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Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

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

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.

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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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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]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 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 installed ubuntu14.04 alongside windows7 and now in the multi-boot menu I get 3 boot options for windows 7 in addition with a boot option for ubuntu. They are:
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)
Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda3)

I am not sure which one to boot into.
Here is some information of my partitions:

Code:
============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
in partition 112 for .

sda1: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD

sda2: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda3: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sda3 has... Read more

A:Multiple boot options for windows 7 in boot menu

Please post back screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I installed Windows 8.1 to try.
The problem is that it stopped working and gives me troubleshooting boot menu .
I have Windows xp on the machine too that's working fine.
So now every time I open my pc, I get the boot menu where it says Windows 8 can't start. What u want to do. Run troubleshooting or boot in earlier version
I go ahead and select earlier version.
I just want to remove this menu and remove the entire Windows 8. I just want to go directly to Windows xp

A:Dual boot system (Windows 8.1 and xp), how to edit boot menu from xp

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management. To do this from XP, press the Prnt Scrn button, open built-in Paint to paste the screenshot in, Save File, attach back here in reply box using paper clip icon. Screenshot with Paint

If XP is still System Active in Disk Mgmt, then normally you can just delete 8, remove the boot entry in msconfig>Boot, but we need to see the screenshot to be sure of no unexpected configurations.

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos ... Read more

A:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
 

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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:

Quote:




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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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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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525, 320 GB HD with about 2 GB of free space left, 4 MB memory, running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit, SP1, updates current. Just lately, booting from off, Windows will not load, but instead gives me a \Boot\BCD error (0xc00000f)--an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I have repaired this error with my Dell-supplied OS disc repeatedly, and each time I turn off the computer it has the same error at startup. I have read that I may have to rebuild the BCD, but I don't know how to do that. Before I check with Dell, who I suspect will just tell me to reload Windows, I need to know how approach fixing my boot configuration data. The computer has had no new software installations, just routine Windows and Trend Micro Internet Security updates, I checked the disc for errors, and a few files were missing or incorrect, and defragmentation has also been performed routinely. Dell PC checkup finds no issues. How should I proceed?

A:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure: http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/b...agnostics.html

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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I have a Dell laptop running Windows XP Home. Everytime I boot the Advanced boot options menu comes up. Have tried everything on the menu including Last Known Good Configuration. How does one stop this from happening and go back to a normal boot screen?

Thanks
 

A:Advanced boot options menu comes up at every boot

Is it the full Advanced Options menu with all 11-12 items, or the short one that also says Windows Failed to start?

If it's the full menu, my first guess would be that the F8 key is stuck.
 

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Don't see a section that really fits this issue so I just posted in my best guess.

I got this new computer and at some point I went into the boot option to try and install my PC to it's factory settings but when I opened up the boot option it showed something like this but not exactly:

1. MC43689SGDAL7
2. MATSHITADVD-RAM

This is very random and unusual and I have found no fix and as you should know it should look something like this:

1. CD/DVD Drive
2. USB
3. Hard Drive
4. something else

Even in my Bios menu it shows the same thing and I cannot change it so I can't boot from a USB or CD, etc.

Does anyone know of a fix or an Idea on how I can fix this? Bios updating does nothing, new Hard Drive does nothing obviously, I don't really know any other options.

A:Wrong Boot Options in Boot Menu

Hello Zyromkiru .

Please include your motherboard related information in the system specs ... It would be easier to understand the situation.

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Guys..!!! i was trying installing xp sp3 in xp..!!! got a fatal error (Boot Manager not found) which left me a dual boot menu, ie

"Which os u want to run
Xp professional
Xp professional setup "

now i installed win 7, thnx to a software named "EASYBCD" got rid of XP but still it shows dual boot..!!

now

Windows7
Xp professional Setup

how to get ride of this setup frm boot
can any1 help me...????

i havn't isntalled the os in different drives..!! everthing was i C drive
eventhought i deleted the windows.old folder..!! which contained the xp files.

How to get rid of this Xp professional setup frm the boot guys..??

A:Dual Boot ( Xp professional Setup with Win7 ) in boot menu

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool ni STart Menu.

