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Windows 7: Two Windows 7 Boot Options, same access to HD

27 Jan 2015   #1
fortuneventure

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Two Windows 7 Boot Options, same access to HD

I recently reinstalled Windows 7 and I now have two Windows 7 options on boot screen. I know how to remove one of them, however every forum discussion I found with a similar problem states that one of the boot options is different than the other (old boot, boot with virus, dual partition, etc.). With mine, both have the same result upon choosing at boot. I see all my programs and files and configurations with one just as I see them with the other.

So my question is, if I go through msconfig->boot and delete the non default OS, will that solve the problem of having 2 boot options and not mess with anything else? Is it possible to have two copies? I'm confused as to how they can be the same exact boot.

Here is a screenshot of my Disk Management screen: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rb9qi876o1...44.49.png?dl=0

Thanks!


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27 Jan 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

Did you follow the steps in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 to assure you get and keep a perfect install, including deleting all partitions during the booted install so you know you got it cleanest? If not you may have installed to a second partition and still have the old OS on there.

Let us see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If you're unsure what is on any partition in Disk Mgmt, rightclick it to Explore and go through the files. If there is a Windows file then there is likely an OS on that partition. The partition labeled Boot is the one you're booted into.
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27 Jan 2015   #3
fortuneventure

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Did you read my original post?

I stated what happens in selecting each boot option AND posted a disk management screenshot.
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27 Jan 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

In the future please attach your screenshots using paper clip icon in reply box. Many here will not open links.

It looks correct even with the 20gb wasted by what may be a hidden Recov partition that I wouldn't want sitting on the fastest part of drive.

So you can delete the extra listing in msconfig>Boot, or install EasyBCD to delete it there if any problem.

Then I'd run a Startup Repair from disk or Repair CD to check over the boot files .
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27 Jan 2015   #5
fortuneventure

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Great, thank you for the help. I no longer have repair or install disk. Is the last part of your message necessary? Or just recommended? What would it be doing?

Thanks
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27 Jan 2015   #6
gregrocker

 

Just checking over the boot files to be sure, since we don't know what caused the double BCD listing except that it wasn't a double install from what we can see.

You don't need to do it unless you have problems, but having a System Repair Disk
is a good idea in case you ever need it for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.
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