Windows 7 disc won't boot up. Bios boot menu opens.

I just noticed the information section in bios says "ODD not installed". could that be the problem ?my dvd was working fine before my original hard drive failed. i was extremely gentle when removing and replacing.the tray still opens and lights up and spins

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Hi,
It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,
-pkd
 

Answer:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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Z540 will not boot from Hd. PXE-E61 error after installing Windows 10 prebuild to dual boot with UbuntuError is PXE-E61 Media test failed, check cable is the error. It's driving me crazy. I can't use one click recovery and bios is useless as it has about ten total options none of which help. Was working fine running Linux but I can't do anything at this point. Any ideas? I'm not real techy but Ive tried what I thought might help and nothing is working and I need this laptop for college! Thanks for any help!

Answer:Z540 will not boot. PXE-E61 error after installing Windows 10 prebuild to dual boot with Ubuntu

tylerindyc1 wrote:Z540 will not boot from Hd. PXE-E61 error after installing Windows 10 prebuild to dual boot with UbuntuError is PXE-E61 Media test failed, check cable is the error. It's driving me crazy. I can't use one click recovery and bios is useless as it has about ten total options none of which help. Was working fine running Linux but I can't do anything at this point. Any ideas? I'm not real techy but Ive tried what I thought might help and nothing is working and I need this laptop for college! Thanks for any help!You may want to disable PXE boot to Lan option in the bios and check if the problem is still there or not. If yes, you may have to reinstall Win 10 again but kept that option in the bios disabled.

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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

Answer:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

Answer:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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Hi,
I have a dual-boot system Ubuntu/Windows 7. The Master boot loader is GRUB.
It worked fine until yesterday when, for some reason, Windows 7 refused to load anymore. I tried to repair with chkdsk, found and repaired some disk errors, but now the boot loader is damaged. The problem I have is that after selecting Windows from the GRUB list I get the installed version entry but I can't have access to Repair through F8 and thus I am not able to continue on the installation DVD. The problem I think would be simple, by writing a new boot using bootrec, but I don't have access to the console.
I've seen a solution/tutorial on this forum except that it requires to remove Linux, which is not at all my scope.
Thanks

Answer:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.


1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows



2) Fix MBR.



NOTE: As you have Linux installed, the above only works for 1 in 1000, must likely you will need to reinstall.
Good luck.

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My current windows 10 installation is too bogged down to play games properly. I've tried all the traditional solutions to speed up my PC but none of them made any noticeable difference, so I'd like to try a fresh OS. I'd prefer to avoid doing a "Reset My PC" option and having to re-install all my apps. So I'm trying to install a second windows 10 onto a new partition that will just be used for playing a couple games.

The media creation tool USB option doesn't work on my pc. The USB gets ignored when I boot normally. If I try to boot it directly from the boot menu, I get a "selected device failed to boot" error (with both windows 10 and windows 8 media creation tools). I used a brand new USB drive and tried it immediately after installing the tool onto it. I also tried re-installing the tool a second time.

I tried running the setup.exe at the root of the USB drive, which started properly. However, all the guides I've looked at say that I should get a "custom install" option when running this tool. This is where I would have the option of selecting the partition I want to install windows to. I don't get that option. It just asks me for the basic language/architecture fields, then gives me the "keep everything/keep files/remove everything" options. There are no options after that. If i I click install, the installation begins.

I tried using the windows 8 setup.exe on the USB, but it asks me for a product key. My computer came with wi... Read more

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Can anyone help me repair my installation of Windows 10 Professional on my Workstation Desktop because it won't load completely even after using the Windows 10 Home/Pro Installation USB flash drive to do a boot repair, which has always worked before. I did manage to correct the boot order with grub customizer though and fix the grub menu name after I accidentally reinstalled grub when using my boot repair Linux disc though, so now it says Windows 10 instead of Windows Recovery Environment and it boots to Windows 10 first instead of Ubuntu to prevent me from having to use boot repair for Windows from the Windows 10 Home/Pro Installation USB Flash drive.

