Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Dual Boot - Install Win 7 on Pre-Installed Win 8 System

  1. #21


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Put my test SSD, back in the box, boots to fast 1.5 sec with Windows 7 in UEFI mode. No time to enter BIOS if need.
    Those who kiss and tell are bad but those who screw and brag are downright horrible!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
    Still experimenting.... and learning.

    Decided to leave the Win8 HDD connected and install Win7 on the SSD.

    Works fine except that the boot manager is the old style Win7 text screen allowing a choice of Win7 or Win8.

    I would like to use the Win8 boot manager (loader).

    One person in another forum said he did a "reinstall" of Win8 from within Win8 and got the Win8 graphical boot manager back. He though the Win8 "refresh" would work just as well.

    Is there not a "BCDEDIT" tool that would or a simple Win8 repair boot function without using the "Refresh" or "Reset" operations the do far more than needed?
    Still cannot get Refresh or Reset to work.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #23


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Put my test SSD, back in the box, boots to fast 1.5 sec with Windows 7 in UEFI mode. No time to enter BIOS if need.
    Those who kiss and tell are bad but those who screw and brag are downright horrible!


    Quote Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
    Still experimenting.... and learning.

    Decided to leave the Win8 HDD connected and install Win7 on the SSD.

    Works fine except that the boot manager is the old style Win7 text screen allowing a choice of Win7 or Win8.

    I would like to use the Win8 boot manager (loader).

    One person in another forum said he did a "reinstall" of Win8 from within Win8 and got the Win8 graphical boot manager back. He though the Win8 "refresh" would work just as well.

    Is there not a "BCDEDIT" tool that would or a simple Win8 repair boot function without using the "Refresh" or "Reset" operations the do far more than needed?
    Still cannot get Refresh or Reset to work.
    For Refresh, did you mark as ACTIVE.
    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    For Reset, that may be a Dell problem.As a few OEM's are having problems with Recovery.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #24

    Issues For The Dell Pre-Configured System Resolved


    Just wanted to follow up on the issues I was having with a Dell XPS 8500 pre-configured Windows 8 system.

    First and foremost - Create the Factory Image Retsore DVDs prior to any system changes in case you want to revert to the Factory Image.

    I rarely have has a need to do this but it is good practice. I did do this in this cases as well but the factory image as delivered is of little use to me.

    Issue 1 - I had Used Easeus Partion Manager to re-partition the 1TB HDD. This is probably what "broke" the Windows 8 system in terms of the Reset/Refresh functions. I have had this problem with other Dell systems (XP, Vista and Win7) when re-partitioning "broke" any factory restore/repair functions.

    Fortunately, while Dell did not provide an as delivered Factory Image on DVDs they did provide a Dell Windows 8 OEM Installation DVD (go figure). I used that to re-install Windows 8, updated with Dell Drivers, Windows Update and also installed my 3rd party apps (Office, Norton AV, et, etc). I was then able to create a custom recovery image and can use the custom recovery image for a Refresh or use the Windiows 8 Installation DVD for a Reset.


    Issue 2 - Dual Boot system boots to Windows 7 Text Style OS choice menu not the Windows 8 graphical choice menu. As explained in another thread this is because I had Windows 7 chosen as the Default OS choice.

    So everything is fine with one oddity.

    If I chose the Windows Boot Manager in the UEFI BIOS settings as the default boot device the system boots to the Windows 7 OS choice menu and I can chose either OS to boot to.

    If I chose the Windows 7 SSD as the default boot device the system will not boot. Interestingly, and just for hoots, I disconnected the Windows 8 HDD, booted to the Windows 7 Installation DVD and did a REPAIR function on the Windows 7 SSD installation. The boot files were "fixed" and I could then boot to the SSD as a standalone boot to Windows 7.

    Thanks to all for your aid in getting up to speed on the wonderous world of Windows 8! Now on to another system setup with another question for another thread.....

    P.S. While I find Windows 8 interesting and will install a copy on my own system, for production work environments (desktop apps) I have yet to find any "must have" new features to justify upgrading to Windows 8.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #25


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


    If I chose the Windows Boot Manager in the UEFI BIOS settings as the default boot device the system boots to the Windows 7 OS choice menu and I can chose either OS to boot to.

    If I chose the Windows 7 SSD as the default boot device the system will not boot. Interestingly, and just for hoots, I disconnected the Windows 8 HDD, booted to the Windows 7 Installation DVD and did a REPAIR function on the Windows 7 SSD installation. The boot files were "fixed" and I could then boot to the SSD as a standalone boot to Windows 7.
    The boot files would have been installed to the Windows 8 HDD.

    P.S. While I find Windows 8 interesting and will install a copy on my own system, for production work environments (desktop apps) I have yet to find any "must have" new features to justify upgrading to Windows 8.
    True.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Dual Boot - Install Win 7 on Pre-Installed Win 8 System
Related Threads
Hi, This is my first post in any forum. I have an Asus with win8.1. From n old PC I have a HDD with XP. There is a program on that disk, for which I have no serials, no installation disk, nothing. Is it possible to boot from that external HDD or any other way to use just this program. It is an...
Hello Everyone, I'm new to this forum and I am using Windows 8.1. I have an Acer Aspire V5-571P computer with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I want to install my licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional on it as a dual boot to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. I have seen that it can be done, but...
Dual Boot on pre-installed windows 8 in Installation & Setup
I need to run a Carestream driver for RVG 6500, a dental imaging sensor, and install an intra-oral camera by Runyes. I am currently using Windows 8.1 that came pre-installed on my HP Ultrabook, and even though I like the operating system, it does not install the applications I mentioned above :( ...
Hi, Thats what the tittle says, got a laptop that came with windows 8 pre-installed. I really need to use windows xp, and no, virtual machine won't work with the software I'm using. Only options I got is either get dual boot to work with xp and 8 or I'll just get rid of 8 and install xp. Don't...
Hi - Can not find the answer to this anywhere, so far . . . I run Windows 7 and Win8CP in a dual boot setup. I want to "upgrade" to Release Preview and install it on the same partition where CP now resides. I tried installing while in CP by opening the Windows Explorer Folder and finding the...
On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu. I tried running Refresh just now on my deskstop but it didn't reinstall these...
Hey all, I just installed win 8 dualboot a couple hours ago, to complement my win 7 (installed the developer preview of course). Immediately after, my internet (ethernet or wifi) would not work on my win 7. Ethernet would result into 'unidentified network' and the machine won't pick up the ip...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook