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It is possible to reconfigure the Windows 8 boot process to allow you to use the F8 key to access the Advanced Boot Options menu of old.

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Is it possible to edit the Windows F8 Advanced Boot Options menu?

This is how to Fix Windows 7 BSOD.

Restart the computer and keep pressing F8 until the "Advance Boot Options" menu comes up.

Use up and down arrow buttons to navigate the menu, select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter

This time you won't see the computer blue screen error.
When the welcome screen comes up select Administrator and enter administrator's password(if you have one).

Click on the START button and navigate to the Accessories folder. There you will see a folder entitled "System Tools," navigate to that folder and click on System Restore.

In the System Restore program, make sure "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is selected and click NEXT.

Choose a date on the calendar that you want to restore your computer and click NEXT.

The last page of the System Restore will pop up with your date that you have chosen and click NEXT. The system will reboot and the computer blue screen will be gone

Hope This Helps!

I am currently running windows 7 64bit home premium on my computer. When I booted it up this morning i recieved this error: LogonUI.exe-Bad Image, c:Windowssystem32RpcRtRemote.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support. After this message i logged on and it said preparing desktop. After that it went to just a black screen. I have tried booting in safe mode, and i still get the same error and i can't log on. So i went into the advanced Boot Options menu and clicked on repair your computer. I tried the startup repair feature and that didnt fix the issue. I tried to do a system restore but that failed. I also ran a windows memory diagnostic and that find noo issues. SO right now I am not sure what to do. I built the computer myself and it was my first build. Ill post all the specs of my computer below. I am guessing that I will probably need to reinstall windows, and if this is the case please let mem know how to do it step by step so that i do it the right. If you know of anything else that i should try please let me know what to do and how to do it. The sooner i can get this fixed the better, because i need it for school.

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Christopher Kampmann

This is going to be quite a post, but here goes nothing:

I am running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with SP1 installed, and until yesterday it was working fairly well. As many of you may know, yesterday was April Fool's Day, and I'm afraid my computer played quite the joke on me! It was business as usual, and I was dragging a folder to the Recycle Bin when my desktop icons suddenly vanished. I decided to try a few basic troubleshooting tips to correct this: I disabled and re-enabled the "Show Desktop Icons" option, I changed my theme a couple of times, I set my desktop icons to default, and I rebooted the computer. However, nothing seemed to work. I knew the icons were still there, because I saw them in my Desktop folder, and my taskbar and Start menu were fine. The only way I could make the icons reappear was to use the trusty Winkey+ P, and switch the display option from "Computer Only" to "Parallel" or "Duplicate."

Running out of ideas, I quickly jumped online and searched our incredibly helpful forum. I found another post which suggested rebuilding the icon cache. I entered in the following commands verbatim in an elevated command prompt:

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
CD /d %userprofile%AppDataLocal
DEL IconCache.db /a
shutdown /r

I know I should have changed the “userprofile” to my username, but I didn't realize that at the time. Anyway, the computer rebooted, but unfortunately, the desktop icon issue persisted. I decided to ignore it for the time being, and began syncing music to my iPod. A while later, there was a power outage, and my comp therefore shutdown unexpectedly. When I rebooted, Windows was all right. After checking to make sure nothing was out of place (besides the missing desktop icons) I shut down and left for several hours. Upon returning, I rebooted the computer and received my next April Fool's Joke – Windows would not boot! The machine would load up the GUI boot screen, but then, instead of displaying the login screen, I would see a black screen with just my cursor visible, and then the computer would reboot. It continued to do this in an unending cycle of failing to boot.

I used every single boot repair I knew, starting with the F8 options: I tried Safe Mode and Last Known Good Configuration, both with the same results as if I'd booted normally. I ran the kernel debugger with no result, and I ran a memory test, but that came back clean. Naturally, Windows suggested that I attempt to repair it at the boot menu, so I decided to run Startup Repair. It found and attempted to repair an error, but was unable to do so. Thinking that the pre-installed files could be bad, I ran Startup Repair again from my genuine Windows 7 install disc, but the result was the same. The following error report was displayed when I requested further details:

Problem event name: StartupRepairOffline

Problem locations (I omitted some because they were either blank or unknown):
1.) 6.1.7600.16385
4.) 21202109
5.) External Media (This led me to believe there was some sort of conflict with the iPod, but I made sure nothing was plugged in when I rebooted other than my monitor, keyboard, and mouse.)
6.) 2
7.) No Root Cause

That last bit is somewhat contradictory, because further along in the error report, one root cause was found, and was listed as “Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.” Perhaps the error was caused my attempt at rebuilding the icon cache? That is my best guess, because my computer passed every other check the Startup Repair ran.

