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Windows 7: problems installing/dualbooting XP on separate hd

02 Feb 2010   #31


I'm looking for those files now. They're on the XP CD.

Is it possible they got put in F? Look there.

Be sure to unhide both Hidden and System files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.
Then look in C, E and F.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #32


Copy into the root of both XP and Win7. See if Dual Boot works.

You may have to remove and then add again using Easy.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium

still doesn't work. i'm starting to lose hope. is there a different boot manager that i can use instead of the windows one? if not, i'm going to reformat everything and reinstall, but what would be the best way to do that? i want to have xp and 7, but i also want 7 to be on my raptor, but i can't have both on my raptor because its only 150gb
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02 Feb 2010   #34


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by willxcore View Post
i did what greg said and now E is the active partition on that drive, how ever i still cant boot into XP
Neither E or F should be marked active, only Windows 7.

I think maybe the XP MBR was derailed to F since it somehow got marked Active and the XP installer looks for first active partition to place MBR.

Check on F to see if the 3 boot files are there and copy them to the root of C and E.

This may require an XP repair install with F marked inactive as it should have been. How-to repair Windows XP
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02 Feb 2010   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium

no, they aren't in F. and jesus christ when i load the xp repair cd and it asks me to select which windows installation i want to repair, i either have 1. D:\WINDOWS or 2.E:\Windows. i'm assuming that WINDOWS is the XP partition and Windows is the 7 partion, but why the hell does it always change the drive letters around? and once i hit 1 and press enter, it just gives me a prompt, like i'm supposed to know what to type...
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02 Feb 2010   #36


OK, let's backup a minute: Did you copy the 3 XP boot files into the root of XP and Win7 partitions?

Then remove and Add XP back in EasyBCD?

If neither of those work, and you can't get the Repair Install to work when trying to repair either of the OS's found (try E since it is the correct drive), then I would make sure neither partition on DISK0 is marked Active, boot the XP CD and reinstall XP to its partition. This time it should place the boot files correctly so they will be available for EasyBCD to configure the Dual Boot.

Be sure to full format partition using XP CD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #37

Windows 7 x64

I just set up a system similar to yours. The Active partition does not seem to make a difference, nor does using device boot or C:. But I did get a bootgrabber error with EasyBCD 2.0 builds 76 and 77.

The result was the Drive Entry in EasyBCD was not changed to C: and the boot.ini file was not placed in the Win 7 partition. If yours was already there, it was probably put there during the XP install.

Mine now boots fine after I copied the boot.ini to the Win 7 partition. I also made the device=C:, but it appears this is not necessary.

Anyway, if yours looks like this attachment, I can think of nothing else to try, except possibly reinstalling XP. If you do reinstall XP, when you finish, put in the Win 7 Install DVD and from within XP, open a command window and type:

E:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 sys
where e: is replaced by your DVD drive letter.

This will get you back to booting Win 7 then start again and make the manual changes indicated if necessary.

Good Luck..

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02 Feb 2010   #38

Windows 7 Home Premium

I think I've pretty much got this down now, and I hope that everyone who's trying to dual boot XP and Vista/7 on separate hard drives will appreciate this.
After getting stuck, I booted into the partition manager, deleted the XP partition on disk 0 and made the Secondary partition on disk 0 inactive. Then I booted the XP install cd and ran that, when it restarted the computer after it finished formatting, I brought up the BIOS boot menu and booted from disk 0 (BIOS should normally boot the Windows 7 drive first). XP booted and finished installing. Once that was done, I booted back into the partition manager and once again made the new XP partition inactive. Then I let my computer boot up normally into Windows 7, put my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit cd in the drive and found and copied over the NTDETECT and NTRDL files to both the root and the \WINDOWS folder on my XP partition. I used easyBCD to edit the legacy BOOT.ini file, and changed the values from disk 1 to disk 0. copied the new file to the root and WINDOWS directory of the XP partition and then created an entry in easyBCD for XP, the program still froze but when I opened it back up, I went to "Change Settings" and changed the Windows XP drive from BOOT to E:\ then hit save, and restarted my PC. I am now able to boot into XP, restart and boot back into Windows 7, flawlessly. Thank you Salt, and Greg, for taking the time to help, I couldn't have done it with out you guys. Here's a final screen shot of everything.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #39

Windows 7 x64

Glad you got it working.

For anyone reading this, the bootgrabber error that occurred in the 76 and 77 beta builds of EasyBCD can be corrected by going to the Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin folder and setting Bootgrabber.exe to run in XP SP3 compatibility mode.

Edit: The above procedure worked once, but not the second time. Setting bootgrabber.exe to run as admin might be a better choice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #40


Still not understanding why F: data partition is marked Active. It ain't right.

But glad you got Dual Boot running.
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