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Two windows boot drives in one desktop

Question: Two windows boot drives in one desktop

Hi all, i want to get another SSD in addition to my current Windows 7 boot drive, and two boot drives with the same copy of Windows 7, or even have one on windows 7, and one on Windows 10. I want to do this to basically seperate my workflow into two categories, my audio production needs favor windows 7, but i want to use windows 10 for everything else so it would be great to have two boot drives in my desktop. Is it possible to use the windows 7 media that came with my pc, to install windows 7 on another hard drive(inside the same desktop), and then i guess upgrade to windows 10 while on the new boot drive so i essentially have the Windows 7 boot drive I am using right now and another drive with windows 10. can this be done? or I would need to buy a new copy of windows? I am wondering if I can do it with one license and disk. I mean the computer its running on is the same. And of course both hard drives wouldn't be running windows at the same time.

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Preferred Solution: Two windows boot drives in one desktop

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I have installed windows 7 on a net book via a flash drive, I used a flash drive with XP on to format the drive C because 7 said not enough room to install 7, the drives C and D are 40 gig each partition. My problem now is I have windows 7 and xp recovery on boot and I have to choose 7. I have got BCD and BCD only shows my windows 7 on the C drive. Checking with BCD debug I found windows boot manager on the D drive windows boot loader on the C drive along with all the installed windows files. I have tried a repair from the flash drive, I can't seem to be able to get rid of the xp which is not loaded or installed. The D drive only has a few data files on, I have even re-formatted the D drive but the flash reinstalls the boot manager on the D Drive.:cry
 

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When setting up Windows Desktop Search, of all the hard drives, I can only select H:\ and my D:\documents directory, and nothing else. I'd like to be able to select C,D,E,F,G, but they are greyed out.
 

Answer:Windows Desktop Search - Can't select all drives

can you pls post a screenshot so we can understand better....
maybe there is some problem with your version of windows.
 

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A year ago I installed an SSD drive, and moved many folders to one of two backup HDs.  Today I got a notice from AVG to upgrade my antivirus... I thought it was legit and did it.  Now my computer can only see my C: drive (though it seems to see an A: floppy drive that isn't there).  
 
I had to save these DDS files to my C: drive... I can' view my desktop (no icons are visible).  Everytime that I click on something that resides on my backup HDs I get the message "... refers to a location that is unavailable".
 
I ran deep scans with Malwarebytes... no luck.  Any help is *greatly* appreciated!
 
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EDIT:
 
I think I'm supposed to include the DDS.TXT contents... here they are...
 
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.16521  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.51.2
Run by Carter at 23:48:15 on 2014-05-01
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.8189.6036 [GMT -4:00]
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AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
.
============== Running Processes ===============
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c:\PROGRA~2\AVG\AVG2014\avgrsa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2014\avgcsrva.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
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Answer:Windows 7 doesn't see other drives, no icons on desktop

I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE THIS THREAD.
 
Turns out my BIOS didn't "see" any of my hard drives.  I reflashed it and it appeared ok, then booting up to Windows caused the same thing to happen (no icons, etc)... plus my BIOS didn't detect my drives again!  I ran TDSSKiller and it found/cured three problems... that cleared up my PC issues.  I would delete this thread but I don't think I can.  Thanks anyway!

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Hi All,

I have (4) hard drives that already have Windows 7 installed on each. My rig is a custom build, so as for Motherboard, I have:

Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Assassin (has two 6GB/s SATA ports, and four 3 GB/s SATA ports) if not mistaken. I would put eligible drives on the 6 GB/s ports, and the others on the 3 GB/s ports. I know, my MB is ancient now!

The "new" drives are already connected via SATA ports, and both are functional, but one is extremely slow, and I believe it is because I didn't install them correctly. Missing drivers or something, not sure.

Here are my issues, broken down:

1. I have two choices to make, first is to use the "fastest HDD" as my primary, and the other 3 HDD's will be used as storage. Second choice is to induce RAID 10 or whichever is recommended. If I go with RAID, please point me to a site where I can use as a guide on how to do that correctly, as I have never done that before. Unless of course it is a simple process, and can be explained here. I just didn't want to have to go back and forth on this board, while becoming a nuisance.

2. Going with the best recommendation based on #1 above, I need to resolve network recognition issues. I use the WD Mycloud 3TB as my backup. I like it because I travel a lot and I can easily use the app to pull up any document, picture, video, etc., while knowing that I don't need to pay a monthly fee to someone else. However, 50% of the time when I boot up, I see (Cou... Read more

Answer:Multiple drives, One Desktop, all drives recognized in network

I'll bite:

Why 4 Windows installations?

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I have a Windows 7 Ult x64 Desktop which is basically the house "File Server" and all of a sudden on Friday (after a reboot) the internal hard drives couln't bee seen on the other computers in the house. The other computers I have are as follows: HP DV7-1025nr running Win Vista HP x64, HP DV9*something* running Win Vista HP x64, and another desktop wunning Windows XP Pro x32. When I try to access the networked drives from the other computers I get the error pictures below, When I check the 7 desktop the drives are shared the way they are suppose to (same as they've been for over a year now) but all of a sudden they can't be connected to by the other computers, as you can see in the picture the computer appears on the network but the externals can't connect to the desktop7, However I can connect from the desktop 7 to a shared folder on my laptop DV7...




Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 Ult Desktop won't share folders/drives on network all of a suddden

Page 2 Bump??

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System

AcerPower f5: Windows XP Pro SP2 (patched to date), Intel P4 HT 3 GHz, 2GB RAM, Drive 0 160GB, Drive 1 320GB, MS Office 2007 Pro

Problem

The problem appears to be with Windows Desktop Search. If either the toolbar or the indexing components are turned off I get “x:\ is inaccessible. Permission denied.” when I try to access any drive other than the c-drive. The problem includes the second HDD, the CD drive and removable USB memory. My logon has administrator privileges.

If I turn the Desktop Search Components on and reboot then I have access to all the drives. Alternately if I disable the components and then reboot, if I get to the any of drives fast enough through Windows Explorer during logon (that is, fire up Windows Explorer as soon as I see the icon) then I will be able access all of the drives for the remainder of the session. If I am too slow and the logon completes and the system is idle then I will get the message as above.

I am flummoxed and can’t find anything similar in Google. If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful for help.

Thanks
Spike
 

Answer:Solved: Windows Desktop Search Denies Access to Drives

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We connect to the server remotely with XP Remote Desktop... previously we had 2003 version and had no problem...the "local resources are all checked off, but I am not sure if the person who is maintaining the server has not provided the proper permissions? Is there a setting that would let you connect but then not access your local drives?

* I can see tsclient but for example previously \\tsclient\c would get me to the C drive, now I get an error
 

Answer:Windows Server 2008 can't see Local drives/Printers with Remote desktop

anyone have an idea? I am totally lost, I even logged on as Admin it still said I had no permissions to add a printer and still could not see the Drives on my LOCAL PC ( that is remotely connecting)!!??
 

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I have two hard drives and I want to use both for windows xp pro.
when i boot up windows how do I switch from one to the other?

 

Answer:dual boot with windows xp pro on both drives

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I just bought this Dell XPS 8500 with Win 8 on it and although I'm not that happy with this OS I guess there is a learning curve so I'll try for awhile.

For some reason, after I had uninstalled Mcafee from the start up screen and also added a few items to the startup screen, when I reboot or do a cold boot, instead of getting the startup screen, I am getting the desktop along with about 5 disk partitions and a couple programs that I installed. While this is not bad since I can just "x" out of them, it's irritating and wonder how I can fix this. I would like to ultimately just boot up to the desktop if possible without anything else opening up.

Answer:Windows 8 opens up drives on boot-up

Uninstalling Anti Virus software such a Norton, McAfee etc... sometimes will require to download their special uninstaller to completely remove from your PC. For McAfee: http://download.mcafee.com/products/...tches/MCPR.exe

In Addition, Open the Folder Options and make sure "Restore previous folder windows at logon" is not checked as shown in the screen shot:

I had mine checked so when Windows Restart, it will open any folder that was previous opened before restart. Also it will by pass the Start Screen

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Hi all. Please don't ask why I want to do this, it's a long story and I'm tired of explaining myself lol So I already saw this link:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...dows-7-xp.html

It seems to refer to installing two OS on the same HD. I'm not sure if the same instructions and issues apply when you're trying to install them on separate drives? If so then I'll use it.

Here's what I want to do.

I have a computer with Windows 7 professional preinstalled. This is supposed to replace my Windows XP computer. It didn't come with an OEM disk but I was told I could make one off it.

It has two extra blank internal hard drives. I want to install XP on one of them. I have my original XP Home OEM but I remember someone saying I can't use it on a second machine. Is there any way around that or any exceptions?

If not, can a legit full version of XP Home be bought for cheap? I can maybe borrow the money temporarily until my next paycheck if it's under $100.

Anyway, I ask about that because I read that some version of Windows 7 package comes with a copy of XP service pack 2? I'm not talking about XP Mode. I thought I read that one of the Windows 7 versions comes with an actual separate copy of XP on disc or something?

I probably misread it but I'll see if I can find it. Regardless, my main question is if I can use that guide to install XP on a separate drive and dual boot that way?

Thanks!!!

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on Different Drives?

Hi,

It is possible to boot from separate Hdd's but is much more easier and simpler to place them both on the one HDD and use the other HDD's for storage but i found this method on another forum. It uses XP and Vista as the OS's but same applies as 7 is an upgrade of the Vista fail


Quote:




First, make sure you're hardware is fully capable of running Vista. Next, install either OS on the port with only one drive attached. Then, detach that drive, attach the other and install the other OS. Reattach the first drive. Your BIOS should allow the option to select which drive to boot from. Pick either and boot the system. It will now detect the presence of the other drive and configure it. Shutdown and restart selecting the other drive in the BIOS. The same should happen when this OS loads. It will detect the presence of the other drive. Once you're happy that all is running well, activate OSs. You'll need to interrupt the POST each time you want to switch disks to boot from. It should be possible to edit the boot.ini of a preferred OS to allow selection of the other but I prefer this method as I keep the two drives completely separate.




Let me know if it helps and works

Steve

P.S I don't think you can officially buy a new version of XP as it's pretty much obsolete but the OEM disk should suffice as long as you have the product key. Good Luck

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I have two boot drives in Windows 7 and need to change it to one.
C is my main boot drive. D drive is bootable but it holds the information to boot C drive menu. How do I change that D drive to function as indicated below. I want to keep C drive as the boot drive and delete most of D drive and use it for storage.

According to easy BCD:
Default: Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: D:\

Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
BCD ID: {85f100df-6a2d-11e2-9ac7-800647930a56}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe


I don't want to have to reinstall C drive now.

My understanding is that the Default drive is D and it holds the menu information for the C drive. If I delete or format the D drive then will windows repair be able to find the boot drive C and restructure the menu for C so that I can access C drive. I have seen a recoverable menu created before but I am not sure it will work in this case.

Currently my menu information contain two menus, Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows 7.

I found this information:
You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista or Windows 7:
A master boot record (MBR)
A boot sector
A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store

Is the MBR located on drive c or d?

Answer:I have two boot drives in Windows 7 and need to change it to one.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hey guys i have 2 sata hard drives and i need to know how to duel boot windows xp home with windows server 2003?
 

Answer:Solved: Dule boot windows 2003 server with windows xp home on 2 SATA hard drives?????

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Hello,

I have searched around here for my problem and can't find a solution to my problem.

I have two SATA HDD's plugged into my computer, one of them has the operating system on it and the other one has my old XP installation and loads of others, although might have been formatted.

When I tried removing the old XP one the computer does not boot up after bios, with the error along the lines of:

"Can not find the boot device, please insert..."

Any ideas?

It'll be nice not to have a Hard drive in there that I am not using, cheers!

Answer:Windows 7 requires both HDD drives plugged in to boot up

Remove the old drive.
Then boot to your Windows 7 DVD and perform a startup repair.
Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I want to set up a dual boot system with windows 10 and 7. I have both already installed on separate drives in my desktop system and was wondering if it is still possible to set up a dual boot. Now I just switch boot priority in BIOS, but sometimes when I start up 7 it wants to perform a chkdsk. I always aboard these since it screwed up one of my drives before, with unrecoverable data as a result. How do I get it set up so I don't have those chkdsk issues anymore?

Answer:Dual boot windows 10 and 7 on seperate drives

You have to turn off Windows 10 Fast Startup:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

To set up dual booting, in Windows 10, assuming you can see the Windows 7 installation on the other drive, open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt. Type

BCDBOOT E:\Windows /addlast /d

The path in red will be to the Windows 7 Windows folder.

You can then set your menu timeout, order of the boot items, and default by holding Win key + R to open run dialog. Run MSCONFIG. Select the boot tab.

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Hi,

I have Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP installed on 2 different disks. Unfortunately, when i installed one, the other hard drive was not connected.
Hence, the default dual boot option would not come along.
Now, I have to choose to boot from either of the HDD from the BIOS setup.
Is there a way i could attach my XP bootloader to Windows 7 boot loader?
I remember seeing somewhere that Windows 7 boot loader has a notion of supporting XP boot as well.

Please advice,
B

Answer:Windows 7 & XP dual boot on sepeate drives

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Method Two, steps 8 - 11

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So I've recently built a new rig. At the time I installed Windows (7 Ultimate x64), I had two drives accessible: my OS drive (SSD) and my data drive (not SSD). Last night, while Windows was running, I received an error reporting that Windows lost communication with the data drive. That was curious, I thought - but maybe the drive was having some difficulty or it was dying. I reboot the system. During the startup, I hear a clicking noise emanating from my data drive. I interrupt the startup and disconnect the data drive to be safe. I reboot.

At this point, Windows does not boot and the BIOS complains there is nothing to boot. I confirm my OS drive is accessible and working fine (via various diagnostic tools). This puzzles me. On a whim, I reconnect my data drive and reboot. There is no clicking now (the data drive is feeling better for now) - and Windows boots!

The conclusion I draw from this is that in order for Windows to boot, it needs access to both drives. And that something I did during the Windows installation prompted this to happen. I presume that the "lowest level boot stuff" is on the data drive, and it links to the OS drive where the "higher level boot stuff" is stored. But as evidenced by my whimsical use of quotation marks, I really have no idea what is going on. Can someone clarify the situation for me? And, even better, is there a way to break the boot dependence on my data drive (which may soon be dead)?

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Answer:Windows depends on two drives to boot - help understanding?

It's very possible that the boot sector was loaded onto the data drive while the actual OS data is installed into your OS drive. I've had that happen with XP a couple of times and I make it a point to disconnect all drives other than my chosen OS drive during OS installs. Excessive? Probably. But it works
 

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I would like to install Win 7, but I would also like to keep my XP pro. in the same computer. Can I put my actual hardrive as a slave and get a new hardrive and install Win 7?
 

Answer:Dual boot XP and Windows 7 with two hard drives

Look here
 

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I want to set up a dual boot system with windows 10 and 7. I have both already installed on separate drives in my desktop system and was wondering if it is still possible to set up a dual boot. Now I just switch boot priority in BIOS, but sometimes when I start up 7 it wants to perform a chkdsk. I always aboard these since it screwed up one of my drives before, with unrecoverable data as a result. How do I get it set up so I don't have those chkdsk issues anymore?

Answer:Dual boot windows 10 and 7 on seperate drives

You have to turn off Windows 10 Fast Startup:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

To set up dual booting, in Windows 10, assuming you can see the Windows 7 installation on the other drive, open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt. Type

BCDBOOT E:\Windows /addlast /d

The path in red will be to the Windows 7 Windows folder.

You can then set your menu timeout, order of the boot items, and default by holding Win key + R to open run dialog. Run MSCONFIG. Select the boot tab.

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I ran norton ghost to copy c drive to a larger drive.
It was supposed to create a bootable win 7 drive and in some respects it did.
Unfortunately it will only boot up when the original c drive is running and if you switch either off the PC will not run at all.The drive that the operating system was copied to is listed in disk manager as Healthy Boot page file crash dump primary partition. The c drive Healthy system active primary partition, anyone got any ideas as to how to part these two drives.
Cheers Bruz

Answer:windows will not boot unless two certain hard drives are running

Is the larger drive missing the 100mb system partition Windows 7 creates during installation? Connect the larger drive, disconnect the smaller one. Boot from a Windows 7 DVD and do a system repair to correct the missing boot information on the new drive.

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I have two boot drives in Windows 7 and need to change it to one. Is the right section of the forum.

C is my main boot drive. D drive is bootable but it holds information to boot C drive . How do I change that D drive to function as indicated below. I want to keep C drive as the boot drive and delete most of D drive and use it for storage.
According to easy BCD: Default: Windows 7 Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: D:\



Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe



Entry #2
Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
BCD ID: {85f100df-6a2d-11e2-9ac7-800647930a56}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe


I don't want to have to reinstall C drive now.

What does this mean? Default: Windows 7 Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: D:\

I do not want to reinstall drive C but I want to get the c: Windows 7 menu.

Answer:[SOLVED] I have two boot drives in Windows 7 and need to change it to one. Is the rig

Problem solved!!! Halleluia!!! All I did was remove the active status from Drive I and now I have a menu with only C Drive

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Hello,

I am in need of some advice for options. Currently I have win7 installed on a Raid0 array, working wonderfully. On a separate drive I have winXP installed, working just fine. All the drives are located in removable trays that allow me to physically change between booting to XP or Win7. I would like to simply forgo this weekly hard drive swap and just be able to do a dual boot, but I am worried that this might cause more headaches since my current setup is working. I also would like to be able to keep the drives hidden from eachother like the are now. I have read through so many posts here my head is about to implode. What do you suggest?

Thanks,

Josh

Answer:Help with not having to swap drives to dual boot Windows 7 and XP

Set the preferred OS/HD as first to boot in BIOS setup, then boot the other one using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key which for Dell is F12. This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please whereas a Windows-managed Dual Boot interlocks them.

If you want to hide one OS from the other, remove the other one's drive letter in Disk Management of the OS you're currently booted into.

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Hi All

Not sure if this is the right place, I'm sorry if its not!