Do you remember which partition you tried to install XP upon? Normally you would just delete that partition in Disk Management, providing it is not already System Active. So let us see the Disk Mgmt screenshot, and tell us what is on each partition.

EasyBCD does not get rid of the partial XP install you have on there, just the boot listing. You still need to find and delete it from where it was installed.

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I've been dual booting both 7 and 8x for years, and both have been reinstalled as upgrade in-place repairs, and as far as 8 is, concerned, upgraded several times.

I have always preferred the text mode, legacy boot menus, not least because they do not warm reboot when an OS which is not windows 8x is chosen.

Now I am not sure whether 7 or 8x software runs the boot menu.

How can I tell which is my bootmanager?

A:Dual boot 7 & 8 how to tell which owns text mode Boot Menu

It will generally be whichever OS was installed first, which is why when setting up multi-boot scenarios it's best practice to start with the newest OS first and then work backwards.

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I have XP (x86) installed on one partition.

Last night I installed Windows 7 (x64) on a separate partition.

Anytime I had tried this in the past, using Vista, it always detected the Windows XP partition, and gave me a boot menu with "Earlier Version of Windows" option to boot to.

This is not so with Windows 7.

How can I get the boot menu to show both options, to boot to XP or to Win7?

Thank you

A:boot menu doesn't show up - XP and Win7 dual boot

Try this tutorial.

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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

Problem:
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?

Thanks.

--Asif

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,
Shawn

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I have installed Blue 8.1 on a separate drive in my system along side 8.0. When I restart the 8.0 boots unless I manually select the 8.1 drive in bios. How can I alter the Boot menu to add the option to boot from either OS?

A:Add Boot menu at start for Blue dual boot.

Try EasyBCD work with Windows 8.

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

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I have a PC with XP and Vista on it. I had some issues had to restore my XP and vista had to get reloaded cause i had them both on the same HD. Well I decided to put vista on my 2nd HD. After doing that my boot menu says

XP
Vista
Vista

The third option - second Vista doesn't work its trying to access my first vista install. So basically how do I change this in the boot file?

A:Dual Boot - Correct Boot Menu

Hello, ukbsktbll .

EasyBCD will do the trick, HERE .


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Originally Posted by NeoSmart Technologies


EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies' multiple award-winning answer to tweaking the new Windows Vista bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is possible. Setting up and configuring Windows boot entries is simple, and there is no easier way to quickly boot right into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader - on the fly, no expert knowledge needed!

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Hi,

Last night I decided to reinstall XP and 7, Installed XP first and then installed 7, On separate partitions.

XP on E:
7 on C:

I have downloaded and used EasyBCD before but only in XP to create the menu, As I can only get into 7 no, I have to do it in their.

I have done the same steps as I have done in XP which is:

1. Add New Entry > Unticked the box for Automatically selecting drive and changed Type to XP
2. Added the entry
3. Go to Bootloader Setup
4. Selected Install BCD on partition C:
5. Restarted PC

Then i get an error so I have to use my 7 disk and repair the start up.

When I view the setting here is what I see:
As you can see it says the XP is still drive C: when its not and I have changed it.

What is it I am doing wrong?

I went to another forum and they said either I reformat my partitions to install XP on C: and 7 else where, I cannot dual boot these. I don't really want to format at this stage

A:Creating boot menu for dual boot

Hello, try this:

Boot your PC using the Windows 7 DVD.
Verify that your Language and Region Settings are correct.
Next on the setup screen, click the 'Repair your Computer' option.
The repair process will then scan and detect all valid Windows installations and update the BCD store located in the 100MB 'System,Reserved' partition.

Regards,
George

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Hello,
I partitioned my hard drive and installed a second copy of my Windows 8.1

I like to experiment with registry settings, tweaks, etc so I use the second installation as a guiney pig, leaving my primary copy untouched.

My question is how to I get the second copy listed on the graphical Boot Options Menu? Right now, I have to press [ESC] on reboot to select it in BIOS settings.

