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Problems after installing Windows 7 alongside Windows 8

  1. #1


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    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Windows 7 Professional x64

    Problems after installing Windows 7 alongside Windows 8


    I'm doing this on behalf my friend who I'm helping do the dual boot and we have come across errors and messages etcetera such as "the partitions on the disk selected for installation are not in the recommended order GPT" (we clicked OK to proceed) but we finally got windows 7 installed using UEFI mode. However, the problem we're having now is that some kind of Windows 7 lookalike boot loader appears, but it appears in a fancy graphical way such as the white bars at the top and bottom move across the screen slowly and the text comes in at a line at a time. When it does appear it says pick an operating system, but when we try and move using the keyboard is doesn't do anything, so we can't get back into Windows 8 at all. The other major problems we're getting is, with Windows 7 being the default OS on the boot loader list, this is the OS that gets booted up because we have no keyboard to change otherwise, but that has problems booting up itself. Where it says Microsoft Corporation at the bottom of the screen, this doesn't show up till 15 seconds in, and then the coloured Window logo appears also very slowly. The whole Windows 7 boot is extremely slow, and when Windows 7 does load, there are loads of drivers needed to get the Ethernet and wireless cards to work etc.

    What do I do to speed up the Windows 7 boot, and how do I fix the boot manager so that I can get back into Windows 8.

    P.S Windows 8 - Lenovo Pre-installed the OS, and Windows 7 was installed AFTER Windows 8

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    For boot, try a Automatic Repair
    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums



    For missing drivers, download from Lenovo web site.
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  3. #3


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    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Windows 7 Professional x64


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    For boot, try a Automatic Repair
    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums



    For missing drivers, download from Lenovo web site.
    How do I get into the Automatic repair, If I can't even get into Windows 8, am I going to need the Windows 8 disk? because If I do I haven't got one due the OS being pre-installed. Where do I find a Windows 8 disk from just for u repair use?
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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the Lenovo version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    This is a tutorial by Lenovo using the Windows 8 USB Drive Recovery app.

    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo Think system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload


    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    NOTE: From this point forward in the recovery process, the choices for actual operating system recovery depend on the existing state of the computer hard drive.

    Below are the instructions if there is an existing Microsoft Windows 8 install on the hard drive.
    1.Select the target operating system of Microsoft Windows 8 to reload over existing Lenovo preload.
    2.Select "Yes" to repartition the drives or "No" to keep existing partitions. For a clean install, the drives should be repartitioned.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive".
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.

    Below are the instructions if the hard drive is blank.
    1.Select "Yes" to repartition the HDD or "No" to keep the existing partitions.
    2.Click either choice, but these instructions follow the repartition scenario.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive" as this will take several minutes to complete.
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.
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    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Windows 7 Professional x64


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the Lenovo version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    This is a tutorial by Lenovo using the Windows 8 USB Drive Recovery app.

    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo Think system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload


    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    NOTE: From this point forward in the recovery process, the choices for actual operating system recovery depend on the existing state of the computer hard drive.

    Below are the instructions if there is an existing Microsoft Windows 8 install on the hard drive.
    1.Select the target operating system of Microsoft Windows 8 to reload over existing Lenovo preload.
    2.Select "Yes" to repartition the drives or "No" to keep existing partitions. For a clean install, the drives should be repartitioned.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive".
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.

    Below are the instructions if the hard drive is blank.
    1.Select "Yes" to repartition the HDD or "No" to keep the existing partitions.
    2.Click either choice, but these instructions follow the repartition scenario.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive" as this will take several minutes to complete.
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.
    Neither of these methods are going to work as I no access to Windows at all, and I have not made any recovery drives. Wouldn't it make more sense if someone gave me a link to a downloadable Windows .iso which I could burn and then access the command window, and other recovery options within there? I do however have full access to the windows 7 OS, so is there any commands I could do from there to fix the boot loader in Windows 8?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    There are NO legal links to download Windows 8 ISO.


    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:

    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
    Click on Parts & Accessories.

    Click image for larger version
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by willowen100 View Post
    Neither of these methods are going to work as I no access to Windows at all, and I have not made any recovery drives. Wouldn't it make more sense if someone gave me a link to a downloadable Windows .iso which I could burn and then access the command window, and other recovery options within there? I do however have full access to the windows 7 OS, so is there any commands I could do from there to fix the boot loader in Windows 8?
    Perhaps you have a friend, running Win8 of the same "bitness" as your laptop, that would make a system repair disc for you or loan you one. See "System Repair Disc" in my sig.
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    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Windows 7 Professional x64


    there must something I could use to get into recovery options, I need to fix this today as my friend will not have a PC to work.
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    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Windows 7 Professional x64


    Is there a way of changing the boot options for both windows 7 and 8 from bcdedit command in Windows 7? Will Windows 7 bcdedit see Windows 8?
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    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Windows 7 Professional x64


    Ok I managed to get EasyBCD installed on windows 7 and I changed the default OS back to Windows 8 and got Windows 8 to boot after doing its automatic recovery fix. The problem is I'm still using the windows 7 like bootloader, and the keyboard is still not working on when the bootloader shows. I have gone through the whole of my bios and I still can't move around on the bootloader. Does anybody have any suggestions?
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