Right, I've got a box running Windows Server 2003. Here is the spec:

2.8Ghz Celeron
1GB RAM
40GB IDE (Boot Drive)
400GB & 500GB SATA Drives (set up as spanned dynamic volumes)

The other day, we had a power cut, the box automatically reboots after a failure, but I couldn't access it remotely (box is in basement with just power and LAN, everything is done via RDP) So I hooked a monitor up and it said 'disk error' and wouldn't boot. So I tried the IDE drive in other PCs and it was broke. So I put another 40GB in the box, did a fresh install of WIndows Server 2003. Now though if I plug the SATA drives back onto the motherboard (unplugged them during OS setup) after POST, the box hangs at a black screen for ages, but then does eventually boot. When in Windows I import the SATA volumes and they work fine, all the data is still there and read and write are fine. But when I reboot, after post it takes 5 hours to get to logon, everytime. But if I unplug the SATAs, it boots in under a minute. It seems to be scanning the SATAs but I have no idea why it is doing this. Everything in the BIOS is as it was, the IDE is set to be the boot drive, SMART status of the drives is fine. Does anyone know why this is happening? Are the SATA drives on their way out? Or an I missing something obvious?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

If any extra information is required just ask

Thankyou

K

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Hello all. I am new to the forums and have been having a very annoying issue as of late. I currently have a machine installed with Windows 8 pro 64 bit installed on one Samsung 840 pro SSD. Works great. I recently added a second Crucial m4 SSD and would like to install Linux on it... I am having major issues doing so mainly because of UEFI... and when installing Linux it does not see Windows 8 installed on any drive therefore making it rather difficult to install both OSes. Any advice would be wonderful! I have searched Google quite a bit only to find the same issues but non relating to ssd drives. Thanks in advance!

Devin

Answer:Windows 8 dual boot ubuntu 12.10 on 2 ssd drives

Welcome to EightForums.


First you will need to DISABLE Secure Boot.






Originally Posted by theog


Reset BIOS to default, and reboot to BIOS make sure Secure Boot is disabled.
Make sure CSM is ENABLED, & set to UEFI boot.
NOTE: Check your manufacturer's uEFI BIOS manual for settings.



Secure boot: technical types spreading half-baked information






Linux distributions are making slow progress on implementing measures to ensure that their images available for download are bootable on hardware that has secure boot turned on.


Secure boot is a feature of the UEFI, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, a replacement for the BIOS.

Microsoft has implemented this feature on hardware certified for Windows 8 in a way that requires the exchange of cryptographic keys; since the company controls the key-signing authority, anyone who wants to create a bootable medium has to necessarily obtain a key from Redmond.

Misinformation is rife about secure boot, simply because people confuse UEFI with secure boot and think that support for the former means support for the latter. Many so-called technical types are as guilty as others of spreading wrong information.




mjg59 | Secure Boot distribution support












?Microsoft's real aim is to kill the aftermarket in used computers that have Win 8 installed by not allowin... Read more

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I have XP installed on my SATA hard drive, and I just added my old IDE hard drive to the system for extra storage. I'm now thinking about trying out windows 7, and I want to dual boot XP from the SATA hard drive and windows 7 from the IDE hard drive. I found this general instruction online for dual booting from one hard drive.

http://www.downloadtube.com/blog/20...tallation-directly-from-xp-without-a-livedvd/

On the step where you choose which partition to install windows 7 in, will my IDE hard drive show up there?

If the installation goes well, then whenever I boot up my computer I should have the opportunity to choose which OS to run?

Is there a risk that I'll be losing any data from my XP hard drive, or that whenever I'm using whichever OS, it might interfere with the other OS?
 

Answer:Windows XP and 7 dual boot on 2 hard drives

There is a risk that you will not be able to boot either OS if the boot sector gets messed up using that method.

This is a more foolproof method:
Install Win 7 with only that one drive in the system.
This will then give it separate boot files to XP.
Plug in the XP drive again.
To change OS, select which drive you want to boot from in the CMOS setup.
 

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My Dell laptop currently contains three hard drives, the main SSD drive containing Windows 7 Ultimate and nearly all application installations. Another drive is a mini-SSD that serves strictly as a fast-access data drive. The other large capacity (conventional drive) is used as the main data drive.

I decided to try Windows 8, but didn't want to "go all in" and upgrade the existing Windows 7 installation. So, I replaced the second hard drive with another of the same type and size, cloned my existing Windows 7 drive, booted the computer from the new #2 drive, and upgraded that Windows 7 installation, all without any problem at all. I can now do a selective boot from either drive and load the OS of my choice. Unfortunately, there is one annoying problem that I'm not sure what to do about.

Regardless of the OS that gets booted, during the loading process, I get messages indicating that each of the drives in the system "need to be checked for consistency". Regardless of whether or not I allow this disk check to run, both OSes will boot and everything "appears" to work fine. However, I'm afraid that things might be going on in the background somewhere that *could* render either one or both drives un-bootable at some point which could be a major problem for me, particularly if it was the original Windows 7 SSD installation.

Does anyone know why the OSes want to do this "consistency check" (which can take a long time on the large conventiona... Read more

Answer:Trying to boot Windows 7 or Windows 8 from separate laptop drives

This problem occurs if Fast startup is enabled in the Windows 8 system.

Windows 8 uses a type of hibernation to achieve the fast startup and in doing so leaves all the drives in a state that Windows 7 doesn't recognize.
Turn off fast startup in Windows 8, see this tutorial

Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

With as SSD you really don't need it anyway

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I have two hard drives. One with windows 7 and second with windows 8. When I add the windows 8 bootloader in windows 7 using EasyBCD, it adds it. When I restart the computer, it doesnt work and I only see an option for windows 7. When I go check EasyBCD again, I see that whatever I had added previously is erased. Attached is the screenshot from Computer management. C drive is Windows 7 and G drive is windows 8.

Answer:How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on two hard drives

Will 8 HD boot itself from BIOS Boot Menu key?

Did you add 8 by its Sys reserve partition drive letter, which should only be assigned for that purpose? If so try again. Then try adding it via 8 drive letter, then by Auto detect.

Try running a few Startup Repairs from 7 disk. If that fails try the Automatic repair from 8 disk. Report back.

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So here is my problem... ever since I installed XP a long time ago, I managed to screw up the drives and had it installed on a different drive than what my 1st hard drive was set to in my BIOS. It was never a problem having the boot files on a different drive, and still wasn't... except now my hard drive is on its last legs and I would like to switch it over.

Right now the boot order in BIOS / Windows Disk Management is as follows:

0. IDE Master: maxtor drive -- ONLY boot manager, clean drive
1. IDE Slave: Seagate 26A -- Vista OS
2. SATA1: Seagate 63 -- Downloaded files / storage
3. SATA2: Seagate 62 -- Partition 1: Recorded TV -- Partition 2: Windows 7 Beta
4. SATA3: Hitachi -- My documents, music, etc.
5. SATA4: Seagate 03 -- my giant 1.5tb backup drive

I just use the # after the segates to identify them (the last 2 digits of the model #)

The reason I want to change the boot manager drive [IDE: Master] and I cleaned the rest of the Maxtor drive is because the thing is about to die. Sometimes it will randomly cut out, I have a lot of errors when reading and copying from the disk, etc.

I've tried many things... I tried VistaBootPro, and I tried the Vista / Windows 7 "Repair Startup" option, but I can't for the life of me get a boot manager on any other drive. With the WIN cd's it doesn't list any of the installations the minute I remove the maxtor drive, so tehre is nothing to repair since it just looks at the boot manager. In vistaboot... Read more

Answer:6 drives, 2 OS's on dedicated drives, need to change boot manager which is on a 3rd

If you remove the Maxtor, you should be able to repair the boot sector so it shows up on the second IDE drive.

Honestly though, I'm getting a migraine just trying to figure out how or why you have it that convoluted. My personally, I'd shrink down to two internal drives, one for one OS, the apps, and games, and the second for my data files and a VM. One partition total per drive. Then, I'd use the big drive in an external cage as my backup.
 

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Can you dual boot windows 10 32 bit and 64 bit on 2 seperate hard drives on the same computer and which do I upgade first?

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Hi,
my default drive configuration looked like this: SSD with Windows 7, and two drives paired with Marvell controller into RAID 0. And everything worked just fine.

Yesterday I bought new, bigger and faster SSD, plugged into my PC and installed Windows 8.1. The problem is that my RAID config has some issues:

a. The boot time is terrible, few minutes of Windows logo and white dots. My Windows 7 after 4 years without format worked way better.

b. After my PC finally boots, there are no drives.

c. In Device manager there is nothing about my Raid controller.

d. When I launch scan for hardware changes after another few minutes I get everything as I wanted.

e. After shutdown everything changes back to point a.

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E
CPU: Intel i7 950
HDD: 2x 1TB WD Caviar Black
SSD#1: Corsair F60 (Windows 7 Pro 64 bit)
SSD#2: Plextor M6S 256GB (Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit)
RAID Controller model: 88se91xx

On some other thread I found Marvell Raid Utility Installer... which probably causes this problem.
I found this topic: http://www.win-raid.com/t29f25-Recommended-AHCI-and-RAID-Drivers.html
however I'm not sure that I install it properly. >64bit Marvell 91xx/92xx SATA3 AHCI/RAID drivers v1.2.0.1041 WHQL<
In device manager I click on my Marvell device, try to update my driver, naviage to unzipped folder and Windows informs me, that my driver is the newest one.

Additional note: Is there a chance, that I did something wrong while connecting my second SSD? I works just fi... Read more

Answer:Windows 8.1, Marvell RAID 0 - slow boot, no drives

Windows has to go back through getting the OS optimized for the new drive and new install.

