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W-10 dual boot attempt fails. Selected disk of GPT type

Question: W-10 dual boot attempt fails. Selected disk of GPT type

Trying to dual boot build 10130 iso on a fresh install of 8.1.
Received a message:
"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is not of the GPT partition style"
Laptop is an Asus x550c.
System recovery to Asus factory default.

Asus has a default 4 Partition setup. I added a 5th, Partition 6, by shrinking Partition 4
Looks something like this:

Drive 0 Partition 3 128MB MSR (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 4 OS 395GB Primary
Drive 0 Partition 5 451MB Recovery
Drive 0 Partition 6 New Volume 48GB Primary
Drive 0 Partition 7 Restore 20GB Recovery

I'm using the new Build 10130 iso which just came out.
I don't want to use a VM like I have on a Desktop.

Pete

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Answer: W-10 dual boot attempt fails. Selected disk of GPT type

Can you post a screenshot of disk management please. If you've created a fifth partition you've must have converted the disk to dynamic, do not reboot until you've posted that screenshot.

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My PC fails to boot on first attempt, always freezes on a blank screen.

Hard drives and CD drives all spin and fan is spinning, but nothing appears on screen.

When I restart it using the power button it boots up no problem on the second attempt.

Also have noticed sometimes it just decides to restart itself at random intervals

Have attatched a HJT log incase there is something I'm missing.

Any help greatly appreciated

Paul.
 

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Hi Forum Gurus, I am in an awkward situation and hope you'll be able to help me. I had an extra 2Gb (2x1GB hynix 1Rx8 PC2-6400-666-12) which I offered a technologically impaired friend of mine to upgrade his ThinkCentre (TC). His TC had 2x1Gb hynix PC2-xxxx-555-xx (I can find out exact model, if necessary). At first, he didn't know why he needed this upgrade bui I convinced him that his TC will work better and faster afterwards. Stupid me... So, when I first added the additional modules and switched on the TC, it started beeping which I interpreted as a memory test fail. Then I removed the original modules and left only the new ones - the same result. Then, don't know why, I switched the TC on again without changing anything. This time it stopped beeping but did not start either. I gave up, returned the original modules, assembled the TC and guess what... IT STILL DOES NOT START! Under my friend's heavy eves, I started removing one component after the other, tried different combinations, etc. Still the same. At the very end, after 2 hours of productive work, I tried to start it with just the motherboard and the CPU: no memory no nothing. Still not a sound... So, I am wondering what happened and, more importantly, what can I do in order to reanimate it. My ex-friend needs it early next week so all your comments, suggestions, thoughts are most welcome. Thanks a lot in advance! Cheers,guineapig.  








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Answer:ThinkCentre fails to boot after an attempt of memory upgrade. HELP, PLEASE!

which Thinkcentre does your friend have? we need a little more information then this. Also, when you upgraded ram did you try to ground yourself, so that you have removed all the static electricity?Finally, have you tried to use the CLR CMOS jumper on the motherboard to try to clean out the cmos and then restart the desktop after that?

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 I am now enjoying XP pro sp2 after partitioning my HD with Acronis Dir. Suite with Vista pre-installed when bought last October 07. XP works fine alright except for that one Lenovo care button.      I have learned to appreciate the classic way Lenovo has applied and developed with these two Systems. It's just a matter of getting familiar with how they ..."Defragmented" .... caring for your computers as congruent with the operating systems installed which actually makes things a lot easier to maintain your Windows than the usual way.   Anyway, I believe my issue here is how to make Lenovo systems recognize VistaBoot Pro  so i  can make a choice over a dual boot system.  As it is now,  N100 always go straight to the XP system partition when started,  and i cant get to my Vista anymore.  I'm still trying to look around lenovo in hopes of finding an easy resolution for my issue and hopefully there is one environment out there for dual boots. The boot manager installed alright  but  for some reason it wouldnt function and I can browse through all my Vista files from XP.         For now i'd really appreciate any mere response implying that ... "THERE IS HOPE" ...   .Any concrete resolution would really be awesome and a blessing!       I'm really honored to be here and regards to all Lenovo fellow-users !!!   ... Read more

Answer:N100 Dual boot attempt failed by Vista Boot Pro

 See control panel - system properties - advanced - startup/recovery -You should be able to see boot related options.(default OS, time, edit boot txt file).If you don't see Vista in OS options, then I think this is due to change in windows MBR..not sure. Microsoft provides a MBR repair tool.Otherwise just wait for some expert opinion here.





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can someone help me with this?

Original system: one hard drive with xp home/ ntfs. removed hard drive (mistake I know now) and put in other hard drive and installed Millennium/ fat32. Put both drives back - me/fat32 drive as master and xp home/ntfs as slave. edited boot.ini and did repair of xp. at that time only xp would boot. then edited boot.ini again thinking it didn't know where to look for millennium and i must have changed the setting for location of xp because now i cant get either to boot. Then removed drive with millennium to get xp back - Tried fixboot from recovery console, tried adding original boot.ini, NTLDR and ntdetect.com back to root of xp: no good. How can I replace boot.ini to get xp back? and if I install Millennium to its own (C drive will it detect xp on D: and set up dual boot? Thanks for considering this difficult problem.
 

Answer:cannot boot xp home after unsuccessful dual boot attempt

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So here is the skinny:
Computer in question already had working win 10 on it. Was running separate machine with XP on it for recording but machine died so I have to use win 10 machine. Have dual booted computers before so seemed like no big deal. Now win XP is installed but 10 is not able to start. Edited boot.ini and added 10 but was getting hal.dll error. Changed partition number and then got ntoskrnl.dll error. Used XP disk (don't have 10 on a DVD or flashdisk yet) to try and fix issue. Botched both OS's, MBR is bad (BootMGR missing or corrupt - Ctrl, Alt, Del)). Reinstalling XP at the moment but want to fix the boot. I Have 10 install and recovery partition on drive. Can put it on a stick once XP is reloaded. What to do after that?

Answer:Botched dual boot attempt - HELP!

Download and Run Easy BCD and Add the Windows 10 to the Boot loader.

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Hi,

I have a Windows 7 computer and wanted to use a flash drive to boot XP from and configuring a dual-boot.
I have this API and a program that hooks on to a game to inject AI commands for my resarch project so I uses a lo of native methods and I think only runs on XP but I only have a Windows 7 laptop so I was thinking to do a dual boot with XP.
It is a laptop though, so I figured I had to install XP on a flash drive since I didn't have any external HDDs.

After trying to get a dual boot working, nothing works at all (although BIOS appears fine).
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I wanted to install Windows XP onto a 8GB Flash Drive and used the XP setup disk to install XP onto my flash drive. After installing XP onto the flash drive, the system automatically rebooted and attempted to boot from USB (I selected it from the boot menu). I got a BSOD that dispayed the following pointers:

STOP: 0x0000007b (0xf78a2524,0xc0000034,0x00000000,
0x00000000)

I tried booting into Win7 after that, but then got the message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.

I tried booting from the USB again but then got a message saying I was missing NTLDR. I used the CD to put NTDLR onto the disk and tried booting from the USB agian, this time removing the HD... Read more

Answer:Failed Dual-Boot Attempt

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So here is the skinny:
Computer in question already had working win 10 on it. Was running separate machine with XP on it for recording but machine died so I have to use win 10 machine. Have dual booted computers before so seemed like no big deal. Now win XP is installed but 10 is not able to start. Edited boot.ini and added 10 but was getting hal.dll error. Changed partition number and then got ntoskrnl.dll error. Used XP disk (don't have 10 on a DVD or flashdisk yet) to try and fix issue. Botched both OS's, MBR is bad (BootMGR missing or corrupt - Ctrl, Alt, Del)). Reinstalling XP at the moment but want to fix the boot. I Have 10 install and recovery partition on drive. Can put it on a stick once XP is reloaded. What to do after that?

Answer:Botched dual boot attempt - HELP!

Download and Run Easy BCD and Add the Windows 10 to the Boot loader.

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I've previously been running Windows Vista on my Acer Notebook, but recently I decided to install Windows XP Professional on a partitioned part of my hard drive so I could run some old games I had. Problem is that now that I've installed Windows XP I can't work out how to boot the laptop in Vista. When I turn it on I don't get a choice of what OS to load, XP just boots...
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Failed Dual Boot Attempt

Hello ProfMoneyBags

After you installed WinXP you lost the ability to boot into Vista.
So after XP is installed you can either boot up with the Vista DVD and let Setup run, then choose "Startup repair" when you get the menu choices.

Or alternatively you can download this excellent utility, which can run in either XP or Vista, which should get the dual-boot options back again:

VistaBoot Pro
http://www.vistabootpro.org/

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I was wanting to dual boot a Dell pc inspiron 600 with win 8. I thought I will breeze through it like I used to circa WXP/Vista/W7 and didn't research what changes there might be with Win8. I have focused my attention more on Android and I really should have done that research.

I hadn't back up to flash drive docs that I needed to save - so I will remove the drive and copy the contents to my laptop to be on the safer side. So the first wrong move has led to missteps.

I downloaded Easus and created a blank disk space before the current active partition instead of behind it. I thought I needed to have win 7 in the first partition. Before rebooting I also installed a popular freeware boot selection manager (I totally forget the name but I know some most will know the one I am referring to). It gave me a warning that no bootable system was selected. I kept editing to point it to current win8 but nothing changed. It also warned me that my pc might not boot. I thought I will fix it to a bootable drive with my old discs-Ultimate boot cd, CPM, etc. Easus performed creation of the new partition and then trouble started. It refused to boot.

None of my discs are working as they did before Win8. on UBCD Fdisk cannot find any partition it can make active. I decided not to write an new MBR before seeking advice. My windows 7 install CD is giving me the "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition X" details ->"The selected disk is of the GPT partition styl... Read more

Answer:WIN8/7 DUAL BOOT ATTEMPT GONE WRONG

You don't need special tools to create partitions for dual booting win7 and 8. You can create the partition using Windows Disk Manager by Shrinking the volume after that leaving the Unallocated Space as is then installing the other OS on that. Rule of thumb is to installed the older OS first Windows 7 then install 8 then use something like EasyBCD to configure the default OS and boot configuration.

To repair Windows 7 bootloader or boot go here. Use Bootrec.exe in the Windows RE to troubleshoot startup issues

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Hi all! I've had a search and a few people have similar problems to me but none seem to be in the same predicament. It's quite a long story but I'll try cutting it down:

Basically I recently purchased a USB master keyboard (piano, not qwerty) off eBay. It's fairly old and so CME didn't update the drivers to work with vista, so I thought I'd get out my old SATA drive, and install XP on it. (Vista currently installed on my IDE)

It was recognized OK and I booted into XP home professional install CD's setup. When I tried to reformat the drive in XP setup, it hanged on 0% for well over an hour, so I thought nevermind (stupid me), restarted, did quick format and proceeded to install XP.

Everything went fine until "XP is preparing to start for the first time" then it froze, and restarted and came up with the "so and so .dll is missing" so I gathered the drive was faulty and so removed it.

THEN I decided (even more stupid) to try installing XP on my USB drive. Again it seemed okay (I didnt reformat because all my data is on the drive... yes I know I know...) When it restarted after copying setup files, it showed the BIOS splash screen, beeped once (saying everythings fine), showed the flashing DOS cursor, then straight away restarted. It did this indefinitely, constantly getting to the boot stage then restarting. Didn't show any errors or anything. At this point I panicked because all my data is on the USB drive. Luckily... Read more

Answer:Solved: Dual Boot attempt ends in tears

Update: Just received my new SATA HDD, currently reformatting the drive to install XP on then update to Vista. However it did not admit defeat easily:

First off a problem I used to have came back. After the PC has been turned off, sometimes when I press the power button to power on, everything starts turning on and after around 3 or 4 seconds the power cuts out. USB devices still show power received but the motherboard, fans and drives all turn off. After this, pressing the power button makes no difference, unless I turn off the PSU for at least 10 seconds, then it tries again, usually with the same results. All my connections are solid, and the motherboard, RAM, processor and graphics card are all less than 6 months old.
Like I said I USED to have this problem but I took apart my PC and reassembled it, and it seemed to go away - now since this whole fiasco, the problem has returned. I need to reset power at least 6 or 7 times before it actually powers up and stays up.

After I got it started, Windows setup first time came up with (after I press F8, I Agree) something like "No hard drive was found on your system. Press F3 to restart". Even though the HDD was detected in BIOS.

So I fiddled with cables and it came up, then next time setup was starting windows, I got a blue screen? There didn't seem to be an error code, it just said there was a problem seemed to be caused by something.dll (silly me didn't write it down - it was something like syspart.dll - ... Read more

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Hi,
I had Windows Vista in my laptop. I thought of going for XP/Vista Dual Boot. I took XP CD and booted from it and installed XP in my D Drive (Vista was in C Drive).

Later on I didn't see XP/Vista Dual Boot option so I modified boot.ini file and though I am able to see Vista option now but still Vista fails to boot. XP is booting fine...

Pls solve the problem. I think boot.ini can be used to do the trick for dual boot. But I don't want to keep XP if its not letting Vista boot, if there's any method to roll back to Vista please help...
my boot.ini reads as this:---

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(0)\Windows="Microsoft Windows Vista"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
The line

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(0)\Windows="Microsoft Windows Vista"

was added by myself, when I press enter on it while booting, Windows Vista says that its corrupted, some file error like HAL.DLL error etc... Please help, Windows Vista was working fine earlier...
thanx
 

Answer:Windows Vista / XP Dual Boot Attempt Failed

Windows Vista and windows XP use two different Bootloaders. The windows XP Bootloader has no support for loading windows vista, so use your windows vista dvd that came with the laptop to repair the vista bootloader. After it repaits it should let you boot into Vista but not windows XP. You then need to download a program Called EasyBCD which runs in windows Vista and edits the boot.ini file for you. It should detect windows xp partition and add it.
 

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I copied my Windows 7 OS partition on Disk 1 to a second drive Disk 2. When I boot my computer and select Disk 2 from the BIOS boot menu (F12), Disk 2 will not boot. How do I get this to work?

Side Notes:
Not having any success with BIOS booting (via F12), I did install EasyBCD on Disk 1. With EasyBCD I can boot into Disk 1 or Disk 2, but I want to be able to do it from the BIOS boot menu. I then installed EasyBCD on Disk 2. At this point I expected to have 2 EasyBCD boot menus one for Disk 1 and one on Disk 2. This is not what happened. When I use Easy BCD to boot into Disk 2 and proceed to make changes to the boot menu for Easy BCD, these changes are reflected in Disk 1. I guess I just have 1 Boot Record on Disk 1 and no Boot Record on Disk 2?

Answer:Disk 2 Does Not Boot OS When Selected as the Boot Device on Startup

How did you make the "copy"?
A screen shot from Disk Management would be useful.

Also, your reason for wanting to do this in the first place would help with suggestions.

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I have the most unusual problem ever. When starting the machine either cold or from a complete shut down, I get this message-

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.

BUT, after getting the message and I hit the reset button, Windows starts normally

So I read all the recomendations from the forum but in the end I had to reinstall completly and the problem just happened again

Any ideas? Bad drive? virus?, ???

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Could not read from the selected boot disk.

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Answer:Please help me. Wrecked my Surface Pro 3 on an attempt to Dual Boot with Windows 10 Preview + Window

I'm afraid that you have to install windows clean
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Hi,

I have two hard drives, the primary one is a 160GB Maxtor STM3160815AS (SATA) with Windows XP Professional x64 on it (NTFS). Also connected is a 40GB Samsung SP4002H (IDE) that is partitioned into D: (NTFS) and E: (FAT32) drives.

I'm trying to install the same copy of Windows onto the D drive as part of a test format and reinstall before I format and reinstall Windows on C drive. After Windows completes the initial setup phase, the computer reboots and shows the load operating system screen. I choose the Windows loaded onto D drive to continue the setup, but this message comes up:
Code:
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

Please check the Windows documentation about hardware configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.
I have done some Internet searching and one suggestion was to run the Recovery program on the Windows disc and rebuild boot.ini using bootcfg. I did that and it detected both Windows installations, but the same problem happened.

I have tried formatting D drive and restarting the Windows installation but the same problem keeps happening.

Could it have something to do with the hard drives' master/slave statuses? I don't know much about that aspect of hardware. Also, the D drive partition did have some bad sectors on it, which seem to have been fixed after I ran chkdsk, could that ... Read more

Answer:XP install on partition: Could not read from the selected boot disk

To install a second copy of Windows while the other one is still in place and intact, you need to install the second copy in a "dual boot" configuration. If you don't want to end up with a dual-boot system, remove the drive which contains the first installation before running Windows Setup to install the second installation.

If the two partitions (old and new) are on the same physical drive, you will have to use the dual-boot method of installation.
 

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Hi,

I have two hard drives, the primary one is a 160GB Maxtor STM3160815AS (SATA) with Windows XP Professional x64 on it (NTFS). Also connected is a 40GB Samsung SP4002H (IDE) that is partitioned into D: (NTFS) and E: (FAT32) drives.

I'm trying to install the same copy of Windows onto the D drive as part of a test format and reinstall before I format and reinstall Windows on C drive. After Windows completes the initial setup phase, the computer reboots and shows the load operating system screen. I choose the Windows loaded onto D drive to continue the setup, but this message comes up:


Code:
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

Please check the Windows documentation about hardware configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.
I have done some Internet searching and one suggestion was to run the Recovery program on the Windows disc and rebuild boot.ini using bootcfg. I did that and it detected both Windows installations, but the same problem happened.

I have tried formatting D drive and restarting the Windows installation but the same problem keeps happening.

Could it have something to do with the hard drives' master/slave statuses? I don't know much about that aspect of hardware. Also, the D drive partition did have some bad sectors on it, which seem to have been fixed after I ran chkdsk, could that still be a... Read more

Answer:Installing XP on partition: Could not read from the selected boot disk

Use the dual-boot method or, if you don't want a dual-boot system, remove the drive on which Windows is already installed before trying to install a second copy on the remaining drive.

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I tried to replace the disk drive in my HP Pavilion p6-2355 with a larger one - but now the computer doesn't start with either the old or new disk drive.What could have happened to upset the system and/or mess up the existing disk drive?I figured I must have jostled some cable or something.Or maybe the computer just resented my attempts to 'improve' it. How can I make amends ... or just 'mend' it?Details:I bought a 4T disk drive and used a commercial 'clone' program to copy everything onto it from the original 1.5T disk drive, including Windows 10 which was working (well enough, anyway) at the time.I opened the case, moved the connectors from the old disk to the new disk,  reconnected the power, turned it on, and ... the two monitors remained blank. When I power the monitors off and on again, they reported "No signal".I returned the connectors back to the old disk, turned it on again, and ...the monitors still remained blank.I don't hear any 'beeps' - but I don't remember ever hearing any beeps from this machine, so I'm not sure it has a working 'beeper'.The power supply seems good: the back power-supply light is solid green.All three fans are running.  The front power light comes on solid blue.  I tried unplugging and re-plugging everything I dared.I swapped monitors and cables, and tried two alternate monitors (and cables) with no luck.  I measured the voltages coming out of the power supply; they seem normal.I performed the "hard reset" (disconnect... Read more

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My buddy has a computer with a problem and he?s asked me to see if I can retrieve the data documents from the computer. The subject computer is a COMPAQ PRESARIO SR5030NX with a Pentium 4 cpu, 3.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, running Windows Vista Home Basic.

His goal was to create a dual boot computer ? UBUNTU and Vista. What he did was, one Saturday morning without reading directions, he installed UBUNTU, partitioning the computer in two partitions. The computer is now giving an error code of 21 when GRUB Loader starts up. Is there a restore disk or some kind of utility that can undo what was done to the computer. He has no backup disk.

I tried Recovery Commander Ver. 3 made by Avanquest but as their website indicates it?s for XP. They never updated it for Vista and Windows 7. Is there a utility that can undo some of the changes that were made to the machine when UBUNTU was installed, albeit, unsuccessfully.

I have an HP PC running XP professional and I was wondering if I take the hard drive out from the COMPAQ and rig it to my HP via a SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter device would I be able to see the contents of that COMPAQ computer that had Vista and now UBUNTU.

We?re just after the data files and not software programs. Thanks for any links or advice.

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I just bought a computer and ran into some issues due to time. I'm a Dj and don't drink in the booth, try to keep anything like that away from the gear but there's always a drunk chick in every bunch that likes to get too close, and well my old lappy took a drink. It had a good 4 year run and was looking to get a new one anyway. So I bought an Acer Aspire 8942g. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium. I suspected that my Serato (Dj program) was not going to be fully supported as of yet and gave it a whirl fresh out of the box and sure enough, problems. I had only a few hours to go before I had to go to a gig so I needed the laptop to run this program.

