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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:24 PM

Found it in the system reserved partition. How can it be removed?

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:52 PM

It can be included as part of BIOS tools and system diagnostic software. (as well as downloaded and run standalone). It's a great thing to have on your system at some stages (ram troubles), is very small and only runs from the BIOS... Does not run under Windows as far as I know.

 

Why would you want to remove it?



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:29 PM

It appears to be running on startup. Boot takes about 2 minutes. Suspected that program, wanted to remove it to see if it is the problem or if I need to look at other things.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:08 PM

I really would like a solution to this problem

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 06:32 PM

Type msconfig in the run box go to startup and uncheck it.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:57 PM

OldPhil,

Sorry, it's not listed there.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:10 PM

use Autoruns to clean up your start programs... it's pretty effective in reducing your unwanted startup junk. Make a restore point first though.

 

you won't see memtest86 in there though... it's not a windows program.


Edited by TsVk!, 19 January 2014 - 09:11 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:34 PM

Hi,

I'll try that.

The program is in the reserved partition of the W7 drive. Not sure how it got there but I'd really like to get it out of there.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:46 PM

It is there as part of the boot process, not windows system process.

 

I highly recommend not messing with your boot config/partition/data... unless you really know what you are doing.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:03 PM

memtest.exe is a diagnostic tool (Windows Memory Diagnostic) that is installed in Windows 7 by default.  It can be run from the Boot Manager, or scheduled to run on start up.  It's obvious when it's running because it's a blue screen and takes more than 2 minutes, normally.  More info here - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/715-memory-diagnostics-tool.html

 

I'm not sure why memtest86.exe would be in the System Reserved partition though, as AFAIK that is a third party utility.

 

On my system, memtest.exe is in the Boot directory in the hidden System Reserve partition.

 

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:34 PM

It is there as part of the boot process, not windows system process.

 

I highly recommend not messing with your boot config/partition/data... unless you really know what you are doing.

I agree with you - it's no place to play.

I still need to get it out of there and hope someone here can provide the route

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:41 PM

Is your machine actually hanging on the POST boot before Windows kicks in? this file causing an issue seems very unlikely.

 

You could (I don't recommend it) remove or rename the file with a Linux live disk (boot from disk)... Had better save yourself a copy though of the file, for if you need to replace it,... even better clone your hdd in case you break your OS, before you start fiddling with this sort of thing.


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:30 PM

Is your machine actually hanging on the POST boot before Windows kicks in? this file causing an issue seems very unlikely.

 

You could (I don't recommend it) remove or rename the file with a Linux live disk (boot from disk)... Had better save yourself a copy though of the file, for if you need to replace it,... even better clone your hdd in case you break your OS, before you start fiddling with this sort of thing.

Hi,

Yes, there is about a 2 minute delay between the motherboard splash screen and the windows pulsing squares logo screen. There is a second delay at that point of about the same duration. Then, the HDD light comes on and the OS loads. From there on in all is normal.

I will do a full image before I think about playing. The Linux boot has been in the back of my mind as the way to remove it.

I'm assuming that I put it in there, or am at least responsible for its getting in there, so I am also assuming that I can remove it without destroying too much.

I also know that ass-u-mes are not the best way to make decisions but this corner is getting smaller all the time

Thanks. I'll report back after I've done the deed. Which may be a week away based on my current schedule


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:33 AM

something you could try doing... likely fix.

 

Reset the BIOS: Remove the CMOS battery for a minute or two then replace it.

 

Are you getting beep codes at all? Have you run TDSSKiller and/or GMER ? (check for MBR virus).



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:01 AM

excellent suggestions

have not run either program - will do so when I get back on that machine

no beep codes

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