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Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

Q: Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

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]
[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]
[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 /bootlog /noguiboot
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode Networking" /safeboot:network /sos /bootlog /noguiboot
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode CMD Prompt" /safeboot:minimal(alternateshell) /sos /bootlog /noguiboot
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro Debug" /debug /sos /basevideo /noguiboot /bootlog

Now when the boot menu comes up and says I can boot into Win Xp or Win Vista, it defaults to Win Xp like it is suppose to, but brings up all those options that I added to the boot.ini. So instead of booting straight to windows xp it gives me another menu screen with all the options I just added to the boot.ini. When it brings up the second boot menu for Windows Xp it shows all the options that I added, the normal XP option I can hit F8 and it will bring up the normal list of safe mode and debug options. How can I get the main boot screen Windows Xp option to access those advance options by hitting F8 instead of going through two menus.

I'm sorry if this in confusing I tried to explain it the best way I could.

Preferred Solution: Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Evening All.

First post here, but as with most members Google led me here because I'm having some PC issues so I thought I'd get some advice here if no-one minds.

I have a Dell Vostro PC - it has 2 SATA HDDs and a DVD Drive. The original default OS was Vista Home Premium. Recently I wanted to try out Windows 7 Ultimate so I decided to set up a secondary partition on my primary HDD to install Win 7 there to test before taking the plunge with a full upgrade. This worked fine - I created the partition in Vista, defined it as the Y drive and successfully installed Windows 7 there no issue. All was well and I could dual boot both, although I have to say I mainly used the Vista install with the occasional Win 7 test.

However, in the last 24 hours things have gone very wrong and now neither installation works. Strangely nothing has been installed or changed on the machine yesterday to trigger this.

If I attempt to boot into Vista I get a Winload.exe error with error code 0xc0000428 telling me that winload.exe is missing or corrupt. Last night, I managed to get past this error once and into safe mode to perform a virus check, but since then it constantly cycles with the same error when booting or attempting to access advanced boot options.

If I attempt to boot into Windows 7, I get a bar saying Windows files loading and then the machine reboots without loading further. Same again if I try to access Advanced Boot Options for Windows 7.

Things I've tried so far are:

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A:Windows Vista and 7 Dual Boot Issues

According to a quick google search here's what you should do:

Boot to your Vista Recovery CD

A) Run a repair installation

B) Go to the Command Prompt section and run the following commands:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
winload.exe is missing or corrupt (no it's not!)

For future reference, System Restore and Repair Installations will fix most system related problems.

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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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Not sure if this is the best thread for this issue, but hopefully someone can help.

I have a laptop which had Windows 7 installed on a normal HDD and an SSD which I added after it was lying around spare. I then updated to Windows 10 via the free upgrade. Everything was working fine, and I decided to put Windows 10 on the SSD for quicker booting.

I did a clean install on the SSD using the Windows 10 installation media and everything now works fine until I shut down the laptop.

After powering on and seeing the Bios screen I then just get a black screen and the boot menu to choose which OS to boot off (Windows 10 is now installed on both the HDD and the SSD) does not appear.

A workaround is to go into the Bios after powering on and exiting the Bios without making any changes, then the boot menu appears as normal and I can log in to either installed OS. Also if I'm in Windows and restart then everything works as expected.

Although I have a workaround, it is not ideal and wondered if anyone had seen any issues like this before and whether there were any solutions.

I've tried the repair tools from the Windows 10 installation media., which said there was nothing to repair, and have tried swapping to the old text based boot menu, which had the same problems.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated.


A:Issues with Dual boot menu not appearing when starting from a shutdown

Hello Astro, welcome to tenforums.com!

One of two things:
- either the boot loader did not create separate entries for 2 identical OS's, or
- the time-out may have been set to 0,
Hold 'Shift' and press Restart to check the options.

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

A:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

the funk

A:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

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

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



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

Hello Asif,

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

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,

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Alright... I'm not sure how to word this so I'll just start by saying I'm sick of Vista eating 800 mb+ of RAM, even while idling. So, I made a partition, and went for the task of installing XP 64-bit pro edition. I spent quite a bit of time on Google trying to make sure I did everything right, and downloaded VistaBootPro 3.3 (I don't have a Vista install disk, just a recovery partition). Reading things through, I installed XP on the partition, rebooted into XP in said partition, ran VistaBootPro, but it did not recognize XP.

