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Windows 7: Windows 7 BCDEDIT can't find boot store as it is on the XP partition.

30 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 BCDEDIT can't find boot store as it is on the XP partition.

When I installed Windows 7 Pro64bit into a partition on my hard drive Windows dual boot was added but apparently all the files were placed in the root of the XP partition probably because it was the only one marked as primary.

To keep from loosing System Restore points for the XP partition I had to add KB926185 to both XP and Windows 7. Neither operating system uses the other's partition but now when I wanted to use bcdedit uder Windows 7 to change the default operating system to boot the boot store cannot be found.

I was able to use the Windows 7 install CD to get to a command prompt and enter bootrec.exe and then bcdedit /enum. I don't know if bcdedit /default would work at this point.

I could remove the KB926185 registry update but I would loose all my System Restore points for XP.

Does anyone know how to get the dual boot stuff onto the Windows 7 partition?


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30 Jun 2011   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try using EasyBCD is best used in Windows 7.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 .
Download EasyBCD 2.1 - NeoSmart Technologies
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30 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you for reading my post and giving a possible solution. I will look into your suggestion. I am wondering though if Easybcd will be able to find the bcd when run under Windows 7 since it is on the other partition and it is not available because of the update to the registry I did.
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30 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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30 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you too for your idea.
At the point where I found out the reason bcdedit /enum would not work under Windows 7 was because I had marked the drive where the BCD stuff lived as offline to Windows 7 as per KB926185, I actually tried what you suggest except that I only tried the bcdedit /enum and it worked. I am not sure whether bcdedit /default would work but it most likly will. Since the Windows 7 install put all that stuff onto the XP partition I am looking for a way to get all the necessary stuff onto the Windows 7 partition.
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01 Jul 2011   #6
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All of this is automated now so hopefully the attempts at manually editing the BCD didn't ruin your Dual Boot.

First you need to start Windows 7 by marking it's partition Active in Disk Mgmt, rebooting into the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Once Windows 7 starts and holds the System flag install EasyBCD 2.02 to add XP, accept boot files, let it autocomplete, reboot to Dual Boot menu if it wasn't messed up.
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01 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Wow! I've never used a forum before and there is so much knowledge available. Thanks to all that replied and especially to Gregrocker. That is exactly what I want to do.
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01 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

While I have had booting to XP delete the restore points for Windows 7, I have never had booting to Windows 7 delete the restore points of XP.
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01 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I made a typo when I mentioned losing System Restore Points. In fact I was losing Windows 7 restore points just like you say. Thank you pbcopter.
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02 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
A new issue on this old problem

I finally got up enough guts to try the well documented approach to getting all the necessary boot stuff onto the Windows 7 partition and I have hit a brick wall. The XP partition is marked SYSTEM, ACTIVE, PRIMARY PARTITION and the Windows 7 partition is marked BOOT, PAGE FILE, CRASH DUMP, LOGICAL PARTITION. When I attempt the very first part of the process to get everything for boot onto the Windows 7 partition I can't mark the Windows 7 Partition as ACTIVE or any other atribute. Right Clicking on the Windows 7 partition does not even have a grayed out option for Mark as Active. How can I "unmark" the XP partiton as active so I can "mark" the Windows 7 partiton as active?
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 Windows 7 BCDEDIT can't find boot store as it is on the XP partition.




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