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Windows 7: Edit Advanced Boot Options

05 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
Edit Advanced Boot Options

Hello everyone,

This is my first post on this forum, so forgive me if this is not the correct board or I do something incorrectly.

Now then, I have a computer that was on vista that I just upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit. When it was on vista and you went to the advance boot options screen (pressing F8 when windows is first loading), hitting "Repair your computer" would boot to a image of the installation disk on the system from the manufacturer.

When I did the upgrade to Windows 7, I erased all my partitions, one of which was Vista's "RECOVERY" partition, which is what housed the bootable disc image. What I am trying to do is recreate that option in the advanced boot options screen.

I have followed the instructions I found here on this site, but now that everything is running, the option to boot into that disc image is showing up as in the attached picture (which I took from the above instructions).

Does anybody know if it is possible to set it back up the way it was in Vista?
I know on Dell computers with Windows 7, it is set up that way, but I am having a hard time making it myself. Does anybody have any ideas?

It is an Dell Inspiron 1525.

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05 Sep 2010   #2
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You need to make your Recovery Disks before wiping a Recovery Partition, or else order them from Dell if you ever need them. You can also clean reinstall Vista using any Vista retail installer for your version.

I remember the media-less Recovery Partition tutorial when Cereal Killer posted it up because it involved way more work than needs to be done since you can simply store a Win7 backup image in a Primary partition and reimage it from the Repair My Computer choice on Advanced Boot Tools menu accessed by tapping F8 at bootup.

If you don't have the 100mb System Reserved partition which places the Repair Console at F8, then you can boot the Repair CD or Win7 DVD this to me is a lot easier than having a Dual Boot menu every time you start up (which cannot be hidden as you may need it at any time) when you don't even have a Dual Boot.

To answer your question: You can replace the Vista Recovery partition by running the Recovery Disks, I believe, however it is not really needed now that it's gone since you can order the disks or use a Vista DVD if ever needed.

For recovery using Win7 system image, the best approach is always to store it externally (in case of HD failure) and when needed boot from the Repair CD, DVD Repair console, or F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu if you have 100mb SysReserved partition.

That said, I have a copy of my System image stored in a Primary partition on all 6 of my home computers. I have used it while traveling to reimage a laptop booting via the F8 key to Repair My Computer>Recover Using an Image. If there is enough RAM to load WinRE into memory then it can work, otherwise it wants the Repair Disk or DVD.

In order to make a Win7 recov partition which boots from the Fkey set up by manufacturer, the BIOS would have to be modified to mark active and then boot that partition.

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