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Windows 7/Windows vista no dual boot up choice

Q: Windows 7/Windows vista no dual boot up choice

I have Windows 7installed on one drive and Windows Vista on another drive. When I boot up the computer it goes directly to Windows 7. It recognizes the second hard drive in Windows Explorer but it doesn't give me a choice as to which operating system to run from. New computing appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance

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A: Windows 7/Windows vista no dual boot up choice

Did you have both drives installed when you installed each OS?
Or did you do each install with the other drive disconnected?
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After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

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A:Dual boot windows vista and windows 7 boot error winload.exe

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

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A:Remove Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Also I am trying to get this done tonight so my replies will be almost as right away after you reply unless I'm following your instructions on doing something.
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A:Removing Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Welcome to SevenForums, Darren!

It looks as if you have Windows 7 on a logical drive. While it is possible to boot to Windows on a logical drive, it would require the 100MB system partition Windows 7 creates on installation.

How hard would it be to start over? You do not want Vista anymore, so if you start the installation process, you can delete the Vista and 7 partitions, and create a new, Primary one.

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A:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

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Originally Posted by Kidfork

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Partition Wizard is a free partition utility that could help you, get the Home Edition.
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A:Dual Boot Vista / Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by BillRob

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What programs do i need what steps do i need to take.

I need step by step instruction due to i have never done this before thanks

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hey , ive had no experience with two separate harddrives with two seperate os'es (one on each) but i can tell you in my opinion , creating a partition an using that for another os works well , like i said i cant vouch for two harddrives
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installed XP booted from cd bla bla installed without any errors BUT
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any help cant you edit the boot settings etc?

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Start with a hard drive test with SeaTools:
Log Name: System
Source: disk
Date: 2011-10-18T10:10:33.022
Event ID: 7
Task: N/A
Level: Error
Opcode: N/A
Keyword: Classic
User: N/A
User Name: N/A
Computer: Gordon-PC
The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block.[/code]Also, open a command prompt and run:
chkdsk /r
Download the latest driver package from ATI's site and install it:

You might also run driver verifier:

Finally, run the three Prime95 tests: Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums

...Summary of the dumps:


Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Wed Oct 19 14:08:54.327 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:15:34.703
Probably caused by : pci.sys
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_atikmdag_IMAGE_pci.sys
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 18 12:49:48.839 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:43:53.246
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atikmdag.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atikmdag.sys
Probably caused by : atikmdag.sys
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_IMAGE_atikmdag.sys
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 18 04:48:15.881 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:20:00.231
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+2ef8a )
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x77_c000000e
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x77_c000000e_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+2ef8a
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Thu Oct 13 09:55:52.798 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:57:05.434
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for Ntfs.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+1cf99 )
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x7a_c000000e
PROCESS_NAME: ccsvchst.exe
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x7a_c000000e_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+1cf99
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Wed Oct 12 09:49:32.884 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:28:08.178
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+2ef8a )
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x77_c000000e
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x77_c000000e_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+2ef8a
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 4 07:04:21.586 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:04:48.106
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I used easybcd to fix the boot problem
read about it on this forum.

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A:Solved: Removing Vista From Windows 7 dual boot

Click the Start orb - type run into the search box - type msconfig in the run box - Boot tab - you can set the Windows 7 to be default and delete any other entries.

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Case 1: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the XP/Vista boot option at startup, but Win7 boots fine.

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bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D:

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bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast


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bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} osdevice partition=D:
5. Done

Case 2: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the Win7 boot option at startup, but XP/Vista boots fine.

1. Insert the Win7 Installation DVD and boot your computer with it (as if you were making an installation).
2. At the first screen , select your language etc and press enter.
3. At the second screen, click "Repair Computer" at the bottom left.
4. Wait until startup repair is finished and reboot.
5. Done. You can now boot Win7.

Case 3: You have restored booting Win7 using the Case 2 method or other way, but now you've lost XP/VISTA .

Solution: Follow Case 1 Solution.

Case 4: You want Win7/Mac Dual Boot.

Solution: Follow these instructions: OSX and Windows 7 Dual Boot

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Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
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Quote: Originally Posted by jickis31

Hello there!

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Vauge stirrings in the back of my mind.

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i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
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Please check the attachment file ,

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Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

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Take a windows 7 installation DVD/USB thumbdrive, boot from it, select "I want to repair my computer" and then do a "startup repair".
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I'm having similar issues with Vista and W8. I put W8 on an empty and freshly created partition.
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Hi and welcome to TSF first I have removed your email all help is given via this thread and it also takes away the problem of being spammed since this is a open forum and spammers can read the pages, how did you install win 7 ie upgrade or full retail ? did you format the partition ?
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I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

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Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
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