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: Installing Windows 8 doesn't dual boot with Windows 7

31 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 8 Pro x64
Installing Windows 8 doesn't dual boot with Windows 7

I have a HP g6-2151se notebook
Before Installing windows 8 I had Widows 7 Home Basic x64 with 4 Primary Partitions
1. C: labelled 'Local Disk' which had Windows 7 installed.
2. F: labelled 'Windows 8 Pro' to install windows 8 in it.
3. D: labelled 'RECOVERY'.
4. Hidden Partition labelled 'HP_TOOLS'.
After Installing Windows 8 in an empty partition F: My laptop directly boots into windows 8 without any option.
When I checked the Disk management The letters got changed and I cannot open the Local Disk partition.
Here is a screenshot of my Disk management.

Here is the screenshot of the popup I get when I open Local Disk

When I press cancel This pops up

Also that every time I reboot my laptop at the start screen I get " Scanning and Repairing Disk D:" (100%)

Please Help. I'm in Trouble

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


As you delete the System Reserved Partition, where the Windows 7 boot files are installed, this is what happens.

Download the Paragon free try Rescue kit:
Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning
To try to Rescue the partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 8 Pro x64

I tried the Paragon rescue kit but it didn't help me
When i clicked on "Find OSes on the Harddrive", It showed me "Windows 8" and "RECOVERY"
Windows 7 was not there at all
I also tried to repair the MBR but no use
Please help, I need that Partition.
I would also add that the Windows 7 partition has been changed from NTFS to RAW
This time when I rebooted the system it again showed " Scanning and Repairing Disk (D 100% complete"
Should I use the Windows 7 repair Disk.
Should I change it from RAW to NTFS using Mini tools Partition Wizard.
Please help
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 Dec 2012   #4


The D partition containing Win7 has been ruined somehow as signified by the RAW label.

Try running Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help
to see if it can be recovered to the same space. If not you'll need to use a data Recovery software like the one on Partition Wizard or Recuva - Features before Clean Install Windows 7 from boot which should configure a Dual Boot with Win8.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 8 Pro x64

Thank you gregrocker for the reply.I ran the Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard and found the lost partition but still there is a Problem.
The Screenshots are here

Case 1:

Case 2:

In both the cases I get this popup

My Question is if I Choose The Partition with Windows 7 will I be able to boot in it?
Because Win 7 partition (case 1) is not having a drive letter. If i go with case 1, I think I should boot into with paragon rescue kit CD and give the Win 7 partition the letter C: because before installing windows 8 it had Drive letter C:. If it doesn't boot then i'll insert a Win 7 repair disk and repair the start up.


If I go with Case 2 will the 'RECOVERY' or 'HP_TOOLS' partition be deleted.
What will you Recommend
Please Help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2013   #6


I'd save a backup image of Windows 8 if you dont want to have to reinstall it.

Then recover C Win7. It doesn't appear to want to recover the 200mb System Reserved boot partition, so if Win7 doesn't stat after recovering its ruined partition, use Partition Wizard to create a Primary NTFS partition labeled System Reserved in the 200mb space, rightclick it to Modify>Set to Active, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and the SysReserved partition is labeled System Active.

If this fails, mark C Active and run the 3 separate Startup Repairs with reboots to write the boot files to C.

Your other options are to run HP System Recovery from boot to set the PC back to factory condition, or to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to the ruined C, deleting it during booted install using installer provided. But you would lose your data which I'm assuming is one reason you want to recover C. If you have your data backed up you might look at this as an opportunity to do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall following the steps in tutorial to get it perfect.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 8 Pro x64

OK I'll go with case 1 and try to boot in it.
But before that I need to make a disc of factory OEM Windows 7 Home Basic which I cannot find in your Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 tutorial
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista) | HP® Support

You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-Language Selector | HP® Support
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 8 Pro x64

Okay! I've got the HP Recovery Manager from the RAW disk using EaseUS data Recovery Wizard.
I noticed that in Case 1 in Reply #5 the NTFS partition with Win 7 is logical. Before installing win 8 it was Primary. Is it safe to recover the partition?
currently I am creating the Recovery media using the HP Recovery manager.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2013   #10


I don't know what you're doing with Easeus Recovery Wizard if you intend to recover Win7 partition using Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard. This might mess up the partition recovery you had cued.

I also don't see where it says C is Logical. But if it's Logical you can leave it if you pursue the choice I gave you to re-create the 200mb System Reserved partition, or use PW to Modify>Set to Primary if you end up marking C Active to write the System boot files to it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Installing Windows 8 doesn't dual boot with Windows 7

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Error installing dual boot windows 8 with windows 7
So, yesterday i tried to install windows 8 in dual boot with my existing windows 7.. Unfortunately the installation somehow failed.. Here is the detail.. I tried to install windows 8 in my laptop, HP envy 4.. First of all, here is my disk management screenshot before i installed the windows 8.....
Installation & Setup
Installing Vista after Windows Seven for Dual Boot
Have a Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, and just got a full install Vista Home Basic CD. Would like to keep W7, and also install Vista for a dual boot on the same hard drive. Found the following guidance: ...
Installation & Setup
Installing dual-boot windows xp on windows 7 issues
Last week i try to instal a dual-boot system windows xp on windows 7 installed ,i couldn't shrink the disk c: from manage (it said something about defragmentation, i have 2 disk drives with no partitions ,the disk c: it has 74.5 with 40 GB free) to create a new partition with 20 GB ,i know...
Installation & Setup
XP doesn't boot after installing windows 7 & grub
I was hoping there is a bootloader wiz out there who can help me with this problem. Basically, I started with Xp, then installed ubuntu, then windows 7. I installed grub so I could try to load all 3. That's when I started having problems booting xp (when I try to select it i get a blank...
Installation & Setup
Problem while installing XP to dual boot with Windows 7
Hello, I did a partition, i ran the XP setup, chose the partition, started install, then it copied the files, then it had to restart, it restarted.. but its not moving for the next setup screen, it just jams on the load, "Press any key to boot from CD ... " It is been there like over 30...
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 18:31.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App