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Another 8 boot manager problem

  1. #1


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    Another 8 boot manager problem


    I'm trying to set up Windows 8 boot manager. I have both 7 & 8 installed on different SATA drives. Windows 7 does NOT show up under the "Boot" tab in system config. of 8

    Any ideas why please?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Somebody must be able to offer some suggestions. Why does my Windows 7 drive not show up as a bootable drive in bcdedit?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    But can you boot Windows 7?
    What are you trying to do?
    Have you checked msconfig if it is there? (Windows+R <type 'msconfig' and press enter> Go to Boot tab)
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  4. #4


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    I can boot 7 by going into the boot setup (F8) and selecting the drive that holds it. If I do not use F8 at boot it automatically boots in 8.

    If I understand correctly,I can boot into Windows 8 then use the 8 Boot manager to boot into 7? Is this correct?

    Msconfig Boot Tab in 8 does not show 7 at all.

    Msconfig Boot Tab in 7 does not show 8 at all.
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  5. #5


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Dual-boot Repair tool can help in this situation.

    Let the computer boot not selecting or typing anything when booting so first disk in BIOS is default for boot.
    In whatever system comes up (Win 7 or 8) download and install the tool.
    Click on "Automatic Repair" read what it displays and confirm.
    (It should say that Win 7 and Win 8 are found and Win 8 will be default OS to boot after repair.)

    After successful repair when you reboot you will have either Win 8 and Win 7 in boot menu
    or just Win 8 will boot directly.

    If Win 7 is not in boot menu - install Visual BCD (if it is not already installed) and run
    Visual BCD Editor.
    Right click in left pane and select "Create missing Windows loaders".
    This will create a boot menu entry for Win 7.

    Renaming entries - click to select loader entry in left pane then F2 key and change text.

    Hope this helps.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Thanks Boyans, problem solved. I appreciate the help and guidance.

    Ivan
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  7. #7


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    You are wellcome.
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