Quote: Originally Posted by gazandwiz
I had Win XP and Vista set up as dual boot. I have back up images of both using Norton Ghost. I then upgraded the Vista partition with Windows 7 RC and all was fine for several months. Last week I had issues with the XP installation and the only resolution was to put the xp image back on the xp partition. This action has left me with a boot screen with XP and Vista on it and as expected only XP can be booted.
I put the Windows 7 installation disk back in and it recognised the boot screen error and fixed it; (too good to be true I thought!) When booting, I got the choice of XP or Windows 7, so the Vista option had been replaced
) however, there is an error that cannot be fixed and so the boot fails. The PC does the usual reporting to MS looking for a solution but can't find one.
So, will I have to replace the Windows 7 partition with the Vista image and then reinstall the Windows 7 or can I recover this another way? Also, what is the best way to image, individually, OSes, so that the boot screen doesn't get changed?
Hello gazandwiz, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!
First, verify for me that you do NOT have a 100MB or 200MB "System Partition" at the front of your hard drive.
Based on your post, when you installed Vista, because XP was already there, Vista did not create the "System Partition" but put the "Boot Code" that allowed you to boot XP or Vista from the boot menu inside the XP partition (normal). So when you replaced the XP image, that old image did not have the boot code and so broke your boot menu.
The 100MB "System Partition" is a new feature of 7 and allows you to make changes to you partitions without breaking the boot code. It would take a little work, but you have the option introducing this feature, probably making future partition changes easier.
Another option is to restore your current setup as is. You just need to use your 7 install DVD and do a "Startup Repair" or "Repair Install" to write the proper boot code back into the XP partition. Repair Install MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record