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Solved: Failed upgrade to Win8 ... how to get rid of boot choice "Windows Install"?

Q: Solved: Failed upgrade to Win8 ... how to get rid of boot choice "Windows Install"?

I tried to update a WinXP computer to Win8.1. The installation failed (longstory...not worth repeating).

Now at boot the screen appears offering the choice to boot to Windows Install or to the previous Windows Installation. The Windows Install is the default, so someone has to be ready to make the choice for the previous Windows installation, or the system will try to boot to the failed install. That causes a crash and an endless cycle of attempts until someone happens along to intervene and select the other choice. So if the power fails or an update installs, the machine goes into that endless cycle unless someone is present.

So how do I get rid of the Windows Installation choice. I've checked the boot.ini file...it's not there. There's got to be a way to go back to booting directly to the original XP OS. But I'm stumped.

Any ideas? Thanks In Advance.

Preferred Solution: Solved: Failed upgrade to Win8 ... how to get rid of boot choice "Windows Install"?

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A: Solved: Failed upgrade to Win8 ... how to get rid of boot choice "Windows Install"?

Two ideas, but no guarantees.

Boot to the XP installation CD and repair the boot.

Try EasyBCD.

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After a catastrophic computer failure, I managed to recover almost everything. However upon booting up I got the message "BOOTMGR is missing". I used the original Windows installation disk to do Startup Repair, which recovered BOOTMGR. However now every time I boot up I get a message from Windows Boot Manager asking me to choose between "Windows 7...(recovered)" and "Microsoft WIndows Recovery Console". How can I get the computer to boot straight into Windows 7?

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Hope this query is in the right section -tried to use my LDS 1881 England Census CDs last night - but having problems with the Viewer.

I have V4 which up to now has worked perfectly - tried to re-install it
and I keep getting "Failed to extract file "Dll_ini" from binary table"
error message.

BUT no problems on my laptap which has the Viewer installed from the
same CD.

Have had a few problems with computer of late - it was in the workshop
3 weeks ago because of some corrupt Windows files - could that be the

Grateful for any advice, suggestions as to what to do!

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My comp was messed up so I decided to clean reinstall xp pro, my hard drive was split into 3 partition, C, E backup and L photos and bits, at the point of the install were you decide,delete our make partitions, I decided to delete L as it was not needed and clean install onto C, leaving E with my docs and data, the install went fine, when I looked at my drives in admin tools the C is marked boot and E system, I was going to delete E and make new partitions, but because it marked as system, can not delete it. How did I do this and is there away to put it all back onto C, without reformatting.

A:Solved: partitions "boot" and "system" after xp install.

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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I just noticed that everytime I hit "check for new updates" a failed update is added to my update history called "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home" (3 so far). It has no KB number. The error number is 80240020. When I click on more info or help it goes to the microsoft "Windows 10 Insider Preview" pages, which I have not joined or had anything to do with.

Searching for the error number 80240020 I get info about a "zune software installation failure". Yikes!

Perhaps this has something to do with the imminent Windows 10 rollout, but for now it is not working very well!

A:Failed update "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home"

Having the same problem here. It'd be nice if Microsoft would say it's normal. I'm too paranoid for this... hehe

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My Windows Update history is filled with failed Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro entries. They seem to date to each time I start up my computer. Here is an example.


Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

Installation date: ‎8/‎22/‎2015 7:44 PM

Installation status: Failed

Error details: Code 80240020

Update type: Important

Install the next version of Windows.

More information:
Help with upgrading to Windows 10 - Windows Help

Help and Support:

I am stalling on upgrading until Windows 10 for a couple more months, so how do I get Windows to stop doing this?

A:Windows Update history is filled with tons of failed "Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro" entr

Open Windows Update and let it Check for updates. Right click the Windows 10 Update and Hide it.

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Hi Everyone,

I have a Windows XP computer that is causing me a bit of grief. It is connected to a Domain, and yesterday when I started the computer I was presented with a message along the lines of "Delayed Write Failed". The computer then "hung" just before the CTRL + ALT + DEL logon screen is presented.

Today I successfully booted into Safe Mode, and I performed a System Restore - however once the computer restarted the message below was presented:

Now when I start the computer I am met by the "We apologise for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully." screen and several options, one of them being to start Windows normally. When I select this option and hit enter the computer either 1). Restarts instantly, or 2). Shows the logo screen with progress bar & the bar inevitably stops progressing!

