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Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    Hi Shawn,
    My laptop was alternating when starting, to the W8 GUI boot menu /Old W7 GUI boot menu. Every time a different GUI boot menu.

    Followed your tut and now is starting with the W8 GUI boot menu after a full shutdown. When restarting it goes to the Old W7 GUI boot menu.
    This is fine, just wondering if that is normal?

    Hello Dave,

    No, that's not normal.

    How did you setup your dual boot installation? Did you have both OS drives connected, any issues during it, is any Linux installed, etc.....?
    Last edited by Brink; 22 Nov 2012 at 11:11. Reason: added quote

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  2. #11


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Prior to the W8 Pro upgrade it was triple boot, W8 CP (SSD), Windows 7 and the original Vista (HDD), all 64bit.
    No Linux.
    When trying to install the W8 upgrade it kept asking for a driver but couldn't get it to take any, so secure erased the SSD, still the same. Used the W8 RTM ISO and it Clean installed with no problems, except for the alternating boot GUI.
    Removed Vista from the boot menu, formatted the partition.
    Both SSD and HDD were connected, SSD has the 350MB system reserved partition and is marked 'Active', the old 78MB system reserved is still on the HDD and has no 'Active' designation.

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    The 350MB system reserved partition has 241MB used, seems to be rather large.
    Last edited by Dave76; 22 Nov 2012 at 10:53.
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  3. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Looking at EasyBCD, it shows Windows 8 as the default OS to run at startup. You might startup in each OS and double check to make sure it's set the same for Windows 8 in case something may be off with one of them.

    Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8

    You might also use step 6 to remove bootmenupolicy for the "Safe Mode" entry since it's already set for the "Windows 8" entry.

    You might also run automatic repair on Windows 8.
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  4. #13


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    It's the same in both OSs.
    I ran Automatic Repair when I first noticed it, didn't change anything.

    It's ok, when re-starting it goes to the old GUI which makes running Windows updates for Windows 7 easier.

    Thanks for taking a look at it.
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  5. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Dave,

    I asked Ray (theog) to take a look at this as well, and here's what he said below. It may be worth a try if you like.


    Hi Shawn

    All I see is a Logical drive, we have had a few OP, with install & booting problems, OP's have removed the Logical drive, A, OK.

    Why unknown.

    Ray.
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  6. #15


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Ok, thanks, but I would like to keep the logical drive with all my data.

    Think I will try and make my W8 dual boot desktop have the same boot scenario, easier to update Win7. The new boot GUI is ok for me as I'm not using Win7 very much anymore.
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  7. #16


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    7 and 8

    What if I am running 8.1?


    Is this just for versión 8?

    What if I am running Windows 8.1? How would I know when someone reply to my message/comment?
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  8. #17


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ago,

    Yes, this tutorial applies to both Windows 8 and 8.1.
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  9. #18


    Georgetown, Texas
    Posts : 17
    Win 8pro 64 bit


    I am having a problem with this tutorial. I believe I have followed the above process but I still boot with the Legacy screen.
    I have Win 7 hp 64 bit on one SSD, this installation includes the 100 mb reserved partition at the front of the drive. The Win 8.1 with all the latest updates , is installed on a seperate ssd. There isn't a 100 mb reserved partition on this (Win 8) SSD. Win 7 is the default OS boot. My mob, Asus Maximus Gene, has in its BIOS the Win 7 as the first hdd to boot to. If I set the Win 8 drive to first boot in the BIOS it will not boot saying there are missing files. If I choose Win 8 from the legacy boot menu and choose Win 8 that works fine.
    My goal is to have the Win 8 GUI boot menu stead of the legacy mode.
    Thanks for any suggestion?
    jm44jg39
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  10. #19


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JM,

    Set Windows 8 as the default OS to run at Startup, then see if running an automatic repair for Windows 8 may be able to sort this for you.

    Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8

    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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