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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My friends  Inspiron One 2330 Desktop has been experiencing problems with the display. 
 
I changed one of the boot options to boot to hard drive now the computer boots in a black screen
and nothing appears . It just stays in a black screen. The 2330 allows you to put hdmi in . So i connected my PS4 to the 
computer and switched into HDMI mode and the screen was working find.
 
​Now i was trying to remove the graphics card from the 2330 desktop , but it is soldered into the motherboard.  
I tried resetting the CMOS to reset the the BIOS but still nothing is displaying on the screen.
 
I detached the hard drive  and booted it up and still the black screen.
 
If there is a method i should try please let me know .
Like I said before the screen was working find . Until I had changed a setting in the 
the BIOS screen . 
 
​Thanks for your support if you can help or interested in helping me !

Answer:Dell Inspiron One 2330 Desktop Black Screen After Changing Boot Option

Do you get any indicator lights that the system is booting besides a black screen?
 
Are there any lights on the monitor?
 
Try shining a light to the screen what do you see?
 
Pressing the screen side buttons for menu does the online display come on?
 
Try resetting the bios once more. This time completely remove the power cord and press the power on button to clear any voltages left in the system, then clear the cmos/bios pulling the battery. Put the battery back in and reconnect the power and boot it.

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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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Hallo,

After creating a UEFI bootable USB thumb drive with Rufus (using Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO x64), for a Dell Optiplex 3010 (configured as UEFI only, no CSM, latest firmware version, Windows 8 installed), I didn't see a USB boot option, so I tried to add one manually. Unfortunately I erased the existing boot option (boot manager) by mistake. Although there were two boot options for PXE booting, the machine will not start anymore, even when there is an active WDS server on the network.

I also see Led's 2 and 3 lighting up, meaning according to the manual 'hardware ok but bios possibly damaged/corrupt'.

I understand I cannot start the machine from a bios boot disk because of GPT partitioning, and the UEFI USB boot disk I made might be corrupt (as it didn't show up as a boot option), however I don't understand why it won't boot from the PXE network card, as these boot options are still there.

Any suggestions on how to solve this?

Thanks for any useful tips,
Bavo

Answer:Deleted Uefi boot option (Windows Boot Manager) by mistake

The Windows Boot Manager is held in the Bios and restores itself if you boot to a UEFI capable device. Could you please explain exactly what you did to "Add" the USB boot option?

I haven't used Rufus since it is so easy to just format the drive yourself, but it did format in Fat32?

I have the PXE boot options disabled in my bios since I do not have a network boot option.

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I need to put the Windows OS, that means Windows Boot Manager in BIOS at Boot option 2, but in this case it does not boot.
I need to put at boot position 1 PXE boot and if that fails boot from Boot option 2 (Windows). How could I do that?
My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-Z97P-D3.

Thank you!

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So yeah, my simple issue is thaht i installed windows 7 on a hard drive, which i later replaced with a Samsung 840 SSD, which also was bootable. So now ive got 2 windows 7 options to boot from, and the only bad thing there is is that it takes 30 extra seconds to boot up, which isnt that much of an issue, but thats mainly why i bought an ssd, to get a quick bootup time, and i only use the FIRST (highlited) option of windows 7....

Answer:Extra Windows 7 Boot option makes pc take more time to boot up.

Type msconfig in start search box. Click it when it pops up. Under the Boot tab, highlight the one you want to remove and Delete>Apply>OK

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i have acer w3 ,and it dont have remote desktop option,hellllllp pls. thanks in advance

Answer:windows 8 no remote desktop option,help

Welcome to the forum ric. You do not say what version of Windows 8 you are running, if it is Pro or Enterprise, you can setup remote options from the System in Control Panel.

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I use English & Chinese Windows NT4 + SP6a, it can not play the VCD disc after i update it to IE4 with Web Desktop option. i can see VCD dicc folder and the file, but can not copy the MPEG data files. But if i do not choose Web desktop when i update the IE, it can play VCD disc correct. I meet this problem so many years, and it is first time i to come here to post message. Please help me.

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How to add more than default Windows 10 boot by creating a boot option on the OS startup ?
The OS booting in a partition lettered C as usual

Now a partition, lettered E:, is readily prepared to launch the windows 10 installation in typical size around 3.3 GB after the extract of the iso file in installation CD
It'd be nice for a user to just restart windows, choose and run the installation if malware has destroyed his current running system.
Now, how is it to make it work, as Windows multi boot option on startup here is the only method for launching it ?

Answer:How to add more than default windows 10 boot by creating boot option?

if malware has destroyed his current running system.



Take a different approach which keeps everything away from the infected disk: use disk imaging routinely to secure your OS (and any other partitions or disks as we keep recommending).

E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage for disk image sets.

If your disk fails or is unbootable or attacked by ransomware- restore your disk image. Gives you a second chance when something bad happens without needing technical help.

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

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

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

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

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

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I am trying to remote desktop into my Yoga 2 but find that in the Windows 10 settings there is no option to allow it where it should be.  If you go to "System Properties" and the "Remote" tab you should have the option to allow rmeote access.  I read in Windows 7 & 8 if you did not have the PRO version RDP was disabled but I have not seen this for 10.  Does anybody else have this problem? Here is a link with instructions: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/turn-on-remote-desktop-in-windows-vista/













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Yoga 2 11 - Windows 10 Remote Desktop Option Not Available

search goggle for rdp-wrapper...

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I was trying to switch my static wallpaper to a slideshow one, although when I tried to do it this is what happened:
I selected the folder, and chose the pictures.
I clicked save changes, then exited the Personalization window.
When I noticed my wallpaper wasn't changing, I tried right-clicking the desktop, and choosing next wallpaper.
Nothing happened, and when I went back into the Personalization window, it was like this: http://screensnapr.com/e/2SoqlJ.png
You can see the Desktop Background icon in the bottom right is black, and no slideshow is selected. This icon is always black, whether I have selected a slideshow or not. It still displays the proper background, just the icon is a little buggy.


Whenever I try other slideshows, they work. I tried customizing them to my own photos, but then the Desktop Background icon just went black again.

Has anyone else ever had this problem? Do they know how to fix it? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows Desktop 'Personalize' Option is Very Buggy

Never mind, fixed it by deleting everything in my Themes folder.

For anyone wondering, do this:
CTRL + R
Type in %appdata% and hit enter
Microsoft/Windows/Themes
Delete everything in there and you're done.

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I idiotically thought I could put a nice picture on the desktop of my multimedia machine (winxp sp1), and ever since then I have had terrible performance in my recording software (Sonar 2.0). I know that active desktop was enabled because it must be for the desktop to show a jpeg, right? So I want to turn active desktop off...but no option exists anywhere. Right clicking on the desktop shows no options for active desktop, nor does the display properties. I did some searching on the web, and there was some stuff about registry hacks, which i tried without understanding well, and which had no results at all.

So first, how do I turn off active desktop? And second, what idiocy utterly removes the ability to toggle that feature?
 