I shrunk my Win 7 drive to give me enough room for a dual boot. Installed XP on the free partition switching the SATA to IDE from AHCI, got the OS going but this configuration really doesn't do the program justice, plus since the components are much newer than XP, there are no existing drivers for the wireless. So I needed to get back into 7.... and that's when I found out it won't boot.

Apparently in the install my 100mb partition was given a drive letter, so even after trying to restore from the back up partitions it still only runs XP, and when I deleted XP it just won't boot at all, telling me there is no OS. I put XP back on the computer and tried to edit the the drive letter in admin tools, yet still it won't work.

There was nothing on the computer besides a few trial programs from companies... Read more

Answer:Win 7 Won't Boot After XP (Dual Boot) Attempt

Sorry about your old computer. It happens...As for the dual-boot, you can't just add XP to a Windows 7 box. The reason is this: XP doesn't know what a Windows 7 bootloader looks like. So it just creates its own bootloader (boot.ini). After that, Windows 7 won't boot (cause it can't find the proper bootloader). If XP is installed first, Windows 7 will add itself to the XP bootloader and all is hunky-dory.This is how you do it:Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XPScroll down to METHOD TWO: When Windows 7 is Installed FirstIf you can't get Windows 7 to boot using that tutorial, we'll try repairing the bootloader manually.

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I have two disks configured: First C: is a active partition SDD. Second one is D:, which is old active disk and used now only for backups.
I'm starting with selecting no folders at all in the "indexed Locations".


<Screen shot will follow>

Next I select disk C. As result not the folder from disk C is taken over but from disk D:
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I have no chance to select any folder from disk C.
Index Rebuild does not help.

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I had a perfectly working 250GB SATA HDD that I tried to clone to a 1 TB SATA HDD. I used EASEUS's free disk copy software. The clone said it would take about an hour and 20 minutes, and I read that it would be quicker, as all the free space would not need to clone over sector by sector. I aborted so that I could use different software that would quick clone. Anyway, afterwards, neither HDD would boot.

The source drive should boot, as all it was the one being cloned and not written to. The cloned drive had the data on it, but it was just corrupted because the clone never finished. I tried to get into recovery console from the Windows 7 CD, and it kept saying it was the wrong version. Basically the program screwed up both my hard drives.

Finally, I was able to get into a UEFI recovery console that allowed me to see that the cloning program somehow changed my partitions into GPT. The source hard drive is all intact, and I'm pretty sure the only thing that is screwed up is the partition types and perhaps the boot record. Is there a way I can edit the partitions to make them back to normal and bootable again?

The only thing I was able to do so far was delete the partitions on the cloned drive (as it made them GPT as well), and install windows 7 on to that. So now I can boot into Win 7 from the cloned drive, but it has no drivers and programs. Ideally I'd just like to make my source drive which should have remianed unchanged bootable again and start the proces... Read more

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Hello,
As stated in the title I get the " Verifying DMI Pool Data...
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

This only happens when I have both cables going from board to harddrive to DVDroom. The wide flat one (IDE i think it is called) doesn't change anything no matter if i change order or the cable itself. The other one, sata for power, is the f*ckup. No matter what order its in he cannot be in the DVDroom at all because then i get the message and I cant figure out where and how to change that cable for a new since it goes into the giant box under (forgotten its name).

Now I have searched long and hard for solutions. Ive changed the order of boot countless times in any variation I could think of. (Note: I do not have the disk my comp asks for, also a problem..)

I remember looong ago I had the same problem on my other stationary computer, but that got fixed by wiggling the cables a bit.
This time Im about to stress myself hairless over this.
All I want to do is to have a DVD-room, its basic yet impossible.


>>>Pls share your solutions, the other sites been about other stuff like raid and sathio or something- makes me confused...

Here's some info....
System Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2,40GHz 2,40GHz .
64bit windows 7.
4,00Gb ram
Motherboard: GA-x38-DQ6.

ADVANCED BIOS FEAT:
First: Hard Drive
Second: CD Room
Third: Disabled
 

Answer:Yes another disk boot failure, but about a DVD driver installation attempt

It is spelled DVD ROM, DVD RAM or CD/DVD drive. Are both the DVD and the hard drive IDE (Big 40 wire flat cable)? If you can't boot with the DVD drive connected, check to see that both the IDE Hard drive and the IDE DVD drive's jumpers are set in the CS (cable select) position. You can set the IDE hard drive to (M)Master and the IDE DVD drive to (S)Slave. They can not be the same, except when setting to both drives to CS. The giant box is the power supply. You can buy Molex 4-pin to SATA power connectors...
 

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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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Question: Dual Boot Fails

Hello,

I have been trying to install a Vista64bit on a second partition, but it keeps failing at the boot manager.

Basically, I already have a successful dual boot system. Vista32bit and an old XP installation on a separate partition. XP was installed first, and when I purchased Vista, I installed it on another partition and every works fine at the boot process where I can select which OS to start up with.

Now, I have a Vista64bit CD and would like to install that on the XP partition. I want to keep my current Vista32bit working until the 64bit version is fully installed with all my software etc.

I can successfully install the 64bit Vista version, and on it's first reboot the boot manager seems to see everything successfully and I can choose between the two versions of Vista. But on the 2nd reboot everything always fails. I get a message saying it can't find the Boot Configuration data and to press Control/Del to restart.

Then of course, I can't start either OS.

Fortunately, before doing anything I made backup images of both partitions, so if I bring back the old XP partition, the boot options come back and I can resume using the computer. (though of course XP and Vista32bit)

I have tried to install Vista 64bit twice and it happened both times.

I have also tried to manually fix the boot manager with the Vista CD using either the startup repair option (doesn't seem to do anything but reboot and same problem) or with the DOS command Bootrec.exe tool. But... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot Fails

Hi there ovbg

I can't help you with the problem of dual boot, but regarding the boot manager try following this tutorial in the articles section of TSF and see if it addresses your problem.

How to restore the Vista bootloader from GRUB

Although it is aimed at restoring the bootloader after grub, it may also help in this situation

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I just got a new machine with Windows 7 64 bit. I have a 2nd HDD (1TB) installed and I attempted to install XP on it.The installation proceeded fine until the Reboot step. Instead of opening the XP install sequence I got a message telling me that"a Disk Error Occurred. Press Ctrl-alt-del To Restart"I tried twice, even formatting (quick)the disk but no joy. Since the XP installation reset the boot loader, I had to use the Win 7 disk to reset it back.I have previously installed a second disk dual boot XP on Vista systems so I don't think that it is related to Win 7

Answer:Dual boot Win7/XP fails

The easiest way, to get it to work is, to first install windows xp and then windows 7.In that case, the windows 7 boot loader recognizes the windows xp and adds an entry in the boot menu for the windows xp.The original poster should always write the last response !!!Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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I just got a new machine with Windows 7 64 bit. I have a 2nd HDD (1TB) installed and I attempted to install XP on it.
The installation proceeded fine until the Reboot step. Instead of opening the XP install sequence I got a message telling me that
"a Disk Error Occurred. Press Ctrl-alt-del To Restart"
I tried twice, even formatting (quick)the disk but no joy. Since the XP installation reset the boot loader, I had to use the Win 7 disk to reset it.
I have installed a second disk dual boot XP on Vista systems so I don't think that it is related to Win 7

Answer:Install of XP dual boot fails

Follow Brink's tutorial http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html

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Lots of great info on this thread! I finally got Windows 8 installed on my Dell M4600 dual boot with the Win 7 install. This is my business laptop so I needed to maintain full functions to Win 7 (I will completely migrate to 8 in the future) and ensure I could continue to work with it. I have two SSDs: Drive 0 is a 2.5" 256 GB used for data as d:. Drive 1 (this is how the bios designates them) was originally a 128GB MSATA SSD. I cloned this to a newer 240GB SSD to provide more room for the two OSs (and provide a good fail safe). With the clone I cleared the Dell recovery partitions and added the partition for Win 8. Currently I have some wasted space at the front but I will sort that out in the future. It has taken a week to get Win 8 up and running properly (tracking down drivers, getting the fingerprint scanner to work etc) but it seems to be stable and I have started to use it. Now to the problems:

1. The boot screen is the old Win 7 type (not really a problem by itself). I have used EasyBCD to adjust the default to Win 8. If I do a "restart" from 8 and then select 7 no problem. On the other hand, any restart to 8 brings up the MS flag and twirling thing and stops. I need to power down and start back up. No problem if I shutdown and then restart. I've been working on figuring out how the whole process works and I suspect the problem has to do with the switching drive letters depending on which OS is started and/or the Resume parameters in th... Read more

Answer:Restart to Win 8 Fails with Dual Boot

Welcome. Could you just give an executive summary of what your problem is?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 17, 5000 Series (1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 3558U, 4 GB Ram, 500 GB HDD). It came preloaded with Windows 8.1. I needed Windows 7 so I partitioned the main drive and installed Windows 7 in 100 GB of partitioned space. After swapping between the Windows 7 and 8 Boot manager. Ended up choosing the Windows 8 manager.

My problem comes in when I boot into Windows 7, then when I shut down and try and boot into Windows 8 it will hang prior to the boot manager (of Windows 8). I have to press and hold the power button to hard shut down. Once I do that and reboot, Windows 8 Boot manager and Windows 8 boot ok.

So Windows 8 will boot fine if I was last in Windows 8. However if I was last booted in Windows 7 then go to Windows 8 (or try and boot into 7 again, but using the 8 boot manager) it will hang at boot. I've used all the command checks with Windows 7 and 8. Found no errors. I can't reinstall Windows 8 as I don't have recovery disks, plus the computer came from Aarons Rent to Own (they had no issues me doing what I wish with it).

When I switch and use the Windows 7 boot manager I can boot back into Windows 7 even if Windows 7 was my last boot. But like when using the Windows 8 boot manager, I am unable to boot into Windows 8 if Windows 7 was booted last. But Can boot to Windows 8 if Windows 8 was booted last.

I'm not sure what to do to correct the issue. Any help would be welcomed. Thanks

Answer:Win 8 fails to boot after booting into Win 7. Dual Boot

Since no replies yet, take a look at this link (EasyBCD):
https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/dual-boot/bcd-based/

Rich

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I really messed up this time. I am using my husband's computer because mine won't boot. I get the message:
"Windows didn't start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your reference manuals for additional information."

Well, that sort of thing is beyond me. But first, my system and how I got into this mess:
Dell Dimension 8200
Pentium 4, 2.00GHz
256RAM
WinXP Home Ed.

Trying to get rid of the screen that prompts you on boot-up to select an OS and counts down the seconds, I went from My Computer>Properties>Advanced and unchecked the first box, the one that has a place to the right where you say how many seconds to display the OS choice. I had changed that choice to "0" many times, but eventually the choice screen always came back, so I got the idea of unchecking the whole box.

Then--I forget exactly which part of Properties this was in--I found the two OSs listed. They were the same, except that the one that was selected had a few words after it that began with "No"--maybe "No selection"? (This problem of having to make a choice on boot-up started when the computer was new and something went wrong and a Dell technician had me reinstall the OS.) I thought maybe I could get rid of the annoyance by selecting the other OS, and did it.

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Answer:No boot:"Could not read the selected boot disk." Heeeelp!

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I installed Win 7 in a logical partition and now I'm getting corrupted disk messages. I think the partition is ok as CHKDSK does not report errors. Does the partition need to be primary instead of logical?
 

Answer:Solved: Dual-boot - need help with partition type

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I'll keep this short.

1. Vista full installation ISO disc created

2. Disc boots up fine in an XP computer (so disc is fine)

3. Disc does NOT boot up in the Vista computer (my dilemma)

4. XP disc boots up fine in the Vista computer (so CD-ROM is fine)
What could possibly be wrong here? The only remote thing I can think about is that this is a 32-bit install as opposed to 64-bit. I am not sure which bit is in this computer and I am not even sure that really matters. It is a Toshiba A205-s5801 which came from factory with Windows Vista.

Answer:Arrrrgh!!! Vista ISO boot disk FAILS to boot

Specs: http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=SB&os=&category=&moid=1909172&rpn=PSAF3U&modelFilter=A205-S5801&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663

<<1. Vista full installation ISO disc created>>

Created from what?

That system seems to have come with a recovery partition and recovery mechanism which is the only option provided by manufacturer for any Windows repair/installation.

Louis

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On boot, I have two menus. The first has options for Windows XP Pro and various Linux distros. If you choose Win, the second menu allows you to choose Windows or DriveClone disc/partition back up and recovery software.

1.Virus attack in Windows.
2.Recovered Windows partition (NTFS, C:) from DriveClone back up.
3.Later I had another virus attack.
4.Decided to increase Windows partition size using Partition Magic since I was going to have to recover anyway. (Increased it from 15 GB to 23 GB using the first Linux (Xandros) partition that I wasn't using any more.)
5)This worked. Everything seemed to be fine.
6)Recovered from back up again. (Used the same back up as before, since I did not do another one after changing the partition size.)
7)When the back up was complete and I rebooted, I got to my first menu OK.
8)When I selected Windows, all I got was a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I did not get to the second menu.
9) I can get into Linux.

Any ideas about how to get my second menu back? Any ideas about how to recover my primary Windows partition? Sorry for the lengthy explanation and thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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Hello TechSpot,

I am thinking of dual booting Linux Mint with my Windows 7 OS. I don't have a cd big enough for the installer, and I am thinking about buying a stack of CDs to use for booting. However, I don't know which CD type to buy. I will be using them also for Movie making, file storage, back up and etc..
Which one of these would work?

DVD R
DVD RW
DVD-RW
DVD-RAM

Thanks
 

Answer:What type of CD is good for installing Linux or other OS for dual boot?

They're DVD's, not CD's; though you can use them for burning a Linux ISO, it would be a waste of most of the capacity of a disk though. I'd choose DVD-R's.

You can always download Linux live creator and use that instead. You just need a spare 1GB USB memory stick/thumb drive.
 

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I have 7 installed on 640 GB SATA drive
Wanna install ubuntu on 80GB PATA drive
Yet the problem is that I can't make the SATA drive the first boot drive in BIOS.
My MOBO is GA-MA74GM-S2H

Answer:Dual-boot :ubuntu on PATA disk, 7 on SATA disk

Are you setting in Disk priority or Boot Priority? Whichever drive is set first in disk priority will show up in Boot priority. Of course, different bioses handle certain things differently.

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I have downloaded windows 7 home premium upgrade ISO from the microsoft store. The burned the iso to disk using the image burner in windows.

My problem is that the disk will boot, and a "windows is loading" screen appears which only takes a minute. Then a windows background appears on screen with a cursor. That is all. No setup at all. What might be wrong here. I would like to make a bootable disk that works.

I can run setup from an OS, but that is not what I want to be able to do.
Help please,
Rick

Answer:Install disk fails to boot into setup

As far as I know, 1 most likely problem

Burn a new ISO at slowest speed

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Greetinngs,This morning when I booted up my computer I received a “disk read error, press ctrl-alt-del to restart.” I tried to use the Win 7 disk to repair the start up part of Win 7, it said there were no problems, but it still does not boot up. I can boot from my XP disk but no into my Win 7 disk. I can read files and stuff from my Win 7 disk and I did a chkdsk on it but cannot get it to boot. Thanks.

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Hey guys,

At the minute Windows 7 is completely failing to boot on my PC. I reach the Windows logo (with the loading animation) and it freezes after roughly half a second before restarting my computer. The machine also fails to boot into safe mode and recovery mode.

Before I rebooted my computer (which is when the problem arrived), I did two things. First I ran Disk Clean-Up to free up some space. In Disk Clean-Up I was able to free a lot of space by deleting temporary update files. After this, I unistalled AVG Antivirus in preparation to change to a different AV. During the uninstallation, my keyboard starting behaving strangely, and so when the installer asked if I wished to reboot I said yes. As my computer was shutting down, it displayed the 'Installing updates' message, but only very briefly. After that, my computer was unable to start.

I have two theories:
1. My computer was host to some sort of dormant virus (I don't actually know if this is a thing) that was activated once it detected my antivirus was gone. I don't know whether my keyboard behaviour was anomalous or a strange symptom of the infection. I ran the AVG rescue CD with a completely up to date definition library and it returned no results. I'm hoping someone can debunk this theory...

2. Running Disk Clean-up deleted files that were necessary for a scheduled update. When the update attempted to run, it failed due to the files missing, leaving my Windows installation in a broken state.

Personally, I ... Read more

Answer:Computer fails to boot after using Disk Cleanup.

Two things come to mind.
1. Did you use the official AVG removal tool from their website?

2. You could run sfc /scannow to check Windows 7 files.

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This issue has just start a couple of days ago were the computer would restart at the point of the boot logo just before the orbs came in, i have tried booting in all safe modes and the computer would restart, tried repair and it restarts before finished loading. I have tried using the os install disk but it also restarts. There is no BSOD. Is there a way to fix this or would i have to replace my motherboard?

Edit: This issue has been fixed, it was a loose card on the motherboard.

Answer:Windows and installation disk fails to boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by portalman126


This issue has just start a couple of days ago were the computer would restart at the point of the boot logo just before the orbs came in, i have tried booting in all safe modes and the computer would restart, tried repair and it restarts before finished loading. I have tried using the os install disk but it also restarts. There is no BSOD. Is there a way to fix this or would i have to replace my motherboard?


1: Remove all external peripherals like printer and then reboot.
2: Open the computer, remove and reseat the CMOS battery and then restart your PC.
3: If there is more than 1 RAM card, remove it and let it run on a single chip.

These are the few things you could try before reaching to a conclusion that the mobo is faulty.

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I've been having problems connecting to the internet lately. My settings are as follows:

- XP SP2
- Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem
- Netgear WGR614 Wireless Router
- ZoneAlarm Pro 6

Both my wired desktop and my wireless router have the same problem. You'll start the computer up and the internet icon shows up in the taskbar and says "Acquiring network address." It'll do that continuously with no progress. The only way to get connected from the desktop is to disable the connection and then re-enable. The same pretty much goes for the laptop, but performance isn't too great (it'll flat out stop working after a few minutes). I've looked at all of the router settings and everything seems to be in order.

I was using WPA-PSK for the security but have since switched to WEP to see if that helped any on the wireless end. I've updated the router firmware but still have the same results. Is it possible that ZA is the problem? Thanks for any ideas and tips you may have.
 

Answer:Connection fails on first attempt

kuku said:



I've been having problems connecting to the internet lately. My settings are as follows:

- XP SP2
- Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem
- Netgear WGR614 Wireless Router
- ZoneAlarm Pro 6

Both my wired desktop and my wireless router have the same problem. You'll start the computer up and the internet icon shows up in the taskbar and says "Acquiring network address." It'll do that continuously with no progress. The only way to get connected from the desktop is to disable the connection and then re-enable. The same pretty much goes for the laptop, but performance isn't too great (it'll flat out stop working after a few minutes). I've looked at all of the router settings and everything seems to be in order.

I was using WPA-PSK for the security but have since switched to WEP to see if that helped any on the wireless end. I've updated the router firmware but still have the same results. Is it possible that ZA is the problem? Thanks for any ideas and tips you may have.Click to expand...

It's possible that ZA6 is causing the problem. There have been all sorts of issues with ZA6 of late, I don't use ZA. If your problems started around the time you installed ZA6, that would be the most likely cause. Briefly disable ZA6 and see if you can connect.
 

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Hello One and All!

Please help!

A friend of mine (no, it's TRUE!) upgraded his win2k system to SP4 (it's a Dell Optiplex GX1, 192mb Ram 450Mhz machine with a Yamaha CD R/W) without archiving, prior to the install. His machine will not now shutdown, or even attempt to shutdown and he has asked for my help. I have tried everything I know (which is not a lot!) and now I need help.

When he selects shutdown from the drop down list, the HD runs for about a second, as though the shutdown process is starting, and then nothing. The machine is still usable. It doesn't matter how long you leave it. Its just as though nothing has happened.

I have run adaware 6, spybot and Kaspersky AV. The system is clean, now, and it also protected by McAfee Personal Firewall, which it wasn't before! He had the Lovsan, Sasser Worm as well as countless Malware, Adware and Data Miners etc.

I have run sfc /scannow and checked some registry entries.

I have tried the following KB link http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315409 and had a go at the suggestions there, but all to no avail, except that the machine does shutdown normally in safe mode. I checked the ntbtlog file but nothing seemed amiss. A few drivers hadn't loaded redbook.sys, cdaudio.sys, NDProxy.sys and about half a dozen others, but they didn't seem to be the cause of the problem.

I have closed all the running processes visible in Task Manager and tried to shutdown, but nothing seems to work. Shutdown just w... Read more

Answer:Win 2k fails to attempt to shutdown

I've also tried this excellent resource for Windows Shutdown problems 95/98/me/2k/xp

http://aumha.org/win4/a/shutdown.htm

Still no joy!

