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Windows 7: Dual boot system (Windows 8.1 and xp), how to edit boot menu from xp

06 Feb 2015   #1
ahmedwk

windows 8.1
 
 
Dual boot system (Windows 8.1 and xp), how to edit boot menu from xp

I installed Windows 8.1 to try.
The problem is that it stopped working and gives me troubleshooting boot menu .
I have Windows xp on the machine too that's working fine.
So now every time I open my pc, I get the boot menu where it says Windows 8 can't start. What u want to do. Run troubleshooting or boot in earlier version
I go ahead and select earlier version.
I just want to remove this menu and remove the entire Windows 8. I just want to go directly to Windows xp


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06 Feb 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management. To do this from XP, press the Prnt Scrn button, open built-in Paint to paste the screenshot in, Save File, attach back here in reply box using paper clip icon. Screenshot with Paint

If XP is still System Active in Disk Mgmt, then normally you can just delete 8, remove the boot entry in msconfig>Boot, but we need to see the screenshot to be sure of no unexpected configurations.
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06 Feb 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Easiest is to edit the bootmgr with easyBCD. You can get a free version from here.

And here is how: https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/ba...eting-entries/
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07 Feb 2015   #4
ahmedwk

windows 8.1
 
 

yep. EasyBCD solved my issue. here is snapshot of diskmanagement. Windows XP installed on C. I think it's the active drive. right?
I can safely delete all files on windows 8 drive (drive D).
also i can see 5 system files named boot* in drive c but none in drive D.


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07 Feb 2015   #5
gregrocker

 

You'll need to remove the Paging File from D before it will let you delete it in Disk Mgmt, then Delete D to create a New Logical Partition there or Extend F into the space.

I'd turn off the paging file, reboot the PC and then set it as System Managed on C only: Change Virtual Memory Paging File.

Then mark C Active as the System partition should always be: Mark Partition Active
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09 Feb 2015   #6
ahmedwk

windows 8.1
 
 

Thanks a lot.
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