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Windows 7: Triple boot 2 Windows 7 and 1 XP in one hard drive help

27 Mar 2012   #21
m256997683119

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's linked twice in the thread: Partition - Mark as Active
Hello gregrocker,

Sorry for that...was in the office as now..can't stay long to check I will report back. Thank you so much for all the help You rock!!!!!


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28 Mar 2012   #22
m256997683119

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

@gregrocker,

Hi! Kindly see image attached if what I did was correct.

[img]http://s14.**************/oy56krvrh/Minitool.jpg[/img]

Thank you!
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28 Mar 2012   #23
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by m256997683119 View Post
@gregrocker,

Hi! Kindly see image attached if what I did was correct.

[IMG]http://s14.**************/oy56krvrh/Minitool.jpg[/IMG]

Thank you!
You did it right!

But please try the following:
  1. boot into winxp
  2. put a file on win7 partition (so from within winxp)
  3. boot into that win7 partition
  4. try system restore. Does it list restore points?
I don't think so. Don't do the actual restore.
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28 Mar 2012   #24
gregrocker

 

As the System boot files are on XP it should be marked Active. Do that now using your Partition Manager.
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31 Mar 2012   #25
m256997683119

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

@gregrocker,

The image already shows the XP partition as the Active & Boot. Will I repeat it? Got confused there.

@Kaktussoft,

There are no system restore points. But that was an experience way back when I was dual-booting on this pc. Anyway, I rely on image backup rather than system restore. I do a fresh backup every week. Haven't had a need to do a system restore since hmmmm...last year I think. I always use image recovery.
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31 Mar 2012   #26
gregrocker

 

THere is something wrong with the PW output since it shows Win7 is System meaning it holds the boot files for the double boot, yet it is a Logical partition which cannot be marked Active or hold System boot files - only a Primary partition can do this. So it must be an error and XP holds the System boot files.

It's also confusing that if you're booted into XP as indicated by it having the "Boot" flag, why PW Home edition has Win7-style Aero borders. Were you in fact booted into XP?

Please post back a screenshot of Win7 Disk Mgmt map and listings, as well as a camera snap if possible of free Partition Wizard bootable CD drive map and listings.
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01 Apr 2012   #27
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
THere is something wrong with the PW output since it shows Win7 is System meaning it holds the boot files for the double boot, yet it is a Logical partition which cannot be marked Active or hold System boot files - only a Primary partition can do this. So it must be an error and XP holds the System boot files.

It's also confusing that if you're booted into XP as indicated by it having the "Boot" flag, why PW Home edition has Win7-style Aero borders. Were you in fact booted into XP?

Please post back a screenshot of Win7 Disk Mgmt map and listings, as well as a camera snap if possible of free Partition Wizard bootable CD drive map and listings.
win7: partition flag system: means system has been booted from this partition
win7: partition flag boot: Current OS is running from this partition

PW: partition flag boot: means system has been booted from this partition
PW: partition flag system: Current OS is running from this partition

As far as I can remember this is normal (not sure about that).
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01 Apr 2012   #28
m256997683119

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Okay I will check when I get home. Be back here
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01 Apr 2012   #29
gregrocker

 

I just installed PW Home edition and it does show these backwards from how they're normally displayed, which is that the partition holding the OS boot files is System, while the partition booted is Boot. This is another good reason never to use PW Home edition - besides the fact that like all other partition managers it can fail, whereas PW boot CD will never fail.

Please double-check with PW boot disk and Disk Management.
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01 Apr 2012   #30
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I just installed PW Home edition and it does show these backwards from how they're normally displayed, which is that the partition holding the OS boot files is System, while the partition booted is Boot. This is another good reason never to use PW Home edition, besides the fact that like all other partition managers it can fail, whereas PW boot CD will never fail.

Please double-check with PW boot disk and Disk Management.
So PW home edition just swaps the words boot and system. Very strange if PW boot CD does it the way it should. Source code should be the same.


What I don't understand if starting from PW boot CD:
  • Is there a partition with attribute system? Don'think so. It's booted from CD
  • Is there a partition with attribute boot? Don't think so as well
If my assumption is right, the pw boot cd can have the same problem (although you can never see it, because boot and system are CD).

and of course Greg is right... a boot cd is always better! Windows doesn't interfer and you can troubleshoot even if windows doesn't boot.
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