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Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)

Question: Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)

Please if someone knows the answer to this question or if anyone has any experience in this problem. Can someone guide me - I am not much of an windows expert.

The problem started, with a never ending loop of restarts - after I put the computer to sleep mode. I regret doing that but it was no use since the problem started. So to do a quick fix I plugged in my Windows XP recovery disk and did the following - chkdsk /r, chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr. And doing this - I made a temporary fix as I was able to boot into Windows XP but while booting I got this msg. Invalid boot.ini (Booting from C:/Windows)

So Next I tried using my Windows 7 recovery disk to do /fixboot, /fixmbr and when I was typing in /rebuildbcd this came out - No Windows Installation found (0 Windows Installation Found). So what must I do.?

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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)

I have Windows XP and Windows 7. My main OS that I use for my daily use is Windows 7 so it's recovery is vital to me.

So let me be more clear and precise to get more accurate help. I have 2 hard disks - one is of 250 Gb which has 4 partitions - C: D: E: F: (XP is in C:/ partition) and my second hard disk is of 1 TB and it has 3 Partitions - J: K: L: (Windows 7 is in J: ) it was set in dual boot setup. I was able to boot into XP because I used my Windows XP recovery disk to stop my computer from eternal rebooting loop. I used the fixboot command and others as mentioned above from the XP recovery console and temporarily fixed it as now I can boot into XP for the time being but I really need to use my Windows 7 because that is what I use for my daily work. Additional NOTES - Everytime I boot into Windows XP I get this message (Invalid boot.ini booting from C:/Windows) I know I can fix that by using bootcfg /rebuild but like I said, Windows 7 is what I need not Windows XP.

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I'm getting the 'winload missing or corrupt' message when I boot. When I go into the command prompt from the Vista install disk and run 'bootrec /scanos' it reports zero Windows installations. I can can boot into safe mode. How can I have zero windows installations if I can boot into safe mode?
 

Answer:Bootrec says I have no Windows installations

Were any changes made before this started?

Can you boot from the Vista DVD and try a Repair install?
 

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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
To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:
Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
Press a key when you are prompted.
Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
Click Repair your computer.
Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.
For a how-to, read, visit KB927392.

Answer:How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in Windows Recovery Environment

hi !
there is a MUCH better program if you want to configure / repair your boot-configuration, EasyBCD:Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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My aunt's old Dell Vista 32 bit tower would no longer boot. It gave no error messages - it would go through all the normal startup screens and when it would hit the black screen just before the Welcome.... it would just stay there. Forever.

I tried all the F8 options - Last Good Config, Safe Mode, Safe Mode With Command Prompt, etc, but nothing would get me to the Welcome screen. The first option off F8 was to Repair the PC. That found the OS and took me to the Repair Options screen. Repair Startup found no problems and System Restore had no Restore Points, so I went to the command prompt.

I navigated to C:\Windows and everything seemed to be in order. Bootrec /fixboot and /fixmbr completed successfully, but when I typed in Bootrec /scanos it came back with 0 installations. Bootrec /rebuildbcd won't work because the first thing it does is a /scanos. A reboot changed nothing - just the black screen with the mouse pointer.

I then ran chkdsk /f which (after several hours) found no problems. Of course I cannot do an sfc /scannow from the Recovery Console.

I then restarted and hit F12 to get me to a diagnostics menu. Even the long test passed.

I really have no problem with a reinstall - we've got the Dell Vista SP1 disk, I'd just like to have some idea of what might be the problem, if only to prevent future occurrences.

Answer:bootrec /scanos Comes Up With 0 Installations, although Repair shows Vista OS

The Google shows a lot of results for "scanos detects 0 installations", and they're all about trying some things like you tried, rebuilding the BCD, etc.
Sounds like an interesting problem to play around with, but at some point, how much time to invest in the solution?
Based on your other thread to reinstall Vista, I guess you answered the question!

As to the cause of the problem, was there any new/updated program installed recently which may have clobbered the boot data?

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Hello, I am running 32 bit windows vista home premium on an HP laptop. This morning I turned it on and was treated to a very fast blue screen of death right after the GUI loading bar. I am unable to even see this screen, is there a way I could stop this and try to get an image for you guys? (or transcribe the error codes)

I can get into the recovery console/startup repair. I tried running bootrec, and it did not find any vista installations. I tried sfc /scannow but it will not run, nor will the memory diagnostic tool. ChkDsk ran and there was no help.

I believe the error may have been caused by a Windows Update, as I usually leave the computer on at night and it was like that when I woke up. It may also have been caused by a loose power cable during windows update, although the computer has a battery so I don't think that's it.

I do not think hardware is an issue as I am on the computer now using a Puppy linux boot cd and everything is fine, I can even browse through my harddrive. Normally I would just grab the files with puppy and then reinstall vista but I do not have the space to put them right now so it's not viable.

Other issues - I was never able to install SP1. When the recovery console starts, it does not identify any vista installation and asks me to identify hard disk drivers.. im not sure what this is about.

Also my computer does not have a vista install disc.. it uses a separate partition on the hard drive which seems to be working fine.

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Answer:[SOLVED] No Windows Vista installations are found

ended up just grabbing the files and reinstalling the operating system

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Hi, so I was cleaning up my friends laptop which has two 500gb hard drives in it. The boot drive started clicking and powering off, then spinning back up again so I quickly and successfully took an image of the boot drive before it died.

I've now restored the image onto the other 500GB drive and taken the original boot drive out. However, I completely forgot about or mistakenly unchecked to image the system reserved partition so I now have 100mb of free space at the beginning of the hard drive, before the primary partition. The windows installation does not boot and it is not found in the Windows 7 system recovery disc.

Something made me think (correct me if I'm wrong) that the Windows 7 partition cannot boot with free space preceeding SO I booted into GParted to try and resize the Windows 7 partition taking away the 100mb of free space. This didn't work as it said there were bad sectors and to run chkdsk on the drive then try again. I booted into the system recovery disc and fired up command prompt and tried to run chkdsk but was told that "The device is not ready".

I am now completely stuck and have no idea what to do. I want to get this to boot into Windows at all costs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I ran into this problem a few hours ago and have been pulling my hear out. Autorepairs diagnose the problem as a problem with the partition table, but is unable to automatically fix it Ive gone into diskpart and confirmed that the partition was active. I reset the MBR thought bootrec,
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force

Success on all three windows partitions manually creating the BCD initially works. I can create the store, but when i run bcdedit /import i get an error saying the store does not exist. I am desperately trying to avoid an os reinstall. I havent made any changes in the past few weeks so I dont know what could have caused this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:bootmgr not found. bootrec /rebuildbcd and /fixboot give 'Element not found" error

I just solved my problem in another way.. non of the above solutions helped me.. kept saying in rebuildbcd, that the total ammount of windows installations found was: 0 I moved the sata cable to another port,.. that fixed the problem for me.. might help others Anders

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Hello, I've run into a problem with my Windows 7 install. For context, I originally had Windows XP dual booting with Windows 7 because I wasn't sure if I wanted to make the upgrade at the time. Windows XP was on my old 300 GB HDD, while I had Windows 7 on my 1.5 TB HDD (with 83GB allocated into my Windows 7 partition while the rest is used for storage).

Yesterday my 300GB HDD died (R.I.P.), and I realize that along with it, I must have still been using that hard drive for my boot loader. With the drive dead, I can no longer boot into my Windows 7 partition, even though bootrec /scanos reads that it's still there.

My issue is that /fixboot and /rebuildbcd both give me an "element not found" error when attempting them. My Windows installation doesn't appear in the list of installations to repair on my recovery DVDs. I've set the partition as active via Diskpart and Partition Wizard, but it still refuses to boot. It used to be a logical partition, but I set it to primary with Partition Wizard, so it should be fine.

I have executed the automatic startup repair option 6 times, and my installation still isn't listed under my repair DVD. The repair informs me that my Partition Table is corrupted, and that Windows should work after a restart, or repair will try again next restart. However, Windows is not repaired and automatic repair still doesn't fix anything. It's rather frustrating, because I know for a fact my files are all there and unharmed, but there's simply no w... Read more

Answer:Bootmgr not found, Bootrec /fixboot displays "Element not found"

Look at option 2 and see if this will help. Windows Boot Manager - Delete a Listed Operating System
Also, to recover your files. Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
But, it sems that what you have done should work.

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So, I bought a new computer in April, and Windows 8 lasted for about 8 weeks before refusing to start. With the help of another thread here, I managed to get into a dos enviornment and copy my data (about 7700 photos). Who knew that I still remembered xcopy!

Anyway that whole sad story is here:

FILE\BCD ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034
I'd prefer to not have to reformat everything and start from scratch (though now that I've ignored Costo and Dell's advice to write off my pictures and do that at the start it is at least an option I am willing to consider).

So I've been playing with bootrec to try and fix my

FILE\BCD

ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034

Problems. Not that I know a anything about this process. So what I did was:
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /rebuildbcd

And get a response:

"Successfully scanned windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 1
Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:

No matter which choice I make I get:

The requested system device cannot be found.

Am I missing some sort of parameter?

Answer:bootrec -- The requested system device cannot be found.

Time to bite the bullet, and do a reinstall. Yes I know that can be just a wee bit annoying, albeit sometimes that is the only way to get things working properly again. . . Good luck either way you go.

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For each computer, I have a licensed copy of Windows 7 Pro, 64 & 32.  If bootrec is on it, where from do I extract bootrec from?  Or, is such on BC downloads?
  Addendum from above morning's post -- where from and how do I extract bootrec from my legal Windows DVD?
Ok, when I get home, will ISO my Windows DVD and search for the related files...

Answer:Is bootrec[exe?] on my MS Windows 7 Pro dvd or where?

After some rooting around, found my answers!
1) Boot from the Windows 7 DVD      (Yes, patience is a virtue!)
2) Click "Next"
3) Click the "Repair your computer" link
4) Choose the "Command Prompt" option in the SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS menu
5) Type the following commands, exactly as written below, in the order in which they are presented, and press ENTER after each command:
Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
Bootrec /rebuildbcd
...and I can also follow dc3's advice which he gave in another thread.
Mods, this thread be closed!  Thanks!

