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Windows 7: Restored Windows Back Up To Another Partition Of Dual Boot Drive

23 Oct 2014   #11
Botard

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Yes Greg, I unplug it and found Windows 7 needs a Windows installation disc to repair it from booting. I didn't insert the Windows 7 installation disc because I'm afraid it will change the booting menu from Windows 8 to Windows 7 (black Screen menu). I'm in Windows 8 now and downloading EasyBCD and hopefully this will not change the Windows 8 booting menu when it successful to boot the Windows 7.


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23 Oct 2014   #12
gregrocker

 

You can always restore the Win8 Modern Dual Boot interface by marking the System Reserved partition Active and then running Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8. This may itself create the Dual Boot, or you can then add Win7 using EasyBCD.
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23 Oct 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

Didn't Botard just report that it booted into Windows 8 when the other drive was unplugged? This would confirm that the Dual Boot hard drive is bootable on its own, since the "System" ("Boot" in Partition Wizard) flag that normally confirms this will not show on a drive that is not booted.

So this is why we do not see the PW "Boot" flag on Drive 1 System Reserved partition in screenshot that is booted into Drive 2.

In that case all that's needed is to add Win7 to Dual Boot using EasyBCD.

If Drive 1 is not bootable on its own, then it would need Windows 8 Automatic Repair to start 8 and then add 7 using EasyBCD. This will preserve the modern Dual boot menu.

If Win7 will not start then, it may require Startup Repair from its disk. Kaktussoft may have some commands that will start it without replacing the modern Dual Boot menu.
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23 Oct 2014   #14
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Botard View Post
Yes Greg, I unplug it and found Windows 7 needs a Windows installation disc to repair it from booting. I didn't insert the Windows 7 installation disc because I'm afraid it will change the booting menu from Windows 8 to Windows 7 (black Screen menu). I'm in Windows 8 now and downloading EasyBCD and hopefully this will not change the Windows 8 booting menu when it successful to boot the Windows 7.
Just add the new win7 clone to the boot menu using easybcd from within win8. In win8 the drive letter is also F?

Is it in the boot menu afterwards?
I think it doesn't boot.... what error message?
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23 Oct 2014   #15
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Didn't Botard just report that it booted into Windows 8 when the other drive was unplugged? This would confirm that the Dual Boot hard drive is bootable on its own since the System (Boot in Partition Wizard) flag that normally confirms this will not show on a drive that is not booted.

So this is why we do not see the PW Boot flag on Drive 1 System Reserved partition in screenshot that is booted into Drive 2.

In that case all that's needed is to add Win7 to Dual Boot using EasyBCD.

If Drive 1 is not bootable on its own, then it would need Windows 8 Automatic Repair to start 8 and then add 7 using EasyBCD. This will preserve the modern Dual boot menu.
Sorry... I did make my message while he was posting. So i didn't read that post. I removed my previous post
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23 Oct 2014   #16
gregrocker

 

Where it becomes tricky is if the copy will not start once added to Dual Boot menu. Is it because it's copied and not imaged?

If Win7 Startup Repair is run it may replace the modern Dual Boot menu with the older style. Kaktussoft may have commands to try to start Win7 without affecting the modern boot menu. If not then once Win7 starts if you want the Modern boot menu back then run 8 Automatic Repair to restore it, if necessary add Win7 again.
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23 Oct 2014   #17
Botard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Didn't Botard just report that it booted into Windows 8 when the other drive was unplugged? This would confirm that the Dual Boot hard drive is bootable on its own since the System (Boot in Partition Wizard) flag that normally confirms this will not show on a drive that is not booted.
Two drives have each system reserved. Windows 8 was booted but not the Windows 7 for 1T Bytes while other drive was unplug. When I booted the Windows 7 there are 3 step to take. I remember step 1 to insert Windows 7 installation disc...
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23 Oct 2014   #18
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Where it becomes tricky is if the copy will not start once added to Dual Boot menu. Is it because it's copied and not imaged? If Repairs are run it may replace the Modern Dual Boot menu with the older style. Kaktussoft may have commands to try to start Win7 without affecting the modern boot menu, which he knows better than I. If not then once Win7 starts if you want the Modern boot menu back then run 8 Automatic Repair to restore it, if necessary add Win7 again.
Greg he did clone... so an EXACT copy.




In the clone:
  • It registry has a value that defines C. It is pointing to the old C.
  • It registry has a value that defines F. It is pointing to the old F.
Old C is unavailable so can be reused automagically. That's why you always advise to unplug the old drive.
But new C is already called F.... so won't be renamed automagically!

All he has to do is:
Mount the win7 registry from within win8. And modify key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

So from elevated command prompt in win8:
Code:
reg  load  HKLM\MY_SYSTEM   D:\Windows\System32\config\system
REG  DELETE  HKLM\MY_SYSTEM\MountedDevices  /v  \DosDevices\C:  /f
REG  DELETE  HKLM\MY_SYSTEM\MountedDevices  /v  \DosDevices\F:  /f
reg  unload  HKLM\MY_SYSTEM
Replace D with actual drive letter of new win7 partition.
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23 Oct 2014   #19
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Botard View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Didn't Botard just report that it booted into Windows 8 when the other drive was unplugged? This would confirm that the Dual Boot hard drive is bootable on its own since the System (Boot in Partition Wizard) flag that normally confirms this will not show on a drive that is not booted.
Two drives have each system reserved. Windows 8 was booted but not the Windows 7 for 1T Bytes while other drive was unplug. When I booted the Windows 7 there are 3 step to take. I remember step 1 to insert Windows 7 installation disc...
Until all has been fiexed... keep other drive unplugged! What exact error message if you boot to new win7?
new win7 already added to bootmenu using easybcd (done when other drive was unplugged!!)?
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23 Oct 2014   #20
Botard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Until all has been fiexed... keep other drive unplugged! What exact error message if you boot to new win7?
new win7 already added to bootmenu using easybcd (done when other drive was unplugged!!)?
Windows 7 failed to start from Windows boot manager, Kaktussoft. This is what I did in EasyBCD...

Restored Windows Back Up To Another Partition Of Dual Boot Drive-capture.png

Should I try to insert Windows 7 installation disc then try Windows 8 repair for its boot menu as Greg mentioned to go back or did I correctly used the EasyBCD?


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