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Windows 7: Dual Boot with Windows 7 and 8! Windows 7 not working!

27 May 2013   #1
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Dual Boot with Windows 7 and 8! Windows 7 not working!

Hi everyone. I posted yesterday on my dual booting problem with my partitions but a forum member named gregrocker kindly helped me out throughout the process. Windows 8 worked fine after I installed it and I even signed in and did everything I could on a normal Windows 8 PC. When I booted up my system, I even saw the Windows bootloader menu asking me if I wanted Windows 8 or Windows 7. I picked Windows 8 the first 2 times and it worked fine and then I picked Windows 7 and it launched the HP Automatic Recovery instead of Windows 7. I panicked and I just did I full system restore back to factory condition. Now I can successfully boot into Windows 7 but Windows 8 is gone and the partition that I had created for Windows 8, I just formatted it so it erased everything. The reason I did this is because I want to start over with dual-booting. Can somebody please guide me through the correct steps in dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 without having this problem again. I still have the partition I created for Windows 8 consisting of 105 GB but its empty right now.


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27 May 2013   #2
theog

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Had a quick at your thread.
Dynamic and Basic Partitions?!?!
Can you post a screen shot of Disk management, as is now?

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27 May 2013   #3
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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27 May 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

When a Dual Boot Menu is not configured or doesn't work correctly after OS install, install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to delete the failed OS menu listing and then add it again.

Try installing Win8 again.

This is also an opportunity to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 while deleting all partitions during 7 install. The HP factory preinstalled Win7 is a corrupt install smothered by bloatware.
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27 May 2013   #5
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
When a Dual Boot Menu is not configured or doesn't work correctly after OS install, install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to delete the failed OS menu listing and then add it again.

Try installing Win8 again.

This is also an opportunity to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 while deleting all partitions during 7 install. The HP factory preinstalled Win7 is a corrupt install smothered by bloatware.
I just got done deleting the bloatware right now haha. I want the fingerprint software that comes with my laptop to still be there which is why I am not doing a clean install. So you want me to install Windows 8 again right? What if the same problem happens. Can you guide me step by step on how to fix it with easy bcd?
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27 May 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

I don't know why Win8 doesn't configure a Dual Boot. Try in Partition Wizard right clicking Win8 partition to Modify>Set to Primary, OK, Apply. Or delete it and recreate Primary. Then install 8.
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27 May 2013   #7
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I don't know why Win8 doesn't configure a Dual Boot. Try in Partition Wizard right clicking Win8 partition to Modify>Set to Primary, OK, Apply. Or delete it and recreate Primary. Then install 8.
I tried "right clicking Win8 partition to Modify>Set to Primary, OK, Apply" but when I click apply it tells me that it is a demo version and to buy the full version. I am using the MiniTool Partition Wizard you showed me in the other forum.
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27 May 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

Didn't know that is now a paid feature in latest Home version. Delete the partition and recreate it as Primary.
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27 May 2013   #9
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ok that worked. Should I now install Windows 8?
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27 May 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

Yes, from booted WIn8 installer only: Clean Install - Windows 8
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