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Windows 7: I tried to do a restore of XP using the XP restore

05 Sep 2010   #1
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit


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05 Sep 2010   #2


You should be able to turn on XP drive System Restore in XP and turn on Win7 drive SysRestore in Win7 and it should stick.

I am not clear on why you are trying to SysRestore XP and how it relates the Dual Booting using Method B in tutorial.

You can repair XP with a Repair Install run from the booted XP CD, but it will take over the MBR until you Add Win7 back using EasyBCD 2.0, which requires Net Framework 2.0 to be installed first to run in XP.

Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2
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05 Sep 2010   #3
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

I was wondering if others using the dual boot were showing what I have on the XP restore.

None of the restore points in XP are good/usable. If I want to restore the XP to an earlier time I can't.
All I can do is restore the entire System Image.

XP attempts to create a restore point making an image of the entire system not just the (E) XP drive.

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06 Sep 2010   #4


What makes you think this Mike? I don't believe it could do that if it tried.

Have you installed all of your Windows updates for both OS's?

How long have you been running with each OS's SysRestore turned on at their Computer>Properties>Advanced>System Protection>Config?

You do not want to turn on both XP and WIn7 in the Win7 Config options, only Win7. Likewise for XP side.

Are you referring to System Image and not System Restore? In that case it includes XP drive in the Win7 System Image because it is the drive where critical boot files for WIn7 are stored.
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06 Sep 2010   #5
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

What makes me think this?
Trying to use any of the automatic restore points created by XP. Ones I made don't work either.

As far as being "on" that is the way they installed. I'm new to Win7 but XP has always had system restore running when I installed XP the past 8 years.

Look at the pic above. All the restore points created are useless.
It will attempt to write the entire hard drive not just the (E) XP OS.

I was wondering if there was a way to use the XP's restore on the (E) XP drive.
Have it make restore points of the E drive only.
Like it always has before when using XP only on a PC.

Evidently not.

So close the thread and lets move on.

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06 Sep 2010   #6


As I was trying to explain earlier, you need to set System Restore in XP to only monitor the XP drive. Click "Settings" then highlight all other drives and turn it off on those other drives one-by-one.

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Only XP drive should show as monitoring Sys Restore.

Then in Win7 do the same so that only Win7 is being monitored by Win7 Sys Restore, as it should be set by default.
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06 Sep 2010   #7
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

I understand your explanation now.
I didn't get it with your earlier post.

Do both.

Will give it a go.

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06 Sep 2010   #8
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit


The Win7 restore, all partitions are off but its own.

XP I turned off all but the XP. Rebooted just to be sure.
All still off but XP.
Went to Create restore point.
Named it test.
Clicked Create.
Two seconds later it said restore point created.
There is a name Test in the restore points listed now but no files in it.
Tried test2 still the same.

Restore creator just isn't working.

So I put in the XP installation disk to do a repair if possible.
Typed the R for repair.
It shows the Win7 partition and the System Image to choose from to repair the XP.
It also wants the Administrator password for the OS in order to repair and I have no passwords on anything!

I give up.
I'll keep the system image up to date if I have a further problem with the XP.
I learned a lot even if it isn't fixed like I want.

Greg you have been gracious and patient and I greatly appreciate it.
Thank You.
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06 Sep 2010   #9


Mike, are you following these steps for the XP Repair Install: Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2

I agree Repair Install is the best approach now.

I'm also curious how SysRestore might behave if you boot via BIOS rather than have a WIndows-managed Dual Boot since I believe you have separate HD's. This method keeps the HD's completely independent.

You can create this by repairing XP with other HD's unplugged. Then after repair, unplug XP, plug Win7 HD, boot Win7 DVD REpair console or Repair CD, use Diskpart from Command Line to mark WIn7 partition active, then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Win7.
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Now boot preferred HD by setting it first to boot in BIOS setup. To boot other OS HD, use one-time BIOS Boot Menu key which on Asus boards is normally F8 or ESC.
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06 Sep 2010   #10
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Separate HD's yes but I used the Dual boot with both OS on the same HD that Brink posted using the Method 2.
Set up the second HD for storage and System Image partition.

The XP Repair tutorial I have not seen yet.
I just tried it off the disk following the prompts.
I'll read the tutorial tomorrow and see where I messed up.

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