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Problems dual booting Windows 7/10 (UEFI?)

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

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!

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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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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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Hi guys.

Thanks for looking at this thread.

I have a few questions about dual booting windows 7 and windows 8 preinstalled (UEFI) on my Dell laptop.

1. Can I install a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop, if so how?
2. Will installing a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop break it?
3. Can I use EasyBCD for UEFI?
4. How do I create a UEFI windows 7?

Thank you

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

Really no point in dual booting since they are essentially the same OS like 7 to Vista.

Choose one and stick with it, Windows 7 will be supported till 2017 (mainstream) and 2020 (security).

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Hi,I am currently trying to install Ubuntu alongside my windows installation but have had with no success. The issue is that I am trying to make a UEFI Ubuntu installation but I can't get the USB to boot at all. I have made the bootable USB using Rufus 2.15 with the following settings:Partition scheme: UEFI GPTFilesystem: Fat32ISO image: 64 bit version of Ubuntu 16.04 (written as ISO image, not DD)Regarding my BIOS settings I have turned off secure boot, USB ports are always turned on, USB boot is enabled, CSM/Legacy is off. Furthermore I have turned off fastboot in Windows.Trying to boot via USB-FDD, USB-CD or USB-HDD does not work, it just proceeds and initializes the Windows operating system. Therefore I would like to hear if any of you have had any success dual booting a UEFI Ubuntu installation alongside your Windows installation. Help would very much be appreciated.Thanks in advance/Rvillebro

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"The UEFI secure boot protocol is part of recent UEFI specification releases. It permits one or more signing keys to be installed into a system firmware. Once enabled, secure boot prevents executables or drivers from being loaded unless they're signed by one of these keys. Another set of keys (Pkek) permits communication between an OS and the firmware. An OS with a Pkek matching that installed in the firmware may add additional keys to the whitelist. Alternatively, it may add keys to a blacklist. Binaries signed with a blacklisted key will not load"
Read the rest: mjg59 | UEFI secure booting

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So for the last 4 years I have played with linux installs on and off. But something I ALWAYS encounter, is when I eventually get tired of linux (from not being able to play my games), during the removal process I always screw up my bootloader then struggle to fix it. Is there something I can do prior to this that will help?

I'm only interested in UEFI mode anymore since if I use windows it is w10.

If I create a system image of that drive with windows, could I just do windows recovery and get back that drive erasing whatever was on it prior? Would this also set the windows bootloader as the primary?

For example , I want to play with VFIO. First, I want to preserve my virgin windows 10 install on my ssd via a system image. Then I want to wipe it and install ubuntu and then create a VM within Ubuntu running w10. If this all goes south could I wipe the ssd and use the system image to revert back to where I started?

Answer:Safely dual booting linux without corrupting Win. bootloader? (UEFI)

We recommend Macrium Reflect Free and creating a Macrium Reflect rescue drive:
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It will let you make a backup image of your SSD, and you can restore the entire SSD from the image, or just a damaged EFI System partition. Also when you boot from the Macrium Rescue drive, under the restore menu will be a utility to Fix Windows startup problems which is very good at repairing the EFI System partition and BCD.

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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 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, 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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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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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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I have a new laptop, a toshiba p870, that came with windows 8 preloaded. I needed windows 7 for compatibility reasons with a few programs and after a bit of research and struggle I eventually got it installed on a second hard drive in the computer but in the process I had to change the bios settings to disable secure boot and enable CSM. After that Windows 8 will no longer boot even if the second hard drive with windows 7 is removed. I have no way to access the bios in order to change this setting back, the only way to access it was by going through the windows 8 recovery and troubleshooting settings, inserting a windows 8 disc (from a previous installation on a different computer, non-uefi) didn't offer the uefi firmware options in recovery mode. What can I do to restore access to windows 8 on this system?

EDIT: I finally figured it out. You must hold shift as the computer shuts down in order to get the toshiba logo and the option to enter the bios with F2 to show up at startup. This isn't a very convenient setup for dual boot, having to change between CSM and UEFI to choose operating systems but it works.

Answer:Dual boot and uefi problems.

Could you get us a picture of the Disk Management window to include the graphical partition info. Maybe it will help us see what is going on. You can use the snipping tool to take the picture and then attach on the Advanced replies.

But glad you got it to work...

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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

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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    I recently bought a new Lenovo Thinkpad E455 64bit (8.1 Pro upgraded to Win 10 Pro) to replace my Toshiba Satellite 32bit (Vista business upgraded to Windows 7 Pro) and bought a SSD so I could dual boot between the systems. I used EaseUS
Todo to clone both systems to the SSD and got the Windows 10 working wonderfully, but cannot boot to Windows 7 without a blue screen of death that consistently refuses to allow me to repair it with my repair disk.


    The Lenovo doesn't have a CD drive, so I pushed the repair files to a USB. Still not working. The laptop just won't boot from the USB or give me the option to repair. And I can't create a Recovery Drive because I don't have a Windows 7
ISO, just my 7 Upgrade Disk. I went to Microsoft's site to pull down the Windows 7 ISO, entered my product code and received the choices of Korean or French language downloads. No English download is available for my product code (which is English language).


    BTW, I moved the SSD into the Toshiba and I can boot to Windows 7 all day long from it. So the SSD / clone is good. Ran a checkdisk on it and everything is good. It just won't boot up on the 64bit Lenovo system.



   Does anyone have any advice they can give me on fixing this issue? Blue screen of Death only stays up for 2 seconds, but I managed to take a picture with my phone. The message reads:


A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to ... Read more

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Hi, I just made a new installation of Windows 8 Pro.

Before installation I had Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit with same computer specs minus the Samsung SSD disk.
My intention was to make a dual boot system with both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
However, due to tiredness and common confusion I think I did some mistakes.

I don't think I had an Uefi installation so probably an mbr installation of Windows 7.

Ok, so here goes: I started with installing the new Samsung SSD disk in my system, I forgot to disconnect the other drives before starting Windows 8 installation. However, at first I could dual boot but I couldnt see my 2TB disk in Windows 8. I assigned a drive letter to it and then my problems began.

I can now start Windows 8 and see all 3 disks and use them as well. If I try to boot into Windows 7 on my OCZ drive I get a disk error.

I guess I messed up the mbr boot table. My question is, how can i fix this best?

Most important is to not loose my Windows 7 installation, I can Always make a new installation of Windows 8 as it is still fresh.