Since Windows couldn't repair the system, my next step was to use System Restore. However, there were no restore points available! For some reason, Windows wouldn't let me access them, although I knew I had them, since Windows had created a restore point when I installed SP1. Since restore points were now no longer an option, my next plan was to restore from a system image I had made a few weeks earlier. I decided to refrain from that option, because I am hoping I may find a solution here that will fix my boot issue, rather than setting me back a few weeks. If all else fails, I can use my system image.
Since the repair options from the Windows install disc hadn't worked or uncovered anything, and neither had the F8 advanced boot options, I moved to plan B. I have a separate hard drive with Windows XP and Linux Mint installed on it, so I decided to check my Windows 7 drive from there. I booted into XP and ran several virus, rootkit, and malware scans, including an exhaustive scan with McAfee's free anti-virus tool. Every scan came back negative, so apparently there wasn't any malware infection that might have compromised my main drive. I checked the drive for errors with XP's built-in utility, and that also came back clean. So the disc was healthy, which confirmed the Startup Repair's report that there were no bad sectors.

I was fresh out of ideas, so I decided to sleep on it and shut the computer down. When I rebooted this morning, I was unable to access my XP drive! When I selected XP from the boot loader menu, instead of booting XP up as usual, the screen moved to the Windows 7 boot GUI and then entered its boot failure cycle. So now, for some reason, the Windows 7 boot error has moved to my second hard drive and taken out my XP boot loader. I can still boot with Linux, so I can still access my XP and Win 7 partitions, in case I need to change anything in the boot folder or edit any configuration files.

Thus concludes my post; I'm sorry if it appears verbose, but I really wanted to cover the entire problem in great detail, just so that a solution may be found that much quicker. So is there a method I haven't thought of yet that may yet save me from restoring or reinstalling Windows? I'm not sure what incited the issue in the first place, but I believe it was either my botched attempt at rebuilding the icon cache, the boot files becoming corrupted as a result of being unexpectedly shut down during the power outage, or even a delayed side-effect from installing Service Pack 1. I haven't installed or downloaded anything recently (aside from updating Firefox) so I really don't know the cause for this boot disorder. And why would Windows 7's inability to boot suddenly afflict XP, which is on a separate hard drive? As I said, I'm completely out of ideas, and this April Fool's joke has me entirely confounded!


Does anyone know of a way to remove entries from the boot device menu when you hit F12 on your keyboard. I need to implement this at work for security reasons so no one can boot from a CD-rom or USB device. I want the CD-rom and USB entries removed from the boot device menu. See attached picture.

notes..the PC is a Dell Optiplex 780 PC

Things I tried:
1. Disabled CD-rom drive from BIOS and this works, however, when the user logs on there will be no Cd-rom drive showing.
2. Boot from hard drive as first option, and implement a bios password to prevent unauthorized users from booting to CD-rom drive or changing the boot order. However, if they reset the BIOS/CMOS jumper than they will be able to gain access to the BIOS again.
3. Tried using Dell CCTK tool but it doesn't seem to be removing the CD-rom entry.
4. Disabled F12, F2 options but although it doesn't show up during the POST, you can still hit the F12 key and the boot device menu will show up.

Out of ideas so I am trying this forum. Thanks in advance.


# windowsdownloads Windows: Windows 8 has a new boot loader with a graphic interface and options like troubleshooting problems. It's harder now, though, to quickly get to advanced options or load a different OS (e.g., by pressing F8). Boot UI Tuner solves this problem, allowing you to configure your boot options and tweak the boot loader. More*»

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Windows 8 has a new bootloader with a graphic interface and troubleshooting options. However, it’s harder now to quickly get to advanced options or load a different OS. Boot UI Tuner solves this problem, allowing you to configure your boot options and tweak the bootloader. More*»

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Hi, i recently upgraded from windows XP Professional, to windows 7 home professional x64. When i upgraded to service pack 3 on xp, it gave me some authentication issues. Now when i boot my computer it gives me 2 boot options being:
Windows 7
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup

I have tried to remove this boot option using bcdedit, but it does not list as an option. I have also tried to set Windows 7 as my default OS but it reverts to the setup every time i boot, even though it says that windows 7 is set as the default OS. Can someone help me remove this? I have to be at my computer at every boot to change it to Windows 7, or it tells me to insert the XP sp 3 setup disk.

