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Dual boot win 7&10, Win 10 boot option is not showing up anymore

Question: Dual boot win 7&10, Win 10 boot option is not showing up anymore

I've had both windows in all my computers since the beginning of w10. On this computer win7 was on B drive win10 was on C drive. It is one drive partioned in half Have all my docs, mail, pics, music on external drive. I was using them on both os. Well all of a sudden the page where you chose os doesn't come up anymore and it boots to win7. Windows 10 is still in C Drive, but no way to start it Do I have to start over again or just reload win10? I want to f disk c drive and clean it up, reparation the drive again and start over. Am I going to have a problem loading win 10 or will Microsoft remember my computer?
Thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Dual boot win 7&10, Win 10 boot option is not showing up anymore

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Answer: Dual boot win 7&10, Win 10 boot option is not showing up anymore

A screenshot of disk management would help:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of

Please be sure to widen all the columns so we can see all the data in them.

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Hey guys,I successfully dual booted my Dell, windows pc alongside installing the new operating system - kali Linux, but while doing so I clicked on install grub into master boot by mistake and now grub is installed into my master boot,So as soon as I turn on my pc it shows up kali Linux as an option but no windows 10.To boot into windows I have to go to boot menu every time and start through windows boot manager to boot into windows.. How can I fix it such that the windows option is also shown alongside kali Linux? Please help!Thanks for all your support

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Hello, I have two hdd's installed. One has xp the other win7. My problem is at boot the only one recognized is the xp drive. Would like to have the option to boot either,without having to unplug one drive. How can I add the win7 drive to the boot file?

Answer:Only XP showing at Win7 & XP dual boot option

Were both WinXP and Windows 7 installed on those hard drives while the drives resided in the current computer?Many motherboard BIOSes have an option at startup to select what to boot from. In my case I need to hit F11 and it gives me a list of bootable partitions. I have many. This is superior, in my opinion, to letting Windows boot manager handle things. The reason is simple. If you make changes, like adding or removing a drive the list just changes. If you have Windows handle the boot process and you remove a drive you may not be able to boot to anything anymore. Watch the screens at start up for a message. Post the brand and model of your computer or if custom, the motherboard.

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Hi,

I decided to upgrade my current PC (running on Vista) with a SSD drive.

I also bought windows 8 and installed in on this drive.
I changed the boot order in my bios so my SSD drive comes first.
I was expecting to have a dual boot option at start-up but this option doens't show up.

When I go to system configuration I also see the 'windows 8' that is installed on the C-drive.

Is it still possible to add my Vista on the D-drive to this list?

Tnx in advance.

Answer:Vista not showing up as an option in dual boot

Hello OldEvil1, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you upgraded from Vista to Windows 8, then Windows 8 formatted and replaced your Vista.

Not to mention, that if you purchased an upgrade copy of Windows 8 with your Vista as the qualifying OS, then you are not suppose to use your Vista product key if you have Windows 8 installed as per the EULA below.

http://www.eightforums.com/general-d...tml#post129442






What about upgrading the software?

The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

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

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

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

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

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

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Edit 1: I booted from the Windows installation disk just to see the options avail... Read more

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

Hi I Am User,

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

Cheers
Boris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I am dual booting Win7 Ultimate x64 from a SSD and WinXP Pro x64 from a HDD. After POST, i get to a boot selection screen showing the XP 2003 Server edition (XP x64) and Win7. I could enter Win7 but the default is the setup so if I don't do anything the screen times out after 30 seconds, loads the setup, and BSOD. So whatever. I just use arrow up, select Win7 and I'm fine. BUT, I changed the timeout from 30 to 0 seconds in boot options and now I can't figure out how to get back into Win7. To enter XP, I have to press f11 and select the disk from boot options or else it enters setup and BSOD. I need help on getting settings changed so my PC will automatically boot into Win7 and booting into XP is done as it currently is.

Thanks

Answer:Dual Boot issues, changing default boot option

Try this: https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/ba...default-entry/

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Recently I played around with dual booting Linux Mint on my system. I decided that I would delete it for the present as I have other things to focus on. However, after deleting partitions and fixing my MBR to only boot windows my UEFI BIOS still has instances of Ubuntu as a boot option. Just for the sake of cleaning my system I was hoping someone could help with this.

My Motherboard is an ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 with a UEFI BIOS. I'll provide screenshots of what's happening below. (Images were flipped upon upload for some reason)

As you can see there are two ubuntu options for some reason.
I tried to see if BCDedit would allow me to delete these but they didn't show up in BCDedit
I'm not sure where else to look to delete these options in my BIOS.

Thanks in advance for any help

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I've had Win 7 Pro on my laptop for over a year. I installed a 2nd hard drive to it recently and today I installed Windows 8 Pro on the 2nd hard drive. It's been a roller coaster of good & bad luck.

The first install went fine, until I tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows store, then things went bad and I had to go into Windows 7 and eventually delete the Windows 8 volume and change it from MBR to GPT because of UEFI (no secure boot enabled thankfully). Gawd what a stretch of error messages telling me I can't install Windows 8 on the blank hard drive because it was or wasn't MBR or GPT, or the automagically made partitions weren't in the right order.

After spending over 7 hours twice in a row installing Windows 8, I finally find out that there's no boot option for Windows 7 anymore.

The only clue I have is to use a Windows 7 repair disk and use diskpart.exe and make the Win 7 drive "active" but that's a little foreign to me at this point.

Answer:GPT Win 8 Dual boot installation killed Win 7 MBR boot option.

I'm looking in Computer Management / Disk Management from within Windows 8.

Disk 0: SYSTEM D: 438 MB NTFS (lengthened from 199 MB with EaseUS because Acronis 2014 thought it too small while crashing), Healthy (Active, Primary Partition); Win 7 E: 930.98 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition); HP_TOOLS F: 102 MB FAT 32 Healthy (Primary Partition)

Disk 1: 300 MB Healthy (Recovery Partition) {no letter}; 100 MB Healthy (EFI System Partition) {no letter}; C: 931.00 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

And several other external disks which don't deserve mention today.

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I am not getting the screen asking me to choose which Operating system at boot up. It gives me no options and just Boots straight to the C drive where I have Windows 7 Pro.
In preparation I shrunk the Volume of the C drive and created a new partition (E) in which I made it a simple volume NTFS . I then installed Windows 8 Pro from the CD ROM and everything went fine. However when I re boot it just Boots straight into Windows 7 Pro and no mention of Windows 8.
I tried to use Easy BCD 2.2 and now I have three entries (1) Windows 7 (2) Microsoft Windows 7 (3) Microsoft Windows 8
When I select Windows 8 at boot up I then get an error telling me the boot Load EXE file is corrupt

I am really stumped, I have loaded windows 8 four times and still get the same result. My ultimate goal is to get the Windows Dual Boot Screen.

Answer:Window 7 Pro and Windows 8 Pro Dual Boot (No option at boot up)

Both are 64 Bit and sorry if I should have posted this in Windows 8 Forum. I am new here

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My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)

i recently rebuilt this into a new case and it had been working fine. Mainly using the win 7 os but more recently using the win 10 os more and more. The way it has been working is that win7 is the default boot and I have to hit the delete key on startup to select win10 to boot from.

today I was on win 10 but needed to reboot to 7. Upon doing so I hit this message:

Secure Boot Violation The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers.

It then gave me the option to boot to win10 as it is the next boot option on the list. Win 10 is now giving me the blue screen "memory management error" although I have been able to get into win10 after some more rebooting.

I ran SFC scanner and it told me that there were some problems that it cannot fix.

Everything is unplugged apart from mouse, keyboard hdmi to screen and ethernet cable. Unplugging the win10 drive from the mobo and switching the win7 drive to another port has not helped.

Has my ssd failed? has win 10 done an update that has caused this problem? It did update today, in fact the first error message I got was after win10 shut down, and when I booted into it again it installed some updates before launching.
thanks for any help!

Answer:dual boot win7/win10 wont boot to win7 anymore +BSOD "memory managemen

Hi @vinvanda.

As far as I can understand from your post that you had W7 and W10 as dual boot in two different disks.

From the uploaded data we could not find a hint of the BSOD that you said (it is not recorded anywhere, probably because it happened during boot); but some other statements are supported by the data.





Windows failed fast startup with error status 0xC00000D4.



Now, it is STATUS_NOT_SAME_DEVICE; reads as .... "The destination file of a rename request is located on a different device than the source of the rename request".

