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How do I remove leftover entries from the Win 8 bootmenu?

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    How do I remove leftover entries from the Win 8 bootmenu?


    I have installed a couple of Linux distros a copy of XP etc that have been removed from the system. The entries are still left showing up in the bootmenu. How do I delete these unwanted entries?

    Note, currently I have Zorin 8 installed dual booting with Windows so it's grub's boot loader that shows up first. This is fine with me and the way I prefer it. On choosing to go to my windows bootmenu I then get the bootmenu screen with all the unwanted entries.

    If I am not mistaken, I should be able to delete these entries so when choosing to boot Windows, the system then should boot right into windows without giving me that extra windows bootmenu screen ( because it's not needed - there will be no other choices in that menu to choose from)

    How can I do this? Thanks (BTW, I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit)

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    Windows key + R. type msconfig and press Enter.
    Click on the Boot tab.
    Select the entries you want to remove and click the Delete button.
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    MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.

    BCDEdit is part of Windows. EasyBCD is the 3rd party GUI that uses BCDEdit.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 18 Jul 2014 at 19:48.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.
    Since Bcdedit.exe is not a third party tool, that suggestion is the best to remove the entry from a Windows boot menu.

    Maybe the OP is thinking of EasyBCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.
    Since Bcdedit.exe is not a third party tool, that suggestion is the best to remove the entry from a Windows boot menu.

    Maybe the OP is thinking of EasyBCD.
    Ah.. By George you're right.. i was thinking of EasyBCD.. sorry..

    I'll have a look at windows built in bcdedit.exe - Choosing Boot from Msconfig does Not show the entries that it shows in the bootmenu, it only shows the one Windows default.

    Edit:

    I can only pull up bcdedit.exe with a command prompt running in administrator mode but cant seem to "use" it - It doesn't seem to have instructions or a help file like many command prompt programs do - this app needs a real Graphical User Interface. I'll have to look up how to use this tool from the command prompt.

    Edit# 2

    I did not want to use EasyBCD because I have had problems with it in the past. That app is said to be just a Graphical User Interface for bcdedit.exe but it is Not - it is more than that with functions that can get you into trouble having it's settings manager not play right with Windows built in BCD.

    Looking at the instructions for bcdedit confused me even more so I went looking for a Graphical User Interface and lo and behold I did manage to find a straight Only Graphical User Interface called Visual BCD Editor and it worked perfectly to remove my unwanted entries.
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 18 Jul 2014 at 22:08.
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    It needs a gui?

    That is what easybcd is, LOL.
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    Miles, sorry for the wrong response. I was also thinking of EasyBCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.
    Since Bcdedit.exe is not a third party tool, that suggestion is the best to remove the entry from a Windows boot menu.

    Maybe the OP is thinking of EasyBCD.
    What suggested by Ztruker is perfectly right and easy. Deleting entries from the Boot tab effectively remove the entries in BCD.
    @Ztruker, +1 4 U
    Again folks.. you cannot trust the Boot tab from MsConfig - I used Visual BCD Editor to remove 4 unwanted entries - MsConfig's boot tab did not list any of these entries.

    Check my Edit #2 in my post above. EasyBCD is not just a straight Only Graphical User Interface. The way it works can conflict with and mess up your BCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Miles, sorry for the wrong response. I was also thinking of EasyBCD.
    After I read the instructions for bcdedit.exe I thought your suggestion of msconfig looked like the simpler method. bcdedit seems a bit on the confusing side.
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