I have created a partition on my hard drive and downloaded windows 8 developer preview without loosing any files for windows 7. However every time I restart my PC, I do not have choice to choose between windows 7 or 8?
Can anyone tell me what to do ?Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:49 AM
If you installed it the right way, you should see a choice screen between the "Windows Developer Preview" text and the Windows 8 lock screen.
So, your Windows 8 boots up into the lock screen without providing you with any choice screen for at least a few seconds?Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:08 AM
Press WindowsKey + R and type "msconfig" and press enter.
Then navigate to boot, and change the timer option to 30 (that's in seconds ofcourse).
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Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:25 PM
- Proposed as answer by Michael.Barry-UK Sunday, September 25, 2011 1:58 AM
- Unproposed as answer by Marilyn-Support EngineerMicrosoft Support, Moderator Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:36 PM
Sorry, i proposed that as the answer without reading further on.
Does msconfig.exe have two OS's listed? or just the one? If it's just the one then in Windows 8 move the mouse to the bottom left of the screen and click search, then scroll down, click settings and search for 'partition'. The Partition Manager should be the only result - click it and check your partitions. You should have two small partitions and two large partitions - if you only have one large partition then you're in trouble. Also check the capacities of both large partitions and then check the capacity of C:\ to make sure your using the 'newest' partition.
That won't solve your problem but it should re-assure you that you have/haven't made mistakes in the installation process.
Windows 8 doesn't seem to be able to access the Windows 7 filesystem on my machine, i would also recommend cold booting into Linux to check your filesystem.
You should have a look around your BIOS settings first, before trying a repair toolSunday, September 25, 2011 2:10 AM
Are you still experiencing this issue? If so could you take the steps below and send the output.txt and a screen shot of diskmgmt.msc to ComMod@Microsoft.com?
Open a Command Prompt:
Bcdedit /enum all > output.txt
Include a link to the thread as well as your display name as well.
Important: Please note this is not a support email address, and sending this information does not guarantee that Microsoft will be contacting you for a follow up
MichaelWednesday, October 19, 2011 8:11 PM