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Windows 7: Windows 7 turned into Windows 8, how did it do it?

18 Feb 2014   #1
bizee

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows 7 turned into Windows 8, how did it do it?

I have Windows 7 on my computer. I took some Windows updates the other day, and I always look at them first, and I did not see anything saying "Windows 8", and they all looked like normal updates, so I let them happen. I don't have a time frame but it seems like the next time I started my computer I saw the boot screen coming up looking like Windows 8 (blue square instead of colored squares). At first I thought this was weird, as my computer then booted into Windows 7. Then I noticed my desktop icons (google chromes) had lost their color and were now plain white. I managed to search online to find out how to make them colored again, however next boot they were plain white again. Then I tried rebooting and attempted hitting F8 to go into Advanced Boot Options and nothing happened. After hours of searching to try and solve this, and finding nothing, I eventually ended up in "msconfig" and noticed my operating system (and there was only one choice) was Windows 8. So I searched how to get into Advanced Boot Options in Windows 8 and found that F8 does not work for this operating system, which verifies that I have Windows 8. I then tried to force the system into Advanced Boot Options by holding the power button in to shut down my computer and upon starting it back up, it came back into Advanced Boot Options, at which time I tried "Last known Good Configuration", and needless to say that did not work. I tried doing that again, shut off using power button, starting and this time I only got Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Tried a few more times and kept getting same. This apparently from I understand is what happens with Windows 8. BUT my computer boots up in Windows 7.
Question 1: How the hell did my computer go to Windows 8
Question 2: Can I reverse this? (I tried doing system restore to 3 days before this happened and it did not work)
Question 3: Is my only option to reinstall Windows 7? (I am pretty sure it is)

Anyways, I am in dismay as to how this happened.


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18 Feb 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Go to your computer properties page, it will tell you what version of windows you`re running.
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18 Feb 2014   #3
bizee

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

That says Windows 7 Ultimate.
msconfig says Windows 8.
Boot up does not behave like Windows 7, it behaves like Windows 8.
Hope you read entire description of what is happening.
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18 Feb 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Reading you first post is like reading War and Peace.

Please post on of these. Using this tutorial by Brink.

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18 Feb 2014   #5
bizee

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just as I described in my war and peace, this will show exactly what I said, Control Panel/System shows Windows 7, and msconfig shows Windows 8. I didn't make this up.


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18 Feb 2014   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Could you post a screen shot of your Disc Management please. Click on the Start Button & in the search slot type in Disc Management, then select it from the list above where you typed. Take a screen snip including all the info shown in that window & post it back.
As your System Configuration shows Windows 8, it is shown on Drive or partition F. Normally the main OS is on Drive C, which is where Windows 7 should be if this is your main OS.
Do you have Windows 8 actually installed on your computer.
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18 Feb 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I was just about to ask him the same thing, why is it showing Windows 8 on F ???
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18 Feb 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Disk Management would be great. Might tell us something. Good idea.

Also could you do this tutorial by Brink. It would let us know what we are working with.

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What operating system did your computer come with?

bizee you got lots of help coming now get back to us as soon as you can.
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18 Feb 2014   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Sounds like a dual boot scenario. Disk Management will clear that up.
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18 Feb 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well we know he`s running Windows 7 Ultimate as per his screenshot.
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