Answer:active desktop option doesn't exist in windows XP?

how big is your JPEG?

if it is huge, it will eat up your RAM.
 

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I have a new HP Mini 210-2000 with Windows 7 loaded. I have a Samsung flatscreen monitor plugged in. I can duplicate the desktop on the second screen, but cannot find an option for using an extended desktop in Windows 7. Is this a limitation of the HP Mini 210, or is there some setting that I have missed?
Thanks
Bruce P

Answer:No extended desktop option in Windows 7 on HP Mini 210 with additional monitor

Info from Microsoft on dual monitors -

Dual monitors: How to connect two monitors to one computer
Guided Help; Dual monitor setup is easy in Windows 7
Set up multiple monitors

HP Mini 210-2000 PC series - HP Mini 210-2000 PC series*-* HP Business Support Center

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Windows Vista I am trying to do a factory image but the repair your computer is missing from the F8 advanced boot options menu.
Can anyone tell me how to get this back on the list Thanks in advance

Answer:advanced boot option menu missing option

if your just trying to do a "factory reset" try powering on then press the ctrl key and the f11 key at the same time (at the dell logo), should get you a pc restore screen, follow the instructions...good luckps, if you have a manual, the key configuration may be different...

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I installed Windows 10 Pro (x86) on my system as Dual Boot with Windows 7 which I already had. I installed by burning the ISO on a USB drive using Rufus. Windows 10 was installed in Partition I: on my second HDD. It was a fresh partition that was formatted as NTFS and had 29.2 GB.
The installation worked just fine, and I was able to use Windows 10. But when I restarted (after removing the USB drive) it took me straight to Windows 10 without showing the option to Boot into Windows 7 or 10. Windows 7 was still there in the HDD partition. I used msconfig in run and only found Windows 10 under Boot tab.
Then I tried using the USB again for repair, and there I found the option to continue with Windows 7, so with the hope of getting back Windows 7 I booted into Windows 7. Everything worked from that point but I was no longer able to boot into Windows 10. Nothing I tried worked, and there was still no Boot menu. Using msconfig again on Win7 showed only Windows 7. So later I deleted the Volume containing W10 and formatted it as new.
I want to install it again so now I want solutions on what to do to avoid this problem. Please help ??

Answer:option to Boot into Windows 7 or 10

Have you tried with a multi boot program like easy BCD from neosmart i have used it a lot on multi boot systems its free!

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Hello all,

I have just installed Win 7 and cannot see how I set up a dual boot option.

Here is the setup :-

Original setup was XP on a HDD with 2 partitions.
I installed a second HDD and made a clean install of Win 7 onto this drive. I can access the XP HDD from Win 7, so that seems to be working OK, but I was expecting to get an option when Win 7 started asking which OS I wanted to boot. Nothing - it goes straight into Win 7.

I can boot the other OS by F11 into the bios at startup and then selecting the XP HDD as my boot disk, but thats not ideal.
Have I missed something during the install procedure ?

Andrew

Answer:No boot manager option in Windows 7

A true dual-boot system has 2 OS`s on the same hard drive.The way you have it set-up, to seperate hard drives, F11 on start-up is your only option to switch between them.Plenty of links to info on how to HERE.

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Hello,
I recently bought a new laptop with no OS, so i decided to install windows 10 on it using the windows 10 tool, but because of my excitement to install fast windows, i didn't realize i was installing it on the HDD having a SSD.

After researching i saw a solution which said to install windows 10 on SSD and from there wipe the HDD, and that's what i did, except that when i turn on my laptop, there are two options of windows 10 (the one on the SSD working and the one on the HDD that doesn't work).

Besides when i enter the good OS, there's a bug that won't let me in (login screen) so i have to restart and get in again to make it through the login (everytime).
I cleaned the HDD with CMD option, i also tried with EASEUS program but nothing worked, i also changed boot options order on the bios but that only puts the "good" OS on the top of the list.

Also, i face privileges problems on a lot of files, when i try to move them it says i don't have privileges, i've already tried owning the file, giving me all privileges (admin) and even creating a new account and give all privileges too, nothing worked, i hope that have something to do with the problem above.

It's been almost 2 days i've tried everything, i'll try gparted program too but i doubt that'll fix the program, does anyone have any idea of what to do?? even if that implies wiping all disks to start all over, as long as it works!!

Thanks for your opinions.

Answer:Windows 10 still available in boot option after being deleted

Connect only the SSD (and DVD drive if you need it). Leave all other drives disconnected. Boot the computer from a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive or DVD. When the very first screen comes up, press Shift + F10. In the command Window that opens, run the following commands to completely erase the SSD:

diskpart
select disk 0
clean
exit

Then proceed with the install, when asked, select the custom install option. You should see nothing but unallocated space on the SSD. Highlight that, click next to let Windows set it up. After you get Windows 10 installed and booting from the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and do what you want with it.

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Hey guys, I just wanted to share my solution to a problem I had, just in case somebody else had the same as I couldn't find this solution anywhere.

So, the problem was, I downloaded the media creation tool and selected the upgrade only option. It all downloaded fine and dandy, laptop restarted, nothing happened. (Just for the mention, I successfully clean installed W10 via USB, but I had problems with the activation so I had to revert to windows 8).

After lots of head scratching, the problem lied in the boot order. A while ago I had installed Linux, which involved me needing to change the boot order.

The reason windows 10 wouldn't boot, was because Windows boot manger had been moved back to the bottom. I still had it ordered USB, Hard drive and THEN Windows boot manager.

So I've reset all the bios settings back to default, which has moved Windows boot manager back to the top, and I'm giving it another try. So I haven't tested yet, but I'm pretty damn sure that's what my problem was.

I hope this helps somebody. It was driving me nuts!!

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Hi,
I'm using Toshiba satellite series laptop. I have windows 7 installed init. Now the problem is my cd/dvd writer is not reading DVD's . nd Also tried USB method but i dont have USB boot option..

Plz help me in installing a clean copy of win 7

Answer:how to install windows 7 without dvd n without usb boot option?

You won't know if you can boot a USB stick until you write the Win7 DVD ISO image to the stick using Universal USB Installer then reboot and tap the Toshiba F12 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, check under USB, Removable or HD's for the name of the flashstick to select it to boot.

If this fails, does Win7 start? If so you can copy the installer files to another partition then run Setup from Win7 desktop to overwrite itself.

In some cases you can boot the installer partition by marking it active then adding it to the Boot menu using EasyBCD. The older versions of Easy are still free: EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies However with a bootable installer partition on the same HD you'll not get Drive Options to delete/create/format partitions as you do when you boot from DVD/stick, although you may need to do it this way to overwrite the C partition if running it from Win7 won't cooperate.