I am looking for advice on how to fix this issue. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


A:[SOLVED] XP failing to boot / restore with "Delayed Write Failed"

Your IT dept should be able to help you with this.
A Delayed Write error means that the HDD is having trouble communicating with the computer. This may be caused by a failing HDD. If you are the IT dept, then try replacing the Data cable on the HDD. Also try a different power plug.
If you can boot into Windows, go to Start/Run and type chkdsk C: /R and press enter. In the Command Prompt type a Y for Yes and restart the computer. Check Disk will run through 5 stages and check the HDD.
On another computer, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature, burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the HDD. If either test fails the HDD needs to be replaced.

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I tried to boot up this morning and I couldn't get past the first screen of text before getting a white text message on black screen:

Invalid BOOT.INI file
Booting from C:\winnt\

Please help as quickly as possible. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Office# (818) 241-6732 or at [email protected].

Thank you!


A:[SOLVED] I can't boot up! Emergency! "NTDETECT" failed

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Too add some background I finished building my PC two days ago, the 17th of Jan so I wonder why it still needed updates after first booting . The problem is that a couple minutes after I got the some notifications for a windows update saying it is a needed update so I decided I would let it update the first time also I believe some updates from 2013 and 2014 were included among them. The first time I try the update it seems to be successful until at 99% of the update completion the screen went black,automatically restarted the system with the MSI bios options then went straight to a "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." prompt at the top with the Recovery option and the start windows normally option. Obviously starting the windows normally didn't work, so I tried the recovery option of automatically "repairing" which didn't properly work for some reason, even though it allowed me to access my account again some files were deleted like Uplay and Steam and some of my games though it left the desktop shortcuts. I thought hey, maybe it would work a second time so I let it update again and BOOM the same problem again. I googled other solutions beside the "automatic repair" option so I tried pressing all of F8-F12 and none of them showed me to the advance boot options menu, so I decided to go with the recovery options again and then again it deleted my redownloaded Uplay and Steam and then some documents I ... Read more

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I formatted my computer, installed winxp sp2 and the driver for my multimedia device was lost, i ran everest to check what it was and its SiS 7012 audio device, an odd thing was when it said my motherboard name is unknown, its a laptop.
I downloaded different drivers but non of them were succesful, i tried installing one and a failure error pop up, "failed to install driver for windows xp" (check link or thumbnail), i tried installing winme.exe for windows ME driver but it didnt work, tried changing install directories but didnt work either. i donwloaded drivers from SIS home page but didnt work either. please help, i am most concerned about my sound device rather than the mother board, here are my specs.


Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2600 MHz (13 x 200)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset SiS 648FX
System Memory 512 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (01/12/04)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
Video Adapter ATI Mobility Radeon 9600/9700 (M10/M11)
3D Accelerator ATI Mobility Radeon 9600/9700 (M10/M11)
Audio Adapter SiS 7012 Audio Device
IDE Controller SiS PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive TOSHIBA MK602... Read more

A:SiS 7012 audio device "failed to install driver for Windows XP"

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Go to your laptop manufacturers website. You should be able to get your drivers there.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hey guys!

My computers only 2 weeks old and I'm already running into problems! I didn't get it for the first week but now about 4/5 of the time I start my computer up in the morning I get this problem:

So then I enter in my Windows Vista recovery DVD-ROM to boot from disk and repair:

It's a really annoying problem and I just would like to get it fixed. My computer is an Ibuypower computer if that matters. Completely custom.

A:"Windows failed to start" problem, forced to boot from disk

Hi, yes it looks like you corrupted your BCD store there is bcdedit.exe that can be run from a command prompt to fix Vista's boot loader, however there is a much better way, use this program to fix your boot problem (read the info this is a powerful program) :-


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Hi guys,

For the last few weeks, I've been getting the "Windows Failed to Start" error screen intermittently when I try to boot my computer. This does not always happen, but several times on occasion. I then proceed to run Startup Repair (with a system restore), and then I am able to launch Windows when it completes.

When I log in, I get the message that "Windows has recovered from an unexpected error," the error type being "Bluescreen." I don't recall ever seeing a bluescreen actually happening; the night before I see the error the next day, my computer seems to shut down without issue.

Here are my system specs:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz 37 ?C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
8.00 GB DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68A-D3H-B3 (Socket 1155) 45 ?C
Acer G235H ([email protected])
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Hard Drives
1954GB Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH164 ATA Device (SATA) 37 ?C
Optical Drives
ASUS DRW-24B1ST a ATA Device
Realtek High Definition Audio

I've attached my logs. Thanks in advance.

A:Intermittent BSOD, "Windows Failed to Start" upon boot

**************************Tue Jul 28 21:00:21.142 2015 (UTC - 4:00)**************************
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\gator\SysnativeBSODApps\072815-21746-01.dmp]

Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64

Built by: 7601.18869.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.150525-0603

System Uptime: 0 days 0:00:19.344

Probably caused by : HIDCLASS.SYS ( HIDCLASS+26d7 )

BugCheck A, {0, 2, 0, fffff800038cd822}
HIDClass BSODs can mean you have a corrupted or incompatible USB device or driver connected. Since you are having problems on startup I would recommend removing all USB devices and test to see what happens.

