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Bootloader Locked

Q: Bootloader Locked

Is it possible to boot my laptop when i locked my bootloader with a passsward
currently running windows 7 Home basic.

Preferred Solution: Bootloader Locked

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A: Bootloader Locked

Can you explain what you did, was it a password you set in the BIOS by chance?

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My work laptop has whole disk encryption (safeguard utimaco). My hard drive is full so I convinced the IT guy to temporarily decrypt my hard drive so that I can image the original drive and copy it to a larger hard drive. This saves me from reinstalling windows and starting from scratch.

The problem is that even though the drive is decrypted, the bootloader for utimaco is still there. So when I imaged the new drive and tried to boot it, the utimaco bootloader freaks out and won't boot. So, I'm thinking I should be able to just run the xp recovery console from the xp install disc and do a fixboot to reinstall the windows bootloader, but I thought I would double check with the experts...

Thanks in advance.

A:remove utimaco bootloader (reinstall windows bootloader)

That would be the first step to run FIXBOOT from the Recovery Console, you may need to do FIXMBR if that doesn't work.

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I installed linux ubuntu onto my new laptop which was originally rinning windows vista ultimat 64-bit, in order to dual boot them, I chose in the llinux install to install grub, a bootloader designed for linux. I decided I didn't want linux anymore and deleted it's partitions. This was stupid, I turned on my computer the next day and apparently the grub bootloader was dependant on files on the partition so, now it won't let me boot to just windows, and I can't just exit grub and get to the vista bootloader either; once grub opens, it says it's starting, then displays


After that, I'm forced to shutdown. I've tried to use the startup repair feature in the vista os dvd, but it says nothing is wrong, since you can boot vista perfectly fine after you get past the grub bootloader, which I believe the startup check this feature performs begins after the grub thing comes up. I've tried doing things in bcdedit, but haven't found anything that has worked.

I need a way to either uninstall the grub bootlaoder (yes, uninstall the bootloader, we can do this because the vista one is fully intact and would pop up after grub while I was still able to boot normally before I stupidly wiped the linux partitions) or I need a way to bypass the grub bootloader to get to the vista bootloader.

Also, please no idiots telling me to change my BIOS boot device priority to boot from cd first, obviously I'm able to boot from my Vista os dvd in order to ge... Read more

A:Grub (a bootloader for linux) won't let me through to vista bootloader

Originally Posted by kautzken

Also, please no idiots telling me to change my BIOS boot device priority to boot from cd first, obviously I'm able to boot from my Vista os dvd in order to get to the recovery features, I want to boot from the hd not a cd.

When requesting help from us, it's best to be polite.

1. download EasyBCD
2. install it
3. go to 'Manage Bootloader' tab
4. select 'reinstall the vista bootloader' (this may be different)
5. click on 'Write MBR'
6. go to 'Add/Remove entries' tab
7. select Linux tab
(should be)
type: grub
name: neosmart grub
drive: (select drive that says something like 'Linux native')
8. Add entry
9. repeat 7 & 8 but the drive should be 'linux swap'

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I had issues today with desktop icon refusing to move and very slow performance. While I have Zonealarm Pro as my spyware and firewall s/w and AVG as my virus software, I assumed that something had come through.

1 I down loaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It found the following:

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\atmgr.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

2 I turned off and on the laptop, taking out the battery to make sure all was reset.

3 I reran the Virus, Spyware and Malware scans which all came back clean.

4 I restareted.

5 The problems persisted.
-The icons on the desktop are still locked (Auto arrange and arrange to grid are NOT turned on.)
-My mouse scroll wheel doesn't have any effect.
-After a restart, when I try to open IE, it takes itself into offline mode and trys to start a dial-up connection???

6 I downloaded HijackThis.exe and ran the scan.

7 I posted this. HijackThis scan details below.

Any advice would be appreciated. I'm non-techie, but reasonably competant, and follow instructions well!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:18:31, on 14/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:Trojan deleted but still: desktop icons locked, scroll wheel locked and makes IE work

Have now used Windows Malware checker and Spyware S&D too. Neither reported any problems. Burt I'm still having problems.
- Really slow startup.
- While the processes show nothing strange is happening, the machine has slowed to an almost halt.
- I'm now having difficulty logging in at all. Even in safe mode, when I getto the login hascreen, the password box won't open to allow me to log in. If I open in sradnard mode, I getone chance to login. i.e. it opens the passowrd box once and if I click smeplace else on the screen and the password box closes, then ihave to restart to get another chance.

Please help!

