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Q: Access Advanced Boot Menu

Hello, I have a remote user who has a Lenovo desktop with Windows 10. She is unsure which model it is. Windows fails to load (when windows loads the cursor just spins for hours and never loads). I want her to open the Advanced Boot Menu and run a "repair your computer" before windows start loading and I tell her to hit the f8 key repeatedly. This is not working. What is the key combination for Lenovo computers to get to the Advanced Boot Menu (Safe mode/repair) or is it F8 and just a Windows 10 issue with it booting too fast?

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Preferred Solution: Access Advanced Boot Menu

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Is it possible to overwrite my install of Windows 10 with a 8.1 by using the Advanced Start-Up option? I can get into the Windows 8 installer disc this way, but I want to make sure I don't screw aything up.

My Fujitsu T902 won't let me into the boot menu by pressing F12 anymore, it just beeps and loads up Windows normally. I'm wondering if this is some Win10 security feature or incompatibility with my computer. The computer came with Win8, but it wouldn't load after I tried installing Ubuntu. I couldn't find an official Win8 ISO so I used Win10 Beta, though I don't remember how I managed to boot into it.

I want a fresh install as I again tried installing Ubuntu via Advanced Start-Up. Then it booted into Ubuntu but couldn't load the Windows image. I managed to get back into Windows by adjusting my boot settings. Somehow the Ubuntu startup menu was able to get me into my boot settings menu, but no keyboard shortcut seems to let me in.


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I have a Dell 5010 and replaced the HDD after the original drive went faulty. I made a recovery drive on a USB flash so that I could do a reinstall after fitting the new drive. Anyway, after fitting the drive and restarting the laptop, it will not allow me to access the advanced boot menu. It just goes to a blank screen with a flashing cursor.
I have run the Dell diagnostics tool and there are no issues. This tool reported a faulty drive with the previous HDD which led to me replacing it.
Any suggestions?

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Hi all...

My Gateway Laptop (NV55S05u) had a Norton scan today and found a trojan virus that Norton could not remove. I restarted the computer to try to get it in safe mode, and when I restarted I got a black screen with just a cursor. I was able to get into the BIOS (F2) and also able to burn AVG rescue disk onto a CD and boot from that as I was unable to boot from a USB stick or SD card. I ran all the scans I could find and deleted the virus files off my system. I then created a Windows 7 recovery CD from a different functioning computer and booted from that disk. I was able to run startup repair, but then it doesn't finish. I don't get a chance to see why it doesn't finish because this stupid HP Recovery Manager pops up. Upon further research, I discovered it should have something that says "System Recovery" to reset back to factory settings. I can see it is there, but I am unable to click on it. I then tried doing a system restore back to an earlier point and it completes and has me restart. When I restart, I push F2 again to change the boot order so the computer boots from the hard drive first. When I do this, I just get the black screen with a cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. I am not sure what else to do at this point. I do not have the original windows 7 disk as I bought it pre-loaded on this laptop. This computer is only about 2 months old so I am freaking out. If anyone has any ideas I would be SO appreciative.

A:System will not boot, cannot use F8, cannot access advanced boot menu

You do not need to buy a new copy of Win7 as you own the one which came preinstalled on the Gateway for the life of the machine, and can reinstall it as often as you need and in any way you want via several methods.

First work through these steps for when Windows 7 fails to boot.

I should tell you that Norton and AVG raise red flags with the experts here - the better choices are in the steps.

Do you have a Win7 System Repair Disk to use as this is best to try the repairs?

If not you can download the latest official Win7 ISO download with SP1 for your licensed version and burn to DVD or write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool:
Win7 Home Premium x86 SP1 English Official ISO download

Use one of these disks for repairs given in the steps above, or if necessary to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM without the bloatware and useless factory utilities which have better versions in Win7.

You can also try running Gateway Factory Recovery by tapping the key given on first boot screen for Recovery, or order Recovery Disks from Gateway Tech Support which is included free for the first year along with a full parts and replacement warranty.

