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So I have a Lenovo u310 that, of course, comes with a ton of bloatware. It also has an SSD hybrid which the OS is NOT installed to, instead it's all the drivers (lol***).

So I tried to put the WIndows 7 disc in and do a re-install with my friend's help. Instead, it failed, and left broken residue files on both drives. I deleted them both, but I have a feeling more residue is sitll around that I'll have to hunt down.

Here's the problem: Now, every time I boot up the laptop, it goes to the black screen suggesting multiple OS's to choose from. There are two: "windows setup" and "windows 7". WIndows Setup doesn't work, it's just an error. Windows 7 works. It selects WIndows Setup first if I wait long enough, which means I can;'t hit power and leave, it won't go anywhere.

I want this gone. Forget re-installing the OS, I did more research and realized that if I tried to do that, say goodbye to a properly working laptop in any way imaginable. I just want to wipe away that start-up problem. Any ideas?

Thank you!
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edit the boot.ini file to get rid of the multiple os choices.
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should be able to go into boot options once in Windows and change it to default to Windows 7

ideally though you should do a fresh install
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Do a clean install and format the drive. That is the best way.

Alternatively, hit start -> run and type in msconfig then hit enter.

Go to the boot tab and remove/disable the entry you don't want.
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I've tried multiple different methods for a fresh install. It seems to be impossible on this laptop. Also, I read that if I do a fresh install and download the drivers on their website, I will have a very VERY faulty laptop hellbent on driving me insane.

So I tried the msconfig and deleted the boot I didn't want, hit Apply, got a message saying something along the lines of "that didn't make sense, boot options will be restored to normal." I decided to try it again and see if it was gone or not, and both are gone.....

Should I be scared to restart my laptop?
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EDIT: accidental double post.
Edited by Garfwog - 2/5/13 at 1:39pm
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I acted too soon. I restarted my laptop after a Windows Update. Now when it boots up, it goes straight to an error screen, the same error screen I got when I selected Windows Setup as a bootable OS. Now I've resorted to the desperate help of Lenovo support, but maybe you guys might know what to do before I get to that point? I can't call now, I'm in class for the next two hours :/
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Originally Posted by airplaneman View Post

Do a clean install and format the drive. That is the best way.

Alternatively, hit start -> run and type in msconfig then hit enter.

Go to the boot tab and remove/disable the entry you don't want.

this is definatly you r best option
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