The ghost of Windows 7! OOOH!

Ralph Bromley

Extraordinary Member
Let me tell you the terrifying (Not really) tale of the ghost of Windows 7.
It started on a wednesday, just like this one (or a Thursday in another time zone)
A man had upgraded to the latest windows 10 and for the last week has been enjoying it for the most part.
But then update KB3081424 came one day and installed, the man restarted his computer and to his utter surprise the terrifying startup sound of windows 7 can be heard!

Thinking his computer was haunted the man allowed the update to proceed and windows 10 booted as normal.
Still to be on the safe side the man booted into his linux partition then later rebooted back to windows 10.
But to his horror (or surprise) the windows 7 startup sound played once more!

Is this mans computer possessed by the ghost of windows 7?
Shall he call in Father Lankester Merrin and Father Damien Karras to exorcise this demon?
Or is this some odd bug? (probably this one)

Beware because the truth may scare you to death! (not really, but its an odd bug to be sure)
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Windows Forum Team
Staff member
Can you post your BCD store? I'd be curious to see if there is an entry booting to some old windows 7 winload.exe.

From an elevated command prompt type bcdedit /enum /v


Maybe if you're using grub perhaps it's pointing to an old winload.exe

Ralph Bromley

Extraordinary Member
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10240]
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C:\WINDOWS\system32>bcdedit /enum /v

Windows Boot Manager
identifier              {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default                 {52a0d452-35e9-11e5-913d-894af6ea7173}
resumeobject            {52a0d451-35e9-11e5-913d-894af6ea7173}
displayorder            {52a0d452-35e9-11e5-913d-894af6ea7173}
toolsdisplayorder       {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout                 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier              {52a0d452-35e9-11e5-913d-894af6ea7173}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \WINDOWS\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows 10
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
recoverysequence        {af23ca5e-35e9-11e5-913d-894af6ea7173}
recoveryenabled         Yes
allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \WINDOWS
resumeobject            {52a0d451-35e9-11e5-913d-894af6ea7173}
nx                      OptIn
bootmenupolicy          Standard
Grub does identify windows 10 as windows 7, but in any case this is not a mission critical thing but it did suprise me first time it happened
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