Nothing came up for "Earlier version of Windows" (or whatever it's supposed to say at the boot-screen) and it's left me with two options:

Stick with Vista
Stick with XP

I'd prefer having access to both, but don't have a working knowledge of boot-loading (the extent that I know is that Vista doesn't boot with a boot.ini file?).

Any help would be apprectiated

A:Vista to XP dual-boot issues

Hi and welcome to TSF.
Unfortunately if you want to dual boot you should install XP first then Vista.

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Hi All,

I am facing an issue with the installation of Win XP Pro SP2 , i have a pre installed Windows Vista Home edition with me . 3 months back i installed Win Xp in my machine and made it a dual booting , and it was working fine. At this time, Vista was in C Drive and XP was in D drive. It was working fine . One month back, i had to format D drive and entire OS XP was gone ( no change made to C drive ). after that i am not able to boot the machine using WinXP installation CD . The machine works perfectly in Vista . but When i try to install win XP the system is getting hanged . The current situation is , when i boot the machine with Win XP installation CD , then the machine saying . 'press any Key to boot from CD ' and when i press any key the machine gives me a blank screen ... and it does nothing , i kept it for half an hour but still it was a blank screen .. Please help me ...


A:Vista XP Dual Boot issues

Hi , Please help me .....

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Hi guys, wasn't sure whether to put this in XP or Vista forum, Thought both would be a good idea but I thought that'd be naughty. Could a MOD do it for me if I'm allowed . Anyway...

I have dual-booted a machine with vista and XP following this guide


It was all working fine for about a year. The customer has now bought a Velociraptor 300GB and wants to run the 2 OS's from there. I ghosted the old install over and it works fine except for one thing...

After booting into vista, the first time you boot into XP afterwards it BSOD's then thereafter will boot fine, until you boot into vista again.
Go back to XP BSOD's once then fine thereafter...???

Was fine on old HDD which a generic 400GB WD.

Any ideas???

A:Dual Boot Vista/XP Issues

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm

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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..!!


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 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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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 am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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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 am trying to dual boot with 2 different hard drives and 2 different systems. One is Vista x64 and the other is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. After installing the hard drive with Windows 7 which came from a different computer, I used EasyBCD to configure the boot order. Windows vista still works, but when I want to switch to Windows 7 I get:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

The Op seems to have similar problem as me. I just don't get all the follow up instructions in the thread dealing with bootrec since I haven't encountered it before (I think...). Any thoughts?

A:Dual boot windows vista and windows 7 boot error winload.exe

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this is not desireable, then set Win7 HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, install easyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

Before doing this delete any EasyBCD listing for the other HD you've already made in Edit OS Menu tab.

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot


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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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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?

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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 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.


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 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 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


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 .


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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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.


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I am dual booting Win7 Ultimate x64 from a SSD and WinXP Pro x64 from a HDD. After POST, i get to a boot selection screen showing the XP 2003 Server edition (XP x64) and Win7. I could enter Win7 but the default is the setup so if I don't do anything the screen times out after 30 seconds, loads the setup, and BSOD. So whatever. I just use arrow up, select Win7 and I'm fine. BUT, I changed the timeout from 30 to 0 seconds in boot options and now I can't figure out how to get back into Win7. To enter XP, I have to press f11 and select the disk from boot options or else it enters setup and BSOD. I need help on getting settings changed so my PC will automatically boot into Win7 and booting into XP is done as it currently is.


A:Dual Boot issues, changing default boot option

Try this: https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/ba...default-entry/

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I have two hard drives (Drive0 - Windows 7 Drive1 - Windows 8). Windows 7 was working great, I booted off the CD, installed Windows 8 onto Drive1 but upon reboot I never get any dual boot options, it acts as only Windows 8 is installed. I don't think it matters, but Windows 8 seems to lock up on reboot too (maybe a seperate issue). But for now my computer is useless.

I tried disabling Drive1 in the BIOS to force it to boot to Drive0 but I get a Windows 8 start up error saying files are missing.

Any thoughts on how to get this dual boot setup corrected? Let me know if you need more info.

A:Dual Boot Issues with Windows 7

Physically disconnect the Windows 8 HD.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata Port on the MOBO.

