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Choose operating system at startup-windows xp or system restore

Q: Choose operating system at startup-windows xp or system restore

Hi,
When i start my pc, i get a 30 second count down to either choose an operating system or system restore. if i choose windows xp professional, everything is fine. when i choose restore point, i get "INF file textsetup.sif is corrupt or missing, status 14. setup cannot continue. press any key to continue".
choosing last known best settings hasnt changed this situation either.
basically i just dont want to see this screen, it prolongs the computer start up. i just got it today as a refurbed hp desktop from buy.com. i tried system properties, advanced, startup settings and unchecked both boxes, as well as clearing the boot.iti file to no avail.
a rep at hp that was nice enough to just give me an opinion said i need the disk that came w the pc, which i obviously cant get. any ideas?
thank you so much for your time.

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A: Choose operating system at startup-windows xp or system restore

You probably could purchase the disk from the manufacturer. They make a lot of money selling them to people.

Post the manufacturer & model of the computer, and verify the exact text of the message. That message is odd.

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Hi all,I recently had a problem starting up W7 which was fixed by installing an extra one on the second partition. Now I eventually succeded to get W7 off of the first partition. But now on startup, I still get to choose whether to startup in W7 or in W7...Is there any way for me to change, erase, deactivate that or whatever?Thanks in advanceFrank

A:Choose operating system on startup

Never mind, disabled it through Computer - properties. Sorry...

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I had installed windows 8 previously.
Decided to play an old game that does not work on windows 8 and so I had to install windows xp.
(Created a separate partition for windows xp ofcourse)
When I installed windows xp, the option to choose which operating system to start first has not come up.

I run windows 8 repair and managed to get windows 8 running again. Now I can't seem to see an option to get windows xp to run?


What should have happened is that I should have installed xp first and then windows 8 on a new partition. That way it would be updated and I would get to choose an operating system with a colored background. Since I did it backwards due to nostalgia, I can't seem to see the option to choose which operating system I wish to start.

In the advanced system properties, under "Start-up and recovery" The only os I can see in the list is windows 8. (Default os list)
The time to display os is at 30 seconds



How do I fix this in order to see the windows 8 style, os choosing screen?
 

A:Windows 8's choose operating system menu not showing

Get EasyBCD, it is pretty easy to use, and is 'made' for your situation: http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
 

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If I change my operating system to linux and delete my old operating system entirely, will I be able to still use system restore to change my old operating system back?
Please help. All help is appreciated.

A:If I change my operating system to linux, can I still use windows' system restore?

The simple answer is no. If you remove an OS then you can not use it to do a restore because it is no longer there to run the restore program. What I would recommend would be to have a duel boot system.

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I've recently clean-installed Windows XP on my Dell Dimension B110. Now, every time I turn my computer on, It asks me to choose an operating system to start. My options are "Windows XP Home Edition" And "Windows XP Home Edition Setup" (Or was it Windows XP Setup?) I have 3 seconds to choose or it starts up the Windows XP Setup. I right-clicked My Computer and went to System Settings > Advanced > Startup and Recovery and the default OS was "Windows XP Setup". I changed it to (from the dropdown box) ""Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition /noexecute=optin /fastdetect". When I clicked Edit in the Startup and Recovery window, (I'm assuming the following is my boot.ini file) it says:

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

How do I fix it so the "Choose Operating System" screen doesn't pop up at boot again? Thanks!
 

A:Solved: "Choose Operating System" At Startup

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Hello..Why does xp ask me to choose and operating system at start up when I only have one? it says home edition or previous operating system that was installed? thanks
 

A:choose operating system?

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Gateway DX4720-03, Windows 7 HP 64-bit.

Living is south FL can be a bitch when the rains come as there often is a ton of accompanying lightening that plays havoc with the electrical system, even though I have surge protectors inside and outside the house. We just had some very heavy rains with lightening and my computer shut down several times, but I could restart it each time...except for the last time when Windows wouldn't startup. At that point, Start Up Repair came into play. Although I routinely backup on an external drive, of course I never did it this month-DUH!

Results from SUR were error free (error code=0x0) on all the parameters tested, however there were the following error codes reported:

"Unspecified change to the system configuration might have caused the problem."

Repair Action: System Restore
Failed: 0x1f

Repair Action: System Files
Failed: x490

There were more options to select for a recovery task, but I didn't try them as they didn't seem to be as salient as the two above..

As System Repair and System Restore failed, please advise what i should next do.

A:Windows won't startup, System Repair and System Restore failed.

What's the date of the most recent backup that you have?

