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Restore Win8 Boot Mgmr

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    Restore Win8 Boot Mgmr

    Here is the background. Had a Dell Workstation that had Win7 on one SSD drive (Drive 0 Boot). Added another new SSD drive (not the boot drive) and installed Win8 (MVL RTM) under a dual boot. All was fine having the Win8 Boot Mgmr.

    The Win7 Drive fails so we install another new SSD in its Drive 0 (boot) location. Staff wanted to try using an custom image to reload Win7 so they unplugged the Win8 drive to ensure it did not overwrite or install their. As you can image we have a single booting Win7 and no Win8. We switched the Win8 drive in the Bios to be the Boot drive and booted into a Win8 reovovery which fixed the Win8 and Win7 bootloader to see both. But it is the older Win7 Boot loader.

    Can we get the newer GUI Win8 Bootloader back?

    We tried bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standardt but it did not complete.

    Thanks for any help.


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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello JJW,

    You might see if using the tutorial below may be able to help enable the Windows 8 Boot Menu GUI.

    Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    The command you used is incorrect with a t at the end of it, it should be this below instead.

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

    Hope this helps,
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    The "t" was a typo on my part. But thanks for such a quick response It might be as simple as setting Win8 to be the default OS to boot into.

    Thanks again Shawn.

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    64-bit Windows 10

    You're welcome. If that doesn't help, then doing an Automatic Repair (startup repair) may help. It may take running it up to 3 times though.

    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
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    i had the problem of seeing the win7 boot menu instead of the win8 boot menu
    i was able to boot into win8 but not see the graphical win8 bootloader

    i tried all the repair stuff and bcdedit etc then

    i used the bcdboot command in an elevated command prompt to reload the win8 bootloader files and now all is ok


    bcdboot c:\windows /s c:
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