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Windows 7: HELP: Dual-boot Win7 & XP on Dell 620MT screw-up.

15 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
HELP: Dual-boot Win7 & XP on Dell 620MT screw-up.

I neded an XP partition on my 500GB drive in my 6 month old Dell Inspiron 620MT desktop with Windows 7 Pro x64.

I created a 10GB partition and then installed XP Pro in that partiton without a problem, using this page as a guide: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Everything seemd to go fine except when I went to restart the PC it did not show a "Choose Your OS" screen but went directly into XP.

Now all I can get is XP and not the original Windows 7.
Anyone know how to get the Dual-boot to work with the XP as it's the only one working.

Even better I would like to remove the XP partition as I found out (too late) that Dell does not support XP on this machine and can't get any drivers. And of course revert back to Windows 7.

I can't even install the LAN card and get on the net. Have to use an old iMac (yech!) to type this.

Please help.

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15 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Mark Active Windows 7 partition or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it): Partition - Mark as Active

Then boot into Windows 7 DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Windows 7 boots and the correct partition now holds the System Active flags.

You can then delete XP in Disk Management.

Did you try googing the exact name of the LAN device + XP driver, or any other Device's missing driver? I'm usually able to find almost any device's driver with enough searching. Others searching the same device(s) usually leave a trail.
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16 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

gregrocker: this worked and much appreciated
Will try to locate drivers now.
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16 Mar 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


You can also post up the exact device for help finding the XP drivers in our Driver's forum

Unknown Devices can be traced using Hardware Identification.
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