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Q: Dual Boot options

Does anyone know if I can have a dual boot using 2 drives configured as 1Primary & the other as Pri.slave? Or Primary & secondary slave? I want to be able to boot into either WinX or Win2000. Thanks . Bart

Preferred Solution: Dual Boot options

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A: Dual Boot options

Absolutely. You can do this with a boot managing program, or simly use what is built into 2000 and NT.

There is some good information about dual booting here:

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu.

I tried running Refresh just now on my deskstop but it didn't reinstall these Options. I still don't have the Recovery folder in C: on Win8 although it is there on Win7.

Can someone give me the way to link these to F8 hotkey? It's obviously not being used now.

A:Lost my F8 Advanced Boot & System Recovery Options on Dual Boot

Hello Greg,

Do you have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup? If not, then you will see the boot screens that Windows 7 uses instead of the new Windows 8 ones.
You might see if you could use a different option to boot to the Startup Options Menu to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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I set up my PC to dual boot to W7 or W8. All working fine until the PC refused to boot up saying there was an error due to removing a large storage device. I had pulled a 32GB USB stick from the machine earlier that day with using safely remove options.
I thought I could repair the boot loader but could not manage this. I had the retail W7 DVD so used that to hopefully repair Windows but managed somehow to install another version of W7.
Result is that after managing to repair my original W7 I now have two versions of W7 intalled on the same partition. (W8 is on a separate partition). I have used EasyBCD to rename the new W7 installation which I now wish to remove from the PC.
I can easily delete using EasyBCD but want to delete the actual installation as well not just the boot option. When I delete using EasyBCD does this delete the second (unwanted W7 installation) or just the option at startup. If only the startup title how do I delete the other unwanted installation. Will a system restore from my wanted W7 installation be sufficient.

A:Help Needed with Dual Boot Options

If you reinstall Windows 7 on that partition, your old install is in the Windows,old folder.

Therefore you will need to delete the old non-booting windows 7 in the startup menu.

Also you will need to reinstall all software app's.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management, FIRST?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I moved to Windows 7 from Vista. I had dual boot to Ubuntu but ended up removing the OS and i still get the option to choose this when it is not installed. How do I get this option removed?

A:Removing dual boot options

Try Start Menu > Msconfig
(Type in 'msconfig' in the search box, without the quotes)
Have a look in the boot area.
But this is a really sensitive part of the OS. Be very careful what you do there.

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i have triple boot win98-2000prof-2000advserver; how can i change the defualt boot to be win98? i was able to change between the 2 2000 systems, but when i tried 98 i got a forth line on the screen that says "windows 2000(default)," although this selection itself will not boot-i have to scroll up to one of the first 3 originals. also i would like to remove this line altogether, as it remains the default highlighted no matter how i edit the boot.ini; i even created a new boot.ini to no avail.


A:[Solved] dual boot options

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Last time I installed Win7 Ultimate 64, it was after I had erased all my hard drives and reformatted them. I always install Windows to my SSD (C), but last time my media drive (E) was empty so Windows put the "boot" folder in E but the rest of Windows in C as I wanted. Now that I have re-installed Windows again on C, whenever I boot up I get the dual boot screen, asking if I want to boot "Windows 7" or "Windows 7". I choose the first one and it takes me to my newly installed Windows. How can I get rid of the second dual boot option? I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that my E drive has a system tag on it in the Computer Management screen (see attachment). I don't mind if I have to reformat any of the drives, I can move my files around no problem.. just want to know what I need to do to fix this. I'm still in the early stages of setting up my apps/settings, so if I have to reinstall Windows I'd rather do it now.


A:Reinstalled Win7, getting dual boot options but I only want one

Hello lose311, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to delete the duplicate OS in your boot manager.

Windows Boot Manager - Delete a Listed Operating System

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Hello. I was wondering after you have already created a dual boot with WinXP and Win7, how do you avoid getting a second windows 7 boot option when installing another hard drive. The last time I replaced the hard drive, I now have 3 boot options: earlier WinXp boot, windows 7 and windows 7 again. Of course, one of them doesn't work since I replaced the hard drive. I guess also how to get rid of the old windows 7 boot option after installing your new hard drive, as well. thanks

A:Dual boot options WinXP and Win7

Always unplug all other HD's during Clean Install Windows 7.

