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Boot issue, multi-boot, Ultimate Boot CD

Question: Boot issue, multi-boot, Ultimate Boot CD

Hi all!
Hope you can help me with this..

I have a multi-boot setup, two partitions with XP.
On booting I get prompted for a system disk (in Norwegian text).
To escape this prompt I have to find a bootable CD and then eject it on the prompt. Then I come to the normal dialog with choosing operating system to boot from.

So, it's not life or death, but rather annoying.

I've checked out the issue and found that the bootfile: "NTLDR" has a switch named /minint .
Se: NTLDR - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I've used "The Ultimate Boot CD" and then wonder if this Cd-based OS has turned the switch on?
Could this be the case? And how can I turn it of?
And if it's not? Any ideas?

Thanks all!

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Preferred Solution: Boot issue, multi-boot, Ultimate Boot CD

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Answer: Boot issue, multi-boot, Ultimate Boot CD

You could try doing a repair install from your XP CD. Just boot to the XP CD and choose to repair install rather than a complete installation.

You could also try booting to the Super Grub disk. It has an option to fix your Windows boot loader.

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Hello to all,,, I was wondering if someone could give me a hand on and issue I'm having. first of all the system info....

Home built
Windows 10 Pro
Gigabyte DS3H board
I7 4790K
32GB Ram
SSHD 120GB the other SSHD 240GB
The issue I'm having is that I built the system and took the ssd 240 split it in half and installed win 7pro one one partition and win 8 pro on the other.... then I took the 120 ssd and installed win 10 pro.
So when the motherboard boots I either get a win 7 8 pro choice and it ignores 10 then once I boot 10 it ignores win 7, 8 unless I unplug win 10. what am I doing wrong? I installed the older systems first, but at boot I don't get to choose between the 3 at bootup. If I hit F12 at post screen to chose what I want to boot up, it gives me a choice between the boot sectors or the hard drives so I cant boot that way either. What is it that I need to do to get a choice between the 3 at boot up? Thanks for any help.

Answer:Windows 10 Multi Boot Multi Hd Issue

You wont get the option to choose from all 3 Windows because they are installed on 2 drives. You're only option is to press F12 and select whichever drive (OS) you want to boot from.

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Laptop: Lenovo Ideapad y510 After looking around on the forums I saw alot of people saying it could be done but could not find any step-by-step directions on how to do it. So after searching the internet I finaly found a good step-by-step that showed how to do the hard part but needed some changes for this laptop. 1) First the easy part but a very important part. It is very important to download vistabootpro and the Lan Driver for XP before you start the whole process. Don't install yet though just download them. This is necessary because the ethernet card is incompatiable with XP and you will not be able to access the internet after installing XP. (Also if you want it might save sometime if you download all the XP drivers right now) 2) Installing XP. For this step follow this link.  (Also note you need to go to the bios menu and set your sata to compatibility mode) 3) After following the link I still kept getting the error ntldr missing. Then I logged onto vista and reinstalled vistabootpro in the vista drive also. Go to the "System Bootloader" tab on top, then I clicked the radiobuttons for "Windows legacy bootloader (uninstall vista bootloader)" and "All Drives" and clicked apply. Then I went to the "Manage OS Entries" tab on top and clicked windows xp and checked off "set as default". I restarted computer and then it automatically logged into XP. Now go into vistabootpro while logged into XP, go to the "System Bootloader" tab on top, then I clicke... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot / Multi Boot .(y510) XP and Vista how I finally got it to work.

Great write up

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After installing a 256 stick in my box I am getting the usual stop error assigned to ram issues. The xp installation reads the ram correctly but continues to give blue screens almost immediately. The w2k and 98 installations work great with both the new and old ram so what gives on xp ? Any thoughts anyone why xp won't play nice on the new ram ?

Answer:Ram Issue on Multi boot

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I have a multi-boot computer with the following setup :C drive Windows MED drive Windows XP SP1E drive Windows XP SP2The boot partition is drive C. The trouble is that my Windows ME system may need reinstalling as I am having some problems that I cannot find a solution for. Obviously I cannot just reinstall ME straight over the top of the existing drive C without buggering up the boot-up of Drives D and E.Is it possible to move the boot.ini file to either Drive D or E, do the reinstall of ME and then move it back onto Drive C. Or would this muck up my being able to boot into the D and E drives?Do I need to move anything besides the boot.ini file for the booting process?

Answer:Change the boot.ini location on multi boot system

Boot.ini must be on the C drive, along with a few other files.

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Just got a new xps 8700. I'm less than impressed with the new BIOS. Apparently it's due to Microsoft enforcing this approach with all Win8 PCs? Well, I also do not find Win8 to be user friendly either. I'd rather have Win7.
Anyway, I purchased this system to use it for ALSO booting LINUX (CentOS) from an external USB drive. No go after the install. I think it may have something to do with the msata add on (another piece of less than useful hardware). Anyone run into any similar issues?
Also, is there any way to delete the msata hadware without having to reinstall Win8? I'd really just like a bare bones Win8 (or Win something-other-than-8) that can also boot Linux from an external drive.


Answer:XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hi Backthatthingupyoyoyo,
The "new BIOS" is UEFI. If you want to boot a non-Windows OS that does not support UEFI, you need to set the BIOS to legacy. Of course, this will require reinstalling Windows 8.

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Hello! One of our techs had trouble with a new Dell when setting up a user so he resotred the system..I came to find out that he first tried installing Win2k pro, but I wanted XP back on it since thats what it came with it. Anywho... I reformatted the drive completley and re-installed XP.

Now when I boot there is THREE!! OS's showing up. The first WINXP install, then the WIN2K install, then my WINXP restore...none of the other OS's work when I try to boot from them because they no longer exist. There is only one OS and one Windows folder. How do I get the BIOS to get rid of all these extras! So it boots right away instead of waiting for user inervention. Thanks!!!

Answer:BIOS/Multi Boot Issue.

You can Down Load a utility from the HD manufacture then write zero`s to the drive.The Utility will also setup/format your hard drive . MaxBlast3 works good also .

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At the moment I have three hard drives, C:(200gb) with WinXP, D:(320gb) a slave drive that had Win7 on it for a short period, and F:(60gb SSD) a drive with fresh version of Win7.

First issue is that when I go into my BIOS and try to set the disk boot priority to anything except the 200gb, I get a boot error, please insert system disk etc. Pretty sure it has to do with the original drive being the 200gb thus it having the bootloader on it. What can I do to either move the bootloader to the SSD so I can set that as first boot priority or what?

Second issue is that the boot menu after POST lists the 320gb drive as a Win7 installation still even though I've formatted it. How do I get rid of that?

Answer:Multi Boot Issue/Concern

Now I personaly have not done this, However It would seem to me from past experince that you should be able to use your main Master boot Record, that lists your OS for that harddrive. You should be able to edit that MBR and add your other Operating systems on other Disks. Much like how the system adds another OS when you add another OS to the same disk but diffrent partition.

The MBR is also where you would get rid of that Extra windows 7 ghost that the system seems to reconize.

Also for the priory, what you should check to make sure that you may have a Harddrive boot prority on top of the Device Boot.

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First and foremost: I'm running Windows XP SP2 on an Inspiron E1705, in case that become important.

Okay, I recently got a virus. A nasty one at that. While removing that virus, a rather important file (not sure which one) was deleted or damaged.

When running in standard mode, it gives a screen saying that Setup is Restarting, then I get a BSoD:

etc etc about starting in safe mode

Technical Information:
STOP: 0x0000000A (0x000000E8, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x80703A16)

Beginning dump of physical memory
(End BSoD)

Running in Safe Mode:
It boots to a black screen with the Safe Mode tags in the corners, then gives me a mesage stating "Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safe Mode. Setup will restart." It then does so when I click either X or OK.

Run Last Good Configuration yields the same results as running normally.

On occasion it actually does run set up, but I had to flip the laptop to write down the serial, and couldn't get the screen back on without rebooting. I'm not sure if I should finish set up or not, let alone what initiated it.

I have an XP SP2 disc. I used the repair installation function, and tried using the Recovery Console, but I'm not familiar enough with it to go playing Mary-Lou with it and mucking it up worse.

I'm trying to avoid a reformat because there is a lot of original data (I'm an author) on there and the back-up is dead in the water because of the same virus.
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Answer:Multi-level boot issue

Boot with the XP CD and perform a Repair.

If that doesn't work, your best bet is to get a new HDD. You can then install the new HDD, install your OS, and after your PC is up and running, attach your current HDD as a secondary drive and remove any needed files. I always keep a spare HDD on hand for cases such as this.

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Hi. I'm here to ask for some help and try to save a Windows installation that went south last night probably due to an
impestuous push of a few wrong buttons. I'll try to be as brief as possible to highlight steps leading up to the failure.
My system: Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop vintage 2008 on home network with a separate but nearly identical machine. Three partitions:
C: OEM Vista 70GB (7gb free), D: XP Pro SP2 add-on + program files 40GB (7gb free), E: Data and Storage files 180 GB (40GB free).
On this multiboot system I'd removed most of the Dell fluff it came with except the necessary drivers. XP Pro is my working
OS and has been tweeked and twisted ad infinitum. Vista apart from Windows updates remains virtually untouched.

The event: I'd finished a week of some major overhauls to various video editing software (most kosher, some not). Numerous
reboots, etc and no problems. At the end of the mission the combination of fatigue, a few bin files that wouldn't open and
an argument with a family member led me to do a rash clean-up system temp file (which by the way is on the E:
partition.) Basically, I removed most anything Windows would let me. And I also emptied the trash can. Windows seemed to shut
down normally. Upon reboot I reached the multi-boot screen, selected XP per usual, the XP loading logo
started up...and then stayed there. No further R/W disk movement. Nothing.

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I've searched for this on the web and haven't found the answer:
1. What is the maximum number of Widows 8 OS's that Windows 8 Boot Manager can accommodate that aren't a VHD?

