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Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

  1. #21


    Shawn,
    Don't recall the details, but when rebooted I got a msg indicating that boot mgr or boot loader missing and upon boot the dual-icon screen showed up where one would chose Win 7 or Win 8. Of course, choosing Win 7 resulted in the error msg.

    fortunately, I had a system image backup and a Win 7 System Repair Disc.

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  2. #22


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    Karl,

    I'll do some more testing on that, but a startup repair with a Windows 7 disc should be able to fix it if that happens again though.
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  3. #23


    Tried. Several times. No success.
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  4. #24


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    Karl,

    Okey doke. I just finished testing this on a VM with a 60GB partition split into two 30GB partitions. I installed Windows 7 at boot first without having the 100MB "System Reserved" partition included, then installed Windows 8 at boot on the second partition.

    When finished, I restarted the computer to boot into Windows 7. Did the tutorial on the first page exactly. When I restarted, Windows 7 started and Window 8 was completely gone. I ran a bcdedit /enum command to verify that Windows 8 was no longer listed.

    The tutorial worked perfectly fine for me for the situation you described, so I'm not sure what may have gone wrong when you did it.
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    Karl,

    Were you using the Windows 8 Reboot bootloader or Windows 7 non-Reboot bootloader?
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  6. #26


    theog,

    I was following Brink's procedure.

    When the procedure failed, then I tried doing a system repair using a Win 7 System Repair Disc.
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  7. #27


    I usually go into the msconfig > boot tab and remove the Windows 8 boot first before deleting the partition and restarting. doing it the other way may corrupt the bootup.
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  8. #28


    How many times have your installed and then uninstalled Win 8.

    Perhaps Shawn would be interesting in hearing your approach.
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by aem View Post
    I usually go into the msconfig > boot tab and remove the Windows 8 boot first before deleting the partition and restarting. doing it the other way may corrupt the bootup.

    If you follow Shawn's tutorial
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    & make no boot loader changes at all, you will have two independent boot loaders.
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
    theog,

    I was following Brink's procedure.

    When the procedure failed, then I tried doing a system repair using a Win 7 System Repair Disc.
    Quote Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
    How many times have your installed and then uninstalled Win 8.

    Perhaps Shawn would be interesting in hearing your approach.
    If you follow Shawn's tutorial
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    & make no boot loader changes at all, you will have two independent boot loaders.

    Did you make any boot loader changes?

    About 50 test installs, before making the OP.
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