Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
Does it boot? How far do you get?
Not very. I have tried every permutation I can think of and the best I have been able to do is to get to a partially functioning safe mode. Most of the time it freezes, thrashes, or tells me to use the install disk to repair, which doesn't help either. Sometimes the repair says it can't fix it, or it says it does, but hasn't.
Here's is my most latest, and I believe cleanest, attempt. Set the BIOS to IDE and booted to Windows 7 then rebooted to XP on my third drive. I had on previous attempts run bootsect with the /nt60 switch and /mbr to make sure those volumes and mbr for those volumes were NTFS and not FAT32 as the other volumes are. I've also made sure the System Reserved is set to Active. Anyway, I then ran EaseUS from XP, shut down without rebooting, unplugged the SSD, and ran the installation disk repair. From there I've tried both booting to regular mode and safe mode. In safe mode it gets past Preparing Desktop, but ends up with just the background-like theme. Ctrl-alt-del will get me to choices to run Task Manager, which will get me more light blue background. However, if I use Run Task for Explorer, I'll get a temporary user safe mode.
This is not even my best result. Messing around with bcdedit and EasyBCD, I have been able to get to a standard safe mode, and several days ago I was able to get to regular desktop, but never with it as the C: drive. I do a lot of testing and use my backup copy for that. Under XP, when I was done testing I would just clone a new backup. Besides, if I have to tear down my rig every time I want to do backup, I'll just go back to XP and only use Windows 7 when I have to.