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Windows 7: Previously Installed Dual Boot and Easy BCD

03 Feb 2012   #1

7 pro 64 bit
Previously Installed Dual Boot and Easy BCD

Hello - i HAD a dual boot installed on my computer: XP Pro on the C drive and Windows 7 Pro installed on the Drive E.

I also had EasyBCD 2.1.2 installed on both drives. All was working well, but i didn't back up the Bootloader Settings.

My C drive failed and i restored it from an Image which was made before i created the dual boot, and I was not given a dual boot option, and i cannot boot into Windows 7.

I installed Easy BCD on the C (XP) drive. When i open the program, i get the following message: "The boot configuration data tore could not be opened. The system cannot find the file speciied. Would you like to manually load a BCD registry for EasyBCD to manage? Pleae note that Eay BCD requires the Windows Vista7 bootloader, and will not work in XP-only environments."

There are no entries in the EasyBCD window.

Help would be appreciated.

Thank you.


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03 Feb 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Start Windows 7 by marking it Active then running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
Partition - Mark as Active

From 7 add XP using EasyBCD, accept boot files if offered, reboot to Dual Boot menu.

Since when originally installing Windows 7 it was apparently incorrectly run from XP rather than booted, you can also reinstall it now from boot so that it always assumes C as intended.
Clean Install Windows 7
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04 Feb 2012   #3

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

There is a simple automatic solution.

Download and install Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista.
The tool comes with "Dual-boot Repair" tool.
Start it. Click "Automatic Repair". Confirm.

Now your system should boot by default to Windows 7.

In Windows 7 run Visual BCD Editor.
RightClick in treeView and select "Create missing Windows loaders".
No parameters, no partitions or drives to specify !

Now you will have a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Windows XP.
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