Tips for getting a Perfect Reinstall

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Please help me, i'm so desperate !!....
every time i want to log into windows i get this screen:

it happened because i was using msconfig to makea safe boot, but in stead i choose another option that
led to not been able to log into my account.

so i've been reading about the new Advanced Startup stuff, and every damn time i hit restart in the screen
by holding down shift, i get into this screen:

There is no bloddy Troubleshoot option !!!
i've tried like 10024058 times already and i can't do anything
i have no recovery discs... and my windows 8 came pre-installed so i even tried to burn a copy of windows 8
so i can boot it from there but every time i try to burn it it doesn't work...
i'm running out of options here, why every win8 has that troubleshoot option but mine doesnt!??
all i need is to boot into safe mode so i can reconfigurate msconfig just the way it was before, but i cant enter safe mode !
please help

Answer:No Troubleshooting option, can't boot windows 8

Hi Alvo, and "Welcome to the Eight Forums.". . .

If you have a Win 8 DVD or a copy of Win 8 on a USB Stick put them in and let your system bring it up to the Start Screen. From there choose "Trouble Shooting" or "Repair," and see if you can do a Recovery, or Refresh of your Win 8 installation. Good Luck.

BTW, if you do not have a copy of the installation on DVD/USB, but have another PC you can download Win 8 Enterprise from the MS web site to create an installation DVD/USB. This is a free copy (for testing purposes only).

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

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

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

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My laptop recently just will not start from any boot option I select, it always freezes and when click system restore all that loads is a black screen with a cursor, other than that every other option from the boot menus I select fail too

Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows will not start from any boot option

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

Report back the results of each step for more help as needed.

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Hi there

Windows to go doesn't seem to have a Fast boot option -- Not a real issue since I use an SSD for this but just curious. I suppose if Windows to Go is being used on different computers and the idea is to use the external device totally then it obviously doesn't make sense to store a file on the Host PC's HDD.

Anyway two screenshots -- you can see the Windows to Go doesn't have a fast boot option. Ist screenshot is from Windows to Go -- both running W8.1 enterprise update 1 x-64 on REAL (not Virtual) Machines.

Cheers
jimbo

Answer:Windows to Go - No Fast boot option

This makes sense.

When Fast boot is enabled shutdown first closes all running applications and then essentially goes into hibernation. This involves saving the volatile system state in RAM to the system drive. On startup this system state is restored from the drive. The problem arises when the system is started on a computer other than the one on which the most recent shutdown occurred. A portion of the system state is hardware dependent and would thus be invalid. The result would be unpredictable but some kind of system crash would seem inevitable.

For that reason both hibernation and fast boot are not supported.

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Hi I am posting this for a friend, his advanced boot menu pops up every time his laptop is started even though it shuts down correctly. Windows 7 OS, It is up to date Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows 7 advanced boot option

Ask your friend to go Start - type msconfig - press Enter and under the General tab that Normal startup is checked and/or under the Boot tab that Safe boot is unchecked.

If they are as they should be, then select Repair your Computer when in the Advanced boot mode and navigate to the Recovery Environment to select Startup Repair.

If that returns that it is unable to auto repair then run the Startup Repair another twice to see if that resolves.

Let us know if either msconfig or the Startup Repair fail to resolve.

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Hi i'm just getting started at the forum and i'd like some help

Well here we go.. I have an Acer Aspire One Netbook and recently i installed Windows 7 x32 bits on it via pendrive, from the beggining it was all ok and working correctly, my pc always haves problems with the blue death screen (even before the windows 7 installation), but after the reboot from the blue screen it always works fine.
Until today, i was transferring some .word files from the pendrive to the computer, and a message appeared saying something like ''the transferency cannot be completed, please reboot system'' and so i did. BUT now, i am just STUCK on the boot screen.
Windows doesn't even get to load the system, all i see is a screen saying that Windows had a problem at launching and options to ''Start windows normally'' and ''Repair your PC'' the big problem is, When i press enter to choose any option, the screen goes on and off and it doesn't load nothing, nothing changes, it just blinks and then it's back to the screen i was before The same thing is happening when i press F8 for more system options, they don't do nothing, so i am completely STUCK in this boot screen. The only screen i can get access and make changes is the BIOS, by pressing F2.
Please guys this is a big deal :/ i'd rate the maximum for everyone who helps. Thanks if you've read all of this o/

Answer:Windows 7 boot option problems.

Start with the hardware tests and work through everything for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

If necessary to boot disk, reset the BIOS to defaults, first taking note in BIOS setup of the SATA controller setting: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Then in BIOS setup set SATA controller setting, set HDD first to boot in BIOS Boot order, trigger boot disks or flash stick equivalents to boot using the Acer F10 or F12 one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to copy the setup files of 2000 to the hard drive, perhaps on a separate partition, and add an entry to the boot loader to allow disk-to-disk Windows Installation in the event of a problem?I know it's possible to add the Recovery Console in XP, but I'd like to be able to do a full-blown installation with it.Any ideas?Happy Trails

Answer:Add Windows Setup as a boot option

Unless I misunderstand, your idea makes no sense. If you have an extra hard drive and you want a backup OS just install it on the second drive.Some advice though, the Windows boot loader is dependent on the first OS working in order to boot to the second.Many modern BIOSes have an option at start up to select what drive to boot from. If you connect ONLY one drive at a time and install an OS on it you can select which hard drive to boot to. I currently have such a setup on the computer I am on. Three hard drives. One with WinXP, one Vista, one Windows7 RC1. If I want to boot to a different OS I tap Esc at start up and select to boot from the hard drive. I then get to choose which hard drive. The next time I boot up it will automatically go directly to the last drive selected.By setting up that way the OSes are totally independent of one another.If your BIOS doesn't have that option then there are boot managers that can do the same thing and more.

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

ENRICO
 

Answer:Windows dual boot option

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

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Hi all I bought a acer laptop today windows 8 from cash converters store 2nd hand . and when I got it home it hadnt been wiped it was passworded so I took it back they offered to do it but said it would take few days as they busy or said we can give u 30 compensation to go get it wiped ..so I took the 30 as I know how to do it my self BUT when I turn it on there is no boot option does anyone know how to get to boot menu or what key it is to factory reset it.. I got it for 274.99 then 30 off so what a bargain
 

Answer:Windows 8 format or boot option

terry5880 said:





Hi all I bought a acer laptop today windows 8 from cash converters store 2nd hand . and when I got it home it hadnt been wiped it was passworded so I took it back they offered to do it but said it would take few days as they busy or said we can give u 30 compensation to go get it wiped ..so I took the 30 as I know how to do it my self BUT when I turn it on there is no boot option does anyone know how to get to boot menu or what key it is to factory reset it.. I got it for 274.99 then 30 off so what a bargainClick to expand...

It must not even have an option for safe mode... interesting. What is the make and model?
 

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

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

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

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

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I formatted the partition that I was running XP64 on and I want to revert to using XP Pro primarily, however after post I still recieve the black screen with two choices for Windows XP Professional... how do I rid of this?

I've already tried "FIXMBR" at the command prompt in the Windows Recovery Console using the install CD, nothing changed.