Thank you in advance,

So I have formatted and re-formatted my computer a couple different times with vista and xp. I got the dual boot thing working at one point but decided finding the drivers for xp was more trouble then it was worth.
Now my problem is I have 4 different boot options Vista, Vista, XP and Recovery Partition. I want to keep my recovery partition but I would like to not have xp and the extra vista option. Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks in advance.

Chad, Thank you for your posts…

Please comment.

I just put together my first computer with all top brand hardware pieces…
nothing OEM .. except the Windows XP with SP2 disk…

I installed everything okay.. installed all the drivers that came with the
hardware… only one that said it wasn’t MS approved.. was the View sonic LCD
monitor… Also, I don’t have any printers or scanners hooked up to the
computer… just trying to get it running clean… (Note: I don’t own an Astra

I have creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs … but my sound wasn’t working… so,
I went into device manager and selected the sound card.. updated the driver
with the disk in the drive.. and it worked, I had sound…. But somewhere after
that it started that reboot continuously thing… long story short.. I have
wiped the drive and started over 5 times… and found that article on the UMAX
driver… and searched for it on my system and found the .dll

I have been racking my brain to figure where I got it.. I scanned all the
disks… except for the Windows XP sp2 disk, and no luck… where I am getting
it… then I checked on the WinXP disk… sure enough it’s on there!! Why?? If
they don’t support the driver why is it in their

It has been consistent in failing after I have windows install that one
driver… I don’t require Windows to install any other drivers.. just that
sound card one.

ALSO … I thought this was weird.. the umax.ini file was created at 2:55am..
I went to bed at 2:30am.. (trying to work on this) and I had left it
reformatting the drive and installing XP. When I woke… I had the blue screen
error message… waiting for me to read it.. I ended up reformatting again…..
at about 9:30am … so that umax.ini file should have been wiped… I don’t get
it. .. I did let Windows do the formatting.. and not fdisk… which I thought
would be the same.

I am reformatting again… and thinking .. maybe don’t install all the
drivers… OR … maybe let windows do all of them.. OR … update windows as soon
as possible.

The service pack in embedded on the disk.. so I can’t tell when it is

I really want my system to run at the best optimum capability it has. I
would think installing the drivers and utilities would do that. ARGHHH!!

"Chad Harris" wrote:

Guy with late homework--

See if a UMAX driver could be the problem via this KB:

After you install Windows XP Service Pack 2, your computer restarts

Over-heating, and a bad stick of RAM have been known to cause this--so if
software remedies don't do it, look to hardware, memory sticks in place,
cables, ect.

*Often, booting to the Recovery Console and running chkdsk /r will help this
problem.* I don't know if you have an XP CD, because lately so many people
with boot problems have not had one supplied by their OEM, but if you do
this would be my first choice to try to ditch the endless loop this way.

Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console;en-us;314058

Scroll down for instructions on running chkdsk /r.

Using the Recovery Console

RC Overview

Recovery Console in XP

I didn't know if you could break the loop to F8 as Will says. In my
experience, Last Known Good Configuration almost never works statistically,
but if it does and this is gone, more power to you. Keep in mind that it's
a snapshot of your configuration immediately after you booted, so if you
have been booted up for a long time then you're not going to track settings
changes since that time.

I'd first try to F8 to the Windows Advanced Options menu and use Safe Mode
and then try System Restore from Safe Mode. You will probably be back at
the version before you installed SP2. There is also this option for aborted
SP2 installs or SP2 installs with the problem like the one you're having,
but again System Restore may not solve your endless loop problem and Last
Known Good may not. You may need to run a chkdsk /r or use some of the
other tools I describe.

