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Windows 8.1 Boot Options Menu

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 Boot Options Menu


    Hello,
    I partitioned my hard drive and installed a second copy of my Windows 8.1

    I like to experiment with registry settings, tweaks, etc so I use the second installation as a guiney pig, leaving my primary copy untouched.

    My question is how to I get the second copy listed on the graphical Boot Options Menu? Right now, I have to press [ESC] on reboot to select it in BIOS settings.

    Thanks
    JustDave
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  2. #2


    Some good information here: Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)
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  3. #3


    Or use :
    Download EasyBCD - MajorGeeks
    With caution of course.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    I suspect that your hard disk partition layout is incorrect.
    - Why there is two Recovery Partitions on one hard disk?
    - Why there is two EFI System Partitions on one hard disk?

    Here is correct hard disk partition layout, if you have two Windows 8 installation on one hard disk.

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    If there is no screen asks you to choose an operating system, then use bootrec /rebuildbcd command.

    How do you use bootrec /rebuildbcd command?

    The bootrec /rebuildbcd command will search for Windows installations not included in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) and then ask you if you'd like to add one or more to it.
    Last edited by genet; 13 Mar 2014 at 12:16.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you ganet,

    So, are you saying that if I delete the partitions indicated on this attachment I would have a more correct setup and perhaps my alternate Windows installation might then be listed on my Boot Options Menu?

    JustDave
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  6. #6


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by JustDave View Post
    So, are you saying that if I delete the partitions indicated on this attachment I would have a more correct setup and perhaps my alternate Windows installation might then be listed on my Boot Options Menu?
    Yes.

    Here is a picture when I install second Windows 8.1 on same hard disk.

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  7. #7


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, with your help, I now have both 8.1's listed on my Boot Options Menu
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  8. #8


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    OK, that's good to hear.
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Windows 8.1 Boot Options Menu
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