Thanks,
~Eric
 

Answer:Remove boot menu option for Windows XP 64-bit?

edit the boot.ini. Where it says timeout=30, change it to 0 and you wont see the boot screen. Or you can remove the line that refers to the 64 bit partition.
 

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

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

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

Thanks for your help.
 

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Hi everyone,

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

Any ideas on how to make this work?
 

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

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

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i have installed win 8 but i do not see the new boot menu or the option to boot with 8 at all. my disk look like this:

Answer:Installed win 8, but no new boot menu or option for Windows 8

Try this:
1) Remove Drive letter from System8 partition:
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

2) Mark System8 partition Inactive:
Partition - Mark as Active - Windows 7 Forums

3) Run Startup Repair:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
Refresh Windows 8

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

Answer:Removing dual boot option in windows XP

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

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Seems kinda stoopid to me. why would I want to do this?
 

Answer:In Windows 7, why do I have the option to eject my boot drive?

SATA supports hot-swapping of any drive that's using AHCI. You can get rid of that option by going to Device Manager, selecting the boot drive in the drop down menu, and then switch to the Policies tab. There should be two options, one for quick removal and one for better performance. You want the latter, and make sure write caching is enabled for better performance.
 

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I have a Toshiba L875 and previously dual booted it with Ubuntu 14.04. When I returned to Windows 7 only, almost every single time I do not see the Toshiba "splash screen" even though I have gone into msconfig and checked to see if it was still there as a boot option, and set the time out to 0 on both options under advanced system settings..Can anyone help dignose why this is still happening?

Thank you all,
Matt

Answer:Windows 7 Boot manager option only at startup

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

Try to tell us what is on each partition to the best of your knowledge.

Did you delete the old Ubuntu install off of the PC, along with GRUB if it was used to Dual Boot?

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Hey so I just bought a new Western Digital 640GB Harddrive and wanted to install a few OS's on there. Before I was using a super old school IDE drive that I installed XP x86 on it.

When I got my new drive, I decided I wanted to install FreeDos, XP x86, and Vista x64 on it. I installed FreeDos first, then when I tried to install XP, it never gave me the option to press any key to boot from CD. I tried booting from the DVD Drive in boot options and everything. Keep in mind this is the same CD I used to install XP with on my old HDD. Also of note, it DOES detect the Vista DVD and I am able to install Vista no problem.

So why doesn't the XP CD work? I have installed FreeDos first and XP x86 second my 15+ computers in the past (at work) and had no problems. Thanks for any help.

Answer:Can't Install Windows XP, not giving option to Boot from CD

Sorry to bump this, but can anyone help? Thanks again.

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Hello, I recently was messing with my old laptop and kinda installed windows 7. There was a lot of problem during installing so before that, I tried installing XP and there was a problem of some sort of read error so in the boot option there is still the option for XP Setup for booting. So I ignored it and went to install windows 7. I ignored it because there was error when I tried to install XP. I don't really post on forums but I've really ran out of option.
So here's my stupid mistake:
After installing windows 7.
I was wanting to make windows 7 boot itself without the XP setup coming so I went to change in the windows 7
Computer > Properties > Advance System settings > Advanced
And then boot setting or something. I set the default I CLEARLY SET THE DEFAULT TO WINDOWS 7 and then put the timer to 0. So now, I restart computer, omg, it boots into the setup filled with errors instead of w default I've set. Now I can't even go into windows 7 and change it, what am I to do
Please help me out.

Answer:Windows 7-ish problem. Cannot change boot option

Best to clean the HD drive.

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Hey , i have a dell inspirion n7110 17r and it has dual boot windows 7 and 10. when i shrunk the partition and made soace for a third OS being windows 8 , during installation , i got an error somewhere along the lines "to many file systems of this type and wouldnt let me install a third windows OS on the same hard drive , what can i do as a solution , because i looked all over youtube and i see that people have three windows operating systems on on e hard drive but they never show how they did it

Answer:How do i add another windows boot option on the same hard drive?

Show us an image of your disk management page...

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I really need someone's help with this. So I partitioned my drive to have Windows 8.1 as my daily driver and Windows 10 to play around with. Today when I went to update to the new 10041 build (which did not work, it's stuck on a Windows Defender update and an Intel display driver update) I don't know what happened that now I don't get the screen upon booting my computer to choose between the two partitions. It just boots directly into Windows 10. When I check the Disk Management I can see the other partition is there, but I have no way of booting into it. Can someone please, please offer some help with this. Thanks guys.

Answer:Windows 10 not giving me boot option screen

Originally Posted by kayb27 I really need someone's help with this. So I partitioned my drive to have Windows 8.1 as my daily driver and Windows 10 to play around with. Today when I went to update to the new 10041 build (which did not work, it's stuck on a Windows Defender update and an Intel display driver update) I don't know what happened that now I don't get the screen upon booting my computer to choose between the two partitions. It just boots directly into Windows 10. When I check the Disk Management I can see the other partition is there, but I have no way of booting into it. Can someone please, please offer some help with this. Thanks guys.

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My boot menu has disappeared and the only option I have is to boot from cd. I have tried a repair install but this does not work either. I am left with a blinking cursor on a blank screen. I have also tried to repair the MBR but still have no boot menu? Any suggestions?

Answer:Will not boot windows xp no safe mode option

... do you see a menu if you tap the <F8> <key> @ bootup?... what was on your boot menu prior?... were you dual booting another system?.Angel Decoy... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warrantieshttp://img132.imageshack.us/img132/...Grrrr... ...im

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i updated to windows10.i want too boot system with a live OS but there is no boot options during boot process. when i press power button, it directly enters windows without askign me to press F2 or F12 for boot or bios.how can i solve this problem? i need boot with a pendrive ebcause i want flash my bios to add advanced tab

Answer:S410P, windows10, no F2 or F12 option before boot to windows

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
 
I'm not an owner of your model, but try pressing the Novo button.  It will be on the left side of your computer next to the power jack.  After the Novo button is pressed you should be presented with a menu.  One of the options on the menu should be to select a boot device.

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So I Do Not know if this is the right category for this topic but couldn't find a better one.

Recently I had some problems updating to 1703 and I already wanted to do a clean install of windows 10.
so I created a bootable Win10 usb disk but the UEFI BIOS only shows "Windows Boot Manager" as boot option and I couldn't find a way to make the BIOS recognize or show the usb so if anyone of you can help me with this my computer is Asus X550VC its a laptop and doest have a fancy BIOS as well.

I would appreciate all the help and thanks.

Answer:BIOS won't see bootable USB/Only boot option is "Windows boot mngr "

Did you have the usb plugged in when you tried as a lot wont boot usb unless its presant. ASUS manager should give you the option the set the boot state

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Hi everyone. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us!

My husband has a three-year-old hp pavillion zv5000, running Windows XP, but unfortunately I don't have much additional information about the system.

My husband was defragging his computer when it suddenly hibernated--perhaps due to a power surge?, He hit the power button, and it immediately went back into Windows and said that the defragging was complete. He kept working away, shut off the computer and went to bed.

