Triple Boot issue?

#1
Hi,

i wanted to give windows 7 ago, and before i installed windows 7 i had dual boot running all fine, like installed XP, and vista later on,

but when i installed windows 7 it doesn't show in the boot up menu only Xp and vista, but if i go into the bios setting and change which hard drive to boot first and swap it, windows 7 boots straight in,

now before i installed windows 7, i partition a drive from my vista HDD and installed windows 7 on that??

now all i need is how do i get windows 7 showing up in the boot menu along with XP & Vista??

and i tried using vistaboot pro but i get error messages, and i also tried something else, that windows 7 will show in the boot up menu if the disc is in the drive before boot up?? very weird...


thanks
 


Ed Dixon

Senior Member
#2
All three show in my boot window today, along with a 4th for W7 64 bit. Each is installed to a different partition.

I also use a product called BING from terabyteunlimited which may be helpful.

Ed
 


SIW2

New Member
#3
Hi,

Boot into Vista.

Open an elevated command prompt and type : (press enter after each command)

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 7"

It will return a new {GUID}.

Use that , including the brackets in these commands:

bcdedit /set {your-new-GUID_here} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {your-new-GUID_here} osdevice partition=D:

Replace D: with the letter of partition 7 is installed on.

Hope it helps
 


#4
thanks for the relpy,

but i don't get that command?

like what do you mean? like i have to type the whole thing?

like i type bcdedit , then a log shows up for the boot loader?

from here i get lost??

sorry..
 


SIW2

New Member
#5
Type each line before pressing enter.

Like this:

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /copy {current} /d "WIN 7"
The entry was successfully copied to {4f91599b-905b-11de-8234-001966657855}.

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /set {4f91599b-905b-11de-8234-001966657855} device partition=E:
The operation completed successfully.

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /set {4f91599b-905b-11de-8234-001966657855} osdevice partition=E:
The operation completed successfully.

C:\Windows\system32>

That's it.
 


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Ed Dixon

Senior Member
#6
EasyBCD 1.7.2 is way easier for these actions. Its all point and click.

Ed
 


#7
im so confused,

you really need to break it down for me..

like i got to cmd run it in admin

then i type bcdedit then enter...

now when i try to type /copy

i get error....


sorry dude...
 


SIW2

New Member
#9
That's because you typed /f instead of /d.
 


#10
didnt you tell me to replace D with the letter of my partition drive??

or i only do that for the next ones?
 


#12
That's the capital D followed by a colon , like this D: ,which is here:

bcdedit /set {your-new-GUID_here} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {your-new-GUID_here} osdevice partition=D:

Replace D: with the letter of partition 7 is installed on.

The /d is nothing to do with drive letters - it means description

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 7"

I think you may find it easier getting the free Easybcd to do it for you- install it on Vista:

http://neosmart.net/downloads/software/EasyBCD/EasyBCD%201.7.2.exe


1. Click Add/Remove Entries

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2. Select Vista /Longhorn

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3. Type in the name you want for your 7 installation

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4. Select the drive letter 7 is installed on ( as seen when you are in Vista)

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5. Click Add Entry

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If you get any errors - please post a screenshot of the Disk Management window.

If you want to find out more about Easybcd - here is the website:

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

Hope it helps
 


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#14
Hi RAK,

Um , yes , I just posted the d/l links and screenie instructions.

I am a member at NST btw - It's great these apps. are available for free.

They can be useful - saves a lot of typing when booting a custom.wim from the HD, for example.

However, relying too much on apps. to do the work means little is learnt - particularly in a case like this when 3 commands are all that is needed - it is a lot quicker too.
 


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#15
i tried that program, but it doesn't show the windows 7 option upon boot up, just xp and vista?

but i wanted to know why am i getting that error, like i type the first thing it works i get the numbers then when i try to do the next thing i get some type of error, as i posted above??

anymore ideas.

its driving me crazy...

thanks for the help...
 


#16
Need a screenshot of Disk Management.
 


#17
well i checked the log in that program the windows 7 entry had the drive from u: so i changed it to f: then i restarted my computer and it showed but when i click it i get the hardware error

saying thats windows\system32\winload.exe cannot verify digital signature for this file and some other info like about malicious software..

anyway his the pic of my diskmgm

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#18
You have pointed the bcd entry in the right direction as it is finding winload.exe.

Try running startup repair from the 7 dvd.

Boot the 7 dvd - you will see windows loading files - then select language and keyboard, click Next.

When you get the screen that says Install Now - don't click that - click where it says Repair my computer at the bottom of that screen.

Startup repair will probably run automatically - if not, highlight 7 on the list of installed o/s and click Next, then click Startup Repair.
 


#19
i tried the repair of the disc but it said there no errors??

funny thing is when the disc is in it will boot in no problems??

so its quite weird..

wat now???
 


RAK

Extraordinary Member
#20
"However, relying too much on apps. to do the work means little is learnt - particularly in a case like this when 3 commands are all that is needed - it is a lot quicker too. "

Well, I admire your persistence, but it is now 16 posts. I really think he should follow the instructions for Easybcd. perhaps, at this stage, he is not in a "learning" phase but just wants to get the OS's up and running.

Fwiw. He spelt "Partition" wrongly, in his last command attempt.
 


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