This is how my system looks now:

Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
CPU Intel Core i7 2600K @ 3.40GHz Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM 16,0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8P67 DELUXE (LGA1155)
Graphics 1535MB GeForce GTX 580 (ASUStek Computer Inc)
Hard Drives
1863GB Seagate ST2000DL003-9VT166 (SATA)
112GB OCZ-VERTEX3 (SSD)2
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Answer:Problems dual booting windows 8 and windows 7

The ASUS - - ASUS P8P67 DELUXE has a uEFI/BIOS firmware.

How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
or
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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Hello to the forum. Thanks for the welcome. And thanks for pointing me in this subforum.

I have a notebook toshiba satellite L850-1HU with UEFI

Default is win 8 os, recently upgraded to 8.1.

Now I need to win 7.

I have a professional license N sp1 x64 and then supports UEFI

Is possible to combine the systems in dual boot and both in UEFI mode?

I see from your guides that for installation the UEFI is necessary partition in a certain way.
What should I do if I want to leave intact the UEFI partition of win 8 (5 partition)? I just make only space for win7(1 partition) that will use the same 4 partition UEFI of win 8 or i make other 5 partition???
And which of the two systems will handle the boot? I can decide I?

and the warranty? restores factory work?

If I change hdd, and install win 7, when I put the old hdd, it works as before removing it?

Sorry for the confusion! I hope you manage to understand me and help!

Ciao forum! E grazie! Saluti dall'Italia!

Answer:Satellite L850 & Win 8 UEFi: How dual boot UEFI win 7 ?

If I change hdd, and install win 7, when I put the old hdd, it works as before removing it?



Yes. This is how I do any OS tests\'dual boot'\experiments etc with zero chance of damage to the original boot OS\hd. Am keeping a bunch of old HD's for the purpose. The downside is the slight risk for some mechanic\connection problems, just be careful, remember to power down! So if you don't find it troublesome to switch HD's, IMO go ahead and try that route.

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Problem is WINDOWS 7 does not boot from the 4TB disk alone. There is a 2 line error message "ReBoot and Select Proper Boot Device Or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and press a key". The system boots only when both the hard disks are connected.



Did any update of BIOS to UEFI from ASUS. Copied the the partition from 1TB to 4TB hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant. There is also a hidden folder \WINDOWS\Boot on both the physical disks. Moreover,EasyBCD shows the Bootloader Path to 4TB disk c:\Windows\system32\winload.exe.

Any guidance on how to change the system partition from E: to C:

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Hello guys,
First of all my english can be sux,Sorry for that i hope i can tell my problem properly.

Last days, I installed Hackintosh to my pc, and i did some efi changes for Hackintosh. After i bored and deleted hackintosh part. Than now i cant start my computer with uefi.When i open ''Enable CSM'' its starting but ;its starting like this. It was starting no intel and windows 8 circle was spining under asus logo.
An there is another problem when i Disable Csm, There is no add boot section ; How can i turn back to my orginal settings ? Please help me, i asked all of my friends but no one to help me.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Booting with UEFI Problem.

You would need to reinstall Windows 8. It should fix the MBR during the install. If not. Try this to see if it works. https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Partition resize, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

Just to update, I've gone through the BIOS, tried disabling secure boot, swapping between UEFI First and Legacy First, but cannot get the windows dvd (I've tried the windows 8.1 dvd (don't have the repair disc)) to see the partitions or even refresh or reset, it gives the error "the drive where windows is installed is locked" or "unable to reset your pc. a required drive partition is missing", but the minitool wizard sees the partitions just fine. I've tried several discs such as hiren's cd just to try to get to a GUI (mini windows) but always get a bluescreen (trying to load the GUI). I tried GParted, also no luck.

I tried the System recovery from the Novo Button Menu, but all I get is "Default boot device missing or boot failed" it then demands installation media which I already know won't help with recovery.
Would it be right to assume (since at least some tools can see the partitions)
that it is simply a problem with how the partition table is being identified? If that's the case, is there any software tool that can correct it?
I'd rather fix the problem than reload the whole thing (but it looks like I'll end up doing just that), any ideas?

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!
 

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So I bought a WD Green 3TB and made two partitions > 40Gb and the rest as second partition. Since the second partition is more than 2.2 TB I had to partition entire drive with GPT.

I was not able to install windows 8.1 from a flash drive on it. Later I realized I had to enable EFI from BIOS, which I did but the BIOS had no option of enabling EFI Boot from USB HDD,

only CD/DVD.

Does this mean I will not be able to install windows on a GPT partition with a USB flash drive or am I missing something?

Anyone using windows on GPT partition installed with a flash drive?

Thanks.
 

Answer:UEFI, Windows 8.1, 3TB and booting from flash drive.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

Try option 2.
 

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted
up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions
UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi,

I'm trying to make a Windows To Go image for my PC repair business using Rufus and a Windows 10 Pro ISO from MS Techbench. It boots perfectly fine on most computers except one. The computer I am trying to boot off is running Windows 8.1 with a UEFI bios. It's got a weird "EFI File Navigator" which is a pain in my rear end. When I try booting from it, it gives me an error. A picture of which is attached.


Any ideas?

Thanks.

Answer:Windows 10 To Go Image not booting on Computer with UEFI

Convert the partition to FAT32?

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After installing a round of usual updates (Microsoft Security updates, Virus definition updates), my computer asked to restart so it could finish applying the updates. Nothing suspicious there, as this is pretty normal. However, when it restarted, my computer booted to the motherboard's UEFI (ASRock motherboard) for whatever reason. I just selected "Save Changes and Exit" to continue booting into Windows. However, now my computer goes into the UEFI every time it starts up. How do I make it go directly to Windows again?

Answer:Computer is now booting to the UEFI instead of directly to Windows

  
Quote: Originally Posted by arrowM


After installing a round of usual updates (Microsoft Security updates, Virus definition updates), my computer asked to restart so it could finish applying the updates. Nothing suspicious there, as this is pretty normal. However, when it restarted, my computer booted to the motherboard's UEFI (ASRock motherboard) for whatever reason. I just selected "Save Changes and Exit" to continue booting into Windows. However, now my computer goes into the UEFI every time it starts up. How do I make it go directly to Windows again?


Welcome to Sevenforums,

An update might have changed/reset the way in Bios the primary disk boot. Check in your Bios settings for disk options if its set to AHCI, IDE, or RAID mode.

Choose AHCI if you're not doing any RAID0/1/5/10

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard (on a bootable USB) to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up again on the minitool wizard USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting to windows & have not been able to get into windows since.

