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Windows 7: Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager

08 Jul 2012   #1
Metrik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager

I am having a problem with my dual boot setup. Despite only running two Win7 partitions, I have three options on the boot selection screen and two of them are redundant (the same). How do I get rid of one of them?

I have:

Windows 7
Windows 7 Ultimate N
Windows 7 Ultimate N

Here's what it looks like from the Startup and Recovery window:

Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager-compmgmt03.png

I would like to safely remove one of the "Windows 7 Ultimate N" entries. I am ok using a command prompt and bcdedit or the like - I just don't want to break something.

I took some more screenshots of my setup to help troubleshoot:

Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager-compmgmt01.png

Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager-compmgmt02.png

Here's the complete Windows Boot Manager config:

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {2a15b374-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
displayorder {2a15b379-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
{current}
{current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 3

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {2a15b379-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {2a15b37a-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {2a15b378-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
nx OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate N
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {2a15b376-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {2a15b374-c7f8-11e1-89ef-efa540e0c50e}
nx OptIn




My System SpecsSystem Spec
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08 Jul 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot into Ultimate NT and then from msconfig>Boot tab highlight and delete the unbooted Ultimate listing.

You can also do this in EasyBCD Edit OS Entry tab, as well as rename the remaining entries.

I would move the Paging file back to C by turning it off and then on again: Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums. It will force you to include Seagate in backup image otherwise.

If you need more space move data on E to the Seagate storage and resize C and/or D into deleted E space. Using Partition Wizard bootable CD you can resize each in either direction, or slide intact.

Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend
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08 Jul 2012   #3
Metrik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot into Ultimate NT and then from msconfig>Boot tab highlight and delete the unbooted Ultimate listing.
If I do this, both entries disappear simultaneously despite only selecting one entry.

Quote:
You can also do this in EasyBCD Edit OS Entry tab, as well as rename the remaining entries.
I haven't tried this yet, but I will see if I can understand your advice and use EasyBCD.

Quote:
I would move the Paging file back to C by turning it off and then on again: Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums. It will force you to include Seagate in backup image otherwise.
Thanks a lot for the tip. I hadn't thought of that :)
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08 Jul 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at Step3 here: Dual Boot - Delete a OS
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08 Jul 2012   #5
Metrik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is data from EasyBCD. I haven't changed anything yet. I find it disturbing that EasyBCD thinks there are only two entries.

Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager-bcd_view_settings.png

Redundant entries in the Windows Boot Manager-bcd_edit_boot_menu.png


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08 Jul 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There probably only are 2 real BCDs.
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08 Jul 2012   #7
Metrik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There probably only are 2 real BCDs.
This is what this whole thread is about - removing one of the redundant entries I am presented with at boot time :)

Windows 7
Windows 7 Ultimate N
Windows 7 Ultimate N
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08 Jul 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Easy shows Win7 on F partition which isn't shown in your Disk Management screenshot.

If you're running Easy from Ultimate on C, then on Edit Boot Menu delete the incorrect listing for Win7 on F and add it by its correct name and drive letter on the Add New Entry tab, reboot.

If this fails to remove the ghost entry then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
on Ultimate to rewrite the System boot files correctly. You can later edit out any "Recovered" label in Easy Edit tab.
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08 Jul 2012   #9
Metrik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks to both of you guys, I managed to clean up the boot options by using EasyBCD. The ghost entry is now gone. When I used EasyBCD to edit all this, I ended up with a non-bootable system, but using my Win7 Ultimate installation disk (on a USB stick), I came through by letting it repair the system, followed by a rename of entries in EasyBCD.

Thanks again for your fast and friendly replies.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jul 2012   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Metrik View Post
When I used EasyBCD to edit all this, I ended up with a non-bootable system, but using my Win7 Ultimate installation disk (on a USB stick), I came through by letting it repair the system, followed by a rename of entries in EasyBCD.
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What other editing did you do in Easy, besides the recommendation to delete the incorrect listing and add it again?
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