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I'm having issues with my graphics card and I need to switch my Intel off and Nvidia on. I saw on the internet that you need to enter the Advanced BIOS to do that. But for some reason, I can't see it in the BIOS. I am using an HP 15 Notebook PC.

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

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

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


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

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Hello everybody.
Encountered this problem, when trying to access menu Advanced from BIOS, if I go from keyboard remain blocked, and i need to turn off the pc, if I go with mouse and i trying to access the menu, my pc restarts.
I did update the BIOS, from verion 1.0 to 5.2, but i have the same issue.
How is possible to fix this problem ?

Thank you!

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I am trying to fix a friends pc. he has installed Win XP Pro and each time he turns machine on he gets the Advanced Boot Menu. He always chooses Normal start up and then Windows loads ok.

How can he get rid of this Option Screen and get Windows to load straight away.


A:Advanced Boot Menu

zarah said:

I am trying to fix a friends pc. he has installed Win XP Pro and each time he turns machine on he gets the Advanced Boot Menu. He always chooses Normal start up and then Windows loads ok.
How can he get rid of this Option Screen and get Windows to load straight away.
zarah Click to expand...

Hi zarah,

Try this:
Click the Boot.ini tab and uncheck /Safeboot if it is checked
Click Ok

Then on next reboot, if /Safeboot was checked and is now unchecked, the system should just boot up in Normal mode.

-- Tom

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I had wanted to change the minimum amount of memory to my intel HD 515 graphics and make some other tweaks for gaming, and I turned off my laptop, pushed the novo button on the side, it booted up and I chose the Bios setup option. I started going through the menus and I HAD an advanced menu which gave me the graphics memory options, it had overclocking options, option to enable NFC, 3D Camera and a bunch of other stuff. I even showed to someone, so I was NOT hallucinating haha. I had decided to reboot and wait so I could google a lot of the options as I didn't understand some of the super-super advanced settings. When I went back to the bios, no advanced menu is present and I can NOT get it back. A lot of stuff says you CAN'T get it, but I DID.  Anyone? Was it some super weird glitch or did I bump the right key combo? I did a google search and have found a few others that have also accidentally done this, including a screenshot of the SAME menu I got from another Lenovo user.

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A:How to access Yoga 700-11ISK Advanced Menu in Bios...

HI.GodAmongGeeks It is possible that advanced bios settings, is or has been limited change modify something you could cause damage to the system,You could try again doing a bios update and see if Advanced mode, exit no exit lenovo has the grey bios. Verify the operating system and that you do not have the same version of bios,use caution that does not cut the procedure:BIOS Update for Windows 10 (64-bit) - Yoga 700-11ISKhttps://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles/ddcn25ww.exe http://support.lenovo.com/es/es/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/Yoga-Series/yoga-700-11isk? Regards.

Click on the star to say thanks.Please mark if it solves your problem.No work for LENOVO I volunteer.Good luck with the inconvenience.

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Does anyone know how to edit the advanced boot menu? When I hit the F10 key I would like to add my own entry there. Any guides/ideas? I have started to do research on BCD.

A:Edit Advanced Boot Menu?

Hi Eagle710,
This may be helpful for you:
Boot Process: Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

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i wona ask if is there any option to edit advanced boot menu,so not the menu for select OS's,but the menu when win 7 restart unexpactualy and the open the bootmenu -repair and normal mode...So repair your computer is set as default so when 30s is done its go into repair.How to se that normal mode will be defaut nach 30s?


A:advanced boot menu edit

Why not just quickly press the down/up button then quickly enter?

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I have a computer that is stuck in a loop and won't boot into normal or safe mode. There is a blue screen flashing up, but way too quick for me to be able to see the STOP code.

The problem I have is that the American Megatrends BIOS 2.51, has an option on the boot screen "Press F8 for BBS Popup". Therefore I can't use the F8 key to get into the Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Why the hell has a BIOS manufacturer hijacked an important Windows key?????