I've gone through the BIOS, tried disabling secure boot, swapping between UEFI First and Legacy First, but cannot get the windows dvd (I've tried the windows 8.1 dvd (don't have the repair disc)) to see the partitions or even refresh or reset, it gives the error "the drive where windows is installed is locked" or "unable to reset your pc. a required drive partition is missing", but the minitool wizard sees the partitions just fine. I've tried several discs such as hiren's cd just to try to get to a GUI (mini windows) but always get a bluescreen (trying to load the GUI). I tried GParted, also no luck.

I tried the System recovery from the Novo Button Menu, but all I get is "Default boot device missing or boot failed" it then demands installation media which I already know won't help with recovery.

Would it be right to assume (since at least some tools can see the partitions) that it is simply a problem with how the partition table is being identified? If that's the case, is there any softw... Read more

Answer:Partition resized, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

I always recommend a person do a complete disk image using Macrium or Aoemi before moving partitions but that being said see this page. If you can get to a command prompt using the Windows install disk use the diskpart commands shown. If it does not work then I think you are looking at a reinstall.

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Hi,

I'm trying to make a Windows To Go image for my PC repair business using Rufus and a Windows 10 Pro ISO from MS Techbench. It boots perfectly fine on most computers except one. The computer I am trying to boot off is running Windows 8.1 with a UEFI bios. It's got a weird "EFI File Navigator" which is a pain in my rear end. When I try booting from it, it gives me an error. A picture of which is attached.


Any ideas?

Thanks.

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How do I set my BIOS to have the DVD boot and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode? I do see a setting on my Asus motherboard UEFI "CSM Compatability" and in there are three options:
UEFI and Legacy OPROM
Legacy OPROM only
UEFI only

Do I select UEFI only option here?

What is the benefit of installing in UEFI vs Legacy? All I understand is that the system sets up more partitions.

Answer:Booting a Win 10 DVD in UEFi Mode for Windows installation

Anyone? :-)

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Hi there. I've built a brand new HTPC and it has UEFI BIOS on it. I've tried to install Windows 7 with USB drive that I've made UEFI bootable with Rufus, but it gives me blue screen everytime after Windows goes from "Windows files are loading" screen to a Windows logo animation. The hard drive that I'm using is set to MBR, (I know that I should set it to GPT for UEFI installation). I don't want to have a UEFI version of Windows in my system anymore. How do I install legacy version of Windows 7 from USB stick on UEFI BIOS capable PC with HDD using MBR?

Answer:How to prevent Windows 7 installation from booting in UEFI mode?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Enter your bios and go to Advanced and boot and disable secure boot,
If there is no option to disable secure boot look for OS Type and switch to Other os
After installing Microsoft Update KB3133977 for Windows 7, some users may encounter a "Secure Boot Violation" , which makes the system fail to boot into the operating system.

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OK, here's the deal... I've cloned the HDD onto an SSD, but I can't get it to boot.-- keep getting a notice to install the OS.  I know the clone is (should be) ok, because this is the SEVENTH SSD I've cloned over the past three weeks.  The only difference with this one is that it has the UEFI interface (with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit), and for some reason it won't recognize the OS on the SSD. The UEFI is set for: "Legacy Boot with Secure Boot disabled" (when booting either drive).The original drive is MBR.  I tried cloning the drive as MBR and GPT, but neither will boot.I tried cloning a different SSD to make sure it wasn't the SSD.I tried disabling the "UEFI Boot order"  (by unchecking it), but that didn't do anything. What I did notice was... When the original HDD is installed the UEFI BOOT MENU shows the drive in the list TWICE, once as UEFI (#2), and once as Legacy (#4) (with DVDRW as UEFI #1, and Legacy #3, then Boot from file as #5). HOWEVER, when the SSD is installed, the only option it gives me is UEFI.  If I DISABLE (uncheck the option) for the "UEFI Boot order", all it will show is the Legacy CDRW in the Boot Menu. I remembered having a similar problem with about a year ago on my own Windows 10 laptop having the same issue when installing a cloned SSD and then I was able to use the Windows Repair to fix it.  So I created a Windows 7 repair disk (CD), but it won't boot from the disk (it just comes to a blank screen--I've f... Read more

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So basically back in the days a simple as F8 boots you to safe mode or F12 could bring up boot menu where you could boot from a flash drive or an optical disc , use a tool like hirens boot cd to undo the mess or just do a windows upgrade and you are good .

Now what's the new trend as UEFI bioses just lock you out from both bios and boot menus unless you legitimately pick those from inside OS menus , a friend had his windows 10 falling into some boot loop and all i could think of was to unscrew the hard drive and work on it externally , is that the trend really or am i missing something ?

Answer:How to access/fix a non booting Windows 10 on a laptop with UEFI bios?

Originally Posted by nIGHTmAYOR


So basically back in the days a simple as F8 boots you to safe mode or F12 could bring up boot menu where you could boot from a flash drive or an optical disc , use a tool like hirens boot cd to undo the mess or just do a windows upgrade and you are good .

Now what's the new trend as UEFI bioses just lock you out from both bios and boot menus unless you legitimately pick those from inside OS menus , a friend had his windows 10 falling into some boot loop and all i could think of was to unscrew the hard drive and work on it externally , is that the trend really or am i missing something ?



It can be tricky getting to Bios if UEFI, particularly if fast boot is enabled.

There are several tricks to force getting to bios

1) See if bios has jumper settings you can change to make it boot to bios

2) Remove CMOS battery which often forces a jump to bios to reset date/time

3) Remove hard drive, and boot with a windows 10 installation flash drive or dvd inserted. As it will not detect hdd, it will boot from usb drive or dvd next, and using repair options, you can get to the bios via the repair menus. This is probably easiest to try first.

Once you get to bios, you can set boot order to boot from usb drive or dvd first. Then replace hdd and boot from flash drive or dvd. I always set the boot order to boot from flash drive first on any new pc, so I do not get caught.

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New Windows 7 install on a computer with only one hard drive. However, I now have another HDD with data on it that I need to plug into my SATA port on my motherboard. Once I plug this other hard drive into the motherboard I am no longer able to boot into windows. When it boots it now takes me to a black screen saying that it can not find the boot device. Once I unplug the new HDD it boots just fine. I'm assuming this has to do with my Windows 7 HDD being given a different ID from Disk 0 to Disk 1. an easy fix would be to change the order of where my Hard Drives are plugged into the SATA ports on the motherboard. The issue is that I can not do this because the Windows 7 Disk is a SATA III 6Gb/s so i need/want it to be installed on the SATA III 6Gb/s Ports and the 2nd Disk is a SATA III 3 Gb/s drive so I can't install it on the 6 Gb/s ports on the motherboard. On my Motherboard it seems to order the SATA III 3Gb/s drives first on the Drive order and the SATA III 6Gb/s at the end of the disk ordering. So, right now what I believe I need to do is Change my EFI/bootloader to point to the new Drive 1 location instead of the old Drive 0 location. Normally this isn't hard with MBR because you would just go to Boot.ini and change it there with no problem. However, I am unsure how to do that with EFI boot stuff and I have not found the specific solution to do this through searching the internet yet.

