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Windows 7: No option to use Windows 8 in dual boot with Windows 7

28 Jun 2013   #11
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yep, that's perfectly normal for the PC to restart to switch from the new Windows 8 boot GUI to the old Windows boot manager. You're good to go then.

If you like, you could stop the restart for this by disabling the new Windows 8 boot GUI to always use the old boot UI.

Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
Hmm I tried this and got this error:
"The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
The requested system device cannot be found."
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It is configured correctly. However Win7 holds the System Boot files so if you decide to remove it you'll need to mark Win8 Active and run it's Automatic Repair to write the boot files onto its partition first.
Thank you, I'll keep that in mind.




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28 Jun 2013   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Probable be best to do that in an elevated command prompt in Windows 8 instead.
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28 Jun 2013   #13
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

That worked

I'm also a bit sceptical of why there is boot files on my Data Drive :S

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28 Jun 2013   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, you could delete the Boot folder, but leave it in the Recycle Bin for now, and see if you are still able to boot into Windows 8 at startup.

If not, then you know what it was for, and can just boot into Windows 7, and restore the Boot folder back from the Recycle Bin.
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29 Jun 2013   #15
gregrocker

 

If you'll look at the screenshot in Post #4 you'll find the answer: The data drive held the System Active flag and thus was then booting at least Win7, which held the Boot (currently booted) flag.

The repairs moved the System Active flags and Boot Files to Win7 and cut the Data drive out of the boot, so those 4 Boot files can be deleted as they are Inactive and not being used. You may need to run the Take Ownership Shortcut on them first.
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29 Jun 2013   #16
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you'll look at the screenshot in Post #4 you'll find the answer: The data drive held the System Active flag and thus was then booting at least Win7, which held the Boot (currently booted) flag.

The repairs moved the System Active flags and Boot Files to Win7 and cut the Data drive out of the boot, so those 4 Boot files can be deleted as they are Inactive and not being used. You may need to run the Take Ownership Shortcut on them first.
Seemed to work

Thanks to both of you.
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29 Jun 2013   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news.
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