Now I am making a guess. It it is wrong, please rectify and state the proper situation.
You name the Windows 7 Disk as "system" and the Windows 10 disk as "Win 10". You also said that windows 7 is the default boot. So I am guessing that the boot files are in the the windows 7 disk.

The board is set as Legacy BIOS. So Fast Boot is not possible here; and if Fast Startup is enabled, windows7 needs to disk check in every startup. It is desirable to keep fast startup disabled on a computer with W7.

Now Coming to the "Secure Boot Violation". Windows 7 does not support it at all. And, it is the Firmware Validation Process of UEFI; whereas your system is set to Legacy. I think here lies the issue.





BIOS Mode Legacy



Disable UEFI and Secure boot> Hopefully Windows 7 will boot back.

If it does not, remove the windows 10 disk... Read more

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My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)

i recently rebuilt this into a new case and it had been working fine. Mainly using the win 7 os but more recently using the win 10 os more and more. The way it has been working is that win7 is the default boot and I have to hit the delete key on startup to select win10 to boot from.

today I was on win 10 but needed to reboot to 7. Upon doing so I hit this message:

Secure Boot Violation The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers.

It then gave me the option to boot to win10 as it is the next boot option on the list. Win 10 is now giving me the blue screen "memory management error" although I have been able to get into win10 after some more rebooting.

I ran SFC scanner and it told me that there were some problems that it cannot fix.

Everything is unplugged apart from mouse, keyboard hdmi to screen and ethernet cable. Unplugging the win10 drive from the mobo and switching the win7 drive to another port has not helped.

Has my ssd failed? has win 10 done an update that has caused this problem? It did update today, in fact the first error message I got was after win10 shut down, and when I booted into it again it installed some updates before launching.
thanks for any help!

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Hi, My attempt to setup my X1 Yoga (20FQ) laptop to dual boot windows 10 and fedora 24 failed and I am not able to boot on windows anymore  More specifically I installed fedora 24 while already having a windows 10 setup. During the installation the fedora installation manager has configured the partitions for dual boot. The installation was successful but to my surprise the grub 2 entry for the windows 10 didn't work anymore.  I inspected the partitions and found that the windows are untouched. However the ' /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi' file is missing from the boot partition. I think I need to recover it so that I am able to boot again to windows. Do you know how I can recover the file? I noticed that there was no windows 10 installation disk in the X1 packaging. Also what's the right setup for dual booting the two operating systems? Regards, Kostas  

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Was trying to delete Linux from my dual boot and I accidentally the whole Windows 8 boot loader (again). But this time is worse.

I have Linux installed to get the boot loader back. Windows appears in the GRUB boot menu, but it is corrupted and will not boot. When I try to boot from it, it now goes to a "preparing automatic repairs" screen followed by an "attempting repairs" screen. I'm given an "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." Then it takes me to the Windows 8 recovery options.

Before it got corrupted, I tried doing a system restore from the recovery options but had to force a shutdown because the restore got stuck and would not end even after 10 hours had passed. That was probably a bad idea.

What should I try next?

Answer:Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

if you have a windows 8 disk, you can try a startup repair.

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Hi guys,

I know I'm probably just doing something stupid, but I recently had to reinstall Windows 7 in my dual boot system. Windows 8.1 can no longer "see" Win 7 and won't dual boot with it. I tried EasyBCD and all it did was corrupt Win 8.1's Bootmgr to the point where I had to use Automatic Repair from the Win 8 install disk to get 8.1 to boot again.

Short of reinstalling Win 8, is there anything I can do from Win 7 that will re-enable dual boot? Or is there a way in Win 8? I tried a couple of the Win 8 tutorials, but the option for Win 7 never came up in the boot options screens.

Any ideas gratefully received.

Answer:Reinstall of Win 7 cannot dual boot with Win 8.1 anymore

Try Using the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
Use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

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Facing problem in M900 Tower machine. Primary boot sequence in the BIOS setup is showing SATA 1 drive as 8gb flash drive, Not the actual default 1TB hard disk. Also the machine is not connected any external flash drive.The machine is working fine We updated the BIOS to latest also swapped the hard disk with another machine of same model, But it showing flash drive as primary boot sequence of SATA 1 instead of the 1TB HDD.  How to resolve this issue. 

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I was doing a repair using the Win XP Home SP2 (slipstreamed).

It kept hanging and rebooting by itself only to repeat the F3 Repair, or Enter to proceed with setup.

After I quit out of the program and a reboot, I was able to boot into safe mode. This is when I did the sfc /scannow.

It seems to fix it, but now I'm showing a boot menu option
Windows (default)
Windows (default)

Win XP is is showing twice!

And when I choose the first one, Windows asked me to validate or authenticate my copy. After a phone call with Microsoft my system is verified and authenticated.

However, if I choose the 2nd line Windows (default), Windows is saying I need to validate or authenticate my copy again.

How do I get rid of that 2nd line? My system seems to think I have dual boot, but for the same Win Xp.
 

Answer:Solved: WinXp showing twice in boot option

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I've just installed the beta of Windows 7 on a 2 disk set-up, XP already installed on the other disk. I know there isn't a Windows 7 forum but it's essentially Vista so the solution should be as Vista I imagine.

If you install Vista after XP shouldn't XP appear in the Vista boot menu? In my case it doesn't but I'd like it to.

The only way I can set which OS boots is by selecting which drive boots first through the BIOS.
Is there a simple way to fix this?

Thanks for your help.
 

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Hey,
I set up a dual boot on my pc and everthing went fine,the other OS is activated etc.

But now my vista has reset or something and the activation was cleared.

Anyone know how i can get it back?It came with the pc so i have no serial code that you get with the disc and i dont see a label on the pc anywhere.

Answer:Set up Dual Boot, Vista not activated anymore.

If by activated do you mean the key? yes there are ways to get it

so key or activate?

ken

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Ok, a bit of a background on this:

I HAD a dual boot with XP and Win 7 on two separate drives with a menu system at the beginning.
a) XP on an IDE - 80gig - installed first about 3 years ago
b) Win7 64 bit - SATA 1T - installed in the new year.

I lost the 80gig drive and so I bought a new SATA and recovered XP to it using Acronis backup recovery. Works well now and XP boots with everything recovered.

Now here is where the problem begins. The Dual boot menu does not show up anymore when I turn on the computer.
I cannot boot with XP if I have the Win7 drive as the drive priority in the BIOS and vise versa. If I have the XP drive as the priority drive in the BIOS, I do not get the option to boot to Win 7.

So I researched and tried this
1) a repair with Win7 installation disk (repair startup). Tried it and did not remedy the situation
2) Ran BCD and found the XP drive set it up as a boot drive. Rebooted and it did indeed give me two menu item (early version of windows and Win7), but when I select EARLY VERISON OF WINDOWN, it gives me an "NTLDR error" or something similar (sorry that is going from memory)

So I am at a loss of what to do to enable a dual boot at this point. I really don't want to reinstall either XP or Win7. Is there another way to fix this?

Answer:Dual boot with XP doesn't work anymore...pls help

If you can boot into 7, install EasyBCD 2.0 after doing quick registration to use beta. Remove any XP entry in Add/Remove and then Add it back. Accept offer for boot files, Save.

If this will not correct Dual Boot, post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map using Snipping Tool in Start menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box. Add a snip of your Easy listings page.

If you cannot boot Win7 yet or the above fails, Try using EasyBCD2.0 in XP to Add 7 after removing it if necc. in Add/Remove tab. You'll need to install Net Framework 2.0 to use it in XP.

If this fails, boot into Win7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recov Tools list to run Startup Repair up to three separate times with reboots. If Win7 still will not start, return to Recov Tools list, open a Command prompt to type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for Win7 HD)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION # (For Win7 partition)
ACTIVE
EXIT

Now return to tools list and run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7 to start it, then use Step 1 above, posting back screenshot if necc.

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Question: boot dual option

can you copy a mbr from one drive to another although I duplicated my c drive to a new hard drive,the dual boot option is missing ,i understand this is stored on the mbr. my system was a dual boot 98se (on C drive) winXP (D drive).

Answer:boot dual option

click here

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I have windows ME on one of my computers and began to install XP on it and realised that some of my hardware for that system was not compatible with XP so I aborted the installation.
the problelm now is when I boot up the computer I get the dual boot up option screen and I have to choose the OS i want the comp to boot to, even though XP is not installed.
How do I disable or remove this function so the computer boots up to ME like it use to.
Thanks guys
 

Answer:I want to get rid of dual boot up option

errr....