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I have been working on a laptop windows XP, SP2 Sony Vaio for about 7 hours now.
Originally it had no functionality due to the Windows Recovery Virus, but having tackled that (using ComboFix) I have now found further problems. It was first apparent when Windows IE redirected and Google Chrome failed to load. Programs are failing to install properly and my memory sticks are infected every time I insert them into the laptop. However after following instructions for obtaining diagnostics using the following as a guide;
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic368072.html
I would like some further guidance. Hopefully it should be a simple case but the sooner the better, until then I'll continue to see if I can do anything myself.

Thanks for your time.

Nick.

Answer:Windows XP initially with Windows Recovery Virus, but subsequent infections found.

Well...I don't think that it's wise to use a malware topic for a specific person on a specific system...with perhaps other problems...as a "guide" for self-troubleshooting.

That said, I will move your topic to the Am I Infected forum where those experienced with malware situations...can advise/suggest.

Louis

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Hello -
the original problem was that msconfig showed the system stuck in Selective mode with
"use original boot configuration" grayed out, so attempts to put the system back to Normal mode failed.

I used the established procedures to recreate the BCD (the following commands in WinRE command prompt):
attrib c:\boot\bcd -h- s -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /rebuildbct (enter Y to add the entry)

The thing is, it does not find the Windows XP I have installed, so it boots directly to Windows 10,
instead of offering me a menu where I can choose Windows 10 or "older versions of Windows"

To add insult to injury, the msconfig shows the system still stuck in Selective mode, so recreating
the BCD was a waste of time.

Does anybody know how to add the XP install to the BCD ? I know I can restore the old BCD I backed up,
but I was interested in seeing if there was a way to add it to the fresh BCD.

Thanks for any info.
Dave

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Hello -
the original problem was that msconfig showed the system stuck in Selective mode with
"use original boot configuration" grayed out, so attempts to put the system back to Normal mode failed.

I used the established procedures to recreate the BCD (the following commands in WinRE command prompt):
attrib c:\boot\bcd -h- s -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /rebuildbct (enter Y to add the entry)

The thing is, it does not find the Windows XP I have installed, so it boots directly to Windows 10,
instead of offering me a menu where I can choose Windows 10 or "older versions of Windows"

To add insult to injury, the msconfig shows the system still stuck in Selective mode, so recreating
the BCD was a waste of time.

Does anybody know how to add the XP install to the BCD ? I know I can restore the old BCD I backed up,
but I was interested in seeing if there was a way to add it to the fresh BCD.

Thanks for any info.
Dave

Answer:bootrec /rebuildbcd does not find Windows XP

Is your hard drive MBR or UFEI and is it a gpt disk?

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Suddenly, I cannot boot into Windows 7 Ultimate. Repair disc could not repair the problem. I switched to the command prompt and issued "bootrec /scanos". It found 0 OS installed even though the Windows directory was still there.

I have tried bootrec with all options and "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr". Though execution of commands are successful, the problem is still there - cannot boot.

Anything else I can try? Thanks.

Answer:bootrec /scanos doesn't find windows 7

Everything possible that can be done is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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This was all typed on a slightly unresponsive laptop keyboard. Forgive the spelling errors, I tried to correct them as much as possible. This post was written as I was conducting the diagnosis' and tests in a notepad file.

My Setup

Windows 7 x64 bit
C:\ is my partition for my OS.
Custom built PC.
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Summary of problem

I was using the PC, quite a big load on the RAM 4-5 GB out of a total of 6 GB was being used.

Internet bandwidth was completely utilised, Chrome open with many tabs, ripping flac from a CD, testing films I've downloaded and downloading foobar2000 all at the same time.

All of a sudden both screens go black. I wait a while. I press ctrl+shift+esc, the primary screen flickers to my desktop for a couple milliseconds and then back to black. I then tried a load of other shortcut like ctrl+alt+del, win+L, Win+D etc. Nothing. I hit the power button (set to sleep) in the hope that It'll go t sleep and I'll be able to boot up roughly where I left off. On boot up, BSOD then dumps memory to disk. On a fresh boot I now had a flashing underscore post checking nvram message that did nothing.

The commands below aren't in the exact order that I did them as I've started this text file a couple hours after fiddling about trying to figure out what's going on. I did do a /fixmbr and /fixboot (Can't recall if /fixboot went smoothly at his stage as it doesn't execute as it should later on) and rebooted. This wa... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 will not boot up! Tried all BootRec CMDs, Repair, DISKPART and CHKDSK /R

OK, it sounds like you are corrupting data somehow. If I was the one working on that machine I would pull the HD, plug it into another machine, download and execute hddscan and check the smart status of the drive.
Second I would download and burn memtest to a CD and run a memory test on your machine.

Now if there are any errors with memtest you need to shut the machine off, pull a stick of ram and see if the error persists, if it does then keep at it tell you find the culprit.

With hddscan if anything is yellow or red your HD is shot. It's time to put in a new hard drive and reload your operating system.

If everything comes back clean then load your Win7 disk and go to the command console and you can re-write your MBR with the command "bootrec /fixmbr". I would also execute the command "chkdsk /f /r". If any of them ask if you want to dismount the partition or hard drive in use say yes.

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My Acer Aspire A7600U-UR24 came with windows 8. I made a recovery drive by choosing "create recovery drive" in windows 8. After making the drive i installed windows 8.1 from DVD. Some time later I tried to restore it back to factory with my recovery usb. Every time I try I get "windows cannot find a system image on this computer" even though my flash drive is plugged in. I tried booting from the drive, doesn't seem to work. Not sure if my windows 8.1 version not being activated has anything to do with it (I installed 8.1 on 2 computers from the same dvd didn't realize i couldn't do that) . but I think I should still be able to boot from the drive. I need help.

I was thinking if the problem is my flash drive, can I somehow transfer the system image from one flash drive to another?

here's the screens:

at this point there should be an option for windows 8 but there's not.

Answer:my windows 8 recovery drive not found. trying to recover

If I understand correctly you created a USB Recovery Drive when you had Windows 8. It only contains files that help recover Window 8 in the event of a problem, it will not contain the factory recovery partition. It is of no value now since you tried to install Windows 8.1 by DVD. Was it an update version or upgrade to Pro?

Should you wish to return to Windows 8 OEM you must use the recovery partition process as outlined by Acer to reset to Factory Conditions. Hopefully the recovery partition was not corrupted when to tried to go to Windows 8.1. If it was, you will have to order Recovery Disks from Acer for a nominal charge.

Others here on this forum may have different ideas or understood your problem differently.

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Hi guys,

I recently backed up my Hitachi drive which developed bad sectors and then restored it to a same size Seagate one. The operation was done through Norton Ghost. Both backup and restore operations completed successfully, however, when I tried to boot up with the new drive, Windows 7 failed to boot with the message

autochk not found - skipping AUTOCHECK

and rebooting afterwards.

Can't boot into Safe Mode either.

1. There are two partitions, one is marked as 07 and the other is 27 (VAIO recovery). No hidden partitions.

2. The recovery console says Bad Driver (A recent driver installation may have caused a problem), because I believe the driver for previous hard drive was different (this one is actually a Seagate Momentus XT, so it must have some different driver). Yes, I ran it three times. By the way, recovery runs from the same hard disk.

Guys, any idea how I can get this thing to boot. I really don't want to reinstall tons of programs, even though I can obviously recover all of my docs.

PLEASE HELP!!

Thanks,

Fartcatsat

Answer:Windows Fails to Boot after Norton Ghost recovery (autochk not found)

Did you instruct Ghost to copy the MBR?

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from bad to tragic. My monitor had started blinking, several days ago, at times like a flip book, otherwise just annoying. I tried numerous things to fix it. Windows cannot locate the driver ~ anywhere. It tells me to insert the cd that came with the comp; I don't have it, if I ever did! I keep hoping that somehow it will surface.

Meanwhile, I have tried many programs that lured me by answering my googling for info re finding, getting the driver. The blinking stopped this morning after something (was it win?) set my comp back to an earlier date. Or it may have been PC Doctor or something. Then the comp was impossibly blurry, and it cost me $400 in work lost. I was away from the screen for minutes, returned to find it completely clear, and still not blinking.

But I still had the message that my ethernet had no driver, etc.

I pursued that, finally signing up for a 'free' scan because the site presented itself as 'fixing all drivers' when I was trying to access info from Acer. It started the scan, said I had 17 drivers to fix; I signed on and paid, finally, in desperate hope. (is there such a thing? yes) There were jigjags along the way, and I emailed them, but got no response re the ethernet driver. The download and install, of 12 "groups" of drivers continued for hours.

In the course of it I discovered that my skype sound was gone. In and out.
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Answer:found my recovery discs, how do I make windows read them? need to restore my ethernet

Hello My problem as of yesterday has begun to solve itself. While hunting for old cell recharger ! miracle! I found my computer recovery discs, that I made following Acer instructions, when I first turned on my computer 1 1/2 years ago (out of warranty now!)
Now HERE IS THE PROBLEM! I click ethernet> update driver software> (I have a recovery disc in my cd drive, one of the total 16) I choose 'search my computer'
and windows gives me a box ' where should windows search?' which has C drive in it. I erase that and type in DVD RWdrive (E)Recovery 4, which is how it is being read by the computer.
Windows says 'Please enter a new location ~~The location you specified does not exist or cannot be reached'
~What must I do to bridge this?
~~~~~Thank you ~~ If you can help me, please! I have no sound! I can't work on my music editing (I'm a musician); can't use skype phone; people I called are calling back and hating me~~one friend skyped my phone 3x~~I'm losing work! ~~~ oh please help
~~~~~ Vista 64bit home premium acer desktop 8Gram

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Yesterday, my computer crashed. I tried to restart, but after the BIOS screen, it just goes black, and has a flashing '_' in the top left corner. So I put in the reinstallation CD to try to repair the computer. I do everything necessary to bring up the System Recovery tool, but in the box that lists the Operating System to repair, it doesn't list any. So I clicked on Load Drivers, as it instructs, to find the hard drive drivers, and I CAN SEE MY C DRIVE in the dialog box. I am able to browse it and everything (Windows, Program Files, My Documents, everything). So my computer recognizes the hard drive and everything, it just says that there is no OS installed. I can't run System Restore or anything. Does anybody have any ideas as to how to "find" the operating system? Could something have happened in the registry that I could go edit?

I have tried so many things through the command prompt, but nothing works.

Answer:No Operating System installations found

Have you run a disk check to recover bad sectors?

