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DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

Question: DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

Okay, so ive tried many ways, and Ive finally got stuck with using a VHD.
I have followed countless tutorials, and finally found one. (on this forums somewhere)
I go through all the steps, and it seems like it is working, and then when I boot my system it says this,
"VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED"

things I have done to try to fix this:
Updated BIOS
Enabled Virtualization in BIOS
Please help! I have been trying to get it to work for days...
Ronnie

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Answer: DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8

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Greetings,

This is my first posting in the EightForums, having spent most of my time the past few years in the SevenForums. But now I have Win8.1 and so I'm here.:cool:

I have a dual booting question about what I want to do and how to do it. I've read many of the docs on these forums about dual booting Win7/Win8...but I'm unclear about how it will work in my situation.

My rig previously had Win7 Ultimate x64 that was clean installed on a single hard drive. I recently clean installed Win8 Pro x64, then upgraded to 8.1 Pro, on a twin hard drive (both drives are same make/model of WD). So now, I currently have both operating systems on their own separate hard drives.

If I want to boot to the Win7 hard drive, I plug it in and unplug the Win8.1 hard drive. If want to boot to Win8.1, it's vice versa. In other words, I never have both drives plugged in...because I just don't know what would happen if both were plugged in. I'm leery of plugging both in (though I do have backups).

Another thing that makes me unclear is that the Win7 drive has a System Reserved, while the Win8 drive does not. So I don't know how this will affect a dual boot. I took screen shots of each in Disk Management (below) for examination by someone.

Both drives are in their own hot swap bays, so it's easy for me to pull a drive depending on which O/S I want to boot to. I just undock one hard drive from its bay when I want the other hard drive to boot.

Win8 is plugged into SATA Port 0 of the motherboard
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Answer:Question about Dual Booting Win8.1 Pro and Win7 Ultimate

Bump...anyone? Over a hundred views and no one has any input?

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Hello all! I have found a few people with this problem (including myself) . If you have dual booted Windows 7 and Windows 8 (even by using a VHD to boot from) and are getting the 0xc000428 error when booting Windows 7, I have the solution.

1. Insert a Windows 7 Setup disc and boot from it.
2. Choose your language.
3. Click on "Repair you computer" at the bottom
4. Select "Windows 7" for the Windows installation selection
5. At the recovery tools page, click on CMD
6. Enter the following commands:

1. D: (adjust this to wherever your copy of 7 is located)
2. cd \Windows\System32
3. del winload.exe
4. copy "winload~1.exe" winload.exe
5. exit

Now boot into Windows 7, and download EasyBCD. From there, you can add a new OS into the bootloader using a GUI.

Hope this helps!

Answer:Solution to 0xc000428 when dual booting Win7 and Win8

An even better solution:
Download Visual BCD Editor and change winload.exe to winload~1.exe for Windows 7 loader path.

No need to boot, reboot, delete, copy or whatever.

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New to Win8 and this forum...

Using my Server 2008 R2 host, created a Win8 VM/VHD and it boots, works fine. I followed instructiong using BCDEdit to add the VHD to my boot options. When i reboot and select the VHD it begins to load then fails. I end up in the recovery option tools. Looking through the advanced info I believe the root problem is "failed to find osloader" or something close to that.

Most of the tutorial's have the VHD added to the Win7 boot screen, but, thats' not my scenario.

Is there something I missed in getting this working? Has anyone used a VHD created in Win Server 2008 R2 to use as a native boot VHD?

Would love to get this working.

Machine is a Lenovo T510, 8 Gig memory.

Thanks.
Tim

Answer:Boot Win8 VHD, already dual booting Win7 and Win Server 2008 R2

Originally Posted by timhenn


New to Win8 and this forum...

Using my Server 2008 R2 host, created a Win8 VM/VHD and it boots, works fine. I followed instructiong using BCDEdit to add the VHD to my boot options. When i reboot and select the VHD it begins to load then fails. I end up in the recovery option tools. Looking through the advanced info I believe the root problem is "failed to find osloader" or something close to that.

Most of the tutorial's have the VHD added to the Win7 boot screen, but, thats' not my scenario.

Is there something I missed in getting this working? Has anyone used a VHD created in Win Server 2008 R2 to use as a native boot VHD?

Would love to get this working.

Machine is a Lenovo T510, 8 Gig memory.

Thanks.
Tim



The process of creating and using a VHD under Server 2008 R2 is no different to the same process under Windows 7. Admittedly, I haven't tried creating a VHD for Windows 8 under the server platform, but I've created several Windows 7 VHDs under Server in the past.

The method I always use involves WAIK Creating Bootable Virtual Hard Disks and when installed simply use:

bcdboot x:\Windows - where x: is the drive you declared for the VHD

To add the VHD to the boot options.

I'll try adding a VHD to Server 2008 a little later today...

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Hi, I have a problem which I'm lookin for some advice.
I've downloaded and loaded up ubuntu 11.10 on my win7 laptop.

I assumed I required several partitions to run ubuntu alongside win7 - but having freed up some space (100gb) in gparted ? which then stayed ?unusable? - I then (initially) rebooted back into Win 7 fine (after a 5min chkdsk at startup) - saw my free space, and formatted it as fat32 (why I did that, I?m not entirely sure ? but I supposed gparted could see/use it.

So far so good (or so I thought). Fired up ubuntu, set the install partition (mount "/" - ex4, etc) - but with no swap partition. So I repeat the process - resize the main Win7 sys partition by another 5 gb - and then try and reboot into win7...

And now nothing. I load the Win7 recovery environment - and startup repair states chkdsk fails due to "system volume on disk is corrupt". load up diskpart - select the dist - but now shows the main hdd has no volumes - and status is invalid. Also - there is an * denoting it's a dynamic disk. ???

If I reload ubuntu from a dvd- all ok, from gparted - I see in disks: the ntfs partitions with all the data -and the 100gb free for ubuntu (all of which are unaccessible in windows recovery env - or so it seems).

how can I repair the win7 boot option? I'm not too fussed about the ubuntu (and wouldn't have ventured if I'd have known what lay in store) - however, it all seemed straightforward at the time, and I'm drawn by a quick boot time, et... Read more

Answer:Problems dual booting with ubuntu - now Win7 wont start

Ouch! Yep, you have to be a bit careful dual-booting Windows and Linux, in that order, but it can be done quite easily - I have Windows 7 and Linux Mint 12 dual-booted, although I chose to go to separate disk for the Linux installation.

Do you have the Windows 7 installation DVD handy? I speak under correction, but I believe it is possible to fix the bootmgr from the Windows 7 DVD, but I've never done it myself....and certainly never after a borked Linux installation. I'll see if I can find someone that has, and point them this way.

Help has been requested - locate your Windows 7 installation DVD and sit tight.....

Regards,
Golden

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I currently have a system (not the system I'm on now) that triple boots in this order : WINXP/WIN7/WIN7.

I would like to keep XP and one of my Win7 installations as is and upgrade the second WIN7 installation to Win8, so I would then have a triple boot like this: WINXP/WIN7/WIN8. Will this work? or am I going to lose the XP and other Win7 installation.

I know the system I want to do this on does meet all requirements, so that's not a problem, I just want to know if I'm going to lose any of the other Windows installations if I were to try this.

Answer:Triple Booting Win8 with Win7 and XP

I think that, yes, you would loose one. But with two internal HD's it should be doable.
Clone your current HD... WINXP/WIN7/WIN7...

Then have Win 8 wipe it with a fresh install.

Place the image of WINXP/WIN7/WIN7 on your second hard drive and then at boot
choose either HD1 or HD2 as the boot device.

The best of both worlds. ummm maybe?

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Dual booting Win 7 and Win 8. Win 7 is C: Primary installed first, Win 8 is installed to a primary partition (25GB). I get the blue recovery screen after starting Win 8 from bootloader menu. Win 7 starts fine. I have installed Win 8 on another computer using the same flash so I know the flash is good. First I defraged and cleaned out C: then created the partition. I have installed it on the computer before(preview edition) then removed it(formated D: partition), this is the RTM 9200 build. Did I mention that on the other computer when installed it asked for Key which I temporarily skipped, on this computer however when installed it did not ask for the key. Before the install I ran bootrec /fixmbr, /fixboot and also /rebuildbcd from Win 7 install disk. I don't think it's a problem with the Win 7 boot loader. My guess is some registry value or other setting or file in Win 7 is preventing normal startup of Win 8. I do believe it's not hardware related. Any thoughts on what could cause this? Could it be the Win 8 bootloader now causing problems and if so how would I fix this issue? Do I need to fix bootloader in Win 8 and should I run the bootrec cmd's from the Win 8 flash this time ? Not sure which has taking over now! I have searched in these forums and online for a couple of day's to no avail though references have been made that the Win 8 bootloader has now taken over, if so were does the now functioning bootloader reside - C: or D: (partition) and which one is it Win 7 or Wi... Read more

Answer:Dual boot - Recovery screen when booting to Win8

If it's an issue with Windows 8 Start up. your best heading over to the Windows 8 forum.

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Hi there, hoping someone can help...

I've eventually managed to get a dual boot system going. I've installed Win7 on one hard drive and Win XP Pro on another.
I've still got to figure out how to get a dual boot menu going, but in the meantime I press the F10 key during Boot-up of the machine and I suppose its my Bios that allows me to decide which hard drive to boot from. Both boot-ups in either XP or Win7work fine.

However, when I boot in Win7 I can't seem to save files that I have edited i.e. I can open up the file and make chnages, but as soon as I try to save and replace, I get an access denied message, although I've got admin rights. However on some drives I can edit without a problem. Even on the same drive, for example the c: drive, I can edit and save files in the My docyments folder, but can for example not edit and save files in the Program Files (x86) folder on the same drive ....

If I boot in XP, this problem does not occur and all files are accessbile and can be edited and saved ...

Any ideas? Any help would be extremely appreciated ...

Answer:Dual Boot - Win7 and XP - Access denied to files when booting in Win7

You need to share your files/folders.

Troubleshoot "access denied" when opening files or folders

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I just completed my Sandy Bridge build using the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe MOBO. I installed XP SP3 first on HD #1, and then Win7 on HD #2. The Win7 bootloader defaulted to Win7 64-bit and 30 seconds after powering up would boot into the system. I could then boot into XP from the bootloader without any problems. After a few weeks, the bootloader, after the 30 seconds, would no longer load Win7 by default, it would go to a black screen with no cursor. After a hard reboot, the bootloader would come up again and I could manually select which OS to boot into, and everything was fine; both into XP and Win7.

