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Windows 7: Probabaly a newbie question - dual boot help!

12 Mar 2009   #1

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Probabaly a newbie question - dual boot help!

I have installed Windows 7 on my hard drive, Y, and I have XP Home installed on C. Right now, I have to use a boot disk to get to XP, and if I don't have the disc, it says, NT LDR is missing.

My question is, how do I set these two up to dual boot, with XP being the primary?



Will I see any significant difference in performance if I run Windows 7 from an IDE hard drive, instead of a SATA hard drive?

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12 Mar 2009   #2

Xp/Homeserver/Win7
 
 

modify boot.ini
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12 Mar 2009   #3

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What am I supposed to add?
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12 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Hi Tiswell,

What I would suggest is that you download, install and run EasyBCD in windows 7 and use that to control your dual boot.

Full instructions for using the program and setting default OS etc are either in the program or on the website.

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies
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12 Mar 2009   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Hi Tiswell,

What I would suggest is that you download, install and run EasyBCD in windows 7 and use that to control your dual boot.

Full instructions for using the program and setting default OS etc are either in the program or on the website.

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

Alright, thanks. The only problem with that is, I can't access Windows 7. If I set my boot priority to the Y drive, it simply says NTLDR is missing. If I use the boot disk AND set it to Y, it just hangs at a black screen after it posts.
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12 Mar 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Do you have a DVD for windows 7 - if so boot from it go into repair options - startup repair - that will get you into Windows 7

From there you can get XP running
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12 Mar 2009   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Do you have a DVD for windows 7 - if so boot from it go into repair options - startup repair - that will get you into Windows 7

From there you can get XP running
I think I might, if I don't I can surely burn it. Thanks!

I'll come back in a few minutes to post my success, hopefully.
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12 Mar 2009   #8

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Alright, so I have Windows 7 installed and I have downloaded and installed EasyBCD.

I've tried to add Windows XP to the boot list, and I have done so succesfully, however XP does not boot.

I used BCD to add XP to the Boot manager when I start up, but selecting XP doesn't boot to XP, it just says NT LDR is missing.


Help is greatly appreciated!
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12 Mar 2009   #9

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,


Boot into 7 and have a look on the Windows 7 and XP partitions . Locate the XP boot files if they are there.

The ones in the bottom of this pic are what you are looking for:

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13 Mar 2009   #10

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Hey, thanks for your reply!

I had the folder options window open to show that nothing was hidden. This is what I've got on my XP drive -

http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/993/capturez.png


and the Windows 7 drive -

http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/8904/capturea.png
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