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Windows XP wont boot, selection menu is frozen

Q: Windows XP wont boot, selection menu is frozen

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I have have friend whoose winxp pc wont boot. When he turns it ok, he sees the "your computer was not shutdown right...... and all the differnt starting option come up: safe mode, normally, last know config that worked ect. However when this comes up the start normally choice is highlighted, but pressing enter over it does nothing, and there is no way to move to a different option. It stays frozen over [start normally]. I'm going to try and help him out and im wondering if anyone has any ideas about how to do this. First ill probably try F8 and go into safe mode, but if it freezes at the screen like he says then that might now work. I was wondering if i can dl a image and make some kind of winxp boot cd? He might has his computer's recovery cd, but im not sure, so im wondering if there is some kind of image i can put on a cd or floppy to help boot him computer.

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A: Windows XP wont boot, selection menu is frozen

Go HERE and download a boot floppy.

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I built this computer about a year ago, everything has been fine up until about 3 days ago. All of a sudden now i cant get past the windows boot screen, i make a selection (safe mode, last known good config, or normal) and it immediately freezes on that screen. I have tried to let the time run down but it freezes on 0.

Before it got to this point my computer would freeze from time to time usually when i was asleep or at work and the screen saver was up. I would move the mouse but the screen saver was frozen so i would just reboot. I did disk cleanups, defrag, Removed any scheduled backup tasks, ran spyware/anti virus detection software and removed any settings to turn off hard drive or monitor after any period of time.

I currently have the computer in pieces...i have booted the hard drive in another computer with no problem. At that point i ran a hard drive test where i passed with no issue. I have tried booting the computer with different sticks of RAM in about every combo imaginable (no luck). I have tried running a repair on the OS with the windows disk but never made it far enough to get anything done. I think it might be the motherboard but i am not positive. i am looking for some advice before i go and buy a new board. I have been debating on flashing the bios but have actually never done that before so i wasnt sure. Please Help...

A:O/S Wont Boot Past XP Boot Menu (Frozen)

You might want to try (no for certain) to remove the battery from the motherboard to reset it and then attempt a reboot.

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Hi there,
when i right click and select an option from the drop down menu the option i clicked stays stuck on the screen until i restart my computer. It's not clickable or anything but it's still there. It's always the first one I have clicked in each session. any ideas as to how to get rid of it? It gets quite annoying. I have attacked a picture as an example.
Cheers

A:Drop Down Menu selection frozen on screen

Strange. Only thing that comes to my mind is updating your graphics driver.

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Hello world, I am Kiran.
     As you can see in title i have a problem i am finding solution for 2 days by now. Found many suggestion on what to do on youtube, yahoo answers and many other alternate sites but unfortunately there was no solution for me, i mean i am beginner as compared to many people on this forum and i think there are many thing i haven't tried yet as i know this forum can suggest it.
     Problem is i am not able to navigate or perform any operation in bios once i am there. its weird since if my keyboard wasn't supposed to work in bios i shouln't even able to get there by pressing Del key in the first place; or f12 for boot selection menu. from the menu it like froze up there. it works fine in windows ones i m in, or within that f8 key operations that brings up several options and safe mode during startup. so its only not working in cmos/bios munu snd boot selection.
here's the Detail of hard ware:   
     1. gigabyte motherboard model:g31m-es2l
     2. logitech ps2 keyboard
     3. not necessary i think (core2 duo, ddr2 2 gb X2 RAMs, 2gb Nvidea grafics)
 
     Things i've already tried:
1. clear cmos by jumper
2. changed cmos battery(since it was depleted after 1 yr of no use)
3. tested with another ps2 keyboard
4. updated bios from gigabyte online services 2 times
5. removed viruses lol and still cleaning
6. countless time pc restart by pressing bu... Read more

A:Keyboard(PS2) not working in Bios menu and Boot selection menu.

If your system currently has a malware problem/situation...this is not the correct forum for such.
 
Any issues that the system has developed...may be related to malware.  Rather than start a million topics for emerging symptoms...let's see if we can neutralize the malware aspect and then go on to whatever issues may appear.
 
Moved topic to Am I Infected forum.
 
Louis

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hi there,

I have succesfully partitioned my drive with windows 7 on my one partition and windows xp on my second partition, I have third partition for media files.

My 2 operating systems have been setup fine, the only problem is when I startup my machine it goes straight into XP...its not showing the boot manager.

I want it to go straight to seven...please can you help?

thanks

A:Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection

BY default it should happen but in your case it doesn't so next time when u log in to xp, right click ur computer icon and select properties and then in advanced tab click startup and recovery....
Change the Default OS from there and give some time to list the operating systems if u want....

see picture for better understanding...

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I purchased a new hard drive and after having some compatibility problems, I decided to install Windows 98 on a small partition and copy the contents of my current hard drive (containing windows XP) to a larger one. Well, when I used Powerquest Drive image to copy my drive over to the new one it deactivated the primary partition on the old drive (i didn't know that it did this). I thought that the boot sector was removed so I used the installation disk to repair it. Not knowing what I was doing I added several redundant selections to the boot menu using bootcfg /add, and I couldn't find any parameters to remove the selections. If you know how to do this please respond. It is a real annoyance having three selections to the same OS. I will probably give up and just keep XP only. I am not willing to go through all those reinstalls. So if anyone know how to disable the menu selection and just boot to the default selection that would work, too. Thanks alot.

