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Windows 7: How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on two hard drives

07 Apr 2014   #1
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on two hard drives

I have two hard drives. One with windows 7 and second with windows 8. When I add the windows 8 bootloader in windows 7 using EasyBCD, it adds it. When I restart the computer, it doesnt work and I only see an option for windows 7. When I go check EasyBCD again, I see that whatever I had added previously is erased. Attached is the screenshot from Computer management. C drive is Windows 7 and G drive is windows 8.




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07 Apr 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

Will 8 HD boot itself from BIOS Boot Menu key?

Did you add 8 by its Sys reserve partition drive letter, which should only be assigned for that purpose? If so try again. Then try adding it via 8 drive letter, then by Auto detect.

Try running a few Startup Repairs from 7 disk. If that fails try the Automatic repair from 8 disk. Report back.
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07 Apr 2014   #3
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

OK so I was able to get a bootloader working with older version of easybcd. Now when I press enter in the boot menu for Windows 8 I get this message.

I just checked to see that both hard drives work by removing the SATA cables for the windows 7 hard drive. Windows 8 was working just fine and loading up.


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07 Apr 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

In that case you might try adding Windows 7 from 8 using the latest version of EasyBCD.

Sometimes Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8 will sort the Boot Menu. I was concerned that 8 SysReserved partition lacks the System flag meaning it is booting itself. But you said it boots with 7 unplugged so maybe there are some things that Repair can sort out to get the flag back on if necessary.

Once both HD's boot independently you can choose to set preferred to boot first in BIOS then boot the other using the BIOS Boot Menu key if you want. Normally in this condition you should be able to add the other one using EasyBCD from either.
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08 Apr 2014   #5
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

It just doesnt seem to work. Dual booting windows 7 and XP was flawless and worked for 2 years. This one just isnt working. Windows 7 and Windows 8 works independently but after adding option for windows 8 in easybcd, it goes away upon reboot. I tried repair in both windows 7 and windows 8 independently. I even tried the two commands bootrec.exe/fixboot and fixmbr. It just doesnt work. I searched online and it seems that its quite frequent.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...nal-hdd-s.html

look at post 10. I am having the same problem. I don't have a problem with installing windows 7 and windows 8 all over again on two hard drives if I know it will work.
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08 Apr 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

The Best Practice for running OS's on separate HD's is to boot them via the BIOS anyway. This keeps them independent so that each can come and go as you please.

Did you try adding 7 from 8 with the latest EasyBCD?

We can help you with this further if you want and will find a resolution, but I think you need to ask the mods to move it to its own thread, one which is descriptively titled so it will be found in searches for this issue and will help others for years to come.
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08 Apr 2014   #7
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on two hard drives

It just doesnt seem to work. Dual booting windows 7 and XP was flawless and worked for 2 years. This one just isnt working. Windows 7 and Windows 8 works independently but after adding option for windows 8 in easybcd, it goes away upon reboot. I tried repair in both windows 7 and windows 8 independently. I even tried the two commands bootrec.exe/fixboot and fixmbr. It just doesnt work. I searched online and it seems that its quite frequent.

Dual boot Windows 7 X64 with Windows 8 on two seperate internal HDD's

Refer to post 10. I am having the same problem. I don't have a problem with installing windows 7 and windows 8 all over again on two hard drives if I know it will work.
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08 Apr 2014   #8
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Just to be clear, you installed each OS on its respective hard drive while only that HD was connected, right?
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08 Apr 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

I asked the mods to copy your posts from XP Dual Boot thread to here, so finish those steps and report back here results of each.
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08 Apr 2014   #10
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mhansen1 View Post
Just to be clear, you installed each OS on its respective hard drive while only that HD was connected, right?
I think I did.
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