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Windows 7: Dual boot Win7 & XP - user error?


10 Nov 2009   #1

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Dual boot Win7 & XP - user error?

I installed Windows 7 64bit onto RAID 0+1 and XP on separate SATA drive. However, I now realise I re-formatted XP drive "out of sequence" in so much as I didn't follow the correct procedure to alter the boot sequence prior to re-format.
I can no longer boot into Windows 7, see following

Dual boot Win7 & XP - user error?-win7-screen-011.jpg

The bios recognises the RAID setup - apologies for the poor quality.

Dual boot Win7 & XP - user error?-win7-screen-009.jpg

I have tried running the startup & repair via install DVD, several times, but I keep getting the messsage that setup & repair did not detect any problems.
BCD reads as follows

Dual boot Win7 & XP - user error?-win7-screen-010.jpg

Any assistance to resove this issue and get my system booting again is much appreciated.

Thanks
Graham

And thanks to Brink for the picture posting tutorial.



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10 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Have a look at this tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP start at Method two step #7.

Let us know if you have any questions.
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10 Nov 2009   #3

Win 7
 
 

Does this mean I should re-install XP and then run easyBCD from XP?

If it gets my system up and running then that's all I need.

I have spent a couple of days scouring this forum since I fubared. I should have checked first

I have been trying to change the BCD but it appears, to me, that some parts of the BCD are not user changeable. Or, that knowledge is, at the moment, beyond me.

Thanks
Graham
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10 Nov 2009   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

From your first post, you have just installed XP, is this correct?

If yes then use the tutorial, Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP, and start at Method two step #7.

This will repair the boot manager, no need to re-install XP.

You can run EasyBCD from Windows 7 or XP.

Let us know if you have any questions.
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10 Nov 2009   #5

Win 7
 
 

My bad. I should have stated that, prior to re-format, I already had XP installed on separate SATA drive. Unfortunately, when I try to install XP back to the original drive I cannot install the RAID drivers. Error in line 1724 on install.
Maybe I could install Windows 7 32 bit onto the separate drive and use EasyBCD to get the RAID booting and then follow the correct procedure to remove the Windows 7 32 bit entry and re-format the separate drive, find some other RAID drivers for the MB and re-install XP.
Long winded, maybe, but a possible solution?
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10 Nov 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

If you install Windows 7 second to XP, it will normally configure the boot menu correctly.

Made sure only the Xp and Windows 7 drive are plugged in so the installer is not confused.

RAID is a wild card here. Redundant arrays are redundant now with built-in drive imaging in Windows 7.
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11 Nov 2009   #7

Win 7
 
 

XP now will not install - RAID driver causes error in line 1724 on install. I've tried different discs and different drivers - same message.

I have now installed Windows 7 32 bit onto single drive and managed to access the RAID setup with Win 7 64 bit and get that booting too. Once I'm sure that all is well again with this setup I'll remove Windows 7 32 bit, correctly this time, and find some drivers to re-install XP.

THanks to all who replied.

Graham
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