Repair issues observed in Windows® 7 in a dual boot configuration
What are the difficulties encountered by Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration? How can these problems be fixed?
Dual booting is the process of using more than one Operating System on a computer and selecting at start up which one to use. 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 the system performance since both the Operating System 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 they want to boot up first.
The following are some of the issues that might occur with Windows 7 in dual boot configuration:
- Partition error
- Blue screen error
- Disk boot failure
This is one of the common problems that might arise due to the dual boot configuration in Windows 7. This is due to the 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 dual booting, these records depend upon the boot manager which actually depends upon the user decision. So, the chances of incorrect changes in master boot record is more and thus these types of errors may occur. If the master boot record is changed, then you need to reboot the system using the fdisk command.
Blue screen error
Blue screen error occurs whenever the system fails to correct any of the issues in the Operating System. 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 for this issue is the insufficient memory capacity in the system. If the system doesn't have enough space to hold these two operating systems together, then it displays this error. You have to improve the memory capacity of the system by proper up-gradation.
If the system contains any of the Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 Dual Operating Systems, then you may get errors with the partitions and a display with following error message on start up,” DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". You could not login to the system at this stage. This 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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