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Windows 7: Is there a way I can set a key to choose which OS I want to run?

17 Feb 2014   #11
TheBlindMan12v

Dual boot config with Windows 7 Home premium 64bit & Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

I do have the, "Wait for user selection radio button."

I thought I was going to be able to set Win 8.1 OS to start with a specific key and the same thing with the Win 7 OS. I was planning to have Win 7 to start by pressing the F7 key and the Win 8.1 OS with the F8 key. Seems like I have no choice but to have a timer to go off after xx seconds so I know when I'm on the window to select an OS.


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18 Feb 2014   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you did the dual boot correctly, you should have a screen during bootup and you can choose which operating system you want to boot into and use.

Don`t you have that ?

It will look something like this, but I`m not sure what the Windows 7 and 8 boot screen will look like.
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18 Feb 2014   #13
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheBlindMan12v View Post
I do have the, "Wait for user selection radio button."

I thought I was going to be able to set Win 8.1 OS to start with a specific key and the same thing with the Win 7 OS. I was planning to have Win 7 to start by pressing the F7 key and the Win 8.1 OS with the F8 key. Seems like I have no choice but to have a timer to go off after xx seconds so I know when I'm on the window to select an OS.
Hello TheBlindMan12v,

That sounds like you want to be able to
1) Start up the PC by pushing the power button
2) Then tap the F7 or F8 key to choose which OS to run, before the OS selection screen is displayed

I don't know if that's possible, seems like it would require some special BIOS setting / ability.
I also don't know if it's possible to enable an audible beep when the OS selection screen is displayed so you don't have to use a timer to know it's displayed.
I don't know IF EasyBCD has an option for an audible beep alert.

If you're not aware of it, you might consider using a Virtual Machine (VM).
That way you could always have the PC boot up to your Primary (most used) OS, and run your secondary OS whenever you want to, within the Primary OS.
Then there is no need for a dual-boot / OS selection screen.

There are Pros and Cons to VMs and dual-booting, I'm just throwing this idea out as something to consider in case you're not aware of it.
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18 Feb 2014   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Another thought.
I would suggest using another key rather than F8.
Most system have other uses for the F8 key by default.
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18 Feb 2014   #15
TheBlindMan12v

Dual boot config with Windows 7 Home premium 64bit & Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Appreciate the feedback. I was aware of the virtual machine, but didn't go with that option since I read that it can affect performance.Having the key to select an OS isn't as big of a deal then what I'm making it to be, it'd just be convenient if it were possible. I'll just stick with a Default OS at start up if I don't slect an OS when I'm prompted. Once again, thanks.
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21 Feb 2014   #16
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Give a virtual machine, like Oracle VirtualBox a try. You'd be surprised how well it runs.
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