After install plug in the old drives, make sure you have all the files off of them and then run Diskpart Clean Command making doubly sure you are choosing the correct drive. This gets the drive cleaner than merely deleting the old OS and it's 100mb SysReserved partition in Disk Mgmt after if necessary marking it Inactive. Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.

If any unwanted boot menu items are still present after you know you've deleted all other OS partitions or wiped their drive, you can delete them in msconfig>Boot.

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everytime winxp professional boots up, there is a screen gives option of winxp or previous OS of drive C:
How do I get rid of this sucker, I was about to try using a win98 startup disk, then fdisk/mbr command, but not sure if that would erase the entire boot record or what? Would have to reinstall winxp then? Sure wish there was an easy way to remove that screen.

A:remove dual boot options screen

That would not do it, as it is an entry stored in a .ini file.

First thing we need to backup the boot.ini file

Right-click My Computer , and then click Properties .
On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery .
Under System Startup , click Edit . This opens the file in Notepad ready for editing.
In Notepad, click File on the Menu bar, and then click Save As .
Right click in an empty area of the Save As dialog box, point to New in the Context menu, and then click Folder .
Type a name for the new folder, for example temp , and then press the ENTER key to create the folder named temp.
Double-click the new folder named temp, and then click the Save button to save a backup copy of the Boot.ini file.

Close out of notepad.

Now is the previous OS the second entry on the list?

If so, open up the command prompt usually at start- programs -accessories.

Type in bootcfg /delete /ID 2

Restart the computer. It should be changed properly. If not or the computer will not then we can restore the backup copy.

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hey all when i restart my compter or turn it on. i get prompted for windows xp professional twice and a windows xp setup. only ones valid and works. how can i get rid of the other 2 options that don't exist?
thanks guys

A:oin startup gettin dual boot options. no need

start/run, type msconfig and click OK. open the BOOT.INI tab. click the button Check all boot paths. this will verify all boot paths and promt you to delete invalid entries.

alternatively, edit boot.ini manualy. if you're not fond of doing this, feel free to post a copy of your boot.ini here.

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Hello all,

I had Windows 7 and Xubuntu set up in dual boot by EasyBCD, a well known utility.

Today the linux kernel has been updated and, after the following reboot, the choice of Xubuntu OS at the dual boot prompt didn't work.

So I went through Windows, launched EasyBCD to fix things and:

- changed the order the entries (Win 7 up, first)
- selected Win7 as default OS
- removed Xubuntu entry
- added again Xubuntu entry through EasyBCD procedure
- saved (maybe I should have saved after each of the changes)

When I rebooted I've found that two identical Xubuntu entries, each pointing to the Linux OS, and no Win 7.

I've tried to access Win 7 by Grub, but it points to the dual boot screen, so I'm at start point again.

I don't have the Win 7 disk but the usual recovery partition. No backup. Going through the recovery partition gets me back to the dual boot screen..

Is there any way to put it in order again? Could you suggestions work in this case?

I know that, from Linux, I can install and overwrite MBR with free mbr.bin

sudo apt-get install syslinux
sudo dd if=/usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin of=/dev/sda

But I'm not sure it will give me back Windows 7.

Do you have any hint on what to do?

Thank you very much for the attention.

A:Lost Win 7 in dual boot options. How do I get it back?

Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7
Howto Recover Grub2 After Windows Installation
Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7
Dual Boot Ubuntu - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

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Hi everyone, I'm having a problem. I am trying to boos my laptops performance a bit and I saw that activating both core could do that.

I went to the BOOT advanced options and tried changing processors from 1 to 2 but only one was available.

I don't know what the problem is or where to begin looking. I could really use some help.

I'm using a dell inspiron 1525 with an Intel Pentium Dual Core processor.

Any ideas?

A:BOOT Advanced Options (Dual Core)

The setting does not work to do what you want. It is for troubleshooting only.

There are no tweaks needed for Win7 which is already as lean and optimized as an OS can be. It will always come back to bite you to start tweaking beyond normal system setttings. If you have any performance weakness it should instead be remedied by improving hardware.

A good place to start to understand how your hardware works with Win7 is the WEI score on Computer>Properties page. Then click the score link to access Advanced Tools, Generate a System Health Report, view the Reliability Monitor and other Performance logs and charts.