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Answer:Windows 7 UEFI/bootmanager stops booting after 2nd HDD installed

Have you tried booting into safe mode to see if you can get to windows or you could also try to select the proper boot selection before booting to windiows via boot media selector on my computer when i start computer i have to hit f8 repetedly until it ask me what device i want to boot. These are not solutions just something to try to see if windows will boot with other harddrive at all. Also did other hard drive have a copy of windows installed on it or was it purely a data drive

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I purchased Lenovo Z500 with Windows 8 installed on it. When Windows 10 upgrade started rolling out, I moved to Windows 10 Home.I have been running into some issues with my activation so had been trying to reset to factory default but that is also not happening.I created a Windows 10 UEFI bootable disk and went to the BIOS to set the USB as the first bootable disk in the list but it doesn't show up there.Now it did show up earlier (without me changing any setting in BIOS) when I was trying to do recovery using System Image Recovery option with Recovery Image in the USB. Anyways, now I'm trying to install the Windows 10 from scratch and then Ubuntu 16.x alongside Win10 however stuck at this very phase.I read quite a lot about UEFI and Secure boot and see that in my Boot menu UEFI is enabled and Secure Boot is disabled. Please refer the screenshots.Can someone explain me in detail that with this setting in BIOS what could be going wrong with my steps where UEFI bootable USB is not detected?Also, in addition to that if someone can point me to the latest document/discussion for Dual Boot with Windows 10 and Ubuntu. I might have it bookmarked but just in case.I would appreciate quick and detailed response.Thank you in advance.


























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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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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 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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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 have a 250GB GPT SSD and installed Windows 10-64bit in UEFI mode.

Also,

I have 1TB MBR HDD and installed Windows 7-32bit in BIOS mode.

Currently, I have to go to bios setting every time and change boot priority manually in order to boot from another windows. Is there any way to use Windows Boot Manager (dual boot) instead of selecting manually from mainboard setting?

Answer:Two Windows on Two different mode (Bios & UEFI) How to dual boot?

Other then reinstalling W7 in UEFI to a GPT drive, or reinstalling 10 in Legacy mode to a MBR disk, then no.

You`ll have to keep switching, you are going to have to choose a bios method and stick with it if you want a true simple dual boot.

I would consider the way you`re doing it a real hassle and wouldn`t think twice about fixing it correctly.

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This week, I encountered the following strange problem for which I haven't found a final solution so far, though I have found some bandaids. But having a complete solution -or at least a reason why this problem occurs- would be great:
I have a working installation of Windows 7 Professional x64 in UEFI mode. The main disk, SSD #1, contains the following partitions (using GPT): ESP, MSR, system, data. An additional disk, HD #2, with a single data partition (using MBR) is also attached to the system. With this setup, everything works fine.
Now, after adding another disk, HD #3, to the system -my old system disk (bootable, using MBR, one active primary partition and an extend partition with three logical disks)- Windows will no longer boots completely: The boot process begins, the Windows logo is shown. Then, a message is shown in text mode "Windows is loading files" with a loading bar. After a while the boot process stops and I am dropped into the EFI shell. After removing the offending HD #3, Windows boots normally again.

I tried removing HD #2 and only attaching HD #3 together with SSD #1, but this yielded the same problem. Using SSD #1 by itself works fine though. Booting from a Linux live-cd works without problems. All disks and partitions are found and can be mounted. There, I erased the disk signature from the offending HD #3 and now Windows was able to boot and also found all disks and partitions correctly. But after a reboot the same problem reappeared.

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Answer:Windows stops booting in UEFI mode after adding another hard drive

Has HD#3 any active partitions?
What happens if you boot with HD#3 attached only?
How did you erase the disk signature? As far as I know you can only update it

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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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Just wondering if I Install windows 10 on UEFI to my Samsung 950 Pro ssd,is there a way to keep my other 2 mbr partitions dual boot windows 7's on my pc and convert the 2 win 7's somehow to UEFI.Just wondering if it can be done or is my dual boot 7's gone.

Answer:Windows 10 Install UEFI and Windows 7 Dual boot Question

Right click on start icon, select Command Prompt (Admin). In the command prompt window run:

BCDBOOT E:\Windows /d /addlast

The path in red is to the Windows folder of your Windows 7 installation. You'll have to do it for each Windows 7 partition you want to add. Then restart the computer.

You can press the Windows + R keys to open a run dialog. Enter: msconfig

Select the boot tab and you can adjust the timeout of the boot menu.

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Hello
Spent about literally hundred days. Trying to dual boot windows 7 on my UEFI vaio pre installed with windows 8. I tried to follow almost all the forums on the Internet. Created bootable usb which gets stuck at starting windows and used a dvd which the vaio does not recognise. When choosing legacy boot on bios then the problem comes that my hdd is mbr and I am not in a position to format and delete everything due to important files. Pleas help me how do I install windows 7 on this Vaio as there is no guide for this specific platform. Thanks

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Hello! I recently acquired an Acer V3-771G and I want to dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Windows 8 Pro x64 and I was wondering if it is recommended to change BIOS with the UEFI found on Acer's site. Also, if i should do that, when is it right to switch from BIOS to UEFI? In the beginning, after W7 is installed, after W8 is installed, etc. Note that I have some experience with dual-boots, but none whatsoever with Windows 8.

As for the system specs, I am only able to write them as they are written on the box, as I haven't installed any Windows yet.
CPU: i7-3630QM
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Nvidia GeForce GT650M
8 GB Ram DDR3
HDD: 500GB 5400rpm

Answer:Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows Pro x64 dual-boot BIOS vs UEFI

Does your Acer have a BIOS chip or a uEFI firmware chip?

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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 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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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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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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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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Hi everyone, my new laptop has a normal hard drive and also has a 128gb Samsung m.2 ssd drive.

I was able to install a fresh dual boot on the regular hard drive. First Windows 10 then Windows 7 using usb method which included embedding the usb 3 drives.

Now for the ssd I shrink down half the drive after Windows 10 was installed so I could install Windows 7. Followed pretty much the same process, booted with Windows 7 usb got all the way to the partitions and Windows then said "Windows was unable to create a system partition etc." message. I did have the option to continue, which I did as stated in one of the tutorials " this site. However after files installed I ended up getting an error at the end.

