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Windows 7: Dual Boot XP and Windows 7 boot.ini

08 Dec 2010   #1
rashlike

Windows 7 premium 32bt
 
 
Dual Boot XP and Windows 7 boot.ini

Hello,

I've had a search and can't find help on my specific situation, hopefully someone can help?

I installed Windows 7 32bt profesional on the D: partition on an XP machine (C. Dual boot worked fine, but since I had to reinstall XP I have lost the option to change partitions at boot.

I want XP to be the default but with Win 7 to an option at boot. My boot.ini is currently:

[boot loader]]
timeout = 30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk()partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0) partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /no execute=optin / fastdetect


Any ideas what it should be?

Thanks in Advance


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08 Dec 2010   #2
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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08 Dec 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello rashlike, welcome to Seven Forums!



The easiest way to go would do the 3 separate startup repairs with a system restart between each repair discussed in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.



Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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08 Dec 2010   #4
rashlike

Windows 7 premium 32bt
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid,

I ran the repair three times and managed to get back into Windows 7 but I still can't find out how to get the option to choose a boot up which partition to boot into.

At the moment I can switch between only by using diskmgmgt and making the other drive active.

Regards
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08 Dec 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Set Win7 HD to active.

Install EasyBCD 2.0 to Win7, Add XP, accept any offered boot files, Save, Restart to Dual Boot Menu.

If this fails, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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