The other hiccups were the double POSTing, which I fixed with BIOS tweaks that I read about in other forums. And whenever I had to do a hard reboot, before I got to the bootloader, I would get an error message (just below the American Megatrends logo) which said that my overclocking failed and that I had to go into BIOS to correct it.

Today while I was downloading and installing Win7 updates, my internet connection dropped and half the updates failed to install, and it gave me a restart prompt, which I did. Now I can no longer boot into Win7. It tries to boot but it says that it tried to but failed to repair some Windows files. When I try using the recovery disk I
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Answer:Dual Booting XP and Win7 64-bit

Unplug the XP HD, set Win7 HD as first to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD drive), boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, mark Win7 partition active, then run 3 startup Repairs with reboots to write the System Boot Files to Win7 HD.
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair

When Win7 starts up on its own, plug back in the XP HD and boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first BIOS splash screen - on Asus this is normally F8, ESC or DEL. This keeps the HD's independent whereas a Windows-managed Dual Boot interlocks them.

If it won't repair it is likely that System Resore cannot reverse the Updates which were botched. Try running System Restore from the System Recovery Options. If you don't have System Restore points for some reason, you'll need to reinstall or reimage Win7. Make your Paragon boot disk to reimage from stored image.

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Question: Dual-Booting Win7

Hey Guys,
I got a Computer with a 120gb HD and I'm gonna install Vista as my main OS(when I get the time) and I'd like to dual boot Win7 pro. How would I go about doing that?
Thanks,
Spock96
 

Answer:Dual-Booting Win7

Easy since Vista will be first in. Just partition the drive first and giving W7 some 20GB or more and install it there. A menu will be automatically created by Windows where you can then choose which flavour you want. Welcome to the multi-boot world.
 

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I am tyring to get dual boot to work using EasyBCD. Tried everything
I can think of and read all the help files but just can't get it to work.
I have XP pro on one HDD and Win 7 on the other. The only way I can
select the desired OS is by
changing the drive order in BIOS. If I set it to boot from the W7
drive then BCD gives me the option of choosing Win7 or XP but only Win7
will load.
If I boot from the XP drive then BCD cannot see the W7 one. Sony Desktop PC.
Any suggestions please.

Answer:Dual booting Win7 and XP pro

Anyone?

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I have a game that isn't running correctly. I think it's because I'm using a 64-bit OS and not 32-bit (it ran correctly on Vista 32-bit, I know it's Vista and not 7 but other people are having the same exact problem on Vista 64-bit). I have the retail version of Windows 7 Home Premium, it came with both the 32 and 64 bit installer cd's, but only one registration key. If I would dual boot with both versions, would I only legally be able to use one of them since they would be using the same registration key? I know there is this in the faq:

Quote:




Now what i mean by that is you can install the OS and activate it by the Internet on that number of machines. This can only be done 1 machine at a time. You can only have 1 copy activated and operating on the Internet at any given time to be within the EULA and terms of the license agreement to be fully legal.




I'm not quite sure if this fits since it really is only one machine, but it is one registration key for two different operating systems.

Answer:Dual Booting Win7 32 and 64 Bit

No you cant. Even it being the same machine you would have to uninstall the 64 Bit version first. That is how the license works. Only 1 active install at any time. Even dual booting where only one can be active at any time still falls into this category since you technically have it installed twice.

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Hi everyone,

I've got an issue with my dual booting. My setup is as follows:

I have 2 harddrives. 1st is 320GB partition into 3 drives and 2nd is 250GB partition into 2 drives (so 5 partitions).

In the 1st partition, I have Windows 7 installed, and second partition is XP. 3rd is free, 4th has Win7 again, and 5th partition is free also.

Win7 was installed first (which resides on the 2nd harddrive), then on the 1st harddrive, I installed xp on 2nd partition, and then finally installed win7 on 1st partition thinking it will pick up the other 2 OSs and will have a nice little menu to choose from. Needless to say, that didn't work. So I downloaded BCD and it recognized all three OSs and did a boot menu for me.

Restarted, and get a menu with 3 entries. entries for Win7 work but for XP do not work.

The million dollar question: how do I fix that? :cool

Thanks
 

Answer:Dual booting Win7 + XP

With regards your query there Is a very good article here for you to follow.

http://windowssecrets.com/2008/02/14/01-Make-your-computer-dual-boot-Vista-and-XP

and here
http://www.techspot.com/guides/143-dual-boot-windows7/
 

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I just completed my Sandy Bridge build using the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe MOBO. I installed XP SP3 first on HD #1, and then Win7 on HD #2. The Win7 bootloader defaulted to Win7 64-bit and 30 seconds after powering up would boot into the system. I could then boot into XP from the bootloader without any problems. After a few weeks, the bootloader, after the 30 seconds, would no longer load Win7 by default, it would go to a black screen with no cursor. After a hard reboot, the bootloader would come up again and I could manually select which OS to boot into, and everything was fine; both into XP and Win7.

The other hiccups were the double POSTing, which I fixed with BIOS tweaks that I read about in other forums. And whenever I had to do a hard reboot, before I got to the bootloader, I would get an error message (just below the American Megatrends logo) which said that my overclocking failed and that I had to go into BIOS to correct it.

Today while I was downloading and installing Win7 updates, my internet connection dropped and half the updates failed to install, and it gave me a restart prompt, which I did. Now I can no longer boot into Win7. It tries to boot but it says that it tried to but failed to repair some Windows files. When I try using the recovery disk I created, that brings me to a screen with options that include using a restore point and restoring a backup image. I don't have a restore point, and though I have a backup image, I want that to be my last resort. XP lo... Read more

Answer:Dual Booting XP and Win7 64-bit

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Ok, so I've had W8 RP installed since it's second day of availability, and so far I've had zero problems; until now.

Upon restarting my VAIO, it shows the Windows screen that it shows after you install the RP, it's the loading screen before you choose which OS you want to boot. This screen is now last for probably 5 minutes, and then my screen turns completely off, and then it turns on, but is still completely black, and then it says something like "Automatic repair of drive (D (which is my current W7 drive) and then it, after about 8 total minutes, goes to where you can choose which OS to boot. If I choose 8, everything is fine; if I choose 7, different story. I choose 7, then it gives me the option of Launch automatic repair (recommended) and Start Windows normally. If I choose repair, it shows the background of the auto repair screen, and the mouse appears, but nothing else happens. If I choose Start Windows normally, it shows the W7 loading screen for about 10 seconds, then it goes back to the loading screen before you choose an OS.

Oh, and what makes it better, is if I'm in 8, and I try to explore, view properties of, or basically anything else dealing with the W7 drive, Windows Explorer (and eventually the Desktop) becomes completely unresponsive, resulting in me having to sign out and back into my PC.

Please, please, PLEASE HELP.

Answer:HELP: dual-booting W7/8, now Win7 will not load

UPDATE: after waiting forever after trying to view the properties and contents of the W7 drive, it eventually says something like "D: is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect."

PLEASE tell me my Win7 isn't completely gone. Seriously. I need those files!

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Hey guys, I just installed the Windows 7 64-bit release candidate alongside my Vista partition. Everything went smoothly and I'm in the process of setting up Windows 7 specifically for gaming.

I'm having a weird problem with dual booting the two OS's that I didn't have when I was dual booting WinXP and Vista.

If I have the Win7 install DVD in the drive and my DVD drive selected as my primary boot device, I can skip the boot from DVD option and my system brings me to the proper selection screen for Win7 or Win Vista. Great. However, I don't want to have to do this. When I change my boot order back how I want it, HDD first, I don't get any option for my OS choice. It just boots automatically into Vista. Both Vista and 7 are on the same 500gb drive on seperate partitions, of course. Like I mentioned, everything works as it should when I have the actual Win7 install disc in the drive and the boot order set to try DVD first.

Any idea what's up here?
 

Answer:Dual Booting Win7 and Vista

When you installed Windows 7, you must have given boot priority to the wrong hard drive. You should have placed the drive with Vista on it first in the list right after your optical drive. You probably had a data drive ahead and now your Windows 7 system partition is on it.
To confirm this do the following.

Run the Windows 7 disk manager.
See which one of your hard drives has your Windows 7 system partition on it. It is identified by "System".
 

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Hello, I had windows XP installed for my main OS. I have 2 HDs on my computer, I use one per OS. I installed Windows 7 on the other HD, now making Windows 7 my default OS to load. I do not have the option to get into XP anymore. I know Windows 7 doesn't use boot.ini anymore, so I was hoping someone could help me out and point me in the right direction.

Thanks,
Rutger

Answer:Dual booting Win7 & WinXP

Hi Rutger, welcome to sevenforums.

You can use EasyBCD as in this tutorial to add the XP boot entry back.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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This morning I downloaded and burned the ISO of Win 7 vs 7100.0.09042.1700 and intend to dual boot with XP MCE.The basic question is, where do I put W7? I imagine I will have to make a specific partition for it but don't seem to be able to do this in MMC.I have removed partitions with DISKPART, but have not made a new one. Is this possible?Not short of room, LOL, so where is the best place to install Win 7?

Answer:Question re dual booting XP and Win7

Looks like I can use DISKPART using eithercreate partition primary [size=n][noerr], orcreate volume simple [size=n][noerr].Which one?(I was thinking of using the other internal drive F:)

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I've got 2 different HD's (one with Win7 and the other WinXP) for the same computer. Cloned the WinXP, then installed Win7 over it.

Is there a possibility of dual-booting these HD's so I can use programs that will only work with WinXP? Both are working by changing up the sata cables from one to the other and back again? This is getting old though.

If I'm not clear, please let me know.

Answer:Dual Booting with Win7 and WinXP

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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hi all,

i imagine i've got a bit of a unique situation, but hopefully one of you might be able to point me in the right direction

i've got a macbook running win7, and i want to dualboot it and get osx back on there. should be easy, osx on a macbook, right? **** me.

i did a bit of homework first, and reviewed what other people have done for dualbooting, but all of the threads are ancient and address different specific issues

so here are the steps i went through:

-created a second partition in win7, ntfs, made it active
-rebooted with an authentic osx snow leopard disc
-osx installation startup began
-went into disk utility to format it to "journalled" and get this error:
"Volume Erase failed with the error: Could not modify partition map"

it won't let you install until the disk is formatted correctly...any ideas guys? any help would be huge

thanks!