You aborted the install? Well lol how far into it? Well never mind that doesn't matter.

What you need to do is get rid of the XP partial install...DELETE lol. I would just get rid of the partition that you created for it.

But, the best advice I can give you is to look at the manual for the program that you are using for your dual boot, it should tell you what to do. You may have to change the boot.ini file and what not. Be careful! Do some heave Google searches before messing up your machine.

Good Luck,

Av
 

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I had my system set up to dual boot to either W7 or W8 and was given the option at boot up to select either one. Due to a crash of the W7 partition I ended up formating that particular partition and doing a cmplete re-install of W7. Now I do not get the option to select at boot up. The PC just goes straight to W7. Anyone know how to get my dual option back.

Answer:Dual Boot Option has gone

Sounds like you installed to the Windows 8 partition.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

& list what each partition is for.

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Question: dual boot option

sorry many questions but any answers are much appreciated, thank you

i have read the stickies on 64 bit and 32 bit but i still cant decide!, im going to buy vista shortly and cant decide if i want home 32 or 64 bit! what im thinking, is buy 64 bit (so im future proof) and for now dual boot so i will have my current windows xp prof + vista 64 bit home (as so many people say 64 bit is a nightmare)

i would use 64 bit to play my games and take full advantage of extra ram (which i also need to buy, i have 2 gig at mo)

does this sound sensible or just plain greedy and/or stupid??

my current HD is only 140gb (WD Raptor) so i was thinking about buying another HD for one of the OS, i have a feeling this wont be possible because OS require C:, am i correct or could i have C: = xp and D: = vista (for instance)

im going to upgrade my proccor from AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ AM2 to AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ AM2, this proc can run 32 and 64 bit correct?

last question:

if i install on xp and want to use it when i use vista do i need to install that game/prog twice?

thanks guys

EDIT- With my upgrades my pc will be as folllows

HD 4850
AMD 64 6000+ (6400+ if i can get good price)
ASUS M2n32 WS Prof
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400 DIMM (will get 2gb more, or consider new ram altogether)
WD 140 GB Raptor 10,000rpm (maybe another HD not sure what yet)
V7 20" monitor 1400x1059 / 60hz
Hiper 580W Type-R Modular PSU

Answer:dual boot option

If you install an OS onto a different hard drive, it'll work just like you would normally. I have Vista and Ubuntu dual booting on a separate hard drive than my XP drive, and when I boot into XP, XP is C: and Vista is another letter, and if I boot into Vista, Vista is C: and XP is another letter.

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I have Win98 on C: and WinXP on F: and I've been told that I should get a screen asking me which OS I would like to boot to but I don't ever get it.

Is this true?
 

Answer:Where's the dual boot option for XP?

How did you install the OS's? When you installed XP, it should have detected the 98 install, and installed a bootloader. How do you switch OS's now?
 

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I've just reloaded my PC using the CDs that came with it when new. Before loading XP Home I deleted all partitions & formatted (NTFS) the drive. Now when I boot up it goes to a screen asking which OS to load, both say Windows XP Home & it waits 30 seconds for an answer. Very frustrating!

Is there a way to get rid of this as I don't have a second OS to boot from, (in fact it fails if I try to select the second 'Windows XP Home' option). What is making the PC think I have 2 OS's & can it be easily told it hasn't!

Any help would be appreciated...

PS.. I'm far from a geek so I may be missing something simple here.

Thanks,
PJ
 

Answer:Why do I get a Dual Boot Option??

Yes, There is a way to fix this issue. All you need to do is simply edit you boot.ini file located in the C:\ directory. You can do this by following below:

1) Open My Computer

2) Click on C:\ drive
Note: Be sure you have "Show hidden files and folders" enable as well as "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked.

3) Right click the boot.ini and clear all Attributes, Click Ok!

4) Now open the boot.ini file in "notepad"

5) You should see something like below:

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

Note: Now in your case where it has "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect" you will have 2 lines of this. Remove ONLY ONE!

Be sure that before you save it that you have one line under [operating systems] that looks like the below:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Note: If you have Windows XP Home substitute Professional for Home.

6) Save, and exit

7) Reboot and see if problem remains.

Also please see this site, it may be helpful as well
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=289022
 

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I have two options on boot one is XP pro and one is XP SETUP. How can I deleat the SETUP option?I have selected the XP pro as my default start using Control panel/system etc.I have taken a back up copy of my Boot.ini file. which is belowThanksRaymond[Boot Loader]Timeout=5Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT[Operating Systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetectC:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"

Answer:Dual Boot option XP pro

Just delete the two lines Default=c\..........andC:\$Win........

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Hello again all.

Since there is no legal way to transfer the DRM licenses from my older system to my newer one, maybe another option is avaliable. Since this system is what I have all my downloaded music on, and I need to do a clean install of XP back on it before I give it to my Wife and Kids for their new system. Can I just back this partition on with Acronis, split the hard drive into two partitions, install Win XP on it fresh and then restore earlier system on the second partition and just have a dual boot system? The second boot partition would serve to be nothing more then for me to transfer my digital music to me devices and get out. This way they can have their new system and I'll still have access to my digital music when I need it.

Do I have to use a program like System Commander for this? I'm sure I'll have a few more questions on this subject.

Thanks
Patrick

Answer:Ok, another Option. Dual Boot?

If I install XP fresh on the first partition and then restore the previous XP on the second partition, will I be able to dual boot or is there something else that has to be done? I've used System commander before so I know I can do it with that, but I'd prefer doing it within XP. I'm not familiar with how XP dual boots, so any assistance would be appreciated.

Better yet, will XP Dual Boot to two separate hard drives?

Thanks
Patrick

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I'm sure this has been posted on here before, but bear with me because I didn't know what to search under to find this answer...

During my system boot-up, I have the option to choose from 2 different Windows XP's. The one that I boot-up off of is on my smaller hard drive, which just has Windows on it. I have a now non-existent version of Windows on my main hard drive which was put on there when I was fooling around in college, and apparently I never properly got rid of the OS on my main hard drive.

Is there a way I can by-pass this and just have my system boot directly to the OS on my small hard drive? Thanks.
 

Answer:Dual OS Option During Boot-Up

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Had win7 and XP working on dual boot with easyBCD for months. Then had to wipe another drive so removed all connections in PC and wiped totally unrelated drive, linked everything back up again, and now windows 7 won't boot up and the boot menu has gone.

I have three hard drives - one backup, one for XP, and one with three partitions including win7.

When i set the BIOS boot order to the XP drive it boots up ok, when i set the order to win7 drive it gets to 'verifying dmi pool data' then asks for a boot cd.

I have rebuilt the MBR using partition wizard. As you can see, the XP drive is active and primary. I cannot seem to set the win7 disk to be primary or active. It also tells me it cannot find a windows installation on the drive even though it is loaded onto E:

I have tried loading the win7 dvd and running the start repair several times but it does nothing.

I don't get what happened as all i did was remove all the hard drive connections, then connect them back up a few hours later.

Any ideas? I have spent four hours on it already and need help before i smash the thing up!

Answer:Windows 7 and XP dual boot - Win 7 partition not booting anymore

fixed it! woohoo

this worked for me....

go here Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
and get the VBCDE and follow instructions here Dual-boot Repair Windows 7/Vista
for automatic repair.

fixed my setup in half a second. machine booted back into windows 7 directly, then used easyBCD to add the winXP option to the boot menu and back in business. Both XP and Win7 on boot menu and both working fine. Woohooo!

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I would like to have a duel set up with vista beta & XP anyone know a web link showing how to set up please. or any instructions would be grateful.I need to have the xp option as well as HP are not releasing vista drivers for my printer/scanner till the vista OS is released as a full version.

Answer:XP / Vista dual boot up option

To set up a dual boot with your existing XP, you need to have a separate partition, or "unallocated" space, on your hard drive into which Vista can be installed. During the installation, it will recognise that you already have an operating system and the Boot.ini file in the root of "C" drive will be changed to provide the necessary Boot Menu from which to select the OS when you boot the PC.You could, if necessary, install a second hard drive in the PC and install Vista on that.