You have a driver named MayPro.sys. This is for a gamepad of some sorts (haven't researched yet) and has caused at least one BSOD with a quick search. Remove the gamepad if its connected and/or uninstall the driver and see if that helps.

fffff880`06fe3000 fffff880`06fed000 MayPro (deferred)
Image path: \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\MayPro.sys
Image name: MayPro.sys
Browse all global symbols functions data
Timestamp: Sun Aug 12 13:27:44 2007 (46BF4310)
CheckSum: 0000FD9B
ImageSize: 0000A000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4

Can you boot into Safe Mode ok?

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Hi all,

So this problem seemed to have started after I pulled a flash drive out that was using Readyboost (pulled out while the computer was off). Since then, I always get the "Failed to connect to a windows service" error showcased in this image: (http://i.imgur.com/eBGnS.jpg). My task bar was also turned gray a la Windows 98 style and I'm not able to get it back. In general, I've noticed a much slower boot and a much slower time switching between tasks on the computer. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post all of this but I thought I'd do it anyway.

I'll attach the files and answer any questions that might follow..pretty sure I do have access to the boot disks as well though it's been awhile since I've completely re installed Windows

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 MINIMAL
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.5.1
Run by Paul at 18:43:58 on 2012-08-31
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3582.2550 [GMT -7:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {9765EA51-0D3C-7DFB-6091-10E4E1F341F6}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {2C040BB5-2B06-7275-5A21-2B969A740B4B}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
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A:"Failed to connect to a windows service" problem, plus computer boot issues

Bump.. I'd just like to know if anything is wrong with the computer and if it's safe to use.. perhaps I'm a bit paranoid

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Mods, if you feel that this thread is more of a "Windows" issue, please feel free to move this thread.

Here last year I did my second build because I was having "boot" issues. Wasn't certain what exactly the problem was at the time. But something some how screwed up the boot sequence in my system, and where everything was pretty much "outdated." I just went ahead and did another build.

Though, since then I've been pondering around with the thought of using a SATA to IDE adapter so that I can retrieve what ever salvageable data I can from one of the two HDD's that was in my last build. So I finally broke down and ordered a couple different one's earlier this week.

Unfortunately, I've been running in to some problem(s) when I try to launch with the IDE in place.

Upon initial launching, the boot sequence seem to take some time longer than it normally does with out the IDE HDD in place. Though after a 15-20sec lapse I'll get an error screen displaying an windows error code of "0xc000000e" with a prompt message below stating "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"

I searched all over online to see what that error code represents, only to get "pages after pages" of sites with each site telling me something different.

I have no intentions of using this as a third HDD in my system. I just want to retrieve select data from it.

A:Error code "0xc000000e" "The boot selection failed because a required device.........

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Cold booted PC after overnight shutdown.
My one and only custom Windows shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+C) on Start menu, opened.
While I moved the mouse (no clicking), the window closed and windows alert appeared.

Rebooted -- now the shortcut has failed.
App is ClipX (clipboard tool). Normally ClipX assigns each clip entry to a list. But the list is empty.
ClipX settings are unchanged

I have done a Bitdefender "Quick Scan" all is OK. (I have not done a malware check, yet!)

Q1: How could the Win shortcut work once (it shows the ClipX configuration window) and then fail as outlined above?

Q2: Any ideas ?
Its 7:30am here I have a big day ahead of me here, I need ClipX.
While typing this thread a very quick flash on the screen (a tiny dialog) disappeared as quickly as it appeared.

Computer Type:= Laptop
Manufacturer:= Toshiba Satellite C665
OS:= Windows 7 Home Premium, sp1 (Build 7601)
CPU:= Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz
Motherboard:= TOSHIBA Portable PC
Memory:= 2,806 MB
Graphics:= NVIDIA GeForce 315M *
Sound Card:= Speakers (Conexant SmartAudio H |
Monitors:= x1, Generic PnP
Screen Resolution:= 1366 X 768 - 32 bit
Hard Drives:= C: 585.4GB
Case:= Toshiba Satellite
Cooling:= default fan
Keyboard:= default + Logitech K260
Mouse:= default pad + Logitech M210
Internet Speed:= ADSL2
Antivirus:= Bitdefender Internet Security 2013
Browser:= IE-9.10, PaleMoon, Firefox 20.0
Others:= USB Safely Remove, Metapad, ClipX,
7Zip, Classic Shell Start,... Read more

A:Shortcut failed "Windows alert", after PC boot

Hello Russell,

Is the ClipX.exe file still where it was installed at?

