Solved Ghost option appears during booting

February 16, 2014 at 14:46:25
Specs: Windows 7
I have never played round with the booting options. But for some months, instead of getting the Windows (W7) screen, I get the command screen with an option to choose between Windows and Linux. I HAVE NEVER INSTALLED LINUX! Naturally, I choose Windows. Out of curiosity, I once chose Linux, just to see what would happen. Answer: nothing! Computer just hung.

The Microsoft Disc Management option shows no mention of Linux on the drive configuration.

I'd welcome some hints as to how I can get back to the "clean" booting.


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#1
February 16, 2014 at 17:27:42
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You could try this tutorial.

If that doesn't work, I would suggest backing up all of your personal documents and just reinstalling windows, if you still have the install discs.

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#2
February 16, 2014 at 21:59:45
Someone must have tried to install linux on your computer.

The problem is in the BCD--boot configuration data. It's something like the boot.ini file that XP has (but vista and 7 are slightly different). There's going to be two OS lines showing there. You need to get rid of the linux one. Apparently you can use BCDEDIT to do that. Details here:

http://superuser.com/questions/3510...

and

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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#3
February 17, 2014 at 02:39:56
Thanks for the suggestions. One of my problems is that my computer came with no Windows disc, not even an OEM disc to reinstate the factory condition. So a clean reinstall is not an option, nor is a repair.

The tutorial you referred me to deals with uninstalling Linux, but I do not have Linux installed. It never has been. I've never had any Linux items (disc, USB key) anywhere my desktop.
Thank you for taking the trouble to respond to my query so quickly.


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#4
February 17, 2014 at 16:44:40
You can download "EasyBCD" and this will give you access to the boot configuration data. Google for EasyBCD, it's free.

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#5
February 17, 2014 at 17:37:58
Millstone, if you checked the links in my # 2 it tells how to use bcdedit. There's also a link there for easybcd.

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#6
February 17, 2014 at 19:28:19
If you don't feel comfortable editing the registry then just set the boot selection time to 0 and you won't see the Linux choice anymore. Be sure you have it set to boot to Windows though.

Go to Control Panel> System> Advanced System Settings> Startup and Recovery Settings> Time to display list of operating systems> Set to 0> hit OK> OK.


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February 17, 2014 at 21:34:20

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#8
February 18, 2014 at 06:27:29
Greetings, DAVEINCAPS! Yes, I found my way to the bcdexit; thanks for that. Ok, I've never seen a bcd file before but, no matter: the file (which I've printed off) appears perfectly ok. There's one paragraph headed Windows Boot Manager and another one headed Windows Boot Loader. The latter contains the path description \Windows\system32\winload.exe. There doesn't appear to be any reference anywhere to any other path and certainly no mention of anything to do with Linux, so I'm still not sure exactly WHY the Linux option comes up on the command screen in the first place. The workround suggested by #6 above sounds as if it might work but I still wouldn't know why the problem came up in the first place.
I really am most grateful for all input, but I don't want the problem to just disappear - I want to eliminate the cause, whatever it is.
Thanks again.
Cheers
Millstone

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#9
February 18, 2014 at 06:31:02
Thanks for the suggestion, OtheHill. If I can't find the actual cause of the problem, I may well resort to your workround. I'd really like to know why the problem's popped up, though, and what triggered it in the first place. If I know the cause, I can maybe ensure that it doesn't ever happen again.
Thanks a lot for your response.

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#10
February 18, 2014 at 06:55:05
As stated above, The boot selector would not have Linux as an option if someone had not attempted to install it at some point.

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#11
February 18, 2014 at 10:30:37
Was it at one time a work computer? I know that my company uses a ghost recovery system(I believe it is through Norton, however part of it looks an awful lot like a grep loader.)

::mike


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#12
February 18, 2014 at 11:14:51
Hello OtheHill #10: The PC is a desktop that I have owned for >3 years and is not used by anyone else. There is no possibility that anyone could have tried to install Linux.

mikelinus #11, this also answers the question that you raised. Thanks for your input. I'm at a loss to know what could possibly have led to this strange occurrence. However, whatever it was, it can't have been a third party.

Thanks again to both.


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