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I had to install XP Home on a friends system, which previously had XP Pro installed. Installation went fine. Deleted the XP Pro patition prior to...Only problem...After booting I'm prompted to choose operating systems Pro vs. Home. This is the only part of XP Pro left, no partition, etc. I tried FIXMBR and it detected a problem and said it fixed it, but it still prompts me to choose operating systems after booting.

Thanks in Advance, dm

A:Choose operating system after boot...

oh some machines do that for no reason i could figure. I can find out a fix for this (there is one i remember ) if you want me to. But since it is not actually there you can feel comfortable and just ignore it. To disable the operating system display screen simply right click on my computer - properties - advanced - start up and recovery settings - and uncheck the box next to time to display the list of OS . You wont ever see it again :)

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Hi,

After having my computer crashing - for whatever reason - i took it in to have all important documents (work stuff) that i needed transfered to an external hard drive.

I was informed to re install Vista, and that all my information will be lost.

When i did this, i did not reformat the drive, so it saved all the other stuff in a folder titlled windows.old.

I respoke to the person who assisted me, and told him of the issue that i am having which is:

Choose operating system to start or press tab to select a tool
(use arrows to select)

Use earlier version

microsoft windows vista - this is highlighted

to specify an advanced option for this choice press f8

tools

Windows memory diagnostics.

Since this kept coming up and really frustrating me, i rang again to seek assistance. I was informed to reinstall vista and reformat the drive. I have since done this - and i am pretty sure that i did it right this time, but this keeps coming up even though i have reformatted the drive.

Any suggestions, advice or assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Thx

A:Choose operating system to start

Hi jasper, and welcome to the Vista Forums

You have the remnants of the first re-install left on your boot sector.

Press Start button and type msconfig into the start bar and enter, in the application which appears choose the Boot Tab, highlight the Previous Version entry and delete, OK out and reboot - the extra entry should be gone.

I assume that it is the "previous version" entry is the one you want to remove but if not just choose the entry you don't want and delete that

If you feel that this is beyond your capabilities then I would contact the tech who assisted you previously and request that they perform this for you

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after i tried to repair the system,every time i start the pc a message comes up asking what operating system i want,xp pro or the recover console,how to do so it starts inmediately in xp?
keep on living with errors!
 

A:how to start pc without operating system choose?

Start / control panel/ system /advanced tab /startup and recovery/ edit. If there is a line there with something about the recovery console then just delete it. Make certain you don't delete more than that though.

Here is one for xp home

[bootloader]
timeout=30
default= multi(0) disk(0) rdisk(0) partition(1) WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0) disk(0) rdisk(0) partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition"/fastdetect
 

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I have Windows XP Home, SP 3 on a Dell Desktop PC. Whenever I boot (or reboot) I get a screen that requests that I choose the Operating system to use. It times down from 30 seconds and chooses the 1st option if I do not choose one of them. However, the 2 choices are exactly the same ... MS Windows XP Home Edition (and it makes no difference as to how the system boots ... or how the PC works after booting if I pick one or the other).

I cannot restore to an earlier point as it has been going on for a long time. I don't know exactly when it started. ... but I suspect it happened during a re-formatting of my hard drive.

Any idea how to stop this ?? Thank you

A:Choose Operating System Question

Hi .This should eliminate the situation (I hope): Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm Louis

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Hi all....

I had windows 7 on my computer...I made a new partision It was the:D Drive
Then i put my xp disk in to the computer. then I turned off pc..
Installed xp on my partision :Ddrive...Xp installed and it was working :)
..But when i turned off my pc and turned it back on it just booted to xp and i did not get to choose if i wanted xp or 7 to boot from:cry::cry::cry: Anyone know what i can do Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz??.....I would do anything lol...

Thanks.

Finnian

A:(NeedHelpPls)Cant choose operating system at boot

Hi Finnian.. Welcome to the forums!

You always install the older OS first (XP) then Windows 7..When you install 7, be sure to install Windows 7 on a different partition/drive... I hope this helps..

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My PC is a dual boot system which had Win XP on disk1 and Win 7 on disk2.

When I installed Win8 several months ago, I chose to install it on disk1 and completely remove Win XP.

Everything works fine but my log-in screen now contains 4 start-up tabs instead of just 2 (see below):

Windows 8
Windows XP
Windows 7 (volume 1)
Windows 7

The only tabs which are valid are Windows 8 and Windows 7 (volume 1), the other 2 are non functional. How can I edit this screen and remove these tabs?

Any suggestions will be greately appreciated.

Thank you.

A:How to remove bad log-in tabs (Choose an operating system)

The easiest way to clean that up is to use EasyBCD.