If so, you could either create a new shortcut from the .exe file, or change the broken shortcut's "Target" to be the full path of where the .exe file is as.

Hope this helps for now,

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Hey guys,

Recently my iTunes went haywire and froze my computer, and when I rebooted it, I got the error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next".
3. Click "repair your computer".

Ya-da ya-da..

I have a Samsung SF510 laptop running Windows 7 x64.

Anyways, I burned an ISO to a disk (downloaded from this forum) and put it in, and hit F4 which brought me to Samsung Recovery Solution 5 or something like that, and it has said "please wait" for the past 6 hours

I've tried booting Sea Tools by putting the CD drive as my #1 on my BIOS priority boot list, but no luck.

When I hit F12, then I get the error:

Media test failure, check cable
Exiting ---

Im pretty darn sure its a hard drive problem (Despite the hard drive still being recognized in my BIOS).

Before I shell out $400 for future shop to recover data, swap the hard drive and install everything for me...Do you guys have any thoughts?

Thanks so much. I gave as many details as I could.

A:"Windows failed to start", won't allow me to boot from CD/DVD drive

F12 should be the key for BIOS boot menu on Samsung, used to trigger the DVD if it was burned correctly for a Clean Reinstall. If you're choosing HD and getting the error you specifiy then it likely is a bad HD. Is the HD detected in BIOS setup? Check now?

Work through these steps starting with HD tests: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

What ISO did you burn that caused what you describe? Did you skip to trying to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and somehow confused running Samsung Recovery with booting the Win7 DVD? These are two separate things. Google your Samsung model + run Factory Recovery to understand better the difference.

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Before getting my dell machine with win8 baked in, I purchased a win8 pro upgrade from MS for 14.99.
Can I use that win8 pro "upgrade" disk to upgrade my core version to "pro", or will that just screw things up?


A:Can I use an "upgraded Pro" disk to upgrade from win8 core

You can use the upgrade key in ADD FEATURES:
Add Features to Windows 8

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Is the time to "Upgrade from vista to 7 supposed to be wayyy longer then it would to do jsut a clean install? (For example, hanging at 18% for a while while installing during upgrade)

(posting this since i cant get any replies to a previous topic)

A:Install time difference between "Upgrade" and "Custom"

The upgrade process will always be longer, and sometimes considerably. The upgrade process has to move/relocate previous files and keep certain registry entries based on software already installed. Did the upgrade eventually complete? (it's a silly question but you could be dual booting). If not then it could be a bad burn and your systems is taking it's time trying to read the install files from the DVD.

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Can you clean install to a different partition (I got XP on C and planing putting Vista on D) with the "Upgrade" version of vista or no you cant.

Based on this:
Its not.

A:No "clean install" in "Upgrade" version of Vista

Ether you have to format your hd or put it over xp
P.S you need xp product coad if you clean install the hd

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Hey All, I am trying to do a repair install of Windows 10 with an .iso DVD. My only choice is to keep nothing when I want to keep personal files & apps. There is a message at the bottom that says "You can't keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps because your current version of Windows might be installed in an unsupported directory". It's installed in C:\Windows. Regards,

A:"Nothing" only choice to keep for repair install

See if there is anything in this tutorial that will help you. You need to use the same ISO file of the build you are running too. Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

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I'm posting this in the Vista forum because this has never happened with Windows 2000 or XP.

I bought two exact duplicate models of hard disks. I set up Vista Ultimate on one of my systems. I used Acronis True Image 10 to clone the operating disk to the factory-new, never-used, same model disk as a backup drive in the event the first disk failed. I put in the clone to be sure it runs; but, I get the error mentioned in the title of this thread.

Now, if the second disk is supposed to be a clone of the first, why does this happen and how can I fix it?

I'm not married to Acronis for this job so I would use any disk cloning tool that makes a sector-for-sector copy. I use Norton Ghost 2003 for making sector-for-sector raw image (forensic) copies of PATA drives; but, these are SATA drives and Ghost 2003 simply sits there like Tarbaby and he don't say nuttin' to no SATA drive.

A:"Windows failed to start" "\Windows\System32\winload.exe missing or corrupt"

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Hi guys,

what do I do if the refresh install on W8.1 says that I'm missing files?

I installed W8 from a retail disc and upgraded to 8.1 via Windows Update. I can't use the W8 disc, it says invalid media.

Do I just follow the steps shown on the tutorial here?


A:(Win8.1) Refresh Install option "some files are missing"

You must insert the Windows 8.1 DVD/USB installation media. -> Look at this post for info.