I have also tried pressing the F8 key AFTER the BIOS screen, but even by doing that you still get a boot order list by pressing F8, and not the Advanced Options menu.

Does anyone know how to either:
1. Disable the Press F8 for BBS Popup in the BIOS? (I've looked, so has a workmate, but we can't see it)


2. Is there an alternative to using the F8 key to access the Advanced Options menu?

Hope someone can help.

A:Windows XP - Can't access Advanced Options menu (F8 key hijacked by BIOS)

If your keyboard has a "F-lock" key, press it before F8.

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What key must I press on my Satellite Pro M70-220 during startup of Win XP, in order to get into the "Advanced Start Menu" - that is, the menu that gives various boot options, such as Safe Mode, Last Good Startup Congiguration, Normal Windows Startup, etc. ?

On my old Satellite 5105-S702 laptop it was the F8 key, but pressing the F8 key on my Pro M70 does not appear to bring up the "Advanced Start Menu".

The Advanced Start Menu came up on its own a couple days ago, after an abnormal shutdown, so it would appear that it does exist on the Pro M70.

Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.


A:Satellite Pro M70-220 - how to start Advanced Boot Menu


The Advanced Boot Menu can be reached pressing the F8 button.
It?s a Windows based menu and it?s no matter what notebook it is.
It should work on all computers.

Maybe you cannot enable the Advanced Boot Menu because the Windows OS is muddled up.

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Advanced Boot option menu missing from my Deii Inspiron 1720 as far as I can tell the recovery drive is still intact. I have seen a web page somewhere that explained how to fix this issue cause I needed it before I know Windows AIK is used but thats all I remember any help is welcome thanks

A:Advanced Boot option menu missing

sorry what is missing is the repair your computer option that is what I'm looking to repair

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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?


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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A friend of mine is dual booting Windows ME and Windows 2000 Adv. Server. The system has previously had windows XP Home installed on it and the Win 2000 Adv. Serv. has also been previously installed on the system, but then was removed. Because of this the OS boot menu shows Windows ME, Windows XP, and two Win 2000 Adv. Serv. entries...

What we want to know is how to delete the old entries, and for all of you Windows XP users out there, in the "Startup and recovery" section, there is no "manual edit" button like XP has, so therefore we are stuck... We have searched for files with the name of "boot" and also files that may contain "/fastdetect" like the startup and recovery drop-down menu shows.

A:Windows 2000 Advanced Server OS Boot Menu

I'd be curious as to why someone would spend that kind of money on an OS for home, Advanced Server is rather expensive.

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On a friend's computer, when I access the advanced boot menu using F8, the repair your computer option is missing. I found this info on a Microsoft page:

Repair your computer
Shows a list of system recovery tools you can use to repair startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system. This option is available only if the tools are installed on your computer's hard disk.

Does anyone know if these tools can be installed on a computer that is missing them? This is an Asus laptop.


A:Repair your computer option missing from advanced boot menu

Originally Posted by YoVincenzo

On a friend's computer, when I access the advanced boot menu using F8, the repair your computer option is missing. I found this info on a Microsoft page:

Repair your computer
Shows a list of system recovery tools you can use to repair startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system. This option is available only if the tools are installed on your computer's hard disk.

Does anyone know if these tools can be installed on a computer that is missing them? This is an Asus laptop.


I don't possess such deep knowledge to answer your question.
Perhaps the following link will be of interest to you :
Lost "Repair My Computer" Option in F8 Boot Advanced Startup Options Menu

Lost "Repair My Computer" Option in F8 Boot Advanced Startup Options Menu - Vista Setup and Install

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Hello everyone, I would like to address a problem I ran into while trying to restore my Dell XPS M1330 to factory settings. When I boot into advanced boot menu by pressing f8 (I have tried ctrl+f11 and it doesn't work) I press enter on the "Repair Your Computer" option however, when doing so, it only boots up windows like it would normally. I'm not sure at all what the problem is and I'm kind of new to this. Does anyone know what to do? Thank You so much in advanced!