If you need to edit visual effects it will say so at the top of Tools page where issues cue. I edit only fading, sliding and dragging intact to conserve RAM on lower-resource machines.

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I have a Lenovo y500 with Windows 8 installed on its stock 1TB hard drive. I am getting an 128gb mSATA drive later this week and plan to install windows 7 on it and use it as my primary OS.

My plan:
1. Restore the laptop to factory settings (Windows 8 installed on the 1TB drive)
2. Disconnect the 1TB drive and attach the new mSATA SSD only.
3. Install Windows 7 on the mSATA SSD.
4. Reconnect original 1TB drive with windows 8 and then use BIOS boot menu to choose which disk to boot from. (new SSD for Win 7, old 1TB drive for Win8)

This seems to be the easiest way to set up dual booting without messing around with the MBR. I dont mind switching boot drives in the BIOS when I need to.

My question is: With this setup, can I create a separate partition on the original 1 TB drive and use it for storage / program installations for both Windows 7 and Windows 8?

A:Windows 7 and 8 dual boot and storage options

It would look like this:
128gb SSD = Win 7 boot drive
1TB HDD = 128gb Win 8 partition, ~800gb partition with separate folders for Windows 7 and Windows 8 programs and general storage.

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I want to install 7 on a separate hard drive to see how it works & work indepenantly on it's own system. How can I if at all make it so when I am booting up I can toggle in between 7 & xp startups.

A:separate hard drives dual boot options

Hi gtuttlepi, and welcome to sevenforums
You can install W7 to either a separate hard drive, or a partition on the same hard drive as your currently installed OS and it will run independantly of the original OS.
It will also edit your boot options so that you will be able to choose the OS that you want to boot into on startup.

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I currently have Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows 7 RC1 x64 running in a dual boot setup. Each OS is installed on a separate disk drive. If I preorder Windows 7 Professional upgrade ($99) will I be able to do a clean install on a partition of my choice or will it force me to clean install over my existing Vista Ultimate partition ?? I understand that I cant do an upgrade in place from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional. My question is will the preorder Windows 7 upgrade force to me "kill" my Vista Ultimate partition ?

A:Windows 7 preorder upgrade dual boot install options

you can clean install using the upgrade disc. If you're careful you shouldn't kill your Vista installation.

Same method as:
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista - Vista Forums

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

A:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

A:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.

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I presently have a standard harddrive, gettng an m.2 ssd.. 500 gigs... My standard HDD is full to 800 gigs, and the drive is 921 gigs..  the M.2 ssd will only be 500 gigs..   How can I put windows 10 on my new m.2 ssd?  I cant clone, since the 1st harddrive is double the size of the new ssd... Can I somehow use a homemade "recovery" disk from dell for my system to do a FRESH install on the new SSD?  And Like I said, I dont want to completely MIGRATE my entire system to the new one, I just want to be able to be able to boot and run my computer from either one...   I need help and instructions please...

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Hello All,

I've installed Ubuntu to make a dual boot option with Win 7 a number times without major incident. On the advice of a tech friend I installed Zorin 9 trial version on a Lenovo G780. I never saw any kind of screen asking how I'd like to install it, i.e. dual boot, overwrite disk, etc. Zorin installed without a hitch and appears to be running flawlessly ... but there is now no sign of Win 7! I talked with my tech friend who uses Zorin 9 at home. He told me that since my 750gig HD is only 1/4 full Zorin most likely installed itself on a blank area of the disk and Win 7 & files are probably untouched but 'hidden'.

How do I get my files back? I can get a legit copy of Win 7 through work so I'm not concerned with keeping that particular copy. I can always replace Zorin, although I'm not so inclined to at the moment for obvious reasons.

As far as my own skill level is concerned, I rate myself as fairly low, but I've been told repeatedly by people who do tech support for a living that I'm amazingly good at following instructions.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Zorin installed: No Dual Boot Options Given. Now Win 7 is "gone"

Hello jmcd0264 and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry for the delayed response but I just saw your question.

I'd suggest that you post a screen capture image of your disk management screen using this tutorial.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

This will let the Forum members see what's on your hard drive and offer suggestions on how to proceed.

