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Dual Boot Windows 7 & 8 (With Windows 7 Installed later)

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8

    Dual Boot Windows 7 & 8 (With Windows 7 Installed later)


    Hi All.


    Recently I installed Windows 8 Pro on my system (in a SSD), after a few weeks I noticed that the OS isn't compatible with certain programs I use, so I wanted to install Windows 7 Home Premium alongside it.

    Since I don't really want to clean install 8 after installing 7, I installed 7 onto a separate HDD within my case.

    I've now got to the stage of the black background/white text boot menu, which shows Windows 8 and Windows 7, but whenever I select Windows 7 it just reboots the PC back to the Boot Splash screen (Bios/Post screen)

    I've repaired the install with Windows 7 discs and with Windows 8 discs and neither seemed to help. I've used EasyBCD installed on Windows 8 to create the boot menu and that doesn't help anything either.

    When in Windows 8 the Drive letters are such
    C:/ is Windows 8
    W:/ is Windows 7

    Short of clean installing I really don't know quite what to do.

    Any suggestions?

    Before it is asked, that drives have been in that case since I built it and not moved from a seperate machine.

    Thank you for your help.

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  2. #2


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


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management from Windows 8?

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums


    For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.

    Filling out System Specs - Windows 7 Forums

    System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Forums
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8


    Its currently not booting either OS for some reason, just trying to get it to boot 8 now.
    Will edit post with further developments.


    Will a shot of the disk layout from Windows 7 install screen help?
    Both OS are getting me wound up tonight and I'd rather not get annoyed at something so trivial.
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  4. #4


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


    As not either OS are booting, try a Refresh.
    Refresh Windows 8
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8


    This will fix the boot settings for Windows 8 only yes? Or will it apply to both?
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  6. #6


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


    For Windows 8.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8


    Ok Thank you. I will sort this out and reply back here in due course. Thanks for your help so far, its very much appreciated.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8


    Attempted a refresh and was met with a "Windows cannot be refreshed because the drive windows is located on is locked, please unlock the drive to continue"

    Rather than fiddle about with even more settings and possibly get nowhere, I bit the bullet and wiped my installations.
    I'm currently installing Windows 7 onto my HDD, I'll set it up and then install windows 8 onto the SSD and set it up.

    Hopefully the system will like this and actually choose to work.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8


    Its all finished, thanks for the links you provided me. While I appreciate the gesture I was in no need of them since I've been building PC's for near on 8 years now.

    I installed 7 on its own disk and partition and then installed 8 on the SSD (which has only win 8 on it and nothing else)

    Ran the system and it works perfectly, a little annoyed I cant use SSD for faster booting of Windows 7 but I wanted to keep it seperate since I'm doing a lot of read/writes with 7 and that doesn't help SSD lifespan.

    Aside from one small bug with the mouse (no drivers) it worked fine, managed to get the drivers eventually and now its smooth as can be.


    Thanks again.
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