The next morning he booted the computer and it went into a screen stating that Windows did not start successfully, and gave him the options of Safe Mode, Last Known Good Config or Start Normally.

When we hit Safe Mode, the computer lists files on partition(1)/windows, and then reboots. Last Known Config and Start Normally just without listing files reboots.

When we put the Recovery Disk in and chose to Repair the computer we get a message saying "The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality. Type EXIT to quite the Recovery Console and restart the computer" and then it goes immediately into the C prompt. I performed a CHKDSK, and it found one ore more errors on the volume.

When we opt to reinstall Windows it asks which partition we would like to install Windows onto (there is a partition, and a small unpartitioned space), and then only gives us the option to reformat the partition as it is too full, damaged, not formatted or formatted with an in... Read more

Answer:Windows XP won't boot, only gives option of reformatting/deleting partitions

Hello and welcome to the forum

You can take the hard drive out and temporarily attach it to a working PC to salvage files . . Once the files are salvaged, put the drive back in, boot from the XP install disc into the Repair Console and run chkdsk /r

If that does not get it going, try a Repair install:

These are good guides to performing a repair install

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
http://www.informationweek.com/windo...leID=189400897

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I have a compac pc. operating system is windows media edition. I get a black screen with a couple of options ( which disappears too quickly for me to read)on boot up. I do nothing and windows then starts normally. I suppose I must have done something, however, I have no idea what.I do not know how to get rid of it, if I need to, or if it indiacates some problem.There appears to be a 'compac administrator' as well as me!I do not know anyone else with the same type of computer.Any responses will need to be simplified and step by step, I am very much a beginner!

Answer:start option screen on boot up .o/s windows media

You could try SFC Scannow thats for looking for and repairing faults within windows heres a link click hereDo remember the space as it won't work if you forget it, it'll do nothing at all if you forget the space.

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so i somehow got 3 different boot options when i start my computer up- This is what it looks like:1. windows 72. DEBUGENTRY3. debugentryjust wondering how i get rid of the option 2 and 3 and have it automatically boot into windows 7

Answer:disable Windows 7 DEBUG ENTRY boot option

right click on computerleft click on propertiesleft click on advanced system settingsleft click on start up and recovery settingsmake sure windows 7 is showing on the drop-down boxmake sure both boxes below are uncheckedSome HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Hi im Using hp envy 4-1046 notebook.  and i am Using windowos 8.1 pro but now i need to install windows 10.  with the boot option (Clean Installatin) but the boot Doesnt show me CD drive or even the Usb drive also not Showing  only  "boot with Hard drive"  is showing so plz help me to solve the problem very soon  

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First off I am a tech for staples, and we had a computer come in that has windows 7 factory installed and at some point windows 8 was installed as a dual boot setup. The Compaq CQ5504F came in with loads of virues and addware, and to have the windows 8 install removed. All the virueses have been removed and works great, but when I go in to My Computer to format the win 8 partion it isn't there. So I reboot the PC and the try booting to the windows 8 option in there, but then to it it says the files are missing and to choose a different OS. The 1 partion is the whole the 500gb drive -the recovery drive. So then I need to Remove that boot option for 8, and I have no clue where to start.

Answer:[SOLVED] windows 7 installed, can't remove win 8 boot option

nvm didn't realize it was in the boot tab of smconfig lol. learn something new everyday.

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Hi
I have been running Windows 7 Ultimate RC until yesterday. I wanted a seemless and safe install of the new Windows 7 Ultimate that just came out, so I opted to image my old partitions and install Windows 7 on a separate hard drive, then take an image of that and put it onto my existing hard drive.

My current problem: I've lost my ability to boot into Windows XP but I'd like to have it back since there are still some programs that work there but not well enough in XP Mode.

My installation steps:
- Imaged my Win7 RC and WinXP partitions (Acronis)
- Installed Win7 Ultimate on a separate hard drive
- Used the Transfer/Migration tool to move files and settings, installed software - basically got the new install up and running like my RC install
- Imaged the fresh Win7 partition (so now I have three images and working OSs on two separate hard drives)
- Restored fresh Win7 image on top of existing Win7 RC partition
- System does not boot ("BOOTMGR is missing") ==> after a few rounds with the Win7 dvd and the repair option, I can boot into Windows 7
- I don't have Windows XP as a boot option anymore - how can I get it back?

If it matters:
- Lenovo X200s laptop - SU9300 1.2Ghz - XP Mode works fine after enabling Virtualization support in hardware - 500GB hdd, 4GB ram


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Any advice?

Thank you for this forum!

Answer:Windows 7 from fresh image - Lost my boot option for XP

  
Quote: Originally Posted by owl


Hi
I have been running Windows 7 Ultimate RC until yesterday. I wanted a seemless and safe install of the new Windows 7 Ultimate that just came out, so I opted to image my old partitions and install Windows 7 on a separate hard drive, then take an image of that and put it onto my existing hard drive.

My current problem: I've lost my ability to boot into Windows XP but I'd like to have it back since there are still some programs that work there but not well enough in XP Mode.

My installation steps:
- Imaged my Win7 RC and WinXP partitions (Acronis)
- Installed Win7 Ultimate on a separate hard drive
- Used the Transfer/Migration tool to move files and settings, installed software - basically got the new install up and running like my RC install
- Imaged the fresh Win7 partition (so now I have three images and working OSs on two separate hard drives)
- Restored fresh Win7 image on top of existing Win7 RC partition
- System does not boot ("BOOTMGR is missing") ==> after a few rounds with the Win7 dvd and the repair option, I can boot into Windows 7
- I don't have Windows XP as a boot option anymore - how can I get it back?

If it matters:
- Lenovo X200s laptop - SU9300 1.2Ghz - XP Mode works fine after enabling Virtualization support in hardware - 500GB hdd, 4GB ram


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Any advice?

Thank you for this forum!


hi and welcome to sevenforums

am I right, that you still have th... Read more

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I tryed to install windows xp proffesional and then changed my mind when it said there is some problem...I have xp home edition..
After that I got two options to chose at the reboot..xp professional setup or xp home..I then deleted the last line at the startup boot options in boot editor - this line was for the xp proffesional setup...

But now the problem is that I still have two options
first is xp home edition and the second is windows default, so I still have the same problem.,
I must choose at every startup xp home manualy, because windows default is not ok..
What can I do so xp home will start normaly like before?
Thank you for your time and help.

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
 

Answer:Solved: problem with windows default boot option

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
Default=C:\Windows
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
 

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Hi all,

I'm going to do a clean install of Windows 10 on my desktop system as I want to give it a good clear-out.

