Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Boot loader not accessible

08 Sep 2011   #1
math500

Win 7 64-bit
 
 
Boot loader not accessible

Hello,

I recently installed Windows 7 on two different hard drives in the same computer.

When installing one I disconnected the other drive, and when the first one was installed, I disconnected the first drive and installed it on the other drive.

Now only the second Windows is loaded each time I turn on the computer and boot loader screen where you can choose the OS does not show up.

What went wrong and is there any possibility to restore it?

Thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
08 Sep 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

What Windows 7 versions are you installing?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

The point in unplugging one during install of the other would be to choose which one you want to boot via the BIOS Boot Order (for preferred OS HD) or one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen (for the other OS).

If you wanted the Windows boot menu you would leave both plugged in so Windows would autoconfigure it, and interlock the HD's. You can do this now if you want using EasyBCD from one Win7 to add the other.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 Sep 2011   #4
math500

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies, I'm using Win7 Ultimate 64bit and my intention with unplugging was to separate both systems
completely on separate hard drives. If both are plugged in, Windows usually creates some system partitions on the other drive which is really annoying because then you get a real mess and you never now what partition goes where. In addition, sometimes i get 0 MB partitions created by the system itself when formatting and cannot delete them afterwards
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You need two lic keys.

You can not dual Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

You can dual Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Boot loader not accessible




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
boot loader
Have windows 7 home premium, 64 bit. In august this year I tried Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.2 for a few weeks. I changed my mind, and was unable to uninstall both Linux partitions. I booted windows 7 disk, and let it wipe the hard drive. Windows is working fine, but a few days ago I decided to run my...
General Discussion
USB boot loader ?'s
Just built a new htpc, want to install windows 7 via a USB flash drive. Used Rufus to create bootable flash drive from iso, uefi / gpt partition. OK so here is the questions, motherboard not showing flash drive in boot option priorities, read in a few places that I may need to disable fast boot and...
Installation & Setup
Dual boot WinXP/7 - How to hide Windows 7 from boot loader and XP?
Working in a corporate environment, we use Windows XP now but are needing to upgrade to Windows 7. I have dual boot Windows XP and 7 machine, thats the easy part, but I need to hide Windows 7 from the boot menu OR have a keyboard shortcut that can boot Win 7. The goal is I do not want users to...
Installation & Setup
Want to get rid of Boot Loader
I followed the Microsoft guidelines for a "clean" install of Windows 7. Unlike other Windows installations in the past I did not get an option to format the drive and subsequently ended up with the Boot Manager displaying every time I switch on the machine. I have subsequently removed XP from the...
General Discussion
Cant Boot windows, Linux boot loader has taken over
I had windows 7 originally Installed on my Laptop. I then Installed Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop version, and it installed the grub boot loader (All on 1 single HD, each OS is on its own partition.) This boot loader was used to dual boot between windows and Linux. However now the grub boot loader...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:10.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App