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Windows 7: removing "press any key to continue"?

28 May 2012   #11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I've been pondering this for a couple days. I have three questions. How many hard drives do you have? Did you (re)install Windows 7 to this computer yourself? If yes, how many hard drives were attached at the time?

I have heard of cases where when more than one hard drive is attached while installing an OS, the boot manager is installed to one hard drive, while the OS in installed to another (ususally the intended) hard drive. This can cause some odd anomalies.

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29 May 2012   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

Installed windows on my own while only Hitachi ATA and optical drive connected.After a month connected WDC IDE drive.Boot priority is set to Hitachi as first and only drive.if both disks on,detects and finds WDC and optical,prompts and boots anyway.If only Hitachi connected,still detects,finds none and boots.Attachment 214092

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29 May 2012   #13
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I'm just on for a few, but your Hitachi has the SR, and the boot file, but is disk 1. While the WDC is also active and is disk 0. Both have a page file. I'll ask for others to take a look. A Guy
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29 May 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

What kind of adjustments can be made with the RAID management software?

Has this always happened with this machine? Are C: and D: involved in a RAID, or are they RAID "Ready"?
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29 May 2012   #15
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

You can only have one Active hard drive with one operating system.

This is your picture below. Open Disk Management as below.

Right click Disk 1 on the (C) partition and make this partition Active.
Our tutorial is here> Partition - Mark as Active
Use Method One.

Then go to this tutorial and make Disk 0 inactive. This will not turn the disk "off" it will allow "C" to boot properly. > Partition - Mark as Inactive

This below is important as the last sentence is the result. The wrong partition is active even if you did not do it.
Marking a partition as active on a basic disk means that the computer will use the loader (an operating system tool) on that partition to start the operating system. Marking a partition as active if it doesn't contain the loader for an operating system may cause your computer to become unbootable.

This tutorial will show you how to mark a partition as inactive in Windows 7 and Vista in case you marked it as active by mistake.

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29 May 2012   #16
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

This is a picture of my Disk Management below.
As you can see in the picture there is one "Active" partition on "Disk 0" which is "C" the "Boot" partition.

Disk 1 is on and usable but not "Active".

Yours should show "Disk 1" partition "C" as Active.

Good luck.

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29 May 2012   #17
Microsoft MVP


You may also nt60 bootsecting on the WD drive so if it still interferes after setting it Inactive and deleting the paging file, move the data off to wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command then repartition in Disk mgmt.

Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums
Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums

I would also move WD into second position by swapping cables, making sure Win7 HD remains first HD set to boot in BIOS. This way if it becomes marked Active again it cannot steal the boot from Win7 HD during repairs.
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29 May 2012   #18

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

new status of disksAttachment 214178
following the tutorials but still getting the prompt.swapping cable position cant be an option since WDC is an IDE drive with only one seat on mobo.Even moved the page file from WDC,without wipping it clean because of three virtual machines and acronis image. Can it be that the second drive is in use by acronis due to backup location?
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29 May 2012   #19
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Partition "C" has to be made "Active". It is not showing as this has been done. Partition - Mark as Active

Use Method One in the tutorial.
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29 May 2012   #20

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

Marked as active,rebooted,boot manager missing,had to insert repair disk and had to set through command the SR(system reserved partition) as active to make it into windows.Pretty scary i must say!
To save us time and posts,already tried setting only C partition as active with same BOOT MGR MISSING result.
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