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I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Linux Mint 14 right now with GRUB2 as the MBR. I changed the MBR to Windows, but didn't like the menu screen so I went back to GRUB2. Now, when I select Windows 8 from GRUB2, it has the choose operating system screen and it boots after 5 seconds or if I select it. I used EasyBCD to add the boot entry for Linux Mint prior to re-installing GRUB2 as the MBR. Then deleting the boot entry after switching back to GRUB2. I know on Windows XP, you would edit the boot.ini file located in the root of the c: driver, but on vista and later, I'm not sure how to edit the bcdedit.exe file in c:\windows\system32\. When I type the command into command prompt, it displays all the information inside the file, but I'm not sure what command to use to fix the issue.

A:Automatic boot instead of choose operating system

I'm not dual booting but I would assume if you run Msconfig - > boot and set the default OS and Timeout: 0

Startup Options - Change Time to Wait before Default OS Runs

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So last night I was listening to iTunes when all of a sudden my music stopped and the hard drive light stayed on steadily. I decided to reboot the computer, and lo and behold when the BIOS splash screen went away, it said the "master boot record missing, press ctrl + alt + del to reboot" or something to that effect.

I quickly looked up how to repair this, and it seems like the Windows 7 installation disc is really good about repairing problems nowadays, so I gave that a shot after following instructions on some website. I hit "repair my computer" and then I tried to choose an operating system, but there were none in the list! How can I get my operating system to show up so I can choose to repair it using the installation disc?

A:MBR Missing, but no operating system to choose when I try to repair

I had something like that happen and it turned out to be the controller on the SSD. Beware early Sandforce.........Hope your problem is not the same.

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Can you help me. I have a Inspiron M301Z laptop that originally had Windows 7, but I installed the free Windows 10 upgrade.
I needed to have a ?System Restore? after it finished and rebooted, I got the error message ?A operating system wasn?t found. Try disconnecting any drives that don?t contain an operating system.
A full diagnostic test found no problems.
I would prefer to reinstate the original Windows 7 and Dell drivers, but I assume installing Windows 10 removed the Windows 7 installed on my motherboard.
How can I reinstall an operating system?
Robert (kingsthorne50).

A:After system restore: error message ‘A operating system wasn’t found’

Did you run an extended (takes a couple of hours) diagnostic on the hard drive - or just the quick one?

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This morning I attempted to perform a system restore on my other computer. I legally own Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and was using the 3 system restore CDs provided by my manufacturer at the time I purchased the computer. If it matters, the computer is a Sony VAIO AMD Athlon.

I inserted the disk before booting up the computer, and everything seemed to go fine. The system restore screen loaded and I chose to do the recommended system restore, erasing all the files from my drive and restoring to the computer's original configuration.

It began performing the normal "Restoring Drive C:" operation. About 20 seconds into the restore, I received this error message:
Disk Access: Sense Operation Failed

I hit "Okay," the only button available. I then received a message saying the system restore failed and my operating system may not perform correctly (what an understatement). I removed the system restore CD and rebooted my computer. I now get an error message, "The operating system has failed to execute." I can't do anything, except try to do another system restore, in which I receive the same "sense operation failed" error from before.

I tried calling their tech support to which I was told (after waiting 20 minutes to speak to someone) that because my limited warranty had expired, I would have to pay $19.99 per call to have it fixed. Yeah, right. Neither Sony nor Microsoft's online tech support pages were at all helpfu... Read more

A:XP system restore failure... operating system failed to execute

Hi;
I would guess that your CD is scratched or unreadable for some reason or that the CD Rom isn't reading properly. Give it a good wiping.
I would just format and reload XP if you have a fully licensed disk. Takes 39 minutes or less and you'll have a nice clean install and you get to start over. However....... if you have only restore disks I am unsure as to whether you can do an install from them.
Papa1
 

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Hi,
I have new HP laptop, which had Ubuntu installed already. decided to install Windows 8.1 64, which I had on DVD. While starting installation I choose "Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive (UEFI)" (don't know what is UEFI) and I deleted all partitions and created new ones, after that installation gone well. But when I start my computer, two OS Boot Manager appears - Ubuntu and Windows, also when I opened "This PC" there was only one Local Disk C, on which I installed Windows. So I decided to reinstall windows and hoped for better and when I installed it and after choosing Windows Boot Manager another screen loaded, "Choose Operating System" and there was two Windows 8.1 (on Volume 3) and Windows 8.1 (this restarts laptop), also there was only one partition again. default boot loader is Ubuntu's and GNU GRUB appears every time I start my laptop (if I don't press ESC). What I need is to delete everything ubuntu, windows, another windows and install new windows from fresh.
Here are screenshots:
This GNU GRUB loads when I start laptop and when I choose ubuntu boot.

