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Add Win 7 to Win 8 BCD or vica versa? EasyBCD doesn't work.

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    Add Win 7 to Win 8 BCD or vica versa? EasyBCD doesn't work.


    I am new to BCDEdit and EasyBCD is not letting me edit the BCD entries. I have the both Win 7 and 8's BCDedit values in a text file. I just need to add them in one file. When I add 8's ID to Win7 BCD it says "An error occurred while attempting to reference the specified entry. The system cannot find the file specified."

    One more thing, I can access the D: (Windows 8) drive from Windows 7 and vice versa, but I can't boot up Win 8 without setting it as active in diskpart. When I do that, Windows 7 is no longer available and setting it as active in diskpart doesn't let me boot back to it BECAUSE Windows 8 switches its letter to C: and Win 7 becomes D: (Check BCD below). I have to use TestDisk from gparted to recover the partition structure and then flag them all primary with SYSTEM as *primary boot.

    Win 8 BCD

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.8250](c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    
    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit
    
    
    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    device                  partition=C:
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    integrityservices       Enable
    default                 {current}
    resumeobject            {e6025af2-6b01-11e1-8d4f-cf2bd6e13be7}
    displayorder            {current}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 30
    custom:26000025         Yes
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {current}
    device                  partition=C:
    path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description             Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence        {e6025af4-6b01-11e1-8d4f-cf2bd6e13be7}
    integrityservices       Enable
    recoveryenabled         Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    osdevice                partition=C:
    systemroot              \Windows
    resumeobject            {e6025af2-6b01-11e1-8d4f-cf2bd6e13be7}
    nx                      OptIn
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    Windows 7 BCD

    Code:
    Windows Boot Manager--------------------
    identifier              {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
    device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
    extendedinput           Yes
    default                 {158181c1-9a00-11db-8a1d-b11d19fd3102}
    resumeobject            {158181c0-9a00-11db-8a1d-b11d19fd3102}
    displayorder            {158181c1-9a00-11db-8a1d-b11d19fd3102}
    toolsdisplayorder       {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
    timeout                 10
    displaybootmenu         Yes
    customactions           0x1000085000001
                            0x5400000f
    custom:5400000f         {dbb88b28-578b-11e1-97fc-f4368bcca7f0}
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {158181c1-9a00-11db-8a1d-b11d19fd3102}
    device                  partition=C:
    path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description             Windows 7
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
    recoverysequence        {dbb88b28-578b-11e1-97fc-f4368bcca7f0}
    recoveryenabled         Yes
    osdevice                partition=C:
    systemroot              \Windows
    resumeobject            {158181c0-9a00-11db-8a1d-b11d19fd3102}
    nx                      OptIn
    bootlog                 No
    What to do?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by ragefaced; 11 Mar 2012 at 05:28.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Try Visual BCD Editor.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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