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Hi,I have recently carried out a clean install of Vista Home Premium after problems with trying to recover XP.All is well now except that I now get a dual boot option at start up which takes 30 seconds to default to Vista, unless I am sitting there and press enter.XP is nowhere on my computer although I have 5Gb of unalllocated disk space on a separate partion where it once tried to recover, but I can live with that at the moment.I can reduce the time out in msconfig to 3 seconds, but that takes me to "Selective Start Up" mode which is not recommended and is not really the answer.This problem used to be edited out in win.ini or boot.ini, but I have read that these do not exist in Vista.Any help would be appreciated.Axel

Answer:How Do I Get Rid of the Dual Boot Option in Vista

Try BCDEdit

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I as wondering, I have a Windows Vista Laptop that runs off the Laptops hard drive, what I'm looking at doing is editing the start up so it can boot of either the Windows Vista installation or boot of a SD Card, pretty much a dual boot but off different devices.

The main reason I want to do this is because the Windows Vista installation is encrypted and can't be messed with and I also don't want to give any option to change settings in the bios or give the user an option to choose which device to boot off, the SD Card will be in the Laptops built in SD Slot and it will be sealed so it won't be easy to be removed.

So when a user boots up it will give a dual boot option. I have access to the Windows Vista OS.

How do I go about this?
 

Answer:Solved: option to dual boot to usb

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Hello there,I recently Installed Windows 7, and decided to remove it. I installed it from a iso obtained from Microsoft. After installing it, Windows 7 decided to make its own boot record, I formatted the partition it was on and looked to remove the boot record from boot.ini.No such luck, ; ;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems. ;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options. ; [boot loader] timeout=3 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Home Edition" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT /TUTAG=9HKO74 /KERNEL=TUKERNEL.EXEI understand it is something to do with a Master Boot Record, but my Acer Aspire One does not have a CD Drive and that is why the only software that allows me to re-install windows is the eRecovery Agent. But problems again, It seems because the boot label is stuck I can't use eRecovery.I really need this removing, as quick as possible.Thanks, and I look forward to a reply.

Answer:Dual Boot 7/XP // Windows 7 Option will not go away.

Removing Windows Vista Bootloader from Startup Microsoft Vista Tech-Recipes - http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1341/removi...loader_startup/ Louis

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After installing Win8 on an empty HD -- and after having installed Win7 on its own drive -- the "option" to boot from one drive or the other does not appear as it should.  I can boot Win8 from the full installation disk I have, and change the boot order in bios, but there is no easy way to make a choice between the OSs.
 
Someone suggested I use EasyBCD to sort things out, but I'm not sure how to do it and I don't want to jeopardize my ability to boot Win7 by screwing it up.
 
Any/all suggestions appreciated.

Answer:No Option to Dual Boot in Win8

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I had a dual boot system xp home and MCE and I removed MEC but I can’t get rid of the dual boot option at startup. Any ideas ?

Answer:Removing the dual boot option

start, run, type msconfig, select boot.ini and check paths, then remove the non existent one

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I have two Windows XP installations showing so I will have to press enter to boot. But how do I remove the link to the installation that doesn´t exist? Its still there after reformatting.
 

Answer:Removing an option for dual boot on win xp?

I downloaded a bootskin, heres my thread, read the posts and a poster shows you how to do it....

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=911145&highlight=soulsaver_8229

hope that helps!



soulsaver_8229
 

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Hi,I currently have 2 hardrives installed in my computer, one harddrive has vista on it and the other used to have windows 7 installed. (I have just formatted the harddrive that had windows 7 on because I would like to use it as a storage drive) The problem is each time I reboot my computer I am still getting the screen prompt that asks which windows I want to boot to. I would really prefer it if just booted straight into Vista without asking me this, I nolonger have windows 7 installed and it's just a bit of a pain to keep getting this message. Thanks!

Answer:How do I stop the dual boot option? Thanks!!

      Hi Crafty.      I think simple hiding the Windows7 boot option would be a most simple and safe way.Right-click on 'My Computer';select 'Properties';click 'Advanced system properties' on the left side of the window;on 'Advanced' tab click 'Startup and recovery' settings;make sure Your Windows Vista set as default operating system in drop-down menu and clear the checkbox prompting for 'Time to display list of operating systems'.

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I received a Dell laptop with a dual XP boot on it -
on startup, it displayed two options, both of them XP.
One worked, the other one didn't.
I did a fresh install (not an upgrade) of Windows 7, which apparently landed on top of the working XP boot.

So now when I boot up, I see two options - Windows 7 and "earlier operating system".
The Windows 7 boot works fine, but if I try the other, I get
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem."

I looked in the Disk Manager; all I could see was one disk (C),
with two partitions - one huge one, and one 9 MB one.

I'd really like to remove the XP ("earlier operating system") option,
so that it would boot directly to Windows 7.

How can I do this?

Answer:Dual Boot - remove one option

Have a look at this: Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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Is it possible to set up a lenovo (m57p) to dual boot, which means adding another disk partition, and still retain the recovery (which lives in its own partition) function? If anyone has done this I would welcome any clues how to do it, current OS is vista and I need to add W2K.

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Ok, here we go again; the first time I installed my two OS on my hard disks, after POST, the bios would let me choose what OS to load. Now, this is not happening anymore, so everytime I want to upload one of the two OS, I have to manually configure the boot sequence from bios, as the multiboot option screen does not show up anymore. Does anyone know how to fix it? I even reinstalled both OS on my hard disks, but to no avail. Any help from expert windows users will be much appreciated, thanks

ENRICO
 

Answer:Windows dual boot option

I Am myself a newbie with this kind of setup, but what already learn is (and following some lecture from the geeks here) I have an old Dell and I needed to have windows 98 and Windows 2000, so I installed 98 SE and in the other partition 2000, but (always one) due to bad "planning" had to install other "upgrades" to 98, and this ruined all my work. Reformat the partition and reinstalled 98, but this time only had 98, no questions about chosing one or the other OS. So, if you need 2000 and Xp, install them (or reinstall) in that order.:confused
 

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I'm currently running ver 14393 (32) and tried installing 14986 (insider) on a partition. The install went ok but the installed version had some problems: repeated BSODs and really slow response. The hard part was getting back to my working version. I thought there was a boot menu to select which installation to boot to but none appeared. I finally booted from the install disk and found the boot choices there. What can I do to fix this problem?
tcebob

Answer:Dual boot no option menu

Add an entry to the boot menu using bcdboot.exe.

Open an admin cmd and type:

bcdboot 14393_partition_letter:\Windows

e.g.

bcdboot d:\windows

(then press enter)

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A few months ago I used Paragon migrate OS to SSD 4.0 to clone my 480gb HDD (partitioned C: OS and D: data) to a 240gb ssd (just C: OS). This is a somewhat older Asus laptop with a i5 processor.

Everything worked fine except that windows boot manager has 2 versions of windows 7. Its not a big deal and I more or less ignored it. I should note that selecting either boot option loads Win7 with no problems. After a bit of time passed I started getting windows popups asking me to re-authenticate windows, which I did using the phone system. But it won't work. Windows appears to accept the key, but within an hour I get another popup saying that my version of windows needs to be authenticated. I'm assuming these two things are related (i.e. windows recognizes 2 copies of windows running the same product key).

I've tried searching the forum for answers with no luck and any help would be appreciated. I'm certainly no pro at this and I'm guessing I just don't know the correct terms to use in my searches...

I guess to fully state my questions:

How do I identify and remove the incorrect windows 7 option in the boot manager?

Could this be causing my re-authentication problem?

Thanks!

Answer:Migrated Win 7 to SSD. Now has dual Win 7 boot option

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

Look in msconfig>Boot tab to see if there is an extra non-default listing to Delete. Windows Boot Manager - Delete a Listed Operating System - Windows 7 Help Forums

If not install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to check for a surplus listing without the correct drive letter on the Edit OS Menu tab.

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Recently my brother had a problem with his pc with came up during post that it couldn't find a boot record. Worried that he had a virus I ran my virus disk but found nothing, I then used the XP rescue disk to try and recover the MBR by using the command Fixmbr. This didn't seem to work. After trying another couple of times I realised that the correct cpu wasn't coming up at post, looking in the system bios I saw that the hdd's auto detect was switched off. Annoyed at myself for not seeing this sooner I changed the battery just in case that was failing and reset the bios.My problem now is that it goes through post fine but give me another screen asking me to choose which O/S I want although there is only XP installed as if it's set up for dual boot. What has caused this?

Answer:Confused....Dual boot option????

The Boot.ini file may have become altered so that it now thinks there are two operating systems installed. Open MSCONFIG ("Start > Run", type MSCONFIG and click OK), select the Boot.ini tab and click the button to Check All Boot Paths. If it finds an invalid path, you will be given the option to delete it, which should fix your problem.