Use Advanced Boot Options to select Repair Your Computer and get to the System Recovery Options. Then select the command prompt. Do the following:chkdsk /r c:
chkdsk /r d:
chkdsk /r e:
chkdsk /r f:.etc until you get the message that the volume could not be opened for direct access. For any drives that do not give the message:
"Windows has checked the file system and found no problems"
run chkdsk again as above. In other words, if it says:
"Windows has made corrections to the file system"
after running the disk check, run the disk check again.

I realize you may only have one disk show up in Windows explorer, but you may have more than one disk through recovery options. This is because the system creates a hidden boot partition (which will be C: in recovery), you may have a recovery partition for your PC that is hidden (which will be D: in recovery), and you will have your primary Windows partition (which may be E: in recovery). A custom PC will likely have at least C: and D: to scan.

Also, is this a laptop or desktop computer?

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So i was searching for quite sometime almost killing the night, but it was worth it....
Like most of the people, i downloaded the windows 8.1 update through windows store, but i also wanted to have the files the setup uses for installation, and i`m pretty sure i found them... Well, not to brag, here`s the screenshot.

So what i discovered is that, you better hurry and copy all the files to another location, because as soon as the process "Modern Setup Host" ends, all the files will be deleted from that location.

So i also tried to find ways to create ISO image from the installation files, and i found the following link.

How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO image | Ghacks

Answer:Windows 8.1 installations files [By Windows Store]

Thanks for sharing that. It the double setup trick has been used on this forum a lot already. The files screenshot we have already also. There is no boot.wim in sources, so if you want to make an iso, you would need hold to get hold of a copy, might be ok to use one from 8.0

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Sheesh, been Googling for hours, and not found any solution to my problem... In fact, could only find one forum post somewhere with someone that had the same issue, and no one could resolve it...I'm hoping that there is some Jedi PC master that could help me...

Here's how the issue came about:
I tried to do a repair (no-destructive) reinstall of Windows on my laptop. What would happen, is that the installation would freeze 3/4 of the way through the "Installing Devices" phase. I looked for a solution, and it was obviously driver and hardware related, and found one that said just rename the %Systemroot%\system32\drivers folder. I pressed Shift+F10 and renamed the drivers folder to drivers_old. I was then supposed to just reboot and the installation should've continued. Instead I was met with an error saying that Windows could boot because the Ntfs.sys file was missing from the drivers folder! Duh, I'd just renamed the folder!!

So I reckoned, no worries, I'll just boot up with the XP CD, go into the recovery console, and rename it back to the original name and that would be ok.

Now, when you go into the recovery console (using "r" at the XP installation blue screen), it's supposed to give you the option of which XP installation you want to log into, and then you'd login using the admin password for that installation.

HERE'S THE PROBLEM: It never gives me any options, meaning, it doesn't detect any Windows installation. So basically the command ... Read more

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I own a regular windows 8.1 license, and I want to install the OS on two different partitions of my hard drive (one installation for serious work tasks, the other for games, tests, fun, etc, without constant fear of getting viruses or screwing things.. ).

I got only one license.

Now, what happens if I go ahead with second installation? Microsoft will remotely detect the second installation and will disable the first, or what?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Two Windows Installations on the same PC.

balnazzar said:


I own a regular windows 8.1 license, and I want to install the OS on two different partitions of my hard drive (one installation for serious work tasks, the other for games, tests, fun, etc, without constant fear of getting viruses or screwing things.. ).

I got only one license.

Now, what happens if I go ahead with second installation? Microsoft will remotely detect the second installation and will disable the first, or what?

Thanks.Click to expand...

Windows will not let you install twice to the same harddrive (very easily at least). There's no option to configure the computer to dual boot the same OS version from two different partitions or drives, you would have to manually configure your bootloader to support that. Most likely the easyest you can do is to install a second harddrive and make a clean windows install there. Then choose which side you want to use during bootup by selecting boot drive. License will be no problem since you will have the same hardware, both windows will activate fine.

Probably the easyest and smartest thing for you to do however is to install linux on top of windows. It will automatically configure a dual boot environment which lets you do browsing, banking etc. safely on linux and your games on windows. Of course if your work includes some windows only software, that won't be an option.
 

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Hello,

I have searched the internet but can't find any advice on this topic - Windows 8 used to have two separate "images" in that the x32 Image contained the Windows 8 Home x32 and Professional x32 files and the x64 Image contained the Windows 8 Home x64 and Professional x64 files and either the product key determined which version to use, or if a product key was not entered you could select the version from the list (obviously this would need a key later etc).

In Windows 10, it appears that there are separate images ie:
- Windows 10 Home x32
- Windows 10 Pro x32
- Windows 10 Home x64
- Windows 10 Pro x64

Just to confuse things further, the OEM installation media I have for the x64 version of Home says it also contains the x32 version files!

Does anyone know for sure how Microsoft have separated out these images - do I need to retain 4 separate images as per above for each different architecture and version or does the x64 version of Home contain x32 too and same for the Pro version?

You're probably wondering why I am asking?... I have a NAS system where I can do an unattended install using PXE and Win PE to install any version I need - obviously this is working great for Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 etc but I'm not sure how to structure this with 10.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 OEM Installations

I think I've found the answer to my question - it appears there are a lot of different ISOs going around. The media creation tool allows you to create the following:
- Windows 10 Home x32
- Windows 10 Pro x32
- Windows 10 Home x64
- Windows 10 Pro x64
- Windows 10 Home x32 and x64
- Windows 10 Pro x32 and x64
Depending on which options you select in the tool.

I had ordered OEM Licences from supplier for Windows 10 Home and Pro - it appears the installation disc Microsoft send with the OEM licence is version specific ie. if you have a Windows 10 Home key the disc contains only Windows 10 Home.

It also appears that the OEM disc when you buy a x64 licence also contains the x32 version too for that version.

So in effect, the Media Creation Tool allows you to create all the different combinations - the simplest way is to select Home and x32 and x64 together which creates an ISO that allows you install Home x32 and x64 then select Pro and x32 and x64 together which gives you a second ISO which can install Pro x32 and x64.

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Hi

Just a problem that i need fixing and hopefully it wont take to long. It is actually for a friend of mine. He formatted a new hard drive and somehow managed to install Windows XP twice so when he gets on the start up screen he has the option of selecting either of them, although this isnt a major problem it is annoying him slightly. Any info on getting rid of one of them would be appreciated

Answer:2 Windows XP Installations

Reformat, and this time delete the old installations. At least, that's what I would do.

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ok so i tried to use this method of fixing my hal.dll and i followed the first comment instructions by DON HO http://dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?hal my only problem was my computer only would start up and ask for the xp cd to finish installing a second windows xp on the same partition and i couldnt get past that. So i installed it again on the same computer in a different folder. I want to delete the second installation of windows xp because i only used it to fix my hal.dll file . So how do i get rid of the second one and boot back to my orinignal xp installation without losing any data? NOTE: this is all on a different computer.

Answer:Ok Need Help I Have 2 Installations Of Windows Xp Sp2

XP FAQ, Two XP Installs On Same Partition - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html#20 Item #20 is the one that you want.May be handy: How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;289022 Louis

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I'm looking for the microsoft tool, if it exists, to do installs that are replicated through imaging.

I can't remeber the program name right now (I'm very sleepy) but windows 2000 has a program that will wipe the UID of the installation and the key which was used to install it. I need the same thing done but for 98 se.


Situation: A Organization is installing windows to about 500+ computers these are OLD systems not getting to over 233Mhz and they are going to make images for each system type and duplicate them to each target system. Now with their licensing agreement with MS they have to the COA sticker on the system and that number must go into that system.

If anyone knows this tool please tell me, I'm looking through technet right now I remeber getting a compaq that once you ran it the first time (or re installed its recovery image) it would start, show the agreemnt for you to accept, ask for the key, then windows would work normally from there.
 

Answer:Windows...98: OEM installations

I know there is sysprep that will do this but I have no idea if it works on 98.
 

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I am trying to use a CDROM installation disk to install a new piece of software (Nero5). Tne setup wizard starts OK but then the following message appears - Install wizrd was interrupted before Nero-Burning ROM could be completely installed. Any ideas ?? PS I know that the CDROM is OK as it installed on my laptop which also runs Windows 98 SE

Answer:Windows 98 SE . Does not allow installations to ..

Is there an anti virus running , perhaps checking the drive ?

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I have installed a retail version of windows 7 and for some reason when i boot now I have an option to select windows utimate and windows ultimate recovered .Any one help with the best way to remove this please,Its my old beta version

Answer:Windows 7 2 installations

Boot up question

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My laptop is configured with a dual boot, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. Now, I need to do another installation of Windows, but as a guest OS in VMware under Linux.

My question is, can I use the same (legal) cd key for the virtualized system as for the independently installed one? Or is there any reason I shouldn't? The two systems will not (cannot) run simultaneously ever, so they shouldn't conflict. I'm just slightly worried Microsoft will somehow see the key as being used by two different systems, and believing it's been spread illegally on the net, remove it. Or that there'll be issues with updates.

Anyone?
 

Answer:Same Windows CD key on two installations?

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Hello, I was wondering if their is anyway possible i could have two Windows XP Home Edtion installations. I want to make a nLited Windows, and, a Regular Windows. I thought maybe i could do this by partitioning my hard drive, but, I need help in doing this. I also wanted to know if this will affect my HD performance, or cause other issues. Thanks.
 

Answer:Two Windows XP Installations

If you have enough space, it is pretty easy. How large is your drive and hoew much free space?

You could also use VirtualBox and run both versions at the same time. Much easier than booting up to change.

Of course, the other XP will also have to be activated and you will need a separate license for it.
 

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I just recently reinstalled a copy of XP after the one I was running froze and prevented me from getting into it. Everything is fine now, however I keep getting messages alerting me that I'm low on disk space. I'm pretty sure it's because I still have the other Windows on my computer. Is there a way I can delete that without losing what I've put into this new reinstall?
 

Answer:Deleting old installations of Windows

Did you do a clean install by formatting? You might want to post you computer specs, mem, HD size - free space etc. It would help in problem solving.
 

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Hey there,It's me, Miles. Haven't been here for a while. But now I'm back with a problem! The problem is I have 3 windows installations on my PC. (Windows 7, Windows XP Home, and Windows XP Pro.) My primary OS is the XP professional. I want to delete the other two without having to do a clean install. Thing is, I can't access them! So their is no way to actually go into them and uninstall them. So their is my problem.How do I uninstall them?- Milesman 

Answer:Deleting old Windows Installations?

Can't you just boot in XP pro and format the other 2 partitions?

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Hello all,

I am having an odd problem. Recently I have reinstalled Windows XP, hoping to cleanse my computer of applications and programs (didn't work, but it has been solved). Well, now whenever I boot up my comptuer, I always get an annoying promt saying:

Please select the operating system to start:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

The first one on the list is my current XP setup while the ladder is my old XP setup, the one I would like to delete. Anyone know how to solve this problem? I guess I have two Window XP's installed on my computer. Thanks.
 

Answer:Deleting Old Windows XP Installations?

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Hello all,

I am having an odd problem. Recently I have reinstalled Windows XP, hoping to cleanse my computer of applications and programs (didn't work, but it has been solved). Well, now whenever I boot up my comptuer, I always get an annoying promt saying:

Please select the operating system to start:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

The first one on the list is my current XP setup while the ladder is my old XP setup, the one I would like to delete. Anyone know how to solve this problem? I guess I have two Window XP's installed on my computer. Thanks.
 

Answer:Deleting Old Windows XP Installations?

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So I am really stuck with this problem and need some help.

My sisters laptop got royally f'ed and I was trying to format her hdd and reinstall a fresh windows and get her going again. However, half way through the installation, I accidentally kicked the power connector and it turned off the laptop. After that the computer wouldn't properly boot from the CD anymore to try and finish installing windows.

So my next idea was to put her laptop hdd into an external enclosure, plug it into my computer, and install it that way. Well, when I booted from the windows CD, it automatically installed windows onto my storage drive, and set up my computer to dual boot. So once I realized it had installed windows onto the wrong drive, I tried again, and this time it gave me options and didn't just automatically start installing itself and let me start installing to her hdd in the external enclosure.

Now though, my computer computer see's 3 windows options to boot from (even though the laptop hdd isn't connected anymore) and very quickly auto selects and tries to boot from the laptop hdd. I have tried going through microsoft's knowledge base and help desk pages, on how to uninstall the windows on my storage drive, but can't get any of the methods to work.

Does anyone know how to uninstall windows from my storage drive and to get rid of the bogus boot options so I can boot up my computer normally without having to select which windows to boot from... Read more

Answer:Multiple Windows Installations

Fluidic said:





Does anyone know how to uninstall windows from my storage drive and to get rid of the bogus boot options so I can boot up my computer normally without having to select which windows to boot from? Any help would be greatly appreciated.Click to expand...

Well, you would "uninstall" from your storage drive by formatting it.

To get rid of the boot options, please do the following:

1. Disconnect the storage drive, and power up the system.
2. Once in Windows, press windows key + r (or click Start --> Run)
3. In the 'Run' dialog, type 'msconfig' (without the quotes)
4. Press enter (or click the 'OK' button)
5. In the 'System Configuration Utility' select the 'BOOT.INI' tab
6. Press the 'Check All Boot Paths' button

Windows will now try to locate the installation on your storage drive, and when it can't find it, it will prompt you to remove it from BOOT.INI. Select 'Yes', and you won't have any more OS choice menu at startup.
 

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I was wondering if anyone knew how to force windows into thinking it is SP2 so that installations will continue if they require it. I know there is a registry key you can change that works for some installations but cannot find it or any other info online.

If anyone can help that'd be great. Thanks
 

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I ran Disk CleanUp on my Surface Pro 3 after installing Windows 10 and I see that there is 17.3 GB from previous Windows Installation and 4.04 GB from Temporary Windows Installation Files. If I want to gain that space back what should I do move the files to a USB or is it safe to remove it all? I would like to see some suggestions. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Previous Windows Installations

I'm wondering the same thing
Pretty sure I can delete the Windows.old folder (assuming I don't need any of the personal files that are duplicated in there)?
Can I also delete the $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS folders?

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I understand that it is legal to install a copy of XP Pro on each of 1 PC & 1laptop without buying further licences. Anyone know if this is correct?

Answer:Windows XP number of installations.

I may be incorrect in this wait till the others answer but my belief is one copy of Xp one computer regardless of whether one is a laptop or not. So to answer your question I believe this is incorrect.

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I'm using Windows 7, and it's been fine for the past year, but recently, every time I try to download and install a program, it tells me that the installation files are corrupt.This has happened with Windows Live Essentials, Google Chrome, Java, to name a few. No matter what I try to install, the installation files are always "corrupt". I have 2 other computers that run Windows XP, and it's the same with them now; everything I try to install says that the files are corrupt. Any suggestions as to how I can solve this please ?

Answer:all installations are corrupt on Windows 7

have you tried downloading from a different network?ie from school or work or a cafe?if the problem follows you then you know you have a problem with software on all 3 machines, if the issues does not follow you then you know it a network/modem/router issue or a virus/trojan that has infected all machines..i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Is it possible to remove an installation of windows while there is a second on it one without deleting the partition?
 

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I would like to eliminate the two defective windows installations that appear upon booting up my computer. I do not want to choose which windows program that I want to use each time I restart my computer. Any suggestions on how to do this?

Answer:Multiple Windows Xp Installations

Read this post and see if anything will help you out. Albert Frankenstein's advice is probably the most useful.Orange Blossom

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I have a copy of Windows 8 upgrade that I plan to install on my main machine currently running Vista. I have another (secondary) machine that is running Windows 7.If later I decide I prefer Windows 7, is it possible to swap so that Windows 7 is on the main machine and Windows 8 on the secondary one?Also, if I like both, can I reinstall the now unused Vista on a 3rd machine elsewhere? I don't have discs for the vista as they are on a recovery partition or similar on the main machine.I haven't done an installation for a while and am a little muddled!

Answer:Vista and Windows 7 and 8 installations

Vista licence is currently redundant. But you can use it later if you install Windows 8 on another OS licence, such as XP. Vista licence is not null and void. It is just that you cannot use it ethically in your current setup.CoolGuy

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Hello,

Having solved various hardware probs, I now have my new MB, HD and CPU working (AMD Duron 1.3Ghz).

For some reason I am nowing having probs installing Windows. I have tried 98, 98SE, ME and XP Pro and have the same or similar problem.

The files seem to install but when it comes to configuring (after the "restart" point), I have problems; usually about the time of entering user details, serial number and then it does the hardware search.

It usually results in the blue screen of death - sometimes with one error soon followed by another and the machine appearing to be going a bit 'gaga'. On other occassions I get something saying windows has locked up / protecting or something and I have to power off. Interestingly enough, I had similar probs with my last machine but it usually just froze with a blank screen.

I have tried several times including formatting etc but still no luck. The hardware is all brand new so surprises me this is happening.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Neil
 

Answer:Windows Installations probs...

If you are having these problems from a clean install i would say it is a hardware problem, either conflict of some kind, or most likely dodgy memory or somthing, did you set it up yourself, if so did you use an anti-static strap or earth yourself
 

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Have been reading through the forums but unable to find the answer to my problem.
I purchased a new 500 GB SATA disk to install WIN 7 64-bit on it, but after several tries the installation always ends in "completing installation" step, reboots and then the installer tells me the computer encountered and error and it gets into a loop of restarting.
I have removed everything, even my pci-sound card, to no avail. The first time I burned the ISO, it was at 12x speed, later I reburned at 4x speed but I feel some data is there somewhere, even as I have formatted the drive several times. I have a functional Windows XP Professional SP2 on the main hard drive, so I?m not willing to torn apart my pc just to let Win 7 to install...seems an unnecesary annoyance to me.
I have a Quad Core Q6600, 4 gb RAM DDR2, a Nvidia 8600GT and two sata drives, one with windows xp and the other a brand new. By the way, now I have like 5 win7 failed installations in my boot menu.
Any help appreciated, I am about to resign to have XP all the way to a new version of Windows

Answer:Several unsuccessful Windows 7 installations

What is your ultimate intention: to have just Win 7? Or do you want both XP and Win 7?

Have you disconnected your XP drive before you attempt any of this?

When you attempt the Win 7 install, are you choosing custom install early in the process?

Are you trying to install 7 when you are booted into XP?

Or are you booting from the Win 7 disc?

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I recently had a friend try to boot a DVD off my system and now am having problems with my MBR. The system keeps coming up asking me which installation of Windows 7 I want to run. If I choose the first one I get an error that says the installation doesn't exist (which it doesn't).

I have tried running the repair from the installation DVD but I still encounter the same problem. After following some advice from the actual microsoft website I have gone into the command prompt and done a bootrec /scanos but it comes back saying there are 0 installations of windows on my system.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated and I would hate to think that I need to re-install windows.

Answer:Windows 7 thinks there are two installations

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.

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Hi, My girlfriend's mum gave me her old laptop since she got a new one, works fine, but when I turn it on I'm asked which operating system to boot from in the BIOS (black screen bit). There are two windows xp home editions to choose from.

Apparently a friend tried to install another copy of windows because the windows clock is constantly wrong, personally I think this might be a battery problem, either way the other operating system has the same clock problem.

I don't care about the clock, but I would like to delete the other operating system.

If I load control pannel/administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management, it shows that my hard drive has been divided into 3 partitions.

PQSERVICE - 7.81GB NTFS
Healthy (unknown partition)

(C - 70.77 GB NTFS
Healthy (System)

DATA (D - 70.47GB NTFS
Healthy

There is a dark blue line above each partition which I think marks them as primary partitions, I don't know what this means
The only other drive is the CD drive.

I don't know what PQSERVICE is, for the time being I would simply like to delete the second partition so that the full space is give to one partition.
I know I can just delete the partition from within the Computer Management tool, but is there any way this could ruin or damage the copy of windows on the other partition? I've heard it can cause problems.
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Answer:Two installations of windows - how do I delete one?

I figure PQSERVICE is a recovery partition which has all the info for restoring your computer in case of a crash. Looks like the other 2 partitions, one is your operating system and program files, and the other is your storage for your documents and stuff.
 

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i recently added a new hard drive to my pc. so to add the new drive i needed to format it. when i went through this i installed windows xp for a 2nd time, then i deleted all of the windows files on my new F Drive. now every startup it asks which version of windows i want to run... is there any way to stop this?
 

Answer:problem with 2 windows installations

You need to edit the boot.ini file; I'm not good with this but if you find the file on your computer and copy/paste it into this thread then I'm sure someone will be able to tell you exactly what to delete.
 

