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    Lost my dual boot

    Just to close this out, I restored my Windows 7 partition from an old Acronis backup and I am back up and running fine. I had 61 Windows Updates to download and install and I had to reinstall one program, but all is now good and I have a current backup.
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    Lost my dual boot

    Just to update post #10, I got my Windows 10 installation working again by repairing the mbr and rebuilding the bcd. I still get my dual boot screen, but my windows 7 install is still a non boot situation. Once again, I appreciate your help, Terry.
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    Lost my dual boot

    Well, I've screwed the goose. I attempted a repair on the Windows 7 drive, with nothing else plugged in. It said that it repaired it, but there is no change in the way it acts. Unfortunately, even though I had the power unplugged on all other drives, I now cannot boot to anything. I get the...
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    Lost my dual boot

    If I set W: as Active and D: as Not Active ( both are on the same HDD), should I then use "BCD Backup/Repair" to change boot drive to C:? Where did you see a reference to D:? Disregard statement 2 above. I was looking at the backup. Is "NeoSmart.bcd the Boot Manager? If so, there is one on C...
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    Lost my dual boot

    1. Yes, I tried the delete and re-add to no avail 2. My boot disk has always been D: and it has worked this way for a few years, so I'm doubtful that my problem lies there. I'll restore that drive from my Acronis backup if I can't repair it from my repair disk. Thanks
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    Lost my dual boot

    Terry: Two jpegs uploaded.
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    Lost my dual boot

    Sorry, I didn't explain that well. W:, my Windows 7 drive, is not the one that I replaced. It is still the same drive as before. I am, however, concerned that my W7 installation has become corrupted. Can I repair it, using my W7 installation disks, considering the booting scheme listed above...
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    Lost my dual boot

    I had a power surge due to a blown transformer in the neighborhood. I got everything back up and working and lost no data, but had to replace one drive with unrepairable clusters. In the process, I can no longer boot to Windows 7 32 bit. Any attempt to do so displays the Windows 10 logo, goes to...
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    Preparing to upgrade to Windows 10

    Thanks for the reply.
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    Preparing to upgrade to Windows 10

    I presently am dual booting Windows 7 32bit and Windows 8.1 64bit. I have downloaded the Windows 10 files and want to update the W8.1 installation only. I intend to remove all drives except the one that has the 8.1 installation before running the update, but was wondering if I should also delete...
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    Preparing to upgrade to Windows 10

    I presently am dual booting Windows 7 32bit and Windows 8.1 64bit. I have downloaded the Windows 10 files and want to update the W8.1 installation only. I intend to remove all drives except the one that has the 8.1 installation before running the update, but was wondering if I should also delete...
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    Long Delay before bootloader appears

    Thanks for the reply, Terry. I'm back up and running after a couple of days of troubleshooting and a lot of chkdsk and BSOD. I still have a 45 second wait between POST and the dual boot screen, but I guess I'll live with it for now. I disabled the "Fast Boot" option, but that didn't help my...
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    Long Delay before bootloader appears

    I don't see any oddities in the bios. Since your reply, things have gone south in a hurry. I can no longer boot into Windows 7 at all. I suspect that the Windows 8 bootloader has corrupted things because that was when the long delay started. Also, when I make W8 the default OS, the computer...
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    Long Delay before bootloader appears

    Alas, no joy. That assumes that I did it correctly. I went to BCD Deployment, selected "Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR" and clicked "Write MBR." If I did this correctly, I am open to other suggestions. Addendum Update: I attempted to use bootsect.exe to restore the MBR, but...
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    Long Delay before bootloader appears

    After installing Windows 8 to partition 2 of Disk 0, where partition 1 holds Windows 7, I am getting a blinking cursor for about 45 seconds before the bootloader appears. Everything works properly, just the delay is disturbing. EasyBCD shows the same information that MSCONFIG shows. ie.​Windows...