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Windows 7: always loads Windows XP

23 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
always loads Windows XP

Hey guys,

I'm having a problem here. I shrunk my HD today and installed Windows XP on the created partition. Now when I start my laptop, it always loads Windows XP. It doesn't give me an option to load Windows 7. I tried to change default OS through control panel, but Windows XP is the only one that shows up in the drop down menu. All that said, I still have my Windows 7 files when I'm in XP, but some of the folders are faded and cannot be opened. Any suggestion on how I can fix this and access my Windows 7 again? Please help, this is driving me crazy!

Thanks in advance!

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23 May 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Install EasyBCD and Net Framework 2.0 if needed, add Windows 7 on the Add OS Entry tab.

If this fails start Windows 7 by marking it Active then running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times,
then install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP which works better.
EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)
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23 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey gregrocker! I installed easyBCD in XP and it showed that Windows 7 was the only OS in there. This made no sense since it is the OS that I cannot load whatever I do. I was gonna try the second method you suggested, but I must have done something while I was in easyBCD cuz now nothing will load, and it says "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe"

I found a couple of tutorials on how to fix this, but what did I do to cause that?? Ugh now I wish I'd never installed that XP for dual booting...
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23 May 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

You might want to try running XP in one of the free virtualization softwares from within Windows 7 if your CPU will support it.

You can try to run an XP Repair Install now or reinstall it to follow the steps given, or you can start Windows 7 following the steps I gave earlier. However then adding XP from Windows 7 likely will give you the same error and if you then Repair XP it will steal the Windows 7 boot again.

If you're done with XP you can delete it in Windows 7 Disk Mgmt once it starts.
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