Windows 8.1 on Volume 3 works.
Thank you for paying attention. I really messed up everything

A:how to delete ubuntu boot and choose operating system

Download: Visual BCD . Install and run it, if you get an error popup, just ignore it. Look on the left panel for entry of UBUNTU, right click on it and delete it. see screen shot

2nd Problem: You actually installed another copy of Windows 8, that's why you get a dual boot menu for Windows 8.
Please post a screen shot of disk management then we can show you how to delete the second copy of Windows 8.

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I installed a Windows XP Home Edition SP2 in my Windows XP Professional Edition. When my computer restarted I saw that I have 2 operating systems. I realized my mistake, so I did a system restore on Windows XP Pro. I had set it before I installed Win XP Home. When I restarted again, it then boot in Windows XP Pro.

While I was using the computer, it gave a warning that I was low of space. So I had my disk clean up. Then I did the Disk Defragmenter, it said I only had 14% of space and it wont be able to defragment because it needs at least 15%.

Is the Win XP Home still there? Or did the system restore delete it? If it's still there how can I delete it? What do I do?

A:Help! Does system restore remove an installed operating system?

i assume you installed it on it's own partition so format it

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I have been reading the forums and it seems that my win7 desktop has an issue with the system restore virus/worm/trojan. I was searching the web for information on teens huffing chemicals using Firefox & Google search. One of the pages began playing some annoying video, when I went to close it out I was presented with the same windows and warnings described in this post http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-windows-vista-recovery

normally I would not post on forums concerning issues such as this. I prefer to find the fix myself but the malware seems to have taken itself to a new level on my desktop. I cannot even get F8 to work. The computer launches the MSI screen that offers the press delete to get to the bios and tab to switch to post but only the delete button works then if I let it load all of the way I just get a back screen with the little DOS line flashing but I cannot type anything onto the screen. The only keys that seem to work are control alt delete to restart the computer.

I have been reading through a lot of posts on these forums concerning this issue but have been unable to find one quite the same as my present situation. It would be great to be able to save the information on the hard drive but I just spent a year in Korea and while I was gone my wife misplaced the backup and start-up disks for the desktop.

Is there any hope or should I just trash the hard drive and start over with the desktop?

Thank you

A:system restore virus operating system will not load

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My Lenovo desktop, 77231CU, H405, came with windows 7 home premium installed, but with no operating system restoration disk.  I upgraded to windows 10 when microsoft offered the free upgrade on line.  I am not satisfied with the windows 10 performance on this computer and want to revert to windows 7.  I made a mistake upgrading to windows 10.  More than the one month period to revert to windows 7 has passed.  I can't figure out on the lenovo site how to order a windows 7 operating system restoral disk.  The computer came with a driver's disk, but no operating system disk.  Can anyone help me figure out how to order a windows 7 operating system restoral disk. 

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1. Did a system restore. After reboot problems started. Unable to start system in any mode, safe, last usable etc.

2. Attempted to use system disk (windows xp professional). Trying to recover system. During system installation get message:
TITLE: IESPLORE.EXE - Ordinal Not Found
TEXT: The ordinal 410 could not be located in the dynamic link library urlmon.exe

3. Pressing OK does nothing...system just hangs and allows enter to be pressed on ?, help and OK...messages on first two, and nothing on OK.

4. Any attempt to restarts gets to same point.

What do I do now?
 

A:Unable to restore windows XP operating system

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guyz i hv sony viao laptop, when i start my pc it shows the following error " operating system not found "
when i opened bios menu, it doesnt detectes the hard drive n says " no drive " .
hv my hard disk crashed ? or some another issue ?
plz help me out

A:Operating system not found error on startup (windows 7 ) !

Try reinstalling the HD, changing cables, to see if you can get it to register in BIOS.

Until it register in BIOS there's little point in running maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan.

YOu may need to replace it.

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So I've encountered something strange with my computer. I was performing maintenance that had a long time coming, and decided to take out some of my startup programs. Now I know to keep Microsoft Windows Operating System, however when I looked in msconfig, it's not there. At all. As far as restore points go, I have none (have already tried), and reinstallation is out of the question, not to mention it doesn't make sense that I should because the computer is reacting as if it's in there and checked. I'm thinking it may have something to do with a registry setting.

I'm running Windows 7 Home 64 bit. The last time I remembered it in there was sometime last year. Maybe a little before that. I just knew to leave it alone. I mean if there's no way to fix it without a reinstall, I'll just suffer with it not being in there as I know it's reacting as if it were active as my gadgets are working, my system boots up fine, everything runs just peachy. I've used programs like CCleaner in the past as well, I don't know if that could be the issue too, I don't have any backups of the registry either. It's a head scratcher for sure though, not seeing it there, yet everything being fine and dandy. Any ideas?

