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Windows 7: How to enable Dual Boot?

14 Apr 2012   #1
Doctoral

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 
How to enable Dual Boot?

So currently I have Windows 7 64-Bit as my Default OS.
And I have XP on my hard drive on another partition.




But look at Boot:



How can I re-enable Windows XP on dual boot? Last time I had it on dual boot, it gave me an option. Windows 7 or Windows XP. I want that back :P


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14 Apr 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look HERE. Look further on the page until you find: " Adding a Windows XP entry with EasyBCD ".
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14 Apr 2012   #3
Doctoral

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks, trying it right now. If it works I'll report back
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14 Apr 2012   #4
Doctoral

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

Ok in easybcd I did add entry Microsoft xp.
Now when I turn on my computer and it goes past bios it says invalid boot.ini file starting from c:/windows/ and keeps booting over and over again. I tried my system recovery disk I made and it says something in French then it says invalid boot.ini like last time so I'm screwed. I'm on my iPod.. :/
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14 Apr 2012   #5
Doctoral

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

Managed to fix it, it just happens that the French words were saying "Press any button" lol
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14 Apr 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sometimes foreign languages helped. Too bad you did not tell what it said. French is my second mother language.
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14 Apr 2012   #7
Doctoral

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

Hmm so what do you think I should do? Seeing as easybcd just corrupts my boot.ini file :x
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14 Apr 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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14 Apr 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

Did XP ever boot? Was it configured into a Dual Boot during Win7 install? What happened that caused it to stop booting?
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15 Apr 2012   #10
Doctoral

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

Screensnapr > Snipping tool BTW


XP never booted. When it went past BIOS, all it said was this:
INVALID BOOT.INI
Starting from c:\windows\

And it just kept looping over and over with that message. I fixed it using a start up recovery disk.
@whs I will try that!



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What I did on EasyBCD:
I added this entry:
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