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I am begging for help as this problem is driving me insane! To start the story Windows 10 asked me to upgrade last year, and God I wish I didn't. I had nothing but problems with the OS, mainly down to it being unsupported for my notebook by HP. I Decided to roll back to Windows 8 and during the rollback, the notebook has failed catastrophically! 'Luckily' the recovery option kicked in, but this also failed and crashed mid recovery.  I am now left with the boot failing immediatley and showing a BCD error 0x0000034. (press esc for UEFI). Once in UEFI the only option that doesnt bring the same BCD error is the HP System Test. This works ok and the system passes all tests (including hard drive which though a lot of searching online is often the root cause of the above error) I want to enter the BIOS settings and set it to boot from USB in order to use my windows recovery USB, but pressing F11 or F10 goes straight to the Blue screen of death with the same error above! I am fairly proficient with computers and managed quite a few repairs etc, but this loop of blue screen with no conceivable boot option is driving me insane! Someone please help! Thanks in advance, Thebgb! 

A:Unable to access any recovery options. Boot options menu als...

thebgb Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Sorry, but I don't have very good news for you ...The Win10 Upgrade is know to corrupt the Recovery partition stored there by the OEM that built the original machine. This pretty much guarantees that no HP Recovery is going to work: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Video-Display-and-Touch/HP-Recovery-Manager-Blocked-After-Windo...This means that RESET no longer works on your laptop due to your doing the Win10 Upgrade.To actually restore your PC to its original condition, you need something known as HP Recovery Media.HP Recovery Media is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks. You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada,... Read more

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

A:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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Hey Guys,

So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but:

Previous Computer Setup:
I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.)

Drive C: --------> Vista (Now Windows 7)
Drive D: --------> Windows XP

After upgrading my Vista to Windows 7 (Via clean install) I lost my boot menu to choose XP. Now everytime I flip the power it boots DIRECTLY into Windows 7.

How do I recover my boot screen option so I can boot back into XP when I need to?



A:Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)

Hello Asif,

You can pick up at step 7 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below inside Vista to add XP back to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Even after restoring EFI partition to original after upgrading to 8.1, I have two boot options to boot into into windows.
1)Windows boot manager
2)OS from hard drive.
Both boot into windows.
Why this happened.
Any help, Please?

A:new boot options-boot options info

new boot options-boot options info

What new options, can you list.

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This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way:

Disk 1 (600 GB)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go)
Disk 2 (1 TB)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

So, when I start the PC, I can choose to boot from C: (System: normal usage) or from D: (Music). When I boot from D:(Music), it is to use my music production environement, on a lean system (no internet, no A/V).

I just bought a new 1TB drive to replace my 600 GB drive (#1 above). What I would like now is to configure the new disk that way:

Disk 1 (1 TB) (New drive)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (Win7, bootable) (100 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (100 GB) (unchanged)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (800 Go) (unchanged)
Disk 2 (1 TB) (Unchanged)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

I am willing to reinstall everything on the C: partition, but I would like to avoid to do it for the D: partition as I want to keep it the way it is now. A simple mirror copy would be ok I think. Same for the E: partition (Samples).

My question: How do I proceed in order to still have a dual boot (this time a Win7/XP instead of XP/XP), without reinstalling XP and softwares on my D: partition?

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

A:Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive

Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7 with only the new HDD plugged in, from Steps 7 and 8 create and format your Win7 partition leaving space for XP left unformatted for later recovery using a backup image.

From Win7 use a reliable flexible imaging program like the Acronis premium app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, or free Macrium - Image your system. You should be able to clone or image over the XP partition from its HD while attached, to the new HDD Unallocated Space. Do not tell the app to mark XP partition Active or to copy Track0 MBR.

Once XP is imaged onto the new HDD, from Win7 add XP using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). If this fails confirm Win7 is still Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will add XP to Boot Menu, or if needed to restart Win7 for some reason.

Let us know how this goes.

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My computer has Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on an SSD. It's that free Windows 8DL MS offered before Windows 8 was released. My son did the 8.1 upgrade. This is the boot drive.

The second OS is Windows 7 Ult. x64 on an HHD.

Until last week, the SSD had Windows 7, and 8 was on the HDD. The SSD is the primary boot drive, and the default OS.