Answer:dual booting osx/win7 on a macbook

Hi Crackkadillicus, and welcome to the forums
You can't get much dumber than me when it comes to Mac, but I think you need a different format than ntfs, don't you? GUID I think? And I have seen you need at least 6.5G
I found this tutorial from Apple: "You cannot install Mac OS X on this volume..." alert in Installer
I hope it helps

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The title sure does not sound as hopeless as the situation actually is. This forum is
my last hope....pls guys help me out....(sry to sound so much gloomy)
pls read through my whole problm...i know its insanely big but plssssss...........

It all strtd with me wanting to have Win xp installed on my Lenovo Ideapad z560, i3 processor along with win7 ultimate which came installed when i purchased my lptp. I went thru diff pages and did a whole lot of research on the subject.
As we will know that winXp does not function with Sata drivers and related hardware on which notebooks and lptps these days are based. Previously i tried to install xp using a normal xp cd(not slpstrmd) by chnging BIOS settngs frm AHCI to AHCI comptble bt being unsuccessful i resorted to slpstrmng process. So i went through all the slipstreaming process....supplying the setup with the SATA drivers and tried to install xp......but it aborted with a BSOD...which must not have happened as i did all the pre requisites properly.
So i smwht tried a mixed approach by trying to install xp with slpstrmd bootable disc with ALSO bios mode chngd to AHCI cmptbl.
The setup wrkd and i was taken to the Xp's setup screen....but that was when it all strtd.
I didnt knew why it happend bt when i selectd the drive D: to be my Xp drive it rprtd tht the drv already had another windows installed on it even though win 7 was installed on my Drv C:. I ignrd the error and i....well.....i installed xp......in a folder inside ... Read more

Answer:Not booting into Xp in dual boot with win7

Did you make your Lenovo Ideapad z560 Recovery Disks?
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - How can I get a Product Recovery CD or DVD?

Lenovo Recovery
Lenovo Support - How do I recover my factory installed programs and files? - Desktops and Workstations

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
How to
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
How to
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

For help with Partitions, Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots
Screenshot with Paint

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I had Vista installed on my Raptor as C. Installed Win7 on another HD, on D. Ive been dual booting for years, but it didnt give me an option when booting up, which OS to select, as it always has in the past with several other OS's. I can manually change which HD to pick in my BIOS, and it will boot from it, and to the OS I want. But thats annoying.

Went to MSCONFIG, and then to boot, there in no other OS there but the OS I am in. So Im a little confused, maybe its just a bad BIOS option selected, but I dont see how. Maybe Win7 is different, any help would be great.
 

Answer:Dual booting with Win7 - It doesnt see Vista

You should have a key to hit that will give you a bootloader.

I run my OS's on their own drives. When I boot up I just hit esc and I got a menu letting me choosing which drive to boot. It's a function of the bios but I don't actually have to go into the bios and change the drive order.

I use this because i'm always playing around with OS's and I don't want to screw up the MBR, GRUB or anything else.
 

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Here's what I would like to achieve, I have two harddrive with win7 installed on disk 1 and ubuntu to be installed on disk 2. win7 will be my main boot os. And I want to partition disk 2, one for ubuntu system and another as storage for Win7/Ubuntu. How should I proceed this? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dual booting ubuntu and win7 on two harddrive

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/W...ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!

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Hello.

So I'm a computer engineering student and I would love to be able to dual-boot Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on my Dell computer. However, I'm worried things will go terribly wrong and I'll end up screwing my computer up. I'm no expert (yet) when it comes to installation of OS's, partitioning, etc., but I'm pretty sure I could figure most of it out... if I had a guide.

Does anyone have/has anyone made a step-by-step Win7/OS X dual-boot procedure that is relatively simple to understand?

* As a note: I will be installing Windows 7 from a CD in about a week when I delete my Vista partition (after backing up all of my files). I'm assuming I would have to order Snow Leopard (a single use license) in order to install it!

Answer:Dual Booting Win7 and Snow Leopard

try this link:
[How To] Dual Booting Snow Leopard and Windows 7

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Just what the title says, how do I set up dual booting between Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Windows XP MCE 32 bit, with both OSes already installed on two separate HDDs. It has been suggested that I use EasyBCD to add the XP MCE entries to the Windows 7 boot menu. It has also been suggested that when I want to boot into the XP MCE drive, that I change the boot order in the BIOS.

Would this still screw up the MBR for Windows 7?

Answer:Dual Booting Win7 HP 64 Bit and XP MCE - Two HDDs, Both OS Installed

Yes you can and no it won`t.

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I have Ubuntu dual booting on Win7. After the bios load, is there anyway that I can make Win7 boot right away without selecting anything on the OS selection? The same way it would boot without dual boot...if that makes any sense.

If the above exists: Let's say I use Win7 all the time, but one day I decide to boot into Ubuntu. Is there a way that I can press a button, before Win7 loads, to make the OS selection come up?

I tried to make myself as clear as possible and I hope that you understand what I'm trying to say.

Please ask if unclear.

Answer:Booting Win7 automatically, dual boot Ubuntu

Use separate HD's booted via the BIOS:

image or install Win7 to separate HD while Ubuntu HD unplugged,

set Win7 first HD to boot,

then if you want Ubuntu use the BBS key given on first boot screen.

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Hi

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 per loaded with Windows 7. Tried installing XP on a partition on the same HHD. Installation failed saying "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem ...etc"

The only option i have is to boot off the usb i created with xp iso and press R to take me to XP recovery console. I am so over XP at the moment all i want is to be able to log into Win7 again.

How can i fix this? My understanding is that the MBR is still pointing to the XP partition. How do i change it back to the Win 7 partition (C:\)?

The laptop did not come with any cds or recovery disks but i have a recovery partition on the HDD that i cannot access.

Please help to log back into Windows 7.

Thanks

Answer:Dual booting win7/xp - xp install failed, unable to log into win 7

Take a look at Method two of this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I have XP installed on the only hard drive in the PC in a partition that uses all of the C: drive - there is no unallocated space.

I want to install Win7 and dual boot.

[ I have done this on another PC by installing Win7 on a second hard drive. Although it always booted straight into Win7, with no option to boot XP, I fixed this by using EasyBCD to add XP to the BCD.]

So my problem is this: how do I get another partition added to the hard drive on the PC that has a C: drive using up all the hard disk space?

I presume I need to reduce the size of the C: partition first, then create a new partition from the unallocated space that is then freed up.

But I've never done it before and could do with some pointers.

I do have Acronis True Image 11, and thought about making a system image and storing it on a USB drive, wiping the C: drive, re-creating a smaller C: partition, and then restoring the image to this smaller C: partition.

But I'm not sure if Acronis True Image 11 would be happy squeezing an image from a bigger partition into a smaller one, even though the data is much smaller and would fit easily into the new C: partition that I would create.

Any help gratefully received.
 

Answer:Solved: Dual Booting Win7 and XP - how to create partition?

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hi,I have installled in my system windows xp in D drive, and server2003 in C drive, after that i have installed windows 7 in the place of server2003 by formating C drive, once i fineshed it up i am not getting dual boot menu, it directly booting to windows 7, i tried changwe active partition C drive to D drive, i will not abel to boot any 1 of os, i have tried editing boot.ini of windows7, but i am abel to edited, its not highleting, what is sollution for this dual boooting concern

Answer:dual booting problem Win7, XP & Server 2003

I think your method of doing the installation was wrong. Please read and follow this:http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

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I posted here earlier (a couple weeks ago) about a painless installation of Win7 on a resized C Drive, which I partitioned into into a C Drive (Vista) and W Drive (Win 7).

All was fine until yesterday - I had been able to login into and out of both operating systems without drama - when out of the blue, for no apparent reason, whenever I try and log onto the Vista operating system, it allows me to logon as Rod with my correct password, but after the logon screen I get the "Preparing your Desktop" and and am presented with a Desktop and icons - but not for me! I get a bubble pop up out of the System Tray that says "Windows had trouble loading your Profile and has loaded up a temporary profile. Contact your administrator".

That would be me! I for the life of me don't know what happened. I have created no new users, nor amended any existing ones. Though, when using Win7 earlier in the day, I had to give access rights and permissions to All authenticated Users in order to access and use files on a separate (D) Drive.

Will this have screwed up my User Profile and login to Vista? How?

Any help and or thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Rod
Perth

Answer:Dual Booting WIN7 and Vista Home Premium

Does this fix it and/or explain?

A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system

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Here's my situation I recently bought Windows 7 Pro and a new Sata Hard Drive. My intent was to add Windows 7 to the new hard drive and leave my XP installation alone on the other Sata hard drive plus I have another Sata hard drive I use for Storage. At first I tried installing it with the 3 hard drives plugged in but after win 7 copied its files over and restarted I got the "Insert System Disk and Press Enter". So I tried installing it again but it ended up the same way, so I unplugged the other hard drives and installed windows 7 Pro on the new hard drive. So now it loads win 7 on power up and the only way for me to access XP is to change the boot order in bios or pressing F12. I tried installing win 7 again with all 3 sata hard drives plugged in but it still won't give me the dual boot menu. I tried using bcdedit to add XP to Windows 7 boot manager and that did add Windows XP to he boot menu but when I choose XP all it does is restart. So my question is, is there another way to manually add XP to the windows 7 boot manager?

In case this makes a difference:
In XP, it says XP is Drive C and Win7 is Drive D
In Win7 it says Win7 is Drive C and XP is Drive D

Answer:Dual booting Win7 Pro & WinXP Pro with 2 Hard Drives

I just found out that when I choose XP from the Windows 7 boot menu I get this error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root> \system32\ntoskrnl.exe

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

Answer:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
 
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.
 
https://www.boyans.net/dual-boot-repair-windows-10.html

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

Answer:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
 
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.
 
https://www.boyans.net/dual-boot-repair-windows-10.html

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Hi

I have a Lenovo G550 with Intel Pentium Dual Core T4400 @2.2 GHz and 3GB Ram. My laptop is triple booted with Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 32-bit, Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit. The problem is that when I shut down from Windows 8 and the next time I start my laptop and select Windows 7, the screen just goes blank and nothing happens. I have to then force switch it off and then start it again for it to boot into Windows 7. Please help me to rectify this problem.

