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Help! Windows 8 Dual Boot Screen Doesn't Show Up

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    Help! Windows 8 Dual Boot Screen Doesn't Show Up


    I have a Laptop with a 120GB Solid State Drive. My primary operating system has been Windows 7 Ultimate. Recently I decided to try and Install Windows 8 Pro Along side windows 7 . Dual Boot. I read about Dual Booting in this Official Windows 8 Magazine and it seemed easy. I ran into a few problems:

    1. I was able to 'shrink Volume' to create another partition of atleast the 20GB minimum required for windows 8. I did 25GB's because my 120gb solid state drive was almost full with other windows 7 files and partitions. The problem I ran into was in creating a 'New Simple Volume' and formatting my new 25GB's of space. An Error message saying "not enough memory or space available to perform operation" kept popping up.
    Am I getting these error messages because I already have 4 different partitions on my drive? The different partitions were A: Windows 7 OS and Files, B: Windows 7 Hibernation, C: Windows 7 Recovery and D: an unknown 8gb primary partition

    2. I decided to delete the Windows 7 Recovery partition, because I have my Windows 7 DVD, and I didn't mind re-installing everything if I were to mess up. Plus my OS doesn't run from that partition, and I'll have room to create my new Windows 8 simple volume. (probably a dumb decision)

    3. Disk management didn't want to delete my Recovery partition (probably for good reason) and merge it's free space with my 25GB' partition that I had previously created and was unable to create the New simple volume in. I had to use a 3rd party program called Paragon Partition Manager free edition to do this. I had to restart my laptop for Paragon to delete the 2GB recovery partiton and merge the space with my un-formatted 25GB partition. After the Paragon program finished, my laptop wouldn't boot windows 7 and just hung up with an Intel boot agent screen.

    4. Luckily, I had already made my Windows 8 bootable flash drive to Install the OS. Since Windows 7 wasn't booting, I decided to go ahead and try to install windows 8 with my flash drive. It worked! I found my 27GB partition in the setup menu, was able to format it, and install Windows 8. Now windows 8 starts up! My other partition with windows 7 also shows up in Disk management and In my computer!.

    5. My biggest question is, How can I make that Windows 8 Dual boot screen pop up when I turn on my laptop??
    I can boot into windows 7 if I go to Disk Management in Windows 8, Right click my windows 7 partition, and click "Make Active partition". I then hit restart, and my laptop boots to Windows 7 no problem. I Can boot into windows 8 by doing the same Thing in Disk Management in Windows 7. "Make Active Partition" and restart Pc.
    So in a sense, I have what I want; Windows 7 and Windows 8. But, I shouldn't have to go into Disk Management each time I want to change the system Im using. Can someone please tell me how to get the Windows 8 Dual Boot option at startup? Thanks


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    Welcome to Eightforums.

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management from Windows 7 & Windows 8?

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    For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.

    Filling out System Specs - Windows 7 Forums


    I did 25GB's because my 120gb solid state drive was almost full with other windows 7 files and partitions.
    You may need a bigger Drive.
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    Ok, here is the actual size of my partitions..I tried shrink volume a few different times with different amounts of memory and left it at this:
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    This is the windows 7 screenshot. I'm pretty sure Disk management looks the same in windows 8, but I will switch and grab the same screen in Windows 8...

    I am using a Toshiba Portege Z835-P330/ 2nd Gen Intel i3/ 4GB ddr3/ 120gb ssd. I Know my system specs are weak, and yes I could use a bigger drive, but as long as I've allocated enough space for Windows 8, I should be able to make my OS selection at boot correct?
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    And Here is Disk Management via Windows 8. Pretty much the Same
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    Welcome to Eightforums.

    As the Windows 7 partition is the first partition, Use EasyBCD in Windows 7.

    Download EasyBCD from here:
    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

    There is a how to use EasyBCD in this tutorial:
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums
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    Wow, using EasyBCD was an incredibly easy fix. I now have the option at Boot to choose an OS. Thank you, theog!
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    You are welcome.
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