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    Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    So I have 2 physical HDs, and finally got Win7RC installed in the first one. I have Vista installed on the second one. Now that I have Win7RC installed, and running, I can't get it to recognize Vista on the other drive to dual boot. Tried EasyBCD and still no go.

    If I put my Vista install disc in, do the "repair" function to repair the boot files, will I be able to get back into Vista? If so, can I get back to Win7?

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    I think that Vista may have to be installed before W7 although I would require confirmation. If you can confirm, that would be nice.

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dfxrain View Post
    I think that Vista may have to be installed before W7 although I would require confirmation. If you can confirm, that would be nice.
    Vista was installed, and running prior to my installing win7rc. I understand that normally if you do this (vista first, then win7) it's supposed to detect the older OS and automatically give the user a boot choice. I don't know what went wrong, but I am not getting a choice.

    When I use EasyBCD, I can make the Vista entry, save it, and even look at the system settings and see 2 choices. However when I restart, I get no boot choice screen, and it goes directly to Win7. Not only that, but when I then look at the system settings, the entry for Vista is gone.

    Again, both systems have their own physical HD, and I have verified that the Vista system files are still there. I can see them from within Win7.

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    What does the commandline output of "bcdedit /enum" show?

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrBlack View Post
    What does the commandline output of "bcdedit /enum" show?
    Windows Boot Loader
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    identifier {current}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {2fa3021c-9e7c-11dd-a05e-001a92dae180}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {c397d270-9c68-11dd-8e35-f34e30ca782d}
    nx OptIn

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {default}
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Vista
    systemroot \Windows

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Use repair on the W7 RC disc.

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dfxrain View Post
    Use repair on the W7 RC disc.

    Works once, gives me a choice of Win 7 or Vista (recovered) when I reboot after the repair. The next reboot I do not get the boot choice screen, it goes straight to Win7. Reboot a third time, hitting the space bar immediately after the bios screen to force the boot choice screen, and there is 1 choice, Win7.

    For some reason, that I don't understand, my installation of Win7 want's to take total ownership of the computer and not share with Vista. Kinda understandable since Vista is such a hog

    It's not a huge deal, just a weird bug on my specific installation I guess. It's not my main machine, and I was able to do what I needed to do in Vista (export FireFox bookmarks and de-authorize iTunes). So I really don't need Vista at this time.

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    if they are separate disks, try changing the boot order in the bios


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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Have a feeling since there are two BCDs one on each drive
    the repair fixes the original Vista BCD but not the current Win7 BCD

    any chance your Boot disk in your BIOS is set for "Disk 1" rather "Disk 0"?

    this page gets deeper into it
    http://www.multibooters.co.uk/bootmgr.html


    even though your problem seems to be buggin me ...more than it is you now

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    There is interference getting rid of the Vista boot option. A computer running in normal circumstances should not get rid of it. I do not have an explanation why the Vista boot option is unavailable at this point. I think that perhaps it's not detecting the Vista information and that Vista detection has to be enabled somehow to use it. It's learning how to make it that way as far as I know about it. I have used the repair in W7 RC and it worked so it should operate properly for you unless there is interference that should be removed.

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmettin View Post
    if they are separate disks, try changing the boot order in the bios
    sorry mmettin - just noticed you said the same thing already

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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    have you considered using the bios as the boot selector?

    most newer boards have a key you press just after post that allows you to pick which hdd, optical drive, or usb device to boot from.

    if you don't switch between os's very often this is by far the least problematic and simplest way to go.
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    Re: Enabling Dual boot with Windows 7 RC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brandito View Post
    have you considered using the bios as the boot selector?

    most newer boards have a key you press just after post that allows you to pick which hdd, optical drive, or usb device to boot from.

    if you don't switch between os's very often this is by far the least problematic and simplest way to go.
    BIOS for my MoBo (Asus Stiker Extreme) does not to my knowledge have that. I can select (Removable, Optical, Hard Drive) for boot, but not individual hard drives.

    So far though, booting to Win7 serves me just fine. I haven't had any other problems. Probably just keep it like it is till Win7 comes out (already have it pre-ordered) then do a back up of data, then a clean install.

    I am still researching ways to edit booting files to fix this, however my actual paying job has kept me from doing any testing.

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