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Windows 7: Dual Boot Problem


18 Oct 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 
Dual Boot Problem

hii guyz,i had installed win 7 but later on i nstall win xp on other drive.
but now i am unable to boot to win 7.it just boots to win xp..
and doesnt show any dual boot menu on startup..
what shud i do to hv dual boot menu???
now my local disk c is system reserved, win 7 is on d and xp is on f..
pls help me out to hv dual boot menu

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18 Oct 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Could you post a picture of your Disk Management. That will make it easier to understand your problem.
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18 Oct 2010   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it looks like the xp install broke your windows 7 boot files.

you'll need to restore them within xp by using a program called EasyBCD - you'll also need to have .Net Framework 2 to make it work.

have a look through this tutorial. it contains full instructions and links to software needed. scroll down the page until you reach method two, part 7.

it's pretty simple, and once you've done it, you'll get a boot menu every time you start your computer.
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18 Oct 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

while opening easy bcd m getting this error


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18 Oct 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Unfortunately your Disk Management screenshot does not show the active partitions. My guess would be that the MBR for Windows 7 is on the small 100MB partition and the XP MBR is on the F partition. But since XP was installed later, it apparently superseded the Windows 7 MBR. For a test, I suggest you activate the 100MB partition and inactivate F. Then we'll see.
A convenient tool for those types of operation is BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.
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18 Oct 2010   #6

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

have a look at Brinks How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP[2]=General%20Tips
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18 Oct 2010   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

win xp f is marked as active partition
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18 Oct 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

win xp f is marked as active partition
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18 Oct 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here you have the problem. The BIOS only knows the XP. You can manipulate it as I said above, but that does not really give you a true dual boot. For that I suggest you follow brianzion's link.
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