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Windows 7: Boot option not in bcdedit

16 Dec 2010   #1

Windows7 Ultimate 64
Boot option not in bcdedit

While optimizing a system after installing Win7 i've come across a problem. I needed to alter the boot menu and after some quick research i've managed to remove the 'previous windows' option with bcdedit.

Now in bcdedit there are 2 entries: 'boot manager' and 'windows7'. After booting however, there stil is an entry 'Microsoft Windows XP Setup'. Sadly this is also the default option. At this point I'm clueless where to go from here? Any suggestions?


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16 Dec 2010   #2

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

if you are having probs booting into windows 7 use the installation disc or repair disc to repair the MBR (master boot record)

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc System Repair Disc - Create

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7 Startup Repair


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16 Dec 2010   #3

Windows7 Ultimate 64

Nope, I'm not having trouble to boot Win7, but after booting the default selection is the old winxp setup and after 30 secs this is what gets loaded. So I'd like to get rid of it.

edit: I am using win7 but the bootoption is bugging me
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16 Dec 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again Wannabe007.

You may have better success using EasyBCD to do what you need, have a look at the link below.

EasyBCD Free Boot Manager Software
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16 Dec 2010   #5

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

Windows 7 Boot Manager Remove instructions

If you have two similar Windows 7 entries on your computer system, then before you follow this step by step guide you need to be sure which is the wrong entry and which is the right entry. The order of the Windows 7 entries displayed at the boot time is same when displayed in Windows. So, you just have to remember, whether the top entry is correct or the bottom one.

Step 1: Press Windows Key to open up Start Menu and then select Run. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + R key to open up the Run window. In the Run window, type “msconfig” without double quotes and press the Enter key.

System Configuration window will appear.

Step 2: In System Configuration window, select the Boot tab. There you will find the Windows 7 entries. Before following the Windows 7 boot manager remove instructions, you must have figured out the correct and the wrong Windows 7 entry. In the boot tab, select the wrong entry and press the Delete button to remove the wrong Windows 7 entry.

If you remove the working Windows 7 entry, then you will not be able to boot into Windows. So, make sure you remove the wrong entry only.
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16 Dec 2010   #6

Windows7 Ultimate 64

I'm sorry if I've been not clear, but in the boot menu there is a bootoption whis is not shown when using bcdedit. This option is for booting an old xp setup (don't know where it came from) which was no problem before. After installing (not upgrading (to) Win7) this option keeps bugging me because i's the default option. So if I'm not quick enough it starts an XP setup. Where do I look to remove this?
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16 Dec 2010   #7

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

run the start up repair and see if windows will solve it. have you tried Windows 7 Boot Manager Remove instructions
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16 Dec 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Your situation is not clear for me, I'll make a guess, you can tell me if it's correct.

You have XP installed on your computer.

Then you installed Win7.

Your boot option defaulted to XP, you wanted it to default to Win7 so you deleted the XP boot option with bcdedit.

Now the boot options are 'boot manager' and 'windows7'.

Is this correct?

If the above is correct, your boot files are in the origional XP partition, when you have XP on your computer and install Win7 the boot files will stay in the XP partition.
This is called Dual Boot.

When you deleted the XP boot option the OS still needs the boot files, which are still in the XP partition so it will call it 'Boot Manager'

The only way to have a single boot and keep both OSs is to have them on seperate HDDs and unplug the XP HDD and install Win7 on the other HDD.
You can choose one as default and select the other with a function key (will depend on your computer) at boot up.

If you want to keep both OSs and have it default to Win7 at sartup, this can easily be done.
First you will need to add XP back to your Boot Manager.
Then use this tutorial:
How to Change the Default Operating System to Start in Windows 7

If this is not what you're trying to do then post a snip of your Disk Mangement so we can see what partitions you have .

Start button>right click 'Computer'> Select 'Manage' >click 'Disk Management'

Then go to the start button, in the 'Search programs and files' box type 'Snipping Tool' then hit enter.
Select the area over Disk Mangement and save to a convient place.
This tutorial will explain how to upload the file you just saved:
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
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16 Dec 2010   #9

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

As an EasyBCD alternative you can use Free Windows BCD Editor - Windows 7 and Vista - it displays the whole contents of the BCD store in an explorer like style. All BCD entries are editable/deletable and nothing is hidden from the user.
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