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Windows 7: how to switch between disks without dual boot

06 Aug 2013   #11
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So are we back to my original idea in post #2?


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06 Aug 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If they are 2 seperate installations you switch by temporarily changing the boot order in the BIOS. And that is the ONLY way it can be done.
That's not true.
That's what the one-time boot menu is for, to choose a different boot device for THAT bootup, without making a BIOS change.
Also, using EasyBCD can allow selecting the boot OS for a multi boot PC.
That's what I said - temporarily changing. It helps if you read the postings.
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06 Aug 2013   #13
kkaran2010

Gujarat
 
 

Install & update the GRUB.
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06 Aug 2013   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If they are 2 seperate installations you switch by temporarily changing the boot order in the BIOS. And that is the ONLY way it can be done.
That's not true.
That's what the one-time boot menu is for, to choose a different boot device for THAT bootup, without making a BIOS change.
Also, using EasyBCD can allow selecting the boot OS for a multi boot PC.
That's what I said - temporarily changing. It helps if you read the postings.
I read the posts...
Perhaps we interpret things a bit differently.
You said "temporarily changing the boot order in the BIOS."
To me that sounds like you are saying the OP must go into the BIOS and change the Boot order "temporarily".

Using the one-time boot-menu does not change anything in BIOS - the BIOS Boot order remains the same.
It allows overriding the default BOOT device for THAT session.
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06 Aug 2013   #15
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I could be wrong here but I don't think you'll be able to boot from the HDD with Windows 7 on at all as it wasn't installed while the HDD was in that particular PC. I'll happily stand corrected if I've got the wrong end of the stick.
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06 Aug 2013   #16
jvuz

 
 

No no, the the 2 systems were installed on that pc, just not connected when the other one was installed. But I'll be using (for this pc) F10 where you can (temporarely) change the boot order.
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06 Aug 2013   #17
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Brink's tutorial works if you follow it properly. There is no doubt on that. Who here has even seen a Tutorial that Brink has published that doesn't work? Pigs will fly first (IMHO, of course!)
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06 Aug 2013   #18
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I could be wrong here but I don't think you'll be able to boot from the HDD with Windows 7 on at all as it wasn't installed while the HDD was in that particular PC. I'll happily stand corrected if I've got the wrong end of the stick.
I've just tried that and the disc that had Win7 installed on another PC does boot up when I connected it to my main PC. The drivers updated too! That's not to say that it wil always work on other machines though! You would need to try! But this is nott the case in the present situation!
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06 Aug 2013   #19
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65
I've just tried that and the disc that had Windows 7 installed on another PC does boot up when I connected it to my main PC. The drivers updated too! That's not to say that it wil always work on other machines though! You would need to try! But this is nott the case in the present situation!
That's surprised me that has. Today really is a school day!
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06 Aug 2013   #20
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Dave nailed it, EasyBCD is the way to go.
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