I have been running Windows 7 Ultimate RC until yesterday. I wanted a seemless and safe install of the new Windows 7 Ultimate that just came out, so I opted to image my old partitions and install Windows 7 on a separate hard drive, then take an image of that and put it onto my existing hard drive.
My current problem: I've lost my ability to boot into Windows XP but I'd like to have it back since there are still some programs that work there but not well enough in XP Mode.
My installation steps:
- Imaged my Windows 7 RC and WinXP partitions (Acronis)
- Installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a separate hard drive
- Used the Transfer/Migration tool to move files and settings, installed software - basically got the new install up and running like my RC install
- Imaged the fresh Windows 7 partition (so now I have three images and working OSs on two separate hard drives)
- Restored fresh Windows 7 image on top of existing Windows 7 RC partition
- System does not boot ("BOOTMGR is missing") ==> after a few rounds with the Windows 7 dvd and the repair option, I can boot into Windows 7
- I don't have Windows XP as a boot option anymore - how can I get it back?
If it matters:
- Lenovo X200s laptop - SU9300 1.2Ghz - XP Mode works fine after enabling Virtualization support in hardware - 500GB hdd, 4GB ram
Thank you for this forum!