Windows server 2008 partition

April 10, 2011 at 15:52:35
Specs: Windows 7, 2.3 ghz/ 4 gb
Ok bare with me here. Im pretty computer literate. I have just never had a problem with partitions before this. I have a windows 7 64bit home premium. had it since Feb. 2011, this year. I just installed Windows Server 2008 64 bit as a logical drive partion. Everything went just fine with installing. I am able to access every aspect of this OS...But. I am not able to access my windows 7. I restart my computer and press F8 to access my other options, even to see my boot screen, but I only have windows server accessible. I get into DISKPART and notice after i type in sel vol or anything in that nature, that my windows 7 boot info states it is a SYSTEM and my partition for windows server is my BOOT. I had marked my main partition as active, which was windows 7 before i installed server. Need you mind I am not able to reboot my entire system due to many reasons, 1. im a soldier and theres data on it i need which is not replaceable, 2. Im taking this microsoft certification class and it has data on it I need, 3. I for got to make a back up, i know pretty stupid, and last of all my manufacturer did not have a disc supplied with the computer, Sony VAIO. What can i do to minimize damage and get back control of my computer to access everything. I know how to utilize both partitions from bootscreen just why can i not see both? Sorry if i do not givfe enough info but i have past midnight after i write this. but also i have a SYSTEM RESERVED volume also for all of the necessary stuff which is norlmal to have, oh which by the way says nothing under DISKPART info. Please im lost and my class starts real soon

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#1
April 10, 2011 at 19:09:59
You should have the ability to copy/save any files you need on the other dive from within server.

You may be able to add the W7 to boot through msconfig boot tab.

You should have made recovery disk set from withing Windows 7, they are very convenient if you have start up problems. - - You can borrow a Windows 7 install disk or recovery disk as long as they are Home Premium 64bit versions and do a start up repair. - - You should also be able to do a start up repair from the factory installed recovery partition (just don't do a factory restore).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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April 11, 2011 at 00:01:28
Ok I have gotten into msconfig boot tab and only have eyes on windows server 2008.

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#3
April 11, 2011 at 09:26:25
I just looked into msconfig (was also late when answering) and there is no way to add W7 there. I do not know if server offers the option when installing it, but to do the dual boot when installing Windows 7 along side of an older OS, you would have had to choose the custom option and you could have found the option there. At this point you will need to do a repair of the Windows 7 start up as I mentioned above. I am not sure you will get the dual boot option, but you should, but you will definitely be able to get W7 to boot again. If possible use a install disk from the same version of Windows 7 that you have since it may offer more boot options than recovery disk or partition.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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April 12, 2011 at 10:25:48
well its no use now. tried out easybcd and all it did was make it so i can not even get into my laptop. i try to reboot from my backup from my external hdd but nothing happened. meaning it told me F U. It was not worth placing this server 2008 on this computer. I need a different option or something to get my win7 up and running. I will state it is NOT possible to get a windows 7 disc from someone cause im not spending the money for it, plus everyone i know has their win 7 preinstalled like mine. i have a back up on my Ext HDD. This is what i have come up as I turn on the computer
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WINDOWS BOOT MANAGER

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next"
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0x0000098
Info: The windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid OS entry
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I placed windows server 2008 disc in and restart computer like it says.
press any key to boot disc
windows is loading files...
language settings to english
repair computer

Now i get a pop-up window System Recovery Optioins
i click load drivers since i do not see my OS
now i need to add drivers but everything i click on it says "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware"
so i go to my windows image backup from ext hdd and of course nothing is there
well since that hasn't worked im going to try windows complete pc restore
my only backup is from apr 2 well try this.
i am not going to exclude my disk 0 even though it is my actual disk i want to access. last time i tried excluding that it didn't work
finish and then confirm restore
now its trying to restore. lets see what happens
well come back to my computer and it unfortunately restored completely. not awesome but its fixed. I guess im upset now. Yeah. thanks though.


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