A:Advanced Boot Menu: Repair Your Computer Doesn't Work

Post HERE and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied which can save a lot of time. Otherwise, follow this tutorial: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB. You then need to create the ISO which will not have SP1 or SP2 included.

Pick up this Tutorial: How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB here:

To Create Vista Installation DVD or USB Flash Drive with ISO File

then do a Clean Install of Vista as described here: Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

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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.

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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 been referred here from the 'malware removal' section (link to thread http://forums.techguy.org/malware-r...omputer-constantly-freezing-antivirus-xp.html ).

I ran smitfraud and rebooted but my computer keeps freezing both in safe mode and normal. I tried last good configuration but the same thing happened. Either just a black screen with the mouse icon or frozen on the long list (in safe mode).

I don't know any of the other options so I hope someone can help.

Many thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Cannot boot up (normal or safe) I can only get to Windows Advanced Menu

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Appreciate any help anyone can give me here.

Turned off my PC this afternoon, with no problems that I was aware of. Turned it back on when I got home tonight. System hangs with a blank screen during normal boot. Power off and try f8 to go into safe mode - and now all of a suddon f8 brings up a boot menu with my dvd and dvd rw-drives and my hard drive, and not the advanced boot options it always did before. Cant get to safe mode, can't get to a system restore option or a command prompt or anything.

Now I'm getting a bit worried, and figure I'll break out my recovery disk. I have a cyberpower, inc. recovery dvd-rom that came with the pc - but no matter which of my drives I put it into (dvd rom or dvd-rw) and no matter which drive I boot from, the system goes to a black screen and just hangs.

I can press delete when the PC starts to enter setup, but thats my bios and there doesnt seem to be anything I can do there. f8 gets me to this dumb boot menu instead of advanced boot options (is this some kind of crazy virusb, or I am just going insane here?). No idea what to do now. Please help!

A:Vista 64 home - advanced boot menu gone, can't restore from recovery disk

Hello kad153,
When you get to the boot menu, high light the HDD your OS is on and press enter, that should bring up the options you are looking for, choose "Last Known Good Configuration".

If it still wont start follow this tutorial.

Create a Recovery Disc

Then this tutorial.

Startup Repair

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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Hello All,

I have a seemingly simple question --

When I run msconfig, clicking the the ADVANCED OPTIONS under the BOOT tab does not take me anywhere. Why is that? I am logged on as myself with an Admin account.

I click and nothing happens. So, I cannot make my tweaks (I just need to reduce the memory config to trick my Hauppauge PVR 150 into seeing less than the 4GB I have.)

Would appreciate any help. Thanks. I don't think anyone else has this problem as I have searched several forums over two nights.

I am running Win7 Ultimate 64bit on an AMD Athlon X2 with 4 GB RAM (4x1GB sticks).


A:MSConfig - Advanced Boot access help

Hello Walrux, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure why, but you might see if you may be able to while logged into the built-in Administrator account instead.

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Hi, I posted a thread a few days ago in the Windows 7 section and as instructed I decided to make my thread here instead.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 21:02:24, on 2014-01-31
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.19489)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\Version8\TeamViewer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DAEMON Tools Lite\DTLite.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Druide\Antidote 7\Programmes32\agentantidote.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdder\razerhid.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdderBlackEdition\razerhid.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdderBlackEdition\razertra.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdder\razerofa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdder\vdDaemon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdderBlackEdition\razerofa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\Update Core\NvBackend.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\GamePanel Software\Applets\LCDMedia.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Realtime Soft\RTSHookInterop\x32\RTSHookInterop.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

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A:Can't access the Advanced boot option.

