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Windows 7: Dual boot XP/W7 help please


05 Dec 2009   #1

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Dual boot XP/W7 help please

Hello,
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

banned for piracy
 
 

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

XP
 
 

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 Windows 7 partition in the middle, as it has the Boot files so it should be Windows 7.

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

If I am assuming incorrectly, and Windows 7 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 Windows 7's boot.

After restarting Windows 7, keep the DVD in the drive and run a Repair install to correctly reconfigure the Dual Boot which is what Windows 7 does when not interfered with - probably by that OEM partition sitting on the boot sector.
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06 Dec 2009   #6

XP
 
 

Well, my XP is on my D drive and Windows 7 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 Windows 7 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:Windows 7 partition sandwiched in between XP and the first OEM partition, which is now disabled after Windows 7 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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