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Hallo everyone.

I don't post much, but I've got a tough one. At least tough for me these days, since I haven't used anything newer than XP before I grabbed Win10.

So, here's the situation. I have a pair of hard drives. One has an old but decked out XP install as well as an OpenSUSE installation and a bunch of data on it. I bought a second hard drive, and *should have listened to good advice* and disconnected my main drive with XP etc when I installed windows 10. I didn't.

So, Windows 10 installed, everything seemed fine. My idea was to simply choose which hard drive I wanted to boot to (XP/Linux or Win10) and pick that device from the bootable devices menu. When I tried to boot to winXP, I got the new Windows 10 boot loader. When I disconnected the Win10 hard drive, I STILL got the win10 boot loader.

Apparently, windows 10 took it upon itself to go and change/replace my Windows XP bootloader. I tried running the XP setup and running FixBoot and FixMBR ... neither one fixed it.
Long story short, how do I get windows 10's changes to my XP drive removed? I could add GRUB2, since I'll eventually be running Linux too, but I would rather restore the XP boot loader.

Cheers! And thanks in advance. I'm hoping that I can just delete or rename some files from the XP hard drive.
 

Answer:Windows 10 overwrote my XP boot loader... Separate drives

I would try EasyBCD although I have not used it for 10 dual boot
I have used it for 8.1, and 7 and 7 and XP as well as Linux based OS

Install EasyBCD
free - registration although invited is not required
http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

using GUI and this guide first view settings
then I would think select 10 and add entries
https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/basics/
 

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I currently have xp on "C" drive and would like to install 98se on "D" drive as a dual boot

Answer:dual boot two hard drives windows xp and wind

I don't think you can install and run 98 except on C drive. If you want you can install 98 on C and XP on D."Doin' right ain't got no end." Cap'n Red Legs

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this is the second round for me on this, the O/S gets lost when you add drives to the system, for what its worth, it freezes at /windows/system32/classpnp.sys when using safemode to try and boot in

at first i thought it was related to my add in card and array, but i just proved that wrong tonight by adding a single hdd via a regular old SATA cable.. same result, win7 sits there hung up permanently at the glowing flag.. i was going to take the blame for this, but its obviously a bug in 7

so anyone have a cure for this, so far the only trick i came up with is putting the PC to sleep (hibernate perhaps a better term) and sneaking the drive cable back in... when the computer wakes, it finds the new drive and popups up that half convenient, half retarded 'what do i do' box... its a hard drive, do nothing ok?? but that will let me use the drive until i reboot, then kaput...

so, this is a boot bug, i have no idea why, its the first problem i have had in 7 which until now, i really loved, so can you guys think of anything??

please help???

Answer:windows 7 will not boot and/or login when adding hard drives

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

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Hello, I would really appreciate some help. here is the status of a computer i'm working on running xp. The registry became corrupt, the computer loads to "windows cannot start because ntsokrnl.exe was not found" I had previously accidently deleted the d drive and the di386 recovery drive. The disc trays were still working, I disconnected and reconnected them from inside and now they still open but I can't boot form a disc at all. I dont know what to do, can you tell me how to boot from a disc again without being able to go on windows at all even in safe mode? Can I install the two drives I deleted without the ability to get on windows? Please help
 

Answer:Windows Is Corrupt My Disc Drives Are Un-Installed Can't Boot From CD

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I had a copy of Windows XP Professional installed on a 74GB hard drive. The OS began acting funky and I had just tried to update my bios so I wasn?t sure if it was the OS or it was the bios so I decided to install Windows on one of my 250GB hard drives. After I did that I realized that 74GB wasn?t enough for my OS anyways so I would keep the new install. But now my system drive is D which isnt a huge problem but it?s a little annoying and a few programs I install HAVE to be on C. Don?t ask me why, Xilinx just sucks (anyone using Zinlinx knows what I am talking about)
I also wanted to install Slacware on the 74GB hard drive. Well I did that and nothing would boot. The bios coldnt find a bootable disk. So I went into recovery console and reinstalled the bootloader on the 74GB hard drive. Well it turns out that neither disk will boot on its own anymore. The windows bootloader is on C and boot.ini is on D and I cant find a combination that will allow either one to boot on its own.
What I want to do is make the 250GB disk bootable on its own and show up as C. I have tried fixmbr, fixboot and bootcfg on the 250GB disk and none of them fix anything. I have ntldr and ntdetect.com on the drive along with boot.ini. I think I am just missing the boot sector.

Answer:Windows XP boot files are split amongst two hard drives (I think)

Try this:Remove the 74GB drive.Connect the 250GB drive with Windows on it as the primary master drive.Boot into the Recovery Console.Use fixboot and fixmbrReboot and see if Windows loads.If it does then:Shut down.Connect the 74GB drive as the Primary SlaveBoot your Linux installation CDinstall Linux on the 74GB driveIf Windows does not load then post back here for more troubleshooting.If there are any steps you don't understand or have questions about then ask before doing anything.

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Hi,

I have 2 internal hard drives, 1 running XP and the second SATA drive I bought was just to use for storage (Does not have partitions and still has over 100GB space on it.

I would like to install Ubuntu on my second drive and dual boot with XP.

How should I go about doing this? The 2 instruc-tions I have found only address this issue in a one-drive only scenario so I was wondering if there's any difference in my situation.

Thanks very much in advance.
 

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Hi everyone,
i just bought a bunch of computer parts and am building my first computer. here are the specs: seagate 250 gb hd, athlon64 3200+, Asus A8N-SLI NVIDIA Socket 939, 2 sticks of US Modular 512 MB's (PC3200 DDR 400MHz), a VGA XFX|GF 6800GS 256MB video card - all in a nice atx case with 400 watt power supply.
i put together this kiler system (imho) and selected cd-rom as my primary boot device, hd as second. i also had set the hd as the primary ide master, and the cd-rw rom as a secondary master. then i enabled amd k8 cool' n' quiet control because it seemed reasonable.
then i started installing windows xp home. the stage "copying files" took me about 5-6 hours. im not joking. most people say that their xp installation took under an hour, so something has already gone wrong.
the next stage, when you have a gui and the mouse is recognized took forever too, dunno how long exactly. afterwards, at some point i get a blue screen. it goes something like this:
a problem has occured and windows has been shut down to prevent damage.

IRQL_NOT LESS_OR EQUAL

if this is the first time you see this, blah blah, restart the pc, ir it happens again, contact your hardware of software manufacturers. if it continues, disable BIOS memory options, such as blah blah.

Technical information:

*** STOP : 0x00000000A (0x96320008, 0x00000002, 0x0000001, 0x8051E9EF)

writing dump file..

i then connected a different hard drive, from my old computer.... Read more

Answer:Can't install Windows or even boot from 'pulled-out' hard drives

Never mind
 

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I have the following dual setup on my X270: Main - SATA3 - m.2 2242 LiteOn SSD - Windows 10 Pro Signature EditionBackup - SATA3 - 2.5 inch WD HDD - Windows 10 Pro  I wanted to keep the WD HDD disabled from BIOS and use it for redundancy, but didn't find any option to do so.   Questions:1. Is GPT (required for boot sequence stored) saved on both drives, meaning either drive will be available, when one of them fails? 2. How much power savings are achieved by disabling the WD HDD from Windows. Since it's a spinning drive I want it to stay idle.  Thanks.  

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Hello folks!

So here's my problem.

I have four hard drives. Three SATA, one IDE. Until today, I could boot up happily with all of them attached, though I did have to keep the Windows 7 DVD in my tray. Without that, I got a "BOOTMGR not found" error. Probably should have dealt with it, but it wasn't a big problem, and my mantra tends to be 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it.'

Well, today I booted up after testing some different RAM in my machine (it's all back to normal now, no hardware changes, and I did not boot into Windows with the RAM inside), and my machine insisted on installing Windows 7 rather than booting it. Couldn't find a way around it. The Windows DVD's repair option insists it's incompatible with the version of Windows I have, despite being the very DVD I used to install it (an x64 issue, perhaps?), but I keep all my valuable files on other hard drives, so I gave in and formatted my C: drive and went to reinstall Windows 7.

Problem! I reformatted the partition and then went to install Windows, but the installer gave me the error 0x80300024. Could not install to that location. Weird, because that was the exact partition Windows was installed to for the last 2 years. I googled that and after half an hour, worked out a solution: I had to unplug every hard drive except the one I was using. I did that, Windows installed just fine, I got in, set up everything, happy ending.

Then I shut down, attached my hard drives, and booted up again. I got an err... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] I can only boot into Windows when no other hard drives are attached.

Embarrassingly, I have discovered my mistake right after posting it.

I'll explain rather than modify/delete my post, for the sake of anyone who may find this on Google.

This error, 0xc0000225 - The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible, was caused by the hard drive on which Windows was installed not being #1 on the Boot Priority menu in the BIOS. Perhaps due to being removed and reattached, or perhaps due to the cords getting mixed up during a hardware change, the Boot Priority menu was rearranged, so that the BIOS tried to find the OS on the wrong drive.

Entering the startup menu (usually DEL or F10 right as the computer turns on) and putting the right drive in the #1 slot has solved it totally.

