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Windows 7: Easy BCD is not writing MBR


02 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Easy BCD is not writing MBR unless I update it

Hi all,

I am at my wits end trying to solve this so any help greatly appreciate.

On my laptop I had XP Pro and decided to get and instal Win 7 (x64), on restart had the dual boot as expected.
All was working fine until I needed to do a clean install of XP which after I ran Win 7 start up repair 3 times which let me into Win 7 where I installed Easy BCD. I ran it and got my dual boot back.
So all good until I needed to do a clean install of XP again, did the start up repair got into Win 7 ran the previously installed Easy BCD 'add entry' 'write mbr' reboot and no dual boot, so played with settings in Easy BCD and nothing worked so I updated the version I had to 2.1.2 ran it and did 'add entry' 'write mbr' rebooted and voila dual boot.
Should have learned my lesson but needed to clean install XP yet again, did the usual ran start up repair, ran Easy BCD and no dual boot spent ages ticking and unticking the boxes in options on Easy BCD and nothing worked.
Then I remembered last time i did this I updated Easy BCD and it worked so grabbed me 2.2 installed, ran, 'add entry' 'write MBR' reboot, yippee dual boot.
I just reinstalled XP again and now stuck as no new version of Easy BCD. What am I missing here please? Why will only updating Easy BCD let me add the entry? I add it and can see it's there, restart laptop and its gone from the list? Please someone help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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02 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L0ckd0wn View Post
Hi all,

I am at my wits end trying to solve this so any help greatly appreciate.

On my laptop I had XP Pro and decided to get and instal Win 7 (x64), on restart had the dual boot as expected.
All was working fine until I needed to do a clean install of XP which after I ran Win 7 start up repair 3 times which let me into Win 7 where I installed Easy BCD. I ran it and got my dual boot back.
So all good until I needed to do a clean install of XP again, did the start up repair got into Win 7 ran the previously installed Easy BCD 'add entry' 'write mbr' reboot and no dual boot, so played with settings in Easy BCD and nothing worked so I updated the version I had to 2.1.2 ran it and did 'add entry' 'write mbr' rebooted and voila dual boot.
Should have learned my lesson but needed to clean install XP yet again, did the usual ran start up repair, ran Easy BCD and no dual boot spent ages ticking and unticking the boxes in options on Easy BCD and nothing worked.
Then I remembered last time i did this I updated Easy BCD and it worked so grabbed me 2.2 installed, ran, 'add entry' 'write MBR' reboot, yippee dual boot.
I just reinstalled XP again and now stuck as no new version of Easy BCD. What am I missing here please? Why will only updating Easy BCD let me add the entry? I add it and can see it's there, restart laptop and its gone from the list? Please someone help.

My question is why have you had to do a clean install of Windows XP so many times???
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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03 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Never knew there was a snipping tool, I'm still old school Ctrl + PrtSc so thanks for that.

C is 7
D is XP


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03 Nov 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

1)
Quote:
I just reinstalled XP again and now stuck as no new version of Easy BCD. What am I missing here please? Why will only updating Easy BCD let me add the entry? I add it and can see it's there, restart laptop and its gone from the list? Please someone help.
EasyBCD only works once.

2) Why do you have D: marked active & not C:.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Strange a program would only work once, yet I can use it multiple times to change the name entry, order & boot menu time. Not doubting your answer but why would updating it then make it work?

I have no idea why D is active, is it relevant to my problem?
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03 Nov 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

You'll need to mark Windows 7 Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
to restart Windows 7 so it holds the System Active flags in Disk Mgmt.

Then you can add XP with EasyBCD.
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