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Windows 7: Dual boot problem

15 Jan 2015   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are in bigger trouble. All your partitions are dynamic. You have to delete the 58.5 GB partition and then reconvert all partitions with PW422 which you can download from here.

And before you attempt to make another partition, you have to convert one of the remaining 4 partitions to a logical partition. I would suggest the tools partition.


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15 Jan 2015   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yep, you can`t do anything until you turn that disk back to basic.

You can only have 4 primary partitions on a windows disk.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Just put 10 in a VM, it`s not even worth the effort of a dual boot yet.

Get the latest iso of 10

Download Windows Technical Preview November Update - Microsoft Windows

and use VMWare Player. (last one on the list)

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads
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16 Jan 2015   #13
gregrocker

 

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added a partition.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited adjacent Logicals. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP Recovery and Diagnostics tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add another adjacent partition.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature.

Download the "pwhe42.iso" file here, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on partition which tipped disk to Dynamic which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If it won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then create a new adjacent Logical partition for Win8:
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

If you need further help post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums and describe what you want to do.
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20 Jan 2015   #14
zmarkoni2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

So I need to burn that file to a cd, boot it and then follow the tutorial?
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20 Jan 2015   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The Partition Wizard Boot CD ? Yes.

You download the iso file then you burn it to cd.
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20 Jan 2015   #16
zmarkoni2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I simply want to make sure.
Oh do I have to use that burner?
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20 Jan 2015   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Oh do I have to use that burner?
Of course not. You can use any old burner.
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20 Jan 2015   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.
I've been trying to download the Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 for several hours and I keep getting the error message below.
I've tried different browsers and different PCs.
Is it just me getting this error, an MS issue, ... ?

When I click on pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live, I get this error

Dual boot problem-dl_error_sp01.png


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20 Jan 2015   #19
gregrocker

 

Thanks, David. That link appears to be dead and needs replacing. Try this one instead for "pwhe42.iso" file here

Source: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Help Forums
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20 Jan 2015   #20
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks, David. That link appears to be dead and needs replacing. Try this one instead for "pwhe42.iso" file here

Source: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Help Forums
Thanks Greg, the new link to softsea.com works for me.
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