How to download Windows 8.1 installation media? -> link

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Start8 isnt free but provides a win 7 start menu/button and boots directly to desktop

classic shell provides only the start menu for free

can anyone tell me the best/good FREE program that does what start8 does....?


A:what is best free "start8" type prog that will boot to desktop in win8

You may want to hold off until the Win 8.1 update, due next week, is installed. Its supposed to add more "desktop" functionality.

However, I have Start8. $4.95 didn't break the bank.

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I have word 2007 & want to print ONE label (row 1, col 3) from a sheet using Avery 5167 labels. When I go to create-labels-Options-label vendors I get: Avery A4/A5, Avery US letter or Avery Zweckform. What happend to Avery Standard? I tried the avery wizard but it doesn't give me a choice for "single label," at least as far as I can see & seems far too elaborate for my needs. How do I get avery standard & print a single label of label type 5167?

A:Solved: "Avery standard" no longer appears as label choice


The 5167 label template is under Avery US Letter.

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Hey all

Tearing my hair out with my 32bit W7 to W8 pro upgrade here.. . Setup gets to 24% and then bombs out with "Windows 8 installation has failed". The logs say..

2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 2: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 3: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 6: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 7: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 8: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 9: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 13: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error while getting snapshot properties of fixed drive 15: 0x80042308
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error Error READ, 0x8004230C while gathering/applying object: File, C:\Windows. Will return 0[gle=0x0000013d]
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error MIG Error 2147754764 while gathering object C:\Windows. Shell application requested abort![gle=0x0000013d]
2012-10-27 21:01:41, Error pUpgLayerDo... Read more

A:Upgrade failed with "Failed to execute GATHER"

Did you make the backup DVD?

You can make the ISO from exe.

Check this post by BillWindows.

Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)

Originally Posted by BillWindows

You should have an upgrade file on your desktop, click on that, it asks some questions and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD.
Then boot from that to completely wipe your disk and reformat, make sure you have your key for when you start the installation. If you have a Windows Live account use that. Make sure you feel comfortable doing this and have anything you need backed up, this worked for me, I hope it works for you.

If you need to redownload, go to your email from Windows Strore, download from the link.

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Legitimate copy of Win Vista Ultimate SP1, all updates through last week ...

When I attempt to open Windows Update, I get an error message "The page
failed to load".

A google search found nothing but the suggestion to delete "System32", am I'm not going there!

A:Solved: Windows Update "The page failed to load"

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hey guys I have a possibly terminal case here I've worked on and cannot resolve. Brother's Acer desktop running windows 7 64-bit, he took the bait and switched to windows 10, and he is not a technical guy.
It ran into a bad device driver apparently and never booted win 10 successfully. I had him build a recovery usb, we did that, went into troubleshooting, asked for boot options to try to get it into safe mode, but it bailed again just like trying to startup any other way. Auto repair to no avail [he tried that about a hundred times].

short of pulling the drive and starting over again with a new drive, do any of you have a suggestion?

thank you

A:Acer desktop cannot boot after Windows 10 "Upgrade". help

Are you past the stage of wanting to recover any data off the hard disk?

If you were trying to upgrade rather than doing a clean install you could try the latter as an alternative route. This requires that you have a qualifying W7 product key that you use to activate W10.

Windows 10 - Clean Install

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Hi there

After clicking on the stupid EU browser choice question my whole computer went into Lock up state -- had to kill IE via task manager.

Removed the Browser choice "thingy" -- but then IE10 would only work in Metro mode until I found the old short cut and parameters for starting IE in "Classic mode".

OK fixed

but every time I do a Windows update the stupid update re-installs the Browser choice question.

I've learned better ==>just delete the thing before running it --but it is a PAIN - especially if IE is already installed.

(I'm running TechNet W8 Enterprise RTM x-64 --probably the US version not the UK / European version (of W8) --not sure if there are different versions but I'm sure it WAS the US version as all defaults at install time were US).

If you are presented with the Browser choice and you have already installed IE you could experience what I had.

I hope anyway to re-install W8 again from scratch after official release as I'm sure a whole slew of fixes will have been prepared by then.



A:EU Browser choice causing IE to lock up after each "Windows Update"

If you were running the US version, you wouldn't have the browser choice.

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Well, I hope this is the correct forum considering I don't actually have XP Pro installed yet!

Many moons ago (June 2004) I purchased a Dell Inspiron 8600 to take to college. It served faithfully (including after The Great Red Bull Spill of 2006) until several weeks ago when the hard drive failed. No big deal, it's mainly my Netflix computer anyway. However, I'd still like to have it back up and running, so I purchased a refurbished 40gb hard drive off Ebay. I installed the new hard drive and checked to see that it was recognized by the BIOS (it is). When I booted up the computer it said "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility." Of course, I understand that's normal because the hard drive doesn't have anything on it yet.

