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

27 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 
No option to use Windows 8 in dual boot with Windows 7

So I originally had Windows 7 on Disk 0.

I shrunk 140GB of space so I can install Windows 8 as a dual boot.

I used a bootable Windows 8 Setup Disk to install Windows 8.

I installed Windows 8 to the empty 140GB partition.

- My system doesn't show the option to choose which operating system I want to use.
- System automatically launches to Windows 7
- Windows 8 not shown in Boot tab of msconfig:
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Here is a screenshot of my Disk Management:
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Any help is appreciated. Thanks



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27 Jun 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Infinite,

You might see if booting from your Windows 8 installation media, and doing an automatic repair may help.
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27 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Can't Win 8 be added to the Win 7 boot manager menu using BCDEDIT or what I prefer, EasyBCD. I like the easy to use graphical interface.

Boot Win 7, install EasyBCD, add Win 8 as a selection and you're done (I think).
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27 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks Brink, that seemed to fix partly.

I now have the option to choose Windows 7 and Windows 8.

However as the tutorial stated it was recommended to run automatic repair 3 times, I could only do it once, the second time I tried I had the option to either startup repair Windows 7 or Windows 8, if I selected Windows 8 I would get an error:
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Here are the logfiles:
SrtTrail.log
SrtTrail.txt

There also appears to be system flags on my Data Drive, and I am a bit concerned that Windows 8 is only labelled as a "Primary Partition".

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27 Jun 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

So far so good.

Are you able to select and actually boot into Windows 8 or Windows 7 now without issue?

Is so, then I wouldn't worry about trying to run Automatic Repair again.

It's fine for the "Windows 8" partition to only have "Primary partition" since all of the boot information is on the "Windows 7" partition. What does Disk Management say while you are in Windows 8?
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27 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

If it's normal for it to restart after selecting the Windows 7 option in the Boot Manager, then I guess I'm good

Here:
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27 Jun 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

The screenshot looks correct for being booted from Win8, and it does reboot from the Metro Dual Boot menu to start Windows 7 as I recall. Or do you have the Metro-style Dual Boot Menu?

What had me wondering earlier were the Windows 7 screenshots with the Metro color scheme. I thought you were posting from Win8 and might have installed it to C as signified by the Boot flag showing it was the booted OS. How did you get Win8 theme on your Windows 7 Disk Mgmt window?
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27 Jun 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
If it's normal for it to restart after selecting the Windows 7 option in the Boot Manager, then I guess I'm good

Here:
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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
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27 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The screenshot looks correct for being booted from Win8, and it does reboot from the Metro Dual Boot menu to start Windows 7 as I recall. Or do you have the Metro-style Dual Boot Menu?
Yes I do have the Metro Dual Boot Menu.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What had me wondering earlier were the Windows 7 screenshots with the Metro color scheme. I thought you were posting from Win8 and might have installed it to C as signified by the Boot flag showing it was the booted OS. How did you get Win8 theme on your Windows 7 Disk Mgmt window?
The screenshots I used in Post 4 are on Windows 7, I use a theme known as "Soft 7 2.0" if that may have been the confusion.

The screenshot from Post 6 is Windows 8.
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28 Jun 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

It is configured correctly. However Windows 7 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 System boot files onto its partition first.
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