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  • When selecting windows 7 as primary OS why dose it then use windows 7 boot loader and not windows 8?
    would be nice to use windows 8 boot loader no matter what primary OS...

     


    Technical Beta Tester || Matthew John Earley BSc (hons) || www.o0MattE0o.myby.co.uk
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:40 AM

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  • On Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:40:41 +0000, o0MattE0o wrote:

    When selecting windows 7 as primary OS why dose it then use windows 7 boot loader and not windows 8?
    would be nice to use windows 8 boot loader no matter what primary OS...

    Because transferring from Windows 8 to Windows 7 requires that the computer
    be restarted. If you've indicated by switching the primary that you mostly
    want to boot into Windows 7 it really doesn't make any sense to require the
    computer to restart again, every time you boot.

    If your suggestion was implemented the experience would be:

    1. Power on computer.
    2. Windows 8 boot loader loads.
    3. You select Windows 7 or let the time out value run down.
    4. Your computer restarts.
    5. Windows 7 starts.

    versus

    1. Power on computer.
    2. Windows 7 boot loader loads.
    3. You select Windows 7 or let the time out value run down.
    4. Windows 7 starts.

    Do you really want your computer to restart every time you want to launch
    your default OS?


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    How do I love thee?  My accumulator overflows.

    Friday, September 30, 2011 4:18 PM

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  • On Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:40:41 +0000, o0MattE0o wrote:

    When selecting windows 7 as primary OS why dose it then use windows 7 boot loader and not windows 8?
    would be nice to use windows 8 boot loader no matter what primary OS...

    Because transferring from Windows 8 to Windows 7 requires that the computer
    be restarted. If you've indicated by switching the primary that you mostly
    want to boot into Windows 7 it really doesn't make any sense to require the
    computer to restart again, every time you boot.

    If your suggestion was implemented the experience would be:

    1. Power on computer.
    2. Windows 8 boot loader loads.
    3. You select Windows 7 or let the time out value run down.
    4. Your computer restarts.
    5. Windows 7 starts.

    versus

    1. Power on computer.
    2. Windows 7 boot loader loads.
    3. You select Windows 7 or let the time out value run down.
    4. Windows 7 starts.

    Do you really want your computer to restart every time you want to launch
    your default OS?


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    How do I love thee?  My accumulator overflows.

    Friday, September 30, 2011 4:18 PM
  • Did not have to be like that though!
    Technical Beta Tester || Matthew John Earley BSc (hons) || www.o0MattE0o.myby.co.uk
    Friday, October 7, 2011 8:16 AM
  • Did not have to be like that though!


    Really? And you know this how exactly? I'm fairly certain given that people generally complain about unecessary restarts that Microsoft has done everything they can to prevent them. If switching from the Windows 8 boot loader to the Windows 7 boot loader requires a restart then I'm quite confident that there's a solid technical reason for it.

     

    Saturday, October 8, 2011 8:18 AM