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Dec032008

Windows 7 Error Recovery Environment (WinRE)

A reboot after installing some software in Windows 7, was greeted by a driver-induced bugcheck, making me doubt the whole “Windows Vista applications will work fine on Windows 7” word going around. I already knew what the problem was, so no big deal… I figured I’d just mash F8 a few times and boot up into the Last Known Good Configuration to prevent the culprit driver from loading and be on my way…

 Clippy is back!

… but it wasn’t that easy. As you can see above, there is absolutely no way to return to the Windows boot choices menu from this newfangled Error Recovery menu. Don’t let the menu above trick you – my choices were really [keep crashing] or [waste my time detecting the already-known problem].

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