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Windows 7: Installing OS on two Internal Hard Drives

06 Oct 2011   #41
gregrocker

 

Yes, go to Computer>properties and select from the left column Advanced Options, then Startup tab, set the timeout as low as 5 seconds which can still allow you to choose XP during boot since you'll know when you want to do that anyway.


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06 Oct 2011   #42
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, go to Computer>properties and select from the left column Advanced Options, then Startup tab, set the timeout as low as 5 seconds which can still allow you to choose XP during boot since you'll know when you want to do that anyway.
Ok done Set to 7 seconds
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03 Jan 2012   #43
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Update: XP was running fine until yesterday. I recently got a virus from a dodgy site and now its refusing to start up.

It says, "Windows could not start because the following files are missing or corrupt:

<Windows root<\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I can't log into safe mode or anything.


So my question is, should I remove my other physical drive which has Windows 7 running and try to fix this problem? Will my windows 7 boot also mess up if i leave it in and i try to resolve this problem?
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03 Jan 2012   #44
gregrocker

 

I would unplug the Win7 drive and try to disinfect XP. Later plug in only the Win7 drive to also check it for infection before starting it again.

To disinfect XP, attempt to boot into Safe Mode and install from stick or CD Malwarebytes
to run a Full Scan. If it won't boot into Safe Mode, download, burn to CD or write to flash stick, boot and run a full scan with Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper or FREE Bootable AntiVirus Rescue CDs.

Once clean, see if you can boot XP even in Safe Mode. If not, try a XP Repair Install
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04 Jan 2012   #45
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Did as you recommended!!

Although I used this instead of the link you gave me for repair install : How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

I didn't have the option for repair install so I had to go to recovery console and rebuild from there.

Edit: I'm still perplexed as to why we can't use SFC /SCANNOW from Recovery console

Does 7 have the same problem?
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04 Jan 2012   #46
gregrocker

 

Not in Win7: SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot

What was the result of AV scan of XP? Try bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot from XP Repair Command line now to see if it will start with Win7 unplugged.

Next plug back in Win7 and boot into it (set first to boot in BIOS setup again), install EasyBCD and add XP from Add OS tab. If it is already listed in Easy, use Edit Boot Menu tab to delete it and then add it again on Add OS tab. Will it start?

If this fails, reinstall XP with Win7 HD unplugged. Do you need to rescue files before reinstall? Use Paragon Rescue CD.

After XP install, plug back in Win7, set it first to boot in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot XP tap the one-time BIOS Boot menu key at boot to trigger it instead.
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06 Jan 2012   #47
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Ok I'm having major issues now.

If I try to start up XP instead of Windows 7 when BOTH are PLUGGED in, I get the same ntoskrnl.exe error and the other hll.dll errors for XP. If I physically remove my windows 7 hd, and start XP, then it works but only till the log on screen where it tells me to activate windows and I say yes but it freezes and doesnt go anywhere.


Maybe I need to again just start windows 7 with xp unplugged and remove xp from startup using ACB or whatever that software is called and add it again?
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06 Jan 2012   #48
gregrocker

 

Can you post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, so we can see how it's now configured? Have both HD's plugged in.

Next try booting each separately via the BIOS.

Set preferred OS HD to boot first in BIOS setup, then if you want the other OS use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If you have a Windows Dual Boot menu now, remove it by installing EasyBCD to delete the other OS on Edit OS Menu tab.

You may need to rebuild XP boot by running bootrec /fixmbr and /fixboot from CD Repair command line. Do this with Win7 unplugged.
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06 Jan 2012   #49
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

I think it would be better if I start it over again. I should start up Windows 7 remove all the other start up entries using EasyBCD editor. Then I should completely wipe my XP hard drive and install it again. Are there any softwares available to completely wipe off hard drive other than the one where you wipe off the hard drive when you try to install XP? Are there any optimization tools for hard drives?
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06 Jan 2012   #50
gregrocker

 

Just use the CD to Full Format during XP reinstall.

However it may only require having the two OS's boot separated so they can optimally boot via BIOS, so if you'll post back the requested screenshot I willl help you do this. There may be other anomalies you should know about before XP reinstall as well.
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