Kyle
 

A:Removing selection from boot Menu??

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A:how to edit windows seven os selection menu description menu ?

See if this helps.
Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager

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My computer boots, showing message "F2 for setup, F12 for boot selection", but actual pressing F2 or F12 do nothing.I tried to connect external usb keyboard - no effect.Sometimes it saying about keyboard stuck if i press too active but still do not go to setup screen. It is able to boot from hdd but i need to boot sometimes from usb or dvd and can not access this feature.Recent win10 installation may be related to problem but it happens with both win10 or win7 on hdd, or even with hdd removed. Without hdd it just loop on network boot attempts. No passwords were installed. Is there any reset for bios memory, or can flashing bios help? And is it possible to flash bios for this model?

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Have just acquired a GigabyteM61SMES21 Desktop loaded with win/7/pro and after making a dvd install disc,i decided to try it out,so pressed f12 and brought up the boot menu,only to find that I could not shift up or down to select drive and even escape was frozen. Would greatly appreciate help with solving this problem!! apart from this issue everthing seems to be working properly..many thanks to all  who reply.
                                                                  Jim

A:frozen boot menu

Hi, oldbod. How and where is the dvd installer created from? Can you press keys such as caps lock and check if they lit on keyboard? Other things that could also cause frozen issue related to your problem is a keyboard on USB or PS2 depending on your current interface use, a power supply, faulty RAM module, etc.. Do you happen to know if the problem is existent during or before acquiring the desktop?

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Hello

I was attempting to boot my Dell windows vista business in safe mode to fix a virus. I turned on my computer, waited for the Dell loading screen to go black with a blinking cursor (I have no "beep" to go by), and tapped F8 repeatedly, which gave me the boot menu as per normal. However, the menu appears to be frozen. The screen will not respond to my wireless keyboard in any way. I know it's not a problem with the keyboard, because I tried allowing the computer to boot normally and the keyboard worked. I have successfully used F8 to boot my computer in safe mode in the past- this is the first time it hasn't worked. Any advice on how to unfreeze the menu would be great.
Thanks

A:Vista can't boot in safe mode- menu frozen

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ok i just recently posted on here and had goten my problem solved... it was something wrong with my video card so i got a new one and it had seemed the problem was fixed... well if its not one thing its another.. which is really frustrating...

Last night i put my computer on standby and it stayed that way for a little bit and i accidently hit the mouse and took it out of standby and it froze at the user accounts page... oye vay here we go agian...

so of course i restarted and rebooted the computer as anyone would do and it brought me to the screen were i get to choose wether or not to start in safe mode or start windows normally so i start windows normally and it it gets to the desktop and the screen goes blank... i restart and no video so i took the video card out-- may i remind you its brand new right out of the box-- and use the onboard video on the motherboard and its still doing this...

i think it could maybe be one bad capacitor on the motherboard or possibly a software issue with one of the drivers used for the installation of the card i just put in... some please help.. AGIAN...!!
 

A:frozen out of standby now wont boot 100%

Using the Onboard video card can you get into safemode by tapping F8 immediately on startup and choosing Safemode
 

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Hello,

Today I noticed that I could not open my start menu with neither the windows button, ctrl + esc, or a click of the mouse. I've also had a problem the last couple of days saving/opening files in one of the programs I used to make music. I tried to go into safe mode to do system restore, but the safe mode didn't boot. It scrolled all the system files on the screen but then just stopped and nothing happened.

So, I tried the other option (forget what it's called) that lets you perform various other system restoration tasks. I brought up the system restore screen from there, but got an error that said something about corrupt files so it could not perform the restore. I checked again, and all my restore points had been deleted.

Lastly, when I click computer, all the drives are blank with no names beside them, only the icons. I can still click them and they seem to be functioning normally, so I don't know if there is a relation to this. I don't know if some registry files were deleted or if there is some other problem. I didn't notice the start menu/safe mode/blank icon issues until I just recently installed the latest windows update.

Sorry if this seemed a little long winded, but I would appreciate help from anyone.

Thanks,
adub2b23

A:Safe mode wont boot, Start menu wont appear and various other problems

Hi -

Try a repair/ install - http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88...all-vista.html

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hello,
I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
Yesterday I accidentally 'killed' csrss.exe. Then, after a bluescreen, my computer restarted and I got the following message:

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.

So I tried that, but when I clicked "Repair your computer", I got another error message:

System Recovery Options

This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of Windows.

Then I opened a command promt by pressing Shift+F10 and typed 'chkdsk /r /f d:'(all the other ones were ok) and got

The type of this file system is NTFS.
Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover
master file table from disk.
Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted.
Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50.