A:Microsoft Windows Operating System missing from msconfig startup.

Startup tab is missing or the entire msconfig is missing .

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I have a HP Pavillion laptop (2 years old)which lately has started to give messages of low hard disk space. I have nearly 140 GB hard disk on it but when I did disk analysis, only 40% is being used by my data while the rest are being used by the system (not sure what?). I did disk clean up, removed temporary files, removed old programs and emptied recycle bin, registry clean up etc.

Still, I feel lot of space is still not available and I suspect it is being occupied by HP Recovery (around 30 GB in separate drive), Norton back up & possibly Win restore/back up services running behind the scenes. Can I use only one of them for backup/restore or do I have to use all? In case, I can use only one, which one should I choose & how can I clean up the rest so that I can get some disk space back?

A:What To Choose: HP Recovery, System Restore or Norton back up

Download and run this program, it will show you where the space is being used:
TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

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I have a toshiba laptop A105 sieries. I got a real nasty worm and could not get rid of it.
I then stuck in the restore disc and did a complete erase of my harddrive. I am now trying to install the operating system off of the restore disc and I am not able to. Can someone please help me. I have went into the bios and set it to boot from dvd rom but then all it does is say recovering. 32 min later when it is done I try to boot from hard drive it ask me if I want to start windows normally. I select it and then nothing happens. I go back to bios and it says bood from hard drive but no go. If I go back into bios and have it boot from the recover disc it's the same thing all over. I don't know what I am doing and am a little confused no, really confused. Thanking you in advance for any help any one could give me.
 

A:Solved: restore operating system using restore disc

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I am attempting to restore into working order a Compaq laptop, running Windows Vista. I have checked the memory, and the hard disk, neither of which are faulty. That leads me to believe that my problem is caused by software. The problem is that I have is that the computer will boot up perfectly normally, and about 2 to 3 minutes after it gets into the icon and the desktop, it freezes up, and will not unfreeze. I have to restart the computer, and then it appears to be fine, and gets stuck in the loop again. I have talked to a few techs who have suggested I try and access the recovery partition, which is accessed by pressing F11 on Compaq computers. What is frustrating is when I try and restore, I get to the progress bar, and the computer freezes up again, not allowing me to even restore it. I am just trying to restore this computer as a fun project, I do not want to take it in to a service shop if possible, I am trying to do this on the cheap, as it is a free time project, I do not absolutely need this laptop working. I would like to figure out how to fix this problem though. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Thanks, Steven

PS It is a Presario C550
 

A:Need to restore operating system?

hiya,have you checked the sticks of ram are seated firmly,take a stick out then try running,if no good change sticks and change slots,is the fan turning,is there any overheating.
 

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I just attempted to accept an Windows Media Player update but when the download was complete, a message appeared that my System Restore was "off." I checked and System Restore appears to be "on." Just to test it, I checked the box to turn it "off" and received the standard warning that I could not restore my system if I proceeded.

This has happened at least once before.

Can System Restore be non-functional despite appearing to be activated?

I have Windows XP, Professional Version 2002 with Service Pack 2.

Thanks.
 

A:System Restore operating?

The final version of Windows Media Player 10.0 has been released. You can download it from here. It will install over the older version and overwrite it.
 

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I Had another lenovo laptop with same one key recovery app,with windows 8.1 installed(64 bit) and backed up in this lap..
Can i restore from that backup file in my current lap(win 7 32 bit)?

A:Restore from another PC with another Operating System

It might work as Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 are pretty remarkable in their ability to overcome driver problems then find and install the correct ones.

You will need a Window 8/8.1 install Key though, can't use the same key on more than one computer.

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Is their an easy was to revert back to the prior operating system? Like XP back to 98?
 

A:Restore old Operating System?

I'm not sure about XP; but, every upgrade issued so far has given the user the opportunity to save the old OS just in case he wanted to revert back to it.

If you did not save that information when prompted, or if you were not offered that opportunity, the only way to get your old OS back is to delete the current Windows folder and start over from scratch with Windows 98.
 

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I bought Acer aspire one D270. My computer worked fine for 1,5 week. But I got blue screen at last night.I tried startup repairs and system restore.

Startup Repair diagnosis and repair log
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Last successful boot time: ‎1/‎26/‎2013 8:40:50 AM (GMT)
Number of repair attempts: 7

Session details
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System Disk = \Device\Harddisk0
Windows directory = D:\Windows
AutoChk Run = 0
Number of root causes = 1

Test Performed:
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Name: Check for updates
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 0 ms

Test Performed:
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Name: System disk test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 15 ms

Test Performed:
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Name: Disk failure diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 328 ms

Test Performed:
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Name: Disk metadata test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 47 ms

Test Performed:
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Name: Target OS test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 280 ms

Test Performed:
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Name: Volume content check
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 188 ms

Test Performed:
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Name: Boot manager diagnosis
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A:Windows 7 Won't Start Up, startup repairs and system restore can't fix

If you are going to post that much data then put it in a Code Box using the # on reply box toolbar.

