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Windows 7: Windows 7 from fresh image - Lost my boot option for XP


23 Oct 2009   #1
owl

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 from fresh image - Lost my boot option for XP

Hi
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


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Any advice?

Thank you for this forum!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by owl View Post
Hi
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


----

Any advice?

Thank you for this forum!
hi and welcome to sevenforums

am I right, that you still have the XP and the win 7. each on seperate drives? what do you want your final configuration to be?

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2009   #3
owl

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Ken,
Thank you for the reply. Yes, I have Windows 7 and WinXP on separate partitions. Prior to my image restore, I was able to dual boot into either Windows 7 RC or XP.

The WinXP partition is still there and files are untouched and fine.

I've read through all the different bootcfg, bootsect, fixmbr, etc commands but most seem to only work to get one partition working.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post

hi and welcome to sevenforums

am I right, that you still have the XP and the win 7. each on seperate drives? what do you want your final configuration to be?

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


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