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Dual Booting Windows 7 and Windows 8

  1. #21

    Posts : 11
    Win7 Home Pre 64 & Win 8 Pro 64

    What you can see is exactly what I can see. I opened folder options and found that "View Hidden Files/Folders" is already checked.

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  2. #22

    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval

    The system partition is small - I think Windows 8 creates a 350 MB partition by default.
    I would not make it active !

    It is best to have more room on "System Reserved" at least 350 MB for Win8 or just make a bigger partition active which will hold boot files for Win7/Win8.

    If you can still boot to any Win8 or Win7:
    1. install VBCD package
    2. run "Dual-boot Repair" tool
    3. click "Automatic Repair", confirm.

    This will rewrite/recreate Windows 8 boot files on active partition.


    Add Windows 7 to boot menu:

    Delete old entries for Windows 7 (click on entry, right-click, select "Delete")

    Now select "Create missing Windows loaders". This should create a boot entry for Windows 7.

    If you cannot boot from hard disk:

    1. Insert Windows 8 installation USB/DVD and boot from it.
    2. Run StartUp Repair up to three times with rebooting after each run.

    Alternatively you need only two commands from repair console:
    bootsect /nt60 all /mbr
    bcdboot c:\windows
    (assuming Windows 8 is on c:, else change drive letter accordingly)

    Then steps listed above for adding Windows 7 to boot menu.
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  3. #23

    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval

    This is the search result for winload.exe on Windows 7-64bit, en-us:
    Click image for larger version

    It is ok to use
    as an alternative to default

    Path (ApplicationPath) for Windows 7 loader (winload.exe) can be changed manually.
    File must be signed by Microsoft or boot fails !
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  4. #24

    Posts : 11
    Win7 Home Pre 64 & Win 8 Pro 64

    Would it just be easier for me to format the HDD and do a clean-install of Win8 and Win7 with Win8 as the primary?
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  5. #25

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  6. #26

    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval

    It is always ok to format and make a new installation but it takes a lot of time.

    If the system is not demagged beyond repair fixing it takes no longer than 2 minutes.

    It is always good to start the day with creating a new restore point - restore time lasts a little longer than reboot.
    This helps a lot when you install new software. If new software has bad side effects on system - just restore system to known good state.

    BCD should be saved separately (if you play with dual-booting and change boot params) as restore does not keep track of BCD.
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