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Windows 7: Double windows 7 option when booting.


10 Apr 2013   #1

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Double windows 7 option when booting.

Hello, I've been having a problem when booting my computer today. When it gets past POST and loads operating systems (Like if I were to dual boot linux and 7) it shows windows 7 twice. At first, it was because I was installing windows to my new SSD, and left the old install on my HDD, which I planned to format and use as data storage after everything was done. I tried to delete it from my HDD, but it wouldn't let me while in windows, so I used my DVD and formatted my HDD with that, and left my SSD as active partition with boot. Soon as I restarted the computer it said something like "Bootmgr missing press ctrl+alt+delete to restart" I did that, and used my disc again to repair it but now its back to having 2 different drives with both active on their list in disk management, and two windows 7 options at boot start.
(Disk 1 is my SSD and Disk 0 is my HDD)

What I want to know is, how can I delete system reserve from my HDD and put it on my SSD without having two windows 7 options (once again I formatted the HDD so it shouldn't even have windows on it.) and put the crash dump option on to the HDD. Also why both drives are showing up as active. Thanks in advance.

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10 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You didn`t unplug disk 0 during the new install did you ?

Why do you want to put the SR partition on C ? C looks fine.
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10 Apr 2013   #3

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As your HD set up is about the same, have look at my post here:

Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

Did make sure you mark the old Windows 7 HD Drive INACTIVE:
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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10 Apr 2013   #4

64 bit Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You didn`t unplug disk 0 during the new install did you ?

Why do you want to put the SR partition on C ? C looks fine.
No, but that shouldn't be causing two windows boot options since I reformatted the entire drive, should it?

Also I was thinking putting system reserve on Disk 1 would fix something, I don't know why it would, but I was very tired when I wrote the original post..

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
As your HD set up is about the same, have look at my post here:

Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

Did make sure you mark the old Windows 7 HD Drive INACTIVE:
Partition - Mark as Inactive
Thanks, I'll try these when I get back from class today.
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10 Apr 2013   #5
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Unplug Disk0 and plug its cable into C HD so Windows 7 is in Disk0.

Boot into Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
until Windows 7 boots and C is marked System Active.

Now you can plug the other HD back in, making sure Windows 7 remains HD first to boot in BIOS setup. Mark the System Reserved partition Inactive, then Delete it in Disk Mgmt: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

If the ghost listing remains on Windows Boot Manager delete any extra listing in msconfig>Boot tab. If no extra listing is there, install EasyBCD to delete the extra listing on Edit OS Menu tab. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)
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11 Apr 2013   #6

64 bit Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug Disk0 and plug its cable into C HD so Windows 7 is in Disk0.

Boot into Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
until Windows 7 boots and C is marked System Active.

Now you can plug the other HD back in, making sure Windows 7 remains HD first to boot in BIOS setup. Mark the System Reserved partition Inactive, then Delete it in Disk Mgmt: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

If the ghost listing remains on Windows Boot Manager delete any extra listing in msconfig>Boot tab. If no extra listing is there, install EasyBCD to delete the extra listing on Edit OS Menu tab. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)
Alright, I'll try it this weekend. Thanks for the help guys.
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13 Apr 2013   #7

64 bit Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

I found a fix today while messing with my startup applications through msconfig.exe.
After selecting boot tab, it showed two versions of windows 7 one on my C drive, and the other on my D drive. I selected the one on D, deleted it, and made my computer restart. Sure enough, it started right up without me having to select a windows version to use, and booted up with no problems at all.
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13 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

That is no fix, you simply hid the ghost listing.

You still have your System boot files on another HD. This is not correct and should be repaired using the steps I gave you earlier.

Are you sure you deleted the Windows 7 that was on D? The correct way to uninstall an OS is to delete it's partition. Is that what you did? If not you may still have Windows 7 on D. Post up a screenshot of the D folder if in doubt.
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13 Apr 2013   #9

64 bit Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

This is what I have. http://i.imgur.com/O4Fy4xi.png Mostly I just wanted the double windows at boot to go away. Can having it installed on the other HDD cause problems? Because if not, I'll just leave it alone for the time being.
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13 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You can leave it however you want, but it`s not right.

As Greg mentioned C (disk 1) should be plugged into sata port 1 on the motherboard. The 1 TB drive should be unplugged and the system files should be written to to C drive using startup repair. You can then plug the 1 TB drive back into sata port 2. Then you could delete the system reserved partition if you wanted to.
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