However, I still need to disable fast boot in Windows 10 too to prevent having boot issues with dual or multi-boot systems and having to use boot repair to fix it, but I can't get into Windows 10 now to do that and I've done everything I can think of to resolve it or that has worked before along with the new solutions mentioned. Therefore, what haven't I tried so I can find another way as to how to fix this issue?
 

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Just curious, but is there option for me to enable uefi boot of my Windows 10 Professional installation on my HP xw6600 dual quad core E5450 machine which holds two Samsung 850 Pro SSD's, one for Windows 10 and the other completely for Ubuntu LTS 16.04.When possible,  how to go about it. How do I enable this option. Yours truly, 

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I wanted to set up Ubuntu on my computer, and followed the instructions in the first answer to this thread: dual boot - How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7/8 - Ask Ubuntu

As instructed, I created a logical partition using EaseUS software. I did this on my H:/ drive, a hard disk drive (whereas Windows 7 was installed on C:, and SSD).

After a mandatory reboot for the new partition changes, I did not immediately go to install Ubuntu, although I had Live USB to do so. Instead, if I remember properly, I booted into Windows to make sure everything was OK, but only to find out that some "Windows could not boot properly", giving me the option to 'Launch Startup Repair' - which I did, but to no avail. All it did was reported that some 2 system files were missing or corrupt.

I then installed Ubuntu on a third drive because I still needed it to perform some benchmarking. I did this using the 'install alongside windows 7' option.
But now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, all I am interested in is getting back to Windows, while keeping all the files and programs intact.

How should I go about fixing this? Delete the logical partition on the other drive? I also have that Windows installation CD, and I'm thinking its repair options could be useful - but not having a whole lot of self-confidence, I don't know what steps exactly to take to preserve my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Answer:Wanted to Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu - Windows Won't Boot Anymore

Hi I Am User,

Upon inserting the Windows installation disk you should be able to install a new Windows and be able to select Upgrade and it should create the Windows.old folder on the new Windows.

Cheers
Boris

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My current windows 10 installation is too bogged down to play games properly. I've tried all the traditional solutions to speed up my PC but none of them made any noticeable difference, so I'd like to try a fresh OS. I'd prefer to avoid doing a "Reset My PC" option and having to re-install all my apps. So I'm trying to install a second windows 10 onto a new partition that will just be used for playing a couple games.

The media creation tool USB option doesn't work on my pc. The USB gets ignored when I boot normally. If I try to boot it directly from the boot menu, I get a "selected device failed to boot" error (with both windows 10 and windows 8 media creation tools). I used a brand new USB drive and tried it immediately after installing the tool onto it. I also tried re-installing the tool a second time.

I tried running the setup.exe at the root of the USB drive, which started properly. However, all the guides I've looked at say that I should get a "custom install" option when running this tool. This is where I would have the option of selecting the partition I want to install windows to. I don't get that option. It just asks me for the basic language/architecture fields, then gives me the "keep everything/keep files/remove everything" options. There are no options after that. If i I click install, the installation begins.

I tried using the windows 8 setup.exe on the USB, but it asks me for a product key. My computer came with wi... Read more

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Carsomyr said:

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!



This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr


I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!



This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

Answer:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.


I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

Cheers
the funk

Answer:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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I have a dual boot between WinXP and Windows 7.
Windows XP is on a 80gb 2.5in SATA drive on a 30gb partition, the rest is storage for image backups of new installs.
Windows 7 is on a 40gb IDE drive that may or not be dying, Im not sure. Having intermittent issues with it. I have a 120gb IDE drive that Ive tried using Acronis true image to clone the drive over from the 40gb to the 120gb IDE.

But after taking out the 40gb and putting the 120gb in its place, the boot menu comes up and when I try to goto Windows 7, it says
"Windows failed to boot, please insert your Win7 disc and repair."

Windows Xp still works fine...
Ive tried it also with an 80gb IDE drive.

This is what my boot.ini looks like:
;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECTClick to expand...

