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Windows 7: Reinstall Win 7 has stopped dual boot


30 Sep 2009   #1

Windows Vista and 7
 
 
Reinstall Win 7 has stopped dual boot

I have 3 partitions - 1=Vista, 2=Win 7, 3=Data.

Dual boot had Vista as default but Win 7 available too.
The Win 7 installation started coming up with a Winload error and would not repair.

I Booted from Win 7 RC DVD, deleted partition 2 and re-installed Win 7 on the new, unallocated partition 2.

Now the system boots ONLY into Win 7 with no Vista option.
Advanced System Setting shows only Win 7. How can I add my Vista, partition 1, into the dual boot set up?
Vista is my "LIVE" system. Win 7 is for evaluation, learnning only.

Regards
Doug


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30 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could repair Vista to get that booting, using the DVD, and then do away with your dual boot setup. I despise them for many reaosns, but this being one of them. You're top priority is getting your production system back online, and then you can worry about testing Windows 7 later. By now, you probably know what you plan to do when it is released, so I wouldn't bother putting an RC back on there. If anything, get the RTM from Microsoft if you need to do more testing.
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30 Sep 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dougham View Post
I have 3 partitions - 1=Vista, 2=Win 7, 3=Data.

Dual boot had Vista as default but Win 7 available too.
The Win 7 installation started coming up with a Winload error and would not repair.

I Booted from Win 7 RC DVD, deleted partition 2 and re-installed Win 7 on the new, unallocated partition 2.

Now the system boots ONLY into Win 7 with no Vista option.
Advanced System Setting shows only Win 7. How can I add my Vista, partition 1, into the dual boot set up?
Vista is my "LIVE" system. Win 7 is for evaluation, learnning only.

Regards
Doug
If both OS'es are there and visible you can use bcdEdit to edit the boot loader. see the tutorial here for instructions BCDEDIT - How to Use

hope this helps

ken
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30 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums, dougham
I would also recomend that you try bcd. It is very easy to use and it will do the job that you are wanting done.
Good luck to you and I hope that you enjoy your time here on SevenForums.
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30 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

I have found, that with Windows 7/Vista & Ubuntu Linux dual boots that Linux must be installed last because of the GRUB Bootloader.

Advice would be install Windows Vista first, and then update it 100%, and then install Windows 7. Once this is done, I would back up your drive using Norton Ghost, or some imaging program. It works wonders for what I do.
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30 Sep 2009   #6

Windows Vista and 7
 
 
Thanks

Living in Australia, I appreciate the overnight response.

I ran repair from the Vista DVD and now both OSs are visible.
I'll use bcdedit as advised to change the default boot.

Thanks again for the quick response.
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30 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Good to se it worked Doug.
I suggest you mark the thread as read (click on the report icon on the upper right corner and state it is solved) so others can benefit from this.
I also suggest you rep the members that helped you (middle icon, same place)
Enjoy 7 mate!
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13 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate/XP SP3
 
 
This helped

I had a similar problem.

I reinstalled Windows 7 after uninstalling it a while ago and everything went haywire. My Windows 7 partition was somehow Logical instead of Primary and the boot sector code for disk partition was corrupted. After finally fixing those problems with Partition Magic and the Recovery Tools I got Windows 7 working.

Unfortunately it just started right up, XP was no longer a boot option.

The information on the page about bcdedit totally fixed my problem. Specifically this step:

Quote:
bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=F:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast
Creating that allowed me to boot from XP again.

I just wanted to point out that specific part as it relates to dual booting XP and Windows 7.


EDIT: Ack I lied! When I go to start XP it just restarts my computer and gives me the boot choice screen again. Well I'm sure that'll help SOME people anyway.
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