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Windows 7: Dual Booting 7 with XP problem

27 Jun 2009   #1
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 
Dual Booting 7 with XP problem

I was dual booting Windows 7 build 7201 x64 with XP but recently felt like formatting my drive with 7 on it and did a clean install of build 7232 x64. I tried adding an entry for XP with EasyBCD but when I try to boot up XP I get a "missing system32/hall.dll" error and tells me to install it. Windows 7 is on my C drive, XP is on my second hard drive.


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27 Jun 2009   #2
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 

when you add XP using EasyBCD make sure you change the drive letter to correspond with the one XP is on, and you may need to copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files to the root of your XP. these files are generally found on your XP disc in the i386 folder of your XP install disc.
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27 Jun 2009   #3
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
XP is on my second hard drive.
Lets see your boot.ini. You might have to change the rdisk and/or partition value.
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27 Jun 2009   #4
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Lets see your boot.ini. You might have to change the rdisk and/or partition value.
they would be using the vista bootloader to add XP, so why would boot.ini matter?
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27 Jun 2009   #5
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

yes you can add an entry to the Vista/7 boot manager, but the boot.ini is still used.
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27 Jun 2009   #6
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

I have ntldr, ntdetect, and msdia80.dll on both drives
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27 Jun 2009   #7
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

what about boot.ini ?

If the boot.ini is incorrect you can get this exact error.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay
when I try to boot up XP I get a "missing system32/hall.dll" error and tells me to install it.
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27 Jun 2009   #8
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

I don't have boot.ini in either drive
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27 Jun 2009   #9
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

are you sure? it will be a hidden file.

If you dont have one, create it. Here is mine:

Code:
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;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
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[boot loader]
timeout=4
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /FASTDETECT /NoExecute=OptIn
P.S. - rdisk is the hard disk number and partition is obviously the partition number. You may have to tweak those values to get it right on your system.
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27 Jun 2009   #10
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

If it's hidden then I probably do have it. Nothing has changed to my XP drive prior to formatting my drive with 7 so I'm guessing something is wrong with the C drive. Here are screenshots of my setup with Easybcd.


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