Answer:Win7-Win8 Dual boot problems

Start with using Startup Repair to attempt to repair the Win8 bootloader. IME the bootloader is very polite - it even keeps working when I physically remove my Win8 hard drive (leaving me with only Win7).

To get into Startup Repair:
- create a Startup Repair disk by typing "recdisc.exe" (without the quotes) into the Run dialog (press Win key and R to open it).
- boot from the Startup Repair disk to run Startup Repair
- run it at least 3 times.

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I've installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit in a dual-booting system alongside Windows XP SP3 (also 32-bit).

My data - ie, documents, music, pictures, etc - is stored on a second hard drive and, after installing Win7, I relocated its documents, music, pictures, videos and downloads folders to the relevant locations on the second hard drive so that this data could be accessed from both Win7 and WinXP.

Trouble is, when go back into WinXP and attempt to open one of these folders, say the music one, a box pops to tell me that "D:\Steve\My Music is not accessible. Access is denied."

It would appear therefore that Win7 is locking these folders in some way or other.

To see if it made a difference, I went back into the properties of the music, pictures, etc, folders in Win7 and switched them back to the default location, which is of course on the C-drive.

Rebooting into WinXP, however, I found that the folders were still inaccessible.

How do I configure Win7 so that my data folders are in the location I want without also preventing my other operating system from being able to access them?

I've no wish to set up a network throughout the house; I just want to access these folders on the same machine whether I'm using Win7 or WinXP.

Answer:Win7 denying access to data holders in dual-booting computer

Set permissions to grant everyone access.

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I've installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit in a dual-booting system alongside Windows XP SP3 (also 32-bit). It was a clean install of Win7.

My data - ie, documents, music, pictures, etc - is stored on a second hard drive and, after installing Win7, I relocated its documents, music, pictures, videos and downloads folders to the relevant locations on the second hard drive so that this data could be accessed from both Win7 and WinXP.

Trouble is, when go back into WinXP and attempt to open one of these folders, say the music one, a box pops to tell me that "D:\Steve\My Music is not accessible. Access is denied."

It would appear therefore that Win7 is locking these folders in some way or other.

To see if it made a difference, I went back into the properties of the music, pictures, etc, folders in Win7 and switched them back to the default location, which is of course on the C-drive.

Rebooting into WinXP, however, I found that the folders were still inaccessible.

How do I configure Win7 so that my data folders are in the location I want without also preventing my other operating system from being able to access them?

I've no wish to set up a network throughout the house; I just want to access these folders on the same machine whether I'm using Win7 or WinXP.
 

Answer:Win7 denying access to data holders in dual-booting computer

When you are booted into XP is the D: drive really where the data is or is it the partition containing Windows 7? If the latter you cannot access "My Music" because it is some kind of place holder to make some older applications work; you should be able to access D:\Users\Steve\Music.

If D: really is the data drive, did you store your music with that identification? Is Steve also your user account on the XP machine?
 

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Hello everyone!

I've made my Sony VAIO into a dual-boot machine (Win7 64-bit and Ubuntu Linux) and I'm having trouble getting into the BIOS.

When powering up, even though I repeatedly press and hold down the DEL key it always goes straight to the GRUB menu:



And then when I select to load Windows 7, I keep pressing DEL but it goes straight to Windows.

It doesn't seem to matter how fast I am on the keys - I can't get into the BIOS.

I have a should I be trying to enter the BIOS before getting to the GRUB menu, or after?

Also, (and this may be irrelevant) I've checked my registry to determine what kind of BIOS I have (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / HARDWARE / DESCRIPTION / System ), where I found that the SystemBiosVersion variable = Sony - 20110905 BIOS Date: 09/05/11 11:20:58 Ver: 04.06.03

(I would have thought the BIOS would be something like American Megatrends!)

Anyways... is there any way I can get into the BIOS from Windows, i.e. after Windows has loaded? Do I have to remove Linux from my computer? I hope not!

Thanks so much for your help and have a great day.

Answer:can't enter BIOS when booting (Win7 / Ubuntu Linux dual boot system)

Best to keep in mind that the BIOS is completely different from ANY operating system. There is no connection between the two things, other than the BIOS handing off control to an OS.

You press DEL (or whatever key enters the BIOS) before any operating system begins to start up.
You can start pressing the key repeatedly (once a second) just as soon as you hear the POST beep or see anything happen on the display screen.
Once you reach the Grub loader it is too late. Start over.

You can't get into the BIOS from an operating system. You can only shut down and/or restart.
Nothing in the operating system's registry has anything to do with your system's BIOS, other than communicating with it initially.

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Hello there, occassional lurker, first time poster, hopefully someone here will be able to help

I've been setting my laptop to dual boot xp pro, and Ubuntu on a seperate partition. All was going well, until xp decided to die altogther. I don't have that error to hand, but it's gone a little further now.

Was going to install xp pro on a 3rd partition, and it started up fine. Now I can boot fine to Ubuntu, and the 2nd version of xp. However, the original xp is still having issues.

Now, when booting up, gets BSOD - bad_pool_caller. Code at the end is: 0x000000c2 (0x00000007,0x00000CD4,0x00000060,0x86F7E1FC)

Everything I've read suggests this is talking about a hardware or software conflict. However, I've not installed any new hardware. I suspect there is a software conflict between the two versions of xp, but I can't see how that can happen.

I can boot into the 1st copy of xp in safe mode, however, explorer.exe fails to start up. Tried running it in task manager to no avail.

I forgot to add - I am using GNU GBRUB to boot between the 3 operating systems.

EDIT 2: Tried it again to boot 1st xp in safe mode - new error for windows product activation - a problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the licence for this computer error code 0x800004005
 

Answer:Dual booting laptop crashes booting xp pro.

Are these installations of XP Pro on the two partitions diferent install disks with separate key codes?
 

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Recently I purchased a laptop with windows 8 64 bit pre-installed in it. For my job purpose, I needed windows 7 32 bit. After searching the web and also using the information I got from this site, I disabled secure boot, deleted the recovery partition and converted GPT partitions to MBR. Then I shrink the Big partition in which windows 8 was installed to make room for the windows 7 partition. Then I created a new partition and installed windows 7 on it. After this whenever I switch on the computer, a message come up, saying that a required device cannot be found and windows is to be repaired. The only way in which I can start windows is to go to bios, select the boot options and then select boot from notebook hard drive.

Can anybody please tell me how this problem can be solved

Answer:Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

when you created the new partition did you make itin front or behind the existing partition?

If your boot manager is looking to boot Win 8 on Disk 0 Part 1, and you created the new partition in front of Win 8, your Win 7 will now be located on Disk 0 Part 1 which is where the boot manager is expecting Win 8

can you send us a screen cap of your disk management?

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click here for the full story but now something very bizarre has happened!! I done as paperman27 suggested and backed up and started afresh. I installed 2000 over XP on 'C' then XP over 2000 on 'D' now I have 3 options on boot up. The new install of 2000, a new XP and a third which is my old XP and I can access all 3 ok. But my harddrive only seems to be in 2 - C and D. Whats going on!!

Answer:Dual Booting Problems

click start > run and type "msconfig"In the the window that opens click the boot.ini tab and click the "check all boot paths" button

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I have some curious roomates who always seem to mess up my computer so i set up a dual boot with xp professional on one hard drive (maxtor 120gb). It worked fine but the first os got messed up so i had to reinstall it. After i reinstalled the first one and got all the updates for some reason i could never get to the os selection screen any more, it just booted the first one automatically. Originally the other one had all of the updates too so i know its not an updating issue, but for whatever reason it is preselecting which os to boot without giving me the option of choosing. One os i use for the curious roomates, and the other is for me (there both xp pro). I didnt want them messing it up then me being SOL. So if anyone has any idea how to fix this without reinstalling windows please let me know, because both copies are good installs, i just cant seem to get to the os selection screen. If possible i dont want to have to make a floppy to access my os everytime i want to use it either, a one time thing isnt a big deal but having to do it everytime could get annoying. If i have to reinstall windows i will, but my time is limited so i would rather not, but if that is the scenario i could use a little guidance so this doesnt happen again. Thanks for the help.

Answer:problems with dual booting with one hd

You need to edit your boot.ini file

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=289022

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I added a WD Raptor to my extisting setup which was two Maxtor's in RAID 0. This was on the SATA one and two from the nVidia chipset on an Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe.
The Raptor is on the Silicone Image Sil3132 as a SATA 2 drive.

Everything loaded geat and Vista Home Premium fires up when choosen. However when I choose the XP Pro OS I get the follwing:

Couldn't Open Drive multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)
NTLDR: Couldn't Open Drive multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)

I read the post regarding this and I think I know the fix, but I'm rather new at this so I would appreciate some more advice if possible.

What should I do to get my Windows XP Pro OS to start in this configuration?

I don't want to loose my Vista install if I can help it.

Thanks, Steve.
 

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This is turning out to be a right pain in the behind, My laptop came with 7HP installed, I created a new partition for XP and ran the XP CD, It got to the point of "Starting setup" then I got a BSOD. I found out I needed SATA drivers, do downloaded them and slipstreamed the CD with Nlite, same problem BSOD, So got a version of XP with all SATA drivers included and hey presto it worked, However then issue I have now is the partition I created for XP does not show up in setup, it shows various recovery partitions etc but not the partition created for XP.

I deleted the partition and went into XP setup and pressed C to create partition in the unallocated space but C didn't do anything, the only option I have is to install on drive C over the top of 7, anyone any ideas as I am beat.

Answer:Problems dual booting XP and 7?

You can only have four partitions.Convert back to basic disk.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I've had a pretty recent problem on my PC. It will randomly freeze up and won't respond to any kind of ctrl+alt+del commands or anything, forcing me to do a hard reset. When I boot back up, after I log into windows, it gets stuck on the loading screen (left it for half an hour)

I've used a sys restore and it will work fine, but it seems to start having problems when my system has to make a windows update (serivce pack I think) and when Security Essentials has to update as well. Because once I shut down to do those updates, the problems come back. I've also made sure to run MSE, Avast and Malewarebytes to see if it was a virus or malware, but all came back negative on my scans.

I've done a memtest86+ and no errors come back on the RAM, but I do have a pretty full event log which maybe someone is a bit more versed in. One person said it may be my PSU, and the fact that it's crappy, but others seem to say it's fine.