Work through these steps which try everything possible for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

The steps lead up to if necessary rescuiing your files to run Acer eRecovery or get the superior Clean Reinstall following the steps to get and keep a perfect install.

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I have a Dell Inspiron with Windows Vista. On starting up, it says, "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." then offers to "Launch Startup Repair" or "Start Windows normally".

When asked to start normally, it tries to start, but fails, returning again to this page.
When asked to launch startup repair, it opens the programme, scans the system for several minutes, and then says "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically".

When clicking on the diagnostic and repair details, it says:

"Last successful boot time: 10/3/2011 3:42:52PM
Number of repair attempts: 8

Session details
System disk = \Device\Harddisk
Windows directory = C:\Windows
AutoChk Run = 0
Number of root causes = 1

Test Performed:
Name: Check for updates
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: System disk test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: Disk failure diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: Disk metadata test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: Target OS test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: Volume content check
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: Boot manager diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: System boot log diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Name: Event log diagnosis
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A:Windows Vista won't run, Startup Repair won't fix it, System Restore won't fix it

What is the make of your harddrive?
 

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hi i need help each time i boot up my pc it always asks to choose operating system the first one is xp pro the second is also xp pro and the third says previous operating systenm on c:/
 

A:Solved: [SOLVED] when i boot pc it asks to choose operating system

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I have a multiple operating system and used to get the blue graphical boot menu with a rectangle with the name of each operating system in it. After a few boots it went back to the text menu, and only returned a couple of times. Is there a way to get the graphical boot menu back permanently? It looks a lot nicer. I have XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

A:How to get back the "Choose your operating system" menu

Hello and welcome to the forums archp2008. Boot into Win8, run bcdboot c:\windows

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I am not sure if this is the right place to post this. My laptop randomly shuts off on its own and sometimes will not start when I try restarting it. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 ( windows vista) that is just shy of two years . I took it into best buy and they said that my hardware passed all the tests but my software had some issues. They said that the Operating system crashes, Windows has 66 traces, and is Extremely corrupted. They said that I needed to back up my operating system and docs and I need to wipe the system and re-install the operating system on it. This all would cost me a little over $300. I am wondering if this is something I can do by myself?

I have a work laptop that I could alternatively use, however, I cannot seem to get the wireless to work.
 

A:Wipe out and Restore Operating System

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I've restored tons of desktops and laptops but recently my family got a virus on one of our computers and i was unable to remove it(there is a chance they unknowingly gave it permissions). I then tried restoring the computer and left it over night and was asked to look at it when there was an error "No operating system found". I have looked up many solutions and keep seeing use the secure boot to change from UEFI to Legacy mode but that option isnt even there. I looked in the right spot and unlike the pictures i saw i simply dident have the option to use Secure Boot

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I have an Acer Aspire One netbook with Windows 7 Starter.  When I switch it on it goes immediately to Startup Repair, says that repairs were not successful and the computer cannot be repaired, restarts and then does the same thing again and again.  I was advised to reinstall Windows using the option to retain user data.  When I do this, the progress bar remains at 0% for some time and then this message comes up:
 
"Restore failed - error code=0x45d (WIMApplyImage cannot apply image : The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.)  Restore unsuccessful.  Please try Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults."
 
Is there any way I can backup the files on my computer before I do this?
 

A:Restore Operating System failed

I/O error usually indicates a hard drive problem.
 
Download Puppy linux on another computer. Create a bootable USB flash drive with Rufus. Run Rufus and select MBR for a partition scheme. Leave everything as checked including Quick Format. Where FreeDos is shown in the dropdown box select iso image, click the folder icon, and browse to the iso image of Puppy you downloaded. Press Start. Backup any data on the flash drive as it will be erased.
 
Attach the USB flash drive and boot. Your hard drive partitions are in the lower left of the desktop labeled sda1..sda2...sda3 depending on how many you have. Your Windows partition should be labeled sda2. Click once on the sda2 icon. This will mount the partition and a File Manager will open. If you do not see your Windows files close out the File Manager and select another sdaX partition. Post back if you see your Windows files and I will post instructions on how to copy to another flash drive.
 
I recommend Lucid Puppy for compatibility. lupu-528.005.iso
You may need to have USB boot priority in BIOS. Tap F2 at boot and make sure USB is at the top of the boot list.
 
