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Artificial Dual Boot

  1. #1


    Posts : 128
    Windows 8

    Artificial Dual Boot


    Late last Fall I bought a new Desktop, an HP H81414, with Windows 8 installed with the intention of installing Windows 7 on an SSD. I migrated Window 8 to an SSD, removed that from the system, installed new SSD and put Windows 7 on it. Both worked fine. I wound up with 2 SSD's. capable of running on the EFI BIOS machine with Secure Boot turned off. I later bought a new laptop with Win8. I found the Win 8 with Classic Shell to be very acceptable.

    What I would like to do now ,if possible, is to mount both SSD's in the HP case and switch to either one of them at boot. It would be nice if I could do that without going throug BIOS first but I can live happily with going through BIOS if that is necessary.

    Is there a way to do that without messing up Boot Manager?

    Thank you very much.

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Normally all entries from all disks get mentioned on the boot partition of the primary OS.

    In case they are placed (artificially) inside an new PC, the boot-loaders aren't mentioned in the primary OS.

    Sorry I don't have a solution (maybe I got somethng in link) but some experienced users might know a bcdedit command that resolves this inconvenience.
    Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)
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  3. #3


    Posts : 128
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Normally all entries from all disks get mentioned on the boot partition of the primary OS.

    In case they are placed (artificially) inside an new PC, the boot-loaders aren't mentioned in the primary OS.

    Sorry I don't have a solution (maybe I got somethng in link) but some experienced users might know a bcdedit command that resolves this inconvenience.
    Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)
    My, that was quick and I thank you. The link you provided is promising if I can understand it. Will give it a try in the next few days.
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by JJG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Normally all entries from all disks get mentioned on the boot partition of the primary OS.

    In case they are placed (artificially) inside an new PC, the boot-loaders aren't mentioned in the primary OS.

    Sorry I don't have a solution (maybe I got somethng in link) but some experienced users might know a bcdedit command that resolves this inconvenience.
    Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)
    My, that was quick and I thank you. The link you provided is promising if I can understand it. Will give it a try in the next few days.
    You're welcome.

    Good luck.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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