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Windows 7: Boot issue


05 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Boot issue

Hi All,
I recently purchased a laptop and performed a clean insall of Windows 7(x64) to get rid of all junkware etc. Everything is working great, however now upon booting I am asked to select which OS to boot: Windows 7 or Windows 7. I went into msconfig to check the boot configuration and noticed the following: Windows 7 (c:\Windows): Current OS; Default OS.

I also ran bcdedit, but I am not experienced enough to decipher it. Can anyone provide a permanent fix- meaning not going into msconfig/ boot to change the timeout function etc? I am considering setting up a dual boot system and don't want to have to select between 3 options. I attached a snapshot of my msconfig/boot and bcdedit screen. Any advice is much appreciated, thanks.




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05 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello theschlepp.



Those aren't much help; before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


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05 Feb 2011   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Did you clean the drive first?

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05 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Barefoot,
Thanks for the quick response. Prior to clean installing, I deleted the OEM partition containing the restore info, then repartitioned the drive into 3 partitions. Windows 7 is installed on the first partition (40gb). I don't have anything else installed or saved in the other partitions since everything is brand new.
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05 Feb 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

You may have repartitioned but because you didnt' wipe the HD of all code you have old boot sector information that should have been wiped and is now interfering.

You can install EasyBCD 2.0 to see if the ghost listing can be removed on Edit OS menu, but it would be better to wipe the HD as should have been done in the first place if you want to start clean.

Steps to get a purrfect clean reinstall of factory OEM: re-install windows 7
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05 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Gregrocker,
No i didn't wipe drive since it was new. Wiping the entire drive (all partitions) will take some time, wiping the new sys partition should suffice, no?
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05 Feb 2011   #7

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If you are going to reinstall, use the clean all command.
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05 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Theog, looks like this may take some time. I will see if anyone else or bare foot provides an easier fix prior to another clean install.
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05 Feb 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you try installing EasyBCD 2.0 to see if the ghost listing is present to remove? Check first in msconfig>Boot tab to see if the ghost listing is there to Delete.

I'm not clear why you would want to clean reinstall to overcome factory bloatware but not have the time to wipe your HD of all code to give you the cleanest possible install and eliminate the boot sector corruption?

http://neosmart.net/blog/2010/welcome-to-easybcd-2/
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05 Feb 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.



Running a "clean all" will overwrite all the data on the entire HDD, I would suggest that after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media you do the wipe (secure erase) to the HDD booting the Windows 7 installation DVD and the link THEOG posted above.

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