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Windows 7: Can't boot 7 after installed xp on same part.


01 May 2010   #1

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Can't boot 7 after installed xp on same part.

I was stupid and installed xp on the same partition as window 7 and can't boot windows 7 anymore. I don't have a window 7 disc is there any to boot up windows 7?


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01 May 2010   #2
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Confirm in Disk management that you overwrote Windows 7, as you might have put XP on another partition.

If so you need to find an installer for your version to activate with your Product key.

Where did you buy or obtain Windows 7 originally?
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01 May 2010   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ironlung1 View Post
I was stupid and installed xp on the same partition as window 7 and can't boot windows 7 anymore. I don't have a window 7 disc is there any to boot up windows 7?
Can you make a screenshot off your Disk Management? If you really installed XP over 7 (both use "Windows" directory), then you are officially SOL...

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01 May 2010   #4

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I made a new folder for xp when I installed it. I bought a used cpu with win 7 I have the key i just need to find a way to get windows 7 to boot.
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01 May 2010   #5

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hmm, this can be complicated... if Windows 7's boot files/partition is intact, all you need is to reinstall BCD and you'll get your Windows 7 back, but in return - usually BCD's files will remove/overwrite your XP's boot files/code. To simplify things, do a Windows 7 reinstall on another partition. This is recovery doesn't worth your time IMHO.

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01 May 2010   #6
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ironlung1 View Post
I made a new folder for xp when I installed it. I bought a used cpu with win 7 I have the key i just need to find a way to get windows 7 to boot.
What do you mean you "made a new folder for xp?" Did you make a new partition to install XP on?

Look in XP DIsk Management to see if there is more than one partition. Post back exactly what the partitions say on them.

The only way to get Windows 7 to boot is to determine if it is still present on the Hard Drive and then repair it so that it starts up. Otherwise you will have to reinstall it by finding an installer for your version - borrow from a friend or download it.

How did you buy Windows 7 with a used CPU?
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01 May 2010   #7

 
 

you could use a linux live cd and then use grub to setup your boot partitions, but why not download a Windows 7 image and repair it from that?
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