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


07 Nov 2012   #21
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Did Windows 7 start after you moved the Active flag to it and ran 3 Startup Repairs? It isn't expected to start otherwise. And there will be no Dual Boot menu until you then add XP using EasyBCD.

Did you install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP to a Dual Boot menu?

Post back another DIsk Mgmt screenshot and another of the EasyBCD drive screen.

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07 Nov 2012   #22

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

First time it did not start, thatīs when it said (NTLDR not found, press ctrl, alt, del to restart) or something like that.

Here are the pics, donīt know if the EasyBCD one is what you are asking for

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07 Nov 2012   #23
Microsoft MVP

 

Does XP start correctly when you select it on menu?

If not on Edit Boot Menu highlight the XP listing to Delete it. Then on Add OS Entry add Xp but uncheck Automatically detect drive letter and manually select D.

You can edit the Windows 7 entry name to removed Recovered on the Edit Boot menu>highlight Windows 7 listing>Rename.
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07 Nov 2012   #24

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Yes, so far XP works correctly after I am able to choose the one Iīve been using.
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07 Nov 2012   #25
Microsoft MVP

 

So what is the problem now?
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07 Nov 2012   #26

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

The problem is the same as at the beginning. First system boot, that is, after being started from the power button wonīt allow me to choose the OS to load from the black screen. I have to wait till windows 7 boots itself, from then on I can restart from shut down menu and the boot screen works fine so then I am able to choose another OS.
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07 Nov 2012   #27
Microsoft MVP

 

There's likely an anomaly in the boot sector of the XP HD.

Would you like our help to clone Windows 7 to a space resized from the left size of the the other HD, start it to confirm it starts, then delete it from the XP HD after marking XP Active to confirm it will boot again?

Windows 7 would then boot from the BIOS by default, but if you want XP you'd just tap the BIOS Boot menu key at boot to trigger it instead. This is a recommended method of dual booting to make them independent.

We can walk you through these steps. Are either of your HD's Western Digital or Seagate which has a free version of the best cloning software Acronis?
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07 Nov 2012   #28

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

No Greg, I donīt have that software. What Iīm thinking right now is waiting to see how the problem evolves. What worries me most is the couple of reezes I had which I donīt know if are related to the boot problem.
Depending on that, Iīll ask you on how to do what you described or even uninstalling Windows 7 and erasing the partition and starting from scratch with any method you sugest.

Again, thanks for your help.
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07 Nov 2012   #29
Microsoft MVP

 

What software? I asked you if you have a Western Digital or Seagate HD. Check in Device Manager under Disk Drives.

The reason it may not be necessary to reinstall is because you have two HD's which allows you to have the preferred method of Dual Boot via the BIOS. And since XP was installed first on it's HD it likely is fine to keep booting on its HD once the Active flag is moved back to it.

Plug once you move Windows 7 to the other HD it should start up and not have interference from XP or any problem related to Dual Booting since your choice of drives will be booted via BIOS and one will not be dependent upon the other.
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07 Nov 2012   #30

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Oh sorry. One is WD and the other Seagate.
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