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I am Arun Kumar Kushwaha and I have discovered one Big Loophole/Security Leak in Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating System worldwide.
through which we can Access/Delete/Copy/Replace Important Data without Cracking/Resetting the Login Password in Windows 7 OS
and for this we not need any 3rd party Software/ CD/ DVD/ Pen drive/ CMD/ Script/ or any other means of hacking Devices/tool.

only through Windows 7 OS we can Access anybodies Computer Around the world, and user will never get to know that his/her computer has accessed by someone else.
This is purely Microsoft's Negligence towards user's Around the world.

U can assume how much serious is this Issue, if anybody can steal confidential Important data of Company/ Govt data/ or any other Sensitive Personal data of anyone who are using windows 7 OS.

I have Talked through telephone to MS India regarding this Issue and they told me that there is no loophole in their OS and can't be accessed by anyone without having Login Password or User need to Reset login Password with tool/software available.

also i have mailed to MS Technical support Team and also asked about this issue on Windows worldwide official support forum, but not get any meaning full response from them.

I am asking this message to here, coz i want to Spread this issue around the world, so every user can secure their Data and also MS can rectify this issue by releasing an OS Update.

Thanks for reading ..

Your's Truly
Arun Kumar Kushwaha

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Hello,in this this hard drive I have Windows 7 installed(had it and before) and on the other hdd I have Ubuntu 10.10. Before that I have dual boot with those 2 os's.
Now after I formated my hdd with Win7 and installed again Windows,grub loader has been deleted. Was searching on the internet and found EasyBCD as program that can help me. Downloaded and install it to pc,and now I want somebody to advice me about it how can I get back Ubuntu 10.10 in OS selection menu on starting up computer. On that hdd I have a plenty of files(maybe 150GB of files from my previous Windows 7)and I want them back.
I tryed to copy them using Ext2Explore ,but program is crashing after something start to copy/move/delete...
So If anyone can help me,I'll be thankfull.

A:Help about bootloader

Sorry - Do you want Ubuntu to show up on the Windows Bootloader? Or do you want to get rid of the Grub Bootloader because you can't boot into Windows?

Many Thanks,

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Yesterday I did a Vista home premium over my xp. The computer had been experiencing slow operation for about a week in xp, and I unsuccessfully attempted recovery partial and destructive. So I loaded xp all over and with good success, so I took it a step further and then went with vista. It performed nicely until the computer went into sleep mode. When I woke up I found this screen.
Windows boot manager.
windows failed to start.
File \Boot\BCD
Status 0xc000000f
I reinstalled the cd and it started the install all over like yesterday but stopped and shut down.
Now this is where this gets interesting. This is the only screen available. It will not go any further, I have tried f8, f10, f11, aqnd f12 with no avail. I cannot get into the os no matter what.This laptop is a hp dv8000 and has plenty of space to run the program. So if you ask me to use the boot up cd it will not go any further.My question is can I get to the OS prompts to repair the bootloader? Or can I reformat the hard without the system disk.A bit more to add I suspect that the cd is not being recognized, I can change the boot order however if it does not see the cd drive well it wont come

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I had windows XP on my laptop and decided to try out windows 7 x64. I created a new partition for it and installed it on that partition, leaving the other 2 partitions (XP partition and an other for file storage) untouched.

Windows 7 is working smooth other than the fact that there's no flash for 64 bit browsers, but the problem is that I can't boot XP. It just never gives me the option to, and when using EasyBCD, it doesn't even recognize that I have windows XP on my other drive.

Also when I start my computer it now beeps 4 times (beep...(long pause)...beep..(shorter pause)..beep.(even shorter pause).beep.) before installing windows 7 it never beeped at all.

I've got a Ordi computer(Estonian company):
Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz
nVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT 1GB
400GB 5400RPM HDD

Don't hesitate to ask if you need more information on something.

Thanks in advance if anyone is able to help me.

A:Bootloader can't see XP

Boot from the 7 installation CD and select Repair your computer from the Install screen. Then, select the Windows 7 partition. Startup Repair may run automatically, but if not then just select it from the next screen. Try booting back into XP once it finishes.

If that doesn't work, try the same thing, but choose the XP partition instead.

Let us know how it goes. Good luck.

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Can someone help me I recently installed ubuntu then after I uninstalled ubuntu I didn't restore the wjndows 7 bootloader , is there a way for someone to restore the boot loader without a cd drive and windows 7 recovery disk/windows 7 disk?

A:Bootloader help

You need to run the Bootsect.exe /nt60 command, but you need the Install DVD to do that.

Bootsect Command-Line Options

Download Windows 7 ISO (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) ? My Digital Life

There may be some option to put it on a flash drive if you do not have an external DVD.

