Fix Windows® 7 dual boot not working problem
What are the probable reasons for a dysfunctional Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration? How can the problem be fixed?
Systems where the hard disk contains two Operating Systems are known as dual boot systems. You could use any of the two Operating Systems. While installing the Operating System, the boot manager in the system changes the records in the master boot record. This is because the user of the system selects the Operating System which boots up first. You need to have plenty of hard disk space to use more than one Operating System in your computer. One disadvantage of a dual boot configuration is that it slightly degrades system performance since both the Operating System will have to share the available resources. If you have installed multiple Operating Systems in your computer, you can execute programs in one Operating System that are not compatible with the other. To use dual boot, you need to have the device drivers that are compatible with both the Operating Systems. Sometimes you need to remove the dual boot from your system. The boot manager in the system replaces the original master boot record, and this depends upon the user's decision to select which Operating System the user wants to boot up first.
The following are some of the issues that might occur with Windows 7 in dual boot configuration:
- Issues in the master boot record
- Insufficient memory
- Disk boot failure
Issues in the master boot record
This is one of the common problems that might arise with the dual boot of Windows 7. This is due to changes in the master boot record. The master boot record is the one which keeps the information related to the Operating System in the system. But in a dual booting configuration, these records depend upon the boot manager which in turn depends on the user's decision. So, the chances of incorrect changes in master boot record is more and thus these types of errors generally occurs. If the master boot record is changed, you need to reboot the system using the fdisk command.
If the system fails to resolve any of the issues, then you will get errors such as blue screen error. If the dual booting is not performed well, then the Operating System gets corrupted and you will get the blue screen error. One of the reasons is insufficient memory capacity in the system. If the system doesn't have enough space to hold these two operating systems together, then the system displays this error. You have to improve the memory capacity by proper up-gradation.
If the system consists of any two of the following Operating Systems- Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 dual Operating Systems, then you may get errors with the partitions and the particular error message on startup,” DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". You could not login to the system at this stage. This issue occurs because the boot manager files are missing or corrupted since the partition is messed up. The start up repair option will help you to resolve the issue through proper scanning.
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