RIGHT before I did the swap, The boot menu came up in GUI, thought it was nicer than the text one.

The boot drive followed Windows 8. [Was the HDD, now the SSD]

After the swap, I'm back to a text based menu.

After a search without results, I sent a message to Brink who very quickly pointed me to the link I wanted. [This one: Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 ]

I was so happy to see that in the first picture of the command prompt, my "default" and my "identifier" was the same as in the picture, but the "description" was different. My logic told me that the desc was not as important, so I did a copy/paste of the command from Brink's post to turn on the GUI, and rebooted to find a text based boot manager.

A:Dual drive, dual OS Boot, not GUI boot menu.

bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)

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This is My first time I post anything in my life so pardon me if I do not explain things the correct way.

Anyway, I was given a task to dual boot win7 pro on two separate HDD on our workshop PC.

Both of the drives were already having Win7 Pro installed on the drives so the only thing which I needed to do was to add the drives, connect SATA and power, set the boot sequence in BIOS...Press power button and pressing F11(mo-bo Super C2SBC-Q) to boot menu-> chose which HDD I want to boot from and voi-la....and... one of the OS always crashes. To be more specific the PC loads the fancy flashing colorful "Windows" logo and the second it should display the "WELCOME" screen it goes to loop and keep restarting at this point. If I remove one of the drives from the SATA connector the other installation has no problem to boot and vice-versa. It dont matter which sata port or which HDD and its Win7 instalation I use as long as its only one of them connected. If I add the secondary HDD and choose to boot the OS from it does the above explained boot loop. Any kind of advice is very welcome.

A:Dual-Boot Dual HDD WIN7 Pro Crash at boot

Hi Vincent82,

As a starting point, are you able to access safe mode successfully in the OS installation that is looping?


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If you're running an IDE hard-drive and upgrade your PC by adding a SATA hard-drive, you may want to load a fresh installation of Windows onto the SATA and then copy all your files from the old OS to the new.

I did this with the intention of formatting the IDE once all the files were copied. However, when I formatted the IDE, I wiped out all the boot files which were on the IDE, and the SATA would not boot.

In a previous thread entitled "Dual Hard Drives", pcaceit kindly helped by showing me how to copy the boot files from the IDE onto the SATA, and run various "fixmbr and fixboot" commands under XP CD Recovery Console. Once this was done, he suggested I delete the IDE partition to remove it's active status, then re-create it and format it. I did all this and it worked fine.

Then quite by accident I discovered a much quicker and easier way to do it. Once you have transferred all your files from the IDE to the SATA OS, simply delete the IDE partition. Windows XP then automatically creates new boot files in the SATA OS.

If you only format the IDE partition as opposed to deleting it, it still retains it's active status and the PC will still try to boot from it, but there are no boot files as they were lost when it was formatted.

I tried this on two PCs and it worked fine on both. One had an ASUS P5LD2 SE mobo and the other had an Intel D915GEV mobo. I can't guarantee this will work on all mobos, but it does seem to be... Read more

A:Dual Hard Drives - Shortcut to safely remove dual boot

Yes in all my posts on these subjects, I always state to remove the partition(s) and continue Windows setup

Unless of course one of the partitions is a recovery partition
You wouldn't want to delete that

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

A:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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Hi folks,

I passed from Vista 32 bit to Vista 64 bit but my dual screen options in Nvidia Control panel are missing!
I was using it to expand my gaming screen to two 22 inch LCD Monitors but Vista 64 bit driver has problems about it?
Do you know how can I solve this problem?

My specs

GTS 250
GA-X48-DS5 Mobo
4GB Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Vista 64 bit

A:Nvidia Control Center Dual Monitor Options Missing?

Pls help my problem

Pls Help to my problem

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

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

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

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

Status: 0xc000000f

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

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

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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So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7.

I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7.

No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual boot screen.

I have checked msconfig, and it shows that there are no OS

A:Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting

After doing some research I have found to get it to show the Os in msconfig, I need to assign a drive letter to msconfig.
However once that's done and I remove the drive leader and restart pc it doesn't appear once again

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.

A:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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I used to have a W7 system in IDE, MBR and since I had to reinstall everything from sratch, I decided to set my drives to AHCI, UEFI/GPT. After install, I checked the BIOS settings and saw that in my Boot Options I had the "Windows Boot Manager" set as #1, my SSD set as #2 and DVD drive as #3.
When I change the boot priority and set my SSD as #1, my computer won't boot and asks for a bootable device although the system is install on my SSD. I don't have a multiboot system, there's only W7 present so why do I have a "Windows Boot Manager" in my BIOS? I thought it was only for multi boot systems so I don't get why it's showing up here.
When I go to msconfig, startup, there's only one system displayed (W7).
Since I'm new to AHCI/GPT, I don't know what's normal and what's not. If it's not normal, how come I got this Windows Boot Manager in my BIOS? Maybe the old MBR wasn't erased even though I ran a secure Erase on my SSD?

A:Single OS and Windows boot manager showing up in BIOS Boot options?

Windows Boot Manager is standard on a UEFI/GPT disk. 
See this post for an explanation.
A more detailed explanation is here under the UEFI boot manager

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trying to start W7 after killing TDSS (similar to post with same topic), i am getting this message just before login screen (animation of w7 logo start) and than BSOD hit with message below:


A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent to your compter.

If this is first time you've seen this step Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps.

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Rub CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (x80786B58,0xC000000D, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)


had a fight on three laptops, and crash my new with w7 which really disappoint me big. well, last two days reading posts from microsoft, bcomputer etc. about this problem and frankly i am not sure what to do?

talking about problem on this machine: notebook lenovo g560 (0679), w7 home premium, 1 hdd, 1 dvd/cd

unfortunately didnot made recovery image i know it'll save my time and as my second lenovo this situation frustrating me because i think virus migrate from oldest laptop through 2nd lenovo to this new one, from xp through vista till w7! - anyway, following instructions on various posts i tried:

startup repair

system restore

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A:Windows 7 won't boot after using TDSS Killer - NEW (tried all options: repair, boot, chkdsk)


I'm going to assist you with your problem.

Do you have a Windows 7 x64 bit or x86 bit system?

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So i was playing Doom 3 and the game crashed so badly that i had to restart my computer (im running Vista 64bit by the way) and upon restarting it, it gets to the BIOS screen but after that it just goes black and nothing happens, i have tried the F8 thing but all that brings me to is this boot menu, but not advanced boot options, i have also tried pressing F8 or F5 after i selected hard disk from that boot menu, still nothing happens. So i cant access "restore to last good system configuration" because F8 doesnt take me to the right menu to do so. Also i dont have a vista install disk so am i SOL and have to just get another disk or upgrade to windows 7? or is there some other way to do this? Any help is appreciated!

A:Cant boot past BIOS screen, no Advanced boot options menu

Let's first see if this is a hardware problem. Try these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
http://www.carrona.org/memdiag.html (read the details at the link)
http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html (read the details at the link)

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Hello Everyone.

I'm a newbie and like pistas, as you can deduce from my screen name. .

Alright, seriously, i have a bizarre situation with my laptop it may be a world first!!!. Details as follows:

OS: Vista Home Edition 32 bit. with latest Service packs installed. System runs fine except two major issues of late.

Laptop (the one this query concerns):Acer Aspire 3682.

1) Problem (Multi faceted): The vista boot loader loads on start up with 'Edit Boot Options' menu when the keyboard is connected to the motherboard. However, when i unplug it (the keyboard) from the motherboard the 'Edit Boot Options Menu' automatically does NOT appear and the OS loads just fine. I do not want this edit boot options to appear as it is a nuisance.

Note: i have read numerous 'tutorials' about how to 'disable' the windows boot manager on this site and elsewhere and i'm also a geek professionally(attempted suggested solution eg tweak BCDEDIT, Start Up Recovery, no change). I can 'normally' figure solutions to most techie things quite easily. Except this one it seems. Replacing the keyboard is a possible solution, any other suggestions?

Secondly: The keyboard's Del key and Home key as well as 'RIGHT SHIFT+2' to give " (quotation marks) do NOT work. All other keys and functions work just fine. All keys on keyboard are intact like new (eg no dirt underneath the button). All worked fine before a re-install was necessary due to Disk Management issue, but bizzarely it has now stopped w... Read more

A:Vista: Boot Loader, Edit Boot Options and Keyboard, bizarre situation, world first?

