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Dual Boot Win 8.1 & Win 10 with 2 Hard Drives in Laptop

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    Dual Boot Win 8.1 & Win 10 with 2 Hard Drives in Laptop


    I've been in and out of this HP dv7-1245dx Entertainment laptop (Legacy BIOS) a number of times in the past two or three weeks and just now discovered that it has two hard drive bays! Go figure . . .

    So, I have Windows 8.1.1 on the drive that came with the laptop and Windows 10 Build 9860 on an SSD drive. When installing Windows 10 I removed the Windows 8.1.1 hard drive and installed the SSD drive. I have returned the Windows 8.1.1 drive to the computer and the Windows 10 drive has been removed.

    Am I correct in thinking I can just add the SSD drive and Windows will automatically dual boot? I know this was possible in prior (Win 7 and before) OSes, but don't know if it's possible in Windows 8/10.

    Thanks in advance . . .

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    To make sure it works you can use EasyBCD and make it do that.
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    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    To make sure it works you can use EasyBCD and make it do that.
    Thanks, Count!

    Is there a tutorial on what I want to do, using EasyBCD? I know it's been around for a long time, but I've never had to contend with boot problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    To make sure it works you can use EasyBCD and make it do that.
    Thanks, Count!

    Is there a tutorial on what I want to do, using EasyBCD? I know it's been around for a long time, but I've never had to contend with boot problems.
    It has pretty good help but it's on internet. It's pretty straightforward ad New entry and tel it on which drive it is. You can also do it on both drives so you can choose any of them for BIOS to boot from.
    Can choose which OS/disk is default and what timing you want for boot menu to wait for input.
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  5. #5


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    To make sure it works you can use EasyBCD and make it do that.
    Thanks, Count!

    Is there a tutorial on what I want to do, using EasyBCD? I know it's been around for a long time, but I've never had to contend with boot problems.
    It has pretty good help but it's on internet. It's pretty straightforward ad New entry and tel it on which drive it is. You can also do it on both drives so you can choose any of them for BIOS to boot from.
    Can choose which OS/disk is default and what timing you want for boot menu to wait for input.
    OK, I'll start to working on it. Thanks again.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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