How to add a boot entry for windows 7?

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  1. gremar's Avatar
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    windows 10 PRO 64 bits
       #1

    How to add a boot entry for windows 7?


    Hi,
    The title sums it up really, I have managed to install windows 7 along side windows 10 but on a separate hard drive. When I booted the first time I couldn't see windows 7 in the boot menu.
    Could someone please tell me how to add a boot entry for windows 7?

    Thank you.
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  2. cereberus's Avatar
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    Windows10
       #2

    In windows 10, note the drive letter of Windows 7 partition e.g. F, open an admin command prompt and type

    bcdboot F:\windows (change F as appropriate).
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  3. gremar's Avatar
    Posts : 67
    windows 10 PRO 64 bits
    Thread Starter
       #3

    That's good thank you but how to get Windows 10 style dual-boot screen
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 55,108
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #4

    gremar said:
    That's good thank you but how to get Windows 10 style dual-boot screen
    Admin Cmd Prompt:


    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
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  5. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
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    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    @f14tomcat . This won't do it. OP does not have problem which one will boot first, his problem is he did not get a GUI boot screen.

    @OP,
    Boot up Windows 7 then do the same thing as before:
    bcdboot X:\Windows where X: is the drive letter of Windows 10.
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    topgundcp said:
    @f14tomcat . This won't do it. OP does not have problem which one will boot first, his problem is he did not get a GUI boot screen.

    @OP,
    Boot up Windows 7 then do the same thing as before:
    bcdboot X:\Windows where X: is the drive letter of Windows 10.
    Sorry, guess I misunderstood.

    OP said: That's good thank you but how to get Windows 10 style dual-boot screen , I thought he meant the Metro style like this:



    #3 > https://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable...-in-windows-8/
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  7. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,822
    Windows 10
       #7

    f14tomcat said:
    Admin Cmd Prompt:


    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    And, I'm pretty sure you have to do so on both OS's.
    Last edited by Edwin; 23 Apr 2018 at 04:15.
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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 16,041
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    When booted into Windows 10, open a Command Prompt (Admin) and run:

    Bcdboot C:\Windows

    That will get the Windows 10 graphical boot menu back.
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  9. topgundcp's Avatar
    Posts : 2,782
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
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    NavyLCDR said:
    When booted into Windows 10, open a Command Prompt (Admin) and run:

    Bcdboot C:\Windows

    That will get the Windows 10 graphical boot menu back.
    What's the difference between this and post #5. They both accomplish the same thing depending on what OS is currently running.
    bcdboot will set the system to use Winload.exe (MBR)/Winload.efi(UEFI) version from Windows 10.
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  10. Comp Cmndo's Avatar
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    Windows 10-Pro 64bit
       #10

    Use EasyBCD ver 2.3 (free)
    EasyBCD Basics
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