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Windows 7: Dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 7

10 Jan 2010   #1
toddmike

Windows 7
 
 
Dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 7

I have two installations of Windows 7 (same install disk and same key) on two separate hard drives, and would like two have the option to boot to either one. I can boot to either drive just fine when either one is the only drive connected to the motherboard. But when both are connected it just boots straight to one of them without giving me the option to choose.

When I view the Operating Systems listed under (Right click My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Startup and Recovery -> Settings -> System Startup) only one install of Windows 7 is listed.

This type of install may seem odd. The reason I want to do this is so that I can have my own hard drive and my son can have his own. I'd rather not have all of his "junk" on my drive.

I have this exact setup with Windows XP on another computer and it works perfectly. It lists two operating systems in the System Startup menu.

Does anyone know how to make it work with Windows 7?


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10 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

You can create a Windows-managed dual boot like the one you have for XP, however a less complicated way to configure this is to boot from the BIOS. You would set the preferred HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot the other HD, use the key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu.

This way the two HD's remain independent and can come and go as you please. With a Windows-managed Dual Boot menu, the HD's become interdependent and harder to extricate.

However, if a Windows Dual Boot is what you want, download and install Easy BCD 2.0 beta then use the Add/Remove tab to add the Win7 which is not listed on its front panel listings, by name, type and drive letter. Highlight new listing above and Save. Rename other 7 In Change Settings if desired.


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10 Jan 2010   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Hello toddmike Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

One thing to know ahead of time is the need to sign up over at neosmart before you can download any beta version. The finished public release is still in wait for the present time.

When mentioning two separate installations of 7 on two separate are they both the 32bit or 64bit or is one 32bit while the other is the 64bit version? This will make a difference since a clean install of the same on a first drive while an existing installation resides on a second hard drive will not automatically add the previous installation in. The 32bit will add the 64bit in however with ease.

The same problem was seen here when adding in a new lately with the 64bit already on the first host boot drive. When installing the 32bit to a 3rd sata by chance that also ignored the earliest 64bit but immediately added in the latest 64bit into it's own BCD store as an option.

What posed an interesting problem later proved to be one solution when going to install a Linux distro on a usb flash drive and unintended install of Grub on the new drive's mbr there. When using the startup repair tool on the 64bit's dvd it recovered the first 64bit installation instead! The repair tool was then used on the 32bit dvd to see both 64bit installs along the 32bit making them a triple boot.

Drawbacks? Apparently when tow of the same are seen as options problems with starting Windows up after a restart tend to come up! This is between two 64bit installations. Between the 32bit and 64bit retail dual booting the problems of hanging at the logo don't seem to appear.

This has nothing to do with EasyBCD however. That's one free program found to be well written from the start.
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10 Jan 2010   #4
toddmike

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you both for the help.

Night Hawk, it is two 64bit installs. Its good to know that I'm not the only one who has seen this problem.

Gregrocker, I like the idea of contolling the boot sequence using the bios. But, I'd rather not have my son making these changes when I'm not around. I'll try the Easy BCD tool and see what happens.
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10 Jan 2010   #5
frkatonac

WINDOWS 7
 
 

Hi guys,

I also need two independent Windows 7 installation, but even with boot managers like "OSL2000" or "Boot-us" seems to me that Windows 7 recognize only 1st installation on 1st HDD. Is there any help with this, I need it badly because if one OS sees other OS there might be a problems with both instances and craches.

Thanks
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10 Jan 2010   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toddmike View Post
Thank you both for the help.

Night Hawk, it is two 64bit installs. Its good to know that I'm not the only one who has seen this problem.

Gregrocker, I like the idea of contolling the boot sequence using the bios. But, I'd rather not have my son making these changes when I'm not around. I'll try the Easy BCD tool and see what happens.
The EasyBCD tool will work best without the need to press the F key to bring up the bios boot device menu constantly. Once I removed the original by chance entry seen when recovering the install on the now second drive with the 64bit dvd the new entry with the EasyBCD tool worked as it always has.

The 2.0 beta won't lose the new 7 boot splash screen like the present 1.7.2 showing it is near completion. I've been using first the 1.5.2 and later 1.7.2 version on occasion for over 2yrs. now.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frkatonac View Post
Hi guys,

I also need two independent Windows 7 installation, but even with boot managers like "OSL2000" or "Boot-us" seems to me that Windows 7 recognize only 1st installation on 1st HDD. Is there any help with this, I need it badly because if one OS sees other OS there might be a problems with both instances and craches.

Thanks
Welcomee to the Se7en Forums! frkatonac

With any version of Windows the installer will always look for and place the boot files and mbr entries on the first drive. If you have an ide along with a sata the boot files/mbr entries go right to the ide first!

To set up a second Windows installation as a stand alone install followed by adding it into the first drives own boot options you first unplug the first drive. The fresh install will then see the second HD as the first drive and proceed to install everything there.

Once that installation is complete you replug the first drive back in and go for EasyBCD! That will not only see the second HD's installation added in on the first's bootloader but you can set the default OS as the second and even rename the entry for either at any time as well as adjust the displayed onsbreen time.

You can also move the second installation's entry above or below the first's on the boot options screen as well. It's far more versatile then other 3rd party boot apps.
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10 Jan 2010   #7
toddmike

Windows 7
 
 

The Easy BCD did the trick. The dual boot his working flawlessly. Thanks.
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11 Jan 2010   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

A lot of work went into that program over the last 3yrs. and it's free!
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11 Jan 2010   #9
frkatonac

WINDOWS 7
 
 

EasyBCD works, I try it!
But now I have one more thing to do: how to hide one Windows 7 system (partitions) from another?
For me this is esential!
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11 Jan 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

In WIndows 7, click Start>right click Computer>Properties>Advanced drive tools>Startup & Recovery>Settings>select default OS from drop down menu, set Menu timeout or untick box to hide.
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