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Hello everyone! I was wondering if there are any Ghost experts in the forum that can help me with a little project I was assigned at work. Ok my place at work is trying to save money by creating a restore option for all the computers that are sent to our clients to cut in service and shipping cost. what I would like to do is to have a dual boot system that will give the option to restore or continue with windows xp and some kind of timer with windows xp choice as a default. We have the enterprise edition of ghost but I do not see any options for that kind of thing, but when we get computers from other manufactures this option is available. Does anybody have any ideas ho to do this whit out a boot disk.

Thanks
Will Rivera

Answer:dual boot with restore option

I just bought an IBM laptop and it came today, also had the restore option available. I'm guessing it would have to be booted from a Windows 9X environment, replacing the windows boot files with a ghost boot floppy files and have the image sitting on that partition, somethin glike that.

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Hi,

I have recently carried out a clean install of Vista Home Premium after problems with trying to recover XP.

All is well now except that I now get a dual boot option at start up which takes 30 seconds to default to Vista, unless I am sitting there and press enter.

XP is nowhere on my computer although I have 5Gb of unalllocated disk space on a separate partion where it once tried to recover, but I can live with that at the moment.

I can reduce the time out in msconfig to 3 seconds, but that takes me to "Selective Start Up" mode which is not recommended and is not really the answer.

This problem used to be edited out in win.ini or boot.ini, but I have read that these do not exist in Vista.

Any help would be appreciated.

Axel
 

Answer:How Do I Get Rid of Dual Boot Option in Vista

My solution don't edit



chaimjm said:





You can try editing the BCDEdit file, complicated, or use a little program called VistaBootPro

http://www.pronetworks.org/vistabootpro/Click to expand...


 

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It was there - options for booting into Win7 or Technical Preview. The 'time to display....' is set at 30 seconds but only Win7 is showing. Any thoughts appreciated - regards.

Answer:Dual Boot Option Missing

How did you perform the update?? And what happened right before the option to go into the TP diapered??

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I have Vista and Win 7 dual boot from 2 HDD's. I would get the black and white screen that let me choose which I wanted to boot. I had to reinstall W7 and now that option is no longer their. I booted from the W7 update DVD and when I got to the part of selecting the partion I chose the one that did have 7 on it and formatted it then installed it. Why am I no longer given the dual option and is thier anyway to get it back? I have checked and my files for Vista are all still there.

Answer:Dual boot option missing

The black and white screen is called windows boot manager.
First, try to boot from the HDD where vista is installed. If vista boots up properly, the problem is in the boot loader sector. To recall the vista bootloader, you may use Vista boot Pro (VistaBootPRO - Dual Boot Windows 7 or Vista with Windows XP). But the best option I think is to install EasyBCD (EasyBCD Download - Softpedia) .

First install EasyBCD in windows 7, then add a vista entry using it.

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i had a vista & ubuntu dual boot system, but after forgetting my username & password for ubuntu i uninstalled it, but i still get the option to boot from it on a restart etc
i uninstalled ubuntu from add/remove programs & it said it uninstalled successfully

Answer:Dual Boot option still there after uninstall

just an update, well after playing about with hirens bootdisk, super grub & fdisk my master boot records were trashed

so it was a new install of vista

thats it up and running again

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Link to image
 
Moderator note: large image(s) converted to link(s):  About Posting Pictures In The Forums

Answer:Windows is not booting, showing below error screen and then boot option

Hello and welcome,
 
Some possibilities include a failed hard drive, corrupted hard drive, poor connection to the drive, etc...
 
It would help others to help you if you'd tell us what computer you are using, what operating system, what if anything you did, changed, or happened just before the boot failure, etc...
 
Z.

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Hello,

I know just enough about computers to get myself in trouble. I had a 160GB Hard drive that was getting kind of crowded, it was my sole hard drive. I had XP on it and as I had no problems with it, I was content to stick with it. I bought a 500gb hard drive and as my fiancee had bought me an upgrade to Vista and then 7, I put Windows 7 on the new drive and left XP on the old. The old drive (the 160GB) already had C: taken so I named the new one G:.

So, everything was working fine and if I wanted to switch OS's I'd just reboot and choose the one I wanted. Sadly my C: drive just died. I was like ".. bummer. I'll pop it out and just worth the windows 7 one now." However on start up I'm getting a bad boot file message and to put the install/system disk in. I do that and choose the restore option but its not showing that I have any previous versions of windows on it! When I do the repair option it says it was fixing a partition error. I can see the windows files when I use the command prompt and still see that windows is there under the G: drive.

My question is; does windows now think my G: drive is supposed to be C ? Is that why it wont boot properly? I mean it seems to be looking for windows to be under the C drive but its actually under G, if that makes sense. If so I found an article on how to change the drive letters via regedit at the command prompt. Or do you think my hard drive is just hosed and that I need to reformat?

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Answer:Dual boot system failure, not detecting Windows 7 anymore

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Vinbot1


Hello,

I know just enough about computers to get myself in trouble. I had a 160GB Hard drive that was getting kind of crowded, it was my sole hard drive. I had XP on it and as I had no problems with it, I was content to stick with it. I bought a 500gb hard drive and as my fiancee had bought me an upgrade to Vista and then 7, I put Windows 7 on the new drive and left XP on the old. The old drive (the 160GB) already had C: taken so I named the new one G:.

So, everything was working fine and if I wanted to switch OS's I'd just reboot and choose the one I wanted. Sadly my C: drive just died. I was like ".. bummer. I'll pop it out and just worth the windows 7 one now." However on start up I'm getting a bad boot file message and to put the install/system disk in. I do that and choose the restore option but its not showing that I have any previous versions of windows on it! When I do the repair option it says it was fixing a partition error. I can see the windows files when I use the command prompt and still see that windows is there under the G: drive.

My question is; does windows now think my G: drive is supposed to be C ? Is that why it wont boot properly? If so I found an article on how to change the drive letters via regedit. Or do you think my hard drive is just hosed?

Thanks for looking and any help at all would be greatly appreciated!! Sorry I dont have specific info, I'm not near the ma... Read more

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I had a dual boot arrangement on my laptop. XP and Vista were on C:\ and D:\ respectively. I had a problem and decided to take Kate B's advice and revert back to XP. To this end I have reformatted the partition that Vista was on and Vista has been removed...mostly.When I turn on my laptop I still get the dual boot option, the one that asks if you want Vista or an earlier version of Windows. I have cleaned the registry using Abexo Registry Cleaner and used CCleaner, but the dual boot option persistsHow can I get back to the normal XP boot up?

Answer:Getting rid of XP & Vista dual boot option screen

and select the Uninstall the Vista boot loader option. This will remove the boot manager and boot into your primary operating system which is only xp in this case since you don't have Vista anymore.click here

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From the start.

I created a separate partiton and installed Win 7 fine. It dual booted fine as well. I then renamed the old XP boot partition and this caused the PC to give NTLDR missing and wouldnt boot.

So I reinstalled Win 7 as a custom install and it all boots fine into Win 7 without providing me a dual boot option. I am not too concerned about this as eventually I was going to go completely over to Win 7 anyway

Question I have is
1) The old Win XP boot partition is viewable in explorer. Can I just reformat this and reclaim the space - I want to make sure that the PC is not looking for any files in that old partition
2) Can I delete the Windows.old folder as well

Thanks

Kwack

Thanks

Answer:Dual boot with XP that now doesnt provide option

Hi Kwak and welcome to the forums.. I'd have a look at Brinks tutorial on how to expand partitions before you do anything that may bork your system up.. Read about it -=> here

Once you are finished reinstalling, be sure to browse the windows.old folder for any files you may need, then you may delete it if you wish..

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Hi everyone,

I have Windows 7 installed in one hard drive, and Windows XP installed in another. I'm looking for a way to switch between these operating systems without having to go to the bios and change the hard drive boot priority. Instead, I'd like to be presented with an operating system selection menu when ever I start the computer.

Any ideas on how to make this work?
 

Answer:Setting up a dual boot option for Windows 7 and XP

I think this is what your looking for.
If you scroll down you will see how to add XP to the loader.
 

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Anyone know how to change the dual boot option screen from the dowdy black with white lettering?
I seem to remember I once had a blue screen with both Windows logos on before when I had a dual boot system.

Answer:Change the dual boot option screen.

What OS's are you dual booting with? As it stands now, what ever the 2nd OS is installed, that becomes the default dual-boot screen. Example if windows 7 is the primarey and then you install windows 8, the 8 dual boot screen is now the default. It's vise versa with 8 and dual boot with 7.

