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Windows 7: Problem starting pc with dual boot XP-Windows 7

05 Nov 2012   #11

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

I made the partition with EaseUS

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05 Nov 2012   #12
Microsoft MVP

 

There's nothing wrong with Windows 7 being installed on a Logical partition since the boot files are placed on the XP partition anyway in a Dual Boot install where Windows 7 is installed last. Only the boot files must be placed on a Primary partition.

However we see that a Dual Boot can often be more stable if configured from the Windows 7 partition. So one possible solution would be to convert Windows 7 partition to Primary, mark it Active and then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until it holds the System Active flags

THen install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to Windows 7 to add XP on Add OS tab by OS type, accept offered boot files, let it autocomplete drive letter, then reboot to Dual Boot menu. Is the problem solved?

Since this will sort the boot again if the problem persists you'll need to look at the hardware, running the tests in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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05 Nov 2012   #13

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Ok Greg thanks for your kind help.
For the time being I will use the PC like this but in case something related occurs I will try the options you gave me.

One last question is, should I mark this topic as solved or wait a while in case more procedures are needed?
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05 Nov 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Well it's not solved at all if the Dual Boot Menu will still not function correctly the first time. I would not want it that way and cannot advise you to keep it that way.

Is there something keeping you from trying the procedure I gave you now? We're here to help you. Feel free to ask back all the questions you need to understand the steps.
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05 Nov 2012   #15

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Well, TBH those last procedures you provided kind of overwhelmed me a bit so I wouldnŽs like to screw something and render the system useless. So IŽll try to understand them more thoroughly with enough time and give them a try.

Again, thanks for your help and patience.
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07 Nov 2012   #16

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Hello again

IŽll try the other procedures you recommended since today the system froze again after some minutes following first boot and perhaps this problem is related to the boot screen issue.
But how do I convert the Windows 7 partition to primary?
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07 Nov 2012   #17
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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However we see that a Dual Boot can often be more stable if configured from the Windows 7 partition. So one possible solution would be to convert Windows 7 partition to Primary, mark it Active and then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until it holds the System Active flags

THen install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to Windows 7 to add XP on Add OS tab by OS type, accept offered boot files, let it autocomplete drive letter, then reboot to Dual Boot menu. Is the problem solved?

Since this will sort the boot again if the problem persists you'll need to look at the hardware, running the tests in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
1. How to set partition as Primary with partition manager?
2. Mark Partition Active
3. Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
4. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)
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07 Nov 2012   #18

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

But when I mark that partition as active must I mark the other as inactive?
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07 Nov 2012   #19
Microsoft MVP

 

No, since only one partition can be Active on the same HD.
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07 Nov 2012   #20

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Done but bad news, same problem, when restart from power button canŽt choose an OS to boot. Worst part is I donŽt know if the freeze I mentioned before is related to the boot up problem.

Things to note, now Windows 7 says (recovered) beside its name in the boot menu. And after that menu another one shows to choose between both XP. And in one of the repairs after restart it said NTLDR not found. But after 3 runs it said that it could not detect a problem.
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