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Windows 7: Sharing apps and files between Windows 8/7 dual boot


07 Oct 2012   #1

Win 8 duals Win 7 64bit
 
 
Sharing apps and files between Windows 8/7 dual boot

Hey guys, I had this Windows 8 installed on a separate drive volume I reserved 18000MB to it which appears as drive G: in Win 7. In this way, I could keep both Windows 8 and 7 separately.

Now the problem is, when I boot into Windows 8, the system does not see the normal drive C. Instead it sees its own volume G: as a drive C, and does not actually see the bigger drive C: that is tied to Windows 7. So I cannot access the Program Files in Windows 7 and open Google Chrome from Win 8. I just don't want to install everything twice, one for each operating system.

Any help on making the "Windows 7 drive" look visible on "Windows 8" will be appreciated.




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07 Oct 2012   #2

7 x64
 
 

You can't run programs that are installed in Win 7 in Win8 without first Re-Installing them in Win 8. Most all programs add something to the registry when they are installed. So they are installed in 7 with those entries added to the 7 registry. Trying to run them in 8 will fail because those same reg entries are not present in the 8 registry.

As to not being able to see the Win 7 install drive that is odd. It should show up as some other drive letter than C but it should be there.
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07 Oct 2012   #3

Win 8 duals Win 7 64bit
 
 

It's just that my 640GB internal hard drive looks smaller on Win 8. The Windows 7 partition is gone. At least if I can access the Windows 7 "Program Files (x86)" then run GoogleChrome.exe on Win 8 then I think I could most likely run it without worrying about the registries, because some exception handler will just re-create the registries for Win 8 from sketch.

I will post the same "My Computer" screenshot view from Windows 8 as well so you can see how it looks from both sides, just hold a sec.
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07 Oct 2012   #4

7 x64
 
 

Yes post a SS from Win 8.

Als a SS from Disk Management from win 8
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07 Oct 2012   #5

Win 8 duals Win 7 64bit
 
 

sorry for late reply, having a hard time figuring out Windows 8.
Here are the screens. So what happened to my 220GB C: drive that is meant to be there?


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07 Oct 2012   #6

Win 8 duals Win 7 64bit
 
 

holy s**t, it's there! Sorry bro, it wasnt there the first time. I see all I needed was a reboot on Win 8.
Now I feel stupid.
I shoulda looked more carefully before taking the screens.
You can make fun of me.
I'm cool with that.
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07 Oct 2012   #7

7 x64
 
 

No fun of you. I knew it would be there. Sometimes you just skip over stuff. Like making the same Math mistake over and over when it is right in front of your face.
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07 Oct 2012   #8

Win 8 duals Win 7 64bit
 
 

True. Btw, I opened Chrome and it opened with factory settings. My ChromeAppData was gone. So I had to re-customize it. Just a note for those who are going to dual boot Win 8 and 7 after me, copy down the AppData.
Thanks dude.
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