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Removed dual booted XP, "Reboot and select proper boot..."

  1. #11


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro WMC


    Uh....I really don't know what UEFI of EFI is. Anyways, when I tried to attempt repairs multiple times, it said that there were no errors. The logs had a final conclusion that Windows booted safely the previous time. This means that blinking cursor is obviously not from the Windows installations, but from that OS showing up as Boot Manager. There might be something that fixes a boot manager, or at the least bypasses it. Once we get into the installations, we might be able to wrap things up.

    Thanks for the reply. I am really running out of options here. Anything people? Please feel free to come up with any kinds of ideas.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Perhaps it is related to how your video output is set up? Maybe it is being directed to another type of output or a different resolution.
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  3. #13


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Boot Windows 8 DVD/USB.
    Go to command prompt.
    1. bootsect /nt60 all
    2. bcdboot xXx:\windows
    where xXx: is drive where Windows 8 is installed.

    This will make you boot to Windows 8 if system is not demagged in any other way.

    To add Windows 7 - use Visual BCD Editor, select "Create missing Windows loaders" on right click.
    No parameters like drive, disk or whatever to specify.

    If there are multiple unneeded loader entries in BCD - deleteing is easy, click on loader then DEL key.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro WMC


    Thanks boyans, but I caught your message after I did your procedure. Just done offering my "Thank you God" prayers! FINALLY, I can mark this thread solved and move on. Here's what I did, if anyone's interested.
    After writing my last post, I followed post #10 by SaltGrass, the same thing what boyans said. That may have fixed the issue, because I started receiving this error on startup:

    Windows Boot Manager
    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    1.insert windos cd and run a repair your computer option.
    File: /boot/bcd
    Status: 0xc000000f
    Info: the boot configuration data for your PC is missing or contains errors.
    So I tried the "3-4 times stratup repair" method, but it didn't work. I also tried bcdboot, no good. Then I noticed that it couldn't find /boot/bcd, most probably from the folder C:\Windows. So I looked it up and there wasn't any bcd in it. But there were bcd and boot.ini something in /Boot/EFI folder. So I copied them to the Boot folder. (This method may be unnecessary or idiotic. I still don't know what fixed my computer.)

    Now, I didn't want to restart again for another try. I looked up bcdedit and found that C: was set for {bootmgr]. Then I don't know what I thought, but from Diskpart, I set Windows 8 as active and changed the device of bootmgr to H: (Windows 8). Then I rebuilt the bcd and it said it found a windows installation to add (unlike other tries, where it found 0 installations). I added it and VOILA! Everything is back to normal, except for the changes in the Partition letters.

    Now my only question is, can I set Windows 7 back to active? Just my OCD compelling me. I'll do it if it isn't risky. Then I'll mark this thread solved.

    Thank you guys. All of you were a great help. Here, take my thumb and add it to your rep. Thanks!
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  5. #15


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    If you mark the Windows 7 partition ACTIVE, you will be starting all over.

    Add the Windows 7 install with EasyBCD.
    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
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  6. #16


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro WMC


    Thanks theog. Thank you all. Now I can go back to my miserable school life.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro WMC


    Oh, one more thing. Can I reformat my XP drive, just asking?
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I needed some space, so I decided to remove Windows XP, and like an idiot, formatted the C: partition with GParted.
    You already have.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro WMC


    If I ever have to again in my life ??? Directly asking, is the boot info in the xp drive?
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  10. #20


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Windows boot files are always on active partition (system on UEFI).
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