Please help! I'm at the end of my tether and I don't fancy doing a complete re-install.

Does anyone know the files that are used in the shutdown process and the order in which they are activated?

Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.

Regards,

Bizzy
 

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

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

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

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

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Hello, I've just set up Win 10 on a new computer and I'm noticing that the Text looks very bad even with True Type selected. I've gone through the True Type settings a couple of times to select the best looking settings. I have another Win 10 computer connected to this Monitor and it looks much better. This system has "Intel HD Graphics Family Chipset" and the other system has "Intel 4 Series Express Chipset". Any ideas how I can make the Text look better on this system ? Thank you in advance for any help.

Answer:Win 10 Fonts Look Bad Even With True Type Selected

Is your display set to the default recommended values?

If your DPI scaling is set to 125%, try changing it to 100% and see what happens.

Yes, the text might be smaller but it should be clear.

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Hi

I have a 3 year old Toshiba Sattelite Pro L550-17U (Sept 2010). And it has worked perfectly ok since I bought it.

2 weeks ago, I turned it on, on my coffee table, where it lives 90% of the time, and nothing!!

Black screen, no keyboard lights (Caps/Screen/Num lock). Encouraging disk noise, On light was green, and charge light works when plugged in.

Tried external monitor, still nothing.

Continued by:

Reseating ram
Removing Hard Drive
Pressing F8 fairly rapidly after cold starting
Pressing F2 fairly rapidly after cold starting
Removed power and battery, replaced battery,

When it has been switched on (and looking rather black!). None of the keyboard lights respond (Num/Scroll/Caps Lock)

All to no avail.

Suspected blown motherboard.

I'm a little disappointed. I have only had one other laptop fail on me like this, and it was a 10+ year old travelmate!

Any other ideas?

Ian

Message was edited by: ianhadling

Answer:Satellite Pro L550-17U fails to boot up, disk noise only

Hi

All you have done is right and these are typical steps that one notebook owner can try to check if this will help. Unfortunately there are no much options to test.
On this virtual way it is not possible to offer exact diagnostic but I also think that there is some serous mainboard problem. BIOS maybe? Who knows?

It is not easy to make decision what to do now. You can contact service and ask for help. They can check it and tell you what is wrong there but if the mainboard must be exchanged it can be pretty expensive.
It is really not easy to give you some good advice.

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Hey everyone,

I'm not sure if this has been posted already...I looked and couldn't find anything.

So basically, my friend wakes up and turns on their computer (a Dell, running Windows XP Home Edition) and it only gets to the first loading screen (not even the Windows logo loading screen) before it automatically goes to the Windows Advanced Options Menu. We select to run windows normally, and right after, the dreaded BSOD. We restart, and same deal with the options menu automatically coming up. So we try to run it in safe mode, same thing. Then again, but we try "last good configuration" - basically, we try every single option given, all of which lead to the BSOD.

We figure there isn't much else to do but try to boot the entire system with the original system boot disk, but that doesn't work either...because it goes directly to the same Windows Advanced Options Menu automatically where all the options just lead up to BSOD, never even loading the disk.

How in God's name do you fix a computer that won't even allow you to fix it?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated...
 

Answer:Continuous BSOD - When even the system boot disk fails...

The particular error message/code that you get on the BSOD is often a good clue as to the cause of the problem. Search the MS KB at support.microsoft.com for the error message and hex code (a string of the form 0x00000000) for possible causes.

In order to boot to a CD to troubleshoot/repair a system the BIOS of the system must be configured to boot to a CD if one is found. Go into the BIOS of the system and look for Boot Options/Order and make sure that the CD option is set to boot before the hard drive.
 

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Using Win8PESE80_builder.exe (also 82_builder.exe), trying to build Win8pe boot iso using Win8 pro retail downloaded ISO as the source (files copied from iso to HD folder).

I receive the error in the screenshot just after starting the build.

For those using google, error text is:

Can not detect windows 8 source!!!
You must select a folder with Windows 8 files in the 'Source Directory'
Exiting...

I did find one post at reboot.pro stating that source containing the file install.esd would not work as the file is encrypted, but that is the only reference to that.

Is anyone familiar with why this error occurs and how to work-around? I have no problem building from a win7 pro source.

Thanks!

Answer:Win8SE boot disk build fails with error

you have selected L as your source directory?

look inside that \sources\ folder - do you have an install.wim or install.esd

Since this is the downloaded ISO, I can say for sure it is an install.esd - thus can not be mounted by winbuilder

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Ok, I have been building a emulation game system for a while now. I'm using a old pc (pIII 600 MHz) installed with Windows XP. Recently I decided as my first version was pretty successful, I would clear the hard drive and reinstall windows xp. I used Derik's Boot and Nuke to wipe the hard drive. I then set the boot order to boot from the cd first, and inserted the windows xp home cd. I get a error saying DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I have heard of this being due to a bad hard drive, but I don't see how that would apply here? No other bootable cds work now either (Knoppix, DBAN, etc). Any ideas?
 

Answer:I need help with a non-typical DISK BOOT ERROR! (not the common type)

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Hi I updated my Lenovo ThinkCentre m92p tiny 3237-A1G to the BIOS version 9SKT59A.I use an OCZ SSD with GRUB2 and Linux/Win7 dual boot (GPT/UEFI) without any problem.After the BIOS update there was SecureBoot enabled and I couldn't obviously boot GRUB2.Then I disabled SecureBoot and changed the Boot order, but when I try to include the SSD with x it disappears in the list of the excluded boot devices but don't appear in the included devices. Now I am only able to boot via USB stick where a grub2 is also installed. I am pretty sure this is a BIOS bug!Anyone else can confirm that or solved such a probem? Cheersmijenix













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Answer:M92p Tiny - no Disk boot after update BIOS to 9SKT59A (dual boot Linux/Win7) GPT/EFI

Hello, I also have same problem on Lenovo M92p 3212-BL3 with BIOS version 9SKT39A. I use an OCZ SDD Vertex 2 with Windows 7 x64 only. The SSD disappears from the list on included and excluded boot SATA devices. The SATA ports still appears but with empty device.  It seems BIOS issue, hope Lenovo will fix this issue ASAP. 

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Greetings, I am having an issue with the laptop not coming up when it is restarted IE installing something needs to restart or just a warm boot in general. The HDD seems to start however there is no video and then the HDD stops. The issue started after updating the bios to the latest code on the website after a Clean install of XP Pro. I reinstalled Vista to see if it just didn't like XP and the same issue was there. The bios update is the likely culprit, the problem there is I do not know what bios was on it or where to get downlevel bios versions from, if they will even install over newer code. Thus far I am beyond unimpressed with this Laptop and It's poor construction, but this issue is just irritating, any ideas would be welcome.

Answer:Y710 Fails to start when restart is selected

From your post it is not understandable, on which phase does laptop stop booting. Or is it booting but then freezes? To which stage were you able to advance installing WinXP?





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After PC is first switched on, first attempt to connect to internet always results in "web site found waiting for reply" appearing in Internet Explorer [IE v 6.0.2800.1106 SP1] status bar for about one minute. Status bar then changes to "Done" but display shows "The page cannot be displayed".This is easily cured by clicking the refresh button [but this initial delay really bugs me] - everything then works fine, even if browser is closed & a later session is started, home page fires up straight away. But, it's back to square one once PC has been switched offThe same problem also occurs if Firefox [v 2.0.0.11] is used. Mailwasher has no problem connecting, neither has Outlook Express, it is definitely just a browser thing. I may be wrong, but I think the problem started when I applied some W2K updates using Autopatcher.PC runs Windows 2000 SP4. Broadband connection is via Virgin Media [ex NTL] set top box.Any ideas out there?busybaz

Answer:Internet Connection Always Fails At First Attempt

Try.Control Panel.Administrative Tools.Services.Scroll down to DNS Client and make sure it is set to automatic.

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hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.

salt
 

Answer:exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.
 

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I'm trying to fix a PC for a relative. The problem is that it wont reboot at all after it got the blue screen at start up. The computer would continuously reboot until you turned it off. It's not possible to boot into safe mode either.

I have tried booting from a Windows XP disc. The CD drive recognises the disc and begins to boot. It will get so far and then get the error message "File sbp2port.sys is corrupted. Press any key to continue"

Doing this only results in the computer rebooting again and being stuck in a loop.

Any help or advice is much appreciated.

Jamie.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows XP wont boot at all and recovery disk fails

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   I was trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 from a DVD.  This was because a previous install of Ubuntu16.04 wwould not run without a transient error message, followed by an apparent recovery at start up. I then downloaded program GQRX from gqrx.de but this would not run properly though the Mac version runs OK on a MacBook Pro.   Ubuntu 10.04 needs the WiFi to be set up on install and this I was failing to do!! Don't ask!!! so I powered off rather than attepting to do a more 'proper' shut down.  I presume this has left the disk in a corrupted state.  Now on power up the lamps on the power switch and shift key light but screen is black and after a few seconds there is a loud click,  they both go off and the machine remains in an inert state. I have carried out the reset instructions on this site. to no avail.It has been suggested elsewhere to reinstal Ubuntu 16.04 as a test first and then continue to GQRX if this is improved, but this requires the machine to boot. I have a Win 10 USB stick witch has reinstalled Win in the past so a boot with this would be a satisfactory start.     Any help would be appreciated, so many thank in advance.    john m   

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
2 GB DDR2-800 OCZ RAM
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm

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Since installing Win 10 I have had a variety of problems with Chrome and in general reinstalling has temporarily solved the problem. I have the latest version of Chrome installed but I occasionally have a page freeze and Chrome asks me if I want to wait or kill the page. If I kill the page, Chrome is unresponsive and other tabs no longer display the page selected.

I can restart Chrome to revisit the pages I had been working with but I have found it simpler and speedier to use Edge which has no such problems. I will wait until Microsoft/Google resolve the Win 10/Chrome incompatibilities.

I prefer Chrome's presentation and ease of use of favourites (I cannot delete any imported favourites in Edge) so I will await further updates.

Answer:Chrome still freezes/fails to display page selected

Heres a workaround for Chrome crashes in Windows 10 build 10525 [Update]

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Hi
I have a 3480CT and wanted to update the BIOS, but only have the Toshiba USB FDD drive. When rebooting with BIOS disk in, the drive boots perfectly, but states "non-system disk error" and won't perform the update.
Is the USB FDD drive the culprit, or is there something I'm not doing right?
Regards
Martin

Answer:3480CT: Attempt to update BIOS fails

Hello

I don?t thinks that it is a Toshiba USB FDD drive fault.
Can you say me your procedure to upgrade the BIOS?
As far as I know you have to press F12 to flash the BIOS.

