Dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8

I successfully installed Win 8 on a new partition e: on main hard drive with Win 7 on c:. All was fine with pc booting into Win 8 by default. I used the option on booting into Win 8 to make Win 7 the default OS. This was fine with an option appearing before going into an OS giving choice to leave as boot to Win 7 or changing to Win 8. This option has now disappeared.
After instal of Win 8 I think I am right in saying Win 8 was given c: drive letter, after using option to make Win 7 the default the c: designation went back to c:, but not 100% sure if that was correct.
Question is, how to get the option on which OS back.
gilbey666Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

CSI-Windows_comCommented:
Each OS can appear to own the C: drive when it boots - even when the partitions are different

Easy BCD should be able to help you edit your boot records and add a record for Windows 8.

You can find it here: http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD
0
gilbey666Author Commented:
TRied that but no Windows 8 option
0
pgm554Commented:
How are you setting boot options,msconfig?
0
Protecting & Securing Your Critical Data

Considering 93 percent of companies file for bankruptcy within 12 months of a disaster that blocked access to their data for 10 days or more, planning for the worst is just smart business. Learn how Acronis Backup integrates security at every stage

CSI-Windows_comCommented:
Give visual BCD a try http://www.boyans.net

It has a dual boot repair option: http://www.boyans.net/DualBootRepair.html
0
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Best method is to start from the windows 8 dvd, then use the repair startup.
Dual Boot/ Easy BCD are not aware of the changes that windows 8 makes to the BCD. (yes folks it is different again -- to allow touch displays to allow the selection)
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
CSI-Windows_comCommented:
To follow up on ve3ofa, BCDEDIT on Windows 8 can probably do both types of boot record.  Perhaps if you use it to edit the Windows 7 boot store it can permanently place those changes in.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709667(v=ws.10).aspx
0
gilbey666Author Commented:
I tried all the other solutions, even with this one a full repair was necessary, thanks.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Legacy OS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.