Why Black Magic? Let me get to it.
I had a dual boot Win XP and Windows 7. One beautiful day last week, my Windows XP hard drive seized and is now as good as dead.
The Windows 7 Hard drive works, but Windows 7 won't boot.
I have already tried just about everything I could, so if you think of something, I probably tried it.
The bottom line is that the only documented way to fix this issue would be to go back in time and either install BCDedit on my Windows 7 drive or perform a clean install of win 7. Which is what I did on another hard drive, by the way.
Now, since my options are limited but I have a perfectly good Windows 7 installation that won't boot, I found this tutorial: Migrate to Windows 7 from an XP dual-boot configuration | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com
which explains how to "properly" eliminate the WinXP partition from a Windows 7, WinXP dual boot.
One of the steps, unfortunately, is to copy the Boot.ini and other files from the WinXP partition to the Windows 7 partition, which I cannot do. Otherwise, there is little difference between my situation and the one in the tutorial.
This is where the black magic comes in: what if I go to another WinXP computer (say, my netbook or an old winXP I have) and copy the Boot files from there, paste tehm into my Windows 7 drive and edit them to reflect a dual boot, then proceed with the same steps as the tutorial?
What do you windows geniuses think? Can it work?
Do any of you have a dual boot winxp/Windows 7 boot.ini code you could post for me to copy?
Thank you very much for your help.