Resources for troubleshooting startup problems in Windows XP (Info on F8 and
Advanced Options Menu)

How to use the Automatic Recovery feature to recover your computer if the
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Setup program is not completed successfully

A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP

If you were unable to use the Recovery Console because you had no XP CD, and
haven't installed it already but could get back to Windows:

If you can tap F8 to get back to Windows via either Safe Mode or as a last
resort in my opinion, Last Known Good Configuration, then you're still faced
with the possible "endless loop problem." That's why my first suggestion
was to boot to the Recovery Console and run chkdsk /r from the recovery

You would be possibly faced with the endless loop proble again or when you
installed SP2 so I would run chkdsk /r from the command prompt or the run

The reason for the endless loop is often that something has set the volume's
"dirty bit." When a volume's dirty bit is set, autochk automatically checks
the volume for errors the next time the computer is restarted.If a volume's
dirty bit is set, this indicates that the file system may be in an
inconsistent state. The dirty bit can be set because the volume is online
and has outstanding changes, because changes were made to the volume and the
computer shutdown before the changes were committed to disk, or because
corruption was detected on the volume. If the dirty bit is set when the
computer restarts, chkdsk runs to verify the consistency of the volume.

See if you have any disk corrpution by typing "fsutil dirty query [C]: Sub
any drive you want for "C". If it says the volume isn't dirty, you don't
need to run chkdsk because there aren't any errors on the disk. But I know
you want to run it to see that it runs properly without this read-only
error. The KB I'm going to list advises you to run "chkdsk volume_label: /v
/f" to fix this. This will fix any errors on the disk and the "v" causes it
to name each fixed file. Hopefully that will resolve it.
But if it doesn't then run "chkdsk_volume label: /r", and if that doesn't
then run the chkdsk /r from the recovery console.

If the disk is dirty, then System Restore is not going to fix that.

Every time Windows XP starts, Autochk.exe is called by the Kernel to scan
all volumes to check if the volume dirty bit is set. If the dirty bit is
set, autochk performs an immediate chkdsk /f on that volume. Chkdsk /f
verifies file system integrity and attempts to fix any problems with the

Here's what to do:

Go to Start/Run/CMD and type in: fsutil dirty query c: (or whatever drive
his XP is on). You'll get back either the drive "is dirty" or "it's not

Info on a "Fsutil Query" in the KB below--also see the Explanation at
Windows Help and Support--type "helpctr" into your run box:

The Fsutil Query Tool:

An Fsutil Query Does Not Work Properly on FAT or FAT32 Volumes

You have 4 choices that may work:

1) You can run chkdsk /r from the Recovery Console. I think this is the
fastest and most effective. I've seen it work for this several times.

2) You can run the chkntfs /d and reboot and chkdsk won't run on the next
boot. What this does is to restore default settings. Note this is a
different command than chkdsk. Chkntfs is a command that displays or
specifies whether automatic checking is schduled to run on a FAT, FAT32, or
NTFS volume when the computer is started.

3) You should be able to fix this by using "chkntfs/X C" if C were the
problem drive or whatever letter--this works when the drive is dirty and I
showed you above how to verify this. The advantage of sticking the X in the
command is that it saves time by causing the command to skip checking cycles
within the folder.

4) You can go to Kelly's XP Tweaks and click line 76 left column and see if
this VB script will stop it.

Kelly's Tweaks

Troubleshooting Windows XP

In addition, When there is improper shutdown, the Autochk program runs on
all NTFS drives in XP, 2K, NT where a disk write was in process at the time
of shutdown. This gets exacerbated if you have write caching enabled on a
hard drive connected to a standard IDE controller. It improves performance,
by delaying data writing while other work is done, but it ups the risk of
lost data or corruption.

Open the run box with the Windows Key + "r" and type in diskmgmt.msc. From
the graphical display in the bottom of the Disk Management window,
right-click the disc icon and chooose Properties. On the policies tab, clear
Enable Write Caching on the Disk. (Note this option, ie. the policies tab,
may not be available if your disk is connected to a High Performance ATA-66
or ATA-100 IDE controller.)

After you find the cause of the underlying problem if there is improper
shutdown, re-enable write caching.

Additional references for definitions context:

Chkdsk.exe or Autochk.exe starts when you try to shut down or restart your

An Fsutil Query Does Not Work Properly on FAT or FAT32 Volumes


Chad Harris

"Guy with late home work" Guy with late home

I made the change shown below years ago. I tried to make a change again, going from 4 processors to 2 processors at boot time. WRONG! What I managed to do is lose the use of 2 of the 4 processors!