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I Had a problem with my windows vista computer and needed to format the disk and reinstall windows.
the disk loaded but I never got a message saying what language or to continue.
it just freezes there on a colorful startup screen. I also can't boot onto my computer.
any Help i can get will be greatly appreciated.


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I have windows xp and fedora installed on my PC 1xhdd 2 partitions.

i had the fedora bootloader. very nice .. like the grub one on redhat 8. anyway i dont use fedora much so i have removed the partitions and im left with the usual windows boot loader. im installing Vista shortly and wondered if i could use grub/fedora boot loader to choose the os as the windows one is boring. if not are there any other graphical bootloaders out there. maybe ones i can customize with my own gfx etc.?



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I've noticed sometimes when I first powerup my windows 8 machine, it turns on, but I get no display on my monitor (has happened with 2 monitors). I am using the latest beta ATI drivers for my card. The weird thing is, pressing delete i dont even get the bios to appear, just a black/dark monitor screen. I am wondering if repairing the bootloader could fix this? Anyone know how to repair the bootloader? I won't loose any of my data, will I?

After turning off, turning on the computer a few times, I finally get display and can get into windows 8, but it's annoying.

MB is an ASUS P8z68V/gen3

A:Fix bootloader?

Do you have all the latest drivers for you mobo installed? I see there is a BIOS update as well as a chipset.

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​I have two computers - a desktop and a laptop. The desktop has multiple hard drives attached - an SSD (Windows), two internal drives and an external drive.The Windows installation was on the SSD with the boot partition. One internal drive contained the system partition.
I had erroneously marked the SSD (c:) as the active partition, which caused the computer to stop working and display a failed boot message.
When I tried to load the BIOS settings, this failed too. The BIOS loads basic information such as RAM info, but gets stuck and does not display other information such as fan speed, processor info, etc. Also, the mouse does not move.
I have an installation disk, but am unable to boot to it as I had removed all drives from the boot order except the SSD.
I tried connecting the SSD to my laptop and marking it as inactive, to no avail.
How would I go about recovering from this mess?

A:Fix bootloader

I would doubt very much that you removed all your boot devices from your Bios settings - Disabled Maybe...

With the drive out - Go into your Bios and Restore Factory Defaults..

This should allow you to bring up your Boot Menu during post...

Unless we can get it to boot SOMETHING we are pretty much SOL.. You gotta be able to at least boot the setup media

Once you boot to setup media > F10 or Shift+F10 will bring up a command prompt and you can then follow this guide..

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I have two os's in my internal drive, a windows 7 and an xp. Now my brother owned a laptop but no hdd's so i bought a new drive and installed in my pc so i can install an os to it (i used my pc because there is also no cd rom drives in the laptop) i finished installing the os, which is windows xp by the way. Now i know that shouldn't have installed an older version of windows after installing a newer one, but i didnt know that it was gonna write the boot files on the drive i booted from, i thought it was going to write the boot files on the destination drive. so now bootmanager only sees two os's, the old xp and the new xp but no window 7.
is there something i could do to restore the old boot files?
can anyone help me pleease ( i'd be forever grateful

A:Bootloader gone :(

Hello, and Welcome This may work but I can't make any promises.
Download and install EasyBCD. It's free for home use. Run the program. You may have to install .NET Framework 2 in order to run it.
Click the BCD deployment button on the left. Under MBR configuration Options click the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR then click the Write MBR button.
Reboot. You should be able to boot to Windows 7
If you do not have a XP entry, that can be fixed later.

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I was resizing and moving a couple partitions around with easeus partition manager, it had to reboot because I was moving my c: drive towards the front of the disk because somehow I had 1MB unallocated in front of everything, and I also deleted an ubuntu partition from the end of my disk and resized c: to fit the whole disk.

Anyways, after the reboot it said it was running in safe mode. I left and returned a while later seeing only a black screen. I still thought it was working away, so I just went to bed. I woke up the next morning and it was still blank. So I went to work and got home about 9hrs later and it still was just a blank screen.

So, impatient as I was getting, I just shutdown the computer and rebooted. My HP splash screen comes up showing me ESC for boot options, F10 for setup and so on, then goes blank. Nothing.
I didnt have anything valuable on that drive that I was worried about, so I just grabbed my windows install disk and booted it.
I go through accepting terms and it starts the installation, then midway through one of the processes it just reboots to a blank screen. Then when I just let the computer boot, my bootloader screen has 2 window 7 options and no recovery D: partition anymore.