I've created the Windows 10 boot media on a USB stick, and this is what I see on the UEFI BIOS F8 boot menu:

Previously on this system when installing Windows on this system I've always just selected the standard USB (3rd one down/not UEFI) option to install Windows, as I did last night, but then I re-installed it again (not a problem as only takes 5-10 mins) using the UEFI USB option on the boot menu, just out of curiosity. I then discovered that rather than showing the Windows logo during boot, it continues to show the ASUS BIOS logo, and whilst I'm sure there's a lot more to it than just a logo change, it has got me wondering: which install method is best, the standard USB boot option or the UEFI USB option??

I don't know enough about this and I don't really know where to start so thought this would be the best place to come. Which option would you suggest and what the benefits/drawbacks of either option? I noticed that when installing via the UEFI method, there are some different entries in Device Manager in Windows, and the boot time was also marginally quicker (but then it was always pretty fast at starting) so does Windows do things differently when the UEFI installation method is used, and if so, what?

Would appreciate some advice on this.

Thanks!

Answer:Re-install Windows from USB stick - UEFI option on boot menu

Generally its best to select UEFI as it will support the UEFI features.

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

this one is the style i wanting....

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

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

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Hi,I need to determine which area to look at. I.e. exactly how does Windows configure itself to restart to the chosen advanced recovery option?

I'd be happy to compare the results of running any command with that of a correctly functioning system.

Symptoms
None of my advanced recovery options (restart to Safe Mode, command prompt, startup repair, system restore) have worked since upgrading to the Creator's build. They were ok in the Anniversary build. The upgrade went smoothly.

After trying various repairs, which made things worse rather than better, I've got back to where I was.

My PC boots normally.
When my PC restarts to Safe Mode, I see my PC logo and 'Please wait'.
When it restarts to other options, I just see my PC logo, nothing more. It just hangs.

There's no error message nor easily defined symptom to search for that I can think of.

(See this and particularly my last post if interested - the end result is I'm back where I started, having learnt a bit!)
Creator's upgrade appeared ok, but Advanced Recovery functions fail - Windows 10 Forums)

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

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

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I was uninstalling old games via control panel, at which point it said to reboot to finish. When it was restarted, Windows will now no longer boot past a certain stage. It shows that windows is loading normally, but then it stops at the blue Windows 7 welcome screen (just the blue image with the little bird, no "welcome" or words at all).
 
I can't do anything after that. When I hit f8, the only options are to launch windows repair, and start normally. Both options bring me to this screen. I have NO idea what to do at this point, as I can't even get into safe mode to run system restore. Any ideas?? Is there another way to get into safe mode?
 
I can't even give you my specs on my comp, other than it's an Alienware X51 running Windows 7. 

Answer:Windows won't boot past Welcome screen, no safe mode option with F8.

Do you have a Startup Repair disk or an installation disk that you can run repairs with?
If the Alienware came with a Dell disk, that's the correct kind.
 
Here's more detailed instructions:  https://www.winhelp.us/repair-your-computer-in-windows-vista-or-7.html

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hi all my frineds her
i got problem today that cause my xp system disable.
i got 2 system in my computer win98 and windows xp i change the performance of the system tools and i changed the time to chose win98 or xp from 30 sec to 0 sec. now i can,t enter to xp system becase became fast to chose one
pleas help me
 

Answer:(Solved) Boot option screen missing, I lost my windows XP

Wanted
It is kind of frustrating when this happens but the problem can be corrected quite easily. There is a file called Boot.ini which I believe is hidden and read only so you will have to change the attributes before any corrections can be made.
Go to control panel\folder options and set to show hidden files, click apply then ok.
Next do a search for boot.ini
Once found right click it and select properties. Remove the read only check mark and click apply then ok.
Now right click the boot.ini file again and select open with notepad.
Once open locate the line that reads:
timeout=
This line should currently read 0 (zero) and look like Timeout=0
Change the zero to whatever amount of seconds you wish the boot loader to appear before timeout. 5 seconds is usually sufficient but you are allowed up to 999.
After changing it click file up top of notepad and select save.
Set file attribute back to read only and change the show hidden files back to normal setting.

Restart system and your menu should appear.

Let us know if that helps you.

Dave
 

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I wanted to brag about how much I know about computers since i've built numerous ones and repaired everything I messed up.  But, now having a big senior moment and cannot for the life of me know what to select when rebooting acer aspire az3101.  The monitor wouldn't light, so I took the computer apart, made sure no dust was in the way, the fans work..and everything was in it's place.  So, plugged it in and got it to start but only get as far as select proper boot device and press key.  Yeah, I know  I know..I didn't make a boot disk.  Been beating myself up with wet noodle so now what's next?  Feathers

Answer:only option on F12 is to select boot option or use...

HDD is connected?if so, at F12 can you choose it as boot device?was the PC booting from that HDD?

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I want to change the boot order to my optical drive so I can use a boot disk to install a image file.  When I start the computer I expect to see a message to press F12 to open bios.I never see any message.  I tried to install the bood disk in my optical drive and start the machine, it didn't respond and just went to the operating system.I have recovered my computer using the boot disk and image file before with no problem.

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I wanted to brag about how much I know about computers since i've built numerous ones and repaired everything I messed up.  But, now having a big senior moment and cannot for the life of me know what to select when rebooting acer aspire az3101.  The monitor wouldn't light, so I took the computer apart, made sure no dust was in the way, the fans work..and everything was in it's place.  So, plugged it in and got it to start but only get as far as select proper boot device and press key.  Yeah, I know  I know..I didn't make a boot disk.  Been beating myself up with wet noodle so now what's next?  Feathers

Answer:only option on F12 is to select boot option or use...

HDD is connected?if so, at F12 can you choose it as boot device?was the PC booting from that HDD?

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I want to change the boot order to my optical drive so I can use a boot disk to install a image file.  When I start the computer I expect to see a message to press F12 to open bios.I never see any message.  I tried to install the bood disk in my optical drive and start the machine, it didn't respond and just went to the operating system.I have recovered my computer using the boot disk and image file before with no problem.

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So I originally had Windows 7 on Disk 0.

I shrunk 140GB of space so I can install Windows 8 as a dual boot.

I used a bootable Windows 8 Setup Disk to install Windows 8.

I installed Windows 8 to the empty 140GB partition.

- My system doesn't show the option to choose which operating system I want to use.
- System automatically launches to Windows 7
- Windows 8 not shown in Boot tab of msconfig:
Here is a screenshot of my Disk Management:
Any help is appreciated. Thanks

Answer:No option to use Windows 8 in dual boot with Windows 7

Hello Infinite,

You might see if booting from your Windows 8 installation media, and doing an automatic repair may help.

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Hey Everyone...
 
