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Windows 7: Need Help getting dual boot working!

26 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 and XP
 
 
Need Help getting dual boot working!

I have spent a couple hours reading how-to's and trying to get my dual boot up and running, but I still can't get it

What I have: XP on a 250gig drive and Windows 7 on a 60gig SSD. When I start my comp it goes straight to Windows 7. I can force it to go to XP if i switch my bios to boot off the XP drive. I don't have a XP CD, but I do have a Windows 7 DVD

What I want: Boot screen with Windows 7 as main with XP in a close second.

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27 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

go Control Panel>Folder Options>View>uncheck Hide Protected System files, and check Show Hidden Files

check to see that Ntldr, Ntdetect.com, and boot.ini are copied into the root of both drives

restart and report back
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27 Oct 2009   #3

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Use Easybcd to add a reference to the boot manager for the XP partition/drive. (Looks like you did that already. But you want to edit the XP entry's drive to be D: instead of \Device\HarddiskVolume1)

Reboot and test both OS.

If XP gives the famed "missing NTLDR," you need to edit boot.ini on the XP partition/drive to be correct so it looks in the right place for the XP.

Let me know how it goes and if you need further help editing the boot.ini. Copy and paste the contents of your current boot.ini (using notepad) and I will make suggestions on how to proceed.
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27 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 and XP
 
 

Gregrocker: are you saying to do that in Windows 7 or XP? While in Windows 7, I can only find Boot.ini (D"\Windows\pss)

torrentg: your right, I get the boot screen and XP cant load because of the NTDLR problem. Here is a copy of that file
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
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27 Oct 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

those 3 files need to be in both OS roots

Yesterday, I helped a dozen people who were already wanting to bail out of XP in a dual boot. It is hard to do and complicated. Consider if you really want to config XP/7 dual boot which will be tough to back out of later.

Right now you have it config'd exactly where I would want to be in your position: you can boot into XP by choosing it for BIOs boot at startup, you can access files in XP via explorer and eventually devolve it to a data drive.

Why dual boot when you will most likely want to get out of it soon anyway. Just askin.
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27 Oct 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Respectfully disagree.

Dual boot has its advantages, like accessing each other's locked files when not in use, helpful for many troubleshooting reasons, people with little amount of ram that can't run virtual xp or whatever that is lol for that one app they simply need to run. Many other reasons depending on software you're running and certain tasks you'd like to accomplish, where it makes things generally easier.

I don't have dual boot with XP anymore. I have dual boot 7(x2) though. Also functions as my backup install in case my main goes out for any reason, hardware or anything.
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27 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Isn't he able to access his XP files from Windows 7 (and vice versa) via explorer in the current config, with them both plugged but not dual-booting?

After helping remove a dozen dual boots and XP's from first partition recently here, guys wanting to bail out of XP within hours of dual booting, I thought I should at least ask him to consider. Some of these become a real mess, especially the ones who want their 7 moved onto first partition.

What did you think of his boot.ini file? Doesn't he need all 3 of the boot files in both roots?
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27 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 and XP
 
 

I have a lot of things saved on my XP setup(passwords, bookmarks, etc) Yes i could mine through files in order to find them later on, but it makes more sence for me to just dual boot in case I ever need something off my old XP.

It seems to me I just need to fix the path the bootloader uses to find XP, right?
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27 Oct 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frisbeejohn View Post
I have a lot of things saved on my XP setup(passwords, bookmarks, etc) Yes i could mine through files in order to find them later on, but it makes more sence for me to just dual boot in case I ever need something off my old XP.

It seems to me I just need to fix the path the bootloader uses to find XP, right?
It's up to you.

Aren't your XP files available now from Windows 7 using explorer via Computer?

It is plugged in, right? Shouldn't need to be dual booted to do that much, but should act as a data drive in that mode.
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27 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Use Windows Easy Transfer and move it all into 7.
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