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Windows 7: Windows 7 install problem (Vista and XP dual boot)

12 Mar 2009   #1
canisarmani

Vista, XP
 
 
Windows 7 install problem (Vista and XP dual boot)

I have a Vista laptop with xp and Vista installed because I do not want to give up xp, I enjoy it to much. I wanted to try Windows 7 so I set it up in a "triple boot" fashion. Vista and Windows 7 works great, but xp will not boot. It says I have a missing or corrupt hal.dll. When I uninstall Windows 7 and restore my backed up bootloader settings Windows xp boots up. I want to keep trying 7 but I don't want to give up xp, can this problem be fixed?


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12 Mar 2009   #2
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 
How to solve basic Dual Boot Issues

Case 1: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the XP/Vista boot option at startup, but Win7 boots fine.

Solution:
1. Start Win7.

2. If you can see your XP/Vista partition in Computer, write down the drive letter (e.g. D:)

3. If you can't see the XP partition and you see all others but this one, open Control Panel - Adminstrative Tools - Computer Management -> Disk Management(left pane) and right-click the partition without a drive letter, choose "Change drive letters and paths" and assign a drive letter for the partition, e.g. D: .

4. Open an elevated command prompt and type the following lines followed by Enter for each line, changing the drive letter D: (in blue) with the one on your XP/Vista partition:

FOR RESTORING XP

Code:
 
bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
 
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D:
 
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
 
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast
FOR RESTORING VISTA

Code:
 
bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows Vista"
(You will get a response saying that a new {UUID} was created successfully.
Write down or copy the new UUID.)

Code:
  
bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} device partition=D:
 
bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} osdevice partition=D:
5. Done

Case 2: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the Win7 boot option at startup, but XP/Vista boots fine.

Solution:
1. Insert the Win7 Installation DVD and boot your computer with it (as if you were making an installation).
2. At the first screen , select your language etc and press enter.
3. At the second screen, click "Repair Computer" at the bottom left.
4. Wait until startup repair is finished and reboot.
5. Done. You can now boot Win7.

Case 3: You have restored booting Win7 using the Case 2 method or other way, but now you've lost XP/VISTA .

Solution: Follow Case 1 Solution.


Case 4: You want Win7/Mac Dual Boot.

Solution: Follow these instructions: OSX and Windows 7 Dual Boot

Hope it helps.

Limneos
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18 Mar 2009   #3
son110

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post

Case 2: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the Win7 boot option at startup, but XP/Vista boots fine.

Solution:
1. Insert the Win7 Installation DVD and boot your computer with it (as if you were making an installation).
2. At the first screen , select your language etc and press enter.
3. At the second screen, click "Repair Computer" at the bottom left.
4. Wait until startup repair is finished and reboot.
5. Done. You can now boot Win7.
I don't have DVD, help
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18 Mar 2009   #4
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

You mean you don't have a DVD drive or a DVD Installation Disc?

Edit:
If you do have the ISO downloaded, you can create a USB stick to boot your computer with. ->
How do you make a USB drive bootable so I can load W7 on a netbook?

Then just go to case 2

If you don't have the Windows 7 Installation ISO/DVD disc , you will need to download one
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20 Mar 2009   #5
Supervisor

Windows 7 7068 x86, Windows Server 2008
 
 

Hello.
I have one question.
Which edition is better?
32 bit or 64 one?
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08 Apr 2009   #6
cr2112

Win 7, Win Vista, and Windows XP (Triple Boot)
 
 
I have similar problem.

I am also using 3 OS. Win 7, Vista and XP. After i installed windows 7 my xp has crashed. It is showing me that \ntdlr is missing. My windows vista and seven are working fine.
Please help me.

Thank you
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08 Apr 2009   #7
Supervisor

Windows 7 7068 x86, Windows Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cr2112 View Post
I am also using 3 OS. Win 7, Vista and XP. After i installed windows 7 my xp has crashed. It is showing me that \ntdlr is missing. My windows vista and seven are working fine.
Please help me.

Thank you
Well probably you cant boot you XP because boot files are located to another location, because the fact that you have three OS systems.
My advice, true to run one OS and use VMWare workstation to create virtual machines for the other ones.
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08 Apr 2009   #8
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cr2112 View Post
I am also using 3 OS. Win 7, Vista and XP. After i installed windows 7 my xp has crashed. It is showing me that \ntdlr is missing. My windows vista and seven are working fine.
Please help me.

Thank you
Scroll up the solution was given. If you don't like using command line you can use EasyBCD - Edit Boot Configuration Data (BCD) in Windows Vista | Windows Reference

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
Case 1: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the XP/Vista boot option at startup, but Win7 boots fine.

Solution:
1. Start Win7.

2. If you can see your XP/Vista partition in Computer, write down the drive letter (e.g. D:)

3. If you can't see the XP partition and you see all others but this one, open Control Panel - Adminstrative Tools - Computer Management -> Disk Management(left pane) and right-click the partition without a drive letter, choose "Change drive letters and paths" and assign a drive letter for the partition, e.g. D: .

4. Open an elevated command prompt and type the following lines followed by Enter for each line, changing the drive letter D: (in blue) with the one on your XP/Vista partition:

FOR RESTORING XP

Code:
 
bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
 
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D:
 
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
 
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast
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09 Apr 2009   #9
cr2112

Win 7, Win Vista, and Windows XP (Triple Boot)
 
 
Still same problem

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YupYup View Post
Scroll up the solution was given. If you don't like using command line you can use EasyBCD - Edit Boot Configuration Data (BCD) in Windows Vista | Windows Reference
I have tried everything shown in the post. I have even tried repairing my windows xp, but when i do a startup repair for my win vista, then xp crash again. But my Vista and 7 are working fine. My windows xp keep showing me \ntdlr missing and some error x000000f.
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09 Apr 2009   #10
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cr2112 View Post
I have tried everything shown in the post. I have even tried repairing my windows xp, but when i do a startup repair for my win vista, then xp crash again. But my Vista and 7 are working fine. My windows xp keep showing me \ntdlr missing and some error x000000f.
Are you sure you did not install windows 7 to where XP was installed?
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