I have tried to install from my disk 5 times now with the same results, now I have 6 windows 7 options on my bootloader screen, and none of them work. Ive tried system restore but it rebooted to black as well. Getting desperate now, hope I couldnt somehow have hardware... Read more

A:bootloader corrupt?

and I also deleted an ubuntu partition from the end of my disk

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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Here are the drives I have on my computer:
-Windows 7 installed on a 1TB drive
-Windows XP on a 500gb drive
-2TB drive for storage.
-1TB drive for storage
-500GB drive for storage

Windows 7 was installed before XP, and I believe XP came after the physical installation of the 2TB drive.

I always have to press F8, and then select the first hard drive in the list, and then I'd be able to select to boot "Windows 7." Otherwise it'd give me "boot disk boot error, please insert system disk." The drive I'm selecting is my 2TB drive.

My computer won't boot if the 2TB isn't plugged in. I've tried Option One and Two from here with no luck:

Anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix it? Thanks

A:BootLoader - Very Confused

Life Lesson # 2135: ALWAYS unplug ALL hard drives EXCEPT one when you are installing an OS.

Otherwise, you're going to end up with a mess like this with bootloaders and stuff scattered all over the place.

The thing is, even if you tell the OS installer to install to hard drive "ABC", the bootloader is installed on the first disk (Disk 0) in the system. The boot files (C:\Windows, etc.) are still on the drive "ABC" you told the installer to use, but the bootloader that points to them is on another drive (hence why your computer won't boot if the 2TB isn't plugged in).

Make sense?

We can try to unscramble it (it's possible, but can be a pain sometimes). However, the best policy is the first line of my post.

How do you wish to proceed?

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I want to remove the non default os and just have the one os, The one i want to keep starts 'multi' the one i want rid of has 'signature(c4fcc4fc) could anyone please tell me how to edit, thanks..

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

signature(c4fcc4fc)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


A:Editing Bootloader

Just Simply Remove:
signature(c4fcc4fc)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

and then save boot.ini
Remove using BCDEdit

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Okay so i installed partition magic and accidentally installed bootmagic too. I was preparing to install windows xp and ubuntu. after i reboot after installing bootmagic, i get this btmagic.img error. i think "oh well, ill just install ubuntu. I installed ubuntu on my entire hard disk (therefor removing vista that bootmagic was on). halfway through installation i get some errors and then my dvd drive ceases to function (again). i am currently running off a ubuntu off a usb. Does anone know how i can remove the btmagic error from when i boot up, or at least replace btmagic with somethin that works? I need to do this via usb too. Please help. ( also i tried to install windows xp via usb but i keep getting error 8?).

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Hi, I have a 500GB HDD that I have partitioned into 3 sections.

1. Windows XP
2. Linux
3. Windows 8

After a spending some time tying to find the bootloader so I can choose what OS I can start up on, I finally had to install EasyBCD and configure that to allow me to boot to what ever OS I choose. My question is, if I am on XP side, and I go to the Startup and Recovery Settings, and change the Bootloader Default Notpad (to configure or change the name) and rearange them in this notepad, will it work or crash?

Here is what I am trying to say:

; This boot.ini was automatically generated by NeoSmart Technologies' BootGrabber.exe
; Use EasyBCD from EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies to manage your bootloader
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP on C:\" /fastdetect

Changed to this:

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP on C:\" /
[operating systems]

Will this allow my XP to come up as my first choice?

A:Windows 8 Bootloader

Windows 8 doesn't use a boot.ini file, that is Windows XP's boot.ini file. Changing that will likely just stop XP from being usable. What order did you install the OS's in and how did you install each one. I believe Windows 8 will normally install its boot loader in the system reserved partition. If its there it will be a hidden partition and be the first partition on the drive. If Windows 8 detects another Microsoft OS on the drive it will replace that OS's boot loader with its own and setup the dual boot. I have no experience with Linux so I'm not sure what that does to things. What do you see on screen when the PC boots up and what OS loads by default?

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My pc isnt booting to normal windows.. It gets stucked to the bootloader screen.. Plz help

A:Bootloader corrupted

Do a Strartup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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Where's the bootloader file for Windows XP installation located?
Like the screen that shows up when the machine starts up and the preference for what OS to boot is proffered.
Where does that info reside?

A:Where does Bootloader for Win XP reside?


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I really have no idea what I did wrong here.

A while back I got a new hard drive, added it to my current computer, and re-installed XP Pro on it. The computer's been running great, and the old drive's been there as a second hard drive so I can get files off. (I think I unplugged the old drive as I was installing the new one, but I'm not sure.)

Yesterday I re-formatted that old drive from within Windows, effectively wiping it completely.

Today I re-installed XP Pro on that old drive. I left the new drive (with Windows) in while I did it. For some odd reason, the installation process thought my new drive was the D: drive (Windows Explorer has always called it C: and called the old drive D:) But anyway, I selected the old, small drive, and successfully installed Windows on it.