Windows 7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
CPU: 4x, 2666 MHz
RAMPAGE II GENE
9GB
Delta PSU
Asus CG5290
500w PSU
CPU, MB, SB, and NB temp and voltage are all normal and under threshold

My event log comes up with lots of: 219, 7060, 7001, 4, and 219. Some of them say something about a libusb0, but again, I don't quite know how to read them.

The system is about a year and a few months old, but I'd rather try and fix it myself so I can learn how, then send it back to ASUS.

Thanks, and let me know if you need me to provide any more info.

Answer:Freezing and problems booting Win7

hard drive diagnostic ?

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So a couple of nights ago i created a boot able win 7 drive. I am pretty positive it works and it is not the issue with the problem i am having but you never know right? Anyways i plug in the usb to my other computer,the on im installing windows 7 on and i go through the bios during startup and i look to set my usb as the first boot priority. As i am looking through the opeions i have 4 to choose from,
USB-FDD
USB-CDROM
USB-HDD
USB-ZIP

So i just thought to myself,"well i guess ill try all of them one at a time". So i proceed to set the first one as "USB-FDD" second to "USB-CDROM" so on and so forth. after i save and exit my bios setup i press F12 to go to my boot menu. I then select the 1st USB option,(see list above) and let it boot. after it says "verifying DMI pool data or something of that sort it comes up with the error message "missing BMR-Helper". So i thoguht it was just that error and i do my research to see what i could do to fix it,(that is also another one of my problems i would like to seek help on). So after a while i go into my bios to just make sure my HDD i have in my computer wasnt recognizable just so i could focus on what kind of errors the usb drive gave. And after i went in the bios and made it unrecognized then exited bios, it had said no devices are detected. So no i have ANOTHER problem,i can not seem to get my computer to find my usb drive. I will include some of the computer specs i can make out,because ... Read more

Answer:Problems booting from my win7 usb drive

Look under the list of Hard drives in the BIOS. Usually the USB drive will be listed there.

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Medion Laptop E7214 – Running Windows 7
LT problems booting – occasionally and intermittent.
When booting up my Laptop it fails to load Windows and I eventually get:
Windows failed to start. A recent Hardware or Software change might be the cause.
This goes to a startup Repair screen and a board giving 2 choices and a countdown counter to auto choice
Launch Startup Repair (already highlighted) AND Start Windows normally
*At this point I am unable to use neither arrow keys to navigate to 2nd choice nor use the enter button.
(A) As a consequence Launch Start-up repair auto starts once timer counts down – occasionally runs forever,(no actions processed) and will not allow cancellation.
The only way I can stop this is via the machine power switch off button….
(B) When Start-up repair does bring a result, I always have to resort to “restore” choice, after which I sometimes have to go through the same thing once again following a re-boot – and sometimes not – mystifying?
Can anyone advise on resolving this problem?
Your advice would be very much appreciated.
Thanks
Siralli
*I stated this as being occasionally and intermittent (above) as I do not ever know when this is likely to be the case when I boot up.
A week ago and following lots of fiddling about - doing a “factory re-set”,
I managed to get running again (took 2 days and many hours)
This problem has happened again twice during the last four days, but fortunatel... Read more

Answer:Problems Booting Laptop to Win7

Possible corrupt files needing a restory to factory default or the hard drive is failing.
to check the HD. Right click on C drive and select properties/tools/error checking, check now and make sure automatic fix files system errors and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors are ticked, click start it will tell you it will check the drive on next boot. Note: it can take a while to scan the drive depending on the size. If it finds faults with the drive it will take longer, if it finds too many faults it will freeze.

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Hi all,

I had Windows XP and Vista installed on a machine working as dual OS. Today I installed a third OS which was Windows XP 64-bit which booted fine but I experienced problems getting onto my orginal 32 XP (which was my default at the time). I managed to fix this problem in the Boot.ini and now both XPs are booting fine but I can't seem to get into Vista.

I know that Vista doesn't use Boot.ini but I couldn't get bcdedit.exe to run either and I think the MDR is thrashed or something. Is there a way I can fix this problem?

Thanks any help is appreciated.
 

Answer:Problems booting into Vista with dual OS

have you tried using a vista dvd and try a start up repair?
I dont know what will happen ..it works when a dual boot is installed with xp being last on...i dont know what will happen with this triple boot.
Its worth a shot...i seen it do miracles before.
I used it to fix a drive whos recovery partition was C and the os was D
This showed with disk management as well
I finally booted a g parted disk and marked the vista install with the boot flag....did a start up repair with the vista dvd and all was well.

Also you can move a partition with g parted...copy and paste etc.
if you can free up some space on your disk you can copy the paste last install of xp and put it before vista..then delete the one you copied from
you would then have xp,xp vista...the windows bootloader will handle everything fine as vista will be the last on.
This is the method I would use as all the drive letters should remain happy,
 

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Hey my brother just got a new PC Q6600,DX10 video card3850 and 6Gb's of Ram (two sticks of 2Gb's of ram and two sticks with 1 GB's of ram) and I'm curious would there be a problem dual booting XP 32bit and Vista 64 bit?

Possibly partitioning a 500Gb hard drive and putting both OS's on that or use one hard drive for XP and a different hard drive for Vista.?

Would I have any driver issues and would my XP programs like alcohol still work in XP?
 

Answer:Dual booting XP and Vista....should I have any problems?

should have no problems.
 

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I have been running XP and Ubuntu, dual booted from separate hard drives using GRUB2 boot loader. No problems.
I wiped XP and successfully installed Windows7.
A problem has arisen in that whilst GRUB still boots Ubuntu OK, when I select Windows7 from the GRUB memu I get the Windows option to 'fix start up problems' or 'start windows normally'. None work.
I am fairly sure I have some sort of MBR problem. Under XP I could get a terminal via the install disk and just "fixmbr" and all was well.
Following the same procedure in Windows7 gives me an X:> prompt. fixmbr doesnt work.
Can anyone advise please how to fix the MBR in Windows7 ?
Thanks.

Answer:Dual Booting problems with Ubuntu

All former bootrec and bootsect commands are automated in Win7 Startup Repair. You only have to run it enough times for it to attempt to repair and then rewrite the MBR - usually about 3 separate times with reboot.

I believe that dual booting Win7 with Ubuntu requires removing GRUB before Win7 install and then reinstalling it.

?How to? Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 (Ubuntu installed first) - Ubuntu Forums

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Hi,
Have dual booted a computer with XP and Vista Business - then want to ghost onto other computers - after ghosting and booting into vista the xp drive shows up as "C" drive but vista changes the vista partition device numbering/lettering to "F" drive from the registry. why does it do this and how can i get vista back to "C" drive.
thanks
 

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Hi, I think I made a grievous error last night. I was installing Windows 7 Pro (x64) onto my computer. The installation went well, but when I got into the OS itself, I noticed it wasn't installing anything onto the Win7 Partition. Instead it was installing programs into the WinXP partition. I initially thought it was because I didn't set the Win7 partition as the active partition, so I went into Disk Management and made it the Active Partition. BIG mistake because that erased the dual boot function. I received the BOOTMGR is MISSING msg and I had to repair via my Win7 Dvd.. Problem is my Win 7 repair just recovered the Win7 OS - and now I can't dual boot into XP. Is there a way to restore the dual boot functionality?
 

Answer:Problems w/ Windows 7 Dual Booting with XP

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I partitioned my HDD, c: as fat 32 running ME, D' as NTFS with XP. XP starts as default, but does'nt see ME. I think I need to edit the boot.ini, but I am not sure of the correct format to write. has anyone managed this successfully?Help please, as XP does not support my Canon FS2710 film scanner (I checked with Canon)Frank

Answer:Dual booting Windows ME and XP problems

1 solution - get rid of Millenium Edition.JanuszP.S. Concerning the scanner, I came accross this problem yestrday - I don't think it support's fast user switching so try setting it up on all users that access the computer - I realise there is only 1 registry but this is what Canon told me

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I do not know how to dual boot Vista and XP from two different hard drives other than using my BIOS to select the default boot drive. Here is my situation:

I have two hard drives in my computer. One is a 250 GB hard drive and the other is a 500GB. Both are SATA. I did a clean install of XP on the 250 GB hard drive. Then I unplugged the 250 GB and started the Vista installer with the 500 GB hard drive. I have partitioned the hard drive into two partitions. The primary partition is a 100GB and Vista is installed on it. The other is a 400GB partition. Once the install completed I plugged back in the 250 GB drive that XP is on and can boot both Vista and XP. The only problem is I have to change the boot order in my bios to choose which OS I want. Each drive is master on its own SATA controller.

Here is my question: Is there some way to just have an option when I boot to choose either Vista or XP so I don't have change the boot order in the bios.
 

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I have a new HP 14-al061nr laptop with Windows 10 installed on it and I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a separate partition. I created a bootable USB stick with Windows 7 on it using Rufus, and when I finally managed to change the boot order so the USB booted first, I got an error message saying, "The selected boot device failed".

I was unable to find any solutions to this problem, and in desperation, I decided to try this page's advice and start the Windows 7 installation process from inside Windows Explorer. Everything seemed to be going all right until the computer restarted. For a few seconds, I had a black screen giving me the option of which OS to boot -- Windows 10 or Windows Setup. Then the screen changed to this:

I was able to get back into Windows 10, but I'm a bit lost as to what's going on, and I figured I should ask for help before I accidentally made things even worse. Does anyone know what's going on and what I can do to fix things?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi... Last day i install anti virus after i install it. he ask to restart. automatically restart. then its boot and stop booting i don't get a POST beep and it get stuck in ASrock logo. Every time i restart it get stuck.. but if i shutdown then turn on again it will boot normally.. pls help me with my problem..

Answer:ASrock Win7 booting problems after AV install

'Hi... Last day i install anti virus after i install it. he ask to restart. automatically restart.'Seeing that they don't let us use our crystal balls anymore and INSTEAD of us guessing for an answer that could take months....why not tell us WHICH AV you tried?Have you tried tapping f8 and going to safe mode and then click on 'repair my PC' ?Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?

Answer:Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

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I'm trying to configure my system to dual boot with Windows 7 and 8.1 installed (defaulting to 8.1).

I did this earlier in the week installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise first and when I installed Windows 7 second, Windows 7 wouldn't boot correctly. Then was told that you should install the older OS first.

So, starting fresh, I installed Windows 7 Enterprise and partitioned my Crucial 256GB SSD into two and the install went fine.

