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Windows 7: triple booting windows 7, windows 8 and ubuntu

18 Mar 2015   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1

i didnt recreate it. i ran win 8 automatic repair like you said then i booted into win 7 and you asked me to take pictures of the bootmgmt and it was there.

i told you in my very first post i had the linux bootloader with win 8 and ubuntu already on a separate hdd.

i dont see why i need to do anything else to this. its perfect just the way it is.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2015   #22


Your first Disk Mgmt screenshot shows in a partial picture of the Win7 drive that the System Reserved partition is unallocated. The next one shows it has been recreated and is marked Active, though it is not booting Win7 or it would be marked System.

It is hardly perfect when you have a bunch of partitions marked Active that shouldn't be, a Linux bootloader starting up and then handing off to a proper Windows Triple Boot menu. It is just a matter of time until it crashes.

But wait until a Linux expert can look at it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2015   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1

how do i uninstall grub for the dual boot on the separate hdd?

windows loader should "take over"?

edit: marked unsolved.
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18 Mar 2015   #24


This needs to be determined by a Linux expert. Wait for one to arrive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2015   #25
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Chainloading from GRUB -> Windows bootloader shouldn't cause issues, but if you want to reverse it Windows -> GRUB, then follow PART D here:
Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

Its the same if you follow Barman's tutorial.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2015   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1

now i can't boot into windows 8 from the ssd that windows 7 is on even though i have done it correctly in easyBCD since i can boot into linux from it. and i think if i set the dual boot hdd first in BIOS i get the grub menu, but not from the ssd with win 7.

if i boot from the ssd and try to boot windows 8 from the loader i get that unsigned driver \ winload error.
and if i press f8 i get to the same screen.
i need to check this later. hard night of gaming. kinda drowsy yet. but its cirka what i described.

i remember now.. windows 8 had (restored) on easybcd, and i re-added win 8 into the windows 7 easybcd and now it wont boot or change to grub loader if i select windows 8 from windows loader, it just goes to the winload page.

basically this. (see picture) happened after i re-added win 8. otherwise i get the winloader -> grub -> winloader = choose ubuntu from winloader when boot -> grub -> then i choose win 8 -> winloader. help!

can i trigger the repair in windows 8 so that it gets added into the easybcd through the grub as (restored)?

i'm sorry for being so numb during this. no job. 1 computer. heaps of games. little sleep.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2015   #27


Let's get back to basics and get Windows 7 booting on its own via the BIOS instead of being booted by Windows 8 as it is now. You want that anyway in case the Win8 hard drive ever is removed or stops working. Then if you don't like booting 7 via the BIOS you can add it to the Win8/Linux Dual Boot from Windows 8.

D/l this .zip, rt click it Properties>Unblock> Apply>OK .

Extract the .zip and copy bootsect.exe into your C:\windows\System32 folder.

Open an elevated command ( type cmd in start search box - when the black box pops up - rt click it and run as admin.)

Type the following , and press enter after each line:

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr


sel vol c


sel vol n



Close Command Window, restart, now trigger Win7 to boot by using the BIOS Boot Menu interrupt key at boot.

If you like this and you still have a non-working Win7 listing on your Boot Menu, install EasyBCD to Windows 8 to delete it under Edit Boot menu.

If you don't like that arrangement install EasyBCD to Windows 8 to add Windows 7 to a Windows Boot Menu. Then delete and add Ubuntu following Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7. This is the way it should have been done in the first place and what I had suggested.

I'm not sure what you mean by having used EasyBCD from Win7. Who suggested that? Win7 is not even booting itself, it is being booted by Windows 8 System Reserved partition until these changes are made.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2015   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1

i downloaded the zip, check > allow, copied the file in it to system 32, opened cmd and did the code thingy you posted, exit, close cmd. rebooted and pressed f8 and chose the ssd that has windows 7 installed and got the bootloader, selected windows 7 and booted into windows 7.

diskmgmt after i did what you said.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2015   #29


Good work. You see that C is now the System partition meaning it is booting itself independently.

Now set the preferred OS hard drive to boot first in BIOS setup, trigger the other one using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

What do you get now when you boot into Windows 8? Is there a Boot menu? If not run Windows 8 Automatic Repair
and then install EasyBCD to add your Linux according to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7.

If after awhile of trying booting Win7 via the BIOS you decide you'd prefer to boot it on the Windows Boot Menu, add Win from EasyBCD on Windows 8 partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2015   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1

i set the preferred OS hard drive which is windows 7, then clicked f8, chose the hdd with windows 8 and ubuntu on it and got the windows loader with win 7, win 8 and ubuntu as options.

what i get when i boot into win 8 is a login screen, i type the pass and login. writing this from win 8.

diskmgmt from win 8.

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