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Windows 7: Windows 7 Dual Boot XP problem

16 Mar 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

With 7 running again it's a simple process of unhiding all protected operating system files and files with known extensions in the tools>folder options>view tab in order to copy the ntldr, ntdetect.com, and boot.ini files to the root of the 7 primary.

The copy of the boot.ini file should be ok since the rdisk(0)partition(1) value seen in default and under the "operating systems" heading when viewed by simply double clicking with Note Pad applies.

EasyBCD will see the new entry added into 7's BCD there once you assign a drive letter to XP in 7's Disk Management since 7 will see it as the boot sector only. I ran into that one here setting up the XP/7 dual boot just to let you know on that one. D is the best letter to assign to XP while booted in 7 seeing itself as C.


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17 Mar 2009   #12

XP and windows 7
 
 

i duno i used easybcd to get xp back.. then i used it to rename my winodws 7 since it was called vista... and now everything works but the boot screen to 7 says windows 7 recovered... and then has a boot screen for the vista loading bar.. although loading into 7.. kinda weird.. but still works
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17 Mar 2009   #13

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi hc806,

That is normal after doing startup repair. It is possible to change Logon screen -

Log On Screen - Change

If anyone wants to change the name that is displayed, there are a couple of ways to do this .

First boot into the o/s whose name you wish to change - in this case Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)

1. Using bcdedit.

Open an elevated cmd prompt ( type cmd in start search - when it pops up, rt click and Run as Admin. ) and backup your existing settings like this:

at the prompt, type:

bcdedit /export C:\BCDBACKUP {enter}

Then type:

bcdedit /set {current} description "Win 7" {enter}

Whatever you typed between the "" will be the new name or description.

N.B. ( if you ever want to restore that backup, type :

bcdedit /import C:\BCDBACKUP {enter} )

2. Alternatively , you can use the free Easybcd (Link for others reading this who don't already have it )

(Recovered)

Hope it helps
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17 Mar 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You can see the boot entries renamed at any time by simply creating a new one to replace the existing one by simply typing the new name on the OS line pointed at in the image here by the cursor.



You can see how the multiple entries were named here simply typing the name you want displayed right when first going to add a new one in. Just make you have everything correct and delete the first later.
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19 Mar 2009   #15

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

2) Now choose Repair system using the Recovery console. Enter the password your User has.

3) Simply type in FIXMBR.

Now the system will boot into XP. (You haven't lost Win 7 yet so long as you haven't re formatted the disk).
Well, it happens - for various reasons - that this "fixmbr & fixboot" business does not go always easy.

I spent 2 hours yesterday reading posts on the Net on how to get rid of Windows 7 while keeping XP, and at the end found that this would be the simplest way:

1. Boot into XP.
2. Format Win 7 partition to delete it completely.
3. Download (free) EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/downloads/softwa...CD%201.7.2.exe) and install it in XP.
4. Run the program and in "Manage Bootloader" option chech "Uninstall the Vista bootloader (use to restore XP)", then click on "Write MBR" icon. Reboot into XP. (And if you need to put the dualboot back, run EasyBCD again and restore it.) Dualboot is gone.

(I had to remove Windows 7 completely because there were not enough space on its partition to do upgrade from 7000 to 7057, so I had to make a clean install of the later.)
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19 Mar 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Novim View Post
Well, it happens - for various reasons - that this "fixmbr & fixboot" business does not go always easy.

I spent 2 hours yesterday reading posts on the Net on how to get rid of Windows 7 while keeping XP, and at the end found that this would be the simplest way:

1. Boot into XP.
2. Format Win 7 partition to delete it completely.
3. Download (free) EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/downloads/softwa...CD%201.7.2.exe) and install it in XP.
4. Run the program and in "Manage Bootloader" option chech "Uninstall the Vista bootloader (use to restore XP)", then click on "Write MBR" icon. Reboot into XP. (And if you need to put the dualboot back, run EasyBCD again and restore it.) Dualboot is gone.

(I had to remove Windows 7 completely because there were not enough space on its partition to do upgrade from 7000 to 7057, so I had to make a clean install of the later.)
hc806 was looking to see 7 up and running again not wipe it entirely following the replacement of Vista with XP on the first primary. The EasyBCD tool sees the option for restoring the Vista not XP mbr since it was written for Vista and works with 7.

It simply installs on XP as well as older Legacy versions in order to restore the Vista boot if something goes wrong. That can bail you out when the startup repair won't work for some reason.
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19 Mar 2009   #17

Windows 7
 
 

^
Well, EasyBCD (within XP) did for me just what I said: it restored old (XP) MBR, in order to get rid of Vista’s (or Windows 7’s) dualboot screen. It performed the task while the XP’s Recovery disk ("fixmbr"), or Windows 7’s disk ("e:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force") did not.

Of course, it was not the case that hc806 discribed, on the contrary.
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19 Mar 2009   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I wonder if that would work for a 7/3.1 dual boot setup?

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20 Mar 2009   #19

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hc806 View Post
the boot screen to 7 says windows 7 recovered... and then has a boot screen for the vista loading bar.. although loading into 7.. kinda weird.. but still works
To get the Win 7 boot screen back to normal after a startup repair, reset the locale entry in bcd.

Windows 7 Dual Boot XP problem-locale-1-2009-03-20_195043.jpg

Open an elevated cmd prompt ( type cmd into start search box - when it pops up, rt click and Run as Admin )

Then type:

bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US {enter}

Windows 7 Dual Boot XP problem-locale-3-2009-03-20_201054.jpg

Use the locale that is correct for you, e.g. ru-RU, etc.

Windows 7 Dual Boot XP problem-locale-2-2009-03-20_195352.jpg

Hope it helps


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20 Mar 2009   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Since 7's BCD is identical to what is seen in Vista and Server 2008 you may want to review the full information seen on it at Boot Configuration Data Editor Frequently Asked Questions
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