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

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    Win8.1x84 [SSD] / Win7 Ult x64 [HD]

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

    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.

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    bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

    Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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

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