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Windows 7 & 8 Dual boot on seprate hard drives, how do you do it?

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April 12, 2013 9:58:37 AM

Hey, my appologies if I posted this in the wrong section.

Was wondering how I'd dual boot Windows 7 and 8 when they are installed on two different hard drives?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

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April 12, 2013 10:11:47 AM

The way I do it is during reboot. Go into the BIOS boot menu, and select the proper drive.
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April 12, 2013 11:52:53 AM

USAFRet said:
The way I do it is during reboot. Go into the BIOS boot menu, and select the proper drive.


Aha, that works, which is great, thanks! :) 

Although I wanted it so when you tap space bar or something like a screen to come up prompting me to select an OS?

EDIT:

I've worked it out now! :D 


I struggled with this for a while and then decided to just use the command prompt. if you currently have a Windows 8 computer and want to add Windows 7 that is already on a separate drive. Install your drive into your computer, boot up into Windows 8. Move your cursor to the top right corner and choose Settings, then at the bottom of the slide out click on Change PC Settings. The screen will change and on the left side choose General, the right side will change, scroll down on the right side to Advanced Startup, click on Restart Now. Then choose Troubleshoot, then choose Advanced Options, then choose Command Prompt. Sign in on the Command Prompt screen. When the command prompt window opens you will type: Bootrec.exe /ScanOS to determine if the system recognizes a windows OS, if so it will list them out and where they are. To add the Windows 7 OS to the Boot Configuration type: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd this will scan disks for all installations compatible with Windows and allow the user to choose which to add to the boot configuration store. when completed type Exit in the command prompt and the command prompt window will close and you will have the option on the screen to Use another operating system.

So at next system boot, it'll give the user the option to choose to boot into :D 
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June 6, 2013 9:27:29 PM

We did what Moggaftw11 said but am having a problem. When the boot comes up and we choose Windows 7 does shows up and says:

WINDOWS BOOT MANAGER

File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: the digital signature for this file couldn’t be verified

our computer is windows 8 and installed windows 7 hard drive so we can do dual boot. We are not having any trouble booting up with windows 8.

Any advice Please?
thank you
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Although I wanted it so when you tap space bar or something like a screen to come up prompting me to select an OS?

EDIT:

I've worked it out now! :D 


I struggled with this for a while and then decided to just use the command prompt. if you currently have a Windows 8 computer and want to add Windows 7 that is already on a separate drive. Install your drive into your computer, boot up into Windows 8. Move your cursor to the top right corner and choose Settings, then at the bottom of the slide out click on Change PC Settings. The screen will change and on the left side choose General, the right side will change, scroll down on the right side to Advanced Startup, click on Restart Now. Then choose Troubleshoot, then choose Advanced Options, then choose Command Prompt. Sign in on the Command Prompt screen. When the command prompt window opens you will type: Bootrec.exe /ScanOS to determine if the system recognizes a windows OS, if so it will list them out and where they are. To add the Windows 7 OS to the Boot Configuration type: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd this will scan disks for all installations compatible with Windows and allow the user to choose which to add to the boot configuration store. when completed type Exit in the command prompt and the command prompt window will close and you will have the option on the screen to Use another operating system.

So at next system boot, it'll give the user the option to choose to boot into :D 
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