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Ok so i have 2 months lenovo ideapad z580 laptop..i am unable to access UEFI BIOS menu and boot menu anymore these were the steps i tried with my laptop1)i have windows 8.1 tried going to pc settings and selected uefi settings on restart But the problem still persist the laptop is just doing normal windows 8 boot2)tried pressing/hitting F1,F2,F12,DEL keys3)i have also used lenovo one key recovery button there it showed "bios setup" when i selected it and hit enter it is just doing normal windows 8 boot still i can't access uefi bios4)tried ipdate BIOS for the laptop but unfortunately there was no bios update for this model5)tried resetting Laptop by removing battery and ac adapter and pressing and holding power button for 30 seconds but still no use i can't access BIOS yet6)i tried removing the internal hard drive Out of the laptop and this time one starnage thing happened " before  with internal hard drive i used to get lenovo splash screen when turning ON but after removing hard drive and when i try to access bios i can't see the lenovo splash screen at all" still i can't access BIOS!!!please anybody help me with this particular issue....i have already complanied about this problem to lenovo but they were saying it's keyboard it is soo silly they don't know what they were talking!!! my keyboard is working perfectly i can able to use ENter key,and all other keys in windows operating system!!!even i tried with external keybord still i can't access BIOS!!!!  Ser... Read more

A:can't access UEFI BIOS menu and BOOT menu on my le...

hi sivasandeep99,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
If you have tried FN+F2 when boot?
Or holding down Shift and clicking restart?
If those steps did not work either,  You might need to contact Lenovo Technical Support and have the system shipped to Repair Facility for BIOS Reflash.
Found this article but it is for the same model that has same issue like yours.
Solid Cruver

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Hi everyone, I tried getting to the advanced Bios setup under Bios menu but couldnt find it. The Bios version of my Pc is insyde F.1B. please what can i do ?

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I recently installed Windows 7 on my new SSD and everything was fine but when I tried to access safe mode later on, by pressing F8, a black screen appeared with nothing but a flashing white "_". I have to manually restart the computer at this point. I've tried to reformat Windows but the problem persist. I've heard it might be a Virus that block me from accessing safe mode but my system seems clean.

Any ideas?

Thank you.

A:Can't access the Advanced boot option, black screen.

Try some online scans from various antivirus vendors. They are all free. Bitdefender, ESET, Kaspersky and Trend Micro. If they report a problem. Then post in the virus removal sub-forum to get help.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Windows Vista I am trying to do a factory image but the repair your computer is missing from the F8 advanced boot options menu.
Can anyone tell me how to get this back on the list Thanks in advance

A:advanced boot option menu missing option

if your just trying to do a "factory reset" try powering on then press the ctrl key and the f11 key at the same time (at the dell logo), should get you a pc restore screen, follow the instructions...good luckps, if you have a manual, the key configuration may be different...

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My system is showing an internal hard drive error and F8 advanced boot options page doesn't appear to exist anymore (lost recovery via F8). That limits my troubleshooting.

The system is a Dell Inspiron 560 desktop with core 2 quad Q8300 CPU at 2.5 ghz. 6.144 GB of RAM with DDR3 SDRAM. It's 3 years old with Windows 7 Home Premium. The computer is basically used only for surfing the web and has 98% of the RAM free. When the system was purchased 3 years ago it came with no recovery disks or any b/u software. I'm not really worried about losing the data on it as other than the Windows Operating system, there's not much that couldn't be resurrected from the web. This chain of events started 2 weeks ago when I received a windows "Boot Configuration data file is missing required info error." A system restore solved most of that issue and allowed access to Windows but I was still left with numerous script errors that locked me out of some frequently used web sites/pages. At that point I followed an on-line solution to properly repartition the boot config. Upon doing that and restarting, I lost the system Boot Manager and could not start the computer at all ("no boot device available"). I had hosed myself as no doubt my tinkering in the boot config mode wiped out the needed boot management for a proper reboot.

At that point I took it to a local repair tech who brought the computer back to factory condition, fixed the boot config, reloaded all software, updated ... Read more

A:SMART disk drive error-can't access Advanced Boot Options repair mode

While trying to load a HD sentinel from CNET I picked up a malware/spyware search engine called "Sweetpacks" that has become my new default search engine! It won't go away by selecting a new default browser either. A search of the forum for this bug suggests loading a particular cleaner program. Tried that and the links are no longer any good.