2. What is the maximum number of Widows 8 OS's that Windows 8 Boot Manager can accommodate that includes VHD's?
What I'm hoping for with planning a new system (once 8 is available) is a gaming system where each game has its own OS (or in other words about 100 OS's). The reason? A "clean" system for each game with it's own settings and controls that I don't have to alter.. but particularly each game running from System Memory via a software Ram Drive.

If the answers to either 1 or 2 above would not​ accommodate this goal, what is the nicest GUI/boot manager available that would work and that didn't conflict with Windows 8?

Answer:Multi-Boot with Windows 8 Boot Manager?

I don't know the maximum - I often have around 30 boot menu entries - I seem to recall having 36 at one stage.

Will that be enough for you?

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Hello, I need some help. Laptop, windows XP with SP3 etc. Computer was functioning fine untill I used DrRTCP, supposed attemptin to "increase TCP receive window". On restart after using DrTCP, windows don't start, message "windows\system\vgaoem.fon missing or corrupted". My laptop has been through previous mess ups and as a result the "recovery partition" is already messed up and not functional. So windows repair is not a possibility. I have the "restore disks" but I understand that using those will restore the computer to factory.

I have "Ultimate Boot CD (UBC)" but i am not really familiar with how to use it. With this I have already recovered my data files and other important things

Question: 1. Is there an easy way of making the windows to sart booting?

2. If not, I saw something in UBC about remote editing the registry. Since the DrTCP changes the registry setting (not sure what settings), how can i go in UBC and rechange those settings. Now this is what I did with UBC; after installing it, a screen opens wchich has a blank box for a value for TCP. I filled that box with 32000. All other boxes were already filled with the word "default".

3. Failing above, Is there a way I can "restore to a previous restore point of windows" using the UBC?

Failing any of these, I do have a few months old Norton Ghost back up of my laptop. I know that I can boot the laptop with Ghost CD and restore th... Read more

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I recently purchased a new SATA drive for my system and installed XP Pro, then used Acronis Disk Director to create a partition for my Ultimate 64 install. When I install from the DVD, I can select the partition just fine, everything seems to install just fine. But when it reboots at near completion, it hangs at 'press any key to boot from CD or DVD.....'

It just sits there, the flashing cursor taunting...wanting to work, but just doesn't.

If I remove the Ultimate 64 installation DVD the computer boots just fine into XP Pro.

I have tried with both a logical and primary partition.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:XP Pro / Ultimate 64 dual boot issue

When you remove the DVD , does XP automatically start or you start it from the boot-menu (containing both Vista and XP) ?

If its the former i think it has something to do with the Vista BCD not getting installed properly.

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Hello,Let me first start by saying that I am going to try and be as informative as I possibly can, but at the same time, I have been working slightly blind, as the laptop in question is not mine, and I was not present when the issue first happened. I am mediocre technically inclined, at best, but for some reason am the one that people turn to when their computer goes on the fritz. I hope that I can get enough information through to allow for the help that I desprately need from those much more compitent than I am about these things.Computer Information:Dell Laptop Inspiron 1525OS: Windows XP Home EditionMemory: 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHzHard Drive: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)Processor: Intel? Core? 2 Duo ProcessorIssue:As near as I understand, Norton Antivirus was installed on the computer, and someone installed MacAfee as well (I know this is bad. The person had been informed not to do this....but thought that they knew better? ) I have no idea if this is the actual cause of the problem, but it seems likely, so neccessary to mention.The computer now blue screens immediatly on boot up. I have the Windows XP Setup disk, and have set the BIOS to boot from the disk, however, that doesn't seem to fix the problem, as it will boot and still blue screen with the same Stop Error Message. When I booted from the disk, I was able to get to the recovery console, and went through the "issue tree" and performed all test under the "blue screen"... Read more

Answer:Blue Screen on Boot up - 0x00000024 (Possible multi-antivir programs issue?)

Most of the time when you can't boot into Safe Mode it is a hardware problem. But to really narrow it down we are definitely going to need the information on the blue screen. You should see the actual error at the top in all caps and then the STOP code. Running chkdsk is a good place to start as it fixes most boot problems like unmountable boot volume and hard disk errors. Let us know if the problem persists. Good luck.

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Hello everyone,This is my first time posting on these forums and I'm looking for some help regarding a boot issue I'm having. I have already tried searching for my issue and I couldn't find what I was looking for so I decided that I would make a new topic regarding the matter.Here are my computer specifications:OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit OEMMotherboard: Asus Rampage FormulaCPU: Q6600 2.4GHz Quad-CoreRAM: 8GB (4x2GB) DDR2 1066Storage: 4x 500GB in Raid0 and 1x 750GB all connected via SATA cablesGraphics Card: Nvidia GTX 280 SSC EditionPSU: 950WNow for the details...I downloaded and installed an overclocking utility that corresponds to my motherboard (ASUS AI Suite) and applied the overclocked values. I reboot the computer and it won't even boot up, it just hangs during the testing process. So I reset the computer and notice that it starts to boot up and I see my computer asking me to insert the Vista Installation Disc but before I really thought about it I reset my computer again thinking I could boot into Vista. Then during the boot process my computer tells me overclocking failed, please change your values or something like that. So I go into the BIOS and select "load setup values" which resets my BIOS. I then am able to boot into Vista and use the OS like I normally would. So I decided to remove the overclocking utility, run CCleaner, and reboot my computer. I reboot my computer and then this shows up:"reboot and select pro... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Vista Ultimate 64-bit Boot Issue

Have you tried just doing a clean install of Vista?Alan <>< 

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I'm pricing out my next system and it's going to be a Gaming/Home Theatre PC for college. So my question is...can I have a dual boot system with Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Media Center 2005? Thanks in advance...


Yeah, Partition Magic should do the trick. Just install one and then pop in the disk as if you were installing the second OS fresh and just select your extra partition.

Sorry for short response, Im on the phone.

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Hi there folks,

Please bear with me, this is a bit long..

I want to have system with 2 OSes as named in the subject line. This is what I did to go about having that,

Its a new HDD (500 GB) partitioned as follows, 100 GB (for Windows 7), then 265 GB (Data) and then 100 GB again (For Ubuntu 14.04). I installed Windows and then installed Ubuntu on the respective partitions as mentioned.

Upon booting the system the grub screen appeared and could load Ubuntu but the Windows wouldn't. The windows loader threw the error as follows,

Status: 0xc000000f
Info: The boot selection failed because the required device is inaccessible

and also advised a startup repair.

I tried to do that using a bootable USB (DVD drive does not work) in vain. Choosing the Startup Repair option here took me to a screen where "Windows 7" OS is listed with "0 MB" Partition Size and "(Unknown) Local Disk" Location. Followed by a message, (I'm para phrasing here) the startup repair cannot fix the problem, send the error to Microsoft.

Then I read on the interwebs somewhere, to use the command line entity and run the 2 commands,
bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

Both of which were successful and upon booting it went back to the Windows loader now, with the same error and Ubuntu is not accessible at all.

So I have reinstalled the Windows on the same partition (the "head" 100 GB). My windows loader shows 2 instances of Windows 7 during... Read more

Answer:Dual boot issue with Windows 7 Ultimate & Ubuntu 14.04

I would like to get rid of the faulty Windows 7 entry on the loader and get Ubuntu up and running smoothly. Please let me know if you need any more info.


Please download "EasyBCD" from and use it to delete the non working entry from the BCD boot menu.

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Hi all,

First time here. I've been reading through lots of issues and resolutions of failed boots.
I think I have a slightly unusual problem because some items aren't working.

I've disconnected all other drives and just have the primary Win7 (ultimate 64bit) drive and DVD drive connected.

The main bootable drive is a GPT drive (3TB and boots).
Issues started when I did a normal restart after seeing RAM usage was high.
Suddenly no booting into Windows - 0xc0000225 - the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

The Win7 repair disc I attempted to create from my work PC (also 64bit, but not ultimate edition) didn't work at all.
The Win7 install disc I inserted works - but the system repair options are unavailable because apparently it's a different version (SP1 through years of updates maybe?) I dunno.

Using SHIFT + F10 I get to the console, from where I've been following other posts' guidance on what to do.

If I go to DISKPART, I can find the 3 partitions on my GPT drive
Partition 1 System 100MB
Partition 2 Reserved 128MB
Partition 3 Primary 2794GB

However, after selecting partition 1 I am unable to mark it active because: "The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk"

If I list Vol, I can see that Vol0 is the Win7 CD, Vol 1 is drive C formatted as NTFS as one would expect, but Volume 2 (Now selected due to selecting the partition 1) is listed as FAT32? This seems weird. (Also has hidden attribute)

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Answer:Sudden fail to boot - possible partition issue? Win7 Ultimate 64bit

FAT32 is the EFI partition, no? I am no good with EFI BIOS though.

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I want to multi-boot the following operating systems, using a single SSD:
Windows 7: Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Windows 8: Developer Preview (64-bit)
Windows 8: Consumer Preview (64-bit)
Windows 8: Release Preview (64-bit)
Windows 8: Release Preview (32-bit)

Does anyone know the best way to do it?

Answer:Beyond quad-boot: how to multi-boot Windows 7 & all preview versions of Windows 8

EasyBCD (now has support for Windows 8)

Free & quite good

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How to Install Microsoft Windows XP on a Dell Studio 1747,
turning it into a dual-boot (multi-boot) Windows 7 and Windows XP computer

Disclaimer: I am a not a computer guy. I learned how to do the following by searching all over the internet, some of which is no longer available online. The following instructions worked for my Dell Studio 1747. I install Windows XP Professional 32-bit.  I did NOT have to unistall Windows 7. These instructions do not apply to any other configuration.    These instructions are mostly for me just incase I ever have to do this again.

