OSS won't recognize windows 7 installation

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    OSS will not recognize windows 7. I have win7 installed and working(can boot directly) on Drive 1. I have XP32 restored to Drive 3(partition 1)I can boot it from bios. When I install OSS it recognizes XP32 and boots to it no problem but it does not recognize the Win 7 installation. I tried recognizing it manually, it sees the partitions but when I pick either one and click bootable it says it finds no new system and won't add it to the menu. Would appreciate any assistance. Thanks
  2. MudCrab
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    OSS won't detect Windows 7. Windows 7 needs to be added manually. If you want me to add it to the BOOTWIZ.OSS file, please attach the file (instructions can be found here) to a post and let me know the size of the Windows 7 partition. A screenshot of what DD shows (in Manual Mode) is also helpful.
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    Thanks MC sorry to keep being a pest but things I want to do just seem to mess up. I have attached the files. I assume you can get sizes from DD Capture.

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    Is there a written description of how to modify Bootwiz file located somewhere in case It is required again?
  5. MudCrab
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    It's the same as adding Vista. More information can be found here and in the thread linked from it.
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    Try this file and see if it works. I'm assuming the System Reserved partition is the Windows 7 booting partition (it's Active) and setup the file that way. However, the partition's offset is not Vista/Windows 7 standard.

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    P.S.

    Is there a written description of how to modify Bootwiz file located somewhere in case It is required again?
  8. MudCrab
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    Already answered in post #5.
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    Thanks! It worked perfectly. One final Question, last year I was playing with vista and Oss and found that I couldn't use two copies of vista on the same machine with OSS. I was letting OSS configure itself. Can any system including multiple iterations of XP or Vista be configured to work on the same machine if you do it manually manually?
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    Without knowing the specifics of the setup, it's hard to say what caused the problems. I do know that OSS can boot multiple XP and Vista installations. If setup correctly and they can be detected by OSS, it shouldn't have problems. If not detected by OSS, they would have to be added manually.

    The main thing to remember is that each OS needs to be able to boot and run properly regardless of the boot manager used. In other words, if you try to make a "copy" of your Vista OS and it won't boot properly in a normal single-booting type setup, don't expect it to work in a multi-boot setup.
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    Thanks much I appreciate your help.
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    I've added Vista 64 to a partition and tried to modify the bootwiz.oss file but it didn't work. Could take a look and see what I did wrong. The V64 was restored from a working archive. Thanks

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  13. MudCrab
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    What version and build of TI did you use for the restore?

    What happens when you try to boot Vista 64? Any error messages?

    Do XP and Windows 7 still boot normally as before?
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    When booting V64 all you get is a flashing cursor in the top left corner of the screen. I used TI 2009. XP and Win7 boot normally.
  15. MudCrab
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    Did you restore the Vista 64 partition as an Active type partition?

    Also, do you know why the disk order has changed? In the previous screenshot, the XP disk was #2 and now it's #3.
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    Yes but I think only one Part on a Drive can be Active at a time and if I make V64 active w/dd and boot selecting V64 to boot then tries to boot into Win 7. Not sure about disk order, originally disk 2 had two part - XP32 and "D Drive". I resized and added a third Part "V64".
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    BTW when you copy an existing OS entry in Bootwiz, other than the Partition, name, and icon are there any other attributes that need to be changed?
  18. MudCrab
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    If you deactivate OSS, boot to the DD CD, start DD, set the Vista 64 partition Active, apply the change and then reboot with that drive as the booting drive (change the BIOS boot order or use a BIOS boot menu), does Vista 64 start correctly or do you still get the blinking cursor?

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    When you copy an OS entry, the only other changes you may need to make are if the copied entry used the Disk Order feature and to turn off the option to write the boot sector. Your entry looks okay. Right now, I'm just trying to figure out why it's not booting.

    There have been cases where Vista (and probably Windows 7) has not been able to boot properly from the non-booting drive. It may work better if you had the Vista 64 partition on the Windows 7 drive. I still don't know why it happens, but there are several threads where no solution was found to fix this problem.
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    I have changed the bios boot order to that drive and both XP32 or V64 boots and runs fine. I used DD to hide either and boot the other.
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