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How to get Blue Graphical W8.1 Boot Manager back

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    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

    How to get Blue Graphical W8.1 Boot Manager back


    Good evening. I'm trying to Dual Boot W8.1 Pro w/ WMC along with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a Dell Latitude D630 using a T7500 C2D CPU. I've set W8.1 as the Default OS but, when it goes to the Windows Boot Manager, it's the Vista/ 7 old-fashioned type of Black screen. I would like to see the bright Blue normalized Graphical Boot Mgr.
    with both OS's listed . I'm using EasyBCD as it seems to be a solid App that should make the job a bit easier. If anyone knows a trick to get the Graphical back, please be so kind as to elaborate. I've done this once before but have forgotten how to get the job done. Must be a sign of progressive old age setting in. Thanx and, by all means, have a very Goodday.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 8 Enterprise


    Hi, type in Windows 8.1 the following in an elevated Command prompt bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    Hope this works!

    Good luck, werty
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    None of the "fixes" seem to work on a permanent basis. I reboot every day as a matter of routine and, about half the time, I get the black-and-white screen, and the other half, the blue-and-white screen -- and, I'm NOT changing anything between reboots that would affect which screen shows.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

    how to get the Blue Graphical Windows 8.1 Boot Manager


    Gentlemen: Mr. Phelps is absolutely correct - Bullseye on the DartBoard. I guess that's why he's a VIP member -
    he nailed it. Applied the Werty approach and it worked for the next two (2) times. After that, I get the Blue screen about 25% of the time. Must be a glitch inside the System Reserved partition of 350 MB that precedes the C drive. When I was Testing Kali Linux (BackTrack) I had it consistently going to a bright Blue screen as hoped for. If memory serves, hadda move the GRUB 2.02 into a position between partitions - something to do with chain linking
    the partitions together in a certain manner. Hey - if I did it once before, it CAN be done and I'll b e damned if
    I can find the key once again. Thanks, Gentlemen. Both of you deserve commendations. Have a Goodday.
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    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    Boot into Win 8.1 and run: bcdboot c:\windows in a elevated command prompt. https://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=11639
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    Boot into Win 8.1 and run: bcdboot c:\windows in a elevated command prompt. https://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=11639
    Already did this -- and I get the "metro" screen next boot. But, after that, it cycles between the black-and-white and metro screens -- as usual.

    As I said, there does not appear to be a "permanent" fix for this.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I find if you press and hold Shift then press Restart you will be brought to the 'Modern' boot options screen,
    from a cold start I get the 'Modern' boot options screen,
    if I restart in the normal manner I get the 'DOS' style boot options screen.

    Might be different for others though!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    Boot into Win 8.1 and run: bcdboot c:\windows in a elevated command prompt. https://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=11639
    Already did this -- and I get the "metro" screen next boot. But, after that, it cycles between the black-and-white and metro screens -- as usual.

    As I said, there does not appear to be a "permanent" fix for this.
    Must be something else causing it. The command I posted has worked for me on two different computers.
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit


    Just for the record, at least on a Dell Latitude D630 and an Inspiron 1545, the bcdboot c:\windows technique seems to have worked. Hands are in the Air ! No need to look at a Legacy Bootloader. How does it even get there ? Via EasyBCD ? Bah ! Seems as if we have some skilled, knowlegable Techs in the mix here. Once again, thanx and have a Goodday from Phila PA .
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