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Windows 8 interfering with Windows 7 recovery partition

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    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot

    Windows 8 interfering with Windows 7 recovery partition

    I have two hard drives, each are identical terabyte disks. The first one has a Windows 7 install on it, with the little 100MB recovery partition. The second one has a brand-new Windows 8 install on it, with its own 300MB recovery partition.

    When I boot into the second one, it works fine.

    When I boot into the first drive though, it gives some sort of cryptic BSOD that looks like it came from Windows 8. I press F9 to boot into another OS, and it goes straight into my main install.

    Basically, it appears Windows 8 has screwed around inside my first drive's little 100MB partition, and is causing it not to boot properly. Well of course it boots fine, but it makes me hit F9 whenever I boot.

    Is there a way that I could restore this partition back to the way it was before Windows 8 screwed it up?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    IMO,I personally would Windows 7 & WDP 8 using two partitions on same HD Drive.

    The way to dual boot Windows 7 & Windows 8 is to follow this tutorial:
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    you can than delete Windows 8 very easily, using this tutorial:
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    get into 8 and, with Msconfig, make windows 7 your default. You should find that you then have the old boot manger, and can boot into either.
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Windows 8 interfering with Windows 7 recovery partition

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