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Windows 7: Dual Boot startup screen

10 Nov 2009   #1

windows7 Professional
Dual Boot startup screen

After installing Windows 7, the MBR was corrupted and I had to reinstall... no problem with 7, but now I have two instances of Windows7 on the mbr screen at startup. the one that works and a non-working one under it. Again, not a real problem, but for the sake of neatness, can I remove this line from the screen? I am still dual booting with XP until I am confident that all my processes will work in 7, then I will want to remove the XP partition and bypass the screen to choose the OS. Any place out there to get info on these things? Confession - the MBR was borked when I removed the IBM partition with XP utilities, etc and left the XP and 7 partitions, expanding 7 to use the space. Since I have Student download copy from DigitalRiver of 7 I don't have a disk to put in and repair. Disk is in the mail (right!) so a reinstall was the only fix I could come up with.

(Later) OK, I just read a little about a repair disk that I can make, now that I,m running again. Is this the right direction? Is there a fixmbr command?

I've seen the commands:
>FIXBOOT {driveletter}:
>BOOTCFG /rebuild
but will this be the correct command after deleting the XP partition?
Also, saw:
> bootrec /fixMBR
> bootrec /fixBoot
> bootrec /rebuildBCD
> bootrec /scanOS

No idea how to use these or if they are the correct commands... I could get into a terminal in Linux, but where do I find the "terminal" in seven? any details will be appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #2

windows7 Professional

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Bob,

This can help show you how to remove the extra Windows 7 entry listed in the Windows Boot Manager. Be sure that you delete the correct one though. You can make sure by making one of them the default OS and restarting the computer to see if that is the one it starts to or not.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 finally!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wahoobob View Post
No idea how to use these or if they are the correct commands... I could get into a terminal in Linux, but where do I find the "terminal" in seven? any details will be appreciated.
wahoobob, best is to use the tuturial Brink referred to, rather than the commands, if you don't know in detail what they do

But the answer to your question above is here
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP


FYI: All of these boot commands are automated in Windows 7 Startup Repair.

Just boot into the installer Repair console and run Startup Repair repeatedly until you recover your boot.

If there are multiple issues it will only handle one at a time, after attempt to reboot, up until it decides it needs to rewrite the MBR if that is needed -which is usually by the third attempt.

But for your specific issue of a stray listing remaining in the boot menu, you can remove it by running msconfig and removing the unneeded one in the boot tab.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #6

windows7 Professional

Thanks - I tried EasyBCD... Worked great.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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