1.         Back up all files you do not want to lose.
2.         Create a new partition (volume) on the hard drive.
                        -Make it minimum space to install Windows XP and whatever over XP programs you eventually want to install.
                        -I made mine 20 Gb in size. I think you need a minimun of 10 Gb to be safe.  But keep in mind to make it big enough for all the software you will use on it, i.e. adobe, microsoft office, roxio,  etc.
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Answer:Studio 1747:dual-boot (multi-boot) windows XP and Windows 7

I want to add little bit more thing in above article. You can make a simple bootable usb of your desire Windows XP, or Windows 7. It is very simple just download the yumi bootable software first then download Windows 7 from here
or get Windows XP from here
these setups have all drivers of dell laptop and dekstop PC.
after getting the download setup you just need to select your Operating system and browse your setup file by using yumi bootable software.
It will create your bootable USB with in  15 minutes. and you are able to install your operating system using your USB drive..

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Hello dear sirs,

I helped a friend replace his MB after failure, exactly same MB only new version (2 .1 not 2 - Gigabyte 970A-DS3P) He has a dual boot and Win 8.1 works fine but Win 7 doesn't. Repair doesn't resolve problem. Have looked at various fixes including Command Prompt Dir fix and Paragon software. We are concerned that re-installation will overwrite valuable files. I was wondering what you would advise, we are assuming that a re-installation will probably be needed but would appreciate some advice as to the best course of action.

Thanks ever so much in advance for any help you might be able to offer.

All the very best, May the 4th be with ...always...


Answer:New MB Old MB failure no Win7 boot issue (Dual Boot system Win8 fine)

System Model
Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 2/4/2015 4:22:57 AM
Boot Mode: Legacy BIOS in UEFI (Secure Boot not supported) Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
3.93 gigahertz AMD FX-6350 Six-Core
288 kilobyte primary memory cache
6144 kilobyte secondary memory cache
8192 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (3 total)
Hyper-threaded (6 total) Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-DS3P
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. FB 10/31/2014
Drives Memory Modules c,d
2500.51 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
1774.72 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-224DB [Optical drive]

SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB Device (16.01 GB) -- drive 3, s/n 20051233900C67C09D2A
WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 2, s/n WD-WCC3F2DY9DK4, rev 01.01A01, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WCC3FJZZ4LU2, rev 01.01A01, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD5000AAKS-00UU3A0 [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAYUJ466801, rev 01.03B01, SMART Status: Healthy 8160 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

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Hey everyone.

So I've been having this issue where my computer won't boot up into the login screen for Win Xp. It simply posts, goes to the Windows loading screen, and just as it's suppose to display the users and login page, the screen just goes black. I can however get into safemode, but it simply won't boot on the regular startup.

I believe it's another system or boot file error that has malware as I've had a previous thread years ago with a similar issue, but need some assistance. Any thgouhts? What info can I get for you to take a peek? -Jeff
PS: I will post the event viewer as soon as I get home from work.

Answer:Windows won't boot, black screen before login. Boot.ini or system.ini issue?

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Here is my system:
Whitebox PC, 4 years old
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78 PLUS, Bios: v2101
Proc: AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core
Disk Drive: Patriot Pyro 120 GB (just purchased)
Window 7 Ultimate 64-bit 2
3x SATA Drives for Data

I wanted to breath in some new life into this older PC, purchased the SSD just to be the boot drive for Win7. Loaded Win7 on the SSD, no issues. Then I deleted the old Win7 partition on the old C drive so that I could repurpose that 120 GB into a data partition on that SATA drive. When I loaded the new Win7, it made the SSD drive the A: drive. After a reboot I started getting the ?Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key? message. I have update the BIOS to v2101. I have changed the boot order from the SSD to the DVD and back again. I have unplugged all the SATA drives. I have 2x of the Patriot Pyro SSD's, so I switched them. I have changed the SATA cables going to the SSD and DVD. I have hit F8 during reboot and try to force a boot from both the DVD and the SSD. I cannot get this to boot from either. I would be happy to get a boot from the Win7 DVD and start the repair process or do the install again.

I have read hours of forums related to the boot error isse, no one seems to have this issue that I can seem to find. Any ideas on how I can get this to boot from the Win7 disk in the DVD drive?

Answer:Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media - Issue

Hi Billy.

Unplug all other HDDs and SSDs but that one on which you lately installed Windows, and then run Startup Repair for three separate times, with restarts after every single run.
Startup Repair: Run three separate times.

Does it make windows bootable? If so, now attach the other storage devices and see if it continues to boot or not.

If it even does not boot after running startup repair for three instances, better you do another clean reinstall, keeping the other devices unplugged.

If it boots on the SSD but does not boot after adding the other discs with this message "Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media" .... then I have a question to you ..... is the new BIOS update is a UEFI one?

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Hi all!

I've just purchased a brand new genuine satellite l7501N0 model. I turn it on and "No bootable device- insert boot disk and press nay key" I tried 3 OS disks, nothing. I also connected it to the internet, nothing.
Is is inherently malfunctioning?
Thanks for the answers!

Answer:Satellite L750D boot issue No bootable device - insert boot disk and press nay key

Please enter BIOS settings and set it to default. After doing this try to start your notebook again.

The same result again?

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Hello all I have a friend overseas who has just purchased a built computer.
It was working fine until it just shut off.
Now when he switches it on all the fans spin up (inc psu) slower like in 1st gear. Nothing on the screen, no beep,and he can hear sizzling from PSU area.
Would anybody have any ideas on his issue please, I assume its a PSU issue ?
Thanks very much in advance

Answer:PC boot up issue, Sizzling PSU, no boot, but power fans work etc

Also forgot to mention all green lights on the Asus Motherboard, AM3 socket. He is worried that he has lost all of his pc

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i installed windows 7 on C:\ and i have XP on D:\
how do i boot into XP
i tried osl2000 but it said error reading disk press ctrl-alt-del

Answer:Unable to boot in XP after installing Windows 7 - Dual boot issue

Off topic:
where did you get win7 setup?? Is it available for public test??

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Tried Ubuntu & didn't like it so wanted to remove it completely. After deleting & recovering that portion of (G: ) which is where Ubuntu was installed, I couldn't boot in Windows 7. I was able to use my install disk to load into repair. The OS it found was-

OS -Windows 7
Partition Size - 122,001Mb
Location - (F: )

(F: ) struck me odd as I thought this would be (C: ) I then when to Command promp & used Bootrec.exe /fixmbr enter - then Bootrec.exe /fixboot enter then restarted. The PC booted in Windows 7 & all seems OK but still wondered if the location was correct. I reloaded the install disk as before & when into repair & it still says location as (F: ) which is my backup drive.

OK, my PC boots but shouldn't the location be (C: ) not (F: )? After all, if (F: ) is removed or goes bad I'd have the non-boot issue again, wouldn't I? If so, how do I write it to (C: )

Answer:Uninstalled Linux OS dual boot with Windows 7 now boot issue.

Dual-booting 2 or more Operating Systems can mess up the drive lettering, especially when 1 or more are uninstalled. If Windows is working properly the only issue will be in assuring program installations point to the drive Windows is on. The earlier versions of Windows such as Win98, WinME, etc., were particular as to the drive or partition they were installed on. Part of the situation may be affected by the newer motherboards and HDDs that use SATA connections instead of the older PATA, SATA has only one drive per socket on the board while PATA have one data cable for each socket and can have one or two drives on each cable.

The easiest/less time-consuming way I've found with such an issue is to backup any user data then boot to a GPARTED CD and wipe the HDDs that have or had an OS installed followed by connecting only one HDD for installing the OS then reconnecting the storage drives. Leaving any of the boot files of a previous OS on an HDD can mess up the boot process, sometimes slows things down when booting.

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Hello everybody,

I'm reletively new on this forum and I've spent a lot of time reading posts here concerning innovative installation methods and various approaches to partitioning. This forum really has some great info and users!

I'm an old school guy going back to the days before PCs even existed. Electronics has always circulated in my bloodstream. I'm an old dog but open to new tricks.

I decided to overhaul my primary workhorse computer (See this thread for full description) by adding an SSD and rearranging my drivespace, as one of my drives was failing. I had an 80GB Vertex2 SSD scavanged from another system and thus I hatched my new partition scheme to use it.

Long story short is that after multiple trials I came to the conclusion the SSD was causing me much trouble, probably failing due to it's age. 80GB was a mighty tight fit anyway to boot 3 operating systems. So today I ordered a new SSD, a low cost 120GB Sandisk Plus from Amazon, paying less than $40 including shipping by using a discount coupon I had.

At this point I'm asking myself whether I should scrap all of the MBR partitioned disks and use only GPT disks. In reading this thread I see it's now possible to boot Windows installed on GPT using a non UEFI, legacy BIOS, which is good b/c that's all my mobo supports. That thread also requires at least a minimal MBR image, be it on a floppy VHD or other virtual image, or via some other clever "trick" to allow either winload.exe or bootmgr to live in... Read more

Answer:Pros / Cons of Multi-boot, Multi-Disk Partition Scheme With SSD

To the best of my knowledge MBR will work just find for drives smaller than 2 TB.
Drives bigger than that need to be GPT.

A little info from Microsoft.

In order for an operating system to fully support storage devices that have capacities that exceed 2 terabytes (2 TB, or 2 trillion bytes), the device must be initialized by using the GUID partition table (GPT) partitioning scheme. This scheme supports addressing of the full range of storage capacity. If the user intends to start the computer from one of these large disks, the system’s base firmware interface must use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and not BIOS.

More helpful info from one of Brinks tutorials.

Hard Drive - GPT or MBR

More information if need be.

How to Convert a MBR Disk to a GPT Disk
How to Convert a GPT Disk to a MBR Disk

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I recently purchased a copy of x64 Windows 7 Business. I downloaded it from the Online store DigitalRiver as part of the students deal.

