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Windows 7: boot menu doesn't show up - XP and Win7 dual boot

30 Oct 2009   #1

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 
boot menu doesn't show up - XP and Win7 dual boot

I have XP (x86) installed on one partition.

Last night I installed Windows 7 (x64) on a separate partition.

Anytime I had tried this in the past, using Vista, it always detected the Windows XP partition, and gave me a boot menu with "Earlier Version of Windows" option to boot to.

This is not so with Windows 7.

How can I get the boot menu to show both options, to boot to XP or to Windows 7?

Thank you

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30 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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30 Oct 2009   #3

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 
No go

I tried the tutorial... I used:

To create a new boot entry to load Windows XP from a partition on your disk:
NOTE: The example below uses F: as the Windows XP partition. Replace with your xp drive letter.bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=F:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

(I substituted the "F:" for the actual location of my XP partition)

No go. Any ideas?
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30 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Can you download EasyBCD and post the first screen showing your entries?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

You will be looking for both OS entries and checking they show the correct drive.

If not, use Add/remove tab and add XP by name and type, with correct drive.
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30 Oct 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot

At a guess - I probably won't be around when you post the screenie.
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31 Oct 2009   #6

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 
Still not there

I tried this:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot

This is reflected in the attached image

... didn't work. I DID see the dual boot option, but got an error saying that NTLDR was missing or could not be found.

So I changed it to what is displayed below:


locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {4e4775e1-c505-11de-83dd-8e04539615eb}
resumeobject {4e4775e0-c505-11de-83dd-8e04539615eb}
displayorder {4e4775e1-c505-11de-83dd-8e04539615eb}
{466f5a88-0af2-4f76-9038-095b170dc21c}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {4e4775e1-c505-11de-83dd-8e04539615eb}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
recoverysequence {4e4775e2-c505-11de-83dd-8e04539615eb}
recoveryenabled Yes
bootdebug No
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {4e4775e0-c505-11de-83dd-8e04539615eb}
nx OptIn
pae ForceDisable
sos No
debug No

Windows Legacy OS Loader
------------------------
identifier {466f5a88-0af2-4f76-9038-095b170dc21c}
device partition=D:
path \ntldr
description Windows XP




This still doesn't work. When I select "Windows XP", the screen just goes black and reboots the computer.

Never had this problem until I installed Windows 7, so I KNOW it's not an XP problem.


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31 Oct 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Really need a screenshot of Disk Management window.
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31 Oct 2009   #8

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Really need a screenshot of Disk Management window.
Thanks man ... here's the screenie...


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boot menu doesn't show up - XP and Win7 dual boot-diskmgmnt.jpg  
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31 Oct 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Go to Folder Options - show Hideen files and protected o/s files - see if ntldr is on the Downloads and Media partition.

(If you have changed the Bios boot order - it may be somewhere else - have a look and see )

If it is there:

Then try giving the Downloads and Media a drive letter - S is good.

Open Easybcd - go to Add/Remove entries and remove the XP entry >Save

Then add a new XP entry - select S as the drive letter. Click Add Entry.
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31 Oct 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi,

Go to Folder Options - show Hideen files and protected o/s files - see if ntldr is on the Downloads and Media partition.

(If you have changed the Bios boot order - it may be somewhere else - have a look and see )

If it is there:

Then try giving the Downloads and Media a drive letter - S is good.

Open Easybcd - go to Add/Remove entries and remove the XP entry >Save

Then add a new XP entry - select S as the drive letter. Click Add Entry.

SIW2 - We are seeing about one of these a day, where the ntldr is on a data partition. How does it get there? Is it desirable to leave it there, as what if they swap out that S: data partition, which happens frequently?
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