Decided to do a system restore back to early this morning when I first loaded the Mozy "free" backup program. That got rid of the Sweetpacks malware/search engine as well. One less problem. But now I'm afraid to load any HDD sentinel from the internet.

Note that I never received a system recovery disk with this Dell system package. So running a recovery CD is not an option for me.

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After installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  I was unable to reboot into the newly installed system nor access the one time boot menu from F12 or the BIOS from F2 keys after the DELL logo and bar completed itself and displayed F12 and F2 in the bottom corner of the screen.
I can access  the ePSA Pre-boot System Assessment using CTRL Fn held down at boot.    I have run it twice, returning no faults.   Tapping the F8 key at boot has no effect.
Any help would be very much appreciated, thank you.

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Hello. I just hit a problem for which I can see no immediate workaround. I'm hoping someone else can.

I had XP on a partition, the primary partition had/has Win7 Home Premium. I tried many ways to delete the XP partition, but no programs, including 7's disk management, would let me do that as it was a system partition, until I tried Paragon, which said OK. After rebooting, my computer failed to boot into 7, though the XP partition had been deleted. What Paragon did to damage the primary partition and my Win7 boot capabilities I don't know, but damage it it did. Had I had access to DOS's FDISK, I would have had no problems as I've done such things many, many times before without a single problem using FDISK.

I had previously used a program (EasyBCD) to successfully remove the XP entry from the boot menu, assuming there might be problems if I left it there. I booted from my Win7 DVD, and chose Repair. The Win7 installation was clearly there - I trawled it looking for some system file that Windows wanted me to find, but didn't name. I never did find anything suitable, because I wasn't told what I was looking for. So I moved away from that bit and on to Repair proper - no input from me. After a very long time, I was told to reboot to apply found solutions. I did so.

At boot, I got a message telling me that the file NTOSKRNL.EXE was missing from the Windows\System32 folder, and I should replace it. Impossible, of course, while I couldn't actually boot; I think I can be forgive... Read more

A:Existence of the Boot menu (MBR) denies access to other boot methods.

Maybe somebody who has done a lot of multiple OS lately can be more help. On my old 486 I had Dos Windows Linux and OS/2 multibooting. But that was some time ago. I did use Paragon Drive Backup imaging program. One thing I noticed was that when Vista came along, Paragon had problems. Even after they claimed to have solved them (Vista and later has some subtle differences in NTFS partitions) trying to create a recovery capsule on the drive hosed my partition table. But the point I'm making is, in future the first step I would take would be to boot Partition Wizard and undo the XP partition delete.

Where you are now it may be too convoluted to help. But I believe PW boot CD is more powerful than anything you can do with the system running Windows. But usually when you have XP booting with a Vista or later Windows, an issue involves ntdetect.com and ntldr. XP installs them in the root of C: even if XP itself is on H: or whatever. It confuses the issue.

Hopefully somebody with more current experience will help dig you out of the hole, if it can be done.

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My G50-80 will not boot. The Lenovo logo appears but not the loading wheel, and it hangs endlessly at that screen. The onekey recovery button yields the same result. No boot menu. Also, the power light and charging light are both lit, even though the charger is unplugged. I've tried removing the battery as well. Haven't been able to find any other instances of this issue. Anybody have a clue? Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue. 

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My G50-80 will not boot. The Lenovo logo appears but not the loading wheel. The onekey recovery button yields the same result. No boot menu. Also, the power light and charging light are both lit, even though the charger is unplugged. I've tried removing the battery as well. Haven't been able to find any other instances of this issue. Anybody have a clue?
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

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Hello Guys I am trying to Boot to Boot Menu so i can slect CD room so i can Ghost image my wife win 8 laptop
the problem is Win 8 wont let me access the boot menu and i am not sure what to do.

The brand new Laptop came with HHD and i want to capure the image via Ghost and then put the Ghost image in SSD

Can someone advise

Laptop is : Lenovo G505
Thank you very much

A:How to access boot Menu in 8

See whether these links help you:
Advanced "Startup Settings" - Boot to in Windows 8
How to enter Setup Utility (F1) or Boot Menu (F12) on a Microsoft Windows 8 preloaded PC.

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I am trying to access the boot menu or Setup on a Gateway NE56R31u laptop. Searches have said it could be accessed by pressing Esc or F10 at the Gateway boot screen, but I've been unable to make that happen. I've done this hundreds of times on other computers, so I know the technique and the timing that has worked in the past. I've also tried Del key, Fn + F10, F8. Any ideas how to make this happen?


A:Access boot menu?

Hello Vince,

You could use the method in the tutorial below to boot to your UEFI settings (setup) from within Windows 8 if you like.

UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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My friend was attempting to go back to his original OS from WIN10 and the laptop died during the process. After booting we recieved error code 0xc00000605 upon start telling us a component is missing and we needed to repair. i got us a windows recovery disk and tried to boot it from the bios but i am unable to do anything in the bios except change the system date and time. If i could just boot it from the dvd i would be okay, any suggestions? laymans terms please!

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Hello, i'm using a Gateway Windows 8 64 Bit.

I know how to access the boot menu using the advanced troubleshooting option inside the computer. But, what if Windows 8 becomes unbootable and I cannot log into the machine? There is no boot menu option like Windows 7.

I have heard if Windows will not boot, it will display the advanced options automatically. Is this true?

Also, if I power down my system while it is booting up will I be able to access the boot menu on next startup?

A:A way to access boot menu on startup?

Hello Windows8Home,

If Windows will not boot, it will usually display the recovery options screen, but there's no guarantee either.

You don't want to hard shut down the computer during startup if you could help it, since that could corrupt Windows.

Option Four and on in the tutorial below are some good options to boot to the startup options menu if you like.

Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8

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Hello - I am trying to boot using the bios/boot menu on American Megatrends version 2.15.1236 running Windows 10. I have tried F8, shift F8, Del, shift Del, F7 and F2 with no luck... Any ideas?

A:Can´t access boot menu

Can you boot to windows
accessing UEFI from post screen on windows 10 by using the methods you have listed is not possible, if the firmware is UEFI, as the speed of boot does not allow time to press those keys

There are many methods to access firmware setup depending on if you can load windows or at least get as far as the log-in screen

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Hello everyone,I am unable to access the boot menu on my HP Pavillion laptop. I tried pressing ESC key after Power on and also through PC settings but none of it helped .  Pressing ESC key just shows "ESC...pause startup" message but didn't got to the boot menu. And if I stop pressing it , it just loads OS.

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I have a lenovo touch screen laptop but I just get the boot menu app menu with the following 4 options 1. Windows boot manager ; 2 Atari CD ldz dvd rw da8a6sh; 3 pic lan: efi network (ipvr) 4 pic lan efi network ( ipv6) . I also get a message that an error has occurred and my computer needs to restart but it always goes back to the boot menu. Please help.

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I am unable to access the boot menu to allow boot from USB or DVD.  I have tried using the ESC key and just about every other key F2, F10, F12 and others.  When I turn power on I start taping the applicable key about once every second, I see the power light illuminated and I hear the hard drive running for a little while but the monitor stays blank, then the hard drive stops, the power light is still on but nothing happens. I have also tried using the Windows 10, settings "recovery" function same results.

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I have a USB keyboard. When trying to access setup or the boot menu ("press F2 for setup or F12 for menu") nothing happens. I then get a "keyboard failure" message followed by a normal winXP startup, and the keyboard works. Apparently, the computer is looking for the keyboard at the round keyboard port before checking the USB ports. What to do?

A:Can't access setup or boot menu

enable it in dos in the bios

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hi, installed an SSD (caddy), cloned the OS to SSD and wish to boot from SSD but how do i access the bios/boot menu, there is nothing at start up that says press ESC, F12 etc, i have tried many buttons but no look :-( help!