In msconfig Vista is set by default for 1 processor. That strikes me as being wrong if, like me, you have a Core 2 Dual processor. I have 2 processors and not 1. You can change this in msconfig so that Windows 7 sees how many processors you have [1,2,or 4] at startup. This will speed up booting your system.

This is how I got all 4 processors back.

Once the number of processors is set in MSCONFIG (BOOT, ADVANCED) from 1 to 4, you cannot go backwards, say to 2, because Windows Vista will then only use 2 processors, and NO OPTION IS PROVIDED TO GO BACK TO 4, only 2 will show in the MSCONFIG, BOOT, ADVANCED drop down menu and Vista will only use 2 of the 4 processors from then on. To correct, and get all 4 processors working again, first go to CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE, ADVANCED, ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES. Edit number of processors to maximum number (4) and OK. Then go to MSCONFIG, BOOT, ADVANCED and remove the check in the box above number of processors, (graying it out) and restart Windows. Windows will now use all 4 processors on startup and after startup. Go back into MSCONFIG and check the box you unchecked previously, click on the drop down menu and you will see the option for 1-2-3-4. Edit to 4 and 4 will be the norm from now on. Once the number of processors is set in MSCONFIG (BOOT, ADVANCED) from 1 to 4, you cannot go backwards, say to 2, because Windows Vista will then only use 2 processors after boot up, and NO OPTION IS PROVIDED TO GO BACK TO 4, only 2 will show in the MSCONFIG, BOOT, ADVANCED drop down menu and Vista will only use 2 of the 4 processors from then on. To correct, and get all 4 processors working again, first go to CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE, ADVANCED, ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES. Edit number of processors to maximum number (4) and OK. Then go to MSCONFIG, BOOT, ADVANCED and remove the check in the box above number of processors, graying it out, and restart Windows. Windows will now use all 4 processors on startup. Go into MSCONFIG and check the box you unchecked previously, click on the drop down menu and you will see the option for 1-2-3-4 processors. Edit to 4 and 4 will be the norm from now on. So, once making the change in paragraph 2, never try to go from maximum processors to less than maximum or that's what you'll be stuck with.

Why did I try this change? I was attempting to see if limiting the boot processors from 4 to 2 would change the length of boot the boot up time, assuming that only Windows startup would be restricted to the 2 processors, but after boot up, only 2 processors were showing active. Live and learn!

New "Boot Menu" carries advanced options traditionally associated with keystrokes

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If you know of a good app for replacing the start menu in win 8 then post it here or just mention which you like best or dislike the most.
To start the thread off is an application aptly titled: Start8.

Bring back the Windows® "Start" menu with Start8

Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancementsSearch for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) appsPin desktop and Metro appsBoot directly to the Windows 8 desktopWindows 8 S

Start8 1.11 Changelog

Added Start8tweak.exe advanced configuration for extra options including enabling / disabling Start8 on a per account basis.Added email category to search results.Added support for Modern UI app closing to return to the desktop rather than the Windows 8 menu on advanced settings.Added native support for the DisplayFusion secondary taskbar.Added support for BMP files as start button. RGB (255,0,255) is permitted for transparency.Added registry entry to control if hidden items should be included in the All programs list.Added registry entry to control if the user picture should have a border or not in the default theme.Added registry entry to control if the tree has a horizontal scroll bar.Added support for Search the Internet button on search results via registry key.Documents, Pictures, Music, Computer and Recorded TV places will use the name set in explorer for them if the user has renamed them.Shutdown button menu will have an item selected when accessed via the keyboard.Adjusted start menu sizing to prevent bottom item on the places list from being slightly clipped in certain circumstances.Modified shutdown menu to prevent surplus separator line showing when the machine doesn't support sleep or hibernate.Right to left language versions of Windows now show the user picture.Right to left language versions of Windows now have icons rendered the correct direction.Tweaked to prevent .lnk text showing in tree on occasion.Tweaked code to better handle closing a docked Modern UI application when at the desktop when the charms bar is set to disabled.Fixed an issue with right click on the places listJumplists close when you pin / unpin something / delete it Reference and download:

Start8? for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu

Hi, I was surfing the web and watching videos when suddenly my laptop turned off and restarted. However, the restart was unsuccessful and I saw the BSOD. The blue screen didn't stay and the PC automatically started start up repair. It did not fix the problem. It gave me the option to go to the advance start up repair menu (I think that was what it was called). At the advance repair menu, I tried system restore (failed half way) and use sfc/ scannow in cmd(said system restore is in process need reboot to complete, but my PC cannot boot so everytime I restart I end up at the advance start up repair menu).