So I'm wondering is this perhaps because I didn't burn the samsung nvme drives into the usb?

Answer:UEFI Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 x64 on SSD Drive?

- Win 10 use "Secure boot" that isn't compatible with Win 7. You have to set it to Other and Compatible System Mode to enable. As Win 7 was installed with Secure boot=enable, don't know if it will boot with Secure boot=disabled

For Win 7
Under CSM enable UEFI boot.

More or less like this
OS type Windows UEFI = Secure boot, so if OS type = Other, secure boot is disabled.

for CSM, here are the current settings (in bold)
Launch CSM.......................................(Auto, Enabled, Disabled)
Boot Device Control.............................(UEFI and Legacy OPROM, Legacy OPROM only, UEFI Only)
Boot from Network Devices...................(Ignore, Legacy Only)
Boot from Storage Devices....................(Ignore, Legacy Only, UEFI Driver first)
Boot from PCIe/PCI Expansion Devices....(Legacy Only, UEFI driver first)

Boot from the Win 7 installation disk ON UEFI MODE (important).

Install on the large empty NTFS partition

For the updates MS releases SP2 for Windows 7

Yes, you have to load the m.2 ssd nvme drivers. As you already have added the USB drivers, during installation you can add them from a USB flash disk.
If you want to understand how the drivers affect Win 7 installation disk
Create a Windows 7 USB flash installation with new drives for new MB's

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dual Boot W10 + W8.1 installs using 2 SSDs. Any thoughts on why there are less partitions on SSD install #2?

SSD 1 W10 (installed first) C Drive:

- Recovery
- System
- Reserved
- Primary

SSD 2 W8.1 (installed last)

- Reserved
- Primary

Am I right in saying that install/SSD 2 shared the (Recovery, System) UEFI boot partition and that this is not good if I remove SSD1?

How do you prevent this on SSD #2, by physically removing SSD #1 when installing OS #2?

Appreciate any help.

Answer:Windows 10 Dual Boot UEFI Missing or Shared Partitions on SSD2?

Yes, the only way to ensure that a clean install of Windows will not affect any other hard drives/SSDs with system partitions on them is to disconnect them when installing Windows to the drive you want it exclusively on. Unplugging either the data cable or the power cable is good enough.

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Dual Boot W10 + W8.1 installs using 2 SSDs. Any thoughts on why there are less partitions on SSD install #2?

SSD 1 W10 (installed first) C Drive:

- Recovery
- System
- Reserved
- Primary

SSD 2 W8.1 (installed last)

- Reserved
- Primary

Am I right in saying that install/SSD 2 shared the (Recovery, System) UEFI boot partition and that this is not good if I remove SSD1?

How do you prevent this on SSD #2, by physically removing SSD #1 when installing OS #2?

Appreciate any help.

Answer:Windows 10 Dual Boot UEFI Missing or Shared Partitions on SSD2?

Yes, the only way to ensure that a clean install of Windows will not affect any other hard drives/SSDs with system partitions on them is to disconnect them when installing Windows to the drive you want it exclusively on. Unplugging either the data cable or the power cable is good enough.

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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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Hi all,

So I got a new laptop its a Lenovo Y700-15ISK, UEFI Bios. I am trying to get the machine to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10. I installed Windows 10 first, no problem. Windows 7x64 is just not working.

My windows 10 was a fresh install, slipstreamed updates and drivers from Lenovo using NTLite.

Windows 7, slipstreamed all Lenovo Windows 7x64 drivers, also windows updates (sp2). Windows seems to install fine but when it reboots after the install and boot picks Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager, I get a blue screen! 0x0000007e. I installed the USB 3 drivers via NTLite in booth the install.wim and boot.wim. I don't have an issue with is asking for drivers at the Windows 7 install.

After installing Windows 10, I made these changes to the bios.

Boot mode: Legacy Support
Boot Priority: Legacy First
Turned off OS Optimized defaults

Installed Windows 7x64 from usb stick, install seems to work but when it reboots,
BSOD BLUE SCREEN! Same error 0x0000007e
Also unable to boot into windows 7 using safe mode. I get as far as:
C:/Windows/System32/drivers/disk.sys
then it BSOD's
Totally totally at a loss right now!

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Hi all, So I just got my replacement y-700. It comes with a 128gb SSD drive. It has windows 10 installed. I want to dual boot and want a copy of windows 7 also on the ssd drive. I have sucessfully installed dual boot on the internal hard drive. Can't replicate on the SSD. Steps so far:- Shrunk Windows 10 to make space for windows 7- Bios is set to "Legacy Support", "UEFI First", USB Legacy "enabled". Secure boot doesn't show up when you pick legacy support.- I am able to boot with my windows 7 usb stick (my usb drivers are installed) but when I get to the empty partition to install, I get the ?Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition?- So then in the same menu I deleted the empty partition, and then windows gave me this isn't the recommended order to install. But went ahead to see what happened. Files started installing but at the end got an unable error. So what did I miss? I have the internal drive dual booting no problem.

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Hi I am trying to Dual Boot Windows PE UEFI and Windows 7 64 bit UEFI both running from the Hard Disk
So I apply the Windows 7 64 bit Image to the Hard Disk with the below mentioned diskpart Script to W: and run the following bcdboot and bcdedit commands
bcdboot W:\windows /s S: /l en-US /f UEFI
bcdedit /set {default} path \Windows\System32\Winload.efi
bcdedit /set {default} device partition=W:
bcdedit /default {default}
select disk 0
clean
convert GPT
create partition EFI size=100 offset=1024
format quick fs=fat32 label=EFI
assign letter=S
set id="C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B"
create partition MSR size=128
create partition primary size=50000
format quick fs=ntfs label=Recovery
assign letter=R
create partition primary size=3048
format quick fs=fat32 label=Bootrec
assign letter="B"
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs label=Windows
assign letter=W
set id="EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7"
list volume
exit
As you can see i am creating a new partition of size 3 GB and labeling it as a Bootrec. Now i need to know how to create a BCDBoot and BCDEDIT entry after applying the  WINPE image to Partition B:. So that the Boot Menu Contains an option which says
WINPE which boots right into the WINPE image?
Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated. I tried to follow the article mentioned below but that is breaking the Windows 7 bcd boot entries.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh2651... Read more

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Hi all,

I got a new laptop. It is UEFI. I want to have multiple partitions. 1. Windows 10 2. Windows 7 3. Another Windows 7 Install or Windows 10

Created slipstream ISO of both Windows Pro x64 and Windows 10 Home x64, with updates and drivers from lenovo.

Deleted all partitions on the HD, installed Windows 10. Then in the UEFI bios, disabled secure boot and enabled legacy mode with uefi as first option.

