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Solved How do I remove leftover entries from the Win 8 bootmenu?


Dark Rider

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#1
I have installed a couple of Linux distros a copy of XP etc that have been removed from the system. The entries are still left showing up in the bootmenu. How do I delete these unwanted entries?

Note, currently I have Zorin 8 installed dual booting with Windows so it's grub's boot loader that shows up first. This is fine with me and the way I prefer it. On choosing to go to my windows bootmenu I then get the bootmenu screen with all the unwanted entries.

If I am not mistaken, I should be able to delete these entries so when choosing to boot Windows, the system then should boot right into windows without giving me that extra windows bootmenu screen ( because it's not needed - there will be no other choices in that menu to choose from)

How can I do this? Thanks (BTW, I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit)
 

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Ztruker

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#2
Windows key + R. type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Boot tab.
Select the entries you want to remove and click the Delete button.
 

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Ztruker

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#4
[DEL]MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.[/DEL]

BCDEdit is part of Windows. EasyBCD is the 3rd party GUI that uses BCDEdit.
 
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Saltgrass

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MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.
Since Bcdedit.exe is not a third party tool, that suggestion is the best to remove the entry from a Windows boot menu.

Maybe the OP is thinking of EasyBCD.
 

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Dark Rider

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MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.
Since Bcdedit.exe is not a third party tool, that suggestion is the best to remove the entry from a Windows boot menu.

Maybe the OP is thinking of EasyBCD.
Ah.. By George you're right.. i was thinking of EasyBCD.. sorry..

I'll have a look at windows built in bcdedit.exe - Choosing Boot from Msconfig does Not show the entries that it shows in the bootmenu, it only shows the one Windows default.

Edit:

I can only pull up bcdedit.exe with a command prompt running in administrator mode but cant seem to "use" it - It doesn't seem to have instructions or a help file like many command prompt programs do - this app needs a real Graphical User Interface. I'll have to look up how to use this tool from the command prompt.

Edit# 2

I did not want to use EasyBCD because I have had problems with it in the past. That app is said to be just a Graphical User Interface for bcdedit.exe but it is Not - it is more than that with functions that can get you into trouble having it's settings manager not play right with Windows built in BCD.

Looking at the instructions for bcdedit confused me even more so I went looking for a Graphical User Interface and lo and behold I did manage to find a straight Only Graphical User Interface called Visual BCD Editor and it worked perfectly to remove my unwanted entries.
 
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    HP Pavillion G7-2251dx
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    AMD A-8 4500M
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    8 Gigabytes DDR3 sdram
    Graphics Card(s)
    Discrete ATI Radeon HD 7640G with 2 Gigs
    Sound Card
    IDT Audio
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    17.3
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    500 gig
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Ztruker

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Miles, sorry for the wrong response. I was also thinking of EasyBCD.
 

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    PC/Desktop
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    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
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    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
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    Realtek HD Audio
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    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
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    Wired USB
    Mouse
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Dark Rider

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#9
MIles, he said I don't want to use a 3rd party tool like BCDEdit.
Since Bcdedit.exe is not a third party tool, that suggestion is the best to remove the entry from a Windows boot menu.

Maybe the OP is thinking of EasyBCD.
What suggested by Ztruker is perfectly right and easy. Deleting entries from the Boot tab effectively remove the entries in BCD.
@Ztruker, +1 4 U
Again folks.. you cannot trust the Boot tab from MsConfig - I used Visual BCD Editor to remove 4 unwanted entries - MsConfig's boot tab did not list any of these entries.

Check my Edit #2 in my post above. EasyBCD is not just a straight Only Graphical User Interface. The way it works can conflict with and mess up your BCD.
 

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    HP Pavillion G7-2251dx
    CPU
    AMD A-8 4500M
    Memory
    8 Gigabytes DDR3 sdram
    Graphics Card(s)
    Discrete ATI Radeon HD 7640G with 2 Gigs
    Sound Card
    IDT Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
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    500 gig
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    3.5 mb/sec

MilesAhead

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Miles, sorry for the wrong response. I was also thinking of EasyBCD.
After I read the instructions for bcdedit.exe I thought your suggestion of msconfig looked like the simpler method. bcdedit seems a bit on the confusing side. :)
 

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