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HELP! Installed Windows 8 (dual boot) but lost Windows 7 Basic

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    Windows 8 RP

    HELP! Installed Windows 8 (dual boot) but lost Windows 7 Basic


    I installed Windows 8 RP on my laptop on another partition but my Windows 7 in C:/ got lost. How do I install it again?

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    Dual: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (default) & Win8Enterprise 64


    My dual boot works, Win7Ultimate64 on C and Win8Enterprise64 on D, I just hope you did a system image or back up before installation, not unless you are sure of what you are doing.. Before Win8 installs it will ask you the location where you will have it installed, if Win7 really got lost maybe you mixed up the installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elisecasasis View Post
    I installed Windows 8 RP on my laptop on another partition but my Windows 7 in C:/ got lost. How do I install it again?
    How to install Windows 7? I would pop the dvd in and run through the setup again. Looks like thats the only way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elisecasasis View Post
    I installed Windows 8 RP on my laptop on another partition but my Windows 7 in C:/ got lost. How do I install it again?
    What does your disk management look like?? Maybe it's still there?
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    Windows 8 RP


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    Here's my disk management. Does Win 8 really have issues with printers? It won't recognize my printer... but I am already using it before with my Win 7
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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    I don't think the W7 installation is lost.

    Can you please post a screen-shot of the partition directory where W7 was installed?

    If the folders 'Program Files', 'Windows' etc. still exist in the W7 partition, you haven't yet lost the OS. You most probably have lost only the boot entry.
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    Windows 8 RP


    Yeah it still exists! How do I get the boot entry back?
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    India
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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Download the non-commercial version of EasyBCD here:

    neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

    You can add the boot entry with this
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    Windows 8 RP


    Done! Thanks, it worked
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    India
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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Its my pleasure
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