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I have Windows 7 Pro and I upgraded my graphics card because I could not upgrade to Win 10.  My old/OEM graphics card was Nvidia Geforce 7300 LE, today I upgraded to the Nvidia GT 220, now I have no sound, the contrast looks washed out and Windows 10
won't allow me to upgrade because it's still reading that I have the Geforce 7300 LE. My device manager shows the GT 220 is working fine...........PLEASE HELP.

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Probably a simple question here...just about windows licensing and installations...

If I buy an OEM copy of Windows 7 for a new build, I understand that the installation is just for that build and that Windows will check for hardware changes to determine if it is installed in the proper computer.

What if I need to install multiple instances of Windows 7 in VM's and/or multiple installs of Windows 7 for a multi-boot/multi-drive scenario?

For example...what if my "main" operating system is Windows 7...but then I need to install a separate install of windows 7 on another drive dual-boot....and then...lets say I need to configure one or more VM's with Windows 7?

Do I have to purchase a separate copy for each time it is installed on the same machine? Or...because all of the VM's or multi-boot/multi-drive installs are on the same machine...will just one copy be fine?

If there is a limitation....does a retail copy have the same limitation versus an OEM builder's install?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Question regarding Windows 7 Installations

They are all separate licenses. The main difference between Retail and OEM is that Retail can legally be transferred. In your scenario, the VM is considered a separate machine.

If you need a Microsoft VM and do not want to buy additional licenses, you can look into getting 7 Professional which comes with a free XP Pro SP3 VM license. Info
 

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I downloaded and now use Build 10074. Is there any requirement to download 10061 or 10122

Thanks

Answer:New Installations Required for Windows 10

No there is not. If you are set on the slow ring, then 10074 is the current build.

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Hi,
Since I got my laptop I messed around with it quite a bit. As a result, I have way too many recovery partitions.

How do I know which ones are relevant? And which ones can be deleted safely?

*If that's the only option, I'm OK with just wiping absolutely everything and reinstalling with factory settings.
Thanks a lot.

Answer:Numerous recovery partitions after a few formats and installations

The standard recovery partition that Windows 10 creates is 450 MB in size which I don't even see on your drive so it looks like all of those must be manufacturer specific. You can more than likely delete all of them and the only thing that will be affected is your ability to do a factory reset back to the original full factory load of software. You can see which partition Windows will use for the troubleshooting menu by opening a command prompt (admin) and running:

reagentc /info

Be careful, though because there is a hidden MSR partition in there that does not show up in disk management, so you actually have to use either MiniTool Partition Wizard to see actual partition numbers or the diskpart command in a command prompt (admin) window. See my example below.

The WindowsRE location is the partition that Windows uses for the troubleshooting menu. The image location is the partition will load a custom image from during a reset and may not be present. My image location is set to a Windows 10 image contained on the second hard drive on my computer - notice it is on harddisk1 and not harddisk0.



Code:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.14393.0

Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: JOHN-LAPTOP

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list part

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition ... Read more

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I run my computer off of windows xp and anytime I try to install a program it succeeds in saving the file to my desktop, but when I click on the file to install it, it gives me this error message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item."I am running it as an Administator, not guest.Thank you!

Answer:installations on my windows xp operating system

1) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?2) Please run full system scans with BOTH your installed anti virus app and with MalwareBytes3) Add "take ownership" to your context menu and we'll see if we need it later (http://www.askvg.com/add-take-ownership-option-in-file-folder-context-menu-in-windows-vista/)

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I recently got a prompt to update Google's Java plug-in through a website that uses it's software. Not caring about it, I simply downloaded the software, let it download the installer, and tried to install it. However, it takes forever for any progress to be done. To even see the progress bar move is a myth, until you come back an hour later. After an hour later (yes it took an hour to install...), it was running normally again and I could close out the installer with no problem.

I though it was only Java's installer that did this, but apparently any time msiexec.exe is opened it runs another version of itself which for some reason takes a lot longer to install something. I think it is because it is trying to create a restore point for windows 7 64 bit, but I can't seem to figure out why.

Much help on this would be greatly appreciated as I don't have a clue on what is happening with Windows Installer anymore...
 

Answer:Windows 7 Installer: Slow Installations

Java is a funny program to install. Does any other installer, besides chrome and java, work?
 

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Hi all,

Having problems with re-installed copies of Windows XP on 2 separate machines. Both systems freeze after about 15 minutes of use, and I have to power down and re-boot. The systems are running at usual temperatures so I dont think its a hardware thing, any ideas? Norton Antivirus isn't picking up any problems either...

Ta,

Rob
 

Answer:Windows installations freezing/crashing

did it start heppening after you installed an appliication or peripheral?

Was windows on it's own working ok?

Anything in the event logs?
 

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I have had several auto update downloads fail to install on my Acer all-in-one PC. this began early August and has continued to date. Those that have failed are as follows: KB2032276, KB2286198, KB2183461, KB983590, KB982664, KB982665, KB982799, KB981852, KB978886, KB982312, KB980436, KB982214, KB2079403, KB2160329. Other updates, such as Windows Defender defenition updates and updates to Microsoft Works, have succeeded. Error codes listed are 80070005 and 800736B3. I have checked system and admin permissions and they are OK. I also have an Acer laptop and there are no problems with Windows Updates on it. The o/s in both cases is Windows 7 Home Premium x 64bit. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

Answer:Windows Update Installations Failed

First try uninstall all 3p security software-if it doesn't help then follow below:

Download Process Monitor Process Monitor and Readiness Tool Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Run first Process Monitor,next run readiness tool,when it finish or readiness tool return some error save log in Process Monitor as *.PML format and pack it to *.rar,find also CheckSur.log file in C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder.Check.Sur.log and packed log from Process Monitor upload on RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting,and paste here URL adress to uploaded files.

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New to the forum so forgive me if I'm asking this in the wrong section. Just wondering how you guys cope with the time it takes to do all windows updates on a fresh installation of Vista, do you just bite the bullet and do the updates through windows update tool or have you guys devised an easier method? With the time it takes I'd imagine some of you have an easier method that I'm not aware of, hopefully.

Answer:Fresh Installations of Windows Vista

FWIW: http://www.pcworld.com/article/227931/microsoft_to_end_vista_sp1_support_july_12.htmlSeems to me that the simplest route would be to install SP1 first, then install SP2...then go to Windows Update for all others.LouisIf user has a MS Vista DVD, then it can be updated to include SP1 and SP2, reducing the time even more and making the next usage easier.http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/151606-vista-sp1-slipstream-installation-dvd.html

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Hi, everyone -
 
I recently removed a SATA hard drive from a slow PC I'm retiring and installed it in a faster PC. This faster PC is running Windows 7 home premium. The hard drive from the old PC is also running Windows 7 home premium. I have licenses for both.
 
Everything is operating fine. Both hard drives are detected when I boot into either. The thing is, I don't get a boot option menu when first turning on the machine.
 
So, when I want to boot into the other Windows 7 installation (which has different programs and files on it), I have to F10 into the BIOS, change the boot order of the drives, then restart. It's driving me a little crazy.
 
When I go to Startup and Recovery in the Advanced System options, I have only one operating system listed in the System Startup menu - Windows 7. However, it shows only one Windows 7.
 
I figure I probably need to manually add the newly installed drive to the boot manager via bcdedit. However, all the instructions I've found so far seem related to either 1.) adding a different OS… or 2.) adding a new boot option when it's on a partition of the same drive.
 
I'm trying to do it for a separate, newly added hard drive. Plus, my drive letters are different depending on which OS I'm booted into.
 
When I'm booted into the original Windows 7 OS (named ENT), this is how my drive letters look:
 
ENT (C:)
FACTORY_IMAGE (D:)
MEDIA (E:) - this is a partition
SYSTEM (G:)
VOY (H:)
FACTORY_IMAGE (I:)
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Answer:Can't Dual Boot Two Installations of Windows 7?

Easy BCD is the answer I would pursue.  Link , I suggest you not click any of the buttons which will install something other than what you want.
 
Louis

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Hi everybody,

if the title doesn't make much sense, ill try to explain it here, and sorry if my English is bad, its not my native language.


Here is my problem, i have an 160gb USB HDD, which i intend to use to install windows at work. since we have different PC setups (i.e. old desktops, old laptops, new laptops) i have to use different versions of windows, (7, 8, XP).


On my USB HDD, i want to make 4 partitions, one for XP, one for Windows 7, one for Windows 8 and the last one for drivers and utilities. I want to do it this way cause its allot easier to carry a single drive instead of 4-5 flash drivers which can be misplaced or lost.


Thanks in advance.

Answer:How can i make USB HDD with multiple windows installations.

You want the installationset of winxp on 1 partition, installationset of win7 on anorher partition and so on?
Drivers can be put on seperate partition easily: Make folders name winxp, vista, and win7 and put the drivers there.

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Answer:Installations of Windows 10 is stuck in 29 for 2 hours now, what should I do?

I 'm from Brazil and I am having the same problem , the installation stopped at 29%

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Since a few days ago and replacing my C drive through cloning to a faster SSD (no problems in the process), i have 2 options on booting, Windows 10, or Windows 10 Insider Preview. I cant find any other installations or windows.old folders anywhere, but along with this some other problems are creeping in, for example now clicking the Start menu, nothing happens, and explorer seems to crash pretty often. I tried an In Place upgrade (i need to keep my files and apps), and again have 2 options of which installation to upgrade, both showing as Windows 10 Insider Preview.

Is there any way of finding where this extra installation is hiding, and get rid of it? Thanks!
 