Here is my system information:
Current operating system: Windows Vista x32 Business
Processor: Intel Quad Core 2 Q6600 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4GB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz
Motherboard: Intel 975XBX2 KR Socket 775
BIOS version: 2838 (Latest)

I burned the x64 Windows 7 installation files onto a DVD. I am aware that it is not going to run from my current OS since it is x32.

My Boot order is the following: DVD/CD ROM -> HDD

I tried to boot with the x64 Windows 7 DVD but it simply didn't. So I decided to format my computer using the x32 Vista DVD.

After the format, I tried to boot with the x64 Windows 7 DVD and it failed again.

So I re-installed x32 Vista and I still cannot boot with the x64 Windows 7 DVD.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 x64 dvd doesn't boot up -Not boot order issue

Make bootable iso from student d/l

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Hi, I seem to have royally trashed my boot capability. Please help.

The original set-up was as follows:
Vista Home Premium was installed on a two-partition disk
Subsequently, Windows 7 was installed on a single-partition disk; I could not upgrade because it was Professional edition, and I did not want to erase because there was an important program that I had lost the install disk for.

I recently got around the problem with my important program, and installed it under Win 7. So me being the clever clogs I am, decided to free up 250GB of space and remove my Vista partition, forgetting that it was the system partition and it contained the boot sector the MBR was pointing to even if my usual OS was on a separate physical drive.

Of course, now I can't boot Win 7, as the computer says there is no disk with bootable information. I have booted with the install disk and run every option I can think of, including this kb article, to no avail. I can't perform an upgrade install since that's only available when booted to the OS, and I'm loathe to erase it as that would involve a LOT of setting up again. Fortunately the majority of my important files are on different physical disks and I'm competent enough with Linux to recover the few that aren't.

So the short question is: is there a way of rebuilding the MBR other than bootrec /RebuildBcd? (because that one didn't work - it finds the OS, and when I say 'yes' to the prompt it says 'Element not found')

Answer:Boot issue after removing original OS in dual boot

Win7 installer only updated the System boot files on the Vista partition. To move them to Win7 Mark Partition as Active (Method Two) then write the System boot files there by running from the booted DVD or Repair CD Startup Repair 3 Separate Times.

If Vista was on a separate HD in Disk0 slot then it's best to keep it unplugged during these operations and swap Win7 HD into Disk0 permanently, set to boot first in BIOS setup . If this is not possible, mark Vista partition Inactive if it still holds an Active flag.

If Vista was on the same HD then you can recover both the System boot files AND the HD space back into Win7 using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which can also mark Active/Inactive. Highlighting the Win7 HD once marked Active, then choosing Rebuild MBR from the Disk tab, sometimes works on its own precluding the need to run Startup Repair from DVD or Repair CD.

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I have my desktop configured with as a triple boot system.

Win 98
Win XP Professional
Win XP Professional

I had everything working fine for quite some time now. I had to do a repair on one of my XP Pro installs. I had previously installed Service Pack 2. I booted from the windows CD, did my repair and everything worked fine.

But I noticed that certain functions and modules that service pack 2 had previously installed left traces behind. The wireless network wizard was still in the control panel but it didn't function. In fact my wireless network wouldn't function at all.

I thought it would be simple. Install SP2 again. I installed it and restarted my computer. Before ever getting to restart, it hung up on the shut down.

I finally had to reset it. On reboot, it will no longer boot into any of my OS's. I cannot boot from the XP CD either. It hangs up when it says, "Windows is starting." I cannot get into the recovery console from the CD and I didn't have it installed on the hard disk drive. Any suggestions?

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My Old hard drive has Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit installed on it. I purchased the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade
and ran the upgrade. Removed the Vista hard drive, and can not start Windows 7.
Only issue on this system, I have upgraded two other systems without any problem.
SSD with Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade on it, Hard drive with Windows Vista Ultimate on it.

Error Loading operating system.

Insert Windows 7 setup disk, eventually choose command prompt, then ran bootrec.

It came up with four choices: /FixBoot, /FixMBR, /ScanOs, and /RebuildBcd

Vista drive is removed from the system.

bootrec /ScanOs shows:
successfully scanned windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /fixmbr
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /FixBoot
Element not found

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
Element not found

Reinserted the Vista hard drive, then did a bootrec /scanOs
[1] E:\Windows
[2] C:\Windows
[3] E:\Windows.old.000\Windows

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 3
[1] E:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] C:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 boot issue with master boot record

Try this:
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
As your HD set up is about the same, have look at my post here:
Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

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I have been struggling with boot issues ever since I decided to install ubuntu 14.04 LTS along Win 7 64 bits on myVAIO computer. To install it I chose "Something else" and resized the partition myself within the Ubuntu Installer. At first I got GRUB working and finding Win 7 but I could not start it. after this boot-info: Ubuntu Pastebin, I reinstalled GRUB in /sda using the following commands:

sudo update-grub
sudo grub-install /dev/sda
I got a seemingly quite common black screen from Windows Boot Manager saying this:

HTML Code:
File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
From this message, I found out that I needed to rebuild the BCD and then reinstall GRUB to get a working dual boot.
I have created a Win 7 64 bits repair USB and using diskpart, I know I have 4 primary partitions:

1 - 100 MB - It seems to me that the boot files are supposed to be there. According to DISKPART, it s the volume C: and labeled "System Reserved"

2 - 140 GB - Windows is installed on this partition. According to DISKPART, there is no volume associated with this partition and it is hidden

3 - 81 GB - Ubuntu is installed on this partition

4 - 999MB is SWAP
Auto repair from Win 7 repair usb does not recognize my Windows 7 and does not work. Therefore, I have to work with the command prompt. I have tried most available tutorial on rebuilding BCDs. Basically, when I run al... Read more

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I am having a strange issue when trying to fix my computer with Windows 8 Recovery tool. I can't figure out how to fix this issue and hoping you guys have an idea what's screwing up.  When I boot to my USB drive containing Windows 8 recovery disk (or Windows 8.1 Installer) it always, when the HDD is plugged in which contains Windows 8.1, boots to that instead. The USB drive is first in boot priority and is even selected from the boot menu but it still boots to the HDD.  I know the USB drive is booting fine because it works when the HDD is unplugged.  I wanna say the USB is redirecting to the HDD because the light on the USB flashes for about 4 seconds before it goes to the HDD.  A USB containing Linux boots just fine with the HDD plugged in so it has to be something with the USB containing Windows 8 Recovery.The issue I'm trying to fix is that Windows does not boot.  After the loading splash page after bios with the spinning dots it goes to a black screen which should be the Windows boot manager.

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Greetings y'all!

My title is my BLUF (bottom-line up front). If this belongs in a different sub-section of the forum, sorry in advance.

I just did a clean install of 10 Pro from a UEFI formatted thumb drive, using RUFUS - did that because I upgraded to a PNY CS2211 480GB SSD. Everything works great once loaded!

The problem seems to be my laptop can't use the Windows Boot Manager my laptop is pointing to in UEFI settings. I first noticed the problem while installing it (after initial reboot during install). When I hit F12 for the One-Time boot menu and select WBM, it boots just fine - no issue.

Maybe this has everything to do with the fact I did not make the change prior to install from Legacy to UEFI?

Very likely, I think.

The victim is a Dell Latitude E6510, circa 2010-ish. BIOS is up to date (A16 version) and all other drivers/updates are good.

Appreciate any help rendered!


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I pulled a newbie error and forgot the command to get me out of this issue, so here it goes...

I was hit with spyware and hijacking and it was eatin up RAM, so I decided to boot into safe mode using the MSCONFIG console. Went to the BOOT.INI tab and checked the "Minimum Boot(Alt. Shell) option. <Newbieisms>

So now it boots up to Safe mode and within the Administrator profile, I get the command prompt <cmd.exe> and I dont know the command to use to reboot back into "Normal mode" not Safe mode.

Keep in mind, I CANNOT access the run prompt, explorer, the Start bar, msconfig<to uncheck it>, or any thing !!! Dooh!!

Can any one help or point in the right direction on this one??

Thanks again,
Harcore Baller

Answer:Msconfig,Boot.INI, minimum boot alt shell issue.

Just a thought - can you hit F8 while starting to get a startup list, then choose normal boot?

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I might be in big trouble here, but I'm hoping someone can help.

I turned off my computer, which triggered a bunch of updates. A few days later when I turn it on it doesn't boot (and/or asks for input that I can't see due to having turned off the boot GUI a while back).

So I have a blank screen right now that I can't get passed.

What I've tried

Double checking all the hardware (Ram, GPU etc).

Tried to hit F8 on startup to get to safe mode. Since I can't see, i've made an educated guess on which opton is Last Known Configuration and tried that a bunch to no avail.

Tried to hit F2 to get to the Bios.

Tried to start it up with a Windows 7 Recovery Disk...again I don't know if this was successful as I can't see anything.

I know I'm stupid to have turned off the GUI, and wishing I could go back in time to fix it.


Answer:Boot Issue after Windows Update (Boot GUI turned off)

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I've never had the guts to try that
Possibly just wait a while on the black screen and enter the password and the enter key will work :?
GUI Boot - Enable or Disable in Windows

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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's probably a hard drive situation.
If the BIOS doesn't cannot retain the changed settings or you start getting other hardware guess would be CMOS battery needs replacement.

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Computer won't boot "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key." everytime i turn on the computer a black screen pop up saying
"Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 083)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
This product is covered by one or more of the following patents:
US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US^,115,776 and
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Series v1.27 (10/31/11)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom.
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."
i can't even do anything on the computer and when trying to use the media disk it stays on a black screen.