Thanks
JustDave

A:Windows 8.1 Boot Options Menu

Some good information here: Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

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So, i recently formatted the pc, Im getting this weird error from windows boot every time i do a cold boot (meaning turning the pc on), if I just reset the pc i dont get the error.
Is weird because previous to this error, before formatting, i was getting a different boot error also only on cold boot.

Is not a huge headache, i just have to reset the pc every time i do a cold boot, but is an annoyance.

Any ideas?
The error message:

A:windows boot error only in cold boot

have to put in your disk and run startup repair/repair like it says?? chances are theres just a file or 2 missing thats causing this.

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No more F8?

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/22/designing-for-pcs-that-boot-faster-than-ever-before.aspx

Hope this works out okay, I'm sure they are testing it like crazy.
James

A:Windows 8 Boot Menu and Repair Options

Hopefully it does. 7 seconds seems like a very fast boot time indeed. I think the idea is a good one, and the idea of combining all the repair options and menus into one big menu sounds more efficient to me.

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I'm having a problem with booting my laptop - but only when cold-booting.

Never heard about this problem before. I can reboot just fine, and if i acces the BIOS and just go straight on exiting, not changing anything - it too boots windows normally without any hitches.

How is booting different from cold-boot to rebooting or through BIOS? I've been toying around with EFI boots, but everything [should be] reverted and i used my windows disc to repair the boot sequence. After the BIOS splash it just lingers and the "starting windows" gui doesnt appear.

Edit and edit2: I've now tried for a couple of times to let it sit, and it does boot up after about 4 minutes consistently. It goes like this:
I press power on. After,
3 seconds the BIOS splash comes on.
7 seconds the screen goes black.
4 min 0 seconds the screen turns off, then immediately turns on again with a black screen.
4 min 3 seconds the BIOS splash reappears.
4 min 7 seconds the "windows starting" gui comes on.
4 min 25 secs windows is booted up and responsive.

So the Black screen is consistently just about 3 minutes and 53 seconds. All BIOS settings are properly set to boot from HDD. No external HDDs or FDDs connected. Even removed the excess drive letter assignments in windows to be safe.
Satas in AHCI for the OS-SSD (and a spindle for storage). Booting from spindle drive is disabled in BIOS.

Its a brand new machine, and it worked properly when i formatted it to begin with and in... Read more

A:Interesting boot problem... Cold-boot vs hot-boot

Give us some info about the computer and which operating system.
 

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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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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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Hi, I was experimenting with a dual boot with Win 7 and Ubuntu - the latter has now been removed from my system and the partition deleted but I still get the dual boot menu. Anyone able to advise me how to stop it doing this?

A:Dual Boot Boot Menu

  
Quote: Originally Posted by blue sabre


Hi, I was experimenting with a dual boot with Win 7 and Ubuntu - the latter has now been removed from my system and the partition deleted but I still get the dual boot menu. Anyone able to advise me how to stop it doing this?


Hello blue sabre, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can restore the Windows 7 bootmgr here: MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Here is another link for you to look at: Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7

Let us know if you have any questions?

Cheers!
Robert

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop, with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS. I recently reformatted my C:/ drive, and all seemed to be working just fine until I installed an icon package, which required me to reboot the computer. Since then, my laptop has not been able to get past the Advanced boot options screen (i.e. the Dell logo showing along with the "F2 Setup F12 Boot Options menu", and later it goes into the white blinking screen (like when you're typing), and the screen goes black after awhile, restarting again to the advanced boot options menu. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows 7 startup does not get past Advanced Boot Options menu

You have already posted this. I would suggest one thread for one problem.
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ions-menu.html

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Hi. I have a Lenovo P50 that after doing recent Windows 10 updates, it now is not booting properly. When it boots, it brings me to a boot menu that is completely empty. It does not detect the hard drives, any external usb/hard drives, external DVD, etc. from the boot menu. If I run a diagnostics, that detects the drives for example, and all results come back fine.  If I try to go in to the BIOS and edit anything in the boot order, that too shows nothing. Also, the network boot option shows nothing.  I cannot figure out why there are no boot options appearing and why I also cannot even boot of a USB if I wanted to. 