Will booting off the disc and hitting repair help?
Wondering if there was another option as I dont have my USB dvd-R with me...
 

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Loading...
Error 22
_

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

Options:
fdisk /mbr
FIXBOOT
FIXMBR

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.
 

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I have dual boot with Xp and windows 7.when i log into my Xp all the restore points being deleted from windows 7.
when i check the disk management information in 7 it shows windows 7 create a logical drive with my Xp primary drive.even i am hide the drive from both windows means Xp drive from windows 7 and vice verse.
So i like to unmount or remove the drive partition of windows 7 from Xp and Xp primary from windows 7.So that they dont affect each others system files with being deleted the partitions.
So suggest some software or cmd commands to do that.
thanks in advance

Answer:Restore points missing from windows 7 after i boot in Xp(dual boot)

Hello Ari, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to prevent your restore points in Windows 7 from getting deleted every time you startup XP.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,
i installed windows 7 on C:\ and i have XP on D:\
how do i boot into XP
i tried osl2000 but it said error reading disk press ctrl-alt-del

Answer:Unable to boot in XP after installing Windows 7 - Dual boot issue

Off topic:
where did you get win7 setup?? Is it available for public test??

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Hello,

I have been using windows xp for a long time. I have two actual HD, one partitioned into 4, and another without any partition, giving me a total of 5. I was using two instance of windows xp installed in drive C and another in drive E (both are actually located in just one HD, but the other HD somehow got in between the two)

I finally decided to change the windows xp in drive C into windows 7. After installation, my previous option of choosing between which windows xp to use no longer appears and it goes straight to my new windows 7. I tried these four command :

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=E:
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

So now an option appears before loading any windows but whenever i try to go to windows xp, it cant. It seems like i need to do more bcdedit.

Please help. Thanks!

Regards,
Deggen

Answer:Dual boot with Windows 7, and XP no longer appears in Boot Manager

Another physical hard drive can not possibly get between 2 partitions on a totally seperate physical hard drive.

If you can get in to your machine, post us a shot of disk management.

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Hi there guys,

Originally i had windows 7 installed on my laptop and i had four partitions on my computer.

C - Windows 7 installed system,primary parition
D - logical partition - where windows xp was installed
E - logical parition - where my documents word files and so on
K - 160gb for applications to be installed (primary partition, system)

i installed windows xp on drive D after formatting and everything was working but when i installed easybcd to add windows 7 to boot...i encountered a problem. I cannot have xp + win7 together in the boot due to windows xp installed on a logical partition and its boot file is in a unknown primary partition. I Decided to convert Drive K to Logical and Drive D(XP INSTALLED) to primary. After my computer restarted., it brought up a new error saying no boot device(S) FOUND...

i ran windows 7 setup cd to repair but no operating system was found....i ran cmd repair typed in bootrec.exe /scanos - it found windows 7 then i tried bootrec.exe /fixboot - not working, tried /rebuildmbr computer restarted but same error. I Ran windows XP CD it said no installation sources available/found that means no harddrive. however windows 7 setup repair option i saw all the drives but i can't install a freash copy of windows on any of partitions.

Can anyone help me with this problem. what i have done wrong and how can i fix a problem like this...
thanks in advance

Asad
 

Answer:windows 7 b& xp dual boot and no boot device found error

Sounds to me that you now have no system (boot) partition. If you can't fix this (mark one of the partitions "system" or "boot") with the Windows 7 installation DVD or the XP installation CD use a bootable partitioning program, such as GParted.
 

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Tried Ubuntu & didn't like it so wanted to remove it completely. After deleting & recovering that portion of (G: ) which is where Ubuntu was installed, I couldn't boot in Windows 7. I was able to use my install disk to load into repair. The OS it found was-

OS -Windows 7
Partition Size - 122,001Mb
Location - (F: )

(F: ) struck me odd as I thought this would be (C: ) I then when to Command promp & used Bootrec.exe /fixmbr enter - then Bootrec.exe /fixboot enter then restarted. The PC booted in Windows 7 & all seems OK but still wondered if the location was correct. I reloaded the install disk as before & when into repair & it still says location as (F: ) which is my backup drive.

