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Windows 7: My Dual Boot setup has the boot mgr on the wrong drive

19 Jun 2012   #11
hwilker

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

"Did you delete the other OS listing in EasyBCD "Edit OS Menu" tab? This is important so you're not bothered with a Dual Boot menu after unisntalling Easy which wasn't needed here.'

Here is the current status of what EasyBCD displays from the 64 bit OS.

My Dual Boot setup has the boot mgr on the wrong drive-easybcd-edit-boot-menu.jpg

My Dual Boot setup has the boot mgr on the wrong drive-easybcd-view-settings.jpg




Note that I did nothing to change anything from when it was set for dual boot. Whatever changes were made (removing the entry for 32 bit windows) was done via the Startup Repair process.

Currently, when the Samsung SDD (containing the 64 bit OS) has the BIOS boot priority, no option is presented during boot to boot from the 32 bit OS. It just boots directly into the 64 bit OS. This is what I want and, I think, indicates that I can safely remove EasyBCD from the 64 bit OS without making any changes prior to uninstalling it. Correct?

Remember, I installed the application on BOTH the 32 bit OS and the 64 bit OS. And, if I place the OCZ SSD at the top of the BIOS stack, and boot from it, then I get a choice of which OS to boot from. However, I see no need to deal with that since that OS and it's boot environment is going away. Again, am I correct in that assumption.

So, to sum up, in regard to EasyBCD, my intention is to uninstall it from the 64 bit OS, without any modification to its data, and leave it in place on the 32 bit OS until that OS is removed in toto.

"With Win8 i would actually leave the Windows 7 HD plugged in during install because it configures a very impressive Metro-style Dual Boot menu during install which is worth having."

I think I'll have to research this further before deciding how to install Windows 8. I'm not sure I want to go back to a situation where there are inter-dependencies between OS's. It makes backups difficult and seems to me to increase possible points of failure.

After all Windows 7 will likely remain my work environment for quite some time. I'd like it be self-contained. Windows 8 will likely remain a curiousity for me until quite some time after it's official release. I'm not inclined to be an early adopter of a new MS OS.

Thanks again.




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19 Jun 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

Even though Win8 adds itself to the Win7 boot files during install and configures the nice Dual Boot menu, you only need to delete it in Disk Management as I've done several times already. You can also set Win7 as default to boot in 5-10 seconds, as I also did when I chose to let Win8 hang around awhile.

That said, having the HD's independent is a well-considered choice for the reasons you mention.

EasyBCD is good to go when ready.

I'm wondering though why you have the awful Win2000-style graphics in the Easy screenshots. Have you somehow chosen Classic Theme instead of the Aero graphics which makes Win7 so beautiful? Go to Control Panel>Personalization to choose an Aero Theme now.

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19 Jun 2012   #13
hwilker

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

"you only need to delete it in Disk Management"

Does this mean that when you install Windows 8 this way it adds a new partition to the boot drive of Windows 7? Otherwise I'm not clear how you would delete it to get back to a direct Window 7 boot setup.

If that is the case, and, I will still be able to use backup/restore to create a system image for backup purposes that only involves partitions on the C drive (unlike I had prior to today where it required I include the system partition from another physical drive) then you might be right that I should use it. Am I understanding this correctly?

I religiously create a system image that can be used to restore my system on a weekly basis. It has already saved my butt once. That is my main concern.


"I'm wondering though why you have the awful Win2000-style graphics in the Easy screenshots."

Believe it or not, it's a choice. I run with three monitors and a utility that puts a taskbar on each monitor. I find all the popping up previews and the translucency of the taskbar to be distracting with Aero. I also turn off all of the sound effects of Windows.

Admittedly, it's not very pretty, but it's functional and I am used to it. You're far from the first to ask, so I must be weird.

Thanks again for all your help.
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19 Jun 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

When you install a newer Windows OS to a second partition on same or other HD with an older OS still plugged in, it reconfigures the boot files on the older OS System partition to provide the dual boot. So the new OS's boot files are actually contained within the old OS's system partition. Thus you can delete the new OS in Disk Mgmt since there is no System flag on it.

It also requires you to include both OS's in the Win7 backup image. You can avoid this by using another imaging app like free Macrium or Paragon, Acronis free version which comes with any WD or Seagate HD.

I view turning off Aero features and defaulting to Classic theme the same as covering all of a home's windows with grey paper to avoid viewing beauty.
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