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Old 02-11-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Is there a way to hide Win 7 when installing Win 8?


I volunteer in a community lab where we presently dual boot Win 7 and Linux. I set up a separate boot partition for grub so users could choose which OS to boot. Now they want to install Win 8 and triple boot. Is there a way to hide Win 7 so Win 8 doesn't add Win 7 to its boot loader?
 
Old 02-11-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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You can just use bcdedit or EasyBCD to remove Windows 7 from 8's bootmenu after the installation.
 
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But how would you subsequently boot Win7 - even from grub ?.
M$oft typically replace the boot code with the later version - so you can't directly chainload the older version.

I haven't tested Win8 (which has a new loader) as I thought it was junk when I looked at the preview, but in prior versions you could hide the earlier version system/boot partition and install the latter. This allowed you to chainload either/both from grub.
On a UEFI/gpt config (with Win8) this could get mighty ugly.
 
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But how would you subsequently boot Win7 - even from grub ?.
The same way as before, with Grub. Grub chainloads to the stage of the Windows bootloader that is present on the Windows partition. Overwriting the MBR with a different bootloader won't change that, Grub will still pickup and load all installed OSes.

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M$oft typically replace the boot code with the later version
Only the one in the MBR.
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On a UEFI/gpt config (with Win8) this could get mighty ugly.
Not really, on UEFI this will get more consistent, as I understand it. By the way, you don't need UEFI/GPT to install Windows 8.
 
Old 02-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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I was thinking about using EasyBCD. I didn't think about removing the Win 7 option from Win 8's menu. I wanted to have three choices, Win7, Win8 & linux and not have to choose again from another menu. There are a lot of smart people here to get ideas from. Thanks
 
  


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