Then installed Windows 8.1 Enterprise on the unallocated partition and 8.1 installed fine.

Each time I booted, I would be greeted with the OS selection screen and if I choose 8.1 it boots fine.

Then decided to go back into Windows 7 and after selection Windows 7 it gives me a screen where it says 'Performing Repair' and then gives me an error about my Windows can't verify the digital signature for winload.efi.

Not sure what is going on as I've never had any problems doing a clean install, though I can't remember the last time I tried to do a dual boot setup. I'm not sure if is a BIOS thing as I personally find the ASUS BIOS pretty confusing for most of it so I could have a setting not set correctly.

Both Windows 7 and 8.1 are UEFI installs if that makes a difference.

Hoping there might be an easy way to fix it without having to start over. While not the end of the world, I've already wiped and reinstalled about 6 times in the last week due to a variety of reasons already so if I can not do it again, it would be nice.

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Answer:Problems booting into Win 7 after dual boot setup

Originally Posted by Fr3lncr


I'm trying to configure my system to dual boot with Windows 7 and 8.1 installed (defaulting to 8.1).

I did this earlier in the week installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise first and when I installed Windows 7 second, Windows 7 wouldn't boot correctly. Then was told that you should install the older OS first.



Yes, that was your first mistake. The second "may" be that you installed Win 7 on the partition that held Win 8 the first time around. This is just an educated guess.

I would suggest you go to Terabyte Unlimited and download Copywipe, which is free. There are versions for Windows, DOS and a PEBuilder plugin. Hard Drive Copy and Secure Wipe Software - CopyWipe

Copywipe will wipe your hard drive squeaky clean; Back when I was beta testing operating systems for Microsoft, if a newer version of Windows had been on a hard drive, the older version would no longer install at all, and sometimes would install but not properly. I don't have that experience with Windows 8, since all the "rank and file" volunteer beta testers were "fired by" Steven Sinofsky.

If I remember correctly, I used the DOS version because it's just easier. The instructions are written on the boot heel. If you can't understand the DOS one, use the Windows one. My memory has aged right along with my body, so I could be wrong about which version I used. I haven't had to use it in awhile.

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FIrst post here, hope you can all help me.

I recently installed Ubuntu using Wubi on my laptop, meaning I could run it from another hard drive without altering XP. It worked fine the first time, apart from the wireless card not picking up and working. Someone suggested reinstalling, so I did so. During the installation, something broke down and it froze, so i restarted. Since then, the laptop has gone past the initial start-up screen and then gone blank, apart from a blinking pointer in the top left hand corner.

I assume that the Ubuntu installation is corrupt, and so start-up fails when trying to dual boot, but I have found no way to get around this.

Due to this being a new-ish laptop, I have no floppy drive for boot disks, and a multitude of boot CD-ROMS have proved unsuccessful. The last I tried was a CD to boot into DOS, but from there, I found no way to access the D drive (second partition where Ubuntu, and only that, is installed).

Any help as to how to destroy any reference of Ubuntu and give me back control would be much appreciated! I'll try anything.

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Hi all,

This is my situation:
Running Windows 10 x64 on a UEFI-system.Trying to install Windows 7 x64 on a VHD for dual booting (such as in http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/win...8-using-a-vhd/)

I running into troubles that I think are having to do with UEFI. Secure boot is disabled.

I've tried these things:

Situation 1:
Create a bootable USB using Rufus (GPT partition)When booting I get this error.

Situation 2:
Mount the VHD.Manually install Windows 7 using Dism /apply-image command.Add bootfilesAdd entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).When booting I get a black screen (nothing else, even ''starting Windows'' does not occur).

So currently I have no idea what to do next. Could anyone give me assistance?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Problems dual booting Windows 7/10 (UEFI?)

Hi,






Add entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).



That's what's caused it. So, yes it is UEFI related and GPT related too.

Cheers,

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Hey there!
So, recently I decided that I wanted to dual boot windows on to my Early 2013 13 inch Macbook Pro so that I could run certain programs that have problems/don't work at all on OSx. I bought myself a windows 10 product key (at an excellent price), downloaded the windows 10 iso and started the process on boot camp assistant. I got all the way to partitioning the drives, set the partition I wanted and clicked go. The status bar kept moving and I got all the way to the restart and then I had problems. When the computer restarted it just stayed at a blank screen and wouldn't go any further. I've tried creating the boot drive on the usb several times and even left it on this blank screen over night to make sure it wasn't just being particularly slow but it still won't get past this blank screen and i end up having to restart my mac, deleting the partition that i started and beginning again, with no results.
Any ideas? I'm alright with technology as I have built my own computer etc but my knowledge of software is quite limited.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
James

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hi,
i am having an system with two windows xp pro. first i was having only one xp and one day it showed me the error: Hal.dll missing or corrupt ; as u all are familiar with this error. i am 14 now. when this error first came. i was quite young. then my dad's friend and came and installed another xp pro i.e dual booting another xp pro. And i am currently working from the new xp pro.

I want to know what happend to that corrupt OS. and how can i revive it.
i want detailed steps. any links are entertained. ready to ans any questions

Thanks in advance!

Answer:[SOLVED] Dual booting and hall.dll problems

Hi cyberteen


Quote:





Originally Posted by cyberteen


I want to know what happend to that corrupt OS. and how can i revive it.
i want detailed steps. any links are entertained. ready to ans any questions




What exactly is it that you want to do here? If you recover the old system, you will be dual booting two of the exact same OS.

The error, as it said, was caused by the hal.dll being missing or corrupted. Hal.dll is a vital part of the Windows OS, so if this has become damaged, Windows cannot start.

One option to fix it would be to repair install the old OS. Boot from a Windows CD, ignore the first repair option, select the old OS and then press R. A more detailed guide is available here : http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winx...exfullpage.htm

However, if you only want one XP OS on your PC, you can try removing the old install from the boot.ini file. Steps on how to do this are explained here : http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm

Hope this helps

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Hi guys!!!

I have one disk partitioned like this:
100MB primary partition created bu Windows 7
primary C: partition with Windows 7 installed on it
primary partition as data storage
primary extended partition for Linux Mint and on it:
a) logical partition for Linux installation
b) logical partition for swap space
First I installed Windows and it was OK, but I made problem with Linux installation when I selected C partition, with Windows on it, to install boot loader for Linux on it. When I finished Linux installation and rebooted in Grub boot loader I could see both operating systems. Linux worked fine, but when I select Windows nothing happen. Then I tried to repair Windows boot loader with Windows installation DVD, and when I finished that I couldn't see neither of systems. Then I started Linux from CD and managed to return previous state when I can see both systems but only Linux can be started.
Please, do you have some good ideas?
Thanks.

Answer:Problems with boot loaders with dual booting

Mark 100mb System Reserved Partition Active

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Once Win7 starts use this method to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7,
also Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux.

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I have an adaptec 2940UW, 2 wide Cheetah drives & 1 narrow (Connor) - all SCSI.
I had Win95 running on Cheetah1(ID14). I had previously attempted to install Win2k on what
I'll call Cheetah2(ID0), partition1, dual booting with RH Linux on other partitions on Cheetah2.

That was not very successful on several accounts, so I proceeded to reinstall both
operating systems on a freshly repartitioned Cheetah2(ID0).

After (re)installation of Windows 2000 Professional on Cheetah2(ID0), I began looking for
the Ntldr, Ntdetect.com, Ntbootdd.sys, Boot.ini etc.
It was NOT on the Cheetah2 drive. Finally I discovered it on the Connor drive (ID2). During the Win2k
boot there is an option scrren of what to boot - Win2k pro or Windows, if I select win2k pro,
everything proceeds normally & the OS boots from Cheetah2; but if I select windows, I end up on
the Connor (ID2) & windows(95) starts but cannot complete. From there I can access Cheetah1,
but not Cheetah2. The failure to boot win95 doesn't bother me - I have working Win95 on Cheetah1,
which I can boot by altering the boot drive in the 2940 BIOS.

The problem is that in trying to alter the boot.ini & boot into RH linux, I run into problems that I
believe are related to Ntldr, Ntdetect.com, Ntbootdd.sys, Boot.ini etc. being on the WRONG drive.

Some years in the past the Connor drive was my boot drive (for win95) & I think on my first attempt at dual booting
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Ok so i installed RH9.0 on my sys already have xp home edition on my sys

i used partition magic to partition space...then partition magic asked me witch one i wanted to boot to i said rh9.0 and then i couldn't boot to windows so i used grup and typed in grup:

Windows
makeactice
something +1 i forgot what it was

i read it from a site and did exactly what it said

then when i restarted the machine it loaded to windows screen but instead of loading windows it said autochk.exe not found then loaded to a screen where it said fatal error and the system will reboot. the system freezez there...
And now wont boot to windows or rh9.0
i went into recovery and tried fixmbr and fixboot ..both did nothing then i tried

bootcfg /rebuild and type
windows xp home edition
/fastdetect

but this also gave me an error saying it could not be done...

so now i unistalled my linux and installing windows there hopefully can use partition magic to boot to first instalation of windows...any help would be nice email me at [email protected]
 

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i am dual booting 7 64 bit and ubuntu linux
i was wondering if anyone has any issues with this type of setup or just with partitions in general

Answer:Anybody have problems dual booting or with partitions in general

No problem here, but then I do not install the OSs on partitions on the same drive. I install each OS on a separate hard drive, while all other hard drives are disconnected, and use the F8 boot menu to select which to boot to.

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Hi all,

This is my situation:
Running Windows 10 x64 on a UEFI-system.Trying to install Windows 7 x64 on a VHD for dual booting (such as in http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/win...8-using-a-vhd/)

I running into troubles that I think are having to do with UEFI. Secure boot is disabled.

I've tried these things:

Situation 1:
Create a bootable USB using Rufus (GPT partition)When booting I get this error.

Situation 2:
Mount the VHD.Manually install Windows 7 using Dism /apply-image command.Add bootfilesAdd entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).When booting I get a black screen (nothing else, even ''starting Windows'' does not occur).

So currently I have no idea what to do next. Could anyone give me assistance?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Problems dual booting Windows 7/10 (UEFI?)

Hi,






Add entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).



That's what's caused it. So, yes it is UEFI related and GPT related too.

