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Issue With Dual Booting Win 8 with 7

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7

    Issue With Dual Booting Win 8 with 7


    I'm trying to dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 on a new machine.

    I have both operating systems installed, but the computer never shows the boot manager. It just boots right into Windows 8.

    There's a feature in Windows 8 where you can switch to another operating system on the hard drive, and it works. I can switch into it... but here's the problem.

    - I would like to see the boot manager to pick which OS I want
    - I have used Easy BCD to no available
    - I have used msconfig, and Windows 7 is the default, I've selected wait for user input - still nothing.

    Now, I will point out, in case I did something wrong here.

    - I installed Windows 8 first on partition 1 of hard drive 1
    - I installed Windows 7 after on partition 2 of hard drive 2
    - a second hard drive is for data across both but isn't part of any operating system

    Should I install these differently?

    What am I doing wrong? What process am I missing? I'm confused as to what I'm getting wrong here. I would think that 2 partitions with 2 operating systems would automatically ask for this sort of thing via the boot manager.

    What's happening here?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. #2


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


    Welcome to EightForums.

    I'm trying to dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 on a new machine.
    As you say, new MOBO have a uEFI BIOS.

    Your partitioning should look this, if Windows 8 installed first

    Click image for larger version


    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    So I should be able to just make the changes and it should work? I'll give it a shot.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    Perhaps I should confirm, should I be reinstalling the operating systems in question if I follow this guide you posted?
    Thanks so much for your response!
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  5. #5


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


    Do check you have uEFI.
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