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Windows 7: Dual boot XP/W7 help please

05 Dec 2009   #1

Dual boot XP/W7 help please

I resently tried to dual boot Windows 7 with XP, but XP won't boot anymore. I Started of with XP as my OS, repartitioned the harddrive to free up 70GB and installed Windows 7 on the new partition. After installing Windows 7, the computer would show me a dual boot screen, but after i would select the earlier version of windows (windows XP) all i'd get was a black screen. Please help me

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05 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Exreaver, Welcome to SevenForums
Did you boot windows xp after you repartitioned? Just to make sure you did not mess up during repartitioning. Can you post a snip of your disk management from Win 7 so we can see what you have in the way of partitions. Good luck with your problem.
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05 Dec 2009   #3
PC WhizzKid

banned for piracy

Yeah, you could have messed up Windows XP.
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05 Dec 2009   #4


Thank you, and here is my pic of my disk management

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05 Dec 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP


Assuming you made the Win7 partition in the middle, as it has the Boot files so it should be Win7.

The XP if D: is set Active as it should be since it holds the MBR.

If I am assuming incorrectly, and WIn7 is now D: and XP:C then something has caused the boot config to be incorrect.

I notice the OEM partition sitting on the lower address is empty. I would delete and recover it into C using free Partition Wizard CD, then run Startup Repair 3 times to recover Win7's boot.

After restarting Win7, keep the DVD in the drive and run a Repair install to correctly reconfigure the Dual Boot which is what Win7 does when not interfered with - probably by that OEM partition sitting on the boot sector.
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06 Dec 2009   #6


Well, my XP is on my D drive and Win7 is on my C drive. So i should use free partition wizard and recover and delete and it some sorta thing called a OEM? then use the setup repair that Win7 comes with?
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06 Dec 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP


How did the D:XP partition which came with the Acer end up way out in right field, with the new C:Win7 partition sandwiched in between XP and the first OEM partition, which is now disabled after Win7 install?

This apparently messed up the XP partition's MBR and derailed the dual boot which should have been correctly configured by Windows 7 installer. So I am not sure that even a Repair install of Win 7 done from it's desktop would correctly configure the dual boot until the XP MBR is repaired.

Can you please download and install EasyBCD 2.0 and post back a screenshot of its front page listings?

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