This is what I had and did:
Acer Computer with Vista on it with a recovery drive. 750 GB Drive with mainly 4 partitions:
Recovery Drive: size ? | Acer C: 192 GB - Vista Home Premium | DATA: 344 GB | W: 100 GB - Windows 7 | Dual Booting with Windows 7 as Option 1 and Vista as Option 2
Being the extra wise guy that I am I went ahead and installed Windows 8 on Acer C which had nothing important on it. Everything went smooth as silk, it rebooted several times directly to Windows 8. However, when it was all complete I noticed it was not giving me any Dual Boot Options anymore: it was loading directly to Windows 8! Some people had fixed similar problems using BCD (from Neowin) which I installed, but it could not discover windows 7 start files.
Tried to repair the installation with the Windows 8 DVD Repair Options etc, but Windows 7 remained invisible.
Since Windows 8 was new and Windows 7 did not have any crucial files on it, I decided I could install windows 7 on Acer C with Windows 8 on it now, hoping to overwrite Win 8 and start afresh with Win 7 on the C Drive being the Active partition. The result was a major disaster: A disk read error occurred - Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart.
And that's where it hangs the cursor simply blinking... indefinitely!
I would like to reinstall Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a Dual Boot environment. I also have the original Windows 7 AIK from Microsoft if that is of any help.
Is there a way out?
Edited by Bobang, 09 November 2012 - 08:00 AM.