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Dual boot 8/7 install issue

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by myzoneajay View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Try contventing the Logical drive to a Primary Partition.See if that helps.
    Can you tell me how to convert Logical drive to a Primary Partition using Windows Disk management utility.
    I did it through Partition Wizard, not the Windows utility, sorry. It's a free download from Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. if you want to use it.

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  2. #12


    I just tried the refresh, and got "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
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    Was this before using EasyBCD?
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  4. #14


    No, just now. With EasyBCD, I added the Windows 8 line into it, and then chose to "Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader into the MBR." This gave me the option to choose win 7 or 8. When I go into 8, it gives me a screen that it needs a repair. I then tried the refresh, and got that drive locked message.

    Should I just do a repair? There isn't that much on the 8 partition I really need, so if it wipes my data, that's OK...
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    You only need to add the OS, & save.
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    Well, it's kinda too late for that now. Any thoughts on the locked disk issue?
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    Should I just do a repair? There isn't that much on the 8 partition I really need, so if it wipes my data, that's OK...
    May be easier to do a clean install now. If do make a System Reserved.
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    Bah, I was afraid of that. What would a system reserved partition do for me?
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    This partition in Windows 7/8, has three main functions.
    1) it holds the Boot Manager code
    2)the Boot Configuration Database.
    3) holds the Repair tools.
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  10. #20


    Will it set this up automatically, or will I need to create it somehow?
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