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Enabling dual boot Windows 7/Windows 8

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    Windows 7

    Enabling dual boot Windows 7/Windows 8


    Hi,

    I'm sorry if this has been asked before but I was unable to find answers using search.

    Here's my situation - I have an existing Win7 installation on SSD and just bought a new SSD for Win8. I installed Windows 8 on the new drive. Now, my BIOS boots to the new "UEFI" option and then goes straight to Win8. The only way to get back into Win7 is to manually boot directly to the old SSD. Basically I'm trying to enable to new graphical boot selection screen and give me the option of Win7 on there. I've tried using EasyBCD from within Win8 to add Win7 to the list, but this causes the old style boot loader to appear, and selecting Windows 7 doesn't seem to work - just reboots the PC.

    Any ideas would be much appreciated. Here's a screenshot of disk management (taken in Win7).

    11.01.2012-22.23.12 - tom.cage's library

    Thanks,
    Tom

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately not.

    "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC", and mentions a log file being saved. I checked the log and the result is:

    Root cause found:
    ---------------------------
    Boot status indicates that the OS booted successfully.

    I'm not sure if a refresh would help as I already tried wiping the new SSD and starting again to make sure everything went OK, and the result was exactly the same.

    A bit more searching and I just found this which seems to be exactly the same, so I will try the suggested steps tomorrow. Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot - No Boot Manager Loads
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Try refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8
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Enabling dual boot Windows 7/Windows 8
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