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Hello I am having trouble with my computer. I have a triple boot with vista xp and linux. Was running well until my xp caught a bad virus and a BSOD that no one could fix forced me to reinstall it clean to the same partition.After the install my boot for vista and linux was messed up.I decided to get the new Os7 and deleted my vista partition for it.After the install Os7 boots fine but xp and linux are still unbootable. Os7 gave me a boot menu but only two options Windows 7 and Sony vaio recovery something, I'v seen countless forums that say at this point you are done and to boot into xp you choose the Use an earlier version of windows option...but I do not have that. I tried using easybcd like I did before for vista but when I add the menu for xp and the path it says the ntldr is missing and cannot boot. What do I have to do to get this to work. I copy and pasted the ntldr and ntdetect in both os 7's and xp's root, was unable to find the boot.ini that I was told should be put there.Thank you for reading and any possinle information!

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In attempting to install W7 64 on generic non-micro ATX [full] form factor desktop, Windows 7 will successfully begin installation. Upon reboot to complete installation I am informed that the boot manager cannot be found. How might I determine what is wrong so that I might correct the problem? Might it be a problem with jumper pins? No-o-o-o, it's not IDE HDDs I'm using; it's ATA. Might Microsoft's installation disc be at fault? I'll try using a different 64-bit disc with the [legal] new license, and then a 32-b it disc with the [legal] new license, but I'm at a loss. If it were the processor, it wouldn't even get to the install GUI that originates from the disc, would it? Otherwise, I'll have to take it to the shop and pay them to do a RAID 0 (striped) config/install. The reason I'm posting this here is that I strongly suspect the 64-bit edition discs to be inherently flawed. On my 64-bit processor laptop, the 64-bit disc wouldn't install, but the 32-bit one did. I never worried about that because all I'm using on it are 32-bit apps. It's only on the custom-built desktop I need the 64-bit environment.

Answer:Boot Issue: Boot Manager Not Found

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Hi -

Had a dual boot set up with Win 7 and XP pro each on its own hdd, Installed new hdd and put XP pro on it. Now when I boot the WBM only shows two OSs, the original XP and Win 7, can I get the second copy of XP pro to show so I can select it?

Thanks -

Oh, I know that if I purchase or download a third party boot manger software I can make it happen, just want to know if I can get this to work in Win 7 without buying/installing anything. Yhea, I am cheap.

Answer:Triple boot with two copies of XP Pro and one with Win 7 - boot issue

So you have three HDDs now ? Each having a sing copy of OS installed ?

If so, it is the best practice to use the the BIOS Boot Menu (F8 for Asus motherboards). After power on, when the motherboard splash screen appears, tap and hold F8, it will list up all the possible drives to boot from. Select which one you want by the scroll arrow keys, and enter to boot from it. Let the MBR not to be messed up.

But if you want to use a third party boot manager, you may opt for the free version of EasyBCD. Get it from EasyBCD - Take control of your boot loader | NeoSmart Technologies .

To add all the three boot entries to MBR , run Startup Repair with all the three HDDs plugged in.

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will not recognise window repair disk or windows intallation disk. I've reset boot order in bios, still not happening. any ideas would be welcome. cheers

Answer:disk boot falure issue. will not boot up the above link and please give us more infoSome HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Ok so I have searched all over the internet looking for an answer to this.
I have an HP Pavilion P7-1459 that came OEM with Windows 8 on it. I added a new HDD and installed windows 7 on it (had to disconnect the windows 8 one to do so) and booted into windows 7. I didn't have drivers for my Ethernet adapter so I Hooked up the windows 8 HDD and left the 7 one hooked up and loaded into windows 8. Worked fine. Got the drivers and used EasyBCD to add Windows 7 to the boot menu and rebooted, tried to load into windows 7 and it just hung for about 5 mins have no idea whats causing this any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 8.1 and 7 Boot issue

Try using BIOS to boot to Win8 drive and use EasyBCD to make changes there.

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I'v have just bought a Dell Inspiron N5110 from car boot sale. This laptop turns on but will not get past the screen shown in the photo. Hard drive has been removed, all other parts are still in place. The guy who sold this laptop, had the hard drive removed.
Intel Core i5 Processor (unsure of exact speed or generation because unable to access desktop due to error).
15" Screen
HDMI, USB, Ethernet ports, and SD card reader
1. What does this error mean:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.
2. I want to install a 1TB 2.5" hard drive. If yes, which Western Digital hard drive should I go for?
3. Curently it has 4GB RAM installed. Want to install 8GB RAM to optimise performance. please tell me which make/brand should I go for?
4. I also have a Dell recovery operating system windows 7 home premium from another Dell Laptop. Will this Dell recovery opertaing system work and install Windows 7 using the key located underneath the laptop near the battery area of the Dell Inspiron N5110?
Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Error message at boot up: Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot...

The first thing you are going to need to do is to purchase and install a hdd.
Newegg has a Western Digital 1TB hdd for $69.99 plus tax and shipping. 
You will then need to install Windows Home Premium 64-bit.  You can download a ISO image of your operating system here.
You will need to burn the ISO image to a DVD to create a bootable installation disc.  
How to burn ISO image using Windows Burn Disk Image.
Notice:  This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.  
1.  Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.
2.  After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.
3.  When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane.  Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it.  Click on Burn Disk Image.
4.  In the image below you will see Disk burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use.  Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn.  Click on burn.

5.  In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.

6.  After the image has completed being burned click on Close.
If you need a tutorial for installing the operating sy... Read more

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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
? 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

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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Boot problem, Lenovo T60 (type 2007-CTO) !!!After installation of a SSD HDDComputer hangs during boot, atACPI: EC: EC description table is found, configuring boot EC Please advice:BIOS version 2.26Tested BIOS configuration with SATA: AHCI and Compatibility. with no difference. Blacklap

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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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I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

Answer:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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Hey guys,
Thanks ahead of time for the help. I can honestly say I'm dumbfounded with this issue and would rather ask for help then hook up my master HD as a slave and force a reformat which would be my next step.

Anyways, here's the background on the issue.

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ OC'd to 2.75ghz
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe Mobo
BFG Tech Nvidia 7800 GTOC x2 (SLI)
Dual Sata Hd's, both the 3gb/s connection. (750gb main/250gb Backup)
Sound Blaster XFI Fatal1ty sound card
Creative modem blaster v.92 dialup modem ( @ dialup)

A few days ago, not quite sure why, but when I booted the comp the graphics card proceeded to tweak out and basically looked like fuzz upon entering windows. Eventually after hard resetting it a few times it'd boot normal. Today, I was running Nvidia NTune utility to find a stable OC setup for my PCI bus and what not, and it rebooted as normal during the process. Graphics card tweaked again, so I did what I know to do and uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers for my 7800's. Seemingly fixed the problem. Rebooted and resumed the OC process and went to watch TV.

45 Minutes later I come back and my computer is rebooting itself constantly. Upon getting the the xp loading screen, it BSoD's and reboots.

So, I try and boot in safemode to uninstall/reinstall drivers yet again. When I press safemode, it begins loading basic drivers. When it gets to SPTD.sys it pauses, locks up, and reboots (no BSoD)

Next step, repair through XP installer di... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] BSoD on standard boot, safe mode boot, and xp install disc boot


Well, a friend needed me to fix a design for him emergency status in Illustrator CS3, so I went to work troubleshooting.

All signs point to NTFS.sys being corrupt, etc. Which makes the drive unreadable, hence the reboots.

So, I snagged my dads IDE harddrive from his computer, hooked it up as master in my computer and it still gave me the BSoD. I then unhooked both of my Sata Hd's, and ran ONLY the IDE drive. This IDE drive is fine (i'm on it right now on my dads comp to write this). I try and boot my system off just his harddrive and it STILL gave me the BSoD.

Only difference is the BSoD is staying up now on normal boot so I can give you the error.

Error code is 0x0000007B? I believe.

But yeah, the computer is still unable to boot off a good HD even with the bad ones not hooked up.

Now I'm thinking a memory issue? or Video ram issue? Fried GPU/RAM?

AHHHHHH!!!!! i have no idea what to do. This is ridiculous. meanwhile my friend is screwed on his design for a t-shirt i told him i'd do.

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I have Windows Media Center 2005 and Windows XP set to multi boot on an 80GB WD HDD. Everything has worked well for quite some time. All partitions made with FDisk. On the XP partition I ran Partition Magic and created a new partition using some of the extra space on the XP & WMC partitions. Both of the original partitions only had about 11GB of space used as I have all My Documents on a storage drive.

The computer rebooted and the new partitions were in place. I entered into the XP partition and all was well. I rebooted to go in the WMC partition and Windows loaded to the point of the login screen but the login screen never came up. The boot processed stopped on a screen with the Windows XP logo.

Threw in my WMC disk and rebooted to try to repair the installation. Never got the option to repair (without recovery console or automated recovery). Could only format.

Went back into Partition Magic and used a utility to boot into ANY installed Windows partition. PC restarted and I got an error "Ntldr Missing". Used recovery console to try to FIXBOOT AND FIXMBR. Nothing happened.

Removed the drive from my PC and installed it as a slave in another PC. My XP partition is visible. My new partition is visible. My WMC partition is gone.

Now you know the whole story. Any suggestions on how to fix the boot problems I am having? I looked in the boot.ini file. Everything seemed right (btw).
Any way I can boot into at least one of the partitions?
If I delete the new part... Read more

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I managed to mess up my Windows 8.1 factory install almost as soon as I unboxed my Y50-70 with a couple of boneheaded moves. I was able to restore Windows from a downloaded USB image from Microsoft and the BIOS Windows key on the laptop. So far so good. The boot is on /dev/dsa1 as fat32. I have a suspicion that the system when installed was in a different location from the factory. The reason for my suspicion is the following. When trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as a dual boot, Ubuntu cannot see the Windows OS. I have tried shrinking the Windows partition using the windows partition utility. I have also changed the unallocated space from shrinking to ext4 using GParted. Do I need to change the Windows boot location or change the BIOS boot type to get Ubuntu to see it should install alonside Windows?

