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Lost my F8 Advanced Boot & System Recovery Options on Dual Boot

  1. #11


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    OK - I don't think tap f8 to fire up winre is there anymore. ( Unless perhaps it only works if you have the 350mb thing - I don't have that )

    I added it in as F9 using the rather convoluted oem custom bootstrap method.

    It is a lot easier just to add it to the normal boot menu - Easybcd can do that .

    If you do that with Easy you wioll probabaly get the text menu instaed of that UI thing.

    With the text menu, you don't have to reboot to another selection.

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  2. #12


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Windows 8 seems to have moved winre.wim from \Windows\System32\Recovery and \Windows\SysWOW64\Recovery to the [active system volume] \Recovery\{guid}\winre.wim.

    I have 3 {guid} folders, one for Windows 7, and two for Windows 8 -I guess 32-bit and 64-bit from the datestamps and the filesizes, and a logs folder.

    I don't have the "system reserved volume" - it is also occupied by my main windows 7 64-bit boot volume files.

    You need to make elevated permissions to view inside the Recovery folder.

    Does shutdown /r /o /t 0 work to get the advanced boot options?

    I can't run Windows 8 at present due to driver problems.
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  3. #13


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    After reinstalling Win8 in the Dual Boot I now have working Troubleshoot options from the Startup Options link on Dual Boot screen.

    However I still have no F8 Advanced Boot Options with a Repair My Computer listing.

    But the way it seems they've been subsumed into the various Troubleshoot options menus makes me wonder if F8 no longer exists in Win8?
    Once you get to the Troubleshoot option using the Startup Options Menu Shortcut, are you able to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen picking up below?

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html

    You might be wanting the Automatic Repair (startup repair) option though.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes, I think we all spotted that win8 tries to put the recovery directory on the active volume.

    I don't know what happens if the active partition is the 100mb.

    Anybody got that kind of setup?
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  5. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I have it setup that way. I had Windows 7 installed first on the C: partition with the 100 MB System Reserved partition, then installed Windows 8 on the G: partition. I do have to have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup to be able to have the newer F8 though. Otherwise, I get the older Windows 7 F8 one.

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  6. #16


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    Where is win8 winre.wim on your system?

    Does win8 winre boot up when you tap F8, or are you just getting bootim.exe loading?

    I have win8 winre booting on tapping F8 or on selecting repair from advanced boot menu.
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  7. #17


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I see OPTION TWO below with "Windows 8" and "Windows 7" at step 2.

    Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,360
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    Thanks - it is not easy to tell if you are just loading bootim.exe or if you are actually loading winre.wim

    ( you can check - bootim.exe is in system 32 - just run it from within your booted win8 - to get out of it - ctrl+alt+del for task mgr and end task).
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  9. #19


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    @Greg,

    If you are not loading winre from F8 - post the output of

    bcdedit /enum all /v
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  10. #20


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Thanks - it is not easy to tell if you are just loading bootim.exe or if you are actually loading winre.wim

    ( you can check - bootim.exe is in system 32 - just run it from within your booted win8 - to get out of it - ctrl+alt+del for task mgr and end task).
    I'm not sure either now. This is what I get when I run bootim.exe in Windows 8.

    From within a VM.
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    From the dual boot with W7 and W8.
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