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


28 Oct 2012   #1

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 
Having trouble triple booting WinXP & Win7. Please help.

"but you only listed 2 OS" you say. I know

I know this can be done as i've ran it for years. In the past 3 years i've had to format 2-3 times & each time i've had problems doing this, but managed to stumble through. I can't seem to do it any more.

Basically, i want 1x WinXP installed & 2x Windows 7 installed (please let's not get into why 2 lots of Windows 7 as it's not important).

I installed WinXP first, then Windows 7, then Windows 7 again.
Ran EasyBCD on the final Windows 7 install, arranged the boot order - didn't work. Wrote to MBR - didn't work.

Both Win 7 partitions boot but not WinXP.
When I select to boot to WinXP it tells me:
Windows failed to start.
File: \NST\ntldr
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

I don't know how key this is but this morning i noticed a difference:
last time, WinXP & one Windows 7 install were on the same physical HDD - just split into 2 partitions. The other Windows 7 install was on a separate physical SSD.
This time however, each install is on it's own separate physical disk - both Win7s on their own SSD & WinXP on it's own HDD.

So this morning i re-install WinXP. This means i can only boot to WinXP - the bootmenu is not "seeing" either Windows 7 install. However when i try to start up EasyBCD in WinXP - it's a no go. Nothing "lights up".

I also wondered this morning what order in BIOS the physical drives should be in. Right now in order it's pointing to:
Windows 7 install 1 SSD
WinXP install HDD
Windows 7 install 2 SSD.

If i point it to 1) WinXP 2) Windows 7 #1 3) Windows 7 #2 then it doesn't like it & nothing boots.


If i have to start all over again then so be it, but i just want this fixed. I know it can be done, but not sure how.



EDIT: I have looked here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP & can't see much different to what i did, except instead of installing 1x Windows 7 i installed 1x Windows 7 on 1 separate drive & then went on to do the same again on another separate drive.

As said, after it didn't work going WinXP>Windows 7>Windows 7 i then tried deleting the WinXP partition & re-installing it.
The link for NET framework 2.0 in that link isn't working & via MS Updates i think it was 3.5 i ended up downloading (either 3.0 or 3.5, can't remember, sorry).
I fired up EasyBCD from within WinXP & got an error message & nothing 'lit up'.

Getting very frustrated


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28 Oct 2012   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Can you boot to each OS HD drive from the BIOS boot menu?

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28 Oct 2012   #3

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

I just went into BIOS & altered the order that the HDDs/SSDs boot in & here's the results...

1) WinXP
2) Windows 7 #1
3) Windows 7 #2
Result: Boots straight into WinXP. Don't even get a Windows 7 option

1) Windows 7 #1
2) WinXP
3) Windows 7 #2
Result: Triple boot menu but only access to both Windows 7 options. WinXP provides the error mentioned in post #1

1) Windows 7 #2
2) Windows 7 #1
3) WinXP
Result: Reboot & select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device & press a key.



I really don't think i'm doing anything differently to last time (although i guess i must be). The only difference is there are now 3 physical drives in the equation instead of 2.


As EasyBCD will only work in Windows 7 #1, here's a screenshot:




EDIT: Instead of installing WinXP, Windows 7, Windows 7 & then trying the EasyBCD, should i have...

disconnected final Windows 7 SSD
installed WinXP
installed Windows 7
Ran EasyBCD from within Windows 7
re-connected final Windows 7 SSD
Install Windows 7 to final Windows 7 SSD

& hopefully have it working? Or would this make no difference?
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28 Oct 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If installed as below, no need for EasyBCD

1) Install Windows XP.
2) Install Windows 7.
3) Install Windows 8.

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28 Oct 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Do this:

1) Windows 7 #1
2) WinXP
3) Windows 7 #2
Result: Triple boot menu but only access to both Windows 7 options. WinXP provides the error mentioned in post #1

Boot into Windows 7 #1 or #2 and post output of disk management
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28 Oct 2012   #6

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

I'm confused...

1) i don't want to install Windows 8 at all. I had a play with Win8 in town yesterday actually & i think it's horrendous, but that's by-the-by
2) In those screenshots, all those OS are installed on the same physical drive. In my case the 3 OS are installed on 3 separate drives (though i'm not sure if this will make any difference).


I've always installed:
WinXP
Win7
Win7

& every time i've needed EasyBCD to allow WinXP to boot. This time it's just not happening.
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28 Oct 2012   #7

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Boot into Windows 7 #1 or #2 and post output of disk management
Sorry but you'll have to hold my hand a bit here, i'm not that good. How do i do what you're asking me to do?
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28 Oct 2012   #8

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Administrative Tools icon. then close the Control Panel window.

2. Click on Computer Management in Administrative Tools, then close the Administrative Tools window.

3. In the left pane under Storage, click on Disk Management. (See screenshot below)


Don't create the volume. Just post screenshot of partition layout
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28 Oct 2012   #9

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

My god this is getting frustrating!!! I figured it out before you replied, but it's taken me 20 minutes to do that as my PC keeps freezing. I don't know why it keeps doing it but it keeps hanging. Some web pages don't load properly either & need many refreshes. I'm trying firefox now in case it's an IE issue. But let's deal with 1 problem at a time...






This is from within the Windows 7 #2 install.

C = Windows 7 #2
D = storage drive
E = WinXP
F = another storage drive
G = another storage drive
H = Windows 7 #1


before all this mess, it used to be:

C=non existent as i only bought that drive yesterday
D=same
H=Windows 7 #2 (i'm 99% sure when i last did this i disconnected that drive while installing the others & then re-connected to install Windows 7 on it)
E=Windows 7 #1
F=WinXP
G=same
(although E & F were different sizes before this mess)
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28 Oct 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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?
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