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Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

  1. #30


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    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.
    Nah couldn't be bothered, i'm very lazy you know.

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  2. #31


    Zero changes to bootloader. Thanks for your interest.
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  3. #32


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Karl,

    Could you give a break down of how you installed Windows 7 and Windows 8, and how your HDD(s) is setup to see if anything may be different with how you did it that may reveal why it didn't work the same for you?
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  4. #33


    Shawn,
    Had Win 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1 installed and fully uptodate.

    Installed Win 8 per your tutorial.

    Win 7 in a 50 GB partition
    Win 8 in a 50 GB partition with a VHD of 40 GB for the Win 8.
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  5. #34


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    I'm not sure then. I had a setup like that, and it worked on it as well.
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  6. #35


    You probably had the 100 mb reserved partition.

    I did not and still don't.
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  7. #36


    Posts : 520
    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
    You probably had the 100 mb reserved partition.

    I did not and still don't.
    Neither do I, Karl.
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  8. #37


    Sure hope you made a system image backup of your Win 7 before installing Win 8.

    I was lucky and had made one so I didn't lose much when the uninstall of Win 8 did not work "as advertised".

    You will notice that Shawn's snapshots always show a 100 mb reserved partition.
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  9. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
    You probably had the 100 mb reserved partition.

    I did not and still don't.
    Quote Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
    Sure hope you made a system image backup of your Win 7 before installing Win 8.

    I was lucky and had made one so I didn't lose much when the uninstall of Win 8 did not work "as advertised".

    You will notice that Shawn's snapshots always show a 100 mb reserved partition.
    You'll notice in my post here that I had already tested this without a 100 MB "System Reserved" partition, and it works with it. I have also tried the VHD option with and without the 100 MB partition without issue as well.

    My main system does have the 100 MB partition. Hence the screenshots. The tutorial works with it as well.

    There's nothing wrong if you wanted to delete the Windows 8 boot entry in msconfig after deleting the Windows 8 installation from within Windows 7, then rebooting. We are just saying that, if Windows 7 was installed first and this was done in Windows 7, then normally you wouldn't need to manually delete the Windows 8 boot entry since it is now normally deleted automatically. I'm not sure what may have been different about your installation or setup than ours, but I'm sure that there will still be bugs to be worked out since Windows 8 is still only a developer preview.
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  10. #39


    Shawn,
    I wish I knew why my uninstall did not work as advertised as I followed your tutorial to the letter.

    At the present, I don't have the time to sacrifice to make another run at it.
    When I get the time, then I'll make a sys img backup, install, and try to uninstall again immediately.
    thanks,
    karl
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