Solved Recovered Win 7 install shown.

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
January 26, 2014 at 00:06:21
Specs: Windows 8 - 64Bit, 1.8 GHz / 4gig
I have a disk that at one time had Windows 7 installed on it. Some time later I had desperate need of XP to run a printer for which XP drivers were the last drivers available.

Now using the same disk I installed Win 8.1 and it installed and booted without fault but in the boot process it indicated that it had recovered a Windows 7 installation and accordingly when 8.1 starts it gives me the option of which of the two I want to load. If I choose Win 7 it loads the old XP (?). There is also a Windows Old folder which I deleted and I thought that was that. The next time I booted I got the same option.

It doesn't worry me particularly but nowhere can I find the recovered installation and I would like to get rid of it and the "dual" selection option if I can, but where do I start looking?

Any and all help will be appreciated


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January 26, 2014 at 04:13:23
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You should have deleted all the old/unwanted OS partitions before installing Windows 8, then Windows Setup wouldn't have created a dual-boot menu.

The Windows.old folder was the data recovered from the old Windows installation, but just deleting that doesn't get rid of the dual-boot menu.

To get rid of the dual-boot startup menu you need to delete the appropriate line from the BOOT.INI file in Windows 8, but as I don't use Windows I can't help you with where to find that file.

On Windows 7, you just click Start > Run and type msconfig,
then press <Enter>. The BOOT.INI entries are under the Boot tab.

Windows 8 I don't know. Maybe the same but I've never used Windows 8.

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January 26, 2014 at 06:08:40
My guess is you didn't properly wipe the HDD when you downgraded from Win7 to WinXP & ended up leaving the hidden Win7 system reserve partition behind. Regardless, you now have a dual boot setup with 2 Windows versions installed. Editing the boot.ini file will remove the boot menu at startup but won't remove XP. If you want to fix the problem correctly, delete ALL partitions, create one or more new ones, then reinstall Windows 8.1 from scratch.

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January 26, 2014 at 15:01:10
Thank you Phil and riider, I suspected that there might be some hidden devilish solution and it appears there was. I checked in Computer management and it shows the Win 8 partition as being free from any "hidden" partitions like the "System Reserved" partition in Win 7.

After reading your replies however I remembered "EasyBCD" and installed it and lo and behold I have two entries:

Entry #1
Name: Windows 8.1
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Windows 7 Home Premium (recovered)
BCD ID: {e57c022a-763e-11e3-be6b-eca81a89da92}
Device: unknown
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Both entries have the same Bootloader Path but the BCD ID differs. The programme also offers the option to skip the boot menu and of course the option to delete the second entry.

Can I safely delete the second option?


I found out that if I delete the second option the system boots to a menu in the Post screen. Unhappily I never made a copy of the EditBCD setup (idiot) so I have to restore yesterdays system image and start again.

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