Bootrec /FixMbr and Bootrec /FixBoot didn't do anything either.
After that I rebooted to a gParted live CD and got a Warning;

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A:Windows 7: Boot Manager Status 0xc000000f, boot selection failed.

Well; one thing; did you remember to backup anything that you know you is important? Because If not you may be out of luck as it sound like some good sized corruption happened. Which leads me to think that the only way to fix this may be a complete clean install of windows.

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My daughter's laptop(acer aspire) has the above error message. we have no installation disc but do have the product key. I created an installation disc from my laptop but it have my product key. A tried to get it to use this cd as the install cd but it appears not to be working, What should I do?

A:windows 7 boot manager error 0xc000000e boot selection failed because

Just follow this tutorial. Make sure you first save the user data - e.g. with a live Linux CD. If you need help with that, post back.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi there,

I've recently built a new rig and I've had continuous problems trying to boot. I have two HDDs and one SDD. It seems when the two HDDs are plugged in, i can sometimes boot ok, and most times i get:






Quote:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

Status: 0xc000000e

Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible


Or

Please select a boot device, or something to the affect.

I've updated to the latest bios on my new mobo ( Gigabyte z97x SOC Force ) and ive done a fresh install of windows several times on the SDD. I also ran crystal disk to check health on the SDD and it came back healthy.

It seems mostly my boot problems are linked to plugging in the two other HDDs, though I've no idea why this would be, and how to fix it? Is it a motherboard problem or a HDD problem?

Any help greatly appreciated.

A:Windows boot fail: Boot selection failed because a required device is

Hi

Please post a screenshot of "Disk Management" as per this guide - Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

( Make sure all disks are plugged ).

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I have a strange issue haunting me. On a dual boot PC (Windows 7 x86 and x64 the OS selection (Windows Boot Manager) will not allow me to select with the arrow keys. Also the enter key will not allow bypassing the timer. I recently reinstalled both OS but it never worked previously when I had Windows 7 x86 and XP x64 on a dual boot.

During the install, during the several restarts that occur when you are doing an install it will work and I could select but now I cant. The keyboard is a USB keyboard with wireless mouse.

Any ideas?

A:windows boot selection

Hello Mojavekroc,

Double check in your BIOS settings to make sure that you have the USB Keyboard support at boot option enabled. Next, double check to see if you have both operating systems listed and have enough time selected to display them at boot.

Operating System to Start - Change Display List Time

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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for the past few months, my computer doesn't want to boot. I tested my RAM, graphcs cards, blu-ray burner, and HD, the only thing I couldn't test were my psu, motherboard, and cpu. hopefully the problems lies somewhere in there. I did get a BSOD and looked at the dump and it pointed to my RAM, so I ran memtest overnight and it didnt find any problems so I'm wonder if my motherboard RAM slots are faulty? I also used a cooler masters psu calculator to see if my system was underpowered. I have 750w and it said I needed at min. of 786w, but it suggested the same psu that i was using. anyways, every once in awhile I can get my computer to boot if I remove and reinsert my hardware. Once my computer boots, I have no problems. The problem happens when I have to shutdown the computer. Once I shut it down, it wont boot. and suggestions?

A:computer wont even boot to BIOS menu

If you are pushing the limits of your PS it could be causing your problems. Try running with one graphics card for a while and see if the problem goes away.

Let's start with that and see what happens.

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Hi
I am running two operating systems on my Samsung series 3 laptop:
1/ Windows 8.1 from my internal hard drive.
2/ Ubuntu 13.10 from an external San Disk extreme USB flash drive (very fast).

To start Windows 8.1 I just press the power button, to start Ubuntu I press F10 after pressing the power button then select Ubuntu.
My Problem is that my boot device screen shows the wrong information and also repeats itself.
The screen reads as follows:

Please select boot device:
Windows Boot Manager (PO: Hitachi HTS547550A9E384)
Ubuntu (PO: Hitachi HTS547550A9E384)
Windows Boot Manager (PO: Hitachi HTS547550A9E384)
Ubuntu (PO: Hitachi HTS547550A9E384)
Enter set up

Is there an easy way of removing the duplicate script and make the Ubuntu selection show the correct device.
The top two are the only ones that work.

Sorry for the length of the letter.
Regards.
Northerner.

A:Boot Selection Screen Windows 8.1.

This should help: Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

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Hello Everyone, as mentioned i have the safe mode directly into my boot menu. but it no longer will open, it goes straight to the window start up. how can i get safe mode to boot from the menu? Thanks

A:Safe Mode From Boot Menu Wont Open+fix?

Hi there,

First off, what is your computer issue? Are you using a desktop or laptop computer?

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i get this error Windows Boot Manager
Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible. i thought was my harddrive i have 4 3 sata 1 ide. I froze my main harddrive hoping to fix it i did it to my last one worked like a charm how ever i still get this error i put in my windows 7 disc but it cant find the win 7 says unknown location.

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Help!

So my work laptop is a Lenovo t440s running Win7 Enterprise.
I was playing around with trying to make a bootable USB so that I could run my own environment on my work PC with a quick reboot.

