Well, as I'd mentioned, Windows 7 was back in perfect order some time ago. Edit: To save confusion with the following paragraph, which may be imperfectly worded, just take away that I attempted both your plan and my own, starting and ending with yours through three separate attempts.
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I see that your (software solution) recommendation was the old one. Well, I did it, and now look: over the past few days I even tried it my way as outlined in the last post Page 10, using the Ubuntu machine to store the XP image so that the Windows 7 image (from my plan) could be preserved. On the third attempt I repeated your variant. The result has been the same throughout the attempts, and it's a very interesting one. Listen to this...
1. I have the Windows 7 partition and the XP partition on my machine.
2. The XP partition is inaccessible through Windows Explorer.
2.a. Windows 7, of course, is working.
3. The XP partition is the active one.
3.a. Setting either System Reserved or C Active leads to the same old error screens I described a while back. HOWEVER, setting the XP partition Active allows Windows 7 to load normally and perfectly, with all settings and files.
How could that even be possible? This techno-wizardry is beyond me. If you've got any further advice for me, I'm open to it, but I think this conclusively shows that in my case something bizarre and insurmountable is at work.
Images to illustrate some of this:
It's too much for me to comprehend, and is honestly rather disheartening.
Perhaps at some future time I'll work up the courage to attempt a hardware install...