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Use Windows 8 bootloader with Windows 7 as default OS

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    Use Windows 8 bootloader with Windows 7 as default OS


    I would like to use the windows 8 bootloader, BUT have Windows 7 as the default Operating system (OS) so if no selection is made in the Windows 8 bootloader, Windows 7 will load. How do I go about doing that? It seems every time I set the the default OS to Windows 7, it also sets to use the Windows 7 bootloader, when I want the Windows 8 one?

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    Try Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8. Set 8 as default, and see what happens. Not that doing so will solve your problem exactly. Maybe using automatic repair (do it 3 times) at this point will help. How did you install your dual boot? Which system first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Try Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8. Set 8 as default, and see what happens. Not that doing so will solve your problem exactly. Maybe using automatic repair (do it 3 times) at this point will help. How did you install your dual boot? Which system first?
    Windows 8 was pre-installed (so was installed first) and windows 7 was put on after. What will running automatic repair x3 actually do, why 3 times?
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    Quote Originally Posted by willowen100 View Post
    Windows 8 was pre-installed (so was installed first) and windows 7 was put on after. What will running automatic repair x3 actually do, why 3 times?
    Automatic Repair, repairs one item at a time.


    Here you have NO KEYBOOARD working.

    Slow bootloader and startup - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Keyboard won't work in Windows 7 boot loader - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Here you have Windows 8 booting first.

    Problems after installing Windows 7 alongside Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by willwen100
    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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    I have run the automatic repair 2 times, and on the third I get "There was a problem", and the error code was error code - 80070490 (something related to updates). What do I do next?
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