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.
startup repair disc-create

Do a Strartup Repair:
Startup Repair - Windows 7 Forums
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums

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hi , please help me
i have a fresh installation of windows 7...then i try to instal xp.when windows xp requires first restart at boot it says error loading operating systems.then i cant do nothing , i cant even start windows 7 . the only way is to instal windows 7 (again)on local disk D and then to delete it when i finaly startup. this was the first time.. now i tried again and this time its the same just there is no error loading operating system message...only a black screen...
should i try to install xp first... i was thinking about when i were installing xp it asked me to format ( ntsf(quick) , ntfs or leave current settings (or something like that)) i selected the last one...does this have anything to do with it since i formated it on windows 7 before. and i saw you wrote that it might be a bad copy of xp , but that is impossible is there any other solution ??

A:help! Dual boot Windows 7 and XP issues

Where you are exactly is a little confusing, so maybe some information will help.

Which hard drive you have set as primary in the bios is very important. If you change the drive order or remove the primary drive and boot, the other drive will become primary and the boot files will be put there.

XP will overwrite the Win 7 boot files, so if you can, you should install XP first and then Win 7.

You might try doing a startup repair using the Win 7 DVD to see if you can get Win 7 running and then we can fix the XP install and get you dual booting.

I personally like to use independent installs on 2 hard drives, so if I ever want to remove one, it is easy.

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Bit of a weird issue here. I have two HDs connected to my computer. The first of these I installed Vista on some time ago, the drive was later corrupted and I can no longer access it. Later, I purchased and installed Windows 7 on the second HD. While installing 7, I stupidly DIDN'T unplug the first drive (the one with Vista) and 7 placed its boot files alongside Vista's on the first drive. Because of this, the 7 HD is dependent on the Vista drive to boot.

I would now like to format the Vista drive to reinstall a new OS, but cannot do so without breaking my 7 installation. What is the best solution to this problem? I would prefer not to fully reinstall 7 (without the Vista drive plugged in). Is there a way to migrate the boot files from one drive to another?

Thanks for any help!

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot Issues

Hi there is some info here which may help you please read all of it first

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I've gone through pages and pages of threads and many different sites to no avail. I have a factory installed Windows 7 64bit Samsung laptop. I have a single drive with an open partition ~200GB for Windows XP. With boot options set to optical drive, I have tried three different XP disks and all of them go through the disc loadup, but upon completion of "Starting Windows" the blue screen goes away, it flashes a black screen, Windows 7 load up screen flashes for a second and it once again says press any key to boot from CD.

I have tried disabling the legacy OS boot, AHCI, as well as deleting the 18GB recovery partition. Nothing is working.

Please tell me I am missing something! Thank you for your help in advance.

A:Dual Boot Issues: Windows 7 and XP

Welcome aboard

Have you followed the Option Two of the tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP ?

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Hi there. I already saw a thread on this subject, but I have a slightly different problem. I have a dual boot (I hope) machine, I had Mac OSX on it, it's a windows machine, I previously had Vista/OSX dual booted, but wanted to get rid of Vista because well, it was just awful. I left OSX on there to use while I searched for a solution, originally tried to install XPO on the other partition but due to Driver problems was unable to. Got myself Windows 7. Installed it on the free partition, but now there's no boot manager on boot. I don't have the option to boot OSX, just skips over and goes straight to 7. This is a problem as I make all my music using the OSX programs, plus all the savedata and stuff is there and would be an absolutel tragedy if I lost it. Tried to read the data using MAcDrive, but not even that will detect it, put that down to compatibility issues with 7 as was an error upon installation. Does anyone have any clue as to what I can try? Thanks in advance

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop, Phoenix bios.

A:Windows 7/Mac OSX dual boot issues.

Ok, problem solved.

Dual Booting the Wind – OSX and Windows 7|Gear Diary

This article will explain everything

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Chances are something similar has been posted, but couldn't find any.

Have a system originally running XP/SP3. Added a second hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 7. When I try to start Windows 7 from the dual boot menu it starts a pre-boot disk check on the XP drive. If I allow the disk check to continue it makes both systems unbootable.

I then reinstalled Windows 7 but this time with the XP drive disconnected. The result was Windows XP and Windows 7 systems that work fine but I have to change the BIOS to switch systems. Tried adding a dual boot menu to the XP drive (EasyBCD & VistaBootPro) and had the same problem as before. Restored both drives without dual boot and then added a dual boot menu to the Windows 7 drive. Don?t have the disk check problem but selecting XP from the dual boot menu causes an immediate reboot and return to the menu.