Anyhow, I tried to reboot the work laptop earlier and ended up with the following error:
Windows 7: Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible

I cant seem to get into system repair, or anything. I also don't have a CD drive in the laptop and finally to make issues worse, my only other machine (what im on now) is a Mac running El Capitan.

From all my reading I'm pretty sure its something to do with the MBR being messed up, but I just don't know how to fix it.

I've build a windows 7 virtual machine using VirtualBox and popped the HDD out and into a caddy. Not sure if this makes it any easier or not, but it meant that from in the virtual machine I could at least see the HDD in Disk Management.

Here's a screen shot:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9lo18i13na...15.54.png?dl=0

I've tried booting the virtual machine install see if I can go down the repair route that way but it just doesn't see the HDD or windows installation.

Any help will be massively appreciated and might just save my ass.

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Help!So my work laptop is a Lenovo t440s running Win7 Enterprise.I was playing around with trying to make a bootable USB so that I could run my own environment on my work PC with a quick reboot.Anyhow, I tried to reboot the work laptop earlier and ended up with the following error:Windows 7: Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessibleI cant seem to get into system repair, or anything. I also don't have a CD drive in the laptop and finally to make issues worse, my only other machine (what im on now) is a Mac running El Capitan.From all my reading I'm pretty sure its something to do with the MBR being messed up, but I just don't know how to fix it.I've build a windows 7 virtual machine using VirtualBox and popped the HDD out and into a caddy. Not sure if this makes it any easier or not, but it meant that from in the virtual machine I could at least see the HDD in Disk Management.Here's a screen shot:https://www.dropbox.com/s/9lo18i13na...15.54.png?dl=0I've tried booting the virtual machine install see if I can go down the repair route that way but it just doesn't see the HDD or windows installation.Any help will be massively appreciated and might just save my ass.

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So recently i decided to give linux a try and heard that Ubuntu was a great starting point, with me being very uneducated in this field, i went ahead and installed ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the Wubi installer on a separate external HDD. Well within the last couple of days i have had no luck to get ubuntu working correctly at the start up! It will always provides me with an error statement when i try to load it up stating "missing or corrupted file: \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr" although i checked the directory and the file was in the correct folder and i have tried to replace the file! I have tried to re-install ubuntu (with wubi) many times but this does not seem to work. Anyways, with my frustration towards the installation of ubuntu i went to youtube to look for solutions and found this video: youtube.com/watch?v=6_92aKSu4Es i went into the command prompt and entered "bcdedit" then "bcdedit /delete {current}" (current was my identifier code). I thought this would solve the problem but it made it worst, now i no longer see the Windows 7 boot option! so i believe when i entered those commands to delete the current identifier that deleted the windows 7 boot option! I dont think that i damaged the OS but rather deleted the boot menu option for windows 7. Since then i have no idea how to get it back. please help i am very lost and any help is very appreciated! Image I am wondering i some their is a command in ubuntu, once i install it correctly, if i ca... Read more

A:Urgent Help with Windows 7 boot selection recovery!

I would have asked a lot earlier than now. Everything you've done may have compounded the problem. However as long as Win7 remains on the disk the files can be rescued using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

But to try to repair it you must first confirm the Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) is the Partition Marked Active or it will never repair. Once you set the Active flag, run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Be sure to keep all other drives unplugged during the repairs.

In the future the best method is here to Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi;

I'm using recently reformatted a separate hdd for Windows 7. It previously has a Windows 7 Basic but I reformatted it to have Windows 7 Professional x86. My problem it lets me select an OS after the boot. I have to select from 2 Windows 7's. When I select the first on the list it would go on to the Windows 7 Pro, but the second one it gives an error. So I have to select the "first" Windows 7 everytime I start/restart the system.

How can I remove that "second" Windows 7 selection?

I had this similar problem before when I tried having a Windows 7 hdd as Primary Master and a Windows XP SP3 as Secondary Master hdd. The boot sequence was retained even after I have removed and formatted the former Windows 7 (Primary Master) to Windows XP SP3. It would let me select from Windows 7 and an older OS even when the Windows 7 was already removed. I had to resort to formatting both drives to Windows XP SP3.

Help please

A:[SOLVED] Remove 2nd Windows 7 selection on boot

Time to remove the "second windows 7" boot option, here's how to do it:

1.) Right click on My Computer and click properties
2.) On the left hand side choose "advanced system properties"
3.) navigate to "advanced" tab and choose "settings" under Startup and Recovery
4.) select your default operating system; in this case select your Windows 7 Professional
5.) I recommend unchecking "time to display list of operating systems"

That's it! Click Okay and reboot

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Hi guys! I'm new here and I have a problem that I hope you guys can help me with.

I had problems with Windows XP a while back and decided to reinstall it. Now I had XP SP3 cd that I had downloaded from Softpedia.com and I burned it into a CD and used it to install XP, now for some wierd reason it had an error about not copying some file (I can't remember what it was though ) and I simply clicked on skip file on the dialog box. Now obviously that file was important since when the computer restarted, displaying the Windows XP Setup boot selection, when I clicked on it it said it couldnt located this other crappy file and setup had to be aborted. So I aborted and selected the other boot selection, which was my old XP. Now the problem begins.