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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525, 320 GB HD with about 2 GB of free space left, 4 MB memory, running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit, SP1, updates current. Just lately, booting from off, Windows will not load, but instead gives me a \Boot\BCD error (0xc00000f)--an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I have repaired this error with my Dell-supplied OS disc repeatedly, and each time I turn off the computer it has the same error at startup. I have read that I may have to rebuild the BCD, but I don't know how to do that. Before I check with Dell, who I suspect will just tell me to reload Windows, I need to know how approach fixing my boot configuration data. The computer has had no new software installations, just routine Windows and Trend Micro Internet Security updates, I checked the disc for errors, and a few files were missing or incorrect, and defragmentation has also been performed routinely. Dell PC checkup finds no issues. How should I proceed?

Answer:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure:

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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Recently I reinstalled the OS on my computer. It was shipped with Windows XP HE SP2, but I formatted and put Win98 onto the system. Needless to say, it froze up at the Windows splash screen. So, I uninstalled it and put XP back on. My question here is, is there any possible way to put Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows XP all on one hard drive, and it work? I know how to partition the hard drive accordingly for the deed, it's getting the computer to actually run 95, 98, and 3.1. I'm cheating fate here, since I know 3.1 probably won't run on my 32-bit structure system, but it's worth a try.

My system is a Dell Dimension 4700 with 3.0 gHz CPU, 256 mb of RAM, and an nVidia 64 mb video card. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Multi Partition Boot/Multi OS install

The XP boot loader will let you boot XP and one DOS-based Windows version (Win 9x or Win3.1). However, you can't run multiple versions of Win9x and Win3.1 on the same system -- unless there is potentially some 3rd-party boot loader that can do this, but I can't recommend one.

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OK. My computer multi-boots to Windows 7 & 8 right now. 8 is on an SSD.

I am thinking about adding another HDD, moving 8 to the new HDD, and installing Windows 10 [Technical Preview] onto the SSD. If I disconnect the drives with 7 & 8 during the install, then add them to the boot menu after, can I make the computer boot to the HDD with 8, have that boot menu default to 8, with 7 & 10 as options, and if I make the computer boot off the SSD default to 10 with 7 & 8 as options?

Answer:Multi-Boot & Multi-Harddrive booting

Clone or image Windows 8 to a partition you create on the HD, boot into it or Windows 7 to add the other OS to a Dual Boot menu using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required).

Unplug the 7/8 hard drive, plug in the SSD to Clean Install Windows 10 Technical Preview.

After install plug back in the hard drive, boot it when needed using the one-time BIOS boot menu key, leaving the SSD as drive set first to boot in BIOS setup.

If this is not to your liking, then boot into the hard drive OS from which you set up the Dual Boot with EasyBCD, add Windows 10 to the Dual Boot menu using type Windows 8.1. You'll now have a Multi-Boot menu for all OS's, but the drives will still remain independently bootable, whereas if you'd installed TP to SSD with the hard drive plugged in, it will configure a Dual Boot which makes the SSD's boot entirely dependent upon the HD.

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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Did a re install with boot disk, not when the computers boots, its asking for the boot disk. I tried changing the startup order in the Bios having the HDD with windows installed on it as the First, but it still will not load without the boot disk.

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Did a re install with boot disk, not when the computers boots, its asking for the boot disk. I tried changing the startup order in the Bios having the HDD with windows installed on it as the First, but it still will not load without the boot disk.

Answer:Windows Doesn't boot without boot disk. Changes the boot order no luck

Hi wjason777. Welcome to the TenForums @wjason777

Normally I don't comment in BSOD section of forum.

When you installed windows did you have other drives attached? I would re-do the clean installation with only your primary boot disk attached.

I would also get a fresh copy of windows using the media creation tool and just leave it on USB Key.

Here is the clean install tutorial.

Clean Install Windows 10

If you only have your windows and programs on boot disk I might be inclined to delete all partitions and let windows rebuild, think it is step 13 in tutorial. Ensure your data is backed up.

Have one of the mods move thread to Installation section.


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Hello Lenovo Forum!This is driving me mad. I bought a SATA-to-USB3 Adapter to connect my SSD and HDD from my old computer and boot from them (I want to use the Linux on it). Yet I can't figure out how to do that. Secure Boot is off, Legacy Boot is on and yet - everytime I choose the drive in the boot menu, the screen goes black, there is a short drive access, and then I'm back at the boot device menu. I don't really know what to try now. Reimaging like most other threads here suggest doesn't help in that case because it's not a simple installation medium. What I tried aswell: Attaching the Adapter via a USB2-hub to check if there might be an issue with USB3 support. When plugged into my friends X230, both drives boot up perfectly fine and he can use them just fine. Any kind of help is highly appreciated.Kind regards,Iriya EDIT: Here the BIOS Options which I think are somewhat useful:Config TabUSB UEFI BIOS Support - Enabled (Tried turning it off, didn't helpSecurity TabSecure Boot: DisabledPlatform Mode: User ModeSecure Boot Mode: Standard ModeStartup TabUEFI/Legacy Boot: BothUEFI/Legacy Boot Priority: Legacy FirstBoot Mode: QuickRestart TabOS Optimized Defaults: Disabled

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New to this forum, sadly my laptop won't boot....I'm hoping I can get some insight here.
I get the black screen with the following messages:
"PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
No boot device found. Press any key to reboot the machine."

I can get into BIOS and run diagnostics followed by the prompt: "Success, all tests pass.".....but system won't boot.
I searched and searched the internet and tried various things but no change.
I removed and reinstalled the hard drive twice, no change.
I made sure the HDD is first to boot order in change.
If anyone can point me in the right direction I would certainly appreciate it.
Thank you in advance.

see pix:

Answer:Dell Latitude E6520 won't boot.....PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable and PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent. No boot device found. Press any key to reboot the machine.

Press F12 at powerup - boot to the Dell diagnostics and run an extended test on the hard drive - this will take a couple of hours (not just the 10 min or so the quick test did).  It'll likely show a bad drive.

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So I'm in need of the time right now, where I need help on installing Windows XP. I already made a partition of where I'm going to install XP and stuff like that. The only thing I need right now is, I have a USB Lexar 2 GB and SD Card 1 GB and my desktop that have the files on the installation disc. My laptop does not have a CD Drive at all, so I can't put CDs. I'm looking for a way on how to install this without having to buy a external CD Drive and then going out to buy XP... unless I can copy the files I have onto a CD and burn them.

Please help me out.

Answer:Multi-boot/Dual-Boot Windows XP on Windows 7

The problem is the partition you created needs XP formatting and I am not sure you can format using the XP installer if it is not booted.

I am testing now if XP files can be loaded into a USB stick and booted as Win7 can . Stand by.

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Hi I have a Portege A30-C-10H laptop. I am trying to re-install Windows as the software has become corrupted. I am having an issue that the machine does not boot from a Windows 7 disc - it just goes back to the boot menu screen. It does boot if I insert a UEFI diagnostic disc though.

Is there a way to allow CSM only booting in this machine? I have looked in the BIOS setting and it only gives the option for UEFI (Legacy).

I have also tried to update the BIOS. I am using version 1.30 and I have tried to update to 7.40 but it gives the message 'This computer is not supported'. Is there a way to resolve this?


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SORRY If Post is in wrong section.

I recently purchased a Sony Vaio MODEL NUM -SVE151E11M-.
It had Windows 8 Installed. I used my old Ubuntu 9.10 Live Cd to dual-boot (well attempt) the Laptop. The Disc was corrupted (Scratched), It created a grub then failed to install the O.S. After Reboot.
I was Getting Error
>> Winndows Boot Manager
>> 0x000000e
>> The Boot config for your pc is missing or contains errors.
>> Insert instalation disc or contact Admin.

I payed ?700 for this Laptop and the man at Pc-World wanted a extra ?50 for the instillation discs (??).
I downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 and used unetbootin to install it on the partition Ubuntu 9.10 had created.
I get the option to boot into ubuntu or windows 8 at the grub menu but i receive the error above when trying to boot into windows.
I tried downloading Win 7 to a DVD to repair windows boot config, It gave me uncompatable error message.
I still have..
>> SONY Partition
>> Windows RE
>> Recovery partition.
I've done some research and tried using Secure Boot and F-10 Key to repaiir system but i get errors also.
If anyone can help i will post all error messages that are required to fix problem.
Can i make a Restore disc from ubuntu or a sony restore disc.
I was going to try and download Win 8 next and see if i can repair from that.
All Files are still in the Folders. > RECOVERY > SONY > WINDOWS RE.
And i can access the Partition from Ubuntu.
Hope someo... Read more

Answer:Boot Loader issue \BOOT\BCD

From what I can tell a good idea would be to start off by resetting the MBR or master boot record. thats where I would start and see if that fixes it. If it does then it was the grub with the problem if it doesn't then you need to repair your partitions using a partitioning linux distro.

If a mod could confirm my thoughts I would feel more confident in helping you.

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Here is a new one for me.
No recent upgrades.
Sata harddrive installed with Windows only, no partitions, no dual boot. etc. (basic machine)
Additional Sata harddrive installed as backup/additional space. No OS installed on it, just use it to store music/pics/etc.
Standard XP pro installed, nothing fancy.

When powering on the last few days I get the "Boot disk not found, please insert system disk" error (may not be exact wording)
Then computer just sits there.
If I put in the XP disk, it starts to boot from CD and gives the "push any key to boot..." message. But, if I just sit there and do nothing, it boots into XP just fine and everything is there, all programs run fine etc. etc. life is good.

WTF?! is wrong with my computer.

Additional helpful info maybe:
Was playing with Bios to see if the HD just unplugged (done that once when dog hit the comp) and it didn't seem to recognize that there was a HD where the HD should have been. Another great mystery to me.
My one thought is that my HD may just be getting on the dead side. Its about 2years old, left on a lot and I probably abuse the crap out of it with my multitasking and stuff.

