Dual Boot Windows 8 and Windows 7

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

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