I finally got fed up with the problems in XP that I decided to install vista. Now everything when smooth and well, installing vista and all and even installed SP1 for Vista. But everytime I had to restart the damn XP setup selection is still there on the boot selection screen, and it still doesnt work!!!

Is there anyway to somehow get rid of it? I tried Easy BCD but it seems that it isnt located on the selection screen so I guess I cant get rid of it that way. I also deleted my old XP file becuase it was taking up space on my HD.

Please help me.. This is really starting to get on my nerves everytime I use the computer. Please any help is appreciated.

A:Windows XP Setup on Vista Boot Selection Screen

Hello Plipz, and welcome to Vista Forums.

How and where did you reinstall Vista?

Did you format and do a clean install with Vista?

For now, check in Method TWO (step 7) below to see if you can remove XP from the boot OS select screen.

Boot Partition - Default

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello!

Some days ago, I installed the Windows 7 Beta on an independent partition of my hard drive. By doing so, the OS selection screen which appears when you boot the computer changed. It showed "Earlier version of Windows" and "Windows 7".

Recently, I have uninstalled said beta but the selection screen remains the same... Windows 7 is still listed there but I can perfectly select Windows XP without any start problems! So, what I am looking for is to make that boot screen turn back into what it was, or just make it disappear. I only had Windows XP installed, so no OS selection screen ever showed up.

I tried to update my boot.ini file, but the system ignores it. There are two warnings when I open the file under XP:
Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.

I would love you forever if you helped me!

A:[SOLVED] Restoring my Windows XP boot screen (OS selection)

I'd really, really appreciate your help.

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Hi

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Twist laptop Windows 8 pro. I reset the laptop using the recovery partition to a factory state.
Now everytime I turn on the laptop it gives me a selection screen , and I have to press enter everytime. I don't have any other OS in the laptop, so I don't know why it doesn't default to the main OS. I searched on google and follows some instructions but none has worked.

I have reformatted the samsung internal drive , so it is unallocated right now. The main OS is installed in Hitachi.

I have attached a picture of the screen.

Any help.

Thanks

A:Windows 8 Boot Up selection screen - Needing to press ent

What you are seeing is from the Bios, not the OS. You have to change the behavior from within the bios.

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So my co worker asked me to look at her laptop its a toshiba tecra m2. The boot keeps hanging up on the system32 file agp440.sys . I went on the internet and found a windows xp pro disk to try and replace the system32 file using recovery. After a learning how to add SATA drivers to the windows xp boot I was able to detect the hard drive and just before windows setup screen comes up the computer blue screens with a 0x0000007B stop error... I read that the battery could cause this so i carefully took apart the computer and replaced it with no change. I put a windows 7 disk in to see if i could use the recovery console in it and suprisingly it booted no problem, i was able to use command prompt but with no idea what the problem is i have no idea what to do with it. If anyone has any ideas it would be appreciated. Thanks for reading the problem hope someone has an idea. any more info needed just ask

thanks

A:Windows wont boot hangs up on agp440.sys and wont complete boot off the disk :/

Info on 7B STOP errors...http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.htm, scroll down to 7B in left column.

IMO, you have compounded the situation by using a "downloaded" version of Windows, since I suspect that such may contain embedded malware as part of the package.

Any number of things may have caused the initial hang, as you can see by reading the data at the Aumha website.

Louis

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Hi,
The problem is simple but difficult to explain. For some time now, I have been dealing with (basically trying to ignore) an issue where I am unable to use the mouse to select a menu item from any app, including Windows.
What occurs is that the dropdown list appears, but before I can select an item, it disappears. Sometimes I can manipulate it in such a way that I can use my keyboard arrow keys to access the item, but not always.

I'm guessing something got tweaked while I wasn't paying attention, but I have had enough and need to get it fixed.

I know this description sounds a little fuzzy, but it's the only way I can think of to say what's going on. Questions are welcome...answers are even better!

Thanks in advance,
Jake

A:Menu selection problem

Jake
Have you tried another mouse?

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Pls help me i cant use my new laptop because im stuch in boot menu i can only see freeDOS and HP documents pls help

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I am currently dual booting windows 7 ultimate and windows 8 consumer preview and it all works great.

My question is on the selection screen for which OS I want to run there is a third option for windows 7 loader XE, this is from an old install of windows 7, is there a way to remove the loader that's not being used anymore?

thanks

A:how to delete windows 7 loader from dual boot selection screen

1. Open Task Manager
2. File -> Run new task
3. Type msconfig and check "Create this task with administrative privileges"
4. Move to "Boot"
5. Select the option you want to remove
6. Press Delete

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I am trying to help out a neighbor today who has computer related problems. He boots up his computer, to go to the screen where it gives him 5 choices to start his computer: start windows normally, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, last good known configuration, etc. No matter which one he chooses though, they all give him the same result. He sees the windows logo with the bars loading up XP but shortly after that he gets a Blue Screen of Death for about a second (not long enough for me to see the error), then it goes back to the Boot options I listed above.

