Been reading many posts here to see if they could help me with a problem but couldn't find a definitive answer.
I have XP Sp3 32-bit on my main HDD, been using it fine for quite some time, and I wanted to try 7, so I bought a new HDD and installed Windows 7 RC 64-bit on it. I then setup the dual boot and everything was working fine - I could chose which to load up, both were working fine, and I could see the Windows 7 files while working on XP and vice-versa. I then got more confortable using Windows 7 (as most people here, no doubt, cause it is bril
) and started using more and more often, to the point of copying loads of files from my XP disk (My Docs, Videos, Music, Favourites etc) onto the Windows 7 disk so I could have them handy.
Then after a few days I noticed my XP installation started crashing every now and again. It's got progressively worse to the point my XP installation is not loading up at the moment - XP loads all the way up to displaying my desktop wallpaper picture and then freezes. Nothing happens for quite some time and I end up having to swich it off.
When I try to boot into XP again it goes into CHKDSK, it does it's thing for a good length of time and then when it loads XP it freezes on the desktop wallpaper again. Safe mode works fine and everything seems in order, but when I try the real thing it freezes again.
I'm very security conscious, but to eliminate this option I've ran a few AV and Malware programs and nothing found on both disks, so I'm confident this is not the problem. The XP disk itself also seems fine - cause if I load Windows 7 I can see all the files currently on the XP disk, no problem opening/copying them and nothing has been lost.
Anyone know of any known issues of mixing XP (32) and 7 (64) OS? Something to do with how they handle file structures, indexes etc for example? Could my XP be getting system files mixed up with the Windows 7 installation? Or Windows 7 writting files that corrupt the XP file system? Should I have kept XP disk hidden from Windows 7 in the first place?
Don't know what else to try but I need to run XP (due to 3D software) and didn't want to get rid of Windows 7...
Thanks in advance.