Any help, as always will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Boot Issue: Can't boot without XP Cd in drive.

I suspect that your BIOS boot options...still list the optical drive first. It's easy to check .


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Hi all,
I just built a new PC which is giving me a few headaches. Primarily, when it reboots, even if it's a windows XP soft boot, a few seconds after it cycles, the power clicks off, then back on, it then tries to boot, but hangs on a black screen with my CD, & HDD lights on. I have to turn off, clear any remaining charge, then reboot manually. I'm stumped, have checked my bios, defaulted all setting sto "fail safe" Any more ideas? Specs are:

AMD Athlonxp 3200+ Barton
Gigabyte Nforce2 400MHZ FSB Mobo (don't have model, at work)
1GB Kingston DDR 3200
Nvidia 5900xt 128MB AGP card
On-board audio (Audigy blew out somehow)


Answer:Boot Sequence Issue . . . Won't boot

Could be any number of things from heat to bad cables. Set it up with a minimum configuration of hardware installed and unplug all ribbon cables to CD-ROM's and power to those drives. Also take out all cards except the video and try to boot from there.

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After reading through lots and lots of posts and tutorials, I'm still a little confused. I worked for a carpenter one summer when I was a kid and he stressed the philosophy of measuring twice and cutting once as a rule to live by. So, before I fire up my saw, I thought I would seek a little clarification. I expect to get my new 60GB Intel 520 SSD delivered today and here's what I would like to do.

First, here's my system Info:

ASUS P8Z77-V/Pro/Thunderbolt with i7 3770 (non-K) and 2x4GB Trident X Series 2400 RAM
60GB Intel 520 SSD

Okay. I had Windows 7 Home Premium installed on the HDD, but in anticipation of using the new SSD as the boot drive, I cleaned it with Diskpart>clean all. Now, I would like to do a fresh install on the SSD from the DVD drive and use the following xml (from Keri), that I now have on a USB, to move the User and program data to the HDD.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64"
publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
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Answer:Boot Priority & Boot Device Control for New SSD as boot drive

We link to tutorials so you'll have illustrated steps for a specific suggestions. It's one of the main reasons we are the top tech forum on the web.

I would not move User folders as we've had feedback indicating unintended consequences. Much easier to copy your User folders to the HD data partition, rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. Keep the emptied C user folder in Library so you can see if anything lands there and drag it over to data drive in same window.

Install most-used programs to C, if space gets too tight uninstall and reinstall lesser used programs to data drive.

To save space you can set paging file to 2gb: Change Virtual Memory Paging File.
If you don't rely on it you can turn off Hibernate in Power Options, though it is perfected in Win7. These are trade-offs that must be decided with a small SSD.

Here are customized install steps for you:

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Check for a BIOS update. If none boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. Next if an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS, set DVD drive first to boot, SSD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirmi... Read more

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And I only see that BSOD when I disable automatic restart. The stop code is 0x000000ED (0x86403130,0xc000009c,0x00000000,0x00000000). I get the blue screen (momentarily) on all of the other F8 options.

When I boot using the Vista disk I get the msg 'Windows is loading files...', then I get what looks like the bottom part of the XP splash screen - the little bar with the green dots moving from left to right (was that part of the Vista start, as well?), then eventually the screen goes black..... and stays that way. Although after about 30 seconds the mouse pointer does show up - and its moveable. And the keyboard lights up properly on Caps Lock and Num Lock. But nothing else.

I did try booting off an old XP disk, and it did take me to a place where I could delete the partition.

Should I try that, and then try the Vista disk again, or should I just go ahead and install XP (although I would have that pesky product key to deal with)?

I somehow feel that if I could only get to a C: prompt I could do a fixboot

Answer:Vista will not boot - Unmountable Boot Volume - Won't Boot from Disk Either

and I'm not talking about a good answer. ANY response at all would have been appreciated.

My original post, titled Vista will not boot - Unmountable Boot Volume - Won't Boot from Disk Either seemed like it would be the kind of posting that would have elicited some response - Can't boot normally, in safe mode, or last good configuration. AND, can't boot from a genuine Microsoft Vista Home Basic disk.

But nothing.....

So I inserted an old HP Windows XP OS CD into the machine, and booted to the recovery center, where I selected to install XP. I formatted the drive, and then ejected the disk. I then put the Vista disk in, and booted from it.

Presto, it worked. This time it actually took me to the Vista Repair / Install page.

I deleted the partition, entered the product key and re installed Vista.

It is now working beautifully.

Thanks for your help.

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Hi, I recently discovered this awesome forum, I'm wondering if someone can help me with this issue. I'm really desperate ...

My tablet's model is Linx 1010 (Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33Ghz, 2GB RAM) with Microsoft Windows 10 32 bits pre-installed on it. I have been using it for more than two years. But suddenly, last week I tried to boot the tablet as usual, and I faced with this error on it:

Windows Boot Manager boot failed.

Upon pressing OK a new message appears:

Upon pressing OK another message appears:

And finally, upon pressing OK, my tablet's UEFI shows up:

Ok, this is all what I have tried:

1) I have made a USB stick with Rufus softwre (selecting FAT 32 file system, GPT partition for UEFI boot) and Windows 10 PRO 32 bits on it.
No success. USB is recognized, in fact the system tries to boot from it, but it fails:

USB is recognized on Boot Manager UEFI option menu:

2) Manually boot from Boot Manager UEFI Option Menu
No success. Same error message described on 1)

3) I installed another 32-bit image (in case the one of Win10 was corrupted) in ANOTHER USB stick
For instance, I installed this image on the new USB How to Reset Linx 7 / 8 / 10 Tablet Password with A Bootable USB Drive | Password Recovery
No success. Exactly the same messages from 1)

4) Pushed Power button and Vol+ simultaneosly, for 10-15 seconds
UEFI shows up (without the errors on 1), but anything changed. No success. Same error messages when I try to boot any OS from Boot Manager opti... Read more

Answer:Can't boot my Tablet. Windows Boot Manager boot failed.


Welcome to Ten Forums!

Assuming the Linx tablet does not support 32-bit legacy BIOS mode, and that the Windows version you are trying to install matches the tablet's architecture (64-bit or 32-bit).

As far as I know, to repair the EFI Bootloader in Windows 10 normally you need to get the tablet to boot from the USB recovery media and get to the Advanced Options screen to open the command prompt.

However, have seen where Easy Recovery Essentials, (by Neosmart) has helped in some cases:
Fix UEFI Boot: Fix for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10

If no luck with ERE, is there any possibility of contacting Linx for some guidance?
Sometimes these support crews have to be called (if phone number is available) in order to get any kind of help.

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My dad just bought a new laptop and gave me back my ancient VAIO T150 that I gave him 2 years ago. I was going to format it, and keep as backup laptop, unfortunately BIOS has a password which I know my dad did not put in. Chances are I set up the password years ago, I went through every possible combination that I could have used still without luck.

I gave up on that route, and simply ran windows install from within windows, the problem is that windows installer does not let you format the drive when you start windows install from within windows, saying that temp files are stored on the hdd. Windows recovery console is also of no help, as it does not let you execute setup.exe

I could pull the drive, format it, install DOS on it, put it back in, and then get the installer going, but as it is a subnotebook, disassembling it is a pain.

Does anyone have any idea how to run windows setup installer when you are locked out of bios boot order options, but have full access to the actual machine? Lol, no the laptop is not stolen.

Answer:Changing windows XP boot manager to boot from CD. [cannot boot from CD directly]

You've got a couple of options.

First, you can try to force boot to the CD. Lots of computers allow you to press a key to modify the boot sequence for that boot. Try hitting keys like F8-F12 and see if any of them bring up a boot menu. If that doesn't work, try to cancel any GUI boot screen to see if you can find what key you need to press.

Your second option is to clear the BIOS password. You might be able to get away with flashing the bios to a new/old version, but there are utilities out there that will help you clear the BIOS password. I've never actually had the need to use them, so I can't comment on how good they work, but they shouldn't be too hard to find.

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I get a message that Windows failed.
Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

It instructs me to insert the windows installation disc, restart, and run "repair your computer".  However, I did not receive an installation disc, only a utilities disk (which does not boot)
What do I do now?

Answer:Inspiron M5030 recovery boot issue. Recovery disk does full restore and starts Win7, which operates fine. But on restart, windows will not boot.

1. Reseat the hard disk drives, reseat the controller and monitor. 2. Perform chkdsk /r on the RAID volume. 3. Run diagnostics on the hard disk drives and controller and replace as necessary.
Additional Information:
Event ID 1001 is logged in the System event log. Log Name: System Source: Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting Date: 12.08.2013 11:23:04 Event ID: 1001 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: Description: The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000f4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xfffffa800644ab30, 0xfffffa800644ae10, 0xfffff80001be07b0). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 031214-68266-01 Review of the memory dump files using Debugging Tools for Windows will result in output similar to the following.BugCheck 7A, {fffff6fc40040128, ffffffffc000000e, 6454cbe0, fffff88008025000} Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+36c1a ) Debugging Details: ------------------ ERROR_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc000000e - A device which does not exist was specified. DISK_HARDWARE_ERROR: There was error with disk hardwareBugCheck F4, {3, fffffa8006332b30, fffffa8006332e10, fffff80001b8e7b0} ----- ETW minidump data unavailable----- Probably caused by : csrss.exe CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION (f4)
Look below for more details
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I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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Asus P8Z77 V Deluxe mobo.
Seasonic 1050W modular PSU
i7 2700k
Noctua NH D14 air cooler
Corsair Vengeance RAM 1600 (mobo - native is 1333mhz)

Sometimes, when I access my BIOS, on the first page I see, it will show UEFI boot disk in the boot order at the bottom of the screen.
When I access my BIOS at other times, it does not show the UEFI boot disk. (large stripe on disk icon that says UEFI).
There are times when I boot my computer, I see a black ASUS splash screen before booting into windows.
Other times, I see a Red/Black splash screen with another company's name.
Is this normal?

