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I loaded 10.6.5 on a Acer netbook yesterday. I used a ton of info from these forums that made the job easy and smooth. Thanks a ton for that. :thumbsup_anim: 

 

I was using my Lenovo Windows 8.1 laptop to chase down files for the install. Some how, in my zeal to get the netbook going, I ended up with Chameleon on my Lenovo. This is NOT my project for the iAtkos install. It doesn't seem to hurt anything. I get a wait screen at boot but it adds a significant amount of time to boot. I have search around but the only answers I can find are for preserving or changing the boot to OSx which I do not have on this machine.

 

Does anyone know how to uninstall Chameleon? This is NOT a dual boot question. I just want the old single boot WIndows 8 function back.

 

Thanks in advance for any help. :wink_anim: 



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hello

 

try with a windows install device repair ur boot

 

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I've gotta find a way. It didn't come with the disc so I'll have to make one. I did, on a whim do a full backup while I waited for the iAtkos to load on the Netbook. If I have to I could restore it. Thanks

 

EDIT: Restore point or back up doesn't help as they are restoring the system and not the boot partition. I don't have a disc to do a repair with nor a way to make one. I only have the windows 8 refresh option which means hours of re-installing programs.



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Try Recovering the Windows Bootloader with EasyBCD - follow instructions under "Type1" repair to write Windows boot code to MBR.

Also how to create a USB recovery drive and fixing the MBR manually:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
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The instructions above are applicable if you have Windows 8.1 installed under a legacy MBR or hybrid MBR partitioned hard disk. As kyndder mentions in post #6, if you have UEFI installed Windows in your machine, simply setting your BIOS firmware to boot UEFI only will ignore chameleon's boot files and boot through Windows bootmgfw.efi directly ---> faster boot.

You can check with Windows Disk Management: UEFI Windows will have an EFI partition on the hard drive while legacy Windows has a "System Reserved" partition eg my UEFI Windows 7 has a 200MB EFI partition

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Try Recovering the Windows Bootloader with EasyBCD - follow instructions under "Type1" repair to write Windows boot code to MBR.

 

Also how to create a USB recovery drive and fixing the MBR manually:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force

I tried several bootrec commands from cmd in recovery. Each reported finishing successfully but nothing changed. The second command you have here I didn't try. I'll move on and give it a try.

 

I have a recovery USB drive but my understandinbg is that Win8 only allows a reinstall(reset) or a refresh. The refresh saves the user data but dumps all software and programs added to the machine requiring re-installs of everything. I am trying to avoid that. The reinstall (reset) is nuclear for everything, user data included. I am looking into EasyBcd per you suggestion. Thanks for the excellent ideas.



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I don't know if still working for Win8 but at WinXP we had the "Repair" option from where we could use the 'fixboot' and 'fixmbr' commands to repair Windows' s bootsectors....

But, AFAIK, machines that already came with Win8 are UEFI capable and mostly, Windows already is installed in EFI mode, in this case, you only need to setup your BIOS to make only UEFI boot then you will have your Windows boot again...

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I tried several bootrec commands from cmd in recovery. Each reported finishing successfully but nothing changed. The second command you have here I didn't try. I'll move on and give it a try.

 

I have a recovery USB drive but my understandinbg is that Win8 only allows a reinstall(reset) or a refresh. The refresh saves the user data but dumps all software and programs added to the machine requiring re-installs of everything. I am trying to avoid that. The reinstall (reset) is nuclear for everything, user data included. I am looking into EasyBcd per you suggestion. Thanks for the excellent ideas.

boot with Usb or installer usb look up for command prompt type  bootrec /rebuildbcd



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Ok, we have a winner!! :w00t:  I decided to try EasyBCD recommended by fusion71au  because it had "EASY" in the name. It turns out it was. I loaded it, opened it and on the first screen deleted Chameleon. The following reboot proved to be quick again and straight to Win8 without the wait screen to choose between Win8 and Chameleon. Thanks a ton for all of the great ideas. :thumbsup_anim:



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It could have been accomplished easier. All you had to do was mark the windows partition active and reboot. :)

This could be done in many ways :)








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