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Windows 7: win7 and win-xp dual boot hal.dll and other problems


30 Oct 2010   #1

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win7 and win-xp dual boot hal.dll and other problems

hi, a friend of mine has the following at first solved but repeating problems with dual boot system on two separate harddisks/partitions: first installed windows-7 x64 ultimate and after that win-XP-Pro sp3 on second harddisk. after solving the non-booting Windows 7 with easyBCD writing win 7 bootsector to MBR and setting xp boot from the 100mb system partition, given a driveletter under Windows 7. after that, hacked the register to prevent win-xp from deleting Windows 7 systemrestore points. all succesful. later, xp would not run anymore with a missing or corrupt hal.dll message. solved that with help from this forum by rewriting Windows 7 bootloader to MBR with easyBCD 2. a week later, both Windows 7 and win-xp started doing a unwanted CHKDSK routine when not cancelled, at boot. very annoying. solved that too with this forum, thank you. after THAT, a few days later, the hal.dll error returned on xp boot. solved that again with easyBCD. but these problems should not be returning every other week, very annoying indeed. does anybody know what causes it and how to solve permanently?
help much appreciated!


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16 Nov 2010   #2

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Hi, my friend does now not get the Hal.dll error anymore, but now has a error "NTOSKRNL.EXE corrupt or missing"when XP is booted first. when Windows 7 is booted first or after xp and then xp again, no problem occurs.....
have previously restored Windows 7 bootloader with easyBCD.
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16 Nov 2010   #3
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Hello dalek69, welcome to Seven Forums!



I've seen both of those when I had XP installed first and marked the Windows 7 partition active for the install; I used EasyBCD to repair the XP boot files then added a boot menu entry for XP to get them both booting again, it took several tries of different methods to get it right but finally I got them both booting, just keep working at it.

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16 Nov 2010   #4

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thanks for the encouragement, but it would be helpful to learn WHAT methods you used to get it working!
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16 Nov 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



I was just experimenting and it's been a while; download and install EasyBCD and first have a look to see if this will sort the issue of getting XP to boot.

EasyBCD Free Boot Manager Software

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