To answer your question; You can do with BCDEDIT or EasyBCD...

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I upgraded from windows XP to window 7 and got stuck with the dual boot setup. All that I need to do is access the boot menu and change it. However I am finding that it isn't as easy to find in windows 7. When I checked MSconfig the only OS listed was windows 7. Still it stops at the beginning and asks the question. I want to keep windows 7 in the boot process and dump XP.

Thanks

Mike

Answer:How do I remove the dual boot option for Win 7 and winXP?

Hi and welcome, Mike
Can you please post a screenshot of the full screen disk management window, so that we can understand the situation a bit better ?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I have final question...
1.cant we install windows 7 & 8 both( one already existing in c drive) except D or E drive?
2.if 5th volume is created and converted to dynamic then that is harmful for pc & for learner like me.
3 what if I created new 5th unallocated volume and don't convert to new volume and install another window in that un allocated 5th drive?does it automatically coverts to dynamic disk as new volume.
4. final but important question.....is there any method that I can install windows 8 into any other drive except C D E ...

Answer:final question on dual boot option

They are "partitions" not "drives". MS calls them "drives" and that is confusing because they are all likely on the SAME physical "drive".

On an MBR formatted drive, 4 primary (or three primary and an extended) are all the partitions you can have. There is no way around that. Creating another, no matter how you create it, is going to force conversion to Dynamic Disks.

What is already on the PC -- Windows 7? And, is that in the "C" partition?

You ask about installing (I presume, Win8) to D, or E -- but those are formatted partitions and if you install Win8 to them, you will overwrite whatever is there already. IS that what you want to do?

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Hi everyone. My Win 7/Win 8.1 dual-boot screen is gone since i reinstalled Win 7. Thought it might be fixable using Repair my computer/Automatic Repair option of Win 8 install disc, but strangely it only offered to fix Win 7. So, not wanting to mess it all up i decided to come here for help.

My system and install history over a 2-year period is:

Installed Win 7 Home Premium on a 240GB SSD - OK
Installed Win 7 SP1 - OK
Added 2 x 1TB data drives - OK
Installed Win 8 Pro on a second SSD (which created dual-boot option) - OK
Changed default OS on dual-boot to Win 7 w/SP1 - OK
Added 2TB data drive - OK
Updated Win 8 to 8.1 - OK

Gradually filled up Win 7 SSD and used it heavily. It gradually became sluggish. Rather than restore a backup image i decided to secure-erase the SSD and do a fresh install of Win7 w/SP1.

Secure-erase and fresh install of Win 7 w/SP1 went OK. System is quick and snappy, no problems. However, the dual-boot screen no longer appears and it boots directly to Win 7. On the "msconfig" window the "Boot" tab lists only Win 7; there's no mention of Win 8.1.

In Win 7, under Computer the Win 8.1 SSD is visible, and i can explore all the Win 8.1 files, no problem. So, Win 8.1 plus all user data is still there.

The question is what are the correct steps to restore Win 8.1 as a boot option, i.e. fix the dual-boot setup?

It doesn't matter which OS is the default because that's easy to change.

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Answer:Dual-Boot Option Lost After Reinstalling Win 7

Normally running Windows 8 Automatic Repair should add Win7 to a Metro style Dual Boot menu. I would try it again according to the tutorial.

If not install EasyBCD 2.2 (click Download - no Name or Email required) to Win7.

Add Windows 8 on Add OS Entry tab.

Reboot to Dual boot menu.

Are you using UEFI?

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My friend told me that when he upgraded from win98se to winXP Pro, there is an option to create a dual boot. Is he correct?
I thought to be able to have a dual boot, you have to partition
HD first and do other things.
 

Answer:Is this true? dual boot option when installling XP?

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I've been finding the answers to all my problems on these forums, but I wanted to double-check the proceedings before I do anything drastic.

Pic of Disk Manager + Easy BCD

Essentially I installed Win7 to a 2TB HDD because I thought I would have to update the firmware on my SSD drive before installing windows there, but it turned out the SSD was already up to date. So I installed Win7 on the SSD, and in the process I formatted the 2TB drive. However, the 100mb "System Reserved" partition remained and I've been a bit apprehensive about getting rid of it in case it's still needed.

The problem is that when I boot I get a screen asking me to select between two versions of Windows 7, but obviously only one of them works. I've tried EasyBCD but it only shows one OS installed (which is true), and changing the count-down time option doesn't make any difference.

Any thoughts on how to remove the dual-boot option? Can I just delete the Reserved Partition and everything will be fine? I've checked in the BIOS and the only disk in the boot list is the SSD.

Many thanks,

Dan

Answer:Can't get rid of the dual-boot option on start-up - any thoughts?

It would have helped if you had asked beforehand since we solve these issues every day and could have saved you a lot of trouble.

Unplug the 2tb HD, if possible swap its cable to SSD so it is in DISK0 slot.

At boot enter BIOS setup to set SSD first HD to boot.

Boot the Win7 installer System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 boots and holds the System Active flags.

You can then plug back in the larger HD, boot again into the Win7 installer, choose Custom install, then use drive options to delete the 100mb System Reserved partition, close the install window and reboot computer.

Or you can use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to delete the 100mb partition and even Resize the partition to it's right into the unallocated space.
Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

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Hey guys.

I have just reinstalled windows on a new partition. Now I previously had a dual boot, one of which was just a wasteland which I had never got around to deleting and just left on one of my partitions.

It was finally time to do a reinstall after the amount of anomalous occurrences on my previous install forced me to do so .

So to clarify before I did this NEW install when I would boot up I already had two windows install options at startup, one of which was the said wasted install which I never used any more and the other was my main one I used every day.

I note this because I thought it may be pertinent.

The windows version I was using was xp with no service packs. This new windows install which I put on another partition, from which I'm typing from now, is windows xp service pack two.

The thing is I still want to get on to the second install because since installing this new one a vital program which I want to use crashes and I have no clue why. It was fine on the other version but not on this one.

The problem however is that once I installed this new version I lost my dual boot option and there is no dual boot screen now. I have tried pressing f5/f8 whichever it is and the current windows install comes up but neither of the other two.

Usually when I install a new install they come up automatically so I am wondering why it doesn't since installing this one? I am at a loss as to why I don't have the dual boot option...

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Answer:How do I get back dual boot option at startup?

Sounds like you may need to repair the MBR (master boot record). Either that or you accidentally deleted the partitions and clumped them into one when reinstalling.

Try this:
XP: Repair or fix master boot record using recovery console | Windows installation | Tech-Recipes

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Hi,I dual booted xp onto vista but didn't like it so I formatted my hdd to delete the xp but I still get to option to start xp on boot, I looked at the boot.ini file and it only shows the xp option. if I delete this will i still get vista at boot?Can anyone tell me what the boot.ini file is ment to look like for vista on it's own?Thanks

Answer:deleting dual boot option at start-up

Ouch"The familiar boot.ini file of previous Windows versions has been replaced in Windows Vista with a new boot file called BCDedit. It is unfortunate that, unlike, boot.ini the BCDedit file is not the easiest of files to actually edit. Some would say that the boot.ini file was a nightmare, well BCDedit is absolutely horrendous. "For more information on the Vista Boot manager click here

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So the story is,
Yesterday morning everything was fine. Then I had a problem w/ my vid card, In order to remove any doubt that it wasn't a driver issue, I used the recovery CD.

First attempt something happened and after doing the installer, it couldn't boot properly to continue the installation process. So I re-installed another time.
This one completed normally and everything is (mostly) fine.

One big thing thats irking me, is when I turn my computer on it asks me what I want to boot into giving me 2 WinXP options. (I havent tried picking the 2nd option)

How can I get rid of it?
Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Erronious Dual boot option

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I have vista on the C drive, XP on D drive

I formatted the C drive and reinstalled vista... and now the dual boot option is gone. how can I get it back?
 

Answer:lost dual boot option when formatted

Vista should have installed the bootloader when you reinstalled, unless the XP drive was disconnected at the time of Vista re-installation, or you deleted the folder called "boot" from XP

Use this to get it back

http://www.vistabootpro.org/
 

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I have a computer which had some problems so my daughter's paramour volunteered to format the hard drive and reinstall XP,but chickened out part way through.However,each time I started the computer I had the option of starting windows setup or windows XP.Using advice from the internet I removed the dual boot option by going to - rightclik My Computer/Properties/Advanced/Startup and Recovery/Settings - and deleted the setup option.The problem is now that I still have the dual boot option which has changed to windows default or windows xp.Letting the computer start in windows default runs setup from files I assume already installed from the attempt to format my hard drive.How can I get back to a normal startup with XP only?Thanks.

