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Windows 7: Dual Booting

15 Apr 2011   #21
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

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Hi guys, I'm sorry for not posting before about the problems, or if I fixed them. And I've discovered WHY the dual-booting was screwing up: It was because I had my stupid flash drive plugged in while trying to install the second OS! Major "DOH!" moment. Anyway, for roughly the last 2 weeks, my dual-OS has been working fine. I can switch between both OS's without a problem.

I also have a question, and a little explanation with the question: Roughly 7 years ago, I had a roomate in my house named Mike. Now, Mike was a better computer user than I was 6 years ago, and roughly about this time, XP had been released for 3 years or so. Mike hated XP versus Windows 98 at the time, and he had a dual-boot of XP and 98. He also really hated the "choose an OS screen" when you started up the machine, so he created 2 little icons in his Quick Launch area. Both icons were created with the 98 and XP inside the icon, what the buttons did however, was if you clicked on one of them, it would restart the machine, skip the "choose an OS" screen, and go straight to the other OS, and if he shut down the machine, whichever button he had clicked on last, it would have started up into that OS without having to choose from the menu.

Now, does anyone else here know how to do that? I would like to do that, too. Except that it's of course, between XP and Windows 7 instead.
Probably quite easy to do. What they probably do is execute a batch file which sets the appropriate OS as the default, and set the delay to 0 which means that the default OS will be loaded upon restart. It could also be possible to choose whether to shutdown, restart, or continue in the current OS after executing the file, in which case the next boot will launch into the desired OS. I'm not sure on the implications of UAC though, since the required command BCDEDIT (from W7's perspective) needs to be invoked with administrative credentials and privileges.

This should work with both dual-boot and multi-boot systems. In both cases, if the desired OS isn't already the default (i.e. first in the boot order), the 2 entries involved (the current and desired) will be swapped over.
Well I'm the only person who uses this machine, so I only have 1 Admin account, that's not going to be a problem.

Edit: Just need a way to do it, but I'm no programmer, so I don't have a clue how.


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15 Apr 2011   #22
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

So does anyone else know how I could make what I said above? It'd be a lot easier for me.
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15 Apr 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

PM SIW2, who would know if anyone would.
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16 Apr 2011   #24
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can edit boot order & time in
Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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16 Apr 2011   #25
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Alright, I'll give that thing a try. Thanks!
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18 Apr 2011   #26
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Okay, I tried using that program, but it isn't taking away the Selection List like it was supposed to do. I don't know why it isn't.
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19 Apr 2011   #28
gregrocker

 

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Okay, I tried using that program, but it isn't taking away the Selection List like it was supposed to do. I don't know why it isn't.
EasyBCD is used to add a Dual Boot. If you delete a boot listing on the Edit OS Menu tab, then that OS will not be available to boot.
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19 Apr 2011   #29
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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20 Apr 2011   #30
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

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Thanks SIW, that's the one I couldn't think of!
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