Not exactly sure where to go when I am trying to help him at the moment. Usually, I can get the BSOD error and go from there, but this time I'm stuck because I can't see the error in time. At the moment, I have limited computer specs. from him (pretty sure its a dell) but other than that, not much else.

If you need more information, ask, he really needs help so please whoever can, contribute. Thanks!
 

A:Cannot start windows, reboots to boot selection screen each time-see post

you could try reseating all the components
or also removing things like
floppy
DVD
CD
etc and see if it at least boots with just HDD connected
 

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Hello,

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!!

A: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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Compaq Presario S4020WM Desktop
Windows XP SP3 (Error also occured on SP2)
AMD Athlon Processor
S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR Card

This error only occurs on right-click popup menu selections. It happens randomly (mostly with notification bar icon menus), but it has now also occured in the Mail panel of my Opera browser when I selected "Empty trash" from the menu that drops down when you click on a folder (in this instance "Trash").

The operation completes fine, and the selection menu goes away; but my individual selection remains in a kind of stationary ghost image in the forefront of my screen above any programs. It's completely non-reactive to anything I do (like re-opening the same menu and selecting that option again). At one point I downloaded a program that registers oject positions on the screen (like open windows) and it didn't see anything there.

Here's a picture of the problem: http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/n...lMenuError.jpg

The only way I have found to get it to go away is restarting the computer.

If anyone has a fix or an idea of how to make it disappear without restarting, I'd be greatful.

A:[SOLVED] Menu Selection Gets Stuck on Screen

Update: The screensaver had never come on while this was happening before, but it just did. Sure enough the thing is still there. On top of the window logo and everything. (And the login menu when it came up.)

Heh. Thing's indestructible.

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When I am running a program, every time I make a selection, I get the Windows "DING". I have asked the programmer/writer of the program in question, and there are no parameters for sound in the program whatsoever. He said there might be an issue with Vista and the UI of the program. I have to say this, it's not the program, as it doesn't do this in XP.

I have gone into the control panel, and have disabled the "Windows Default" ding wav file, only to have it go to the default PC speaker beep when I try to make a menu selection instead. I diabled all sound, and again, it sounded off with the default PC Speaker beep.

I checked the other thread about this, and tried the Disable sounds, and then re-enable the default window sound, only to have it keep going DING when I make a menu selection.
 

A:Solved: Vista 'Dings' during menu selection

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I just had a deep desire to vent and this seems like a good place to do it. I looked around a bit, expecting to find a lot of instances of this same complaint, but couldn't find any good ones, so I figured I'd start a topic.

I've been using win7 for a couple years now, and while there's a handful of changes that puzzle me and make me wonder how anyone with half a brain could sign off on, probably the thing that drives me crazy the most is how frickin' difficult the menu colors make it to see which menu item is highlighted. It's incredible. When I push ctrl+alt+delete to get to the task manager, I have to remember that it's four down arrow key presses to get to it (used to be able to just hit "T", but that's a whole separate gripe), because the border and color "change" that gets applied to each item as it's selected is nearly impossible to see. I'm probably tortured by it most often navigating through my bookmarks in firefox. It's bad enough that sometimes I resort to using the mouse so the pointer can let me know what item I'm selecting.

I'm sure there's a way to change it, but it's ridiculous that it's not a easily accessible setting. I'm guessing you have to either use third party software or edit the registry.

I'm surprised there aren't articles devoted to this, because it's so bad and probably could have been fixed so easily. It seems like there are so many frustratingly obvious flaws in every piece of software these days, where if any human on th... Read more

A:Terrible Menu Item Selection Colors... WHY?

Take a read through this, it should help.
Window Color and Appearance - Change
Let us know if it helps.
I suggest keep notes on what you changed and how. It makes it easier to go back to what you had.

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I have a question about Windows cloning on the Y470. I tried to clone my system to an SSD using the Windows 7 backup/restore feature, but I'm getting an error that says "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The error suggests using the Windows install disc to fix the problem. Does Lenovo provide a physical disc or ISO for Windows? I tried downloading the ISO directly from Windows using my serial number, but I got an error telling me to contact the computer manufacturer instead. Alternatively, if they can't provide a Win7 install disc, do you know if the computer's built-in Lenovo OneKey backup tool will work? It takes several hours to create and then restore a full system image, so I don't want to repeat the process without confirming that this is the proper solution.

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Hi.
I've recently deployed a dual-boot Windows 7 system. To prevent the OS selection menu from showing up, I entered the following command:
BCDEDIT /set {bootmgr} DisplayBootMenu False
BCDEDIT said that the command was successful. I double-checked with BCDEDIT /Enum and I can see the new entry.
However, OS selection menu still shows up. What is the problem?The greatest moment of everyone's life is the moment of positive thinking.

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A friend of mine has a Toshiba laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium that has two issues.

1) When she boots the laptop it boots to the OS Selection menu where you have to select Windows Vista Home Preimium - this is the only os on the machine.

2) When she selects any of the user accounts on the machine it automnatically starts putting plus signs in the password field until she clicks in the password box.

