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Dual Boot Issues - Window 7 & Windows 8

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    Win 7, Win 8

    Dual Boot Issues - Window 7 & Windows 8


    I am currently running Windows 7.

    I downloaded Windows 8 Pro and used the disk management tool to create a partition. Then, I installed Windows 8 there.

    Everything runs smooth, however Windows 8 just boots automatically every time without giving me an option to choose at boot. When I check MSCONFIG for boot options, it doesn't read Windows 7 anywhere.

    So, I press ESC during boot menu, select my hard drive from there and then the Windows 7 bootloader shows up as it used to always before this Windows 8 installation. Then I can just boot into Windows 7 without any problems. Upon checking MSCONFIG from Windows 7's side, I don't see any options for Windows 8.

    I downloaded Easy BCD on Windows 7 side and tried adding the Windows 8 partition but the whole process repeats as previously stated and even if I go into Windows 7 bootloader by pressing the ESC key and selecting my hard drive as boot options - I do see Windows 8 there but it gives an error on selection.

    I am thinking of deleting the Windows 8 partition and starting from scratch. My only concern is, if I do that, will it not boot Windows at all since currently I have to go through device boot options to load Windows 7?

    Any help to solve this will be really appreciated.

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    Can you post a screen shot of your disk management window?
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Insert Your Windows 7 DVD and Repair it
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    Posts : 5
    Win 7, Win 8


    Here is the screenshot from Windows 7.

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    Posts : 5
    Win 7, Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by ghost619 View Post
    Insert Your Windows 7 DVD and Repair it
    Will that fix the bootloader issue?
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    Looks like the oem has set recovery as system - not a bad idea in itself - and in theory it shouldn't cause any issues.

    What make is it out of curiosity?

    So, I press ESC during boot menu, select my hard drive from there and then the Windows 7 bootloader shows
    Which HD is set first in bios boot order? It wouldn't be Disk 0 by any chance ?
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    Posts : 5
    Win 7, Win 8


    Looks like the oem has set recovery as system - not a bad idea in itself - and in theory it shouldn't cause any issues.

    What make is it out of curiosity?
    It's an HP.

    Which HD is set first in bios boot order? It wouldn't be Disk 0 by any chance ?
    Here's the screenshot for boot order. Then upon selecting Hitachi, I go into the normal Win 7 boot loader - where you can see that I tried adding Win 8 via Easy BCD. But, upon selecting that - I get an error.

    All screenshots included in order of appearance.

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    Thought so.

    Probably the easiest thing for you to is set the Hitachi as the first one in bios boot order.

    Then if you run windows 8 startup repair from the dvd - may take a couple of runs, that should do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Thought so.

    Probably the easiest thing for you to is set the Hitachi as the first one in bios boot order.

    Then if you run windows 8 startup repair from the dvd - may take a couple of runs, that should do it.
    Ok, so I set Hitachi as the first one and then run Windows 8, not 7 - startup repair, right?
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    Right.
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