Was able to do this with a second, similar system with no such problems.

A:XP and Windows 7 Dual boot Issues


First, disconnect the Windows 7 drive. Then make sure XP can boot without issue.

With the XP drive still connected, install Windows 7. When it is done, make sure the 7 drive is set to be the first in the boot order.

Then add XP manually to the BCD using EasyBCD 2.0. You will need to register first, but it is free.

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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?


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Im trying to get a dual boot setup going on my laptop, but Im having a lot of trouble with the installation. I want to have 2 installs of Windows 7 64bit, running on 2 partitions on the same SSD. One partition/install of Windows for audio production, the other completely separate for my own personal use. The audio partition/install will have no networking devices enabled, no antivirus or any other clutter, just my audio software and thats it.

I have tried making the partitions in the Windows 7 installer, installing into the first partition, then once thats done installing into the second. I have tried installing the first time across the whole HD, and then once Windows is running, in the Disk Manager utility running a shrink on the HD, then rebooting and installing the second install into the newly created partition. For some reason I keep getting all manner of weird behaviour though. My SSD isnt getting recognised on boot, its hanging during the Starting Windows splash animation, a couple of times I think the SSD wasnt even seen by the BIOS.

Heres my specs to start:
MSI GT680 Laptop with
- Intel i7 2630QM 2.0GHz,
- 16GB DD3 RAM,
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB,
- Micro-Star International Co MS-16F2 Motherboard

I got a Samsung EVO 840 SSD, with 500GB of storage, for my primary drive, and a HGST 7200RPM 1TB for my secondary. I have tested the Samsung SSD and the HGST with SeaTools, using Short and Long tests, no problems. I have an old Intel SSD and an old WD H... Read more

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot Setup Issues

Work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Try new media written to stick with tool in Step 4.

Check for firmware update for the SSD and BIOS update for the PC.

Do you have UEFI BIOS? Check in BIOS setup for any sign of UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS and Boot Priority settings for UEFI.

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Hi all,

have had windows 8 and 7 dual booting nicely for a week or so now thanks to 'theog' giving me a hand last week.

I have noticed a bit of an issue though: i have both OS installed in an ssd and have docs etc located in a normal
harddrive. Thing is, whilst i can access the files fine from Windows 8, if i then try to access the same files from
windows 7, it keeps coming up saying the relevant section is unavailable. If i then manually go into the harddrive and
access the folder, it comes up saying with an error:

"you dont currently have permission to access this folder. click continue to permanently get access to this folder"

click continue, and its fine until you next boot into windows 8 and then back into 7.

I have added the 'location' into the docs properties of windows 7, also tried putting in new permissions and giving everybody full control, but this hasnt fixed the issue.

Any assistance would be much appreciated.


A:file issues on windows 7+8 dual boot

I have not had a problem running W7 and W8 alternatively, but I do have the same user name for both systems

When I first started W8 there was some message about getting file permissions.

I did have difficulty running Vista and W7 alternatively, possibly because I used different names.

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I am currently running Windows 7.

I downloaded Windows 8 Pro and used the disk management tool to create a partition. Then, I installed Windows 8 there.

Everything runs smooth, however Windows 8 just boots automatically every time without giving me an option to choose at boot. When I check MSCONFIG for boot options, it doesn't read Windows 7 anywhere.

So, I press ESC during boot menu, select my hard drive from there and then the Windows 7 bootloader shows up as it used to always before this Windows 8 installation. Then I can just boot into Windows 7 without any problems. Upon checking MSCONFIG from Windows 7's side, I don't see any options for Windows 8.

I downloaded Easy BCD on Windows 7 side and tried adding the Windows 8 partition but the whole process repeats as previously stated and even if I go into Windows 7 bootloader by pressing the ESC key and selecting my hard drive as boot options - I do see Windows 8 there but it gives an error on selection.

I am thinking of deleting the Windows 8 partition and starting from scratch. My only concern is, if I do that, will it not boot Windows at all since currently I have to go through device boot options to load Windows 7?

Any help to solve this will be really appreciated.

A:Dual Boot Issues - Window 7 & Windows 8

Can you post a screen shot of your disk management window?