The problem is now this, and two-fold:

1) I did not get the handy-dandy bootloader thing that these Internet articles say I should have gotten. If both drives are plugged in, it loads the new version of XP on the old drive, and that's it. If I load the boot menu, it only gives me the option of booting to a SATA drive or floppy or CD-ROM or USB...nothing about WHICH SATA drive to boot to.

2) If I take the old drive out and re-boot with only the new drive plugged in (after I shut off that old drive in Setup, of course)...the computer takes something like TEN MINUTES to boot up. It's ridiculous. But it does finally do it. It does the same thing at shut down.

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A:Screwed up bootloader?

you have two boot.ini files one on each drive. when you installed windows on the old drive it was the primary drive in bios and a new boot.ini file was written to it instead of the original boot.ini being edited to create a dual boot system.

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I have installed Grub bootloader on my windows computer using this tutorial, but when I boot into Burg and load windows, it doesn't work. Please help me.

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I have downloaded, compiled and installed Burg for windows from here.
I have followed the guide, and did nothing wrong.
So, I try to boot from it, and when I choose Windows 8.1 from the screen, it just loads my default windows boot manager. It shows the items, Windows 8.1 and Start Burg. Please, anyone help me.

A:Burg bootloader

Never read someone intentionally downloading a Grub before :/
My question is why

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So I'm having some trouble with the windows 7 bootloader.

I have a dual boot system with Gentoo Linux as the other operating system. I have Linux installed on partition 1, swap on partition 2, Windows on partition 3, and a storage drive as partition 4. Partition 4 was NTFS format, but I formatted and encrypted it.

Turns out unbeknownst to me that the Windows 7 bootloader was installed on partition 4 and now I cannot boot windows. Windows was apparently installed on a logical extended partition for some reason, thus it had to use a different drive to install the bootloader on.

I tried using my Windows 7 recovery disk and the automated startup repair didn't even detect the Windows partition at first, but running bootrec /scanos from command line did detect it.

I used Partition Wizard to convert the Windows partition to a primary partition and marked it as the only bootable partition in the whole system.

After that I was able to run the automated repair wizard a couple times. I also ran bootrec /fixboot Everything seemed like it should work, but when I try to boot Windows I get a blinking cursor and after a great while it will timeout and report "Disk Read Error."

The startup recovery tool reports there is nothing else it can do, but now bootrec /scanos does not report any operating systems.

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A:Bootloader nightmare

Hi arwing welcome to the forums

Can I ask, how did you encrypt the drive, was it using Bitlocker?

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well im having trouble removing one of my operating systems.
i had xp prof x64 double booted with xp home, i think xp x64 was set as default. i removed the partition with xp x64 hoping it would then run with just xp home, then i deleted xp x64 from the bootloader, but now the bootloader comes up with xp home and windows (default). clicking on the windows (default) option takes me nowhere because the partition no longer exists. how do i get rid of the bootloader all together so my computer runs off of xp home alone?

i read a post online that told me how to remove it from the Boot notepad file, which i did and now have xp home set as the default, but that document still says i have 2 partitions, which i dont.

confused much?? if i havnt explained it very well just ask, but all help will be greatly appreciated

A:remove os from bootloader

Reinstall the boot loader for XP home. You need its OS disc.

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I read about dual boot win xp (first ) and win 7. It says: win 7 does not see the win xp partition/drive and change made in win 7 ALMOST makes no change in win xp.

So change in win 7 in this case does make change in win xp. What is it ?

A:windows bootloader

Windows 7 will replace the XP bootloader to
control booting.
If windows 7 does not see your XP partition,
you can run easybcd to add XP to the windows 7
Run it from windows 7.
There is a free community version for personal use.
If you are planning to resize your partition to install
windows 7,make sure to backup any critical data.

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I have dual boot windows 10 and windows 7 setup. windows 10 is the main system. windows 7 is a hard drive taken from old broken laptop. I used bcdedit to set it boot up. WIndows 7 Microsoft banner would come up for 2 seconds then system would turn off and restart. I wanted to see what was loaded on the system so I used windows 7 repair disc to make it start. The repair disc 'says could not automatically repair the system.. Then I restart the system.

Then the Microsoft windows blue flash icon would come but then screen turn black, system stay on, nothing happens, hit any key on keyboard, push power button on computer case, screen still black. the power button on computer case would not turn off system. this stay long time, about 20 minutes, then the blue boot menu come on.

The next time system restart.windows boot menu become windows 7 style classic menu.


The GUI windows 8 style boot menu is gone.


I looked through different websites, tried different commands. not fix. So I give up windows 7 and put windows server 2016 on top of it, hope to bring back the blue menu. But still same.

how to fix this?

