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

  1. #1


    Posts : 154
    Win7

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


    On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu.

    I tried running Refresh just now on my deskstop but it didn't reinstall these Options. I still don't have the Recovery folder in C: on Win8 although it is there on Win7.

    Can someone give me the way to link these to F8 hotkey? It's obviously not being used now.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Greg,

    Do you have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup? If not, then you will see the boot screens that Windows 7 uses instead of the new Windows 8 ones.


    You might see if you could use a different option to boot to the Startup Options Menu to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    Thanks, Shawn -

    I've got Win8 set as default but notice Win7 partition still holds the System Active flags and has the Recovery folder in its root. I've tried relinking it to F8 using SIW2's commands here but it will not enable use of an F key for System Recovery Options. Further when I use the additional options link at the bottom of the Metro-style Dual Boot menu it will offer Recovery options but if I choose any it will simply reboot without accessing them.

    I tried Refresh to see if it will reinstall the boot files as Repair Install did but it seems it might not have even run correctly as everything is exactly as I left it with installed programs, etc which it had said it would remove. I wonder if I should try it again, Reset or just boot my DVD to clean reinstall to be sure it reinstalls the boot files? Could this be a bug on Dual Boot installs.

    I realize the Recovery options are as close as my DVD but want to pursue this to learn how to reinstate them, if it's possible short of Reinstall.
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  4. #4


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you haven't got win 8 winre.wim in recovery folder - then I don't think anything will place it there afterwards.

    HAVE you got the 100mb, a win7 partition and a win8 partition?

    If that is what you have , maybe win8 doesn't have anywhere to put its winre.wim.

    Dunno - I never use that 100mb thing.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Greg,

    You might see if the shortcut below may work for you to boot to the Startup Options screen from within Windows 8.

    Startup Options Menu Shortcut - Create in Windows 8[1]=Shortcuts
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  6. #6


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    I do not have 100mb on the desktop on which I'm trying this all now..

    I installed from boot to a second partition I'd shrunk. Why do you think 8 didn't update the 7 Recovery folder or create it's own in a Dual Boot - a bug?

    I'm thinking about reinstalling 8 to see if it's something I did since.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Greg,

    You might see if the shortcut below may work for you to boot to the Startup Options screen from within Windows 8.

    Startup Options Menu Shortcut - Create in Windows 8[1]=Shortcuts

    Hi Shawn -

    It is that same Startup Options screen that I can access now at the bottom of the Metro Dual Boot menu but when I choose any of the Recovery Options offered from it, it just reboots the computer. This makes me think something has happened to my install if this isn't being reported as a Dual Boot bug yet.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, it can be used to select the "Troubleshoot" option for that. The only thing missing are the options to change the default OS and it's delay time.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    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?
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  10. #10


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


    I will try it.
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