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The plan is to have a copy of Windows 7 on two drives, one is used for games and I won't be too concerned about viruses, security etc. The other drive will be kept more secure and be used for online banking etc. I would like to be able to use the bios boot menu to select the drive to boot from. I've had pretty much the same thing working with XP for years, but Windows 7 seems to be different for some reason. I've loaded Windows 7 Home Premium on a 320GB HD, loaded updates and then cloned the drive using Clonezilla to another drive of the same model. If I then remove either drive they will both boot perfectly fine. If I leave both drives in the computer, it will blue screen during startup and boot to Windows Startup Recovery on the following boot. Blue screen error is 0x0000007B Inaccessible boot device. I have tried both letting windows create the Windows System Recovery partition, and using an ubuntu disk to format the drive NTFS and force windows to install without the recovery partition. The results are the same either way. Both drives are now encrypted with Truecrypt full disk encryption, but the results were the same before encrypting. Does anyone have any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong? I did search the forums, but wasn't able to find anything similar. Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Dualbooting 2 Windows 7 installations from the bios

LordSandman said:


The plan is to have a copy of Windows 7 on two drives, one is used for games and I won't be too concerned about viruses, security etc. The other drive will be kept more secure and be used for online banking etc. I would like to be able to use the bios boot menu to select the drive to boot from. I've had pretty much the same thing working with XP for years, but Windows 7 seems to be different for some reason. I've loaded Windows 7 Home Premium on a 320GB HD, loaded updates and then cloned the drive using Clonezilla to another drive of the same model. If I then remove either drive they will both boot perfectly fine. If I leave both drives in the computer, it will blue screen during startup and boot to Windows Startup Recovery on the following boot. Blue screen error is 0x0000007B Inaccessible boot device. I have tried both letting windows create the Windows System Recovery partition, and using an ubuntu disk to format the drive NTFS and force windows to install without the recovery partition. The results are the same either way. Both drives are now encrypted with Truecrypt full disk encryption, but the results were the same before encrypting. Does anyone have any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong? I did search the forums, but wasn't able to find anything similar. Any help is greatly appreciated.Click to expand...

Hi. I had the same need. Two separate Win 7 installs. One is my "production" install, with all my producti... Read more

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My HDD was fine and dandy until I recently had a problem and had to reinstall windows on it. When i went to install windows I noticed that it listed nothing to install to. I checked my bios and the HDD is there so I retried and seen it was still gone from the installation so i grabbed an old XP disk and tried it to no avail and also used ubuntu to see if it would detect it and it actually did but failed to partition the HDD or even install at all. I have tried 2 different windows 7's 3 different XP's, ubuntu, and 98, and a straight up dos. At the same time I tried to fix the MBR and the boot sector and did all them nice pretty DOS commands and the same in terminal.tried drivers to no avail and finally decided to come here and post. I would chalk it up to a dead HDD but my bios sees it just fine

Answer:HDD no longer being recognized by my windows installations

Ubuntu saw it. That gives a ray of hope.

Try running MiniTools Partition Wizard from a bootable CD. If it sees your drive delete all partitions and format it.

Download the bootable CD ISO and burn it to a CD. Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

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ok so my pc has been acting up... again, this time i litterally have no idea what to do or why it happened.
one day it just shut down and would not startup any more, it goes straight to startup repair and fails and loops this. i have fixed this issue before, with bootrec tools on the 7 CD, but this time it wont do anything, no matter what i try it tells me "total identified windows installations: 0"
does anyone know what to do, other than a fresh install, since i have hundreds of gbs of music and movies not recently backed up, and lots of work on the drive i cannot lose.
thanks

i am using windows 7 64 pro, on a i5 self built machine, on a WD Caviar Green 1tb drive
 

Answer:total identified windows installations: 0

If the Windows installation has gotten corrupted, the repair process might not be able to see that it's present, the files it looks for may have been damaged.

You can run the System File Checker to see if it can replace any corrupted files.
You can run chkdsk on the drive, see if it can fix any file system errors, and recover data from any sectors that are bad. There is a chance that data can be lost, so you may want to recover the files first.

Boot with the Vista/Win7 DVD, or Repair CD.
Select your Language, click Next
Click Repair your Computer
It will scan for Vista/Win 7 installations, wait for it to finish. (It won't list XP installations).
If using Win7 Disk, select Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. at the top.
Click Next
Note the drive letter shown for the Windows installation, drive letters may be different than what you see in Windows.
Click Command Prompt.
We need to determine the drive letters for the Boot drive and the drive that has the Windows folder.
The drive letter of the Windows folder was shown in the preceding screen. This drive letter will be used with the OffWinDir switch later
The System Reserved partition (if it exists), which normally doesn't have a drive letter, will have one in the RE.
This drive will contain the Boot folder, but the Boot folder is hidden, so we have to use the Command Prompt to find it.
If used, the System Reserved partition is often assigned the letter C:, and Windows will be on D:
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Hi people. I need ideas here. My main Windows installation is for a very sophisticated Digital Audio Workstation. I really dont want any internet because I dont want it to mess things around. You know viruses and stuff.
On another hdd I had Osx Lion installed. That there I use it for Internet and everything else.
My Osx side is kind of not wanting to boot. So. Instead of troubleshotting, I decided I want another Windows installation for internet and such.
Please do not tell me to use antivirus on my DAW side.
Let me know if this 2 OS's approach is effective and if any proscedure is rrequired beyond simply installing it..

Thanks a lot

Answer:2 Windows installations. One for Internet usage.

oh man, Now i am having trouble..I erased my OSX side voluntarily, I mean I formatted that Hdd. Now when I try to boot i get the dreaded:
Loading OS
Operating System is missing..
Damn,
I should have waited for some responses ...but I need to work and that is why I went ahead.

I inserted the WinOs cd in order to fix startup problems but it says: this version is not copatible or something..

Please I nee to work..
What should I do fast...

Thanks a lot

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My Gateway NV79 running 64 bit Windows 7 won't boot and I've tried startup repair and the following steps below and it tells me that the total identified windows installations: 0. I have no clue what to try next. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.

bootrec.exe /FixMbr

If successful, you should be greeted with the message The operation completed successfully. That?s it! Your Master Boot Record has been repaired.

While the above command does fix the MBR, and sometimes that is enough, there still might be an error with the system partition?s boot sector and Boot Configuration Data (BCD). This might occur if you have tried to install another operating system alongside Windows 7, such as Windows XP. To write a new boot sector, try the following command:

bootrec.exe /FixBoot

If you are still faced with your Windows 7 installation not being detected during start up, or if you wish to include more than one operating system choice to your system?s boot list, you can try the following command to rebuild your BCD:

bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

The above command will scan all your disks for other operating systems compatible with Windows 7 and allow you to add them to your system?s boot list. If this fails, you may need to backup the old BCD folder* and create a new one in its place with the following commands:


bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
c:
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
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Every time I try to install a program, an error message along the lines of "Another installation in progress. Please finish that installation before continuing" appears. This is despite no other installations actually going on, confirmed by nothing else running on the task manaager.

Ideas on how to resolve this?

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I run my computer off of windows xp and anytime I try to install a program it succeeds in saving the file to my desktop, but when I click on the file to install it, it gives me this error message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item."I am running it as an Administator, not guest.Thank you!

Answer:installations on my windows xp operating system

1) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?2) Please run full system scans with BOTH your installed anti virus app and with MalwareBytes3) Add "take ownership" to your context menu and we'll see if we need it later (http://www.askvg.com/add-take-ownership-option-in-file-folder-context-menu-in-windows-vista/)

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Before I even ask about how to do it, Is it possible? I want to dual boot 2 separate installations of Windows 7 on one computer using two separate hard drives and being able to dual boot using the regular boot manager.

If it's possible, How would someone go about doing that?

Please don't think I'm crazy.

PS. I don't want to do a VMWare setup, I want an actual dual boot because I want maximum hardware power for performance.

Why do I want to do this? I want to do it for experimentation, I would like to have one installation to be App-Based where I do all my 3D Modelling and Graphics work, and another one to be Internet and Maintenance based where I do all my experiments (Visual Styles, Registry Hacks, Programming and messing with libraries, etc.) I have broken my copy of Windows multiple times and had to reformat since I couldn't do my actual job due to Windows being unstable.

Thank you.

Answer:Dual Boot 2 Installations of Windows 7

Yes it's possible, and it should be as simple as doing the install twice (just select a different partition each time).

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I tried to fix a bunch of wierd stuff with my laptop's Windows XP by doing a repair installation from the CD. Now the laptop won't boot into Windows at all.

First, is it okay to make a new installation of windows on the same partition as the old one? I don't have room to make a new partition.

Second, if I can't get Windows to work, is there a way to recover my files? The laptop has no floppy drive but I do have a home network.
 

Answer:Is 2 Windows installations on 1 partition a bad idea?

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Downgrading Windows Vista Home to Windows XP SP3. I was originally shooting for a dual boot, but I've given up on that and am willing to just settle for XP.

After a few botched tries, and a couple of reformats I have gotten XP fully installed and functioning on C: When I go into disk management I see a C: listed as primary system partition and then an unallocated partition with the letter H: When I try and change drive letters it does not give me options for D: or F: G: .

First, I would like to clean up the letters on the drive partitions and make everything neat and tidy.

Second, when I boot the machine up it lists two installations of Windows XP, one of them will boot, and the other one will not. How do I get rid of this other lingering installation?

I've tried to give as many details as I can I have a feeling it's probably an easy fix, so hopefully somebody can point me in the right direction.

Thanks

Answer:Two Installations of Windows XP Show up in BIOS

and welcome to the Forum

What size is the unallocated partiton? When you installed, did you delete all partitions then create new one(s)

For the Multiple Boot Paths:

Try this . . Click on Start . . Run . . type msconfig . . click on the Boot Ini tab and click on Check all boot paths . . if it comes back with one is invalid, click Fix invalid boot paths

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Ok, short and simple:

I've got 3 windows installations (2 xp home, 1 xp pro) installed (don't ask why, it wasn't my doing). Everytime I boot the computer, it asks me which of the 3 I would like to run. Not only this, but I've got a gig+ of space being wasted because of these other 2 installations. I've always heard that once XP is installed, you can't get rid of it unless you format. If this is not true, can someone tell me how to get rid of these other 2 installations? If it is, does anyone know a "manual" way of uninstalling the other 2 installations, so not only do I get my space back, but I don't get prompted to choose an OS everytime I boot up? Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:How to Delete Multiple Windows Installations?

You can edit boot.ini and remove the extra entries:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289022

As far as getting rid of the installation file , you will have to delete the installation folder by default the Windows folder. Note if you installed XP on the same partition using then mostlikely you overwrote the installation file, so you wont be able to delete the windows folder.

How many partition do you have?
Did you install XP on separate partitions?
What is/are the installation folders names?
 