Answer:Removing dual boot option in windows XP

Right click ?My Computer? ? Properties ? Advanced Tab ? Click Setting in Start up and Recovery Select the default XP at the top and remove tick from ?Time to display list of operating system?

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I have an old dell d620 laptop which had both windows xp and windows 7 installed on C: and D: drives respectively. However since I was short of space I deleted the 'windows' folder from D: in order to get rid of windows 7. When I log on I still see the dual boot options for both xp and windows 7. I formatted the D: completely but to no avail. I have tried going to My Computer properties > Advanced > Start up and Recovery > Default OS but there is no option for windows 7 there. Also "edit the start up options manually" does not have windows 7. It already has xp as default. Yet I see windows 7 selected by default at start up.

So what I would like is to make the windows 7 options completely go away at boot time. I tried navigating the BIOS but could not find a suitable entry that addresses this problem. Please help.

Answer:[SOLVED] How to remove dual boot option?

The safest way is to set the timing of the boot very low in Start->MsConfig->Boot.ini Tab

But, if you know what you are doing, you can change the boot.ini file manually, by following one of the guides below.

Make a backup of the boot.ini file before you edit this, in case you do something wrong.

Removing a Dual Boot in Windows | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial
Manage/Remove Multi-Boot Option - Softpedia

(If someone more knowledgeable disagrees with this method, please say so. ^^;)

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My PC is getting on now. I bought it with W2000 and very soon used BootMagic 8 to put WXP on as well. I created a small virtual drive E: and have been able to boot into W2000 and WXP ever since. I have long given up using W200 and want to reclaim the space it's taking up. I'm scared of screwing up the uninstall and losing XP. Can anyone give me a rough outline of how I should get rid of W2000 and my dual boot option? Many thanks, Tim

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So. As you all probably know, there are some applications and games that won't run on win8 even with compatibility settings. I need few programs like that to run for work. I have been using my laptop (xp) to run them, but laptop's broken. I found xp install cd and installed it on new partition (dual boot). Now, I can no longer boot win8. Like it doesn't exist... There is partition and I can access all my files, but I can't boot from Win8 anymore. And I'm not getting xp msconfig...
How can I fix this?

Answer:Win 8 not showing up after dual boot

Run an automatic repair by booting to the Windows 8 disk.

Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

Which apps aren't working on 8?

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I just installed Windows 7 64bit over XP. There is only one system on the machine, no dual boot setup. At startup I am getting the screen that asks me what OS I want to boot to and shows Windows 7 twice instead of going right in Windows. Is ther a fix for thisso I do not hsave to make a selection or wait for the count down?

Answer:Dual boot showing??

Hello Iceberg, welcome to Seven Forums!



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I lost dule boot satrtup options I still see both options as hard drives but the option to pick whitch I want to sign into are gone help
 

Answer:Solved: lost dual boot startup option

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I used EasyBCD to setup dual boot with win 7 and now I can't get back to the original win 8 startup (blue) screen
Can I get back this original screen ? (Win 8 is set up at the front of my drive) Should I just re-install Win 8 to wipe out the easybcd control ? Should have done more reading before installing.

Answer:used EasyBCD to dual boot instead of option on startup screen

By default, Easybcd stores backups here:

C:\Users\username\Documents\EasyBCD Backup (10-28-2011).bcd

You could be lucky enough to be able to restore the original?m Look under the "BCD backup/repair" tab

There are a couple of ways you might have used the progam to create a dual boot(? Windows 7/8 normally create a dual boot?)
Perhaps, in the unlikely case that you only changed the boot order, you could try making Windows 8 your default. That does it for me.

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I have xp pro and attempted to install vista ultimate on a 2nd hard drive. (XP is on a SATA RAID 0 / Vista was going to an IDE in case that matters)

Vista install attempt went through but near the end went to a blue screen and would reboot only to the same blue screen.

Now luckily I can still boot up xp - but first the computer shows a choice in a vista style boot screen for Vista install or Older version (xp)

My question is how can I eliminate the dual boot option as I only have xp and have discontinued the Vista install attempt. (until I reassess whats going on).

Ive seen a lot of vista/xp dual boot questions but I havent found anyone whos answered this dilema.

Thanks in Advance

Dave B
 

Answer:aborted Vista installation causes dual boot option in xp

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A week ago I had some malware crap going on and was going to reinstall windows. The windows XP setup crashed partway through (was having some hardware malfunctions too so the comp crashed). I fired windows back up and found Malwarebytes. Ran it and it got rid of the malware and I was back to functional windows with no issues.

Now at startup, I have a dual boot selection between Windows XP (which works normal) and the windows XP setup. How do I get rid of the Windows XP setup option so that it loads into WinXP normal?

Thanks,
Michael
 

Answer:Failex XP install, now have dual boot option for setup

go to < start > <run > < type msconfig > < click ok > < click on boot.ini > < click on check all boot paths >
 

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Hey guys, first time here. I recently upgraded my windows 7 to windows 10. I have had everything activate properly. I then decided to do a fresh install of windows 10. I loaded boot media on my pc and everything went fine. Now with the fresh install of windows 10, at boot up, I get the option to choose windows 10 or windows 7. How to I change this so it ALWAYS defaults and boots windows 10? Considering I wiped my hard drive clean windows 7 shouldn't even be an option.

Answer:Option to dual boot when a 2nd operating system is not present

You can use the System Configuration tool like in previous versions of Windows, here's a tutorial for Windows 8, process should be similar:

Windows Boot Manager - Delete a Listed Operating System - Windows 7 Help Forums

I'd like to know how to add my windows 7 to it...

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

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

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

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
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Answer:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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So I made a new NTFS partition with the help of some tutorials & even tried Partition Wizard. But when I restart to boot from the CD I only get my C:\ drive that is in use.

I am using the H:\ for the new one. Why will it now show?

Answer:Dual Boot 7/XP Partition Not Showing

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

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my system is dual boot window 7 and window xp . win 7 is running good but when i open
win xp in screen showing out of range 90.50kHz/50 . i want to hide thIS.
SO PLEASE TELL ME WHAT DID I DO?
PLEASE
PLEASE
PLEASE

Answer:in dual boot win xp showing out of range 90.50/50

In XP, right click on the Desktop and select Properties.
Click on the Settings tab then Advanced.
Click on the Monitor tab and set the refresh rate to one your monitor supports.

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After some windows update the dedicated graphic card stopped working properly (AMD Radeon HD 7730M).Some time after that it got worse and stopped working, giving an infinite bluescreen-crash boot loop.
Restoring factory settings didn't help. Booting in safe mode, and then disabling the dedicated graphic card drivers/device worked.
Now there was an important windows update that had some gpu drivers updated (shouldn't have enabled automatic windows updates installation), and it broke again. Bluescreens and/or blackscreen are the result. Problem now is that I'm unable to boot the laptop in safemode. I can however boot with live usb/cd.
I'm pretty sure the problem is the same and disabling the second gpu and drivers is going to solve it, so any advice about how enable safe mode from the registry or any other way will be appreciated. So far smashing the f8 / shift+f8 key doesn't seem to work in windows 8.1, and it doesn't seem to load by itself.
Other info: Windows 8 (from factory), Intel4000 as main gpu, HD 7730M as secondary.

Answer:Unable to boot. No safemode option. Dual gpu and video driver.

Finally solved by myself.
It all came from a windows update which updated the catalyst control center (since my secondary gpu doesn't work, it broke everything). Bluescreen was atikmpag.sys one. Booted from live cd, deleted atikmapg.sys and atikmdag.sys (because why not), and reboot.
Since the windows update seem to keep trying to install itself, deleted downloaded updates and all amd related things I could find. Installed intel 4k drivers, disabled the secondary gpu and called it a day.

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Hard for me to believe but I'm having trouble finding the answer to this. I'm preparing for a fresh install and plan to once again set my primary HD for dual-boot. I currently am doing this having partitioned my 180Gb SSD into 3. There are 2 bootable Win7 partitions and a 3rd that I consider common. On the common resides a few shared documents along with Outlook data files and not much else. Now I have to wonder if there's a standard setup that might suggest many more common files could and should be placed centrally for use by both bootable partitions? Maybe even all the common application program file such as for anitivrus, Office, possibly even Flash, Java, etc?

