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Dual Booting Windows 7 and Windows 8

  1. #1


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

    Dual Booting Windows 7 and Windows 8


    Alrighty guys.
    So after spending hours reading forums and stuff, I figured out how to install Windows 8.
    I followed all of the steps. But now, I am unable to boot into Windows 7. When I try, it comes up with this screen that says

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language settings and then click "next."
    3. Click 'repair your computer'.

    If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
    File: \Boot\BCD
    Status: 0xc0000225
    Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
    I am typing this from the Windows 8 portion. Here is a screenshot of my partitions:
    Click image for larger version

    Please help

    EDIT:
    Here is a screenshot of my Visual BCD Editor
    For Win7:
    Click image for larger version

    For Win8
    Click image for larger version

    Thanks
    Last edited by jaxder; 06 Nov 2012 at 22:00.

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  2. #2


    I too would like to know if it is possible to set up a dual boot system with one option being Windows 8 the other Windows 7. Then maybe I could play some of the games I`ve bought that are not compatible with Win8.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes. it's possible - I have several os multibooting.

    As you already have Boyans program - may as well use it.

    Rt click win7 entry select DELETE.

    Rt click Loaders and select Create missing Windows Loaders
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  4. #4


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


    Yes. it's possible - I have several os multibooting.

    As you already have Boyans program - may as well use it.

    Rt click win7 entry select DELETE.

    Rt click Loaders and select Create missing Windows Loaders
    Thank you very much, that has progressed me further...i guess. Now i get this message.

    'A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. If you have a Windows installation disc insert the disk and restart your computer. Click "repair your computer" and then choose a recovery tool. Otherwise, to start Windows so you can investigate further, press the ENTER key and display the boot menu, press F8 for Advanced Boot Options and select last Known Good. If you understand why the digital signature cannot be verified and want to start Windows without this file, temporarily disable driver signature enforcement.

    File: \windows\system32\winload exe

    Status: Oxc0000428

    Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Ok - thanks - I am sure boyans will fix that.

    Open an elevated command now and type:

    bcdboot c:\windows

    Then press enter.
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  6. #6


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


    Ok - thanks - I am sure boyans will fix that.

    Open an elevated command now and type:

    bcdboot c:\windows

    Then press enter.
    This did not work
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Did it give you an error message?

    It's slightly unusual to have two active partitions on the same HD.
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  8. #8


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


    Same as before:

    A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. If you have a Windows installation disc insert the disk and restart your computer. Click "repair your computer" and then choose a recovery tool. Otherwise, to start Windows so you can investigate further, press the ENTER key and display the boot menu, press F8 for Advanced Boot Options and select last Known Good. If you understand why the digital signature cannot be verified and want to start Windows without this file, temporarily disable driver signature enforcement.

    File: \windows\system32\winload exe

    Status: Oxc0000428

    Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    LOL - did you get an error message when you ran bcdboot command?

    It should default to system - but because you two active flags it may be getting lost.
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  10. #10


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


    No, it said it was done successfully.
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