Then stuck in my Windows 7 iso and booted. I get to the installing windows prompts and then I get a "Load Driver" pop up. Not sure what driver it is asking for. Laptop has x2 usb ports and x1 usb 2 port. I have the usb in my usb 2 port.

No clue what to do now.

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hello eveybody , i need a halp from this forum for installing dual boot windows 7 32 bit with windows 8 64 bit uefi (gpt ). i tried to install windows 7 32bit but its gives msg " the selected partition is gpt type " . then i searched on goggle regarding this msg and i got to know tht my syetem had uefi system , not bios . so kindly tell me is it possible to install windows 7 32 bit with windows 8 64 bit uefi sustem ? if yes thne assist me what do i need to do for this ? i want to keep my windows 8 64 bit as it has come with my machine and secondly i need to install windows 7 32 bit c which i need to run my some programs tht do not support 64 bit windows . thx

Answer:dual bood windows 7 32 bit with windows 8 64 uefi (gpt )

Sorry, but you need to keep your 32 bit PC.
OR
VirtualBox - Install Windows 8
VMware Player - Install Windows 8

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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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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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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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I've a version of Windows XP home installed on my comp the way it is. My comp has two harddrives, one an old IDE 80 GB harddrive and another 500 GB sata harddrive that I recently installed. The IDE harddrive is basically full and it has the Windows XP installed on it. Now, I want to dual boot with XP and Windows 7. I'm wondering how I can do this without losing all the junk that I have on my comp.

I think this also means I've to partition the harddrive(s)?? I don't know how to do that either so suggestions would be lovely. I want to be able install the Windows 7 on the new 500 gig harddrive since there is still like 430 gigs of free space on that one.

Any responses are greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Dual booting XP and Windows 7

Forget this, just install 7, and use XP mode??

That's my suggestion.
 

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I currently have XP, considering upgrading to 7 (64bit)

I'm a little scared i'm not going to like 7 so want to hang on to XP as a back-up.

What I want to know is, using cloning software (I think i'll either use the seagate software as I have a hardrive or two of theirs (Acronis) or XXClone) can I clone my XP system on to a separate hardrive, upgrade to 7 from there and boot from the separate HDD's while I decide?

Will the licences get grumpy cos i'm running from the same copy of XP?

I've never actually tried cloning before so i'm also a little worried that the XP clone wont work to start with (after forking out for a new HDD to clone to)

Thanks in advance

Answer:Dual Booting XP Windows 7

The best way would be to make another partition for Windows 7 then do a clean install of Windows 7. But make sure your system will handle and is compatible with Windows 7 before installing using Windows 7 Advisor.

How to setup dual boot for Windows XP and Windows 7.

Note in the illustration it shows to use Windows 7 DVD. I recommend using Windows XP to shrink the volume (Partition) Partition Wizard Home Edition to resize (Shrink) the volume to make a suitable partition for Windows 7 I recommend at least 60GB for Windows 7. Make sure your Hard drives or the partition which XP is on is big enough and has enough room to make a partition for Windows 7.

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I have XP and considering having a dual booting system. I'm a bit confused as to whether I need an upgrade version of Windows 7 or a "full version," since they will be on different drives. I'm further confused having read that when up upgrading from XP to W7 using upgrade software, its necessary to do a clean install. Isn't a clean install the same as installing from scratch and therefor a full version of W7 is required?

Answer:Windows 7 and XP Dual Booting

no one as far as I know has successfully upgraded from XP to 7, Microsoft recognises this and have a good tutorial click herethere is a video guide and a pdf tutorial there .the upgrade disc will do a full install to just choose custom during install and choose what drive you want to install on and your away .

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Hello;
I'm building a Dual boot machine with windows 7 Pro. and 10 Pro.  i dived a 1TB drive, installing windows 7 Pro goes great,7 up and running..... after loading windows 10 Pro on the second Partition..( 10 runs grate) But now  I can not restart windows
7 from the boot menu, The system gives me a "system and or drivers can not be verified"  using F8 to try to Disable vitrification just takes me in a loop to the advanced boot menu..   How can i get past this????......

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I don't need a boot loader do I? I have win 7 as my primary partition and going to be installing win 8.1 on my logical partition

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Answer:Dual booting windows

Windows Comes with a boot loader so it will detect it anyway i think.

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Hello. I have looked through the forums, but have not seen this exact problem listed. I hope someone can help me.

I bought a new computer kit last month, and after I got it all together, I installed Windows 7 Pro 64. It has the AMD A8-3850 Quad core CPU, 8gb of RAM, on an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard, and a 1tb SATA HDD. One of the first things I had to do after installing the OS was to flash the BIOS on the MB. I have everything the way I want it on the computer now, and made a backup image of the C drive.

For the most part, everything is good with Win7. The only thing I don't like is with the sound card. I like to sing Karaoke on a website, but I couldn't get the "What you hear" function on the onboard sound card. So I bought a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer. I have the WYH function now, but my voice coming through the headphones has a lag that throws me off. So I have decided that I want to do a dual boot with Windows XP.

I have read many tutorials that tell how to do a dual boot setup, so I set out to do that. When going into the WinXP setup, I was having a problem with the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and install the winXP first, then just install the Win7 backup afterwards.

WinXP saw the hard drive and had me do the partition and format then winxp installed fine, no problems. Ok, one problem. It installed on the C: drive. It didn't give me another option. And I know when I go to put the backup of WIN7 back on, it will want to be on the C: drive a... Read more

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 and XP

Hello ShdwKnght, welcome to Seven Forums!


You really screwed yourself by forcing a 5th partition and accepting a Dynamic disk; XP will probably stop booting before long and I doubt you'll be able to get Windows 7 installed at all as-is; do you have good back-ups of everything on the entire HDD?

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Hi, I am currently using a lenovo G570 running windows 7 and it comes with all partitions fuul so i can not create a new one. from what i know i need to install windows 8 in another disk partition but i cant create one... how can i do the dual boot or modify the existing partitions?

Answer:dual booting windows 7 & 8

If your harddisk is full, you cannot create another partition. You need to format the old one and install it in newly formatted partition. (warning! All data on the formatted partition will lost!) But move out all important data before doing so.
 
Thank you.

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I've looked around a bit and I can't seem to find an article on how to do what I'm trying to accomplish. Currently I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on my work PC. Unfortunately a member of our team has decided to take employment elsewhere, and now I'm going to be taking on all of his responsibilities (25 years of experience I get to learn in 2 weeks :banghead). Part of that involves using a software that only works on 32-bit. I've tried using it in compatibility mode, and it seems to crash too often to be productive with.