Hope I explained myself properly. Any insight or a link to info that could help me with understanding this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Best option for configuring shared apps in a dual-boot configuration?

For data files, a shared partition is OK - although you can run into permission problems.

For programs, it won't work. There is more to it than just program files. When you install a program and direct the installer to that partition, it also sets the registry entries, etc. to point to that installation. Your second partition would not have those settings.

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hi friends, i have installed windows 8 and windows 7 in my pc. i installed windows 7 at ffirst and then insatalled windows 8 .during the installtion process it asked me which o s is to choose in graphic style but nest time it showed me the same old style of choosing the windondow, so how to get back same graphic metro style boot option . please help me sharing easy method,
i have read the thread bit that didnt helped me out . so help me please,
pic are attached below ..this one is i am facing now a days

this one is the style i wanting....

Answer:how to get back windows 8 dual boot option in graphic styl

please share some suggestion my experts.............

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Hello I'm new here.

I had Windows 7 on my hard drive and I partitioned it using the partition tool built into windows. I installed Windows XP afterwards and now when I got to My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery > Settings (while I'm in Windows XP) under default operating system it only shows Windows XP.

After I partitioned the drive for 7GB I installed Windows XP on the new partitioned drive known as E drive, I still see C drive in my computer, and all the files and programs I had on Windows 7!!

How do I get back to Windows 7!!
Please please tell me I didn't installed over it!!

Answer:Dual-Boot: Windows only showing One OS Installed! HELP!

If you use the windows partition tool it deletes the hard drive... so I don't understand what happened here.

Assuming then that you used a partition tool that doesn't delete the hard drive then check your disc drive. Does it have a disc in it?

A third thing is this: you partitioned it but the drive you intended to install xp on was too small, so the installer by default selected the bigger one and you accidently installed xp over windows 7.

I really don't understand what you are saying. Those are three posibilities from what I get out of this post. please rewrite it so we can narrow down what happened.

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Hi.
I installed win 7 on same partition as win xp ( C: partition ) and now it showing dual boot screen every time, even i formated it several times after. How to get rid of it?
Thx.

Answer:Windows showing dual boot screen

Hello liksi,

Please open an elevated command prompt, type bcdedit, press Enter, and post back with the results.

This will let us make sure we provide an accurate solution for you first.

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I did a dual boot install of WinXP & Win7 on separate HDDs. Steps that I followed: I unplugged all HDDs except one which I installed a slipstreamed version of WinXP with AHCI driver. I then plugged in SDD drive and installed Win7 with AHCI driver during F6 option thru USB flash. I finished by plugging in a 3rd HDD storage drive already formatted (Has files on it). I turned the computer on and got the boot screen asking which version of windows I would like to run. Everything has been running great , doesn't seem to be any MBR issues so far.
Now for the problem......MY Computer shows the following.

Win7 OS
C: Win7......on Samsung SDD
D: WinXP....on Western Digital HDD
F: Storage...on Seagate Barracuda HDD

WinXP OS
C: WinXP......on Western Digital HDD
E: Win7.....on Samsung SDD

Win7 shows all 3 drives, but WinXP does not show Seagate Barracuda storage HDD. It shows in Device Manager, but not Dick Management or MY Computer.

Would appreciate any help
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Rev. 3.0???.?.MB
AMD FX-8350??????????.?.CPU
2 Mushkin Silverline 992074 8GB?? ?.Memory
Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB? ..HDD - Storage
Western Digital WD2003FZEX 2TB?.?..HDD ? Win XP Pro 32Bit
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB??????....SDD ? Win 7 Pro 64Bit
Seasonic M12II-650 ATX 650 Watt???..Power Supply
MSI Nvidia Geforce 660 TF 2GBD5/OC?..Video Card

Answer:Separate Hdd dual boot, one OS not showing 3rd storage HDD

How is it Barrcuda 3TB formatted - MBR or GPT? XP doesn't natively recognise GPT formatted disks.

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configure acer aspire one (d250) to boot directly into windows.

Hi guys, I've recently upgraded from windows 7 starter to ULTIMATE!!!
I appear to have lost the control panel option to configure my netbook to boot directly into windows (loads android first). I can hit F9 when I get the BIOS screen to achieve this, but I would like to boot windows as the default OS.
Previously, I think this was achieved using an acer control panel option. I no longer appear to have any. I've installed the "launch manager", but this doesn't have any options...

Any ideas how I can acquire this configuration feature again?

I've tried setting the other IDE as first boot via BIOS, but this appears to have no effect.

Any info MOST APPRECIATED.


Cheers

Jonny

Answer:acer netbook upgrade to w7 ultimate, no dual boot config option

Do you use the Windows 7 DVD to upgrade or anytime upgrade?

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In trying to set up a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Window XP I have come across a very frustrating problem.

New system
HP Pavilion p7-1270t with Windows 7 installed

I have followed the instructions in SevenForums - Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP.

I shrunk my disk (in Win7) so now I have a Windows 7 partition and a XP Partition.
I did the slipstream so my SATA driver (Intel Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller) was incorporated into the XP install (and I included SP3 after many different tries).

When I go to through the XP install and get to the select partition, I only see one partition, it is the entire size of the disk. I do not see any of the partitions that were created under Windows 7.

Any thoughts on what the problem is here?

Thanks,

Chips

Answer:Dual Boot - XP Install Not Showing All Windows 7 Partitions

It shows them ok from windows 7 in disk management ? Can you post a screeshot ?

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hey i have recently dual booted vista on the same hard drive as a fresh xp install partitioning the drive 50/50 to start with.
i am using the vista boot manager editing it with eacy BCD.

my problem is that when i switch back from xp to vista my second hard drive i use for storing files on cannot be seen by vista untill i reboot from vist back into vista. any help woudl be greatly apreciated thanks, Tom
 

Answer:xp/vista dual boot hard drive not showing up

Are you saying that when you run XP, restart, and then choose Vista and boot it up, that the second drive is not seen by Vista? How about going the other way?

What kind of drive?

How about when you shut down from XP and then start up, choosing Vista?
 

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Hey guys, I've recently installed windows 8 on another hard drive and it's booting straight to Windows 8, I'd love to option to boot with windows 7 (I had the option when I had XP/7 dual-booting)

How would I enable this boot menu? I've done a small amount of research and found a program that'd allow me to enable the boot menu but I'm not too sure if it'll work with windows 7/windows 8 I believe it was called easyBCD. Would this software work?
 

Answer:No boot option after dual-boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8

Yes, should do (I used it to set up dual boot from Windows 7 on one HDD and OpenSuse on the other, but will work for any PC version of Windows too)
 

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I have a Dell 8910 with a 2 TB HDD. It came pre loaded with Windows 10. I am trying to install Ubuntu 16.04 in dual boot from a usb. I disabled secure boot, etc. and shrunk the partition before starting the installation from usb.
However, it goes straight from the language screen to the partition screen, and it does not show the screen where it asks if you want to install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager. The partition screen is empty. How do I make this installation work?

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I've got one drive that's had Windows 7 for a while. I just bought an SSD drive, and I'd like to dual boot for a while. I've tried installing with formatting the SSD drive (in Windows) and make it a Primary Active partition. I've also tried installing by deleting the partition and leaving it unallocated. I tried creating a Primary partition (but not active). In all cases, it doesn't show up as an option when trying to install Windows.

When I boot from the CD, the only disk it shows is the disk for my already existing drive with Windows 7 already installed.

I tried the steps from this thread (Can't install windows 7 on SSD drive - Super User), but when I perform "list disk" from diskpart, it still only shows 1 disk--the already existing Windows 7 disk. And I originally started with these instructions: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Finally, I tried changing the boot up disk to the SSD drive (making it first on the list in the BIOS by setting boot priority), rebooted to the Windows disk, and still, the only disk that shows up is the original Win7 installed disk.

Another interesting note--my new 2TB storage drive doesn't show up in the list in the Windows install either.

How can I get my SSD drive to show up in the Windows install?

Another VERY interesting note...I've never seen this before. I disconnected my disk with Windows 7 already installed so that it would have to find my SSD drive, and it didn't. It says "No drives were found.... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 7 - Second (SSD) drive not showing as disk in Instal

1. Looks like you have a wiring problem.

2. When you format the SSD, make sure you also align it. The commands are:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your stick in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

3. When you install on the SSD, disconnect all other drives

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

Answer:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
 
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.
 
https://www.boyans.net/dual-boot-repair-windows-10.html

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