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Hi guys

Some questions please, i have recently installed Linux Mint 18.2 on my Windows 10 PC.
Windows 10 is installed on my 500GB SSD.
Linux Mint has been installed on a separate 120GB SSD, connected to a sata port.
Its all working great, and i can dual boot, choosing at start up from the grub menu, i have it set as Windows boot manager priority with 10 seconds, so if i don't select Linux Mint before the 10 seconds it boots straight to Windows.

The question i have, is, on my Linux Mint, i have 3 partitions, 2 of them EXT4, and 1 is Swap.
Although the install was done on the 120GB SSD, i have a Ubuntu folder under EFI, in the 99mb Windows 10 system partition.
Is this normal?
I wanted Linux to be completely independant from Windows 10.
In this situation, i think if i remove the Windows 10 drive, Linux will not boot.

Thanks in advance

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I removed two Ide hard drives from my computer and afterwards my computer would not boot. after researching I came across the information that if I plug them in again it would work and that I could then properly use software to uninstall the drives. the problem is that even when I plug them back in windows still want boot. in fact when I plug them back in the boot CD won't work either and everything runs much slower on the motherboard. I have tried running Startup Repair multiple times and it hasn't worked.if I could just get windows to boot again I could deal with the drives. what can I do? please help and thanks in advance!

Answer:remove secondary hard drives and now windows won't boot even when replacing

Firstly, what version of Windows is it?

I'm guessing the bootloader got put on one of the other drives that you removed. You'll need to boot off of your Windows CD and repair your bootloader.

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I'm trying to utilyze two seperate hard drives so that I can seperate two users. This is a new 64, HP with XP Media as the operating system on a 200 gig drive.

First of all, when I went in to the BIOS to investigate how this new computer was set up I noticed that it recognized the hard drive (200 g) in channel c and in the "3rd" group. Shouldn't the primary IDE be on Channel A, and be recognized as the "0" representing that this is the master drive in this system. Furthermore the DVD was on Channel B and it was recognized as "0".

Needless to say, I was wondering what the jumper settings looked like on the hard drive, it was one of those new drives that I have never worked with. It had one plug on the left side of the drive, and it plugged in to the motherboard as a plug of some type, leaving the standard IDE Master plug on the motherboard empty. Is this part of that problem? Anyway, I plugged my 2nd hard drive in direct to the master drive and when I went in to the BIOS, the system was only recognizing the DVD player, and it showed neither hard drive. When I plugged the (2nd) hard drive in to the straps with the DVD, than the BIOS recognized both drives and the DVD, however the DVD was once again in the "0" IDE Master position, the 2nd drive that I wanted to add was recognized in the "group B" Channel B, and the original real master drive was recognized in Group C, Channel B, position "1".

I felt that eve... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot with Windows XP / xp media two seperate hard drives

i have a sata drive and a 20gb IDE drive on my computer, both set with jumpers at primary. When i installed vista (since i didn't have 2 drives when i installed XP) i gave me an option to put the operating system on the IDE 20gb drive OR the 120gb 1st partition OR the 80gb second partition.

I think you either messed up somewhere in the settings installing XP or it didn't have that option.

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I've recently reinstalled Win7 64bit to my Mushkin enhanced Deluxe 240gb SSD. This drive had a missing MBR. I was finally able to reformat it and install Windows after changing the boot to Legacy Only in the Gigabyte BIOS. After installing all the updated drivers and video drivers in the new install I turned to re-connecting all the other HDs in my build that were there before the original problem occurred. These drives are a combination of SATA II and SATA III and worked fine on this build before my MBR problem. That's when the boot of windows stalled. I the tried connecting one at a time (There are 7 additional internal HDS) with the same results. The BIOS did see the one additional drive I reconnected on the second try. When I go back to the single drve everything is fine at boot. I even changed the boot back to UEFI and Legacy, thinking that was the cause of the problem. I'm at a loss to understand why these drives don't function in this, my second installation of Windows in this build.

Some System Info:

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD A8/A10 39 ?C
Trinity 32nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (11-11-12-28)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. F2A85X-UP4 (P0) 21 ?C
Graphics
ASUS VS228 ([email protected])
768MB AMD Radeon HD 8670D + 6570 Dual Graphics (ATI)
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Answer:Windows Boot stalls when adding additional Sata Drives

Well mate the only thing I can think of at the moment is to check the Device Manager and see if they are there and any error triangles alongside.

Perhaps you need to update the driver s these particular drives and personally I use the manufacturers for that as I am not a fan of the Windows feature.

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hello,

I know that it seems to be impossible to boot with other external drives than thoses provided by toshiba.

But when you read toshiba's information, it seems to be possible if you don't want to use the recovery cds (i.e with linux or other window than toshiba's).

I also noticed that toshiba sells usb drives for the r100, but it is specified that the bios 1.5 or later must be use...

To conclude, is it also possible to determine if a pcmcia drive is compatible or not? (for example the sony's pgc cd51/a)

Thank you

Answer:R100 - compatible drives to boot new linux/windows (no recovery cd)

Hi,

as far as I know you can use both, USB and PCMCIA drives.
But I'm not sure if you can boot from a PCMCIA drive. With USB it should work.
Sorry that I can't give you more info.

Bye

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Hello, everyone. What an abundance of help there is here. I might say too much as all the threads I've looked at trying to find my precise issue has left me scratching my head. Without a doubt folks here are far more knowledgeable than I.

I bought a laptop about 2 years ago second hand and it had Vista on it. I took it to a shop and asked if they would please put on Windows 7. Because of cost constraints, I had to go with Windows 7 Upgrade though I really wanted a full Install. They set it up for me and it ran flawlessly all this time. I have since bought an XP Pro/SP3 and Windows 7 Home Premium and started to faithfully follow the instructions found here on how to get these 2 OSs to dual boot. Thread - Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP. Here are my System Properties.



This is what it looks like after successfully installing Windows 7 to what I intended to be C: drive. I do so hope that's the case. I am including a couple other screenshots so experts here can confirm this or not.





I found threads here referring to hidden drives and Restore partitions and material that wasn't clear enough to such a computer newbie as myself. I don't understand what to do with those 2 little Volumes or even fully understand what they are for. For all I know they aren't relevant anymore since they may refer to Vista/Windows 7 Upgrade instead of the full version I now have. Advice and explanation here would be much appreciated. Please though, write it for a simpleton. I al... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on 2 separate drives on Acer laptop

In latest screenshot: E=DVD, F=reomovable (maybe usb stick or floppy drive). Both unimportant now.
C= boot drive with bootmenu. also win7. You made screenshot in win7 (must be ... winxp doesn't work).

D=where you want winxp to be installed?

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Well i dont know a thing about computers and i have turned mine on today for it to come up with disc boot failure insert disc and press enter.

I put in my windows XP disc got to the part where it says repair etc and have tried both the options given and both say windows can not find a hard drive,

OMG this is driving me mad and i dont know what to do.

Please help

Thank you
Mel x

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Hello,
We are a computer resellers in the Caribbean and need help. we have a customer purchased an Ibm M Pro intellistation with 20 g scsi hd. Added a 40 g ide and runs win 2000 pro on both drives. He wants to be able to access each drive independently. HELP ! How do we set up the drives to be accessed at startup? For instance with win 2000 dive 1 and win 2000 drive 2?

Thanks and appreciate the help
Jerry
 

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Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?

Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?
 

Answer:Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?

Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?Click to expand...

It should be obvious once you think about it for a second. Portable drives are encased in an enclosure. The enclosures must provide power and a data interface for the drive, and connections to the computer. The enclosure cost money to design and manufacture and then someone or some assembly process must install the drive in the enclosure.

The desktop drive has no enclosure and the power and data connections are supplied by the computer.





Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?Click to expand...

Yes - as a secondary (not boot) drive.



Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?Click to expand...

Shop around. Check out Newegg or Tiger Direct or Amazon.

When it comes to enclosures, the drives themselves are all comparably reliable. The problem comes with the enclosures. Not all are equal or offer the same interfaces. I would look for one that supports eSATA and/or USB 3.0.
 

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Hello i am running windows 8.1 with a ssd as a boot drive and a hdd as a secundairy drive
I am experiencing a problem with windows reset.
I Have to reset my pc because if i do recovery or refresh it claims to have no acces to certain files
i tried to do this because within 10 minutes of a windows update my pc began acting weird login time was 5 minutes (used to be 1 seconds).
So i found out you can choose to format all drives or only the boot drive but when i use reset it doesnt give me the option.
i really cant afford to buy a external drive right now and i would love to know why windows thinks its the same drive when i clearly set my hdd as a different partition and a different path/drive letter

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Before installing Windows 10 I clean reinstalled my Windows 7 onto a new SSD but inadvertently left my BIOS boot drive as my old HDD. Now I find that I have my windows 10 boot files in the HDD and the rest of the OS on the SSD, so I am still dependant on that old HDD. It's quite old, and I tried to swap it out to a new HDD but found this issue.

I've tried BootRec /RebuildBcd, BootRec /FixMbr and BootRec /FixBoot, rebooting the PC between each, but without success. I want to make the SSD bootable, what have I missed?

Answer:Windows Boot and Windows on different drives

Install Macrium Reflect Free and create a Rescue usb stick or dvd.

Disconnect hdd.

Boot into Rescue Drive.

Select Restore tab.

Click 'fix windows boot problems'

Click next, finish and it will rebuild boot sectors in correct drive.

Then you can reinstate hdd and delete old boot partition.