Here's where the problems begin.

I have the Dell-issue XP Pro installation CD. I changed the boot order in the BIOS so that it would first boot from the CD drive. However, I got the same "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" error. Well, that CD drive has a history of acting up (despite being recognized by the BIOS), so I went out and got a USB CD drive (the kind with two USB plugs; one is for extra power I guess). Again, I changed the boot order in the BIOS to start with USB. I got the same "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup ut... Read more

A:Solved: "No boot sector on hard disk" while trying to install XP Pro

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While working suddenly a pop up windows appeared "windows - delayed write failed. Windows was unable to save all the data of the file F:\----. the data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere."

File name and drive contentiously changing. Some times d:\---, sometimes E:\--- etc.

The system slowed down. In the windows task manager, performance window. the CPU usage went up very high, from 70 to 100%.

I was not trying to save any file. Nor the drives on my computer are shared.

Restarted the computer but the problem is still there. Tried chkdsk but didn't find any problem.

Can some one please explain the problem and solution for this error.


What is drive F: ? if you have an external USB HDD or Flash Drive attached to your computer, it has become unplugged or has lost power. the drive might have failed.
go to My Computer, be sure the F: drive is still available. If not, unplug the USB cable from the computer end. Restart the computer and plug the USB cable into the Back USB port of the compute r when it comes back up. Then you can run a check disk on that drive.

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When I have tried to install a font there is no "Install" in the drop down. I open the Zip file, then try to install. Not there like it was with Vista.

A:No "Install" choice

Did you try unzipping the file and then installing the font?

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i just installed windows server 2008 on my desktop that runs windows server 2003 and windows XP. the OS choice menu was "windows XP and Windows svr 2003 before". but when i installed the win2k8 svr it changed to "pre vista OS and win2k8" when u select pre vista u can now choose b/w xp and win2k3. I want the system to automatically load xp when it is turned on. I toyed around with the boot.ini file with no avail.

A:OS choice menu changes to "prevista OS" and windows svr 2008.

As there are various boot entries there, you are to choose them in the boot menu. If you disable boot menu, you may be in problem in selecting the other OSs. But if you want XP as the default OS, you may do it using EasyBCD.

Doenload an older version (coz versions above 2.1 are paid) of EasyBCD from the links in the bottom right of the resulting page. Install it in either OS (to install in XP, you need .net framework 2 installed there). Run it. Click on "edit boot menu" in the right side pane. Select the XP entry. Move it up using the up arrow. Now, in the defaults column, check it as "yes" , and no/uncheck for the other entries. If you want, you may reduce the time , and then save the settings, close EasyBCD, and restart computer.

If you have installed the different OSs in different physical disks, thereis a chance of avoiding boot menu in boot time, and make XP as the default OS, without any waiting or selection keys.

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I have Vista Home Premium on my Dell 1525 Inspiron laptop. I logged off yesterday with the little Windows icon telling me it would install updates before logging off so keep the power on, etc. I did that.

I came back later and attempted to turn the computer on and I got a black DOS-type screen with "Windows Error Recovery" at the top and the msg, "Windows failed to start...", etc. I tried to Launch the repair tool, but got nowhere.

I chatted online for 2 hrs. with Microsoft and also got nowhere except to be told that I wil have to reinstall my software - meaning I will lose everything on my HD (this was confirmed by Dell). The drive retrieval company Dell recommended will wipe out my bank account to "try" to recover my files. (I have since turned the automatic updates OFF on my other computers!)

Please help!
(not so) Peachykeen (from a 6-yr-old dinosaur laptop)

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Hello guys, I have a bit of a problem installing Windows 7 in a particular computer. This PC used to have XP but I deleted everything and now it has a raw disk. So I?m trying to install Windows 7 and I don?t even get to the blue screen where you select you language, keyboard, etc. I can only get thru ?Windows is loading files? and when it is finished it just shows me this strange error on ?Windows Boot Manager?:

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

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart and restart your 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: 0xc0000017

Info: An unexpected error has occurred.

My computer is an old Dell Latitude D610, I upgraded the RAM to 1GB.

What do you think it could be?

Really appreciate the help.

PS: I can't install Windows XP because whenever I try that the computer restarts, not on a particular stage of the installation but just randomly and it is never able to finish. Also, I tried installing Windows 7 in a different computer with similar specs and it worked, so I?m assuming it's not the disc.

A:Can't Install Windows 7 "Windows Failed to Start"


You might see if disabling AHCI mode for your disk controller in the system BIOS does the job. Typically the controller has to be changed from AHCI mode to "IDE" or "ATA" mode.