What I'd like to do is create a Dual Boot between the 64bit version I currently have installed, and a new 32 bit version I'd use solely for this software. Problem I have is, I don't have a separate partition defined already. I've got 33gb of space left on a 150gb drive (almost all data is stored on network drives), of which probably 20gb can be cleaned up if necessary. Can someone help me do what I'm trying to accomplish?
 

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7

You need to create a second partition. Some free tools do this:

http://majorgeeks.com/Parted_Magic_d6107.html

Now configure how to multiboot:

Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2. Click Advanced System Settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

4. Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to use when you turn on or restart your computer.
 

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I have both windows 7 and 8 installed and reboot to switch from one to the other. If I upgraded one of the windows installations to windows 10; will it affect the installation of the other? In other words, will I still be able to dual boot?

I'm worried that if I upgrade my windows 7 to 10 it might identify and remove my windows 8.1 as well.

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Is it possible to dual boot Windows 7 Pro, one partition being a 32 bit system, and one being a 64 bit?
I have a program that just won't run on 64 bit, and my processor doesn't allow for Virtual PC, so can I have a separate partition with 32 bit Windows 7 Pro running?

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Yes its possible to dual boot Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit. Install Windows 7 64bit on one partition. Then shrink that partition and install Windows 7 32bit to the new (shrinked) partition. Also, use VMWare player or Sun Virtualbox to run Virtual OS. No need of any Virtualization support CPU.

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Hello,

Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I am new to this site so please move this if appropriate.

I have recently just upgraded to a new laptop, due to my old laptop (4 years old, running windows 7) has been giving me overheating issues for what seems like an eternity. This new laptop, a HP with intel i7, has Windows 10.

The laptop runs a lot cooler than my old Windows 7 laptop however some of the older games that I have, which work fine on windows 7, do not on windows 10.

Since my laptop has a 2TB hard drive, I am thinking about dual booting Windows 10 and 7 on the same laptop. I know this is possible, but I have never performed a dual boot setup on a laptop before and am worried I might mess things up.

Can someone on here please give me some detailed help on performing a dual boot? This would assume partitioning the hard drive into (C) Windows 10 (approx. 1TB), (D) Recovery partition for 10 (already installed) and (F) 1TB for Windows 7. (The E drive is my DVD writer.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:dual booting windows 7 and 10

Hi spotify95, welcome to Ten Forums. These are from the tutorial forums. The first to add a partition. Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Help Forums . The second to dual boot. Just substitute win 7 for win 10 where it appears since the tutorial is for adding a win 10 to an existing win 7 system. Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums .

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Hi,

I have the ESD for Windows 10 built 10240 . I need to clean install it on a different drive and dual boot it with Windows 8.1. Can I simply boot with the 10 ISO (in UEFI boot) and clean install it on a different drive?

Would I then be able to dual boot it with my activated 8.1 copy?

Answer:Dual Booting with Windows 8.1

The procedure below will allow you to boot Windows separately or in dual boot configuration.
Here's what I recommend to do:
Disconnect the drive containing Windows 8.1Install Windows 10 with one drive connected.After step 2, reconnect the drive containing Windows 8.1Boot up Windows 8.1. Open disk management and take a note of the drive letter of Windows 10 OS.
NOTE: if you boot up Windows 10, then take a note of Windows 8.1 drive letterOpen Admin command prompt and type: bcdboot X:\windows where X: is the drive letter of Windows 10 (Windows 8.1 if you boot from Windows 10 in step 4)Reboot the PC. You should have a dual boot screen.

NOTE: To break off the dual boot setting, Win+R->msconfig->boot and delete the none default entry on the list.

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hello all, I recently dual booted these to OPs and ive realised I cant open my steam games on the windows 7 harddrive. Is there a way to open these games or not?

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Hi

I know there is a thread on this related to a very good tutorial which I used to set up my dual boot with DualBoot Pro in the first place. Unfortunately the thread is so long that it gets to the point of not being very helpful so I thought it best to create a new topic.

I tried to use my xp system for the first time the other evening and it wouldn't boot. Just kept booting into Win7 (main system). I got into a bit of a pickle using dualboot pro to try to change the drive for the xp system and I also tried creating a Windows Legacy boot loader on the partition on whcih XP resides. All I succeeded in doing was stopping Win7 from booting as ntdlr could not be found. I fixed this by restoring the win7 mbr from command prompt but now, I need to work out what's wrong.
DUALBOOTPRO boot info - does this indicate what is wrong? Why can I not boot into the XP system when I select it on the start up dos screen?

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {53560040-0fd5-11df-8d26-a656ea69480c}
displayorder {current}
{ntldr}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path ... Read more

Answer:Dual Booting WIndows 7 and XP

Hve you tried Easy bcd??

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Hi all - so very sorry for the lengthy post but I feel giving necessary information ahead of time can help a lot...........I spent the better part of yesterday running around the Net and even here for instructions on how to set up a dual boot setup. While what I found was great the instructions weren't very helpful to my specific situation. I've never set up a dual boot system so every part of this is new to me and while I'm not a novice with computers when it gets into "installers" and the inner workings of Windows I get lost.I have a 7-1/2 year old super Gateway desktop that came with XP Pro, changed it to XP Pro Retail, but only have gone as far as SP2 because SP3 always gave me problems. The system has royally passed the Windows 7 Advisor test except for a couple of printers I have connected to it but the hardware is just fine. At the time of purchase in July 2002 the system cost me $6,000 - half of that was for the 22" LCD digital/analog display alone. I've gutted it out as much as I could over the years and while I'd love to upgrade the board, processor and memory, it being a Gateway is pretty much impossible given the proprietary way they make their systems. The system is a 700XL desktop, was considered their top-shelf machine at purchase, and now has 2 Gigs of Rambus memory (came with one gig), I swiped out the OEM video card for an nVidia GeForce 6800, 128 Meg AGP 8x/4x, changed the OEM sound to the Creatives Live Drive Bl... Read more

Answer:Dual Booting XP with Windows 7

Hello LadyKeys,

I'm by no means the authority on this subject, but I have been success in completing this very task of dual booting XP & 7. I currently dual boot Win. XP 32bit & Win 7 64bit.

Solution: The trick, as with all basic Windows dual boot setups (without using special boot manager software), is that the older OS must be installed first, in this case Windows XP. Also, I believe Windows XP must be installed on the primary drive (I have all SATA drives and I did not get the dual boot menu when XP was installed on the drive assigned to port 1 vs port 0. I had to specify in the BIOS which drive to boot from in order to get to the specific OS). After you have Windows XP installed then install Windows 7 on the secondary/slave drive and that should be it. At boot up you should get a boot menu with an option to boot to an "Earlier Version of Windows" or Windows 7.

