Lost Win 8 DP fancy new Boot Screen

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  1. Medico

    Medico Senior Member

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    I had to reformat my Win 8 DP partition and then restore from an Image I had created. When I did this I lost the fancy new Win 8 DP Boot Screen (boot loader). I did have to go into Win 7 and use EasyBCD to add my Win 8 DP OS to the MBR, but the boring old Win 7 boot screen comes up, even when I identify the Win 8 DP OS as the default OS. I can boot into either OS but would like the WIn 8 DP boot screen back.

    I did try booting to the Win 8 DP installation media, click Shift+F10 to bring up a command prompt and executr the following:

    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /scanos

    This all executed successfully, but all I get is that same boring Win 7 boot screen.

    I also ran a Repair Install from the Win 8 DP installation media. Did not find and / or fix the problem.

    Does anyone have any other ideas on how to get it back?
     
  2. Trouble

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    First make sure that you have a current image of your disk(s)/partition(s) just to make sure you have a strong fall back position.
    Use either OS to label your drive(s) / partition(s) (Windows7 and Windows8) to help resolve any confusion during the process.
    Here's what I did to restore the Windows 8 boot menu.
    I booted from the Windows 8 DVD install media and select the repair option / advanced options / command prompt
    In the command prompt I enumerated my drives by simply using the cd\ and the dir command to see which one was which
    I found that X:\ was my current boot media environment
    C:\ was my reserved system partiion
    D:\ Was my disk labeled Windows7
    and E:\ was my disk labeled Windows8
    Yours may very well be different for various reasons
    With this information I typed the following command
    bcdboot E:\Windows hit enter
    typed exit hit enter
    rebooted and the Windows 8 multiboot menu was back.
    Hope this helps.
    Randy
     
  3. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Trouble is correct about the proper command, but all you have to do is open an Adminstrative command prompt from within Win 8. If C: is the Windows 8 partition, type:

    bcdboot C:\Windows

    I don't like it because it reboots my system when I go to Windows 7.
     
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    Thanks Clark, good to know that I was right and also good to know that there are some step savings to be had. However this was not an option for me as I was caught, for reasons unknown to me at this screen and unable to boot into either. Not sure what I did to get myself into that problem, just know what I did to get my self out of it and now know that I can bring up either boot menu using that technique when needed. And I agree about the issue with the reboot to bring up the Win7 install, seems rather a pain and hopefully will be worked out in subsequent release maybe, maybe not.
    Regards
    Randy
     

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    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    That is a good error message, as far as it does give some pertinent information.

    Oh, and I have never run a Virtual install, so not really aware of how that might react...
     
  6. Medico

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    Re: Lost Win 8 DP fancy new Boot Screen - SOLVED

    Actually what I did to fix this was just restore mu Win 7 partition from the same Image as I restored the Win 8 DP from. This reset the boot loader so I now have the Win 8 DP boot loader back. Thanks for all the advice.
     
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