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Before installing Windows 10 I clean reinstalled my Windows 7 onto a new SSD but inadvertently left my BIOS boot drive as my old HDD. Now I find that I have my windows 10 boot files in the HDD and the rest of the OS on the SSD, so I am still dependant on that old HDD. It's quite old, and I tried to swap it out to a new HDD but found this issue.

I've tried BootRec /RebuildBcd, BootRec /FixMbr and BootRec /FixBoot, rebooting the PC between each, but without success. I want to make the SSD bootable, what have I missed?

Answer:Windows Boot and Windows on different drives

Install Macrium Reflect Free and create a Rescue usb stick or dvd.

Disconnect hdd.

Boot into Rescue Drive.

Select Restore tab.

Click 'fix windows boot problems'

Click next, finish and it will rebuild boot sectors in correct drive.

Then you can reinstate hdd and delete old boot partition.

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Poor Leo, He has lost two complete drives now due to corruption after booting from one drive, restarting, then using the BIOS to boot from another drive (both win8). He keeps getting "ERRORS, attempting to repair" on all of his drives. After chugging along for awhile, they usually boot but with enough corruption that the drive is pretty messed up. He just lost the main SSD boot drive that he spent so much time in building.
Now I kept telling him that I never had that issue and then, BAM, I got an "Attempting to repair" after accidentally trying to boot from another drive only for a few seconds from the UEFI BIOS BOOT OVERRIDE (clicked on the wrong drive- was shooting for ROM) .

Now a big question mark is the WAY that I was booting. I was using the new UEFI BIOS BOOT OVERRIDE, just click on the drive or ROM and it boots from it. I THINK that is what Leo has been doing rather than change the boot drive in the BIOS to the hard drive he wants to boot from.

Is this normal? I will be Googling for a while on this one!

Answer:Can boot from other drives cause corrupted drives?

The short answer is NO

But then again it all depends because there's so many variables that one could write a novel sized book listing all the possible causes for drive corruption.

Gather evidence, and start from the obvious and work your way down the list.

"Booting from another drive" being the cause would probably be cause number 545985 followed by #545986 "Booting from a CD".

If you're gonna throw that SSD away, can you throw it my way cos I'm sure it'll be working fine when I get it :-)

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Hi, Im getting infinite bootloops when i trying to do a clean install of windows 7 i did this with no CD just installation files from my old desktop and got no recovery disk or installation disk or what so ever if any could help me pls... thanks

Answer:windows 7 clean install from windows desktop, infinite boot loop

Hello RJ,

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE to create yourself a Windows 7 installation DVD or USB flash drive that you could boot from to do a clean install of Windows 7 with at boot instead. The TIP section tells you how to get an official Windows 7 ISO to create this from.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I just received my PC and Windows 10 will not open. After bios starts the screen says, Hi there Let's get a few basic things out of the way. Asks for home country, language, keyboard layout, and time zone, then click on NEXT. Then I have a screen that says, Get going fast, click on USE EXPRESS SETTINGS. The screen then says Just A Moment with small white balls going in a circle above. At this point the screen goes black except for the white mouse pointer. I have tried two different monitors using the VGA port, one TV using the HDMI port, all with the same results.

Answer:New desktop will not boot into Windows 10

Added anything to this new PC before starting this process (hardware) anything connected except keyboard and mouse ? Since it is brand new i may think of sending it back it maybe hardware related. Unless want to go further and try some resolutions. What did shutting down and rebooting do so far for it ?

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One night 5 weeks ago my All in One computer froze and after several hours I did a hard shut down. When I rebooted the computer would not boot and I received error 0x000000f. I bought Easy RE for windows 7 and it did not fix the problem. I used Gparted and was able to repair the boot files and then was able to get the computer to boot from several different ISO disks I keep on hand. Hiren's Boot disk being one of these. I tried copying files I need to save but this takes forever as I am not seeing specific files I would like to save. But I can see my Norton N360 backup and all the files seem to be in these folders. But copying these folders will take weeks. I gave up on this idea after a week of trying. After much online research and taking baby steps I can not boot to the windows logon screen. I type in my password and after a few hours the screen comes up and goes directly into check disk. I let this run the first time until it completed, I presently have chkdsk running a second time and this time I am taking pictures of the steps as they complete. I missed the first chkdsk final summary. After chkdsk the computer tries to load. But there is only a teal blue screen; and in the lower right hand corner it says this copy of windows in not genuine. I know for sure this is a legal copy of windows as it came installed on the computer. I have been able to run the repair disk with no success. I have been able to get to an elevated prompt when I try to run certain tasks but it ... Read more

Answer:Windows will not boot to desktop

Hi .. What chkdsk is meaning ?
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There was a bad thunderstorm the other day and I lost power while my computer was on. This wasn't the first time this has happened so once I got power back, I turned my computer on again. It takes my pc 5 minutes to get to the desktop and while that took place, I lost power again. After I got power back and waited an hour to make sure it was going to stay, I turned my computer on. This time I saw a screen that told me Windows did not shutdown correctly and asked me to enter safe mode(or with networking or command prompt) or start normally. I chose to start normally but when it shows the Windows XP boot screen (http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/1...bootscreen.jpg) it seemed to hang. The bar on the bottom of screen kept going but I'd never get to the Windows XP login screen.

Seeing as how it appeared to be stuck to me, I manually rebooted the pc and I again was given options on how to start windows, I selected Safe mode this time but it gave me a list of what I assume it was going to be loading (a lot of .sys files and stopped at JGOGO.sys) but that too froze to me.

I then took out the Hard drive and placed it into another computer but it was the same thing, only this time it would reboot by itself.

I have a lot of important files on this drive and I'd really like to try to get this fixed (I'm hoping its not a hard drive problem)

Computer Information (more can be found in my computer specs section next to my user name):
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Answer:Windows XP won't boot to desktop

The power failure likely caused some data errors on your drive. You need to run chkdsk /r on it. You can do that by installing the drive as a slave into your other computer.

It is always a good idea to have your data backed up prior to running chkdsk with the /r switch.

You could also run chkdsk /r from a Recovery Console session but you can't back up your data that way so it would be riskier than the slave method.
 

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I got an error message that I had a corrupted file and I needed to place my Windows CD in the drive to correct the problem. I placed the disk into the drive and began reinstalling Windows when my computer shut down. Now everytime I place the Windows CD into the drive, the following message is received:

file\i386\NTKRNLMP.exe could not be loaded. The error code is 7.

Is it possibe to do anything to try and fix my computer, repair Windows, or even re-install Windows. Any assistance great appreciated

NOTE: By the way, my computer has no floppy drive!

Thank you.

Answer:Windows XP will not boot to desktop

you can reformat and reinstall a completely fresh version of windows or you can preform a repair on the os to fix any corrupt or missing files. if you would like to repair let me know what version of xp you have Home or Pro.

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I just received my PC and Windows 10 will not open. After bios starts the screen says, Hi there Let's get a few basic things out of the way. Asks for home country, language, keyboard layout, and time zone, then click on NEXT. Then I have a screen that says, Get going fast, click on USE EXPRESS SETTINGS. The screen then says Just A Moment with small white balls going in a circle above. At this point the screen goes black except for the white mouse pointer. I have tried two different monitors using the VGA port, one TV using the HDMI port, all with the same results.

Answer:New desktop will not boot into Windows 10

Added anything to this new PC before starting this process (hardware) anything connected except keyboard and mouse ? Since it is brand new i may think of sending it back it maybe hardware related. Unless want to go further and try some resolutions. What did shutting down and rebooting do so far for it ?

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My desktop Pavillion 500 will not boot up. I keep getting the circle of death on the screen.  I did manage to get to a page allowing diagnostics, but it keeps asking for a password. I have inputted the password I ususally use at start up, but that does not work and neither does my password for HP. Is there another password I should be using?

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I just received my PC and Windows 10 will not open. After bios starts the screen says, Hi there Let's get a few basic things out of the way. Asks for home country, language, keyboard layout, and time zone, then click on NEXT. Then I have a screen that says, Get going fast, click on USE EXPRESS SETTINGS. The screen then says Just A Moment with small white balls going in a circle above. At this point the screen goes black except for the white mouse pointer. I have tried two different monitors using the VGA port, one TV using the HDMI port, all with the same results.

Answer:New desktop will not boot into Windows 10

Added anything to this new PC before starting this process (hardware) anything connected except keyboard and mouse ? Since it is brand new i may think of sending it back it maybe hardware related. Unless want to go further and try some resolutions. What did shutting down and rebooting do so far for it ?

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There was a bad thunderstorm the other day and I lost power while my computer was on. This wasn't the first time this has happened so once I got power back, I turned my computer on again. It takes my pc 5 minutes to get to the desktop and while that took place, I lost power again. After I got power back and waited an hour to make sure it was going to stay, I turned my computer on. This time I saw a screen that told me Windows did not shutdown correctly and asked me to enter safe mode(or with networking or command prompt) or start normally. I chose to start normally but when it shows the Windows XP boot screen (http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/1...bootscreen.jpg) it seemed to hang. The bar on the bottom of screen kept going but I'd never get to the Windows XP login screen.

Seeing as how it appeared to be stuck to me, I manually rebooted the pc and I again was given options on how to start windows, I selected Safe mode this time but it gave me a list of what I assume it was going to be loading (a lot of .sys files and stopped at JGOGO.sys) but that too froze to me.