Some Acers have a setting in BIOS called D2D. This must be enabled before doing a factory reset.

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I have an Acer Aspire One netbook with Windows 7 Starter. When I switch it on it goes immediately to Startup Repair, says that repairs were not successful and the computer cannot be repaired, restarts and then does the same thing again and again. I was advised to reinstall Windows using the option to retain user data. When I do this, the progress bar remains at 0% for some time and then this message comes up:

"Restore failed - error code=0x45d (WIMApplyImage cannot apply image : The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.) Restore unsuccessful. Please try Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults."

Is there any way I can backup the files on my computer before I do this?
 

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I need to restore / recover / reinstall my OS and need help. There is a recovery partition on my PC but I don't know how to use it. I have system and data backups but the laptop starts with a black sceen. I can use task manager to stop and start explorer.exe but I cant run my backup program. I loaded HP updates and that trashed Chrome when I activated a plugin. I tried to go back to a restore point and that stopped the login process with the Invalid Pointer error. I tried uninstalling HP Client Security Manager using a range of methods on the net but once done the PC logs in to a black screen. I have a recovery disk When I try restoring to earlier points all I get are errors about missing files. Where do I go from here? I understand that there is an orininal image on a partition somewhere on the PC.

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Hi. I need help urgently.My computer, windows 7, failed to go into main pages, keep asking to repair startup.But I tried many times, failed to repair startup, even system restore also failed.So I have read forum here that facing same problem with me with the same error message.I have done the Farbar Recover Scan Tool. The following is the message report after done the scanning.Please advise me what should I do for the next.Thanks.Urgent need help pls!!! Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 26-11-2014 01Ran by SYSTEM on MININT-FI4R9TU on 01-12-2014 00:19:22Running from g:\Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate (X86) OS Language: English (United States)Internet Explorer Version 8Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> If the system is bootable FRST must be run from normal or Safe mode to create a complete log.Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the registry item will be restored to default or removed. The file will not be moved.)HKLM\...\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] => C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NeroCheck.exe [161064 2007-07-03] (Nero AG)HKLM\...\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] => C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe [34672 2008-06-11] (Adobe Systems Incorporated)HKLM\...\Run: [TkBe... Read more

A:My computer Windows 7 can't get to repair startup and failed to system restore.

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Hi all,

Self-built and Posted first computer, as below, in July 2013. Seemed fine & fast for a few weeks.
Three weeks ago, for no obvious reason, Windows 7 'stuck' on the 'Welcome' screen. I painstakingly reinstalled from scratch. OK for a couple of days...then repeat of problem.
So then I used Windows 7 disk's 'Startup Repair' following F8 boot up; successful but it asked me to reinstall MalwareBytes Anti Malware (which I did from backup disk).
Ever since then I have had to startup the computer every time - either using Startup Repair and F8 boot, or - just as much - System Restore from F8 boot up. (As I'm always asked to restore MBAM after an eventual start, I'm just mentioning that - is that coincidental or part of the problem?)

Once the computer's has started up it's fine. But I hate turning it off! I've never overclocked the computer, btw. And I've never had a virus as far as I know.

Thoughts please!

Specs are:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16341 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, -2048 Mb
1 x SSD Drive: C: Total - 457632 MB, Free - 418126 MB;(Crucial M500 480 GB SSD)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., Z77X-UP5 TH-CF (Wi-Fi included)
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A:Solved: Windows 7 startup repair/system restore constant use

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Hi,

I have a Dell XPS 8500, OEM Windows 7 64-bit installed, nvidia geforce GT640.
I did a Windows update last week but i stop halfway due to thunderstorm, i did a system restore and then continue Windows update the next day.

now my PC restart automatically after a few hours, so I did another system restore but this time the system restore was not successful, and now my PC is stuck in endless restarting cycle.

Can someone assist me? thank you in advance!

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Hi,

I recently got an Exopc, and they had set it up as a dual-boot, with Windows 7 64-bit and Window 8 customer preview (32bit).

When I initially got it, and powered it on, I'd get the blue, graphical "Choose your operating system" page, and I initially chose to go to Win8. Later, I chose to go to Win7.

I'm not sure what I did, but now, instead of getting that blue graphical "Choose your operating system" page, it goes directly to the "old" style text page which lists Windows 7 and Windows 8, and so, since the Exopc is a touch-style slate, I can't select the operating system unless I have a physical keyboard attached now.

How can I get that graphical OS choice page back again?

I noticed that the 64GB SSD has 3 partitions:

- A 100MB partition - not sure what this is for
- A 35GB partition for Win7
- A 25GB partition for Win8

Is the graphical choice page in that 100MB partition? I'm wondering if maybe the Win7 partition got set as the "Active" partition so that it's always booting to the Win7 partition?