My laptop is Lenovo T420
64 bit
Windows 7 enterprise

Start up repair diagnostic - Unknown Bugcheck: Bugcheck 50. Parameters = 0xfffff8800415c000, 0x1, 0xfffff80002c816b1, 0x0.

Repair action : system files integrity check and repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
Time taken = 1795338 ms

*** STOP: 0x00000050 (0xFFFFF88003F5A000,0x0000000000000001,0XFFFFF80002C776, x0000000000000000)

seems like everytime I try to boot, the blue screen is different, these does not have error name
***STOP 0x0000007E (0xFFFFFFFFFC0000005, 0xFFFFFA80062A72C5,0xFFFFF88003F59628,0xFFFFF88003F58E80)

***STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x82A88D40,0x82A88EAC,0x8C837D50)
recently, I had experienced the "window 7 antivirus 2012" virus twice but I delt with them by system restore

Please help me, I cannot access window and I'm running circle with startup repair option

Hi, I used to have Windows 7 which works flawlessly... I used to have linux Mint 11 dual booting with Windows 7, I recently upgraded to Linux Mint 12 and from that upgrade I cannot see the windows 7 option in the boot menu.. I tried to reinstall the boot loader of windows 7 from the Windows 7 CD but when I press "Repair Your Computer" then it does not show any operating system existing on my computer... Please help me install the boot menu in the MBR again. Thanks in advance

Hello, looking for some help with a couple of boot issues i'm having with my Windows 7 computer.

I had better start from the beginning:
This computer has 4 HDDs, 2x 1TB HDDs for storage, 2 for my seperate windows installations.

The first operating system was Windows XP and is currently installed to the Master HDD. I was messing around and mounted a .iso backup of my Windows XP setup disc to a virtual drive. I started the install from within XP and it rebooted my computer. Since I had the original Windows Recovery Console installed it gave me the option to complete the setup or boot into XP. I decided to boot into XP and now 1 year later windows XP setup is still there and is even the default option for the windows 7 boot menu. I can run the windows XP install whenever I reboot if I wish.

Problem 1. I want to wipe this setup from my HDD. Which may be simple since I also want to format my Master HDD so that I can swap the 2 HDD's order and have it serve as a backup hard drive.

Story (cont.):

My windows XP boot menu continues to offer me 3 options. Run windows XP/Run the Recovery Console/Run Windows XP setup. Life goes on and then Windows 7 comes out. I need to give it a whirl so I install it to my Slave HDD. Install goes off without a hitch and I am able to duel boot perfectly fine into XP or 7 using the windows 7 boot manager. The only minor issue is that when I reboot I am given 4 options: 1. Previous windows installation, 2. Windows 7, 3. Windows Recovery Console, 4. Windows XP setup (default option)

Problem 2:
Now, I am at the point where I want to get rid of my XP install and everything on that hard drive. The only problem is when I bump my Slave HDD with Windows 7 to first priority in the boot order, I can't get into the windows 7 boot manager. My system POSTs fine and then the RAID message flashes like normal (note RAID is hard disabled in the BIOS and is not enabled via any software), the RAID message also flashes when I enter the BIOS setup or before the Windows 7 boot manager loads. Then right when the boot manager should load it just hangs at a black screen with the key cursor flashing. There is no HDD activity, and the system could probably hang like that for 10 years with no effect.

If I set my Primary HDD back up to first in the boot order I get back to normal.

I want to wipe my Primary HDD clean. First though I need to be able to boot into my secondary HDD/Windows 7 OS before I can do this since currently I can only boot using the Primary HDD. The Windows XP Setup situation may be complicating the matter.


