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Windows 7: Dual-booting woes

28 Dec 2009   #1

Dual-booting woes


I installed Windows 7 over Vista yesterday (fresh install). I had to first recover the MBR which was annoying (I would've thought it would do this itself), but anyway..

Windows 7 started just fine.

However, when re-recovered the bootloader from Linux, and when I now try to boot into Windows, it goes straight to Windows system recovery. Any ideas how to stop this?

Clearly it's booting to the right partition in the right way (as it's going to windows), but Windows 7 seems to just not want to boot into normal mode. What should I do?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hello, Welcome to the Forums!

Hopefully a Startup Repair will fix it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64

A Start-up Repair, as suggested, may take several tries to finish doing its work.

I know nothing about the Linux boot loaders so I won't try to help there, but Win 7 likes being in charge. I got my Linux install to boot using the EasyBCD version 2.0 (v 1.7xx would not create a usable boot).

You should not have had to mess with the MBR for a normal Win 7 install. Maybe it had something to do with the Linux install. If you show a 100 mb partition in disk management on the Win 7 drive, the Win 7 boot files may have been put there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Dec 2009   #4


A startup repair will just put on the Windows 7 bootloader which will only boot to Windows, leaving Linux inaccessible.

I may try EasyBCD... though it's a shame that the Linux boot loader is not working with it; it worked just fine with Vista.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64

The Linux boot loader may work, I just do not know how to set it up...

Win 7 and Vista use the same type of boot system, so if you had it set for Vista, you should be able to do the same thing with Win 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

One thing that I hate in having dual or triple boot is that all boot loader or grub only want to save the setting in one disk that come first in installlation. So, it really leaves me with no option to change or format the drive as any other OS that was installed later wont find its way to boot up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2010   #7

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit

What about putting each boot record on each disk's MBR, and boot the appropriate disks using BIOS boot menu to simplify things...?
That is if you have Linux and Windows in separate disks...

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP


Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker

This is the only process that seems to work to create the Dual boot, unless you want to install to each HD separately with the other unplugged, then boot via BIOS boot order or shortcut key as suggested.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well then I see it.
Means that I should work in old fashioned way to it. ^_*
Hope there will be much easier way to change boot sequence without entering BIOS. Some board provide function menus but only among type of media, not which HDD to boot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP


The one-time boot menu you speak of should have HD's listed and allow you to choose which. Set your first choice to boot first in BIOS (after DVD) then use this shortcut key to trigger other HD.
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