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Windows 7: Didn't correctly set up dual boot of 7 and xp

29 Sep 2012   #1
Elderon

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Didn't correctly set up dual boot of 7 and xp

I tried to set up a dual boot of windows 7 and windows xp. 7 was installed first and xp took over and wouldn't let me load 7 at all. I tried to fix the issue by deleting the partition with windows xp on it. Now all I have is the original C: drive with windows 7. The issue is the computer still won't recognize windows 7, only xp. I have a Gateway DX4300 desktop computer. It was originally running windows 7 64 bit but I'm not positive which version of 7 it had. I tried hitting f8 to go to the windows advanced options menu but no matter which option I try to go with I get the same error "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. please check the windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information." I tried a factory reboot although I don't really remember how I did it and it still gives me the same issues. I managed to pull all the files off of the hard drive and save them so I'm no longer worried about loosing anything. I just need to get my computer fixed so I can use it again. Any help toward this goal would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


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29 Sep 2012   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Boot the Windows 7 install DVD and run Startup Repair up to 3 times. That should fix it: See here: Startup Repair

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River.
Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.

The COA sticker on your computer will tell you what version of Windows 7 you have, but it's most likely Home Premium, but it may be 32 or 64 bit.
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29 Sep 2012   #3
AC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Boot to your Windows 7 Installation DVD, then select repair your computer, then startup repair. If you don't have a DVD, you can download an ISO at the link in my sig (Windows 7 Clean Install), and put it on a DVD or a 4GB+ USB.
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29 Sep 2012   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

714, you don't have a signature!
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29 Sep 2012   #5
AC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
714, you don't have a signature!
Ummm, yes I do.
Also, follow this tutorial to set up the dual boot.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


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30 Sep 2012   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Urk! My fault, sorry. I have signatures hidden Some of them were extremely annoying.
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30 Sep 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

When XP is installed last it takes over the boot. To get it added you need to restart Win7 and install EasyBCD to add XP from Win7 which is easiest.

Since you deleted XP now it took with it the System Active flags so that Win7 cannot start until they are restored to its partition via Repairs. To work these repairs must be run on an Active partition so Mark Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved (preferred) Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
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07 Oct 2012   #8
Elderon

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Update: I ended up buying the disks so I quit checking this but I will start trying these today because I tried using the restore disks for a factory reset and I'm still getting the same error. If there are any new suggestions now that I know the restore disks won't work they would be much appreciated. Until then I'll try the ones I have. I'm also no longer trying to run the dual boot. I just want my computer back to the way it was so I can use it.
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07 Oct 2012   #9
Elderon

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
When XP is installed last it takes over the boot. To get it added you need to restart Win7 and install EasyBCD to add XP from Win7 which is easiest.

Since you deleted XP now it took with it the System Active flags so that Win7 cannot start until they are restored to its partition via Repairs. To work these repairs must be run on an Active partition so Mark Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved (preferred) Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
Would I be able to do that via my hard drive connecting cables on my laptop? If not then I can't do it because I can't get passed the error on start-up
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07 Oct 2012   #10
AC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

If you just want 7 back, follow this tutorial.
Clean Install Windows 7
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