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I have Vista Home Premium 32 bit installed on my Compaq laptop. I wanted to dual boot with XP so I partitioned off 40gb and installed XP onto that. Afterwards of course my Vista bootloader was wiped out. Using a Vista Recovery CD I was able to recover the bootloader and load into vista, but this wiped out my boot.ini and I can no longer get into XP. I have used bcedit in the past when dual booting a Windows 7 machine so I am somewhat familiar with it. When I use the command bcdedit /enum, the XP partition is not listed, so I cannot add it to the boot menu.
I also tried rebuilding the bootcfg through the XP recovery
All I want to do is have the menu to choose from either Vista or XP. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


A:add xp to vista bootloader

I don't understand how repairing Vista had any effect on your boot.ini on a separate partition without affecting any other files there. Do you have anything else unusual about your setup?

Of course, XP would not be listed in the BCD. If it were, you would not need to add it as a boot option because it would be there already.

Try EasyBCD.

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Running windows XP,

i booted ubuntu 8.4 off a live CD, and did a full install onto a flash drive.

now when i boot off the hard drive it looks for a bootloader on the flash drive and uses that instead


A:Grub Bootloader

Do you think you might get more help in the Linux forum here at TSG? I've seen (and used) some very helpful replies there?
You could ask a mod to move this thread if you think that's a good idea.


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My apologies if this as been asked already. I'm surprised there isn't more information on this on Google. I am dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 on their own partitions. I would like to add Ubuntu on a third partition. Three questions:

My understanding is that Grub will not pick up Windows 8 and Windows 7, only Windows 8. Is this correct?

If I select Windows 8 in Grub, will it give me the Windows 8 bootloader which includes Windows 7; and

Is there anyway to install Ubuntu into the Windows 8 bootloader?

I never had luck with Easybcd, but that might be an option, but would prefer not to. Also, I don't care for any kind of VM setup. Any and all info would be appreciated. Thanks guys!

A:Windows 8 Bootloader

I haven't played with *nix in a long time but this will help you add a *nix OS to the Windows 8 boot loader and do all sorts of other wonderful things without having to resort to getting all command happy:

Download EasyBCD 2.1.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hi, my computer is dual boot linux / Windows XP SP3.
When I boot it up the grub loads fine and linux will load sucessfully.
However when i try to boot XP the windows bootloader asks me wether i want to boot in Safe mode, safe mode with networking...
the usual list. I have tryed every one and i get the same results.
It comes to the bootscreen.
When the bootscreen would normally finish and the
GUI (not sure if this term applies to windows) would start the system simply restarts, giving the same results time after time.

Can anyone plz help me?

A:XP Bootloader Problems

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Hi...Is there a program ( except EasyBCD or VistaBoot Pro ) where you can physicly EDIT the information...ie NotePad-Style?


A:editing the bootloader?

The only way I know of other than the two apps you have already mentioned is via BCDedit at the command line.

BCDEdit Reference

BCDEdit Commands for Boot Environment

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Hello all,

Just started having an issue with a pc that was acting suspisciuosly of late.
I ran my normal tools Malbytes malware remover, and Hijack this!

Hijack this found nothing that seemed out of the ordinary.
Malbytes found 1 infection and cleaned it open reboot(did not get log)

It was working fine for the past couple of days, until now when we go to use a internal Java website, it try to load a suspiscious JS script. ga consol uri:

I read a few other articles and believe it is the new rootkit out in the wilds.

Please find the following reports attached

Scan With RKUnHooker:
RkU Version: 3.8.388.590, Type LE (SR2)
OS Name: Windows XP
Version 5.1.2600 (Service Pack 2)
Number of processors #2
0xAA316000 C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\RtkHDAud.sys 4628480 bytes (Realtek Semiconductor Corp., Realtek® High Definition Audio Function Driver)
0x804D7000 C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe 2142208 bytes (Microsoft Corporation, NT Kernel & System)
0x804D7000 PnpManager 2142208 bytes
0x804D7000 RAW 2142208 bytes
0x804D7000 WMIxWDM 2142208 bytes
0xBF188000 C:\WINDOWS\System32\igxpdx32.DLL 2121728 bytes (Intel Corporation, DirectDraw® Driver for Intel® Graphics Technology)
0xBF800000 Win32k 1847296 bytes
0xBF800000 C:\WINDOWS\S... Read more

A:Possible New Trojan/Bootloader

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While playing around with linuxmint 17.3, I accidentally pulled out the USB from which the live linux distro was running. When I tried to boot into Windows, it's now stuck in Automatic repair loop, it goes into loop whenever I try to boot into safe mode and startup repair cannot solve the damaged bootloader. I have tried bootrec utils (fixMBR/ rebuildBCD/ fixBOOT) but to no avail. Also I have important data on the C drive so I can't reinstall Windows because "Reinstalling windows without losing all your files" shows an error saying that the drive is locked. I'm currently using live linux, x64 bit architechture. I need Windows back. Is there any way I can fix the bootloader?