Thanks,
Jim

P.S. I just checked in Computer Management after booting to the Win7, and it shows:

- A 100MB partition - not sure what this is for - Active, Primary Partition
- A 35GB partition for Win7 - Boot, Primary Partition
- A 25GB partition for Win8 - Primary Partition

A:Graphical "Choose your operating system" gone?

Boot into win8 ,Open an elevated cmd and type bcdboot c:\windows

Most people prefer the text based menu - because you do not have to reboot to get out of it.

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hi,new user here, using windows 7 for two years now had very few problems until last few months....

symptoms started off as just a really slow boot time like 3-8 minutes,then as time goes on it has started to freeze up rather than let me take control giving no option other than to turn off via the power button....i then start up in safe mode do a system restore and im off again, well until two days later when it crashes again and needs restoring over again...

bit tiresome to say the least hence being here...

system is acer aspire 7551,amd athlon IIp320 dual core 2.10 ghz,3gb ram,64 bit....

running avast antivirus free and advanced system care all scans reveal no threat!

not really sure what else to say,its been great its now not lol

any help apreciated

dave

A:windows 7 64bit,slow startup and freeze,system restore corrects but...

its ok i think i fixed it, i had pup.funmoods virus/malware thingy....

nasty bit of kit by internet reports feel like i may have dodged a bullet...

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Hello. I've had problem with my friend's laptop (OS - Windows 7 Ultimate). It won't log on to it's fullscreen mode. When I open it, I'm always stuck at Startup Repair error cycle.

Here's what happened: I installed Glary Utilities and used it to uninstall the Adobe CS3 Bundle. Then I installed the CS4 Bundle. After that, I used Glary Utilities again to clean the registry, cookies, missing shortcuts, etc. Then I used its Registry Optimizer feature..after analyzing the system, it said that the computer needed to restart to complete the process. So I restarted it. And that's where I'm left at. I can't open the laptop anymore, I can't even run it on Safe Mode - it's not available. The only available options I will tell below. My theory on this problem is that maybe I or the Glary program have deleted system files that are essential for Windows startup.

Note: I uploaded: a video of what is happening to my friend's laptop during startup; .txt files of the errors; a picture of the ble screen; and a copy this post in a word document (ony, it's not translated into English but the dialog boxes are in English). Here's the link to the files so you could check my problem: http://www.filefactory.com/file/b2540hd/n/prob.rar

And here's what boxes appear during startup. The red ones are my comments.
(***sorry for my grammar. am not an english speaker. Hope you get what I'm talking about, though.)


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A:Windows unable to start - Startup Repair and System Restore won't work

Similar problems when trying to restore a system image from a portable HD. I used a bootable USB stick with the Win7 installation files on it and then tried to select a system image from the portable HD. After selecting the image and advancing to the next screen all of the selections would be grayed out and would not let me restore the image. I tried selecting another image from a backup partition on the computers HD and had the same problem. The fix was to repeat the procedure booting from the installation DVD instead of the bootable USB. I am not sure why the DVD worked when the bootable USB failed but it saved me a reinstall. This is an old post but I thought I would share my findings just in case someone has the same problem in the future.

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Win 7 no boot to windows or safe mode Startup cannot repair or System Restore Drive has changed fron C to D
PC was showing black screen 2 options Start windows normally or Launch Start up repair 1 beepthen launches startup repair.checkingsystem, then cannot repair and send info about this problem.
Option to view problem details as follows

problem signature
problem event name startupRepairoffline
Problem signature01 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature02 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature03 unknown
Problem signature04 21200948
Problem signature05 AutoFailover
Problem signature06 52
Problem signature07 BadDriver
OS Version 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
LocalID 1033

Click send details stops and Startup repairgives details log as follows

Files that help describe the problem

D:\WINDOWS\STYSTEM32\Logfiles\Srt\Srttrail.txt
x:\Windows\Temp\SatrtupRepair.etl
D:\Windows\System32\logfiles\Srt\disklayout.txt
D:\Windows\System32\Srt\bcdinfo.txt
D:\Windows\System32\Srt\bootstat.dat
D:\Windows\System32\Srt\bootfailure.txt

Click send information,startup repair gives options

View diagnostic and repair details

Startup repair diagnosis and reapir log

Last successful boot time 4/27/2011
Number of repair attempts 52
Session details
System Disk = \Device\Hardisk0
Windows directory=D\Windows
AutoChk Run =0
Number of root causes=1

Several tests performed with same error code =0x0

Root cause found Start up repair has tried several times but cannot determine the cause of the problem

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A:Win 7 no boot to windows or safe mode Startup cannot repair or System Restore

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