Gettng back into Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Driver_King, May 28, 2011.

  1. Driver_King

    Driver_King MDL Novice

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    I installed Windows 8 and would like to make changes to the system32 folder but cannot because it is being used. I want to get back into my Windows 7 partition. Can someone recommend a way to boot back into my other partition? Thanks.:eek:
     
  2. TFN

    TFN MDL Member

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    Try Easy BCD neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
     
  3. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    I agree with TFN, I use Easy BCD and boot between 3 drives - no issues.
     
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  4. Aly

    Aly MDL Member

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    Does installing Win 8 from within Win 7 overwrite the bootloader?
     
  5. starams5

    starams5 MDL Member

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    #5 starams5, May 29, 2011
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    Hi, EasyBCD as the others suggested. If the OS you want to boot to is on another drive (not partition), changing the HDD order in the bios should work as well. Also, if your board supports the F8 option, tap the F8 key during post to display the drive menu. Note: F8 is used for ASUS, other board manufactures may used different keys for displaying drive options during post.
     
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  6. kingof69ng

    kingof69ng MDL Member

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    off topic.
    and you cant.
    That'd be an update. which isnt possible from these current leaks.
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    but yeah on topic easy bcd would be the easiest way.
     
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  7. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    You guys are mistaken, Driver-King chooses "switch-off" everytime he exits, it goes into hybrid boot, which over-rides the boot menu.

    So it's simple, just choose "restart" and the boot menu is back. :D
     
  8. _spinner_

    _spinner_ MDL Addicted

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    #8 _spinner_, May 29, 2011
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    Well Done Faikee :D

    The hybrid boot option ovverride any existing bootloader, to fasten up the machine boot.
    If u want back your bootloader, just disable Hybrid boot,save and turn off computer.
    At the next switch on, you'll get back your bootloader, having two windows 7 to choose(win8 builds has 7 set-up so that's why..)
    Anyway with command prompt trick, you can modify in windows 8.

    Enjoy and have fun.......:bananajoj2::bananajoj2:

     
  9. kldpdas

    kldpdas MDL Member

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    This is hybrid boot again...:D
     
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  10. Driver_King

    Driver_King MDL Novice

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    Apparently, the option to disable Hybrid Boot is greyed out in 7955. :hmm: And I had two partitions setup on a single hard drive on my AOD250, using Easy BCD. So yes, the bootloader is being overridden, I do not have another HDD, I have 7955, and my Hybrid Boot option is greyed out. I have also tried Windows Enabler. No success. Any other ideas? :confused:
     
  11. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    re-install windows 7,sorry buddy:(
     
  12. Driver_King

    Driver_King MDL Novice

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    Nah, I won't need to do that. I'll just boot into my Windows 7 USB to repair the startup, worst case. All of my files are still available as my D:\ partition, which are editable and usable anyways. I would just prefer to be able to boot into either partition on the fly.
     
  13. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    #13 FaiKee, May 31, 2011
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    Did you try choosing "restart" instead of "shut down"? it works for me, I get the bootmenu everytime.

    If not, then put in the win7 or 8 DVD, boot to it, choose "fix your computer", choose the win 7 partition and goto command prompt, and enter:

    Bootrec.exe /fixboot
    Bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    exit

    make sure you have the space between "exe." and "/",


    This is much faster than using the auto repair option, because it first check all your files and simply replace everything, damaged or not.
     
  14. Driver_King

    Driver_King MDL Novice

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    Will booting into the W8 repair utility allow me to boot into either partition on the fly?
     
  15. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    I don't know, but probably yes, because the mbr files are just the same.

    I have XP/WinTPC/win7U/7955 all on one HDD, the other day I re-installed XP, used the win8DVD to get back the bootmenu, it was always there, just overriden by the XP bootloader, a similar scenario like your bootmenu was overriden by the hybrid boot.
     
  16. Driver_King

    Driver_King MDL Novice

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    Yeah, that worked. I had to reactivate Windows 7 (as expected) but I can still access Windows 8. It looks like the NoPill activator caused my genuine status to disappear and now MSE is yelling at me. I'll just keep reinstalling as necessary until the public beta. Thanks! ;)
     
  17. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    #17 FaiKee, May 31, 2011
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    OK man, that's nice. ;)


    Edit: Oh! It just came to me, if you soft-moded your win7 naturally you lose the activation, because soft-mod adds a file to boot sector to cheat windows there is SLIC in the BIOS, on installing win8 it replaces everything in the bootsector with its own boot-loader, so no more cheating file. It's nothing to do with the pill.
     
  18. Driver_King

    Driver_King MDL Novice

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    It seems like you're being somewhat trollzy seeing your recent posts but to answer, 7955 is not a completely stable OS build. Windows 7 is a stable, finalized OS. You can do a majority of daily tasks on Windows 8 7955 but Windows 7 is again more stable for other programs and utilities.