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Windows 7: dual boot VISTA/Win 7 does not work

19 Jan 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

I am not questioning the fix in your post, which I am confidant as always will work.

I am asking you if the correct way when using EasyBCD 2.0 to configure a dual boot where 100mb is present, is to give 100mb a letter and then let it autocomplete, or assign Win7 that letter?

Some of us don't know all the commands and need the automation.


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19 Jan 2010   #12
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you are using it on 7, then Easy 1.7.2. will need the 100mb to be lettered.Easy 2.0 should be able to edit bcd even when there is no letter on the sys partition.

Occasionally, it doesn't - not clear why that should be. If that is the case, then lettering the partition will usually do it.

The 100mb partition is not involved in this particular case as he installed Easy on Vista - it will be editing Vista bcd by default.
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19 Jan 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

Thanks Si. Was aware he might have to start Win7 to run Easy, if Vista wouldn't get it correct on second attempt.

But all good when you show up with the commands!
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19 Jan 2010   #14
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, you could have done it the other way round - installing Easy on 7 instead.

Much quicker and easier to do the command. Should take no more than 5 seconds.
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19 Jan 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

So is that a standard dual boot command from the booted OS c: to the added OS e:?

Seems like a much easier way to help with dual boots.
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19 Jan 2010   #16
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

He has two independent installs. Easy BCD needs to access the 100mb partition. It can put necessary files on it, but still needs a drive letter to boot to it.

SIW2, doesn't your solution makes the independent installs-dependent.

I would have made the Win 7 drive primary and run EasyBCD from there, adding the drive letter. The reason being I assume at some point Win 7 will be the surviving OS.
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19 Jan 2010   #17
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Saltgrass - no, they can still be used independently.

Greg - there is no "standard" answer - it wouldn't be appropriate for most situations.

For most situations you come across - the use of Easy and startup repair etc. - the way you normally do - works well and is not hard for the OP to do.
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19 Jan 2010   #18
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well, I just set it up. Windows 7 drive, with 100mb partition, primary.

No letter is required for the 100 mb partition when using Vista to dual boot. I believe XP does need it.

When adding the Vista entry with EasyBCD, use the drive letter of the Vista partition from within Win 7, which will probably be D: or E:

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19 Jan 2010   #19
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It says that in the tutorials for dual boot 7 with Vista, and the tut for dual boot 7 with XP. Tho, as I mentioned earlier, if you use Easy 2.0 ( still beta) there shouldn't be a need to add a drive letter.
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20 Jan 2010   #20
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Boot into 7, open an elevated command and type:

bcdboot c:\windows /s e:

press enter.Close comand prompt.

That's it.

nope!

this did not work... refer attached

FWIW giving the 100mb reserved partition a drive letter did not help either


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