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Win8-Win7 Dual Boot

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Win8 Pro, Win7 Pro, Win8.1 Pro

    Win8-Win7 Dual Boot


    Currently I have Win8 and Win7 installed on individual drives. Would it be more advisable to install on one drive in separate partitions?

    Thanks,
    Harold

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Harold, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That's mostly just a personal choice.

    If one drive should fail, you would at least have the other one to still use. You may need to do a startup repair/automatic repair on it first to get it to boot though.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 16
    Win8 Pro, Win7 Pro, Win8.1 Pro


    Thanks Shawn,
    One reason I asked is because if I want to boot to Win7 from the Win8 boot screen, my PC goes through another boot process then Win7 starts.

    Harold
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  4. #4


    Harold,

    I'm intrigued: what do you mean "goes through another boot process"?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Win8 Pro, Win7 Pro, Win8.1 Pro


    Terry,
    It does another BIOS load.

    Harold
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    This is way the Windows 8 boot loader works, with all dual boot with any OS, will always reboot to the other OS.
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    Posts : 16
    Win8 Pro, Win7 Pro, Win8.1 Pro


    With Win 7 and Vista, once I select the OS the boot process continues without going back and performing another BIO reload. With Win 8 and Win 7, when I select Win 7 from the Win 8 boot manager, a new BIOS reload happens and the Win 8 boot screen is bypassed.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by sd75mac View Post
    Thanks Shawn,
    One reason I asked is because if I want to boot to Win7 from the Win8 boot screen, my PC goes through another boot process then Win7 starts.

    Harold
    Harold,

    That is normal for the computer to reboot when you select to startup Windows 7 from the Windows 8 GUI boot screen. It does this since it's switching to the old legacy Windows Boot Manager screen for Windows 7.

    If you don't use the new Windows 8 GUI boot screen, it wouldn't do that, but then you wouldn't have the nice GUI boot screen.

    Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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    Win8 Pro, Win7 Pro, Win8.1 Pro


    Thanks Brink, I kind'a thought that
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Glad we could help.
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