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Hello everyone, wasn't really sure where to post this but since I'm trying to install windows 7 here I am. A while back my hard drive died, it said a partition was corrupt. I was having problems with the computer locking up during the recovery console at the time. So I bought a new hard drive and plugged it in, all I got was a black screen with a flashing cursor, I tried installing windows 7 on it with a retail disc and it locks up at the "press any key to boot from cd or dvd" screen. When that didnt work I placed the hard drive in another computer that I'm borrowing and it installed just fine, so I reformatted it and put it back in my computer, along with the optical drive from the loaner comp. just to make sure it wasn't my optical drive failing. Still the same thing. Ive tried installing windows xp on it, locks up on a blue screen that says windows xp install and nothing else. Ive made sure all the cables are connected. Ive tested the psu with a multimeter and get the correct voltages out of it. I tried running memtest86+ and it freezes it at test 7, and when I tested I used one stick of the two ram sticks that I have. when I go into bios and mess with any of the settings it locks up when I try to save and exit. Ive tried resetting the cmos that didnt help the problem. Ive tried setting the cd drive to boot in the boot option screen, that doesnt seem to do anything to fix it. Ive taken the ram out and started the computer to see if I get a bee... Read more

A:Can't install windows, computer freezes at "press any key to boot from CD/DVD"

All stock except the psu ? You mean it's failed before? Looks like it's failed again then....any time some component fails twice is the time to start looking for why ?......

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I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on to a dell xps and having a lot of problems.
The Computer has 3 harddisks
C:\ - Vista (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
D:\ Vista Recovery 10GB thing (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
F:\ Empty drive i want to install windows 7 on
J:\ Harddrive for everything else

The problem is when i boot from the disk i can start the installer but when it allows me to choose where to install to the harddrive always comes up as "Can not install blah blah, Windows can NOT boot from this Disk"

I have tried all sorts of ways to get around this like unplugging everything apart from the cd drive and harddrive i want to install it on, im getting really fed up with this. Is the problem that im trying to do a dual boot?
I also read somewhere about getting sata drivers for my motherboard but after hours of searching the web gave up.

All i can tell that my motherboard is is a FOXCONN LS36 but i can't find sata drivers for this anywhere!
On the dell website i tried all of the Sata downloads but if i locate the downloaded file whilst in win7 setup it doesn't like the file.
Am i doing some majorly wrong and stupid here?
Please help me!!!


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I have a bizare problem with my Satelite C660-1DK; I can only boot to my Windows using Fast Boot option, if I switch to Normal Boot, the screen goes black and it shows Boot Failed - [DEVICE NAME HERE], where the device name starts with the HDD and ends with the USB(if plugged ofc). What would be causing this problem? And how to particulary solve it?

Notes: SATA is set to AHCI Controller.

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Let me first address a few things:

- I have read extensively on this topic, using guides such as this to determine whether or not I have bootable media for UEFI, which I do.

- I have both an original, unused Windows 7 Pro w/ SP1 x64 install DVD, connected through the USB 2.0 external DVD burner that was provided by the computer manufacturer, as well as a 4gb USB 2.0 stick that I created using Rufus (the settings are all correct and specified for UEFI/GPT/FAT32 and all that) and slipstreamed with Intel's USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 7 x64. Both devices boot and give me the same result: the freeze at "Starting Windows," where the dots start moving around momentarily before freezing in place.

- Booting the DVD in Safe Mode still gives me a freeze. The last "Loaded:" item in the list is disk.sys.

- I've seen it mentioned that some NVIDIA cards have had issues with UEFI and/or Windows 7 booting/installation, so I tried switching off the "switchable graphics" option in my bios so that my system would run using the integrated Intel graphics (which I would assume it had been doing anyway). Still the same result either way.

- I am not dual-booting, nor do I have any desire to use legacy bios if it's going to stick me in an infinite boot loop like the last time I tried that. My laptop, a Lenovo Y700-15ISK, has no option to use any "UEFI + Compatibility" option--I am only given the choice between one or the other.

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A:Win7x64 UEFI-boot install hangs at "Starting Windows" on Skylake

Quote: Originally Posted by Jawn

Enabled: "When load default values, will load pure UEFI mode default values. Win8 and later OS support pure UEFI mode"
Disabled: "When load default values, will load legacy support mode default values."

Windows 7 does not support pure UEFI mode.

Quote: Originally Posted by Jawn

My laptop, a Lenovo Y700-15ISK


Y700 15ISK - How to install windows 7 64bit?

Probably too late, but this helped me... https://downloadcenter.intel.com/dow...reator-Utility make usb installation of windows and run this program... in bios boot set legacy... that?s all and easy.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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I hope this is the correct sub-forum.

I have a family member with an issue that I cannot solve my googling the problem.

