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Windows 7: Installed Xp efter win7, now i can only boot xp??


19 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Installed Xp efter win7, now i can only boot xp??

I was running on Windows 7 Ultimate, and i have an HTC Hero that won't Sync properly with Windows 7. So i created a separate partition wich i installed Xp on and now i can't boot Windows 7. What should i do?


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19 Dec 2010   #2
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Navqual.



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


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19 Dec 2010   #3
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21 Dec 2010   #4

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Okay here's the snip.


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21 Dec 2010   #5

 

Does your boot.ini list both installations? Are they fighting over top spot?
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21 Dec 2010   #6
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Since you didn't tell us what is on which partition, I am going to guess that Windows 7 is on C and the new XP install is on G.

What has happened in that case is that XP has taken over the boot as it always does when installed last (see tutorial posted earlier) however since it was installed to a Logical Extended partition it has placed its boot files on C which is the first available Primary partition. An OS can install to Logical but cannot place its boot files and boot from one.

You can try installing EasyBCD 2.0 in XP per the tutorial to add Windows 7, but it may not be able to sort the complications.

It may be best to mark Windows 7 Active, boot the DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times until Windows 7 starts. Then install EasyBCD 2.0 to try to add XP which tends to work better in Windows 7. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If these attempts fail, to correct this I would delete G in Disk Management, then shrink the Extended Volume to make room for a new Primary partition where G currently is to reinstall XP upon. If Disk Mgmt cannot do this correctly, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online
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21 Dec 2010   #7
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As Greg has said, you should be able to mark the Windows 7 C: partition "Active" from XPs disk management and run the 3 startup repairs with the restarts to get Windows 7 booting again; then you will need to add an entry to the Windows boot (dual boot) menu using EasyBCD from within Windows 7 to get both booting as normal.

Greg posted it once but here it is again at this link below.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


Here's EasyBCD

EasyBCD Free Boot Manager Software

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22 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the help, i did not have the option to mark c: as active in Xp's disk management, so i used diskpart and marked it as aktive, and then i booted Windows 7 install and did a repair and now everything is back to normal. Thanks again and a Merry Chrismas to u all!!
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22 Dec 2010   #9
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it sorted and thanks for the update.
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