OK, my PC boots but shouldn't the location be (C: ) not (F: )? After all, if (F: ) is removed or goes bad I'd have the non-boot issue again, wouldn't I? If so, how do I write it to (C: )

Answer:Uninstalled Linux OS dual boot with Windows 7 now boot issue.

Dual-booting 2 or more Operating Systems can mess up the drive lettering, especially when 1 or more are uninstalled. If Windows is working properly the only issue will be in assuring program installations point to the drive Windows is on. The earlier versions of Windows such as Win98, WinME, etc., were particular as to the drive or partition they were installed on. Part of the situation may be affected by the newer motherboards and HDDs that use SATA connections instead of the older PATA, SATA has only one drive per socket on the board while PATA have one data cable for each socket and can have one or two drives on each cable.

The easiest/less time-consuming way I've found with such an issue is to backup any user data then boot to a GPARTED CD and wipe the HDDs that have or had an OS installed followed by connecting only one HDD for installing the OS then reconnecting the storage drives. Leaving any of the boot files of a previous OS on an HDD can mess up the boot process, sometimes slows things down when booting.

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After deleting the partition on which Ubuntu was installed and enlarging the windows partition to fill the old space at the same time( stupid I know), I am unable to boot to Windows 7. All I see is a command line message that says Unknown File System and on the next line says Grub Rescue> with the option to input commands. After looking at this forum and Ubuntu forums I'm still unable to resolve the issue. I would like to be able to boot into windows 7.

Answer:Unable to boot Windows 7 after unistalling Ubuntu Dual boot

You'll have to restore your Master Boot Record. See this tutorial:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

Code:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

Code:
bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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Working in a corporate environment, we use Windows XP now but are needing to upgrade to Windows 7. I have dual boot Windows XP and 7 machine, thats the easy part, but I need to hide Windows 7 from the boot menu OR have a keyboard shortcut that can boot Win 7. The goal is I do not want users to know about Windows 7 until it has been tested and when we go live its already installed and working.

So my objectives are: Working Win 7 install, Hide from XP and boot menu, Be able to boot into 7 at a later time, eventually remove XP from the boot and have 7 the only OS.

Is this possible?


Thank you

Answer:Dual boot WinXP/7 - How to hide Windows 7 from boot loader and XP?

In Control Panel\System and Security\System\Advanced System Settings|Advanced tab\Startup and Recovery\Settings set XP as default OS, uncheck Time to Display OS Menu.

Now to boot Win7 you'lll need to go into that setting in XP to enable the Dual Boot menu (with 5-10 sec timeout) so that you can reboot into Win7 via the Dual Boot menu.

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Hi there,Recently got a HP Pavilion g6 2213sa which came with Windows 8 (spit!) and this disgusting UEFI BIOS replacement (double spit!).Anyway, I need to dual boot Ubuntu on my system, so I installed Ubuntu. Normally, on a non UEFI system, a "Grub" bootloader installed by Linux would take over the startup process, and allow you to choose between either Windows 8 or Ubuntu on startup. However, on this computer, startup is just booting straight to Windows 8 despite the fact that Ubuntu and Grub IS installed.Now, upon startup, if I press F9, then I get to change the boot-device on a one-time basis. I can either select "OS Boot Manager", which loads Windows 8, or "Ubuntu" which loads the Grub bootloader which allows me to select Windows 8 or Ubuntu.However, when I press F10 to enter the Bios Setup with the intention of changing the boot order permanently, the Ubuntu option isn't there. Instead it has OS Manager, USB Disk, CD Rom, USB CD Rom and Network Card.Thanks, HP for, the crappily designed BIOS.Anyway, can anyone PLEASE provide me a way of changing the boot order so that GRUB is loaded first and NOT this crap Windows 8 rubbish (that I would happily bin if I didn't need it for work). 