The family member tried to upgrade their windows 7 to windows 10. Something went wrong (apparently - I was not there) and it restored to Windows 7. Now one of their other hard drives appears to be completely empty (931gb of 931gb free) and it was renamed to "system reserved". The drive letters has been switched with the dvd-drive.

Is there any way to move the system reserved part to the c:\ drive where it belongs and save the data?

Thank you

A:Upgrade from Win 7 -> Win10 failed. Now other HD "system reserved"

All you have to do is set the C partition Active and run startup repair until windows boots again.

There is no moving of the system reserved partition, you are simply writing the system files to the C partition so windows will boot again, but as I have said, the C partition HAS to be marked Active in order to do that. It can easily be done with a partition Wizard Boot CD and a System Repair Disc, also known a Startup repair disc, made on any Windows 7 machine of the same bit version, 32 or 64 bit and of the same Service Pack version, hopefully your Windows version was Service Pack 1.

It can also be marked Active using Diskpart with your install DVD or aforementioned System repair disc.

Method 2

Partition - Mark as Active

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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I just installed a new 60gb hard drive as a back up to put my movie files on,it installed fine and it works fine but i get "windows milenium emergancy boot" when i boot the system up .I don"t know if this error is serious but I do know that the system seems less stable in this boot mode..can someone please help? thanx

A:after installing new "hard drive" it starts with "windows emergency boot"

closing duplicate, view this thread

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I have already searched the forums and while people have had this error it has not been under the circumstances I have and I am sure lots of others have.

I created a USB boot drive with windows vista on and attempted to install on a laptop with a standard sata drive. It is picked up the in the setup and when I reach the screen of "where do you install windows?" I get the above error.

The problem seems to be as I understand it that the first boot priority is a USB drive and the creators of Vista put in place a rule where only a CD drive or similar can have a higher priority than the disk you wish to install Windows.

On the microsoft support database the article 938984 states that this is by design. Is there a way around this? I have tried the following methods...

1. Burning Plop boot manager to disk and booting to usb through that. Still same message.
2. Used the Diskpart method to create the original USB. The method and USB works perfect and I have also had sucess with Windows 7.
3. Used method 2 on the hard drive I want to install and booted from the hard drive still the same message.
4. Tried making multiple partitions on the drive and installing to them.

The reason I need this on a USB medium and not DVD is...

1. The Vista ISO I have is 7gig big (Both x86 and x64 all versions updated to SP2) (I am going to get Duel Layer)
2. I refurbish laptops and so I am installing different operating systems and having the reliability of a USB drive is amazing.

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A:USB Boot Vista Install "Windows unable find system volume meet criteria"

Bit of an odd question... I revived an automated e-mail saying S2926 replied to my thread. It tells me the message in the e-mail but I cannot find the reply on here?

I have managed to get my easy 2 boot usb working with the Vista ISO and I am currently installing as we speak. It just needed de-fragging. Feel so silly. But the original problem remains. I tried changing boot order and enabled boot menu at boot and tried to boot from usb but the problem still remained.

Either way thank you S2926 for your reply.



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Not sure I want win8 on my primary computer (win7 working pretty well) but I hate to fall too far behind the times. I have several older laptops, and would like to ease into win8. So I started with a ~6 year old laptop running XP, a machine normally used only for data file backup.

The win8 DVD did not boot, and I assumed it was a bad DVD drive, so, I pulled out my external DVD drive, and without paying much attention ran the install from inside winXP. Bad mistake. All the files seem to have copied over, but when it reached the reboot part of the process, it failed. Get a black screen, Missing file ...system32\winload.exe

I can still use winXP on this machine from this point, because the error screen's "Older operating system" choice still works. But I cannot get this old machine to boot from its DVD drive, or the external DVD drive (and I have tried all the BIOS boot-order settings). So, I cannot use the original XP install disk for recovery. And I cannot get the machine to boot normally, without hitting the error screen, and having to choose the older OS manually.

I would like to get this box running normally for backup purposes, before moving on to another for win8 evaluation. I thought maybe there is a way to change the boot sequence away from win8, back to the XP boot. So, finally, my question, is there a simple, manual process anyone can suggest for restoring boot manager?

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A:Recovery from failed XP to Win8 upgrade/install

Will it boot from USB? If so you can put Win 8 on a flash drive and install from there.

First, create a .ISO file from the DVD. ImgBurn is a good program to do this with, just make sure you take the Custom path and deselect the crapware they want to install. Name it something like Win8X64 or Win8ProX64 so it's easy to find.

You can create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 8 from.
Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3Select Windows 8 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottomSelect the downloaded Windows 8 iso fileSelect your USB flash driveClick Create
For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.

Edit: Are you sure the DVD is good?

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