I recently installed Windows 7 RC and I was checking out MPCs Tweaks and Tips 20 Windows 7 Tweaks & Tips – Every Secret Uncovered to Date | Maximum PC when I encountered this problem. One of the tips required me to right-click on explorer.exe in my Start Menu...... and Windows 7 wouldn't let me.
To elaborate, the context menu appears briefly but before I can say "boo" it disappears again. Further attempts revealed to me this happens on nearly every icon in the start menu. Not only that, it will occasionally crash explorer.exe and immediately restart it.
I checked my start menu options, disabled and reenabled the "allow context menus, dragging, and dropping" option.
I logged onto my guest account in case it was specific to my profile.
I have booted into safe mode, thinking hardware issue...same thing.
I downloaded a nifty program called ShellExView which allows me to see Shell Extensions and disable any or all context menu help and I disabled every one.
I went to the advanced features of my system properties and disabled every Windows appearance and aero bell and whistle (though I'm sure booting in safe mode earlier had already accomplished this).
I have googled the heck out of this and found no one experiencing the same issue...I don't even know what key words to look for any more.
This is a clean installation on a Dell Inspiron E1705, with an Intel Core2 2.0GHZ dual core processor (virtualization supported), 2GB RAM, and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 with latest drivers installed via Windows Update.
This is the only issue I have encountered with Windows 7 in the 2 days I've had it installed. I can disable the option to have context menus in my start menu...but I mean, c'mon. Who the heck would do that?
Someone please tell me that I've missed a check box somewhere?

I recently aquired a computer and ordered acer backup recovery cds
to reinstall windows 7 home premium 64 bit
the included options all very staright forward.none have worked !
these are the included directions below however when i try either of these options it seems the cd just spins and does nothing then eventually boots into windows
without any recovery options.

no password enabled,and bios is set to

CPU Model: AMD Athlon (tm) Processor TF_20
Atapi Model : TSST Corp CDDVDW

Boot Priority order (Default )
1-IDEO Toshiba MK1655GSX
4-Network Boot : Atheros Boot Agent
all these are enabled
Quiet Boot
network Boot
F12 Boot Menu (Default set to disabled)
d2d Recovery

Recovery Cd Boot Options

1 - IDE0 Toshiba MK1655GSX
3 - Network Boot : Atheros Boot Agent

thanks for all help in advance.

I included below the instructions that comes with how Acer tells to use the recovery cds..

To start the system recovery:
1.Restart the computer.
2.When the Acer logo appears on the screen, press the Alt and F10 keys repeatedly.
3.If you are prompted with a Microsoft Windows boot screen, press the Enter key.
4.After the system recovery application has loaded, follow the prompts to reinstall the Operating System.
If the ability to reinstall from the previous method is not available or fails, recovery of the Operating System will need to be from Recovery Media.
== Option 2 ========================================
Note: If your computer does not have an internal optical disc drive, an external optical disc drive will be required in order to recover the Operating System using Acer Recovery Media.
1.Restart the computer.
2.When the Acer logo appears on the screen, press the F12 key repeatedly to enter the computer's Boot Menu.
3.Press the CD-ROM drive eject button and insert the disc labeled System CD.
4.Close the CD-ROM tray.
5.Refer to on screen instructions to select either CDROM or USB CDROM.
6.The computer will boot from the Acer Recovery Media
7.When prompted for the Recovery CD, remove the System CD and insert the Recovery CD.


I am having trouble installing windows 7 (home premium) on my new raid array (2x intel 330 120GB SSD in RAID0)

Basically, windows CAN see the raid volume. it recognies that there is a single 223 GB volume available. I select "Load Driver" for the volume, and plug in my trusty USB with the appropriate intel SATA RAID drivers. Win7 recognizes that there is a compatible driver on the USB, installs it, but still says:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computers hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu"

The format and create new partition options are grayed out for this volume.

So what did I do to get here?

Using the Intel Rapid Storage Technology tool, I combined the two drives into a raid0 volume. This is confirmed because when I restart, the raid volume shows up in the RST echo with the right size, and also indicates that the volume is bootable. It is also confirmed because the windows 7 setup only sees one 223GB disk.

I have confirmed that in the BIOS, the SATA controller is set to RAID mode (not AHCI).

I have confirmed that in the BIOS, the first boot option is "RAID intel SSD"
Ive tried the RAID drivers that came with the motherboard, Ive also tried the raid drivers available from intel and the latest raid drivers available from the motherboard MFR.

What else can I do?
Thanks in advance for any help.

ASROCK extreme 6
Intel Core i7-3770k
2x intel 330 120GB SSD

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