Answer:Changing Boot Order on Dual Boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu

Looks like HP forums are just as useful as HP customer service and HP computers - i.e., not very useful at all.Problem solved though. Took the piece of crap back for a full refund and won't be buying HP again.Happy days.Bye.

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Hello,
I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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When I start up my Y500 I can hear it running with fans blowing and all but it takes about 5 mins for the lenovo logo to show up. I don't have any performance issues it just the start up is taking too long.

Answer:Y500 slow boot up (cold boot)

Hi Antontoni,                           
                                              
Welcome to Lenovo Community!        
                                                                                                                       
As per the query we understood that you are facing the issue with slow boot up in your Lenovo Y500 laptop.
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I am running Windows XP SP3. This is what happens after the computer has been shut down for the night.

I push the power button to get it started. Sometimes it goes through the boot process and finishes because I hear the Windows tune play. But then the monitor stays black even though the power button on the monitor has lit up.

Sometimes when I push the power button to turn on the computer it never gets to the point of playing the Windows tune and the monitor stays black.

I have to push and hold in the power button to shut down the computer and try booting it up again. Usually after the 3rd try it boots successfully. Sometimes holding down the power button does not shut off the power it just seems like it is in hibernatation and the computer makes the sound like it is awakening and then the monitor wakes up.

I have the power set to never for everything and to not hibernate.

I have changed the boot order so it will boot from the hard disk first.
I have reinstalled or however you say it the bios thinking maybe the file was corrupt.
I have updated the graphics drivers
I ran a test last night for the hard disk from Seagate and all of the tests were fine. There is no firmware update for the hard drive.

I have ran malware scans and everything is clean.

Any ideas? I know the computer is old and probably on it's last legs.
 

Answer:Have to repeatedly boot computer from a cold boot

Is the computer generally stable once booted? Doesn't blue screen or anything?

Also, does the freeze always occur after the POST? (during windows boot)
 

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When I cold boot the PC it tries to auto detects the hard drive, but it doesn't find it, then tries to boot from floppy or CD, nothing. Then I reboot and it Auto detects the hard drive, fine and starts XP. I tried 2 HDs and it was the same with either one. Any help would be appreciated. The PC is about 2 years old, with 256 RAM and Athlon 1.4.
 

Answer:Cold boot no HD, warm boot finds HD

There's a computer adage. Problems when the system is cold are related to connections. These go away when the system warms up and things expand. So for starters double check all connections concerning the hard drive and where the IDE cable attaches to the motherboard.
 

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I have a new Precision 7710 with a 2.5 inch 1GB SATA SSD (system boot=Disk0) and a 1GB NVMe PM951 SSD.
I have been attempting to install Windows Server 2012R2 on the second, M.2 SSD (Disk1) into a GPT, NTFS partition.
Since this system has no DVD, I made a bootable UEFI thumb drive with the contents of the .iso installation for Server 2012R2.
The thumb drive boots OK and I can begin installation, but when it comes to choosing the target for installation, the M.2 SSD is not visible in setup.
The M.2 drive is clearly visible inside Windows 10 Pro as the D: drive.
So...I mounted the .iso setup file in Windows 10 and ran setup.exe. The install began and could see the target M.2 drive, and began loading files on the second SSD. It then attempted the first of several restarts that come with this process with the new Server 2012 R2 environment.
It sucessfully modified the Windows Boot Manager before the restart, then restarted, and the setup program gave an error because it could not find the target partition on the second SSD.
The setup environment then modified the Boot Manager to "Windows Setup Rollback" and proceeded to enter an infinite loop, attempting to delete files from the unreachable M.2 drive. I manually choose Windows 10 on the boot menu, and once booted changed Windows 10 back to the default OS.
I've tried several things (turning off Secure boot, changing from UEFI to legacy bios--it won't boot at all that way) , but I can't get that second disk t... Read more

Answer:Precision 7710 UEFI Bios and pre-boot does not detect second SSD (NVMe PM951) can't install Windows on it for dual boot

You're going to need to build a new set of boot media with NVMe drivers.
www.nvmexpress.org/.../

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