This is a whole procedure how to upgrade BIOS for Portege 3480CT

1. Extract the zip file containing the BIOS upgrade to a formatted floppy disk (please see note below regarding which type of disk to use).
2. Ensure the Notebook is connected to the mains.
3. Turn the Notebook off.
4. Turn the Notebook on with the F12 key. Keep the key pressed until a short beep can be heard.
5. The message "Ready for BIOS update. Place the BIOS update diskette in the drive and press any key when ready to proceed" will appear.
6. Place the diskette containing the BIOS upgrade in the floppy disk drive and press any key. FDD access will begin.
7. When prompted by the message: "Please push the RESET switch (or turn AC power OFF/ON) to restart" remove the floppy disk and either press the RESET switch (if available) or turn the system off and back on to restart the Notebook.


Bye

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I have been running the version of Win 10 before the Anniversary edition. I did not know when I allowed the download manager to do an update (be nice if they actually identified that as Anniversary edition rather than just some updates) that it was going to the newer version. I let it run. It failed. I think I tried that a couple of times. It rather has a one track mind about boot and see if it gets better. I ran one of the repair utilities. I determined that some part of my existing OS files were in the wrong place. I allowed it to fix it.

I went to the update screen and let it run. When I saw how long it was taking to get ready and the amount of data being downloaded, I figured it was probably the Anniversary edition. That was OK, since I had recently decided to move to AE. I have another machine with AE on it, and there are just too many differences for me to be able to keep things straight when moving between them.

After awhile the installed quit and (I think it ) said it could not install because another something was updating. I ran a trouble shooter and it said it fixed something. I tried this three more times. Same result each time. Trouble shooter no longer feels there is something it can fix. Something around 8 hours and nothing.

Oh - while looking around for something that may show me something useful, I noticed that MS now considers my machine not activated. It wants me to buy a license. It has been activated several months ago and has not complained. I have ru... Read more

Answer:4th attempt by Anniversary update - fails - something else is updating

Hi, if you have activation problems like that, I suggest you try your regional MS phone number.

There are many threads here about failed anniversary upgrades: please feel free to search for ideas. Here are some:
Anniversary Upgrade Second_Boot Fail/Error
Anniversary Update Failure
Anniversary update failed - After, no updates available?
Anniversary Update error 0x80070057

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Every time that I attempt to connect to LAN Server by RDC(running Win Server 2008R2 x64) from any LAN node (running Windows
7 Professional x86), the connection fails on the first attempt. But when we reconnect at second time it will goes normally. Please give the helpful solution.....

Answer:Remote desktop connection always fails on first attempt

Are you able to telnet on port 3389 ? Telnet instead of rdp for first time.
Also check this link :
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/6ae67946-03b3-4bbe-8d26-3d2a95bc0f62/remote-desktop-connection-fails-on-some-computers-and-not-othersArnav Sharma | Facebook |
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Every time that I attempt to connect to my desktop PC (running Windows 7 Professional x64) from my laptop (running Windows 7 Professional x86), the connection fails on the first attempt. The connection is established and I see the welcome screen on the host PC with the blue circular Windows icon. After about 3-5 seconds, though, the circular icon freezes. If I wait, I receive an error message that the computer could not connect. However, the second connection attempt always works! I just cannot figure out why that initial connection fails. It is puzzling and inconvenient to have to always try once, have the connection fail, and then do it again.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks,
Rob

Answer:Remote desktop connection always fails on first attempt

I'm not set up to test with two different Windows 7 systems, but when I attempt an RDP connection from my Vista x64 system to my Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit system (already logged-in), and from my XP system to Windows 7, and from Windows 7 to XP I can connect first time.  I realize this information may be of dubious direct use, but it implies that an RDP connection CAN be established to/from a Win 7 system first time.How have you set things up in the Remote tab of Advanced System Settings (System Properties)?Are you getting a username/password prompt or are you trying to use stored information in an RDP file?-Noel

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Hi, was wondering if I could get some help maybe? My Dell laptop (Windows 8) used to prompt me to select the type of audio device I was inserting into the audio jack (i.e. Skullcandy earbuds, over the ear headphones, gaming headphones) and then hit accept, but then one day within the last few months the pop-up box that appeared when I plugged something into the jack suddenly stopped appearing; I'm afraid I may have pressed the "do not show this box" button by accident one time but I really don't remember. I'm mostly just trying to re-enable the prompt, but I'm not really computer savvy and I can't find it in the audio options anywhere! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:No longer prompted to selected audio input type?

Control Panel  -->  Sounds --> Playback  [I have Windows 7, your 8 may word it differently]  might be what you're wanting.

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Good afternoon!Originally, I posted this:Hello all. I wish I were making my first post here under better circumstances, but any help I can get would be appreciated.I am currently using AVG Free, AVG Anti-Spyare, Adaware, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster, & SpywareGuard. I have something. I had Nero on my computer, deleted it, realized I needed it to use DVD Shrink, tried scamming a free copy, and the keygen downloader I found screwed me up something royally. I have learned my lesson.Here is what my vault currently looks like:And here is my HijackThis log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:12:41 PM, on 3/18/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXEC:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\~SECURITY~\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\Program Files\CDBurnerXP\NMSAccessU.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bi... Read more

Answer:Hijack This Thread - 2nd Attempt, Don't Know Virus Type

Hello and welcome to BleepingComputer. I apologize for the long delay. Forums are extremely busy.Please disable SpywareGuard for it may prevent the fixes we are about to do.Double-click the red SG icon in your system tray.Click Options.Under General, uncheck all 3 options, then click "Save Settings"Close SpywareGuard.We will re-enable it once your system is clean.Then....Please download Combofix to your desktop:Double-click combofix.exe & follow the prompts.When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Post that log in your next reply.Note:Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall.

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hi guys,After skype autoupdated and avast updated, i've been experiencing some very annoying issues with windows. I am running xp pro, SP2. Everytime i open a program, and then use it, or click on the start button, and click on a program, i cannot select anything else on that menu, no does anything happen. When i hover my cursor over it, it just shows the sandwatch - as though it were loading something. The worst part, is that i cannot end the process of these programs in task manager; it's like its permanently there. Eventually, I am unable to work on any program, as i cannot select anything. The only program that appears to be useable, is internet - chrome.This is driving me insane.After spending countless hours on virus scans - spybot, malware doctor, etc. I turned to combofix after a moderator's suggestion on Pcper forums. It is impossible to launch combofix in normal windows - windows xp pro sp2 - it locks up and i cannot end process/task on the installation. In safe mode with networking i get two errors:After downloading windows recovery console from combofix:ErrorBoot Partition cannot be enumerated correctlyI press okThen it asks me whether I want to search for malware anyways,I press yesA moment later, after creating a windows registry backup/checkpoint,The console readsT was unexpected at this timeNow its been sitting there for some 30 minutes without a move. Not the first try.Someone on a different forum suggested:"Classic symptom of a PC infected w... Read more

Answer:Windows xp rhetorical crashes - attempt to fix with combofix fails

Any help? I've tried Microsoft Malware removal tool as well, yet on a full scan, after 2.5 hours, it detects 0 threats. Any help... anyone???

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Every morning Windows fails to load on the first start-up attempt of the day. Please note that after I am able to get it to load, I can turn off, turn on, or restart with no issues the rest of the day. It is literally only on the first start-up of each day. As soon as it starts to load windows it will reboot and go straight to windows recovery with an option to load windows normally or check for problems.

Each time "Start Windows Normally" is selected it will either reboot as soon as windows stats to load, BSOD, or once in a while it will load windows where it will BSOD the second anything is clicked. As soon as it BSOD, the next start-up I can load windows normally and everything will be fine rest of the day.

If I have it check for a problem it will show it is checking and then ask if I want to restore to an earlier time. As this is a fresh install, I will select "no" and it will begin to attempt a repair. If I let it run the full course it will always return a message stating nothing could be repaired. After which, I can start windows normally with no problems. I have also learned that in the mornings I can choose to repair and immediately restart computer once it begins to check for problems and it will load windows normally.

Other than that there are basically no issues. I can turn off and on rest the day without an issue. There is one other thing, I have noticed if I leave it idle for a very long time (most the day), every now and t... Read more

Answer:Windows fails to load (BSODs) once a day on first startup attempt

Both of these were related to pool_corruption. Since memtest has passed I would suspect a driver. To work out which please run driver verifier. My gut feeling is it is your Avast but no definitive info yet.






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I'd suggest that you first backup your stuff and then make sure you've got access to another computer so you can contact us if problems arise. Then make a System Restore point (so you can restore the system using the Vista/Win7 Startup Repair feature).

In Windows 7 you can make a Startup Repair disk by going to Start....All Programs...Maintenance...Create a System Repair Disc - with Windows Vista you'll have to use your installation disk or the "Repair your computer" option at the top of the Safe Mode menu .

Then, here's the procedure:
- Go to Start and type in "verifier" (without the quotes) and press Enter
- Select "Create custom settings (for code developers)" and click "Next"
- Select "Select individual settings from a full list" and click "Next"
- Select everything EXCEPT FOR "Low Resource Simulation" and click "Next"
- Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next"
Then select all drivers NOT provided by Microsoft and click "Next"
- Select "Finish" on the next page.

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the Blue Screen. Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash... Read more

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I have a two year old HP Pavillion (now a year out of waranty) that crashed and now returns "disk read error press ctl+alt+del to restart" when attempting to boot. Using the diagnostic tools avialable under F2, I get the following failure: Hard Drive Short DST Check: FailedFailure ID: GLL3S1-76684P-MFPV7G-60RA03Product ID: E9Z18AV Would anyone be so kind as to tell me what this particular failure ID code means?  Thank you.

Answer:Disk Read Error on boot, Hard Drive Short DST Check fails

 The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.  A retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used-Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your model is not one of the easiest to replace hdd on but the Maintenance & Service Guide will help you or your chosen repair shop.http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04438537

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So basically I'm trying to boot an ISO to windows 10 home and I used Rufus for it. Idk if I used for wrong settings but it says: the selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks.

Answer:Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is yadayad

Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link







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Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

- Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.



Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

- Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.

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Hi,I have lenovo z70Now I've graded from windows 7 to windows 8.1, My laptops starts working slowly, so i though of re installing windows 8, so made a bootable disk and formated everything, Now while installing it i s showing an error as "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition" how to rectify it...