A:Damaged bootloader

two options: boot into the live distro such as the linux boot disc. a useful tool.

it will also help to salvage all your crucial files and folders. also the top entry of tools in the link is useful with boot repair. other then that without a repair i would carry on saving all my crucial stuff and reinstall the original os and upgrade to win10 from start.http://www.gfi.com/blog/top-5-free-rescue-discs-for-your-sys-admin-toolkit/

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I'm not really sure which category this would go under, but here's my issue. I got a PC that has Windows 10 preinstalled on it and I wanted to run windows 7. I created a different partition then installed Windows 7. All the drivers worked and got installed. I wanted the Windows 10 graphical boot loader which has the mouse so I tried to install that by going into recovery and doing the bootmbr and fix commands but now whenever I try to start the PC with fast boot on it goes straight to windows 10 and without fastboot it shows the old boot menu.

A:Bootloader Issue?

Something got hosed up and now Windows 10 thinks that 7 is the main OS.

You will most likely have to format the drive and start fresh.

What do you mean by 10 having the mouse? Are you talking about the initial screen when 10 first starts loading?

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Hello there, I have created two boot entries in boot.ini of xp..Is there any way to create a background in the windows bootloader??

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how do i reinstall vista's bootloader without installing. i've tried vistabootpro 3.1, which works great for uninstalling, but the reinstall option doesn't work.

A:restore bootloader?

hey drum, i ran across an article in smart computing that might help you out, not sure if it pertains to vista or not, but it's worth a shot. the part you need is about half way through the article.



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how make bootloader ??

how create bootloader ??

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A:how make bootloader ??? help

Step by step instructions

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Forgive me if this is in the wrong section.

I previously had two partitions on my hard drive, a small one for Ubuntu and the rest for Windows XP. Earlier today I got rid of Ubuntu, and extended my Windows partition to fill the empty space. Unfortunately, Ubuntu was, for lack of better terms, "in charge of" booting up my computer. Now when I start the computer, it sits at the blinking command prompt-esque cursor.

My question is this: how do I put the Windows bootloader back in charge?

I do have the installation disc, if that is of any concern.

A:Restore XP bootloader

Have a look at this ...

How to Restore Windows XP Bootloader | eHow.com

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Hey guy's I wanted to try out Ubuntu so I made a live USB, installed it, but I wasn't paying attention and I installed grub (ubuntu boot loader) over my windows 7 boot loader.

Current Setup:

Now I have 2 HDD's in this PC. My 320 GB is my old hard drive and has xp still installed on it. I use XP for things here and there, but I also use the hard drive for storage.

My main HDD is my 750gb which has windows 7 installed on it. It's the one I installed ubuntu on (and messed up the boot loader)

I dont really want to have to reinstall windows, but I guess I will if I have to... (building a new PC)


So right now, I boot off my 750gb HDD and it will just take me to a black screen, so I used the install CD to try and recover my bootloader but it installed the windows 7 boot loader over my XP boot loader (on my 320 gb hdd)

So now I boot off my 320 gb hard drive and it will boot windows 7 from my 750 gb hard drive(Because of the recovery I did with the install disk). I tried unplugging my 320gb hdd and using the install disk to recover my bootloader, but it didnt do anything to help. Still same issue, boot from my 750gb hdd and I get a black screen, windows doesnt load)

Now what I'm wondering is would I be able to make a small partition say 20gb (I have over 300gb of free space on this hdd...) and install windows 7 on it? Wouldnt that install the boot loader also? Then I could just delete the partition, and I would have my windows 7 boot loader on this hard drive? It wo... Read more

A:Bootloader Issues

Mark Win7 partition Active in order to recover the System boot-critical files so it will start on its own. Unplug XP HD to do this.

Boot Win7 DVD Repair console to access a Command Line to use Diskpart: Partition - Mark as Active

After marking 7 Active, close Command Line, run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to write the System MBR to Win7: Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

It would be much better to keep your OS's on separate HD's booted via BIOS so they remain independent and can come and go as you please. This is especially important with Ubuntu as GRUB can corrupt Win7.

So if you're able to start Win7, plug back in the XP HD and boot it via one-time BIOS Boot menu which is normally F8, ESC or DEL on Asus mobos.

Then reinstall Ubuntu to another HD booted only via BIOS Boot menu to keep it separated.