A friend of mine bought this new laptop Lenovo Ideapad Y500... and it came with windows 8 and my friend didnt like it.. so he bought me a windows 7 disc and asked me to install it for him.. i did everything and as i was installing the driver i was getting the blue screen of death error "No page fault in non paged area".. so i reformatted it and tried again same problem.. all this time i was just formatting c drive and installing.. and then we decided to try windows 8 again tat came with the laptop.. and installed and it worked fine... so he went and bought another windows 7 disc.. and this time when it asks to choose partition i deleted c driver and the system reserved drive.. and then tried to create a new partition from unallocated file but it did nothing.. when i click on new it loads for a bit and then it does nothing.. so i googled a bit and they said to completely reformat the hard drive... so i booted using the disc and pressed bleep f10 and did the dispart cleaning thing and tried again... and this time it worked.. but it created a additional partition "MSR reserved or something" and as usual installed windows 7 and this time blue screen didnt come....
 
but now the problem is i cant boot from cd... normally wat i do is press f10 on boot up and choose the device to boot from.. but now if i do tat it shows Edit windows boot option for windows 7... and if i press enter goes into windows.... not the disc... so i went to bios and changed the bo... Read more

Answer:Edit Windows Boot Option for: Windows 7

you need to find the setting in your bios that enables legacy boot options, secure boot should be off and legacy boot will be somewhere else; it is different for every manufacture and model.  I am actually a little surprised that you got windows 7 installed at all without setting up this option.

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I have an Acer Aspire 5315. The hard drive is partitioned and has windows 8 on the larger of the partitions. I have just installed xp on the other partition (50 gb) as I have some music virtual studio software that will only run on win 2ooo or xp. Hence the xp install. XP has installed successfully but now when I boot the only boot option is xp. I installed the xp very carefully , so as not to wipe the windows 8. I have also checked and I definately installed the xp on the correct partition. The windows 8 is still installed on the larger partiution but doesnt show up at start-up. Anyone know what could be done to get back my option to boot windows 8.

Answer:Windows 8 / Windows XP boot option disappeared?

Use EasyBCD. Here's the explanation:https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/d...

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Hi all, I updated my laptop months ago to windows 10 from windows 7 and now wanted to double boot ubuntu along with windows 10. While trying to disable the secure boot option inorder to boot the linux, i saw tat the secure boot is missing and even the PXE boot capability option is missing and the only options that is remaining is cd-rom boot and internal network adaptor option are shown.  and I dont even want to reinstall windows 10 or go back to windows 7 as there are lot of files which might get effected in the process. So is there any other way how I can resolve it???? 

Answer:Don't have secure boot option in boot option

It is an Intel Core 2nd generation and the motherboard may not support secure boot which is consistent with its being a native Windows 7 machine. Have you tried to install Ubuntu and run into issues or you are just anticipating them? 

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Hey,
I have a HP Pavilion notebook. A bit older I think. It had built in windows Vista Home Premium. Somehow my hard disk crashed and I bought a new one. I installed windows 7 ultimate 32 bit and updated to service pack 1. I made a system image using windows default recovery console. Everything was fine. But today I needed to restore my computer to a previous restore point. Every time I press F8 to get to the advanced boot option I see everything is okay except the "repair your computer" option. Somehow the "repair your computer" option disappeared. I tried ctrl+F11 button and the F11 button too. F11 button worked for my previous vista home premium but for Win-7 it's the F8 key. Can anyone help me with this please? How may I get the "repair your computer" option back? Is there any way to edit advanced to boot option to get that option back? I would be needing it in case of system image recovery. Please I don't want to reinstall the O/S once again. Please somebody help me.

Answer:Advanced boot option doesn't show the option "repair your computer"!

On my clean OS install, the "repair your computer" option also does not appear in the F8 Advanced Boot Options list.
The option does appear on my ACER PC.

You can access this option by booting from a System Repair CD/DVD. A system repair CD is a must have.

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Hello. I am having this problem with my computer which uses Windows Home XP Edition since many months. All the desktop icons have disappeared, no right click option on the bare desktop and no shut down option in the task bar- must log off to be able to shut down.
I installed Defogger already. I ran both DDS and GMER but it was unsuccessful. DDS showed a blank screen and performed no scan, GMER made my computer shut down midway through its scan.
I ran RSIT after that. The scan proceeded without problem. The result of the log file is pasted below. Please find attached the info.txt
I'll be grateful if i could get assistance on what to do now.. Thanks.

LOG FILE SCAN RESULT

Logfile of random's system information tool 1.08 (written by random/random)
Run by LENOVO at 2010-11-02 20:56:00
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2
System drive C: has 417 MB (1%) free of 30 GB
Total RAM: 502 MB (35% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 8:56:34 PM, on 11/2/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
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Answer:No icons on desktop, no right click option on desktop

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:

msconfig
safebootminimal
activex
drivers32
netsvcs
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe
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Like the title says, I tried to roll back windows 10 to 8.1 and it messed up somehow.  There are no boot options on the BIOS.  I pushed f12 to try and boot from source and it goes to a blank screen.  It is not the HD since i tried another one.  It cannot boot from anywhere, HD, USB, or CD.  It's like the options don't exist anymore.  Any help is appreciated!!
 
 
Moderator comment: Image showing the system serial number was removed to protect member from mischief.
 

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

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I installed Ubuntu 3.10 alongside Windows 10. Though during installation, I didn't see any option of installing it alongside Windows 10. I shows 'something else' option and was able to successfully complete the installation. But while I was about to boot the system to check on work, the system loads to the gnu grub menu. Below are the option I saw:UbuntuAdvanced options for UbuntuMemory Test (memtest86+)Memory Test (memtest86, Serial console 115200)Windows recovery environment (loader) (on /dev/sda1)Windows recovery environment (loader) (on /dev/sda4)Now when I click on the last option, thats the sda4 it says windows is loading file and later brings a screen with with a blank wallpaper with the mouse icon movable but nothing works on this page at all.The sda1 one loads the windows 10 normally with no problem and likewise the Ubuntu option as well.Now my questions are:1, why name the windows 10 as windows recovery environment and can I rename it?2, what the other windows recovery environment sda4 is doing over there and can it be deleted.?3. Lastly, what the function of the memory test?Your thought and response will be appreciated. Thanx
 
Mod Comment: Edited subject to include model.

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I am ready UPGRADE but when press OK continue,... after a while window disappears and license agreement never appears...well?
From Updates on Desktop i have choice install... proceed from updates or await reserve window reappear?
Only from control panel Updates of desktop can install w10pro...?

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I am ready UPGRADE but when press OK continue,... after a while window disappears and license agreement never appears...well?
From Updates on Desktop i have choice install... proceed from updates or await reserve window reappear?
Only from control panel Updates of desktop can install w10pro...?

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System T61 I was able to boot from my USB memory stick before.  However, recently I no longer can do this. Boot from ATAPI CD is fine.When I go into BIOS Setup, I notice there is a "-" minus sign in front of USB HDD.  What is this?  This is the only entry that has "-" sign in front of it.   Does this mean anything to booting off the USB stick?

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After the Windows 10 creators update, I have an Inspiron 3250 that failed to boot.  The blue screen that shows includes the text:

Recovery
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.
The Boot Configuration Data files doesn't contain valid information for an operating system.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0xc0000098
You'll need to use recovery tools.  If you don't have any installation media...