Of all your problems, I think all I know how to help with will be your monitor issue. I suspect it's probably a physical problem with the pixels, (as in it's broken somehow) and there's not much you can do about it short of buying a new screen for it. But to be sure, try to take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool (type that in the Search bar in the start menu) and see if the ring appears in the picture. If it does, then there may be a software issue, although I doubt that would be a virus if that's all it's causing. If the ring doesn't show up in the pic, then it's probably just your monitor that's mess up and you need a new one.

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My PC was running fine with Windows XP Professional

and i decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 OS to run

alongside of Windows. i quit the install when it

required me to partition the hard drive since i didn't

want to mess with that. i backed out of the install

process til it shut down.
After that i couldn't get the computer to boot at

all. when turned on it goes immediately to the logo

screen which is normal but then freezes up. this logo:

screen has the options for F1 Setup, F10 Recovery, etc
but clicking on them has no effect at all.
at this point Cntrl-Alt_delete doesn't work and i

need to hold the start button to shut down.

I tried using my Win XP install disk to do a repair

or clean install if necessary but computer just goes

to the logo screen and stops.
I also tried removing the battery with the computer

disconnected from power but also no change.

Any suggestions for this fix will be greatly


A:Boot process stops short of boot options and freezes

What is the make and model# of your computer/motherboard?
Boot into Setup (Bios) go to Boot Priority. Using your arrow key, move CD rom drive to First Boot Device. Save and Exit. You may also be able to press F12 at bootup to change the boot order.
Put the XP CD in reboot. You should see the message Press Any Key To Boot From CD. Go to the Recovery Console. Here type FIXBOOT and press enter, and try to boot normally. If that fails, back in the RC type FIXMBR press enter and try to boot normally.

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At Win login system Group denies access for insufficient rights. A hack created many users and groups and granted access to all but denied me 'owner' access to change or modify any of the accounts created nor could I create a new one.
Now it longer lets me log in to Windows on start-up. It will not allow for Safe Mode start with Command. It ignores Bio set-up to start from USB first, where I have my backup stored. I was able to get to the Edit Boot Options from F5 then F10. All other startup options from F5 and F10 give options only for Windows 7 startup or Diagnosis only. At Edit Boot Options window it reads: Edit Windows boot options for: Windows 7 Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe Partition: 1 Hard Disk: bd8cd9df [ /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

A:Need to Edit Boot Options to boot from local USB Backup File at cmd Wi

Welcome to the forum. Is this a home or work pc?

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Just taken delivery of my Envy 17-k254na, and need to access BIOS settings to ensure I can boot from USB to enable installation of Win 10/64 from ISO. First hurdle.How do I access BIOS and boot order settings?I've looked around and can find nothing that is a) clear and b) works surely it can't be this hard?! help needed and thanks in advance for any clear guidance

A:How to access boot options to enable USB boot drive

Hello DaveR60, From your machine being completely off, push the power button then tap F10 repeatedly right away. Follow on-screen key navigation guide and go into advanced, then down to change the boot order. make sure USB the first one on top. Save and exit, plug in USB and it should detect it and boot from it.  HERE is a guide to assist you if you need any help, and feel free to reply if you have any questions. Thanks! 

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I was sent to this forum from my this post https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/thread/updatethread?forum=windows&threadId=fcf84a0c-9fd7-4932-9c7f-2570879309d0

I will add the content after I get past this hurdle:

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I'm running Home Premium x64 on an Acer Aspire 6935 (Core2 Duo T6600 @ 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM) and Vista is running just fine. Knowing that won't always be the case, though, I decided to check out the Advanced Boot Options.

Problem is, I can't. No amount of F8-ing on boot does anything, be it continuous pressing or tapping every second or two. And I start from the BIOS screen itself.

I know Vista can do it on its own -- it went to the Advanced Boot Options once on its own volition, after the system froze on me (only happened once), so the ABO itself is not damaged.

What am I doing wrong here? What alternatives are there to F8, besides setting the relevant option in MSCONFIG? (That's something I won't be able to do if I ever need the advanced boot options because Vista won't load on its own).

Thanks in advance!

A:F8 on boot doesn't bring up advanced boot options

Has your desktop got a fingerprint scanner?

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