I then took out the Hard drive and placed it into another computer but it was the same thing, only this time it would reboot by itself.

I have a lot of important files on this drive and I'd really like to try to get this fixed (I'm hoping its not a hard drive problem)

Computer Information (more can be found under my user name):
Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3 (but I only have the Windows XP SP2 cd)... Read more

Answer:Windows XP won't boot to desktop

You can look at this post
http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...ys-425034.html

Basically it says to change the SATA port your hard drive is on to another port and try again

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Hey guys I was wondering if you could offer me some help and advice.

The thing is I was just browsing the internet when all of a sudden the computer decides to restart itself and then when it was loading up again decided to hang on the vista boot.

When turning it on I see all the usuals, HP load screen and then on to the hard drive check thing where the harddrive is listed and then where the operating system would usual load - the monitor just changes its resolution and stays on a blank screen. I don't hear any of the "welcome" sounds which vista gives so im presuming its not loading.

I have gave the computer a good clean which is was in great need of thinking that it may have just overheated as it has been left on for the past few days.
However this has not helped in the load matter yet has made it a lot quieter which I suppose is one benefit from this...

If anyone could offer any help or support it would be much appreciated!
(Was thinking the graphics card may have failed but surely I would still hear the vista load sounds?)

Answer:HP Desktop will not boot to windows

See if you can get into Safe Mode to do a System Restore. It sounds like you might have been in the middle of a Microsoft Update.

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recently i installed a new power supply, video card, and added a stick of memory to my computer.

while playing WoW yesterday it shut down and would not turn back on, so i opened the case to find that the main power from the PSU to the mobo was halfway unplugged, i plugged the wire back in and turned the computer back on but now it keeps shutting itself off before even reaching my desktop.

i think i may have short circuited something but i have no idea what i need to do to fix/repair this problem.
any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:will not boot windows desktop

Hello,

Try unplugging the power cable to your PSU for 2-3 minutes, then plug it back up and try again.

Try removing all unecessary hardware devices from your PC, including optical drives, sound card and extra RAM modules, leaving just your hard drive, one RAM module and graphics card connected (if you are using one).

Also try using another PSU.

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http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/fixing-windows-8-part-2-boot-desktop

can anyone help, i have never seen this option before?
 

Answer:windows 8 boot to the desktop??

That article is just showing what should have been an option, but it's not.
If you want to boot straight to desktop then you need to use a 3rd part program like startisback, classic shell or one of the many others out now.
 

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there is this delll optiplex computer with windows 7 that i am working on, when you power the pc, it boot to the the level that the user must click on the user name to boot to desktop. but once u click on the user it stops at the welcome screen and stays there for every until your power it off and on again before it is able to boot to desktop. i have tried restoring to the date before it this problem started but this did not work. can someone help me with a solution?
 

Answer:windows can not boot to the desktop

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Last night my wife shut down her desktop, and it froze. I turned it off manually (ctl-alt-del) wouldn't work. This AM, she turned it on, and it stops at "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I tried using my Norton Internet Security disk - it just takes me to an A: prompt. I tried my Windows XP disk, and got to the Recovery Console, and ran CHKDSK, which said there were errors. Ran chkdsk /p, which took 2 hours to complete - still no go. It's an old computer (to be immediately replaced), but she had non-backed up data on her hard drive. There is also a second hard drive on the machine (where I back up my data). Is there any way I can somehow get into windows to transfer her files to the backup drive, which I'll then install in the replacement machine? If not, is there any way I can extract her data without going to a pro and paying through the nose? I do have a new laptop (hence this post) if that can be used in any way.

The machine is a Micron PII 933 mHz, running XP Home. Help!!!!

RBerne
 

Answer:Can't get desktop to boot up and launch Windows

You could take out the Hard drives and buy an Enclosure to put them in and then hook them up up your Laptop and get to the files that way.

Here's some Enclosures` http://www.usbtech.co.uk/catalog/default.php/cPath/17

Or if you have a friend with a PC put the Hard drive on theirs as Slave and get to the files that way.

This assuming that the Hard drive is just unbootable not damaged
 

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After running the update my desktop is stuck in a failed automatic repair mode.  None of the recovery options function, no response with the F8 or F10 key.  What has happened and what can I do to get this machine fixed?

Answer:I ran a Windows 10 update and my Desktop will not boot up.

Always include PC model in your posts.
F8 doesn't work with Windows 10, and F10 never worked with any version of Windows on Dell PCs.  Only F12 works with Win 10.
If you didn't create a recovery drive, you will have to create a bootable USB with Win 10 and repair the installation. You can download the files for free from Microsoft.
Check for Win 10 recovery options here:
support.microsoft.com/.../windows-10-recovery-options

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Answer:Now that we have the boot to desktop option. Are you using windows 8.1?

Frankly, there are a lot of things I'm hearing about 8.1 that's pushing me to stay on 8 at the moment.
 

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Hi 
 
I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium. After an Adaware install today, every time I restart the system, Windows  starts to load and then the system shuts down completely. Sometimes I will get to an MS Repair screen.with an additional option to start Windows normally. The Start up repair utility fails to find a cause. The system restart then fails and the system shuts down,  I am unable to reach my desktop at all
 
Please help
 
Thanks
 
Locksley

Answer:Windows 7 Boot Failure- Cannot get to my desktop

Hi,
Do you have the installation disk so that you can boot from that and try using the startup repair on the CD?
Keep us posted

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My desktop computer just crashed. When I turn it on it just stays at the huge DELL boot screen. Windows won't start or anything. No key strokes do anything, not F2, F12, or anything else I've tried.Windows Vista Home BasicDell manufactured (as mentioned)1 GB RAM, CPU ?I haven't tried any new websites or software in a long time, but my wife is always playing Flash media mini games (Yatzee, Diner Dash, Monopoly, etc from various sites) and don't know if it could be related. I run Norton scans regularly I have no idea what the problem could be. It was working fine, got shut down normally and won't restart.

Answer:Windows Vista won't boot on my desktop

Does it beep at all or give any sort of hexadecimal (A-F, 0-9) error/diagnostic code?

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The pc stays on for about 1 second and repeating the process..i can't do anything within that 1 second
Pressing the f keys does nothing, This might be the final nail in windows 10 for me..first the freezing now
this.

Answer:windows update desktop cannot boot

If i could try to get a picture. Your machine is power off. You power it on, it starts but after about a second it dies. It may try this many times or you press the power and it does this. You don't see any vendor logo or "BIOS" type screens. Is this correct?

If so this is a hardware issue. Are you hearing any beeps as it starts? These beeps can tell you information. What is the detailed model number of your unit.

What I could recommend if you are into it, open your case. Ensure you ground yourself so you don't introduce a static discharge. You likely know this, I can never tell from oyur designation, static can end the life of certain computer parts. You might try reseating cards, cables etc. Given it a try.

If this doesn't work uninstall any addins you don't need. Extra drive, sound cards, etc. Try it. Then uninstall all memory except one stick, may have to reference manual to see what position the only stick needs to be in, try it. Try a different stick. Really important here that you don't have any static build up.

If this fails and you have one, test PSU. Maybe even take PSU to shop and let them test.

The freezing may have been the precursor to the failure. Hopefully it will be something as simple as a bad stick of memory that has failed.

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My computer was working just fine last night went to wake it up this morning. It now won't boot up, it will power on shows the blue hp screen then goes to a black screen with a little flashing line like a command prompt line. It let me run diagnostics says everything passed.
Also won't let me boot in safe mode or do system restore. It flashes some message between blue and black screen but to quickly to read.
I use this computer for school and ALL of my material and work is in it. Please help
 

Answer:Hp desktop windows vista 64 bit won't boot

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From the Forums: Windows 8 feature - Boot to desktopTablet users probably love the new interface Microsoft created for Windows 8, but if you're using a laptop or desktop with mouse and keyboard, it could be quite frustrating to boot directly to the new Start screen. Some members of our forums probably felt the same way and began looking for a solution to their problem. In a recent forum post, Neowin member 'Fred 69' has found a way to boot directly to the desktop, without using any third party app. It's a built in Windows feature, although it's not an obvious one.The feature is hidden somewhere between the folder options. All you have to do is to go to options in any Explorer window, choose the 'view' tab and click on 'Restore previous folder windows at log-on'.The system will boot to the desktop at startup, but only if you leave an explorer window open at shutdown. It's still a great way if you don't want to use special software, such as Stardock's Start8.http://www.neowin.net/news/from-the-forums-windows-8-feature---boot-to-desktop

Answer:Windows 8 feature - Boot to desktop

didn't work for me ,but it's just a simple click of the desktop icon on the start screen to get to desktop anyway .

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Hi,

I have a friend running windows 2000 and has done all of the updates and run virus scan and spybot search and destroy. When he boots up the computer will hang and not bring up the desktop icons or taskbar. He can go into task manager and start programs that way. Please help. Here is his log from hijackthis:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 6:11:15 PM, on 3/1/2004
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG6\avgserv.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\Tablet.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG6\avgcc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Evidence Exterminator\eraser.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ypager.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Will\My Documents\My Received Files\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.ca/
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Answer:Windows 2000 won't boot to the desktop

Re-Scan with Hijack This, put a check mark next to all listed below, close all other programs and hit FIX CHECKED:

O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {4DF5B116-4FD9-4039-B377-1130953A980F} - (no file)
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE

I dont see anything that would cause that problem though.
 

