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Due to a project at work I had to download the Windows 8 Developer Build the other day. Due to the fact that it’s a very early edition of the OS, running it as the main OS on a computer isn’t the best solution. But seeing as I didn’t want to run a VM I decided to set up a Dual Boot on my Dell Latitude. This Computer has Touch Screen and therefor the perfect computer to test the new Windows 8 Environment.

Windows 8 was installed on a separate partition and I expected it to show up in the OS Boot Menu. It didn’t. Instead the computer booted directly into Windows 8. No Boot menu.

The solution

The solution is to use the Windows Startup Repair. You can access this tool using different approaches. Here’s two:

Using the Windows 7 Recovery Disk

  1. Create a Windows 7 Recover Disk on a USB Flash Drive.
  2.  In the Recovery Console check the Windows 7 Partition
  3. Choose Repair Startup Problems.
  4. Reboot Windows

 Using Windows Installation Disk

  1.  Boot the Computer using the Installation disk
  2. After initial loading
  3. Click Repair Computer
  4. Choose Repair Startup Problems
  5. Reboot Windows


About Thomas

Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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2 thoughts on “Dual Boot Windows 8 and Windows 7 [Quick Tip]”

  1. abcd says:

    Very misleading title.
    No need to use Startup Repair. Press F8 during boot up. That’ll display recovery options and options of which OS to boot.

  2. Simon walker says:

    I think u will find windows 8 loads a startup screen where u can choose between the 2 Os’s to boot into ,for me anyway.I thought the same thing as the windows 8 pre-load screen comes first rather than just after bios boot which I’m used to.So it does allow u to boot into either.

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