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop, with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS. I recently reformatted my C:/ drive, and all seemed to be working just fine until I installed an icon package, which required me to reboot the computer. Since then, my laptop has not been able to get past the Advanced boot options screen (i.e. the Dell logo showing along with the "F2 Setup F12 Boot Options menu", and later it goes into the white blinking screen (like when you're typing), and the screen goes black after awhile, restarting again to the advanced boot options menu. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows 7 startup does not get past Advanced Boot Options menu

Boot into the Win7 installer or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair a few times. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

It should offer to System Restore but if not run it manually from the System Recovery Options to get back before the crap you installed which ruined your Win7.

If this fails then you may need to run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore from it's partition, or get a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps and methods and using only the tools to maintain a perfect reinstall.

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Hello,

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

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

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

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

Status: 0xc000000f

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

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

A:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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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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Hi,

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)

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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:

1.
startup repair

2.
system restore

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

Hi,

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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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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Starting this thread per suggestion of Admin. Will cut and paste from another alternate thread:

I have a dual boot system, a desktop PC I built myself. 3 ea 1TB hard drives and Windows XP Pro resides on the drive 0 as C:\ logical partition of drive 0 has D:\ as well as F:\ F: is the partition that has my Windows 8.1 PRO installation, that, until recently, has worked great. I could dual boot between either 8.1 PRO or the "earlier operating system" which was XP PRO. I have some software and setups on XP that are/can only be used in xp. Some aren't even available anymore.

The other day I turn on my monitor and Windows 8.1 was "hung" so I tried to push 'sleep' on my keyboard and then bring it out of sleep to see if that would bring back the video. No luck, so I shut it down and restarted. Ever since I get the boot menu that lists 8.1 and "earlier operating system (XP)" and I can boot right into XP with no issues. It is when I try to boot into 8.1 pro that I have the problems. It simply won't go/boot into the 8.1. I see the partition in my XP OS it's there and seems intact. (logical drive) and there are many programs I have installed in it including Classic Shell.

I have my Windows 8.1 pro DVD. Is there any way possible I can use it to do a repair/install and keep the registry and installed files on my 8.1 PRO operating system?

Again, I cannot boot into the Windows 8.1 PRO OS . All boot drivers app... Read more

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I have two operating systems on this computer. There is a screen at boot-up that allows me to choose which os i want to use. Right now it's set to show this screen for 30 seconds... how do i change that?
 

A:Solved: Windows XP/Dual Boot Menu

Click Start , Run and type msconfig and press enter. Click BOOT.INI and change the timeout setting to watever No of seconds you want
 

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Yesterday Windows Explorer began to stop responding fairly frequently, but would restart itself without issue and continue to run fine. Today, Windows now freezes completely every 45ish minutes - usually a random program stops responding followed by everything, the mouse gets stuck, CTRL+ALT+DELETE does nothing, and it stays frozen this way. I've had one BSOD happen right after this occurs (I couldn't get the error code with auto-reboot but I just turned that off). The most recent freeze I got a "The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed" message, and Windows just stayed frozen that way with nothing responding.

Upon hitting Restart button on my case or following the BSOD auto-reboot, my OS drive (a Crucial M4) it isn't detected in the BIOS, leading to a "Disk Boot Failure" message. Oddly, if I do a cold boot from this point and power back on, the Crucial M4 is detected and Windows starts normally. I can also boot normally after shutting down and restarting from within Windows. But no matter what, around 45 minutes later Windows then freezes again in the exact same way, repeating the cycle. I'm totally at a loss, please help!
System Specs:
Core i5 2500k @ 3.3 ghz
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Windows 7 64 Bit SP 1
8 GB Ram
Crucial M4 64GB, Firmware 0001 (OS drive)
Seagate 1TB (for storage)

A:Random Freezing/BSOD, Boot Disk Failure, OK Cold Boot then Repeat

Hi.

There are no .dmp files in the attachment. Please check this thread: Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSODand configure for Small Memory Dumps.

In addition, please go through this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...exe-7f1c0.html

Let us know if the troubleshooting steps mentioned help resolve your problem.

