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Windows 7: Help Needed with Dual Boot Options


10 Mar 2013   #1

 
 
Help Needed with Dual Boot Options

I set up my PC to dual boot to Windows 7 or W8. All working fine until the PC refused to boot up saying there was an error due to removing a large storage device. I had pulled a 32GB USB stick from the machine earlier that day with using safely remove options.
I thought I could repair the boot loader but could not manage this. I had the retail Windows 7 DVD so used that to hopefully repair Windows but managed somehow to install another version of Windows 7.
Result is that after managing to repair my original Windows 7 I now have two versions of Windows 7 intalled on the same partition. (W8 is on a separate partition). I have used EasyBCD to rename the new Windows 7 installation which I now wish to remove from the PC.
I can easily delete using EasyBCD but want to delete the actual installation as well not just the boot option. When I delete using EasyBCD does this delete the second (unwanted Windows 7 installation) or just the option at startup. If only the startup title how do I delete the other unwanted installation. Will a system restore from my wanted Windows 7 installation be sufficient.

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10 Mar 2013   #2

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If you reinstall Windows 7 on that partition, your old install is in the Windows,old folder.

Therefore you will need to delete the old non-booting windows 7 in the startup menu.

Also you will need to reinstall all software app's.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management, FIRST?

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10 Mar 2013   #3
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All you needed to do was System Restore to before the problem, not reinstall the OS. It's not even possible to reinstall the OS accidentally since you have to select Install Now and choose the partition where to install.

If you chose the Windows 7 partition it overwrote the old Windows 7. Your old Windows 7 is either lost or may have been stuffed in a windows.old folder in the C drive root. Check now.

Once we see the Disk Mgmt screenshot we can see better what has been done. Do you still want to keep the Dual Boot intact? You may need to set up Windows 7 again after rescuiing your files from windows.old.

There is a way to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder however it is very complicated and not always successful.
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10 Mar 2013   #4

 
 

I could not do a system restore as I could not get the PC to boot up. Not sure how I managed it but I now have three options at boot up. Windows 7 X 2 and W8
I now have my old Windows 7 back up and running with all my associated software installed. If I select the other Windows 7 I get a clean install with no other software installed. All I want to do now is delete the second Windows 7 installation that I don't need. PS How do I get to Disk management to take a screen shot
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10 Mar 2013   #5
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Why don't you ask first instead of telling us what can't be done? System Recovery Options

Are you also not aware that the blue links are tutorials which you click on to get illustrated steps how to do an operation? Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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10 Mar 2013   #6

 
 

Did not realise the blue links were tutorials. I do now
Thanks
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10 Mar 2013   #7

 
 

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10 Mar 2013   #8
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Mark H Inactive. Only the OS holding the System Boot files (which is C) should be marked Active: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

Where are Windows 8 and the second Windows 7 installed? If necessary post Disk Mgmt screenshots from both of those OS's to be absolutely certain. We need to know this before we can advise you precisely.

Please don't reply again that the second Windows 7 is also on C as this is not possible and it would have overwritten the old Windows 7 if so. Since you can boot into a second Windows 7 OS, easiest is to post back a screenshot from it and Win8 so we don't miss anything.
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