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How to fix the Windows 10 boot loader from Windows
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The command in Windows 8/8.1/10 for fixing MBR is "bootsect.exe". bootsect /nt60 drive_letter: /mbr this fixes boot record of partition mapped to "drive_letter:" and the MBR of the disk where the ...

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How to use BCDEdit to dual boot Windows installations?
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This is not a direct answer to the question before "Background" but points to an alternative solution for creating loader entries for booting two (and more) Windows Vista and later OS's. Please see ...

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BCDEDIT: Should device and osdevice parameters be the boot or windows partition?
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Max is not completely right in his own answer (23. dec 2013) to his own question. The answer is that both (device + path) and (osdevice + systemroot) make up a whole. a) (device + path) is the "...

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Repair Windows 10 boot loader
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Assuming Windows is installed to GPT disk. To successfully boot Windows 10 (also Windows 8.1/8/7) on UEFI firmware you need exactly 3 partitions on a GPT styled disk: EFI System partition (usually ...

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Windows boot manager and two hard disks
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Assuming you have both Windows installed to GPT style disks with UEFI boot. I think you cannot use one boot manager to dual boot one Windows the UEFI way, the other the BIOS way. Only 64-bit Windows ...

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How to use BCDEdit to dual boot Windows installations?
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Some notes on critic in original question about using same terminology in Visual BCD as Microsoft uses for bcdedit. The BCD concept is developed by Microsoft. It comes with its own terminology. I don'...

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Windows 8 ISO image to USB stick?
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Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool - from Microsoft & free. If you choose to download an ISO file (so that you can create a bootable file from a DVD or USB flash drive), copy your Windows 7 ISO ...

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Windows 8 boot into UEFI firmware settings missing
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If you installed Windows 8 the U/EFI way you should be able to access UEFI options. To check if you boot UEFI way - when in Windows run on admin command prompt: bcdedit output lists bootmgr and ...

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System Repair unavailable after moving Windows partition
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Go straight to the recovery console from the Windows installation disc by holding Shift and F10 simultaneously on the screen after localization options. Then you can use these two commands on recovery ...

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Add recovery partition to advance boot menu options
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You can set any loader to be launched from "Repair Your Computer" in Advanced Boot Options [ABO]; check ReAgentC for adding WinPE to ABO. Visual BCD Editor allows replacing/setting any ...

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How do I repair Windows 10 UEFI/GPT disk which is left unbootable after deleting partitions?
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You create a EFI System Partition (at least 100MB) with any tool (also from Linux) and a MSR partition (exactly 128MB). These two partitions preferably at beginning of disk (if there is free space). ...

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How can I repair Windows 10 UEFI Normal Boot?
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Boot your Windows 10 DVD using UEFI boot (or disable CSM, so you cannot boot using boot records) Map EFI System on SSD to Z: using diskpart bcdboot c:\windows /s Z: /f UEFI assuming c: maps to ...

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how to fixboot and fixmbr on another drive
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You cannot change drive for bootrec /fixboot and bootrec /fixmbr commands. There is some Microsoft logic which determines the drive for fixing MBR, boot sectors and boot files. You can use bootsect....

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how to prevent against windows 10 being unable to boot (Dual boot Win10/Deb stable)
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Disable "fast startup" in Windows 10. Power options => Choose what the power button does => Change settings that are currently unavailable => Uncheck "Turn on fast startup".

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How to move windows 7 boot partition from one drive to another?
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You can try to create/move Windows 7 boot related files to another disk/partition using this guide: Move Windows 7 boot files to another drive. Please post back if it has worked for you - boot ...

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How to get out of automatic repair loop in Windows 8?
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Run this command on recovery prompt: bcdboot c:\windows assuming c: is drive where Windows is installed, else change letter accordingly. New computers use UEFI and GPT style disk formating so there ...

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How to boot into Windows 7 after installing Windows XP on the same HDD?
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You do not have to reinstall anything - you have already installed Windows XP after having Windows 7. A) You run Dual-boot Repair -> "Automatic Repair" in Windows XP. This will make you boot by ...

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Regenerating a winload.exe
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sfc /scannow - should do. Eventually offline scan from recovery CD/USB if you cannot boot. winload.exe is a system protected file and has full access only by "Trusted Installer". I would not use ...

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Why does PC needs to reboot when in the case of tri-boot with Win XP, 7 and 8 I choose to load i.e. Win 7?
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When Windows 8 is set as default boot choice it is preloaded. Selecting a different OS in the case of multi booting involves setting a temporary one time boot loader entry in BCD and rebooting. No ...

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Multi-boot Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows 8 Release Preview
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Windows 8 installation will update your boot configuration data(BCD) to boot all installed Windows versions. To view and edit complete contents of BCD you can use Visual BCD Editor. The tool has also ...

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How do you get rid of the limit of partitions on the C drive?
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You don't need a separate partition for installing Windows 8. You could install Windows 8 to VHD. VHD is Virtual Hard Disk - just a simple file on any partition. You need at least 16 GB for 32 bit ...

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Change the system partition in Windows XP
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Copy the files ntldr, boot.ini and ntdetect.com (in root folder "\") from SCSI disk to IDE disk. Edit file boot.ini on IDE disk to contain something like: [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)...

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How do I set Windows 7 as default OS but retain Windows 8 Boot screen?
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You cannot have Windows 7 as default boot entry and "metro" or new UI boot menu. The reason is that UI boot menu is displayed by code in .dll files not available in Windows 7. Also setting boot menu ...

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Are there any alternatives to adding to the PATH environment variable in Windows?
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Every application can be made portable when being developed. There is no need of using the PATH variable. The technique is to get the application launch path and using it to launch other app ...

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Windows Vista can only boot into safe mode
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To manual repair the system when in safe mode do a system file check, sfc /scannow this will check consistence of system files and repair them if errors are found. If errors are reported but not ...

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Need to fix Windows MBR without using a CD
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A very easy solution would be to download and install Visual BCD Editor. The tool comes with "Dual-boot Repair" utility. Run it and click "Automatic Repair". Confirm. That's it ! You can reboot to ...

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How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen?
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For partition recovery there are free tools - for example Mini Tool Partition Recovery is user friendly and I have recovered myself a deleted partition very easy. Use it from Vista - let it scan the ...

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Windows XP ruined my Windows 7 bootloader and rescue disc doesn't works, what do I do now?
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First of all Windows 7 needs for booting 3 things: Windows MBR (or any MBR that loads active PBR) Windows 7 PartitionBootRecord on active partition Windows 7 bootmgr and \boot folder (with BCD inside)...

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Windows 8: BFSVC Error: Could not open the BCD template store. Status = [c000000f]
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The error message clearly states that "BCD Template" is not present (or cannot be read). BCD Template is in \Windows\System32\Config folder. bcdboot command uses it for recreating BCD on system ...

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Windows 8 disk errors
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There are two commands for fixing the boot environment. Boot installation/recovery media (DVD/USB/CD) and go to command prompt. 1. bootsect /nt60 ALL /mbr This fixes boot sectors and MBR. 2. ...

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