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Windows 7: Cannot set Win 7 as default boot, Dual Boot OSX Win 7 machine

27 Jan 2012   #1
cnsjones

win7 ult x64 Dual Boot OSX
 
 
Cannot set Win 7 as default boot, Dual Boot OSX Win 7 machine

The machine is functioning fine in OSX AND in Windows 7, BUT I cannot set the default boot system to Windows.

Neither Windows (loaded using "Option" F8 key) nor OSX will let me reset the default system to Windows.

When I try using System Preferences in OSX, I get the screen with two systems shown, "Mac OSX 10.7.2" and "Untitled Windows."
When I highlight the Windows, and click restart, I get a popup window that says "You can't change the startup disk... The Bless tool was unable to set the current boot disk."

I need the machine to boot into windows by default.

I am a novice, so details will be needed.

Help appreciated!


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27 Jan 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Type msconfig into start/search and hit Enter. Go to the Boot tab. There you can change it. If that does not work, let us know. There are other ways too.
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27 Jan 2012   #3
cnsjones

win7 ult x64 Dual Boot OSX
 
 

Should have mentioned- Totally unfamiliar with Mac systems and operations.
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27 Jan 2012   #4
cnsjones

win7 ult x64 Dual Boot OSX
 
 

Did as you suggested; Will not let me do it.

Boot Tab: "Set as default" is greyed out.

Next?
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27 Jan 2012   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

I wonder if EasyBCD would do it......Wolfgang?

The free version is at the very bottom of the page....
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27 Jan 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes, try EasyBCD as Golden suggests. The procedure is in Step 3 of this tutorial.
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27 Jan 2012   #7
cnsjones

win7 ult x64 Dual Boot OSX
 
 

That reads like DELETING the OS, I don't want to delete either OS, just make Win 7 the default Boot System.

Will that BCD do that without deleting the OS?

Thanks
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27 Jan 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sorry, my bad. I'll get back with the right link in a minute.
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27 Jan 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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28 Jan 2012   #10
cnsjones

win7 ult x64 Dual Boot OSX
 
 
Easy BCD

OK I downloaded the Easy BCD in the Windows mode, and it does not even show the Mac OSX! Only Win 7 is shown. Two systems are not on the screen.

What now?
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