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Hey guys, question for y'all:

I was running Windows 7 64-bit with a dual-boot configuration with Ubuntu 10.04. When I wanted to get into Windows I'd just select it from the GRUB menu upon booting up. Everything was working fine until (for a reason I still can't figure) Windows was dropped from the bootup menu. The partition Windows is on is still mountable and browsable from Ubuntu, so I am assuming it is not a hardware problem. I booted from the install DVD in the hopes of repairing Windows, but without a bootloader present, the disc doesn't know that Windows is there, and gives me a "StartupRepairOffline" error when I try to run its repair function. Is there any way to repair the bootloader without a full reinstallation? As far as I know the Windows files themselves are fine and workable.


A:Win 7 lost from bootloader?

If you cannot add Win7 back to GRUB bootloader, then uninstall GRUB, Boot the Win7 DVD or Repair CD, make sure Win7 partition is marked Active, run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to write the System boot files to Win7 and start it up:

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
System Repair Disc - Create

Then install EasyBCD 2.02 to Win7 to add Ubuntu by name, drive letter, Linux type on Add Boot Menu Entry tab.

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Hello everyone,

I got serious problem and don't know what to do. I have notebook Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pi 2540 with Vista Home Premium preinstalled. There are 3 partitions on disk: C system, special reserved partition for recovery and D. I installed Win 7 Ultimate. Everything gone fine, but after restart following happens: computer stuck in cursor screen without any error message and boot nothing. Booting from USB or DVD doesn't work. I have removed disk and put it in external reader. I formated C partition. Result is the same. Computer doesn't boot any way.

1) Is there any possibility to recovery old Vista form recovery partition?
2) Or is there any option how to rewrite bad bootloader?
3) Or what else can I do to let my computer boot?

Thank You very much for any answer.


A:Win 7 bootloader failure

Quote: Originally Posted by codeholder

Hello everyone,

I got serious problem and don't know what to do. I have notebook Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pi 2540 with Vista Home Premium preinstalled. There are 3 partitions on disk: C system, special reserved partition for recovery and D. I installed Win 7 Ultimate. Everything gone fine, but after restart following happens: computer stuck in cursor screen without any error message and boot nothing. Booting from USB or DVD doesn't work. I have removed disk and put it in external reader. I formated C partition. Result is the same. Computer doesn't boot any way.

1) Is there any possibility to recovery old Vista form recovery partition?
2) Or is there any option how to rewrite bad bootloader?
3) Or what else can I do to let my computer boot?

Thank You very much for any answer.


First you would get more response for a vista OS on vista (vistax64.com) but.

Do you have a working Vista dvd? It works on another computer?

Ifr so boot from the working dvd (not a restore dvd). What happens?

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Have win7 on one drive and ubuntu on 2nd drive ,my son has deleted the partition with the ubuntu and now i have a system i cant get into cause the win bootloader is corrupt and nothing will boot from any disk or usb drive as boot
Can anyone help

A:Bootloader corrupted

Boot up using the Startup disk CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
Make sure no USB drives are plugged.

Do a Strartup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If you have not made your Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create
Do you have a mate with Windows 7 & CD/DVD RW Drive, how could burn one off.

But IMO, as Linux was install, you looking at a Reinstall.
For help to reinstall, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

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I am going to make some changes to my system. I will move my SSD connection from port 4 to port 0, my DVD players from ports 2 and 3 to 3 and 4 and my Raid drives from 0 and 1 to 1 and 2.

I think I will start by disconnecting the SSD and move the DVD players and boot back into Vista to see it it looks OK. Next disconnect Raid drives and move SSD, set DVD as first and SSD as second in boot priority. Boot to DVD for a clean install of W7. Next is the to reconnect the Raid drives with Vista and create a bootloader for them.

The whole purpose of this is to get the bootloader away from my Raid array as intel Toolbox will not work when the bootloader is within my Raid array.

Anything to be aware of?

How do I best recreate my bootloader for Vista? I just have an OEM original Vista Disk and Vista is in SP2.

A:Bootloader for W7 and Vista

Take a look here:

Startup Repair - Vista Forums

Create a Recovery Disc - Vista Forums

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Hi. In the past I had someone install an alternate operating system and alternate bootloader on my computer after a RAT got onto it. I just found some RAT on my flash drive that i use on this computer and need to know if someone is on my computer again. I have done the adware, tdsskill, farbar, jrt, rkill. I ran an updated malwarebytes but it didn't give me a report but it didn't find anything.I would really appreciate it if you could tell me if my computer is infected at this moment and if your tools are definitely able to tell if there is an alternate os and bootloader on anyone's computer since that is what I am probably trying to avoid.

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