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my boot menu showing :

two os entries as follows

windows 7 ultimate (recovered)
windows 7 32 bit recovery

these are also appearing same in system properties -> advanced tab -> start up and recovery with 10 sec timeout


in system configuration -> boot tab ,here windows 7 ultimate recovered (current and default os) and time out of 10 sec also set here even only sigle os installed

in my computer separate volume is created system reserved with 100 mb and 72 mb free memory

all these are appearing when i unloaded opensuse linux os and tried to repair the windows MBR and to remove linux GRUB using windows 7 repair disk(usb created using easy bcd s/w )...

please give solution to above problems ....

A:windows 7 boot menu issues after unloading linux os

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look at this tutorial: Dual Boot - Delete a OS

This article may help too: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move... Read more

A:Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey all,

First time posting here. Anyway, I just upgraded my system a couple days ago and have been having several issues. First, Vista wouldn't recognize my onboard sound and LAN from a fresh install (No available drivers, go figure). So, I had to install two copies of Win XP SP2, and then upgrade one of them to Vista. A pain, but the only way I could get everything to work properly.

Now, I got everything where I wanted it, life is good. Then I'm booting into Win XP and I have two identically named Win XP OS's in the bootup screen. So as not to confuse my wife, I went into the Startup and Recovery options menu (Again this is in XP) and deleted, what I thought, was the XP I used as an upgrade to Vista. Turns out I got the wrong one. Now I can't boot to XP, but Vista is working fine. Basically, when I choose "Earlier Versions of Windows" I get HD activity for a moment, but then everything seems to halt. No responce from the keyboard, so I have to do a Hard Re-Boot.

I tried the recovery console, but either I didn't enter the right command, or did it properly with no results. I also tried to edit the Boot.ini directly from Vista, but it won't let me save saying "Access is Denied" I also tried changing the attributes, but got the same message.

I'm at my collective limits on this, any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.


A:Dual Boot Woes...Boot.ini issues.

I have noticed how Vista will take command of that boot screen. It used to be the last OS to be used was the default to boot up, but not nay longer. Vista is the default no matter what.
I have XP, Vista, and Longhorn Server all on a Dell D510 laptop and Vista is always the defualt OS loaded. It's a pain but I have not had a chnace to find a fix.
I think your only solution to is reinstall XP and then load Vista on a Virtual machine (it is now free).

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i have dell laptop with vista as primary and i have installed xp as a second OS and it worked fine as a dual boot system and
Recently i was formatted vista and installed now the peoblem arises i can boot into vista but whe i press the xp it shows the message

status: 0xc000000f

Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is misssing or corruptClick to expand...

i couldn't find the files boot.ini ,ntldr,ntdetect.com in my system............
pls help me i have lot of applications in my xp

A:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

You should try reinstalling XP

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I was asked for a SP3 disc when I went to install the XP onto it's own partition. I didn't have it so I cancelled, now my Vista machine won't boot into Vista. It keeps auto-booting to the XP side and getting stuck at the same point with the SP3 disc.

I tried hitting F11 for recovery at system boot, but it just ignores me and goes back to the XP install screen, asking for the disc.

What can I do? I don't care about wiping the Vista or the XP and starting with a clean Vista install. The copy of XP can go into the disc collection, because I only did this for kicks....now I just want my Vista install running.

I just don't know how to get the Vista to load....if possible, and if not, I don't know what to do to clean install Vista without the recovery option. I don't have the Vista disc, like most computers these days. This is also my roommate's old PC, and he never made any recovery boot discs.....he is not PC adept at all.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. If I can just get Vista back up and avoid re-installing everything, I would really like that, but a clean install or re-install is not out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.

A:Screwed up XP dual-boot install, now can't boot Vista

Download and burn to CD the Vista Recovery Disk for your bit-version: Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

Boot the CD, accept any offered repair, if it fails to start Vista then boot back in to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

If this fails you'll need to mark Vista partition Active to make the Repairs work: Partition - Mark as Active

To get a graphic picture of what is happening to mark Vista partition Active easier, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. I would rightclick>wipe the XP partition first.

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This may be obvious but I don't want to muck things up
My system started off as Vista 64 bit and then I added Win 7 64 bit as a dual boot with the MBR in the Vista partition
What I would like to do is to add an SSD onto which I would migrate the existing Win 7 partition and make it bootable as a stand alone installation. Once this has been done I would add Win 10 to the SSD as a dual boot (a Win 10 Pro OEM is dirt cheap)

A:How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

Should have looked at the help suggestions How to convert from dual boot to single boot 2 HDDs - Win 7 & Vista64
Now fixed

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