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Windows 7: Having trouble triple booting WinXP & Win7. Please help.

28 Oct 2012   #11
Kaktussoft

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btw system boots from H. You can remove J system reserved. It's not used!
winxp partition can be marked INACTIVE Partition - Mark as Inactive


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28 Oct 2012   #12
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
remove the winxp bootentry in easybcd. Then in Elevated Command Prompt

Code:
bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=E:
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast
Be sure your winxp is E
Can you boot all 3 operating systems now?
No, i can't.

I select WinXP, which is now the final entry & then the screen goes blank/black & then the PC just reboots itself.

Win7 still accessible.


Also, the drive letter of WinXP now seems to have changed from E to F & the drive letter of the terabyte drive is now E for some reason.
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28 Oct 2012   #13
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
btw system boots from H. You can remove J system reserved. It's not used!
winxp partition can be marked INACTIVE Partition - Mark as Inactive
Are there any advantages to be had by marking it inactive? I've never done this in the past, that's why i ask.
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28 Oct 2012   #14
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Thinking about this....

IIRC the reason i originally had Windows XP installed was because some programes (namely games: Street Fighter 4 for e.g.) i could not get to work within Win7 64 bit. Looking on google & i'm not the only one. I have a 1GB graphics card (some Nvidia 460 series) & had the latest directX & it just wouldn't work in Win7 64bit, even when i chose to run as WinXP compatibility mode.

So i had WinXP installed & i could play the game.


As well as my Win7 64bit DVD, i also have a Win7 32bit DVD. I'm wondering if i install this instead of the WinXP partition 1) is it likely to work with the game - but i guess you guys couldn't tell me that, but 2) would it 'do away with' this current boot issue as i'd then have 2x Win7 64 bit & 1 Win7 32bit?
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28 Oct 2012   #15
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

That screencap was taken before the cmd prompt exercise which changed drive letters.

Anyway, this is taking up way too much time & i've just about had enough of it. I need 3 installs, so i'm looking at doing 3x installs of Win7, but as ever, i'm having problems.

Win7 install 1 onto SSD went great
Win7 install 2 onto HDD went great, both are bootable
Win7 install 3 onto final SSD, well when i went to install it it told me Windows couldn't be installed to the drive, but i went ahead anyway. It's now not bootable though - keep getting an error when it tries to boot. The other 2 are still bootable.

Prior to all this i scrapped EVERYTHING - deleted all partitions so everything was set to stock - that included the system reserved 100mb.

Just can't understand why i can't install Windows to the new SSD & why it's not bootable?
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28 Oct 2012   #16
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Anyway, this has been a total waste of a weekend off work. My god has this been painful, but the end is in sight.

Want to know what was causing the problem with Win7 triple boot (3x Win7, not the WinXP i was trying earlier)???

The connection point on the motherboard that the final Win7 SSD was connected to (SATA6) was disabled in BIOS. All i had to do was change it to "auto" & it solved it.

I now wonder whether this has been the problem all along. I've wasted about 24 hours & had little sleep as i was up until the early hours trying to fix it. I feel like taking a hammer to the damn thing!!!
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28 Oct 2012   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Install XP, Install 7, Install 7. Simple , fast , done. No problems. 3 OS options at boot.
Use partition wizard boot cd to create the 3 partitions b4 you start. Don`t mark anyhting active , don`t mark anything inactive. No need for EasyBCD unless you want to alter the OS names at the boot screen.

You sound as if you didn`t have any fun ? Weren`t you doing something that you wanted to do ?
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28 Oct 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

If Disk2 was the one disabled in BIOS then nothing could boot since the System boot files booting all three OS's are on H, as signified by the System flag.



This is the reason we recommend installing each OS with the other HD's unplugged, booting your choice via Boot order or one-time BIOS Boot Menu key - to keep them independent of the others and self-bootable.
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