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but my usb device is not detected, or I can´t find it. I looked everything in my bios and the boot system up. the usb device with ubuntu on it is not detected although I used UNetbootin for win xp. I don´t know if its a hardware or software failure. please help :)

Answer:I want to boot Ubuntu from usb on my windows xp desktop.

Your hardware may not support a USB boot. The BIOS needs to support it.Do you have a boot option menu when you start the computer?

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Happy New year to everyone herepowering on my Pc, it goes past the ME splash screen then gets to the boot options and sticks on the Safe mode prompt, which will not boot in to the desktop in either.I get past the Me spalsh screen logo, then I get message on a blue background with white text saying "Windows protection error. You need to restart your comptuer. System Halted." This is as far as it will go and I have to hit the case reset switch to reboot but its the same every time.As Getting into windows by using SafeMode is not possible, is there a way to recover and repair the damaged files/registry under windowsIn short can anyone tell me how to fix this if its possible. HDD tested ok using the mfr HDD diagnostic tool.Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me.

Answer:WinMe won't boot into Windows Desktop

You will need to boot up with a boot disk.click here

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Windows 2000 (SP4) will not boot to the desktop.
The hourglass comes up and the desktop will
not appear. When I bring up the Task Manager, I
notice that a file called sysjava.exe is using lots
of CPU (65% to 95%). When I end that process,
the desktop appears. Any suggestions for resolving
this?
 

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This post has instructions on how to boot windows 8 to the desktop.
The alternate solution is the easiest.
It is toward the bottom of the page.
http://www.7tutorials.com/how-boot-desktop-windows-8-skip-start-screen
I actually use the startup folder in appdata rather than program data,
but it should work either way.
Remember to use the file that is not the executable file
in the startup folder.
If you use the executable,it will just open a window with the desktop
contents shown.
I used this file and a shortcut to media center to start media center on boot.
If you put media center in startup without the desktop file,metro
will stay on top and block it.
The download link is at the end of the post.
 

Answer:Boot windows 8 straight to the desktop.

Or you could just install Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

Adds the start button and boots to the desktop.
 

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What are the advantages when we want to install Windows 7 from desktop or booting from CD?

Answer:Install Windows 7 from desktop vs boot from CD

Have a look through these tutorials linked below.


Clean Install Windows 7 from the Windows 7 Desktop

Clean Install Windows 7 from the Windows XP Desktop

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So I have had this trouble for a month now. I moved from my apartment to the new home I purchased and made certain I was the one to pack the computer, which was basically the last thing to go before we left.

At any rate, this was a custom built PC that isn't even a year old. All parts purchased in 2015. When i power on the pc normally it doesnt boot into windows, but actually every now and again i can actually get it to boot. I have tried various trouble shooting for this circumstance. Swapped ram around, removed CMOS, reseated video card, etc. It can't be the ram as I've tried every single chip and I have 4 ram chips. I don't have any other video cards, PSU, or motherboard to try out to rule out the problem. Any suggestions? It completely puzzles me as to why it will randomly boot up sometimes but 9/10 times it just sits there with a black screen. Oh and by the way I get no beep codes from the motherboard anymore. No beeps at all.
 

Answer:Desktop powers on but does not boot to windows.

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Windows 2000 (SP4) will not boot to the desktop.
The hourglass comes up and the desktop will
not appear. When I bring up the Task Manager, I
notice that a file called sysjava.exe is using lots
of CPU (65% to 95%). When I end that process,
the desktop appears. Any suggestions for resolving
this?
 

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I want to boot this thin client (t520-Win8 Emb) in desktop Mode."Navigation" tab on "Toolbar Properties" is missing.How can I do this?TIA

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Hi I have installed windows 7 on my PC and now I find that the display freezes when leaving the desktop idle for a period of time. The only way to get back is to force a re boot to the PC. I thought maybe the installation went in wrong so I reformatted hard drive and re installed the operating system again. Re load my normal windows programs and thought all was well until it happened again.
So I thought I would look on the forums to see if any one else has a problem? Found this forum and now I don't feel so bad. I have tried some of the ideas in the above postings but still happens after a short period of time maybe 1/2 hours.
I did how ever look into system rating the PC in properties from the computer button on start programs and ran the system check. After a while the report on screen said Can not rate system at present Window driver problem! what ever this means? Maybe thats why we are having a problem with freezing? Help I do like Win 7 and would like to keep using it so I will keep an eye on this thread to see if any one has a fix? Thanks for reading Peter

Answer:Windows 7 desktop freeze then re boot

Your nv_agp driver isn't running. That is for your AGP slot to work well. You do have AGP style video card, right? Update the chipset drivers for your motherboard. Because now, it's only using PCI to PCI bridge. No good.

And you have Bonjour on your pc. Recommended to Google on how to remove.

Another recommendation: Open Computer (Windows Explorer), click uninstall or change a program. Use this to remove NVidia 3D Vision or similar.

Update your Steam. Unrelated, but I see it crashed on you. http://store.steampowered.com/about/

There are updates for your Adobe Reader.

Use msconfig (because easier for you than Regedit) from start menu. Copy and paste that into search box, hit enter. Go to startup tab.

Uncheck QuickTime Task, Adobe ARM, Adobe Reader Speed Launcher, Google Update. Hit ok.

Please fill in your system specs better if you are able to. Thanks.

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wtf.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-said...-straight-to-desktop-in-windows-8-7000002219/
 

Answer:Windows 8 no scraight to desktop boot?

You WILL use Metro. You WILL like it. You WILL ask for more Metro. Repeat after me, "Metro is the best UI for an OS ever, only fools and Apple loving Communists could possibly think otherwise".
 

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Please Help
My Computer Will Not Boot, The Black Screen With The Windows Xp And The Green Cursor Below It Appears Then It Goes Quickly To A Blue Screen,then A Black Screen, Then Right Back To The Windows Xp Screen, And Just Continues Over And Over, I Have Bought A New Computer, But Im Trying To Recover Some Files From The Old Hard Drive, Please Help
Thanks, Troy
 

Answer:Windows Xp Wont Boot,no Desktop

Howdy,

First can you get into Safemode by Tapping F8 on RE Start and getting a option screen up?
Also if you have another PC you can takeout the hard drive and put it on as a Slave drive and get to the files that way.
 

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My mom's Dell Optiplex Desktop computer will not boot windows.
When you turn it on you get the Dell splash screen, then the screen askign you how you want to boot since last time it had an improper shutdown, if i select Normal or Last Known Good Configuration it will go to the Windows XP loading screen for a minute or so before the whole thing shuts off.
I can get it to boot to safe mode so I don't think the issue is with the HD.
I messed around with the RAM chips since she had several of different sizes from different manufacturers and the 256mb one that was likely original to the PC was able to get through the windows loading screen but it immediately goes to Check Disk and gets to ~15% before shutting off. It will not respond to my wireless keyboard to abort check disk, and I do not have a wired one available.

I have not seen it today, but last time I was working on it I got "Thermal Event" errors even after opening it up and cleaning the bejezus out of if. The thing is spotless inside and is not overheating due to dirt.

Any suggestions are welcome. I am going to see if I can find my old XP disk but I'm not optimistic that it'll turn up.

Thanks in advance
Labcat

Answer:Windows XP SP3 will not boot on Dell Desktop

as you can get into safe mode , have you tried a restore ?
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Restore PC to an Earlier Date & Time

Windows XP
Using System Restore in XP
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My computer came with windows 7 and I got a free upgrade to 8 and everything has been good up until 2 weeks ago.....the computer won't boot. It tells me there's a problem and that it's collecting data and will restart automatically and also has the code 0xc000021a. I can't get it to boot into safe mode and I also can't get past the error screen it just keeps trying to boot up. What can I do

Answer:0xc000021a windows won't boot on my desktop

Here is a guide on HOW TO FIX THIS. I do not/have not used Windows 8 or 8.1, so cannot verify this guide.

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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move... Read more

Answer:Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!
 

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I have 2 hard drives with windows system on them. One is windows media center/xp and the other is xp pro. As I start my pc it goes through the bios and then stops and I have 2 choices. Booting to the media center drive (rdisk 2)or the xp pro drive (rdisk 0). Both drives boot to their respective desktops, all is well. Btw i did install the systems when both drives where running.

My question; when I change my bios from first boot disk 0 to disk 2 (disk 1 is another storage logical drive) then save and exit it wont give me that choice anymore is shows a “NTLDR missing”. I go to bios configuration again and change back to the original first boot drive 0 and I can boot to either hard drive with no problems. Why this is so.

This is my boot.ini for both bootable drives:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Thanks to all
Robert
 

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My SSD crashed, with the boot program on it. Can I get my HDD to boot  the comp? It's not partitioned for it. I have a 32 gb 3.0 flash drive. Running 8.1. Already tried to recover, and restore the ssd, partition isn't there. I think it's toast. 

Answer:Dual Hard Drives, SSD (Only boot Drive) Crashed, Can I get HDD to boot?

A couple more details. I'm hearing a beeping sound when I power up now. The ssd isn't even recognized when I scan the comp. If I use this comp, also a dell, and running 8.1 to load my flash drive with 8.1, will it boot my laptop, then can I set up my hdd to boot?

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