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Windows 7: Can't boot into original OS after dual boot configuration

23 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 
Can't boot into original OS after dual boot configuration

Hi Everyone,

I recently added a hard drive to my computer (SSD), and installed Windows 7 x64 onto it. The result being a dual boot system, which by default boots to the SSD, and optionally (by Windows Boot Menu), can be booted to the original drive (standard mechanical drive).

Initial setup went fine, however I decided to customize the Windows Boot Menu, so that logical names could be associated with each operating system instance. To do this I used EasyBCD and I altered the names in the Windows Boot Menu from:
Quote:
Windows 7
Windows 7
to...
Quote:
Windows 7 - SSD
Windows 7 - Standard Drive
Shortly after the modification I noticed that I was no longer able to boot into the original OS. Instead I was being presented with a "Repair Windows" option. Figuring that my EasyBCD "tampering" may have had something to do with the issue I decided to change the names back to "Windows 7" in the Windows Boot Menu. However doing so had no positive impact on boot up of the original OS.

After booting again into the original OS I accepted the "Repair Windows" option, and then left the computer over night to do it's "thing". After completion of the "Repair" the situation has deteriorated -

* Windows doesn't load (the same as before)
* Windows doesn't present a "Repair Windows" option (it did before)
* The computer reboots a short period after the "Starting Windows" screen is presented

As a side note the drive is in good health, and all data on it can be read from within Windows 7 when I boot to the SSD OS.

If anybody has any ideas of how I can fix my computer so that I can boot into both operating systems again they will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Feb 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

The Windows 7 installed on SSD is bootable?
Windows 7 installed on mechanical disk isn't booting?

Please post a full screenshot of "disk management" with all fields visible
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23 Feb 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

post output of
bcdedit/enum all
as well. Do this from Elevated Command Prompt
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 

Hi Kaktussoft,

Thanks for your interest in my post - the full output from the command that you kindly supplied is as follows:

Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /enum all

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  partition=D:
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
default                 {current}
resumeobject            {60a99781-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
displayorder            {current}
                        {60a9977e-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                 15
displaybootmenu         Yes

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {60a9977e-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
device                  partition=D:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows 7
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence        {60a9977f-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
recoveryenabled         Yes
osdevice                partition=D:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {60a9977d-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
nx                      OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {60a9977f-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
device                  ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\60a9977f-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d342695
3c\Winre.wim,{60a99780-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
path                    \windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows Recovery Environment
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
osdevice                ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\60a9977f-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d342695
3c\Winre.wim,{60a99780-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
systemroot              \windows
nx                      OptIn
winpe                   Yes

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {current}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows 7
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence        {60a99783-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
recoveryenabled         Yes
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {60a99781-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
nx                      OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {60a99783-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
device                  ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\60a99783-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d342695
3c\Winre.wim,{60a99784-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
path                    \windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows Recovery Environment
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
osdevice                ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\60a99783-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d342695
3c\Winre.wim,{60a99784-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
systemroot              \windows
nx                      OptIn
winpe                   Yes

Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier              {60a9977d-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
device                  partition=D:
path                    \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description             Windows Resume Application
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice              partition=D:
filepath                \hiberfil.sys
debugoptionenabled      No

Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier              {60a99781-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description             Windows Resume Application
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice              partition=C:
filepath                \hiberfil.sys
debugoptionenabled      No

Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier              {memdiag}
device                  partition=D:
path                    \boot\memtest.exe
description             Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
badmemoryaccess         Yes

EMS Settings
------------
identifier              {emssettings}
bootems                 Yes

Debugger Settings
-----------------
identifier              {dbgsettings}
debugtype               Serial
debugport               1
baudrate                115200

RAM Defects
-----------
identifier              {badmemory}

Global Settings
---------------
identifier              {globalsettings}
inherit                 {dbgsettings}
                        {emssettings}
                        {badmemory}

Boot Loader Settings
--------------------
identifier              {bootloadersettings}
inherit                 {globalsettings}
                        {hypervisorsettings}

Hypervisor Settings
-------------------
identifier              {hypervisorsettings}
hypervisordebugtype     Serial
hypervisordebugport     1
hypervisorbaudrate      115200

Resume Loader Settings
----------------------
identifier              {resumeloadersettings}
inherit                 {globalsettings}

Device options
--------------
identifier              {60a99780-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
description             Ramdisk Options
ramdisksdidevice        partition=D:
ramdisksdipath          \Recovery\60a9977f-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c\boot.sdi

Device options
--------------
identifier              {60a99784-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c}
description             Ramdisk Options
ramdisksdidevice        partition=C:
ramdisksdipath          \Recovery\60a99783-b869-11e0-b515-9f5d3426953c\boot.sdi

C:\Windows\system32>
Kind Regards,

Davo
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using SNipping TOol in Start Menu.

The best way to multi-boot when Windows 7 is on separate HD's is via the BIOS, with preferred HD set to boot first then boot the other OS HD using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

Once we see the DIsk Mgmt screenshot we can advise you how best to do this now that you've already installed to SSD without first unplugging the HD. Or if you prefer we can help you use EasyBCD from the SSD to add Windows 7 on the HD correctly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 
Solution found!

Hi All,

Thanks for your assistance. I have sorted the issue...

On installation to the SSD I set the SATA Mode in BIOS to "AHCI", whereas it was originally set to "IDE" when the first Windows installation took place (to the standard mechanical drive)!

After setting the BIOS back to "IDE" I was then able to boot into the first Windows installation (on the standard mechanical drive).

Now I just have to remember to change my BIOS before switching between OS installations.

Kind Regards,

Davo
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

That's a lot of trouble.

Try this conversion on the drive installed in IDE mode: Change IDE to AHCI in BIOS - Much better performance - Windows 7 Forums
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