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Hi so I got an Acer V5-571G laptop, and I am using Windows 8.0. After some month my laptop downloaded an official update for Windows 8.0, and when it got installed my laptop went into a lot of errors so my friend told me that he can format my laptop, but the problem my friend can't enter the boot menu or even the BIOS menu. We tried F8, F12, SHIFT+F10, boot button+F2, and it didn't get him into the BIOS or the boot menue. So, how can I enter the boot menu or BIOS if it's impossible becuase of my crashed Windows 8.0?

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Mother Board: Gigabyte 3.2GHZ
OS: Windows 8.1
Problem: When the computer is powered on it boots normally. However, all function keys or cmd keys to get into BIOS (F2), BOOT Menu (F8), Set up menu (F12) are disabled.
Possible Cause: Ransomware, I know for a fact my son installed a .exe file that put ransomware on his computer due to the HDD being locked and inaccessible. Also, when logging into his user he is prompted with the ransom log on by GoTLINKS.
Attempted Fixes: I've tried removing the HDD cables and booting in hopes of getting forced into the boot menu. However, no drives are detected and I am prompted to insert the OS Disk and hitting ENTER. Upon doing so all KBoard keys are disabled and computer must be restarted. At this point the computer will boot from the OS Disk and allow for a install of windows or windows repair. Upon trying to reinstall the OS (after plugging the HDD back in) the OS Key states it is not retrievable, even though it is on the tower of his desktop. This happens after the key is inserted. (The key has been registered prior to this all happening). When going into windows repair from the disk I am given 3 options. System Refresh, System Reset, and Advanced Options.
System Refresh: Error: A Valid OS must be selected. Please select a valid OS and restart your system. 
System Reset: Error: The disk drive is locked. Please unlock the disk drive in order to proceed.
Advanced Options: CMD pro... Read more

A:Unable to access BIOS, Boot Menu, or anything else!!!

I forgot to add something.
Restarting system: I can restart the system while holding the Shift Key which brings me to the boot menu options. However, any key is disabled and the computer must be hard restarted in order to do anything. All function keys (F1-F9) do not work, keys 1-9 do not work, and even ENTER to restart the system does not work.

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   A week ago I bought an Ideapad 100S 11IBY. I wanted to run Linux on it; tried to access the boot menu to make it boot off a thumb drive if present. This device came with Windows 10 on it. It would not let me access the boot menu options; I note that the documentation, the user guide pointed to in the system itself, was for WIndows 7. I spent an hour on the phone with a very helpful Lenovo tech person who could not help me; he did NOT have the same device to look at and was thus hampered. At his suggestion I upgraded the BIOS and still could not access the Boot Menu (I could see that option but the device would NOT let me arrow above the Windows boot option). I had turned secure boot off in the configuration menu. Nothing worked. I took it to Best Buy today (where I bought it) and the Geek Squad could not figure out how to do this either. So I had to return it.  So I wanted to communicate this info to Lenovo and on this page: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/landingpage/contact/?cid=us:sem%7Cse%7Cgoogle%7CAll_Products%7CNX_Lenov...  there is a link near the bottom that says: "Got feedback for us? We Listen." Yet when I go to that page there is no apparent way to submit the feedback.  Thanks, Lenovo. This whole episode has been an apparent waste of my time. Forgive me if I am being unfair. I will listen to any advice or criticism of my actions trying to get this device to do such a simple thing.

A:Can't access boot menu on 100s 11IBY

The User Guide on my 100S-11IBY says on page 16>How can I change the boot mode?There are two boot modes: UEFI and Legacy Support. To change the boot mode, start the BIOSsetup utility and set boot mode to UEFI or Legacy Support on the boot menu.>However when I select the Boot menu after starting up with the 'novo' button, neither of these boot modes are shown. The only option is 'Windows Boot Manager' and so I cannot change it ! I too would like to execute Linux from a USB-stick so I can install it as an alternative to Windows 10. Ron

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