Cheers,

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I recently created a partition with my disk manage for 48 GB, put windows 8 on it, and it is doing well. I have 575 GB left onb my windows 7 partition, and would like to know how to increase the 48 gb to around 75 GB now, and do not know exactly how to do this, without destroying anything. Can someone get me started with this? Jimmy

Answer:Increase size of Win8 partition on dual boot Win7 & Win8 PC

Start by telling us the size of your HDD & how it's currently partitioned. Obviously 575GB for any OS is WAY too big & 48GB is awfully small.I would use EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition (it's free):http://www.easeus.com/download.htm

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I installed a copy of the RTM version of 7 Ultimate on a second primary ACTIVE partition with Vista on the first primary partition (doing it this way allows me to get rid of the Microsoft Boot manager and use GAG to dual boot either OS) and it works great.

My problem is sharing documents which I keep on another Logical partition labeled DATA. Using My Documents on this drive in Vista has always worked fine. When I booted to Win 7 and "moved" My Documents from C:\User\... to D:\My Documents I could use the files no problem in Win 7...

but when I booted back to Vista and tried to copy or move any of the files on D:\My Documents from within Vista I get a "you do not have permission to" error when I try to do anything with those files. It seems Win 7 has taken possession of the permissions on the files and will not relinquish them to Vista.

Using XP and Vista in the same dual boot scenario did not have this problem.

What if anything can I do to resolve this problem?

Answer:Dual Booting 7 and Vista with DATA Partition problems

Have your tried right click and "take ownership" ... you will have to be logged on as the Administrator.

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so i have this very strange problem, that i've been dealing with for the past 2 months and finally decided to ask you guys to help me. thing is I got windows xp on drive c: installed on my laptop and when I bought this laptop i used partition magic and it gave me logical (extended) partition with the rest of space to install windows 7. I didn't have problems with my laptop for about a year then my vent started to really rattle and i have to smash laptop sometimes cause it just shuts down and im kinda afraid to replace it, however, i think this can't be problem to windows 7 not booting right?

past few day i've been going around in circles, i reinstalled windows 7 and chose option where old files are kept (wiundows.old), so never did reformat and I did like that a few times already and now lately everytime I installed my windows for like 2 days it would work then when i was installing programs (which i dont know if have anything to do with that since they never gave me problems) each time when i would boot it would go to startup repair and i ended up with a 'windows cannot repair this computer automatically' and always did reinstall with old files kept and still doing like that for fourth time i always get back to same state as before 'repair, cant repair, reinstall'i noticed though that last program i installed was 'freemake video converter' and then it always failed to boot again i dont know if thats the problem?

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Answer:windows 7 and xp on dual boot, constant booting win 7 problems?

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So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.
 

Answer:Boot.ini Problems - Dual Booting 2 Sata Drives - XP - Vista

phaze112 said:


So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.Click to expand...

The problem is that you have windows xp and vista on a two different hard drives and your BIOS only recognize one bootable hard drive at a time, which is the one you set as your primary hard drive. if you want both OS to be bootable, you need to have vista install on your primary hard drive.
 

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Hi, ok, so i have an acer 7520g preinstalled with vista, and yesterday i bought xp so i could install it on second harddrive for gaming. After it was installed, i installed the updates, drivers for video card, speakers, directx, wireless network (atheros ar5007eg) but heres my problem:

I can't get cabled internet to work. When i launch vista (where everything works) and look under device manager it just says
"Atheros.....(wireless)"
"Microsoft 6to4-networkcard (Which btw has an 31 error?)
"NVIDIA nForce Networking controller"

I got wireless working but i dont know what drivers i need to make cable work... any help would be greatly appreciated!

Joey2k
 

Answer:Solved: Dual booting xp and vista, network driver problems

Welcome to TSG!

What does the Device Manager show when booted to XP?
Did you download and install the Chipset driver for XP?
From this thread:
TheOutcaste said:


The chipset driver contains the Ethernet driver:
http://gd.panam.acer.com/home/
Select Notebook | Aspire | 5520
Select Either Windows XP choice under Operating System
Download the Chipset zip, extract, then run setup.exe

HTH

JerryClick to expand...

Choose the 7520g of course
 

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I have a Windows 7 computer with Lotus 8.5 on it and I need to transfer Lotus 8.5 and all it's files and emails and the encryption key to the Windows 8 computer. I do not think that Windows 8 will recognize Lotus 8.5 so I had the idea to partition the Windows 8 computer and install Windows 7 on one of the partitions thus making it a dual boot computer, then install Lotus 8.5 to the Windows 7 partition. My problem is Windows 8 is already installed on the computer and Windows website warns not to install the older operating system second.
Windows website warns, "You must install the older operating system first, and then install the more recent operating system. If you don't (for example, if you install Windows Vista on a computer already running Windows 7), you can render your system inoperable. This can happen because earlier versions of Windows don't recognize the startup files used in more recent versions of Windows and can overwrite them." What should I do? I have found some information on installing Windows 7 as a second operating system on a Windows 8 computer thus creating a Dual Boot computer and giving you the best of both worlds and full app compatibility as some of your Windows 7 applications may not be supported in a Windows 8 environment. Thank you.
 

Answer:Dual Boot Win7 on a Win8Lotus 8.5-How To Transfer Software from Win7 to Win8 Computer

you question is mainly about how to setup a dual boot on windows 8 PC

do you have an installation CD for windows 8 and for windows 7 ?

i will move to windows 8 forum and need to change the title a bit
 

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I partitioned hard drive and everything. Then I installed XP Pro and Vista. Then I updated both and whatnot. I was on Vista then I restarted and booted into XP. Now when I try to boot into Vista it gets to the loading screen then it just restarts. I can still boot into XP fine.

Also I have lost all access to my BIOS. Does anybody know how to get that back?
 

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Hi,

I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact.

Is this possible? Can I just go through the upgrade process from Windows 8.1? Any possible gotchas I should be aware of?

I've seen a few threads discussing Unbuntu or Linux as a second partition but didn't see one for this situation. Apologies if I missed a similar thread.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Answer:Upgrade dual boot Win7/Win8 to Win10 (keep Win7)?

upsidedownjim said:

Hi,

I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact.

Is this possible? Can I just go through the upgrade process from Windows 8.1? Any possible gotchas I should be aware of?

I've seen a few threads discussing Unbuntu or Linux as a second partition but didn't see one for this situation. Apologies if I missed a similar thread.

Thanks for any help you can provide!



Hey Jim, welcome to tenforums.com!

You should be okay to upgrade within W8, I don't foresee any problems. You could/should make backups just in case.

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I have Win8.1. It is installed on a SATA HDD. My system had no PATA devices initially. I am trying to add a PATA HDD to my PC and boot from my SATA drive as normal. My mobo is a Gigabyte GA-G41MT-S2PT and I am able to choose the IDE channel I want to boot
from in the BIOS menu. Before I connect the PATA HDD, my BIOS says that SATA 0, the port my SATA drive is connected to, is IDE channel 0. When I connect the PATA HDD, the BIOS says that the PATA port is IDE channel 0 and that SATA 0 is IDE channel 1. I'm certain
of this. So I choose to boot from IDE channel 1. It makes it to a screen saying that Windows 8.1 failed to boot and offers several options like startup repair and command prompt, refresh Windows, etc. I tried the startup repair, and it did not help. When I
disconnect the PATA HDD, the SATA 0 port becomes IDE channel 0 again, and I can boot into Windows 8.1 fine.
The PATA HDD comes from another older PC. The reason I want to connect it to this PC is to create a backup to a USB hard drive using a backup utility that is only installed and licensed on the current PC. The newer current PC is also much faster, obviously,
and supports faster USB connections. I have ordered an adapter to convert the PATA drive to a SATA drive, and plan to connect it to port SATA 1 and do it that way. But I am curious about why connecting the drive as a PATA drive will not work and want to make
it work.
Thanks for any advice!

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I have never tried a pre-release/beta operating system before, but thought I'd give it a try on my home XP x86 machine. My office runs Win7 x64 on all production workstations, which I love, but just never had the money to upgrade my home OS. Since Win8 is going to be so cheap I thought I'd try it out.

So to start out I found this tutorial for dual-booting WinXP and Win8: How to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 8 | Teching It Easy: with Windows

I went to the MS Windows 8 website, and downloaded the ~2.5 GB Windows 8 x86 ISO file. I burned this ISO image to a DVD using Nero.

Next I downloaded and installed that EASEUS Partition Master program and shrunk my primary C drive from ~250 GB down to ~150 GB, and created another partition with drive letter F: for Windows 8. My D: drive is a separate physical 1TB drive for all my data files, and my E: drive is an external USB 1TB drive for backups. The C: partition resize and subsequent format of the 100GB of remaining space seemed to go off without a hitch. Booting back into XP, the F: drive showed as empty except for the hidden System Volume Information folder.

Then I restarted the machine with the Win8 DVD in the drive. After the Intel BIOS splash screen, I was presented with a black screen that read something like this:


Code:
1.

2.
Choose boot option:


Or something similar to that. The 1 and 2 had nothing listed beside them, and it asked me to choose one.

Unfortunately I'm at work right now so don't know what... Read more

Answer:Blank options when booting from Win8 RP DVD

Could it be because I did not use this Win7 USB/DVD Download Tool? http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...eview-iso.html

Or does that do the same thing as the "Burn Image to Disc" option does in Nero?

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hello

I have no empty partition and I have Win7 in my system.

I now want to make it dual boot with Win8.

Can you advise me please about the procedures and tools needed for the fastest and safest way?

First, Win8 Enterprise is the only free evaluation, or there is a Pro VL evaluation edition available to the public? (I am not part of MSDN)
Second, I need to create a partition, right? Which program will do it safely?
Third, do I need a serial to install Win8?

any advise welcomed!

thanks!
 

Answer:Win7 -> Win7/Win8 dual boot

First, one no clue. I'm not sure if you can rearm the standard version like 7, but the normal version is available to download from Microsoft. Several links in the Slickdeals.net forums on how to download Windows 8 legit through Microsoft.

Second, right click My Computer>> Manage>>Storage>>Right Click your HDD and Shrink partition, then create a partition there or just leave the space and have Windows 8 create the partition there.

Third, no you do not need a Windows 8 key to install Windows 8. In that regard it works like 7.

I have not done a Win7/8 dual boot partition, I found no need because Windows 7 and 8 behave almost identical, but it "should" work similar to any traditional dual boot. You install one OS like 7 first one a small partition or create a partition, then install Windows 8 via the Custom install option and put it on the unpartitioned or partitioned space. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong, but in most regards, with the exception of a UEFI install, this is how you do it.
 

