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Windows 7: rebooting into different OS

05 Jul 2010   #1
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 
rebooting into different OS

is there an easy way to reboot into a different operating system thats on a different harddrive from the desktop?


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05 Jul 2010   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Take a look at options EasyBCD.
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05 Jul 2010   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The cleanest way to dual- or multi-boot with OS's on separate HD's is to use the BIOS, as it keeps the drives independent to come and go as you please. EasyBCD interlinks them and makes them difficult to remove.

To do this, set the preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot another use the one-time Boot Menu key given on first boot screen.
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05 Jul 2010   #4
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

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05 Jul 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

I guess some BIOS take a little longer to choose the drive. One guy said he had been changing the Boot Order in BIOS setup every time. Didn't comprehend there is a shortcut Boot Menu key for almost every modern BIOS.

I only suggest this because we deal here with a lot of help requests to get out of Dual Boots set up by EasyBCD, which does start up to a nicer Boot Menu. Let us know how the two methods compare for you.
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