She has run Malware Bytes and Super Anti Spyware on the machine to clean up any spyware, I loaded Comodo Antivirus last night and let it run to see if it could find anything on the computer (I know it found 7692 items but it was still running at the time I left).

She had Avast antivirus on the machine that had quit working and she was unable to uninstall it but I was able to download the uninstall tool and remove it from the machine.

She loaded AVG Antivirus and ran that prior to the Comodo being installed and that did not find anything.

I went into the MSCONFIG sectin and removed any unnecessary startup items.
I cleaned up all temporary files, cookies, etc... from the machine.

I saw an article about performing a 'Clean Boot' on the machine but I am not sure what that will do for me.

She did restore the machine to an earlier date but that did not resolve the issue.

She said that this started about two weeks ago but has not loaded anything new on the machine.

I opened up notepad to see if the plus signs would continue there but nothing happens.

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A:2 issues - Plus signs in login box and boots to OS selection menu

Here is one of the entries from the Comodo log:

[email protected] C:\Users\Wendy\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\1\2f310681-4670a347

I can find some messages about Exploit:Java but I am not sure if this is normal or not.

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How is everyone this fine mothers day?

I'll start out with my system specs

Sony Viao - WinXP (serv pk 2)
Pentium 4 CPU 2.66GHz
0.99 GB RAM



I currently ran into a strange and frustrating issue with IE7 while working online today, which is impeding my progress severly. For some reason, the menu that allows you to select items, or options on a website, will not load, or work at all. sometimes, if I'm really patient, it will pull up after 10-15 min, and then either do it on the next menu selection, or do nothing at all.

So far the only website that seems to be effected severly is eBay - and it is only on the page that is used to list items for sale. I have talked to 3 people in eBay's tech support since last evening and two Microsoft perosnel already today... none of them have any clue what the problem could be, and all could only speculate what is causing the problem.

To better understand what I mean, here is a link to the page in question - http://cgi5.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...d=&cpg=2&aid=6

As you can see, there is a menu under "browse for categories" - if yours is working (unlike mine), the menu options will be in black type when you open the page, and when you move your mouse over each selection, it will highlight each selection in blue until you make your choice, then it will open another window which will operate the same way, and then so on and so forth until you have your item listed where you want.

not for me,...the optio... Read more

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so basically, found a random desktop outside the dumpster i guess someone was getting rid of, and i was like, eh, looks pretty new, lemme take it in and check it out. only thing missing was the front piece and the hdd,everything else was in tact. so i figured lemme take the hdd out of my crappy computer i use and try to hook it up to the "new" one. well my old one has an ide setup, and this one is a sata hookup. i unplugged the ide cable and power from the cd/dvd drive in the new machine, set my ide hdd to master, and plugged it into the emachine. i booted everything up, and it came to the boot menu to choose, safe mode, safe mode with networking, normal, ect.. so i choose normal, emachine logo pops up, starts loading, i see hit f2 or f10 in the bottom right hand corner, the usual, but then it just goes back to the boot menu asking for safe mode, normal, ect... i went into the bios and i see it recognizes my hdd and everything else looks normal.

anyone have any idea why it wont boot up. im on my old pc now. i just popped the hdd back in and booted on up no problem. also, just to put it out there, i do have a few external hdd's i could possibly use as an internal hdd i think.

old pc is a dell with ide hdd
new pc is an emachine t3604 with sata hdd hookup
i already tried to boot into safe mode, safe mode with networking, and last working configuration, but it always takes me back to the boot menu. this is with the old hdd in the "new" emachine.
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A:dell ide hard drive in emachine t3604 sata. wont load past boot menu

and welcome to the Forum

You cannot move a drive with XP to another machine without reinstalling ( or a repair install if you are lucky )

Look at the capacitors on the eMachines . . they were hit hard with the bad capacitor plague

To test the machine ability to boot, try booting from a installation cd

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You can no longer sort the contents of a file listing in Windows Explorer, keeping a selection of files made in the previous sort order.
If this is a bug I would like to know, than I will report it appropriately, otherwise - if it is "by design" - I would like an explanation, why this function was removed.
As I see it, sorting has to be possible with the selection of files kept intact.
Searching the net I find many people being upset that this is not possible in Windows 7. I used it all the time at work, on my XP machine. I used to select all dll-files in a certain folder, and then sort by "Date modified", which resulted in a
list of files sorted by date, and with the appropriate files selected. This was an easy way to find out which dll files had changed last in our development environment - just sorting by date makes a lot of other files, such as log files and debug files appear
in between the dll files.
Below is another call for this. This user's request was made in another part of MS forum and the  (so called) answer was just a link referring to this place, indicating that the user should put his question here instead, so I take the liberty of putting
his text here as well:
One of my most common ways of working when copying, moving or deleting multiple files using Windows Explorer is (using details view) to sort by one method (for example, by time), select some file, then change sort to another method (for example, by type)
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A:Sorting with selection kept in Windows Explorer - Why is selection reset when sort order is changed in Windows Explorer?

