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Can't dual boot after installing windows 8

Hello,

I had a 500gb disk split into a couple of partitions a small system partition, then approx. 220gb for window vista (original when purchased) and a windows 7 (later added).

I recently purchased windows 8 and installed this to the vista partition, I formatted the partition during the install process.

I wanted to keep my windows 7 and 8 with the OS selection when booting, but now when I boot it goes straight to windows.

I have gone into the startup & recovery setting section under the advanced tab of the computer properties window, but while it says to display the list for 30 secs, when I try the dropdown box for a default OS there is only the windows 8 showing. Does this mean that my windows 7 is gone?

When I look at the partition that it was on (shown as a separate drive under win8), it would appear that everything is still there.

Is this a problem with MBR?

HELP! Need to be able to dual boot.
Thanks
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  1. duplicate post
  2. Not true, on the other post he opens with "Hi" instead of "Hello" :p.
  3. ashiataka said:
    Not true, on the other post he opens with "Hi" instead of "Hello" :p.


    Hi :)

    Lol, that doesn't matter, duplicate posts on the same subject are against Toms rules to save us all time..

    All the best Brett :)
  4. Sorry

    Didn't realise it had actually posted my first attempt. I received a message from the server saying that it didn't post because it didn't meet some rule or something. So I tried again.

    Is there some way I can delete this post?

    Nick
  5. Well...posting in a forum was the most useless waste of time. All I received were moans about duplicate posting...though when I check "my threads" it only shows one post. Strange!

    Anyhow...I managed to sort this out myself.

    Thought I would let those you read this know how to do it.

    Stick your Windows 7 dvd into drive and reboot computer from cd drive
    When it brings up the options click "Repair and Restart". Done!
  6. Best answer
    nhorton79 said:

    Stick your Windows 7 dvd into drive and reboot computer from cd drive
    When it brings up the options click "Repair and Restart". Done!


    I originally ran XP and then I bought a 2nd HDD and installed Windows 7 on it and it automatically set up a dual boot. I replaced the XP HDD with a new one and installed Window8 on it and I expected to again have a dual boot setup. Nope.

    I took nhorton79's suggestion and booted up the Windows 7 CD and ran repair. It found the Windows 7. The first time I booted into Windows 7 CHKDSK started and it went through both drives. I was in a panic that I had destroyed my Windows 7 but it all came out OK.

    The dual boot is slower than the one I had previously but I am a happy camper now.

    Thanks nhorton79!
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