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Windows 7: Need help to restoration my xp partition

31 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Need help to restoration my xp partition

Hello everyone,
I need some serious help from u guys. I had two os partion. C for windows 7 and D for xp. first installed xp on D drive. Then installed windows 7 on C drive. But after installing windows 7 i can't see xp boot option in the boot manager. The system itself is booting into windows 7 only. How can i restore the xp boot options In the windows 7 boot manager.

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31 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box. We can then advise you of the exact steps.

It is most likely a data drive which was marked active and derailed correct configuration of the Dual Boot. Happens here almost every day.
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31 Dec 2009   #3

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31 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Those OS partitions are pretty small. You don't want to cramp the paging file, which could already be happening on XP and might occur with Windows 7 as it fills up with programs and data. I'd move data to the other partitions, or delete some of them and reconfigure the OS partitions to be larger.

Just keep in mind you can't expand into space to the left using Disk Management, only a partition manager like free Partition Wizard bootable CD which is highly recommended for Windows 7.

Partition Wizard can also be used to convert the XP partition to Primary from Logical if it is necessary to mark it active to hold boot critical files. We will try to avoid that by keeping Windows 7 active for this Dual Boot.

To create the Dual Boot menu you'll need to use EasyBCD 2.0 following Steps 8-17 in Method Two here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Attachment 44888

If there are any problems, post back a screenshot of the EasyBCD listings.
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01 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hello My Friend,
Thanks for all ur help. But sorry to say no success still. I followed carefully the steps u have mentioned. EasyBCD successfully added the entry in boot loader and i can see the "Microsoft Windows XP" in boot manager At the time of boot. But After selecting the xp My Screen goes black. Nothing happens not even the HDD led blinking. But I can say the system is not yet hanged, i can turn on/off numlock, capslock keys. After 5 mins I clicked ctrl + alt + del to reboot. And it also rebooted successfully. But can't get into my xp.
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01 Jan 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Let's make sure boot.ini, ntldr, and ntdetect.com are in the roots of both OS drives.

In Control Panel>FOlder options>View tab: Show hidden files and folders, and unhide protected OS files.

Then check the root of both C and D drive to see that those 3 files are there. If not, copy them over.

Then try to reboot into both OS.

If not, post back a screenshot of the EasyBCD listings and your current Disk Mgmt after adding XP in Easy. We need to determine if XP can function on that logical drive as a Dual Boot. If not, can you move data off the extended partition to reformat a Primary XP drive ?
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01 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hello there,
Basically The current partition holds the windows 7,used to hold windows XP 2 days earlier. I had dual boot with 2 XP OS. Recently I had formatted the partition C and clean installed windows 7. As far i can understand, previously the XP-boot-Kernel-files (NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM, BOOT.INI) were in partition C before installing windows 7. As i have formatted the drive C The boot files got deleted. I Can Notice The Ntldr And NTDETECT.com on C: which was previously copied by easybcd while running the process instructed by u. Should I Copy The same files to My D drive as well as the D drive holds the xp installation. But The boot.ini is missing. I can create the boot.ini by running "bootcfg /rebuild" from xp recovery console while booting from the CD. can u supply me a sample xp boot.ini file.
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01 Jan 2010   #8
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Yes copy Ntldr And NTDETECT.com so they are in both C and D root

How to recover Boot.ini: http://www.proposedsolution.com/solu...stem32hal-dll/

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184

Then make sure all 3 files including boot.ini are in the root of both drives.

The wild card is the logical partitition. If XP tries to take the Active flag, it will fail because logical cannot be set Active. So the trick is to get all 3 boot files into both partitions while keeping Windows 7 Active System Partition. I don't know if it can be done with the XP recovery attempting to reassert XP boot.

You could at point of failure boot the Partition Wizard CD to convert XP partition to Primary. Another wild card is the extended partition will likely all need to be converted (never done that before).

Once converted, boot back into Windows 7 to see if EasyBCD can now add the boot critical files. If not boot XP CD to try to recover boot.ini, copy 3 files into root of both drives, if neccesary run Easy to add any OS missing from its listings then.


The fallback once boot.ini is restored is to run a Repair Install from Windows 7 desktop which will keep everything in place but reconfigure the boot correctly now that you have boot.ini in XP. But you may need to boot into Windows 7 DVD repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 times to restart Windows 7 if XP has taken the boot when recovering boot.ini
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01 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

After trying every possible way i made my decision to format both of the drive and run the fresh installation (XP in drive c) and then (windows 7 in drive D). Doing so might solve the boot problems i think.
but one question ? Could i able to activate my windows 7 online with the same cd key as the one is already activated yet. Is there any other way to backup the activation data like vista and restore them after fresh installation.
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01 Jan 2010   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bosesubhasis View Post
After trying every possible way i made my decision to format both of the drive and run the fresh installation (XP in drive c) and then (windows 7 in drive D). Doing so might solve the boot problems i think.
but one question ? Could i able to activate my windows 7 online with the same cd key as the one is already activated yet. Is there any other way to backup the activation data like vista and restore them after fresh installation.
Hi

Backup first.

First make a decision on your Partitions,(I would have three only)(100g for XP,100g Windows 7, the rest for your own DATA)

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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