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Hi, guys!I recently removed a SATA hard drive from a slow PC I'm retiring and installed it in a faster PC. This faster PC is running Windows 7 home premium. The hard drive from the old PC is also running Windows 7 home premium. I have licenses for both.Everything is operating fine. Both hard drives are detected when I boot into either. The thing is, I don't get a boot option menu when first turning on the machine. So, when I want to boot into the other Windows 7 installation (which has different programs and files on it), I have to F10 into the BIOS, change the boot order of the drives, then restart. It's driving me a little crazy.In Windows... when I go to Startup and Recovery in the Advanced System options, I have only one operating system listed in the System Startup menu - Windows 7. However, it shows only one Windows 7.How can I accomplish what I'm trying to do here?Thanks very much!

Answer:Can I Dual Boot Two Installations of Windows 7?

No need to change BIOS, just choose the HDD in BIOS you like to boot from every time you start your system.On that drive add the other OS to the boot manager.If you are using Visual BCD Editor press F9 (click right on the left pane) to add missing boot loaders. Hope that works.

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EXPERT REPLY REQUIRED SOMEWHERE !!!

I have noticed, from several independent game developers, that the's one fun and cool, specific command is on and available for the variousity of installations...

it's /silent

For my understanding, it's something like "Do Not Disturb" installations, or for a less HDD usage (like 50%, for example).

My question is: can it be inputted manually for almost any installation that I put on?

P.S. and... this outstanding tendency is because of the rise of side developments of browser components, side engines and stuff. It's like Dev. section of Firefox. :D

Answer:one cool command of Windows, for installations

It's normally used on network installations where you are installing the same program on multiple computers on the same network, most of the time it's used with the installshield installer(note that not all programs use installshield) and you need an InstallShield answer file usually named setup.iss to supply any answers the installation needs answered(that means you have to first install the program on a test pc to know what to put in the answer file).

There are other procedures for other types of installers like the the MS MSI package but again you have to do a install first then create an answer file.

Unless you have 20+ of the same PC to install these programs on it's not worth the trouble.

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Ok So I have a compaq EvoN620C.

I first installed XP on it (didn't install any drivers), then right after installed ubuntu and use the GRUB boot loader to choose which one to boot from.

So then today I go back to install all the drivers for XP. I downloaded all the drivers from the website- audio/network/video and a few others. Now when I restarted and chose XP to boot, it just goes to a black screen and stays there forever. The windows XP logo never shows up. Just stays black.

I know I should've installed the drivers one by one and restarted after each - shame on me:\

I don't know what to do.
 

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So, i have a new HDD with Win 10 installed. What i'm wonderering is: Can i transfer files between my old HDD with win 10 (home) and my new HDD with win 10 (pro). I know that tranferring files between win 7 and 8 creates problems. But is that the case here too?

Answer:Transferring files between two windows 10 installations

You can do this kind of stuff using Zinstall.

Here is their tutorial for transferring programs and files to a new computer, which worked fine for me in the past.
Though if I'm not mistaken, you'll need to use their Pro product if you are transferring directly from a drive (as opposed to a "live" computer).

I'd ask them for guidance, they were pretty responsive for me (as they should be for their prices...).

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Is it possible to remove an installation of windows while there is a second on it one without deleting the partition?

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So I recently built a new computer. I sysprepped 2 windows 7 hard drives I had in other computers and now I want to set these up to dual boot. I have looked at some tutorials but most of them say you need to install a fresh copy of windows in order to do this. My problem is I do not have a Windows 7 disc and these are both existing installations. Is there any other way to set this up to dual boot?

Answer:Trying to boot from 2 existing windows 7 installations?

We are interested in what you built. Could you give us the specs ?

System Info - See Your System Specs

Do you need to have both of these HD's booting into 2 versions of Win7 ?

PS: Welcome to SF

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New to the forum so forgive me if I'm asking this in the wrong section. Just wondering how you guys cope with the time it takes to do all windows updates on a fresh installation of Vista, do you just bite the bullet and do the updates through windows update tool or have you guys devised an easier method? With the time it takes I'd imagine some of you have an easier method that I'm not aware of, hopefully

Answer:Fresh Installations of Windows Vista

The only other way is to have installation media that already includes the updates. You are right - it takes time but those updates need to be installed and there is no other way around it unless your install disc already has the updates.

You cal slipstream the updates onto a disc if you have the iso file.

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Hey, I'm restoring my pc because of unwanted programs, spyware, and no space. This time I wanted to do it different because of the number of users I have on my pc.

I was wondering if I could install two Windows XPs on my pc. Is this possible? Will I have to purchase two different XPs? Will there be a start up page, where I can select which XP i want to run? and last is there a way to password block a full installation?


I tried doing the user thing but it did not work out, I think this will be the best option if possible.
Thanks
 

Answer:2 installations of windows xp, 1 hard drive

Julius said:


Hey, I'm restoring my pc because of unwanted programs, spyware, and no space. This time I wanted to do it different because of the number of users I have on my pc.

I was wondering if I could install two Windows XPs on my pc. Is this possible?(1) Will I have to purchase two different XPs?(2) Will there be a start up page, where I can select which XP i want to run?(3) and last is there a way to password block a full installation?(4)


I tried doing the user thing but it did not work out, I think this will be the best option if possible.
ThanksClick to expand...

(1) Yes, but they need to be on two different partitions.
(2) I'm going to say yes, but I'm not 100% sure, since they'll never be running concurrently. I'm not an expert on Microsoft's EULA so someone else can fill in here.
(3) Yes, there will be a boot manager where you select which one you want. You can edit what they say by editing boot.ini on your C: drive.
(4) Maybe, with external tools. Windows XP can't do it by itself, but I believe there's ways to use TrueCrypt at the boot level, as well as other encryption tools. Vista Enterprise/Ultimate has BitLocker, but you're using XP so that's kinda moot.
 

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So I am building a new HTPC and was trying to speed up the process last night(all my remaining parts were coming in today and I will be out of town this weekend). Basically I was trying to use a move an old Vista installation over to an SSD drive and then upgrade to Windows 8 pro to get WMC. After having issues cloning the boot partition, I got the genius idea of just installing Vista from scratch using my new Windows 8 build. So I attached the new SSD, initalized it and started the installation without a problem. Everything went smoothly until the I upgraded the Vista Installation to Windows 8 pro (same as the existing OS on a different SSD), where I had to choose between the two at the booth screen and I chose the new installation to make sure WMC was ready to go.

Thinking all was fine, I shut down my computer and removed the SSD with the new Windows 8 pro install. Next startup my MB (P8Z77-V LK) didn't recognize my primary SSD (wasn't showing up in the SATA profile in the BIOS). After moving cables around to different SATA ports I was finally able to get to the boot screen.

However this is what I have to select every time.
I tried to do a repair and a refresh in the advanced options screen shown above and I got the following error.
So now I am at the point where I can access the the original windows 8 installation but it always goes to that OS selection screen and it is much slower then it used to be. From a hardware stand point I thought it was weird tha... Read more

Answer:Issues due to having two windows 8 installations - yes I am an idiot

Assuming I'm understanding correctly, your main rig boots slower now you removed the second SSD with a second windows 8 installation (with the intention of putting that second SSD in the HTPC) right?

This is just a guess, but just removing the 'second' installation from the boot manager might do the trick, here is one guide for 7 which I used in the past to remove W8 CP from a 7/8 dual boot:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2676-bcdedit-how-use.html

There is also this which talks about a gui option but I only skimmed it because I'm not familiar with that method.

By the way, since the boot loader for both installations is on your primary SSD, I'm guessing it won't actually boot when the rest of the parts arrive, so that will almost certainly require a repair from the installation media.
 

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BASIC PROBLEM
Apologies if this is covered elsewhere, if so please redirect me. In a nutshell, when I boot my Thinkpad x200s it offers me two OSes to boot into:" Windows 8 (on volume 1)" and "Windows 8". The "Windows 8" installation is corrupt (explained below) and I need help to get rid of it.
BACKGROUND
INSTALLED UBUNTU
After installing Windows 8, I decided to add Ubuntu 12.04 to my laptop. I used a live boot USB stick to install this. I shrank the main volume in Win 8 Disk management and then created the necessary partitions using the Ubuntu USB.
UNINSTALLED UBUNTU (!)
After a short while I decided to remove Ubuntu (don't ask! :-O). I used Windows Disk Management to remove the partitions, but then came up against the problem of reactivating the MBR, so the laptop would boot into the Win8 installation. I used some Ubuntu Terminal Scripting I found suggested on the web and this allowed Win 8 to boot but only as far as an error screen that told me that a file (Winload.exe) was missing or corrupted. There are on-screen options to refresh the PC and I have Win 8 recovery media but when I click these buttons the screen blinks and stays the same.
REINSTALLED WINDOWS 8
I then used the Windows 8 Installation DVD, that I created when I initially installed Win8, to reinstall the OS. This led to me having the option to boot into two different installations of Win8 (as mentioned at the start) one of which is corrupted.
DELETED WIN.OLD... Read more

Answer:Two Windows 8 installations. Need help to remove the corrupt one.

Take look at Option Three in the tutorial below, you can choose, or delete

Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8

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Hi, I just upgrade my laptop (SONY VAIO VGN-SR430J) from Vista 64 bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
Everything seemed to be working normally until when I tried to install an antivirus (NOD32 Smart Security).
Its a .msi installer and when I tried to run it, it gave me an error "This installation package could not be opened. Contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer package."
I googled this message and saw a few solutions but none of them had worked so far.
The first thing I did was download Windows Installer (WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86) and when I tried to run it, it says "Not enough storage is available to process this command."
Another post had also suggested to redownload the Windows update Agent and that did not do anything either.
Then I tried the solutions on this site. (Error message when you try to add or remove a program on a computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003&#58; &#34;The Windows Installer service could not be accessed&#34;).
Method 1 did not solve it and when I tried to do method 2, it keeps saying access denied in the cmd box even though I rightclicked and ran as admin.
Anyone got any other ideas?
I have alot of data on the laptop and I have been trying to avoid a complete installation.

Answer:Windows Installer not working for .msi installations.

Hi and welcome to SevenForums.

Have you tried sfc /scannow in command promt ,ran as admin?This will detect and try to fix corrupted files.

And by chance,did you check that it is compatable with Windows 7?

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Hello. I'm looking for a security solution when it comes to stolen laptops. I would like a solution that involves both full system encryption for the main O/S, and a dummy O/S that is loaded with location tracking and spying software.

The problem with doing this on one O/S is that full system encryption requires a password at boot, meaning the thief will be forced to wipe the HDD and the location tracking software will never get a chance to work. Likewise, I can disable the encryption and use a guest account on a single O/S, but that leaves my files vulnerable. I could also use a Truecrypt container for my secure files, but they are of fixed size, cumbersome to use, and can't protect all sensitive data without mucking up the main user account.