Hi,
 
This is by design.
 
If you have any suggestion or concerns, please contact Feedback Team via the following link:
 
http://mymfe.microsoft.com/Windows%20%207/Feedback.aspx?formID=195

 
You can also post your feedback or comments on
Feedback Forum.
 
Thanks for your suggestion again.
JPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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This happen after when i ignored a AVG update as im working in middle of spreadsheet which need to be done in this week and when i tried to copy and paste and the laptop were freeze and wont let me able do anything so i press "off" button to shut thing quick rather as i set my off button to hibernation mode.

When i turn on, The acer logo show then blank page. Tried pressig F8 to go Last Known Good Config and still the blank page. Also with Safe Mode. Blank page!!!

I perfer if you can change your method if i need to insert CD as it's netbook and it dont have CD drive and also i have blank USB ready to add for booting.

Thanks for any help in advance
 

A:Windows XP wont boot, Also wont boot in Safe Mode

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Hi all, Hoping someone may be able to help.

I have attempted a fresh install of Windows 7 on a Packard Bell Easynote TE11HC notebook, I turned off UEFI in the BIOS and booted from my Windows 7 disk, I deleted all partitions and then allowed Windows 7 to create a partition and install as I usually do when I build new systems or install onto a fresh HDD/SSD in a laptop.

Windows 7 installed all of the way to preparing desktop and then restarted, at this point the laptop goes displays the Packard Bell logo and then reboots and remains stuck in this loop. If I enter the BIOS the HDD password displays Frozen. I can clear this by removing the battery but it goes back to frozen when I try to boot to Windows 7. I have removed the HDD and installed Windows 7 onto it via my desktop PC and it works fine so I do not think the problem lies with the HDD. Does anyone have any idea how I can remedy this and get Windows 7 booting properly?

Thanks.

A:Windows 8 to 7 downgrade problem HDD password frozen, won't boot.

On some Acer, Gateway, P. Bell, Windows 7 x64 will not install in UEFI mode.

Windows 8 Desktops - How to Disable Secure Boot - YouTube



Enabling the boot device menu








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Acer


On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.

SOLUTION

Enabling the F12 function:

1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.



How to Enable or Disable Secure Boot








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Acer


This article only applies to: Windows 8 Desktops

Bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 8. You can change the Secure Boot setting and it should recognize the bootable device.

Use the following steps to change Secure Boot:

1.Completely shut down your computer.
2.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press Delete to enter the BIOS.
3.Use the right arrow key to select Authentication.
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When you put a disc in the drive, is there a way to get the selection menu back so you can decide what you want to do? Discs always open in folder view because the "Always Perform This Action" box must be checked. Is there a way to uncheck it?
When we find a way to do that, should I then check "Autoplay" and then check the "Always Perform This Action" box?
 

A:Solved: How to get selection menu back when disc drrive opens?

Control Panel -> Autoplay -> Reset Default Values
 

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The other day I updated my laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 17R running Windows 7 home premium, when I updated the computer booted ok took longer than usual, I restarted the laptop but this time it wouldn't boot up, it came up with a black screen saying repair windows(recommended) or start windows normally, I clicked repair windows it said searching for problems, attempting repairs this took about an hour and a half but unfortunately did not resolve the issue I sent the error report to windows, I restarted the laptop again,  attempted booting it in safe mode no luck and the same other various options I can try but no luck they all just crashed the laptop and began restarting it,  tried repairing it again and this time it took my to a screen with various options like load backup open cmd and format my hard drive, loading the backup did nothing and  wasn't sure what to do with cmd so decided to part ways with my stuff and format the hard drive, I did this and the laptop was formatted but the OS was still on the hard drive and it was like the first time I opened it all of my personal things were gone but win 7 home premium was still there, I set it back up again installed AVG anti virus etc downloaded a few movies ran fine the next day it said windows updates need installing so, I  did , 145 updates were made  turned my laptop back on and again it was booting up and crashing followed the steps I mentioned before noting was working after messing around wit... Read more

A:Computer wont boot, wont boot in safe mode, wont load repair centre

Hello there,
 
It seems like you did not perform a clean installation of Windows and that's why your system is acting up. 
 
Follow the steps below to install a new copy of Windows:
 
1. To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation you will need to start or boot your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive. Insert your Windows 7 disc in your CD/DVD drive. Please note: will need to restart or turn on your system with the disc in the drive. 
2. After turning on your system with the CD in the drive go ahead and press any key when prompted during your computer post routine and then follow the instructions presented on screen. If you don’t see this go back to step 1 to setup your BIOS to boot from CD or USB flash drive depending on your installation media.
3. On the Install Windows page simply enter your preferences and click next.
 
4. Accept the Windows license agreement.
 
5. On the “Which type of installation do you want” page go ahead and choose the “Custom” option.
 
6. Select Drive options (advanced) on the “Where do you want to install Windows” page.
 
7.  Select the partition that you want to change, choose the formatting option you want to perform and then follow the instructions.
When allocating space choosing the default MB size for your drive is typically the best for most users since you want to take full advantage of all your disk... Read more

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