Note: Both drives should be connected when you install Windows 7 so that Windows 7 will detect the Windows XP partition and setup the boot manager accordingly. Finally, take care not to install Windows 7 on the same drive/partition as Windows XP during the Windows 7 installation.

Good luck,
Technine22

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Hi, I am considering dual booting windows 32 bit and 64 bit, each on a separate drive. How do I go about this? can I simply pop in the dvd and choose a drive, and it knows to bring up a dual boot menu? Are there any considerations?
Also, I would like to move my games, is this possible? Do i have to install again, and for steam games download them again?
Also, are SSD drives worth it? Thanks and sorry for noob questions.

Answer:Dual booting 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7

Hi,

Yeah you can install two separate OS's on separate drives but why do you want a 64bit and 32bit OS of Win7? Win7 64bit allows you to use 32bit options for installing games etc. anyway so essentially it already does both 32bit and 64bit in the one OS. But if you want to continue then read this post Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on Different Drives?

This I found out for someone just yesterday but they were installing 7 and XP on separate HDD's but i'm sure the principles are exactly the same. As for moving games you would have to re-install the games on the other HDD but you can take the save files from the games folder in C: /Programs/whatever game it is, put them on a flash drive or dvd then copy them across to the exact same folder on the other HDD.

Hope this Helps

Steve

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Quick note: All drives I mention in the post ARE partitions. D and E drive are partitions and I only have one HDD.

Hey guys, I'm just wondering about something recently regarding drive letters with dual boots. Lately I installed Windows 7 in dual boot with XP (XP was the OS that was installed first). When I booted to Windows 7, it started off as C drive, and when I booted back to XP, XP was C drive. Okay, that's sweet, I understand that the OS I'm booting to will be the C drive, right?

Now that's really not much of a problem, but I also read on Google that you'd also be able to install XP on a "fixed drive letter" - sorry if that's by any chance confusing, but what I mean is, being able to install XP on E drive, and when you boot to XP, it'll stay as "E " and NOT make itself "C".

Does this particular tutorial achieve that?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/...puter-with-xp/

I'm curious since this Vista tutorial seems to mention XP being on a fixed drive letter:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...ista-computer/

(Scroll down on that link and it says "This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP? so you?ll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system." I'm just wondering if this is the case for the Windows 7 tut as well.)

This is probably the most important thing I want to know though - if I do want to have XP on a "fixed drive letter&quo... Read more

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 with XP (XP second)

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I've heard some things about windows 8 HATING dual booting with anything, and that after dual booting people could not boot windows at all.

Has anyone heard/ran into these issues?

I don't plan on migrating (ever) but it is more of a curiosity thing

Answer:Dual booting and windows 8

Yes and no.

Yes if you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 that has the new secure boot and UEFI. Then it is a pain to get the dual boot working.

No if you install Windows 8 on an older machine without UEFI. Then it acts and operates like you would expect. Just cant use the pretty GUI loader for all OS's.

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I am more or less sure I know how to dual boot, differant partitions blah, blah, blah.

But is it possible to create a new partition for Windows 7 RC without erasing the XP partition? Basically XP is at present using 35.7GB of the 320GB HDD it's on, can I create a 120GB partition for W7RC to run on then install onto it without erasing the XP partition?

That may just be the same question twice but it makes sence to me LOL

Oh yeah, if it is possible what software will I need. I doubt XP will let me do it :-D

:major2-Bit-Geek:major
 

Answer:Dual Booting XP & Windows 7 RC

Yes, it's totally possible to create a 2nd partition without losing your current XP installation, and, no, XP won't let you do it. Download BootIT and create a boot CD. Boot to it. When it comes up, you'll be prompted to install to the hard drive, say "NO" or click Cancel and it will enter 'Maintenance Mode', this is what we need. You'll then see a button for "Partition Work". Select it, then select the "Resize" option to shrink the XP partition. Then use the "Create" option for the 2nd W7 partition. Just to be safe, you may want to back up anything you consider "important" from the XP partition. Playing around with partitions ALWAYS has some risk to it, and the worst scenario is always a very real possibility. However, I have tried the exact same thing you're trying to do (with XP and Vista) and it worked out fine. Be sure to run a good cleaning of the XP drive first (get rid of junk, temps, etc) and run a good defrag or two to try to get as much data as possible into one 'chunk' near the beginning of the drive. You can also try using EASEUS Partition Manager, it runs from within Windows so you don't need to create a boot CD. I haven't used it for this type of project though. Other bootable partition managers are available (like CPM for example) but BootIT is easy to use and utilizes the familiar Windows-type of GUI with mouse functionality. Many of the other bootable par... Read more

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I have x64 on my machine right now. Problem is, some apps won't run on it. I was wondering if it was possible to install both versions of Windows on the drive and choose which to run at start-up.

I already have the entire disk formatted for x64 so I don't know if it will be possible to do this without reforematting the entire disk. I plan only on using x32 for iTunes and such things like that that refuse to run on x64 at the moment. I just really need to update the iPod. Badly.

Thanks

--Deadly
 

Answer:Dual booting Windows x64 and x32

You can use a prog like Partition Magic to adjust your current partition so that you can just go an install x32. However, if that doesn't work, a standard format + partition is in order.

With that said, I use x64 and iTunes + my iPod work just fine. Maybe the problem lies elsewhere with your system?
 

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hey guys, Im upgrading a computer, went to 1gig proc, new motherboard, ram, etc.. I put in a 60 gig HD and have a 8gig also. the 60 will have win2000 installed on it, the 8 has 2000 already installed, do I have to redo the 8 gig as win 95 or 98 in order to set it up as dual boot? and how do I set it up for dual boot, I cant remember .... please help!!!!
 

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Hi, I have just purchased a new HD and want to install windows 8 on it. I already have windows 7 installed on another HD and I want to know what I will need to do to get them to dual boot. I heard some people have problems getting them to boot when they are on separate drives and I don't want to run into the same problems. Thankyou!!

Answer:Help dual booting windows 7 and 8

This is actually the cleanest method for a Dual-boot setup...and since Win8 is still a Beta i highly recommend it...The basic procedure is to unhook the Win7 HDD and do the complete install of 8 to the other HDD...Once all is up and running then re-connect the Win7 HDD ...This way they won't bang heads...At boot you enter Setup and select which Drive/system you want to boot to at that time...PS file sharing etc. are completely workable in this scenario as well so i'd suggest this is the way to go...Let us know if you have any further questions.

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