The best solution would be (ideally) as follows:One Windows 7 installation fully encrypted using Truecrypt.
One Windows 7 installation setup as a dummy O/S.
Grub Bootloader that can load either O/S (Grub supports unlocking Truecrypt).
The two main problems that I have with this setup, is that this requires 5 partitions (2 for each Win7 install, 1 for grub), and I haven't figured out how to reduce this number. I can only have 4 primary partitions on a drive using MBR. Another problem I'm having, is that Windows 7 likes to mess around with the drive letter assignments, refuses to boot from anything but C: drive, and doesn't check UUIDs or anything else when selecting which partition to boot.

I can try to do this with Windows XP a... Read more

Answer:How do I dual boot two Windows 7 installations?

Either create a partiton on your existing harddrive and install 7 or get a new harddrive and add it to the system and insall 7 on that.

It sounds like you know what your doing.
Ignore my reply.

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Hey all,

My question, as the title reads, is...

Is it possible to run two installations of Windows XP, each on a different partition of one hard drive?

The reason for doing this is because the user of the laptop needs to alternate between two networks (Two domains). Windows XP, in all of it's glory, cannot have multiple domain on one install.

I figured I could put two XP installations on the laptop, and use bootcfg to set up which one to pick during start up.

Anyone know if this is possible? The only problem I imagine would be an MBR problem...

Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Two Windows XP Installations on One Partitioned HDD

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I posted about this in another thread, but it was in the middle of other stuff, a bit off the thread topic, and didn't really get addressed, so I am starting a new thread to ask for advice. (The only other threads I have found on this subject are more about creating duplicate installations across multiple PCs)..

My O/S is on a 128GB SSD. Having just had a total failure of the other SSD (Corsair 128GB) in my setup, I want to create an exact duplicate of my current SSD Windows installation on my SSHD drive. It's a long time since I tried any form of multi-boot (in the early days of XP), so just want to run this past folks here..

Actually, I don't exactly want a multi-boot of course. I want the second installation just to be there as an emergency copy, so that I can still boot up if my remaining SSD fails, taking my current boot drive with it. I already have an up-to-date image of the Reserved Partition/C Drive. Can I just install that to a suitably sized primary partition on my SSHD drive (new, empty so far) via Recovery Options? If the Hard Drive boot order still has my SSD as first boot priority, there shouldn't be a problem I am guessing? Windows isn't going to get confused about which active boot partition to use??

On the other hand, maybe having two active boot partitions is risky? Should I get Partition Manager to hide the emergency installation rather than just leave it? And if I run the 'Recovery' operation via the Windows DVD, should I unplug my SSD first, to avoid ... Read more

Answer:Creating duplicate installations of Windows 7 on one PC

Hi Martin.

It sounds like a clone of the existing SSD is the way to go. However, I would leave the drive disconnected to avoid potential issues with boot managers.

An alternative is to store the image of this SSD on an external USB drive, which can then easily be restored to a new SSD when required.

Not sure what your preference is, but I would recommend Macrium Reflect for both options, since it's ease of use and reliability is well regarded here.

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Hello. I've been searching for over a week now.. and i still have found NOTHING that has helped me. I just recently got a Toshiba Satellite L455D-S5976 And This is about the 3rd time I've posted this up. I have been trying to download some .exe programs, but they don't seem to work.

Here's the programs:

iTunes - Apple - iTunes - Download iTunes Now

MapleStory - MapleStory - Global English Site
Every time i run the setup for these programs, a window pops up and says this:

'This installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is valid Windows Installer package.'

I've tried everything, and still, scratching my head.

I've reformatted my laptop, reinstalled windows 7, and still the same problem.
I changed the compatibility, still the same problem.
I even went into security and gave SYSTEM full control and everything.

Nothing worked.

I've resorted to this thread:
Windows Installer not working for .msi installations.

But the solution wasn't my problem exactly.

Can ANYONE help me please?

Answer:Windows Installer not working for .exe installations.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by lovetoy49


Hello. I've been searching for over a week now.. and i still have found NOTHING that has helped me. I just recently got a Toshiba Satellite L455D-S5976 And This is about the 3rd time I've posted this up. I have been trying to download some .exe programs, but they don't seem to work.

Here's the programs:

iTunes - Apple - iTunes - Download iTunes Now

MapleStory - MapleStory - Global English Site


Every time i run the setup for these programs, a window pops up and says this:

'This installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is valid Windows Installer package.'

I've tried everything, and still, scratching my head.

I've reformatted my laptop, reinstalled windows 7, and still the same problem.
I changed the compatibility, still the same problem.
I even went into security and gave SYSTEM full control and everything.

Nothing worked.

I've resorted to this thread:
Windows Installer not working for .msi installations.

But the solution wasn't my problem exactly.

Can ANYONE help me please?


Hi, Welcome to SF,

Again its permission issues.

Unregister Windows Installer, and then reregister Windows Installer. To do this, follow these steps:

1. On the "Start" menu, under search type "Run" and hit ok.
2. In the "Open" box, type "msiexec ... Read more

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I am deciding to switch to windows 7 from windows xp

but before switching i would like to know these things
Now i have saved so many installation packages in my hard disks like avg, yahoo messenger, freeware games and many more and the total size of these installers comes upto around 350 MB or even more, now if i am going to install windows 7 will i have to download all these installation packages again or i can make use of the same installation packages which i had used for XP, i mean can they be compatible with windows 7 especially the installers for freeware & lesser known games, because i also have some very old games which no one uses

someone plz help me
thanks in advance

Answer:Are all installations packages compatible with windows 7

They should work fine. At the worst, you may have to run them in compatibility mode.

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(Posted this in Windows XP section also... couldnt decide where it belonged!)

Hey all,

My question, as the title reads, is...

Is it possible to run two installations of Windows XP, each on a different partition of one hard drive?

The reason for doing this is because the user of the laptop needs to alternate between two networks (Two domains). Windows XP, in all of it's glory, cannot have multiple domain on one install.

I figured I could put two XP installations on the laptop, and use bootcfg to set up which one to pick during start up.

Anyone know if this is possible? The only problem I imagine would be an MBR problem...

Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Two Windows XP Installations on One Partitioned HDD

question was answered here

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/733254-two-windows-xp-installations-one.html
 

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Hello, I've been looking around on the internet, and the seven forums, and I can't seem to find anyone with a similar problem.

I just re-installed Windows 7 to drive C: as I was having some problems with it being on W: (Some games just hate it apparently, I'm looking at you Sleeping Dogs)

I've tried to format it but the option wasn't there and EaseUS has it listed as the system partition which I've also tried to fix but to no avail.

I've gotten the boot over to C: and that's about all I've been able to accomplish.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also here's the image for Disk Management.

Answer:2 Windows 7 Installations on 2 partitions, can't delete old one.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by mediaexpo


Hello, I've been looking around on the internet, and the seven forums, and I can't seem to find anyone with a similar problem.

I just re-installed Windows 7 to drive C: as I was having some problems with it being on W: (Some games just hate it apparently, I'm looking at you Sleeping Dogs)

I've tried to format it but the option wasn't there and EaseUS has it listed as the system partition which I've also tried to fix but to no avail.

I've gotten the boot over to C: and that's about all I've been able to accomplish.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also here's the image for Disk Management.




W has the bootmenu and the bootmgr!! First do this Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Reboot and post disk management screenshot again

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Following a recent Trojan/rootkit etc attack, I have been forced to reinstall Windows XP. Because of the effectiveness of the attack I had to install Windows on a different SATA HDD, while the damaged drive was physically disconnected. The drive housing the new installation was fully reformatted before the installation, but was part of the original setup. Fortunately my data was on a third, larger drive. After exercising a certain amount of ingenuity, I was eventually able to reformat the damaged drive.
 
Afterwards, reflecting on this exercise, I realized that the logon procedure that has been setup in the new installation, (WHICH IS ON A DIFFERENT, REFORMATTED HDD) is identical to the personally tailored one that I had for the previous installation ie the pc logs on without my needing to enter a password and on closing down offers me three separate icons for Standby, Shut Down or Restart. The implication seems to be that these details are recorded somewhere on the motherboard, or on the CPU or RAM or on the data drive which was not reformatted. If Microsoft can record details in a way that circumvents a reinstallation, surely a skilled hacker do the same, leaving traces that can cause damage to the new installation?
 
I'd be very interested to hear your comments on this. Where does MS store this data, and how is it protected?
 
Regards,
 
Milo

Answer:Security of 'clean' installations of Windows XP

Seems that you have created the same settings. I have no knowledge of MBR virus or BIOS virus being able to modify login protocol...
 
Maybe someone else has?

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Hello and thanks for reading I will try to keep this brief without cutting detail.
I reinstalled windows because I was having issues with booting into windows, it had something to do with the fact that I had two Windows installations at one point.
I put Windows 10 on a USB and installed that. Had some issues with my activation key, called Microsoft and everything got figured out.
Later that day I go to open the Start Menu and it doesn't do anything, I restart, it comes back but it's all screwed up. First it's transparent then it's solid but none of the tiles are working. It also seems that none of the windows apps are working.

I go into settings and find that a bunch of the things are screwy
Also the pin page has the text and picture all black but only after the first startup
I google the problem, run sfc /scannow get that there are problems that it can't fix.

Log here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwU...ew?usp=sharing
Thus far I've reinstalled at least 4 times. The problems persist.

Things I've tried:
-dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and all the other commands like this oen
-http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
- SFC /scannow tells me that there is corruption that it can't fix but also that it's repairable
Please help me I'm not sure what to do anymore.

Answer:Corrupt system persists after several installations of Windows 10

Hello, Killerhipo and welcome to the forums. When you run the sfc scan this is how it should be done.

Please right click on the start icon and select Command prompt administrator, give admin permissions and copy/paste this into the window that opens and press enter sfc /scannow . If you decide to type it in, please notice the space between the sfc and the /. We want it to say no integrity violations were found. If it says there where corrupt files that could not be repaired, please reboot and run it again. You may have to run it 3 times with reboots in between each time.

I believe you said you have the USB Installation files. If the sfc scan does not work, insert the USB drive and tell me the drive letter assigned to it. Also, please look in the Sources folder and tell me whether you have an install.wim or an install.esd.

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