I was able to fix it by adding a boot option and selecting the EFI boot file directly.  I called the boot option "BOOT EFI".   I set it to "Boot Option #1" in the bios, and the computer boots.
The boot option #1 resets to "Windows Boot Manager on Disk 0" after a power outage.  It does not always reset, but most of the time it does.
How do I get "Windows Boot Manager on Disk 0" working correctly or how do I prevent the Bios from changing to it after a power outage?
Here are some screen shots that show reselecting the boot option so that it will boot.

Answer:Inspiron 3250 Updates boot option automatically and fails to boot

0xc0000098: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file does not contain a valid OS entry boot error message affecting Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 , 10.
File: \Boot\BCD Status 0XC0000098
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/927392/
 
Bootrec.exe /Fixmbr
Bootrec.exe /Fixboot
Bootrec.exe /RebuildBCD
You MUST have Bootable DVD to fix this aka WINPE disk.
 
You are totally hozed.
Time to reinstall from scratch.

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Hi,Im trying to add Safe Mode to my boot option list so that i can always get to it (i know ull say "just press F8, but ive had an experience where this didnt work, so i want a rock solid way of getting to it).I have edited my boot.ini to look like this...[boot loader];timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptInmulti(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition Safe Mode " /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn/safemode:minimal /sos /bootlogLook ok? I have sent a copy of the original boot.ini to a floppy in case it goes pear shaped, but i am worried that my tweaking will make the system unbootable. Please have a check over it.Thanks

Answer:Adding Safe Mode to boot option, edit boot.ini

any ideas...?

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

Thanks

Answer:Dual Boot issues, changing default boot option

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

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Windows 10 32 bit ASUS MB ASUS DVD. Unable to select DVD as 1st boot or any other option. DVD doesn't appear as an option when configuring. DVD is functioning with an assigned drive letter. Only Removable, CD, HD, and disabled are options. How would I get DVD to appear in selection options?

Answer:Win 10 Bios Boot Config doesn't show DVD as boot option

Nivram31 said:

Only Removable, CD, HD, and disabled are options.



Does it not boot from a DVD if you select 'CD'? Most BIOS setting screens I've seen just say 'CD' when they actually mean 'the CD/DVD drive'.

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Actually I installed various to lennox Distross into my laptop and finally it came to an end when the all of the system crashed after that I try to install a sum of operating systems that could fit my needs and install Fedora server edition server edition into my laptop but it but it didn't show any Desktop Environment so I was trying to install any other operating system which I was not able to do due to the way to my laptop was not supporting The Legacy Legacy boot because my laptop was not supporting the network boot option in The Legacy boot menu of my BIOD so I am suffering a great hope anybody could have clear my question and that whether house. It source exclamation mark near the network boot option so please tell me how to re enable my network boot In The Legacy boot option

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

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

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

Thanks in advance for any help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello,
 
I have a Lenovo Flex 5 with Windows 10 Preinstalled. 
 
When I try booting from a USB drive and get the following error: System doesn't have any USB boot option. Please select other boot option in boot manager menu. I followed some advice found in forums and disabled secure boot. That did not help. I also tried to enable legacy boot option but that option does not exist in the bios. The bios is InsydeH20 Rev 5.0 and the boot mode is UEFI which is not clickable or changeable.
 
 I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 ini file on the USB drive. I reformatted the USB drive to Fat32 before copying the ini file to it using these instructions: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200124(v=ws.11).aspx
 
What am I doing wrong? What am I missing?
 
Thanks!
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
 

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I'm making a image for installation of windows 10.
I make a USB flash drive with WINPE. and once the device starts into WINPE, it will automatically start to install windows 10 by calling "dism /apply-image".
Normally i just shutdown the computer after installation, but now i want to reboot the device and boot into the windows i just installed. But i can't, because if i reboot the device, it will boot into WINPE again and start another turn of installation of windows.
How could i temporary boot into my windows 10?

Answer:How to temporary boot into hard disk if my first boot option is USB?

Seems like you are doing it backwards. Set the hard drive as the primary boot device and temporarily boot the USB flash drive the first time. Then on restarting the first time during the Windows 10 install it will boot to the hard drive and ignore the USB flash drive.

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I'm making a image for installation of windows 10.
I make a USB flash drive with WINPE. and once the device starts into WINPE, it will automatically start to install windows 10 by calling "dism /apply-image".
Normally i just shutdown the computer after installation, but now i want to reboot the device and boot into the windows i just installed. But i can't, because if i reboot the device, it will boot into WINPE again and start another turn of installation of windows.
How could i temporary boot into my windows 10?

Answer:How to temporary boot into hard disk if my first boot option is USB?

Seems like you are doing it backwards. Set the hard drive as the primary boot device and temporarily boot the USB flash drive the first time. Then on restarting the first time during the Windows 10 install it will boot to the hard drive and ignore the USB flash drive.

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Hi-Im trying to image  800 G2 SFF via USB drive.The boot menu will not show the the USB Legacy option.  It shows me UEFI for the USB, DVD and  hard drive,   also it shows legacy option for the DVD and hard drive.  My Secure Boot Configuration is set to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disabled.I have try clearing the secure Boot keys but the issue remains.  (USB Legacy Boot Option won't show in the boot menu)

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

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

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

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

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URGENTLY REQUESTING YOUR ADVICE:
I bought a new VAIO notebook running Vista Home Premium. Not happy with this Vista OS at all, so i installed Windows 7 Ultimate. But the problem i am facing is the machine boots ONLY to Windows 7, and I now have NO way to run Vista (even though I see that all the Vista files are still in place on the C-drive). CAN YOU HELP ME KNOW HOW TO REACTIVATE THIS VISTA OS? (Note: VAIO comes with NO Vista-discs.)
Plz reply for solution

Answer:How to get the Dual OS Boot Option at System Startup "Windows 7/Vista"

Hi and welcome to TSF first I have removed your email all help is given via this thread and it also takes away the problem of being spammed since this is a open forum and spammers can read the pages, how did you install win 7 ie upgrade or full retail ? did you format the partition ?

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Windows7 64bit
Every time windows restarts it pauses at the Boot Manager console and I have to "Choose an operating system to start". The first option is a normal startup and the second is Windows (Recovered).

I've never had any issues which would warrant a Recovery prompt but i'm presented with this option each time windows restarts. Is there any way to bypass this console and/or clear this "recovered" option?

Answer:How to bypass Windows Boot Manager. Prompting for "Recovered" option

It sounds to me like you may have a problem with your boot mgr. I do not get this. I would boot with a start up or recovery disk and get to the C: prompt and enter:

bootrec/ fixmbr
bootrec/ fixboot

remove the disk and reboot. You should be fine.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix

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I want to add the hibernate option to win 10 on a desktop as I was able to in windows 7. All instruction appear to be a laptop.

Answer:Add Hibernate option to desktop

Hello Funkyecat, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If hibernate is supported by your PC, the tutorials below can help show you how to enable it and add it to the Power menu.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

Hibernate in Power menu - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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