Answer:Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition

Dear vijay09459
 
Welcome to Lenovo forums
 
you can try the steps below

 
Temporarily disable the EFI Boot Sources setting in the BIOS:
-Restart the computer, and then press F10 to enter the BIOS.
-Navigate to Storage > Boot Order , and then disable the EFI Boot Sources .
-Select File > Save Changes > Exit .
Install the Windows operating system.
Enable the EFI Boot Sources setting in the BIOS:
-Restart the computer, and then press F10 to enter the BIOS.
-Navigate to Storage > Boot Order , and then enable the EFI Boot Sources .
-Select File > Save Changes > Exit .
 
Also try the steps in the link below if this did not work out
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/win7-cannot-be-installed-...
 
Thanks






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Wondering if it would be possible to install a copy of Windows 98 SE on a partition of an External Maxtor USB backup drive on a computer that currently have Windows XP installed.

If so I will have to make the entire USB drive FAT32? Will the Windows 98 installation support a USB external drive to install to?

Answer:Dual Boot Win 98 Using USB Hard Disk

I don't think this is possible because USB drivers are loaded when windows starts. Because of this, your computer will have no way to boot off the drive.

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I have a weird setup on my XP Pro PC and would appreciate any help in fixing it.

I have an IDE drive that contains the boot.ini and associated files. It does not contain anything of great interest otherwise. It has a single partition and appears as C:

I have a SATA drive (E:, F:,G: )which contains the \WINDOWS directory and all the apps. It has 3 partitions, the first of which (E: ) is termed a boot partition by EASEUS Partition master, but it will not boot without the C: drive present.

My question is: How do I make the E: partition truly a boot partition so I can remove the C: drive?

The boot.ini file on C: has this content:
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[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

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I don't want to mess up drive E: or lose any data on it.
 

Answer:Boot.ini and dual disk problem

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I'd like some info on setting up a dual boot on a SINGLE hard drive with windows 98 in FAT 32 and windows XP home in NTFS.The disk I have for the XP is the upgrade from 98,not the complete XP package.I have ranish partition manager,and sorta know how to use it.

From what I've read,I need to create a primary partition for win 98,install it,using FAT 32(cause that's what I want),then hide it.Now this is where I get confused...I think I need to set up another primary partition and install win 98,make it active,then boot it and try the upgrade disk to win XP.

My understanding is that with the first 98 hidden(Fat 32),and the second win 98 active that win XP will upgrade the second 98 and use the NTFS.I don't care that the first 98 won't share files with XP,or vice versa.I just would like to be able to have both systems on the hard drive independent of each other.

Any help you could add would be greatly appreciated.Oh,one more thing.....The SINGLE hard drive will be running on a controller card.I understand that I need to load info(drivers) before the actual win XP installation?Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

Answer:Dual boot 98 and XP from upgrade disk?

Hi and welcome.

Try to do it this way.

Create the second partition on the drive, then install Windows 98 on the second partition. You should be able to do that booting with the 98 install cd.

Then reboot the computer with the XP upgrade cd in the drive, when asked which 98 installation you want to upgrade, be sure to choose the correct partition.

After the install, you should have a dual boot menu.

I don't think the controller card matters, perhaps someone else will correct me if I am wrong
 

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I've been trying to implement a macro to apply a defined chart format to every selected chart. I've been using a post from this forum a few years back http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/823459-macro-format-charts.html to help, and it's working great for a single chart. However, I'd like to enable it to run across several selected charts at once, and that is giving me problems that I can't get my head around.

I'm trying to use this code to run through the objects in the selection:

Sub ReFormatSelectedCharts()

Dim ThisChartObj As ChartObject

Dim ThisType As String
ThisType = TypeName(Selection)

Select Case ThisType

Case "DrawingObjects"

For Each ThisChartObj In Selection

Call FormatThisChart(ThisChartObj)

Next ThisChartObj

...Click to expand...

However, it gives me a type mismatch when I try to use it. I've investigated by implementing the following code instead of the for each loop:

X = Selection.Count
ReDim arrCharts(1 To X)
For i = 1 To Selection.Count
arrCharts(i) = Selection(i).Name
Debug.Print arrCharts(i)
Next iClick to expand...

Interestingly, it seems that the second chart in the selection is being treated as a button by Excel - so in the debug output in the case with three charts I'll see something like:

Chart 10
Button 1
Chart 5Click to expand...

while for two charts it'll just be
Chart 10
Button 1Click to expand...

I've tried it with different pairs and sets of chart... Read more

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I have a T440p with Windows 7 Pro.  Except on rare occasions, I am unable to log into Windows with my first swipe across the fingerprint reader.   The green light is on when I do the first swipe and it immediately goes off and stays off for around 15 sesconds, during which time another swipe does nothing.  Then the green light will return and a second finger swipe will log me on. Any suggestions on fixing this would be appreciated.  It's made using the fingerprint reader for login impractical, because it's faster to just go to the password screen and log in that way.  Thanks.





Thinkpad T440p: i7-4800MQ | Crucial 16GB DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24 | Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD | Intel 7260 Dual-Band AC Wireless | Windows 7 ProThinkpad X120eThinkpad T61p









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Answer:T440p, WIndows 7: Fingerprint Reader Fails on First Attempt to Log In, Works on Second After Delay

Mine behaves the same way, when the laptop resumes from hibernation/deep sleep.  You just have to let it sit for a bit while Windows is gathering its wits in the background.  Your guess of 15 seconds seems about right, maybe a little longer.  And this with an SSD. Conversely, upon a cold boot, when the sensor comes on pre-Windows load, it works right away to authorize startup and harddrive passwords.  I suspect that it is simply Windows reading data back from the hibernation file/partition--including fingerprint authentication data, and it just takes that long for all the stars to line up before Windows is ready for log in using that method.

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Hello my friends,

I keep getting an error when I install Windows 7. I want to install Windows 7 alongside Windows 10.
windows cannot be installed to this disk the selected disk is of the gpt partition style

I read solutions to this and most of them write I must format my entire hard drive, but I can't do that because that would mean losing all my data.
Is there another way?

Answer:Windows cannot be installed to this disk the selected disk

TheBlackRussian said:

windows cannot be installed to this disk the selected disk is of the gpt partition style



Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link







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Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

- Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.



Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

- Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if y... Read more

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I have a Win XP desktop which had problems with the hdd. The hdd and disk drive were connected to the same IDE bus(the motherboard only has one), the disk set as slave, the hdd as master. The computer worked fine except for errors with the hdd. I purchased a new hdd, and copied all contents of the old hard disk over using acronis migrate easy. In order to do this, I had to disconnect the disk drive, and connect the new hard drive in its place. The cloning process went smoothly and when I disconnected the old hard drive, I was able to boot into the new one. Everything worked fine, but when I connected the disk drive and rebooted, I got the error message:
"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"
How do I fix this?
 

Answer:Solved: "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot d

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Hey guys,
 
just reformatted my PC with Windows XP x64 bit edition,
 
After putting in my Mobo CD and installing the necessary drivers,
 
I restarted and got this message:
 
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key
 
 
 
I looked around the internet for a bit, and most said to change the boot sequence in the BIOS to the primary drive,
it was already set to the primary drive, so I disabled the 2nd and 3rd boot choices.
 
 
But low and behold, I still got the message.
Although, a couple times, I was able to get to Windows.
Then when I restart, I get the message again.
 
 
So I'm not really sure what to do.
 
 
Thanks to anyone who would like to help.

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot devic

First...system manufacturer and model?
 
Just guessing...but I would disconnect the hard drive and reconnect it...then see if the BIOS properly recognizes the hard drive.  If it does, then I would try to boot.
 
I would also enable all boot options in the BIOS...and try to boot from an option other than the hard drive, if you have a bootable XP CD, bootable USB, etc.  Save all changes made by hitting F10.
 
If the system can boot from an alternate option but not from the HD...it's probably a hard drive situation.
 
If the BIOS doesn't cannot retain the changed settings or you start getting other hardware errors...my guess would be CMOS battery needs replacement.
 
Louis

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I learned this the hard way: if you dual boot 7/10, turn off hybrid (fast) startup:

How to instruct Windows 8 NOT to perform a fast shutdown? - Super User

Otherwise it will corrupt your hard disks if you boot into the seven installation after shutting down from ten, as the fast shutdown wont properly flush hard disk caches.

Answer:Hard disk corruption with ten/seven dual boot

Good point -- but it's not just Win7 & Win10, it's also Win8/8.1 & Win10. The new FastStartup feature keeps the partitions mounted, even when the OS is not running, and this applies to shared data partitions, as well. I dual-boot between Win8.1 & Win10, and the first thing I do when I install a new Win10 build is disable FastStartup.

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Hi,

I have a two-disk setup with Windows 98SE on the primary disk and Windows 2000 Pro on the secondary disk, and I dual-boot between them (my main one is still 98).

The other day the secondary disk crashed and I had to re-format it, obviously wiping the Win 2000 files. I tried to re-install it but it was a complete failure with a miryad of errors and I haven't even tried to boot from the new Win 2000.

After reading some Microsoft tech stuff I am a bit lost as to what to do, I just would like to re-install Windows 2000 without breaking Win 98SE in the meantime and just losing everything that's left (the primary disk is fine and so is Win98). I am in the middle of a job and I must be careful ....

I thought about removing the flaky new Win 2000 (what's left of it), but I know there are some files on C: that I may need to remove, but I don't know which, how and if!

Can someone give me some advice, please?

Thanks

Bunkermad
 

Answer:Crashed Dual-boot Disk With Win 2000!

there are no files on c: that you would have to remove.. the only file on c: that you might have to mess with is the boot.ini file which just tells the computer during boot up which OS it can boot to.. as long as you dont touch c:, your win98 partiton (which I am assuming is on c will not be affected at all..
 

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I'm hoping someone here can help me with a vexing problem. Back about a year ago, I added a second disk to my Gateway P4 (which became drive D) and I installed Windows 7 on it). Initially beta, but now I'm running Win7 pro exclusively and I never boot into XP any more. Anyways, I tried to just remove the drive, but it seems at least part of the boot files were originally installed on the C Drive (Windows XP) which I no longer need. Can someone please point me to a site where I can find a step by step on how to transfer or reconstruct all the boot files I need on the Windows 7 Disk, which I want to now be the primary C drive. I plan to removing the XP disk (currently C), but I can't do that (nor even do a backup of ONLY Drive D, the Windows 7 disk) because apparently the installer installed part of my boot files on drive C (XP). Any help in figuring out how to fix this would be great appreciated. Please note that I have looked at numerous removal videos and procedures, but they all involve a disk that was previously partitioned for dual boot, and they are a single disk system. This is not the case here, I want to completely remove the original C drive and leaving the machine as a single disk system (or I'll format and reuse the disk for data storage later), but until I fix the boot files to run Windows 7 by itself, I can't do that.Thanks in advance,Ferd.