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When I press the power button, it shows "no bootable device-Please restart system".
 
Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart.
 
1] I changed the Boot order to boot Knoppix but then I get:
 
"Boot Failure: a proper digital signature was not found. One of the files on the selected boot device was rejected by the secure boot feature"
then the laptop shuts down.
 
2] I also see the options to go into safe mode but it doesn't work and the system restarts itself.
 
3] I tried doing a factory recovery by holding down the 0 key as it suggests here:
 
https://support.toshiba.com/support/viewContentDetail?contentId=2737864
but that does not work with the system restarting itslef.
 
4] Now I am seeing:
 
Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete"
 
 
If the above no.4 does not work, I am thinking I can try running a chkdsk but how can I do so from outside of windows? BTW, I am now sometimes hearing a "clicking" noise every now and then, I am guessing this is coming from the HDD while the system is trying to repair it?
BTW, I am now sometimes hearing a "clicking" noise every now and then, I am guessing this is coming from the HDD while the system is trying to repair it?
BTW, I am now sometimes hearing a "clicking" noise every now and then, I am guessing this is coming from the HDD while the system is trying to repair it?

Answer:Toshiba Satellite win8 booting problem?

The repair did not work, it restarted itself after showing another error message then shows now "Diagnosing your pc"

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Hi,
just bought a new hp laptop with Win 8 installed. Made backup discs.
Laptop will not boot any live discs e.g. Gparted, Ubuntu 12.04 . Drive plays dvd's etc. so appears to be working, just spins up then nothing. Drive and contents show in "Computer"
I have a number of external hardware that will not work, and cannot be made to
work,no drivers available( usb tv tuner is one) so intend to buy a stand alone copy of Win 7 32 bit, and install that, and dual boot Ubuntu, which worked fine dual boot on Win 7.
My plan is to get rid of win 8, which has been nothing but a pain, 3rd party sofware working one minute then "Not Responding" the next.

How can I format the drive and Totally remove all traces of win8. I only have the recovery disks,
don't really care if I don't see it again. Left 2 messages for help on Microsoft site, they didn't have the good manners to reply.
Thanks in advance
hamley
 

Answer:Remove win8-not booting from live discs

Why go to all that trouble? Just take the computer back and have them fix it or get another one. Should be under warranty...
 

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Hi,
my apologies, posted this yesterday on wrong Forum ("all other software") getting old.
just bought a new hp laptop with Win 8 installed. HP G6-2208AV, Made backup discs.
Laptop will not boot any live discs e.g. Gparted, Ubuntu 12.04 . Drive plays dvd's etc. so appears to be working, just spins up then nothing. Drive and contents of discs that won't boot, show in "Computer"
I have set both uefi and Legacy to boot Optical drive first, and have disabled Secure boot in bios.
I have a number of usb devices that will not work, and cannot be made to
work,no drivers available for Win 8 ( usb tv tuner is one) so intend to buy a stand alone copy of Win 7 32 bit, and install that, and dual boot Ubuntu, which worked fine dual boot on Win 7.
My plan is to get rid of win 8, which has been nothing but a pain, 3rd party sofware working one minute then "Not Responding" the next, and installing Win 7 , where all my usb devices could be made to work.

How can I format the drive and Totally remove all traces of win8. I only have the recovery disks,
don't really care if I don't see Win 8 again. Left 2 messages for help on Microsoft site, they didn't have the good manners to reply to either.
Thanks in advance
hamley


 

Answer:Solved: Remove win8 - not booting live discs

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Is there a way to remove "Win7 Boot Manager"?
Because after the 1st Boot of the Day it stops at win8 light blue screen and gives the choice, Win7 and Win8 they both work here. , But when the Computer 'Re-Boots" , It stops at "Win7 Boot Manager" but does not let me make a choice, it just times out and goes to Windows 7.

Answer:Dual Boot Win7 & Win8

Hi RLAbbott25,
Welcome to the forums, go to system, Advanced system settings, system properties, click settings in startup and recovery, then from the dropdown select the OS you prefer. I have attached a snip of my set up for you to compare. I'm dual booting with vista and have selected W8DP as my default OS. HTH.

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I would love to dual boot 7 and 8 on my laptop. However, my laptop has Windows 8. Is it possible if I were to partition a space and download the 7 disk? Thanks.

Answer:Dual Boot Win8 and Win7...

After installing Windows 7 it will take over boot process.

To repair dual-boot:
1. Run Dual-boot Repair tool from Visual BCD package.
This will make Windows 8 again the default boot loader.

Only if Windows 7 is missing from boot menu after repair -
Visual BCD Editor - "Create missing Windows loaders" (in right click menu).

See also how to fix advanced boot options (second half of page).

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Currently I have Win8 and Win7 installed on individual drives. Would it be more advisable to install on one drive in separate partitions?

Thanks,
Harold

Answer:Win8-Win7 Dual Boot

Hello Harold, and welcome to Eight Forums.

That's mostly just a personal choice.

If one drive should fail, you would at least have the other one to still use. You may need to do a startup repair/automatic repair on it first to get it to boot though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Are there any special steps i need to follow rather than just installing Win8 to another drive?

Also, i guess that Win7 drivers will work on Win8, right?

Answer:Dual boot Win8 with Win7

I had no problems dual booting 7&8 on a three year old Dell laptop. Drivers that were needed picked up by win update after a couple of boot ups, Course the one you absolutely want and need to work right away is the nic driver, :ninja:

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 Wanted to disable signature enforcement for drivers so have gone through the following process:-Select 'Settings'Select 'Change PC Settings'Select 'General'Select 'Advanced Start-up'Select 'Restart Now'Select 'Troubleshoot'Select 'Advanced options'Select 'Start-up Settings'Select 'Restart' Now what I expect to happen is that a startup setting screen would be displayed showing 1-9options plus F10 for more options and Enter to return to OS. I would then expect to press '7' or 'F7'to kick off 'Disable driver signature enforcement' boot. However what happens is that the Startup screen slowly emerges line by line until it gets tolast line 'Press Enter to return to your Operating System' when the PC immediately shuts down. Shut downis instantaneous, not controlled close down. Have tried pressing F7/7 whilst screen is emerging but no response to it.  Need to then switch on to reboot, and needless to say, computer powers up in normal mode (not disabled signature enforcement). I have rolled system back to original factory condition, added all current windows 8 updates, updated all new Lenovo drivers for this machine but problem persists at all stages. Would be grateful for any new lines of investigation. Computer is Lenovo H520 Desktop Model2561 running Windows 8.Did temporarily upgraded to Windows 8.1, but no difference to problem

Answer:Booting from Advanced Startup Problem (Essential H520) Win8

hi jgrogers,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
Can you try following a simple guide here to bring the legacy advanced boot.
http://www.howtogeek.com/164001/how-to-make-the-f8-key-work-for-safe-mode-in-windows-8/
 
After that you should be able to Tap F8 while the system starts up to pull up  this Option page:
 

 
Hope this helps
Cheers!
 
 





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Dear all,Initially I was using windows xp by installing with c: drive but after I installed windows 7 with d: drive however I needed to remove windows 7 from the d: drive, then I format my d: drive through window and comd promt but still I am being optioned to select one of OS as at earlier. This is my problem : so how to remove and delete unwanted boot.ini files or whatever from the boot sector.

Answer:XP-Win7 Multi booting Remove & reinstall Win7

Rightclick My Computer & select PropertiesUnder the Advanced tab click on Startup & Recovery settings.Set XP as the default operating system and set time-out to zero.save & exit.This is the easy way for dummies.You can manually edit the Boot.ini file to remove all reference to the other operating system but there is a risk you may mess it up & be unable to boot into XP.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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Hi,
So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7.

I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7.

No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual boot screen.

I have checked msconfig, and it shows that there are no OS

Answer:Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting

After doing some research I have found to get it to show the Os in msconfig, I need to assign a drive letter to msconfig.
However once that's done and I remove the drive leader and restart pc it doesn't appear once again

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I've got both sets of OEM Windows disks for the X1 Carbon (which I love), and I'd like to get both operating systems loaded with dual boot functionality.  Can't seem to figure out how to do it since these disks just load automatically and wipe out the drive.  Any ideas?

Answer:X1Carbon Dual Boot Win7 and Win8

BHruska wrote:I've got both sets of OEM Windows disks for the X1 Carbon (which I love), and I'd like to get both operating systems loaded with dual boot functionality.  Can't seem to figure out how to do it since these disks just load automatically and wipe out the drive.  Any ideas?Load Windows 7 first, then load Windows 8.  You need separate partitions for each or you need to use dual boot from VHD.

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I have a unique situation that I cant seem to find related inquries anywhere in my searches. As some of you may have experienced, I had my eye on a laptop for a few months waiting for funds to come in and the same model laptop I was looking at went from win7 64bit to windows 8 only over night. no warning, no option to customize back to win7, frusterating I know. I ordered the laptop anyways with the plans to dual boot win 7, creating a smaller win8 partition and a larger main win7 partition. Problem is I cant seem to find any related articles. every article is starting with win 7 and dual booting win8. I want to do the opposite.

I know there might be some complications with the order the OS's are installed, and ultimatly I want win7 to be my OS so if it isnt possible to dual boot 7 on top of 8, then I will just end up doing a fresh install.

Thank you in advance

Answer:Unique Win8 win7 dual boot, is it possible?

The only way to dual boot those two at the moment is to install 7 and then proceed to partition your hard drive so you can install 8 on the empty one. You can message me if you like and i can walk you through it since i just finished doing two of these setups sucessfully.

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I currently have UEFI Windows 8.1 installed on a 1TB drive, formatted in GPT. This has created an issue when trying to install W7 - it doesn't play nice with UEFI...

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

I've followed this tutorial in order to create the USB drive with Rufus (UEFI Bootable).

Can I simply shrink the partition my W8 is installed on by say, 200GB, and then select the unallocated space in the W7 installer to install it in UEFI mode? (Have to install with UEFI due to GPT drive). Or can I not dual boot them both in UEFI mode? Will selecting the unallocated space and installing W7 in UEFI ruin my W8 installation?

Before you suggest I simply delete all the partitions on the drive and start from scratch - this is NOT an option.

Answer:Dual boot trouble - Win8 and Win7

Hi and Welcome.

What version Windows 7? x64?

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