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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect Recovery Boot Menu entries

28 Feb 2016   #1
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 
Macrium Reflect Recovery Boot Menu entries

A Q or more for anyone familiar with MR.

I'm dual-booting W7 & 10 (both Pro x64) on separate SSDs.
Reflect Free v6.1 (same build) is installed on each OS (my first experience with Macrium software).
If I select W7 as the default OS, I get the legacy boot loader (Windows Boot Manager).
If I select W10 as default, it's the graphical Boot Options Menu.
This is not an issue for me, as I'll be changing the default OS for periods in the future, and so will be using the associated boot loading mode during those periods.

I've created a USB Rescue medium (in W7 using WinPE 5).
As yet, I haven't created a Recovery Boot Menu entry in either OS.

My intention is to create a Recovery Boot Menu option in both the legacy W7 Manager and the ('standard') W10 Boot Options Menu, so that it will be available whichever menu is displayed at the time, and I'm assuming I'll be doing this in each OS when set as default.

If that's a reasonable plan(?), should the W7 entry use WinPE 5 and the W10 entry WinPE 10?

As the PE options show as 'not built' in MR on W10, do I need to create a USB Rescue utility in W10 before creating the Boot Menu entry, or will the PE environment be built 'on demand' for the menu entry only?

I'm not enthralled by the prospect of dealing with potential booting/menu issues, so thanks in advance for appeasing my OCD/paranoid tendencies.


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28 Feb 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would keep the bootmgr with the OS rather than in a separate active partition.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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28 Feb 2016   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I would expect it would be more difficult to boot to the WinPE in win-10 more than 7 so I'd say you'd only have to do it in win-10
Once booted to the recovery it's just a matter of selecting an image and drive to recover so the 7 entry might not be needed.

Win-10 has been known to highjack the default os
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28 Feb 2016   #4
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would keep the bootmgr with the OS rather than in a separate active partition.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
Hi whs

Win 7 C: or W10 C:?

I have Win 7 on Disk 0 and Win 10 on Disk 2 (Disk 1 is data)

When Win 7 is default OS, Win7 Disk management shows:
Disk 0 (C:) as Boot/Page/Crash/Primary.

When Win 10 is default OS, Win 10 Disk Management shows:
Disk 2: (C:) as Boot/Page/Crash/Primary.

(EFI System Partition is on Disk 0; 100MB Capacity & Free Space)
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28 Feb 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

You'd have to copy it to both.
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28 Feb 2016   #6
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I would expect it would be more difficult to boot to the WinPE in win-10 more than 7 so I'd say you'd only have to do it in win-10
Once booted to the recovery it's just a matter of selecting an image and drive to recover so the 7 entry might not be needed.

Win-10 has been known to highjack the default os
Hi Thrash

Thanks for your reply; I may have to sort the dual boot environment before I deal with the MR menu entry.

I'll wait for whs's assessment before doing anything that might go spiral on me.
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28 Feb 2016   #7
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

I don't seem to have a partition marked as 'Active' (?)


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28 Feb 2016   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Win7 C would be my choice for the bootmgr. You do have an active partition. It is the EFI partition. Just another name to confuse us.
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28 Feb 2016   #9
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

@whs
I wondered, because I've seen other DM screenshots that label the EFI partition as active.
For instance (from your EasyBCD tutorial):
http://www.sevenforums.com/2976683-post122.html

Any idea why that one is, and mine isn't labelled 'active'?

As for your suggestion regarding the location for the bootmgr, can you say why 7 would be your preference? I can imagine one reason might be that the text-based 7 menu 'keeps it as simple as possible'. Are there any other differences, significant or otherwise?

I may have other questions, so I thought I'd let you know that I appreciate your time here, given there's more than a fleeting possibility that I prove to be a complete PITA. [I'm not easily confused, but then again I am terminally delusional :]
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28 Feb 2016   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Any idea why that one is, and mine isn't labelled 'active'?
It probably was but you cannot see it because the box is too small.

Regarding the location of the bootmgr - Win7 is my personal preference. No real compelling reason.
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