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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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I'm new here and have searched the web but can't seem to find similar symptoms.
I've noticed after performing various updates (either to whatever programs or Windows itself - any ones that require a re-start) that when I re-start my laptop and when the Alienware logo appears, booting basically freezes. I'm only having issues when I restart...even when there are no pending updates to anything. 
I tested today and booting actually continues on its own, but VERY slowly.  If I get stuck at this screen and I press my power button, the laptop immediately turns off.  Pressing the power button again boots the machine (to what I consider) normally.  It basically whizzes by the Alienware logo screen and into Windows without issue.  If I fully shutdown, then use the power button to boot up, everything goes normally too.  Re-starting (anytime) is when my issue occurs.
My system:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 ProVersion 10.0.10586 Build 10586OS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Manufacturer AlienwareSystem Model Alienware 17System Type x64-based PCSystem SKU Alienware 17Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710MQ CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2501 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date Alienware A14, 9/24/2014SMBIOS Version 2.7Embedded Controller Version 1.01BIOS Mode LegacyBaseBoard Manufacturer AlienwareBaseBoard Model Not AvailableBaseBoard Name Base BoardPlatform Role MobileSecure Boot State UnsupportedPCR7 Configuration Binding Not Poss... Read more

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I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest86+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest86+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a blank wallpaper. Started going back through old drivers figuring that this w... Read more

A:BSOD KSOD No Boot Win7 64bit Cold Boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by roborabbit


I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest89+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest89+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a ... Read more

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I have installed windows 8 pro in C drive.Now i want to install windows 8 enterprise in next partition "D" Temporarily for the just sake of trying it.The question is if after installing enterprise edition, if i do not like the enterprise editon, how to uninstall the enterprise edtion? so that after uninstalling it should not show dual boot option in the system start. I do not want dual boot option after uninstalling enterprise edition.

A:Dual boot menu removal after uninstallation of windows

Take a look here:
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

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I just installed Windows 7 on a Brand New WD Blue 1TB drive. Install went great. However in this PC I also have an 80 Gig drive with Windows XP on it that I use for old games. The 1Tb replaced and old 250 Gb. When I had that 250 and 80 in I would get a window that should which OS was on each drive and I could pick one. With this new install I ahve lost that. When I try booting from the 80 gig drive it still boots to win 7. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Moe

A:New Windows 7 Install now I lost my dual boot menu

Are you sure you installed to the correct drive, should`ve unplugged all other drives before reinstalling 7.

Post a shot of disk management.

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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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Even after uninstalling bitdefender, the tool of windows boot manager has the bitdefender menu.
How to remove it ?

I am using easybcd boot manager.
 

A:How to remove Bitdefender boot menu from the tool of Windows boot manager

Could you provide an image?
 

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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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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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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

A:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Hi,
It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,
-pkd
 

A:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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I wanted to set up Ubuntu on my computer, and followed the instructions in the first answer to this thread: dual boot - How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7/8 - Ask Ubuntu

As instructed, I created a logical partition using EaseUS software. I did this on my H:/ drive, a hard disk drive (whereas Windows 7 was installed on C:, and SSD).

After a mandatory reboot for the new partition changes, I did not immediately go to install Ubuntu, although I had Live USB to do so. Instead, if I remember properly, I booted into Windows to make sure everything was OK, but only to find out that some "Windows could not boot properly", giving me the option to 'Launch Startup Repair' - which I did, but to no avail. All it did was reported that some 2 system files were missing or corrupt.

I then installed Ubuntu on a third drive because I still needed it to perform some benchmarking. I did this using the 'install alongside windows 7' option.
But now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, all I am interested in is getting back to Windows, while keeping all the files and programs intact.

How should I go about fixing this? Delete the logical partition on the other drive? I also have that Windows installation CD, and I'm thinking its repair options could be useful - but not having a whole lot of self-confidence, I don't know what steps exactly to take to preserve my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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A:Wanted to Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu - Windows Won't Boot Anymore

Hi I Am User,

Upon inserting the Windows installation disk you should be able to install a new Windows and be able to select Upgrade and it should create the Windows.old folder on the new Windows.

Cheers
Boris

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