The automatic boot order in BIOS, it lists 2 devices.
my mechanical harddrive (disk 0) as option 1. Then my dvd drive as option 2.
The problem is my boot drive (with OS) is on an SSD (disk 1).
I tried to change it, but the boot order only shows DVD and mechanical HDD options.
I had to use the boot override option, which lists my SSD.

I just did a fresh install of win7, then upgraded to Win10. I only had the SSD connected.
I did not remove the win7 OS from my mechanical drive until I was sure Win10 would upgrade properly on my SSD. After the upgrade was working, I connected both HDDs and booted up I got some type of boot error. No boot sector found please enter a disk or reboot - something like that.
When I rebooted with the spinner disconnected, win10 started normally, afterwhich I hot connected the spinner disk and then formatted it to use as my data driv... Read more

Answer:BIOS boot issue and has UEFI boot option one time, next time it doesnt

This all stems from having both drives connected at the same time when you originally set this up and has caused the MBR location for both drives to be stored on one drive, your HDD (spinner). Which explains your very first boot error message (No boot sector found please enter a disk or reboot - something like that).

I would start from scratch; remove the SSD first and leave the HDD (spinner) and do a clean install on that with your original OS. Then upgrade to 10. Once done remove HDD and attach SSD and do a clean install of of original OS and then upgrade to 10 on that. This way the MBR is stored on the correct drive for each OS install and this should correct your BIOS flash screen problem.

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I have an XPS 8500 that will not boot normally. It was running fine and all of a sudden came up with the message "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key". I have figured out if I go into BIOS first the PC will boot up but is very slow in doing so. I googled the issue and found something telling me to default the BIOS. I did this and it booted once. Trying to decide if the HD is out. I ran diagnostics and it does not see a HD. But if that's the case why does it even boot after going into BIOS. I am running Windows 10 Pro. I updated Windows 7 Pro. I am a strong believer in Dell and find it hard to believe that a HD would go out after only 4 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Ok so I have been working as a tech for years and I am sick of disks for all my installs and scans. I have found a few great tools for making USB drives boot multiple live CD's and OS installs BUT none of them will allow you to install more than one win vista/7 onto them. so this is what i'm looking for...

a piece of software that allows me to install

10 live cd's (mostly Linux)
2 copy's of windows XP (home and Pro)
4 copy's of windows Vista (home pre 32/64 and business 32/64)
4 copy's of windows 7 (Home Pre 32/64 and Pro 32/64)

if you know of a program that can help me make one of these let me know.. or if you know a method of doing it

Answer:Multi-boot USB HELP

I dont think anything is in existence for such a task. You are talking about a 20 item menu on a USB Drive. I know of EasyBCD, but I have never heard of it working for so many items off of a USB Drive.

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Howdy techies. Here's my situation. I had one hard drive with 3 partitions and the C drive has Win XP Pro as my OS. Like most techies, I wanted a faster drive so I got me a 40GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8. I installed it as the slave drive. I used PartitionMagic 8 to put 2 partitions on it, D and I. Then I used Acronis TrueImage to make an image of my existing C drive. I then restored the image to my Maxtor D drive in order to have an carbon copy of the contents of my C drive. Next, I set up BootMagic so I could multi-boot to either the C or D drive. Now comes the problem. I can boot to my C drive with no problem but when I try to boot to the new D drive, it'll get to the Windows XP Professional screen with the moving bar thingy but never past that. The 'puter then reboots and starts the whole booting process over again. I'm not sure what the problem could be because the C and D drives are exact copies of each other. If one boots, the other should boot too is the way I see it. Can someone smarter than me tell what might be causing the problem and how to fix it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.

Answer:Can't multi-boot Win XP Pro

The difference between them is the drive designation. The D: drive is still looking for files on itself (formerly C: ).

It would be best to do a repair installation on D: to be sure all paths are correct.

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I have a customer that wants to use mac software to learn on but he wants vista as the primary OS so he can run his buisness wile hes not learning Mac. Is it possible to put both software in a multi boot fashion. The laptop is an alienware aura. If it is not possible is here a way to run the Mac os in a seperate shell wile vista is running kinda like a temp OS just to learn around on ?

Answer:Multi Boot - Is this possible ???

You could just use vmware for the OSX, I think...

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I have XP on my main drive and Me on the other. I want to set up a multi boot, but I forgot the correct syntax for Boot.ini.

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Question: Multi-Boot

I have 2 hard drives a 40 and a 80 and I have pro on both of them. When I start my computer it has a multiple boot screeen where I can boot this hard drive or this one Is tehre any chance I can get rid of this screen?


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Question: SSD and Multi boot

Is it possible to multi boot with an SSD, I was thinking about getting one, possibly 80gb, I have a triple boot system, and don't really want to lose them.

Answer:SSD and Multi boot

Anybody ?

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Hi all -

My girlfriends Dad just bought a new computer with Vista on it, and he wanted to install XP. There were 2 partions of 70gb set up on the computer. The first being labeled "ACER" with Vista on it, and the second "DATA" with nothing. So I formatted DATA again, and installed XP on that drive. Now I can't select to boot either, it automatically boots XP. The Vista files are all still there, is there anyway I can add Vista back to the boot options to select between the two? Thanks!


Answer:Help with Multi-Boot

This should help:

Scroll down to "Restoring Vista and dual booting" and read from there.

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Question: Multi-boot

Hi Guys, installed vista on my new hdd, have xp on my old one, want to know how i get the option of which hdd to load during start-up, Really need the help Cant be swapping the cables everytime i want to load a different OS lol



This article may help:

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Question: Multi boot

I want to use multi boot with Windows 7 and XP SP3 on separate drives.

I have a hard disk (SATA) installed on SATA 1 on my computer with XP fully loaded.

I installed a new hard disk on SATA 0 formatted it and installed Windows 7 on it. Windows 7 was installed after the XP drive

From what I have read on the forums I should be getting a multi boot menu when I boot up with Windows 7 on it and an older version (My XP drive) on it.

Instead I get no multi boot menu at all and the computer goes straight to Windows 7. The Windows 7 drive is recognized as drive C and The XP drive is recognized as drive D.

I have been trying to figure this out for hours, what am I doing wrong? I have looked at several threads on the forum but none of the suggestions seem to get it working correctly

Thanks for any guidance.


Answer:Multi boot

The 7 installer may not have identified the XP installation as a bootable OS installation and so it didn't build the dual boot menu. Only 1 thing to check, what is your OS choice(s) in System Properties/Advanced/Startup and Recovery/Settings/Default Operating System pull down? If there is just 7 on the pull down menu the 7 installer did not build the dual boot menu, if XP is there as well then increase the time to display the OS. You can add the XP install by hand using BCDEdit or EasyBCD I think but you'll have to search how to do it, I have never done that before.

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Question: Multi-Boot

I am running XP and Win7 as a multi-boot. When the computer starts, I get offered a choice of op.sys.My question - how do I edit this menu?Thanks in anticipation.


From an elevated Command Prompt, i.e. click the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ?Run as Administrator?. Type bcdedit and press Enter. The main details are:Identifier - is the name of the boot entry.Device - the device is the drive or virtual image that the system will use to boot.Path - is the location of the bootloader file.Description - is the name for the operating system, e.g. ?Windows 7?.

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I posted a question the other day about using the correct Boot.ini settings for setting up a multi boot with XP and Me. What I should have specified was that I have XP on my main drive and Me on the other(not a dual boot on the same drive). I just can't remember the right syntax to set it up.

Answer:XP and Me multi boot

It's not as simple as adding a Boot.ini file. The problem is that ME can only boot from the primary master C drive. The way it should be done, is to have ME bootable and then INSTALL XP. XP's setup will do all the work. But, I'm not saying it can't be done. Excellent instructions here:DualBoot
It makes a big difference whether XP is FAT or NTFS. Study it carefully before you start. Have ME and XP bootable install disks, just in case. Make sure they work. Back up all important data, first. Good luck.

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Question: Multi-Boot

  My hard drive is partitioned with a different O.S. in each one. How do I get it to multi-boot with XP as the default O.S.?


Depends on how it was set up initially...But with the vast amount of detail provided so far this may take some time...Patience.

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So I recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my computer. The computer already had win XP 32-bit and XP 64-bit, for my editing stuff. The two installs were on different drives. Now I installed Win 7 on the second drive replacing XP 64-bit.

How can I get rid of the boot menu saying "Earlier version of windows" and then listing BOTH XP 32 and 64? I only want it to have my 32bit XP, since the 64 cannot even be booted anymore.

Also, can I change the order Win 7 and XP show up in the boot menu?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Win XP and Win 7 multi-boot

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I have a 300gb hard drive and a gateway 1000 which is a few years old. I have partitioned the drive as such:

C: 2.1gb Fat16 (I believe it was 2.1)
D: 2.1gb Fat16
E: 100gb Fat32
F: 196gb Fat32

Objective = Install Win95, WinNT, Win98, Win2000, WinXP This is for training purposes for school. (A+ Certification)

I have installed Win95 and when I go to install WinNT it shows me that my C: & D: are "unformatted or damaged" and no matter what I do (boot to a 98 boot disk, format d: manually, the retry) I can't get past that. Does anyone have a clue what it is I am forgetting to do?


Answer:Want to Multi-boot....

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Question: Multi-Boot

How do I delate Multi-Boot if I do not use it


What OS are involved here?

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Question: multi-OS boot???

got here an old system and 5 OS.

P III-700MHz
512 RAM

OS i want to install: (for expirementation)
LInux Redhat 9.0
Linuz Mandrake 9.1
Win 98
Win XP
Win 2003 server

i know the different file system their using but is this possible to muti boot my system with these 5 OS?


Answer:multi-OS boot???




what OS will i install first? will it affect my system speed?

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