Answer:Removing XP disk from XP/Windows 7 Dual Boot

Read the link below. Perform the operation after disconnecting the WinXP drive. Then after the repair is complete you can reconnect the second drive and use as desired.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

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I have a weird setup on my XP Pro PC and would appreciate any help in fixing it.

I have an IDE drive that contains the boot.ini and associated files. It does not contain anything of great interest otherwise. It has a single partition and appears as C:

I have a SATA drive (E:, F:,G: )which contains the \WINDOWS directory and all the apps. It has 3 partitions, the first of which (E: ) is termed a boot partition by EASEUS Partition master, but it will not boot without the C: drive present.

My question is: How do I make the E: partition truly a boot partition so I can remove the C: drive?

The boot.ini file on C: has this content:
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[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

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I don't want to mess up drive E: or lose any data on it.

Answer:[SOLVED] Boot.ini dual disk problem

you will need boot.ini and NTLDR on what is now E: at some point before you boot-strap from it

i think it might have to be called C: and be the first physical drive and be marked active also

once you are boot-strapped you can continue to boot up the rest of OS from any part

but please don't take any of my advice without backing up drive E: first!

:)

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Hello guys,
I'm trying to dual boot on my Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB but have a problem.
I have 52GB free on C: and want to make a 25GB partition but when I try and shrink the volume, it says I can only make a partition of 6534MB.
If anyone can help and offer some advice I'd be really grateful. I really don't want to reinstall windows or upgrade my 8.1 yet.
Thanks,
Iain.

Answer:Disk management problem - Trying to dual-boot...

It's doing something else now. I restarted and found I could have over 23GB
So I choose 21GB, less than it says I can have but I then get...
Any ideas?

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I have Windows 8, Windows 7, Ubuntu installed on my laptop.

Now sometimes in returning to Windows 7, Windows runs Chkdsk.

So I have to wait to finish off the chkdsk process then I could see login screen. This makes start up of windows lengthy.

Wats the problem can anyone help?

Notice it happens "sometimes".

Appologies if same thread exists.. gave me the link to it if so..

Answer:Windows 8 CP : Check Disk on Dual Boot

A theory only: Windows 8 is designed to close and reopen by faster booting (Hybrid Boot), it has left your system in a hibernated state, with the drives mounted, open and ready to take off as soon as Windows 8 restarts. When a drive is mounted, a little piece of data is written to a standard place on the disk to show it is in use - it is called the "dirty bit". When properly unmounted, that data is "cleaned" off.

This means that the "dirty bit" on the disks that Windows 7 checks on startup is showing on the disks. This normally means that the system was previously closed suddenly without unmounting the drives, as it would if there has been a crash, and chkdsk is automatically run to check the integrity of the disks with the "dirty bit" set.

On the other hand, perhaps Windows 8 did really crash on shutdown and you should ask this in the crashes and debugging section of this forum, where one of the crash experts will help you out. They will want a little information from you - read the pinned post and follow the BSOD Posting Instructions first.

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While trying to repair a boot up problem on XP SP2 I lost the hal.dll file and Windows would not start in any mode.

I tried the recovery disk from Mesh and it started to reinstall windows, no repair option. I got stuck at the product code which I could not find. I then installed my original XP SPI to get my computer running. As I now had a real mess and needed to reinstall all of my programmes I took the opportunity to upgarde to Visa SP1.

Now all is excellent except for the fact that I still get offered the dual boot although it defaults to Vista after 30 seconds. I now have an extra 5GB partition with what is obviously a partial installation of Windows SP2.

Not a major problem but I would like to get rid of the dual boot option for a faster boot up and also recover the 5GB of disk space.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Axel
 

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Hi, I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7 installed on it and was wondering if it would be possible to clone the XP hard disk from my old computer as a disk image and use it to dual boot my new computer as this would save a hell of a lot of time trying to reinstall XP, then reinstalling all the programs and move all data. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:dual boot from a cloned disk image

  
Quote: Originally Posted by stano5


Hi, I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7 installed on it and was wondering if it would be possible to clone the XP hard disk from my old computer as a disk image and use it to dual boot my new computer as this would save a hell of a lot of time trying to reinstall XP, then reinstalling all the programs and move all data. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


I'm not sure that will work, because all the new drivers would have to be loaded.

Furthermore, I don't think that would be legal, because the OEM licenses are tied to the original hardware they were installed in.

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Hi
Not sure exactly where this should be posted, so starting with Windows 7 forum first. If you think it should go elsewhere please advise.
I have a Centos 5.5 system that had 2 primary partitions (2nd is setup as LVM with multiple LVM partitions) and then installed Windows 7 as Dual Boot.
However, Windows 7 has installed a 200MB system partition which is GPT/EFI as partition 3 and the Win7 OS as a Primary Partition.
I have a heap of space undefined after this fourth primary partition.
However, as 4 primary partitions have been used, I can no longer create an extended partition to utilise this.
As such I would like to know what is the best and safest way to proceed, and if possible step by steps instructions for the best option eg:
1. Delete the Windows 7 System Partition and create the extended partition (I expect this will prevent Windows from booting)
2. Use something like partition magic to change the Win 7 OS Partition 4 to an extended partition (Not sure if this will work)
3. Make changes to the overall system including both Linux and Windows so that it will use GPT only (I have had no experience with GPT so this is a bit scary)
4. Other?

Thanks

M

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Hi,

I just received an Asus Zenbook with 8 preinstalled.

It was configured with static IP and my office configuration, I would like to split the existing partition, create a new primary partition and clone the Win 8 installation in the new one.

Then set up a dual boot configuration, so I can have a clean "office config" and an "home config" with the same licenses and software in which I can mess with the configuration and setup my home stuff (DLNA server, access to home headless server, software to flash android handset, ecc).

I did that with WinXp a couple of years ago and everything was working ok using Easus, but I am out of the scene since then and I wouldn't like to miss some steps.

I tried to google it but I found a lot of not relevant results...

Is there anyone that can help me with that?

Thanks

Sergio

Answer:Dual boot from existing Win8 on same disk

Welcome to EightForums.

You need to buy a licence for Windows 8 or 8Pro & two licence for Office 2013.

Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows







Originally Posted by Microsoft


Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.



Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
Using two Windows 8's.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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I have been running Windows 7 on my 'C' drive and then decided to dual boot the machine by putting XP on the 'D' drive. I now have a dual boot machine but when in XP a message pops up about every 5 minutes saying Low Disk Space on the system reserved C drive. Firstly XP is running on 'D' not 'C' and secondly there is plenty of disc space. On the the 'C' drive there is 735GB free on a 1Tb drive and on 'D' there is 459Gb free on a 500Gb drive. As the message pops upevery 5 minutes it is annoying - how do I get rid of it? Thanks for any help.

Answer:Low Disk Space on dual boot system

Read this Click Here - in particular the registry change at the end of "more information" section

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I want to upgrade my overall graphics performance, significantly, over my antique EVGA GTX 460-SE. I want to install two '**NVIDIA EVGA GTX 980' into my rig. However, I feel that installing that will require more than 850W of power. Or... That having a second GPU with that kind of computing power will be insignificant with my CPU, or won't it? Also, how easy is it to install two GPU's and having them both operating simultaneously?

Thank you.

EDIT** EVGA GTX 980, not NVIDIA. Big difference. Lol

Answer:May attempt dual GPU?

I would attempt one 980 at first you may find that it's more than capable for your needs. If not then look to 1200-1500w and go for it !

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So basically, my computer has been doing this for awhile:

I will be running my computer, and it will randomly say

"Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"
or something similar to that.

It used to only do it about once every week, but now it's up to almost every day. I will post the
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? OS - Windows 7? x64 ? What was original installed OS on system? Windows 7 ? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? pre installed ? Age of system (hardware) ~2 years ? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? ~ 2 years ? CPU ? Video Card NVIDIA? GeForce? GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM ? MotherBoard ? Power Supply - brand & wattage - not that relevant ? System Manufacturer Asus ? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) ASUS - Notebooks- ASUS G73Jw
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I will post the BSOD File Collection app as soon as it is ready in the morning. It's been waiting for auto run to complete for a half hour now and it's 3:50 am...

Answer:Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot

I finished getting the other file, but it is 6 mb, which means it's too big to upload. So I guess I can email it to you if you want it, or if you can provide me another way of attaching it I could do that too.

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recently i woke up, went in my computer room, and saw the screen was black with the following message displayed
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

so i rebooted and windows started fine

couple days later same thing happened, only it won't reboot, just comes back to the same screen

the hard drive is the only thing showing bios (samsung hdd), but when i hook up as slave drive to another comp, it only shows the usb/sata adapter, not the drive, also noticed the dreaded hard drive clicking noise, i really don't want to send to a data recovery company due to cost, but my family photos are on there and i have no backups, are there any other options?
 

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Hi everyoneI have a computer; an Acer Aspire M3641 with OS Vista Home Premium 32 bit.My computer does have 2 harddisks and one of them is defect. So i putted the defect one out.Now I use 1 harddisk of 600gb. After installation of vista, the pc reboots and then i get these error: "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key"My bios drives information:Sata PRI MASTER channel: WDC-WD6400AAKS-22A Sata PRI SLAVE channel: NOTHING Sata SEC MASTER channel: NOTHING Sata SEC SLAVE channel: HC-DT-ST-DVDRAM Before I installed vista and after changing the order and taking off of the defect drive I did get that error too.Could someone help me?Thanks in advance..

Answer:Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot dev

I've deleted your other post. Only one is needed.

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Windows XP Pro SP3

Got a fake malware popup and multiple popup windows in Internet Explorer.

Try to run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, but it closes after 2 seconds
Avast is disabled
Hijackthis closes when I try to do a scan
Housecall.trendmicro.com closes when I try a scan

Ran SDFix multiple times, it found some things, but problem persists.

I can re-install Malwarebytes, but each time, the mbam.exe gets damaged after closing when I try a scan.

Any ideas?

Answer:Every Attempt fails, Programs close, Malwarebytes, Avast, Hijackthis, Housecall [Moved]

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.==>PLEASE DO NOT NOW POST LOGS<== unless a log is specifically requested.

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