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Windows 7: Dual boot xp and win 7 boot manager problem.


10 Feb 2010   #1

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 
Dual boot xp and win 7 boot manager problem.

I had windows seven installed first then i tried to install windows xp, not knowing the xp boot manager would over right windows seven boot manager, now it boots straight into windows xp.
I have tried to use EasyBCD with no success.
I can't boot up from the win 7 dvd because i only have the .iso file.

What else is there to do besides backing up and reformatting with XP first?


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10 Feb 2010   #3

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for your input, but i'm stuck in the XP partition with no way to get to Seven.
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10 Feb 2010   #4

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Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win XP, then in Win 7.
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10 Feb 2010   #5
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You will need to install Net Framework 2.0 to use EasyBCD 2.0 beta in XP: Download details: .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)

Remove any Windows 7 listing in Easy2.0, Add again on Add/Remove tab.

If Dual boot menu fails to appear, burn Windows 7 ISO to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify, boot into Repair console, click through to Startup Repair to run up to 3 separate times with reboots to rewrite the MBR to Windows 7 partition.

Now install EasyBCD 2.0 in Windows 7 and add XP, accept offered boot files.
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10 Feb 2010   #6

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

Uhmmm, there is no windows 7 entry there is only windows vista(i think thats because when i replaced xp over vista, the name in the BCD didn't change.
Heres a picture of it. http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/3281/73805820.png

Also, i only have a cd burner, no dvd burner.
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11 Feb 2010   #7
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I would remove the Vista entry, add XP by name, type and correct drive letter. Then add Windows 7 the same way. Save both entries, remove Vista. See what happens.

You can create a Windows 7 flash stick installer from your ISO file using this: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create or this Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Burn a Windows 7 Repair CD using the ISO download hosted here: Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

Boot the CD (or DVD Repair console) click through to Recovery Tools to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to restart Windows 7, then use EasyBCD 2.0 from Windows 7 if necessary to create Dual Boot.
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11 Feb 2010   #8

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

I created a repair disk, and ran start up repair, then shut down and it let me boot up into 7 then it need to install updates and shut back down, then it said something like "mbr is compressed press ctrl+alt+delete to restart". So i tried the start up repair again and it didn't work. so i went to the command prompt and was looking around bootsect and did "bootsect /nt52 C:" i think (C is xp) and it started to do the same thing it did in the first place. :/
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11 Feb 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Have you run Startup Repair 3 separate times with reboots so it could rewrite the MBR?

All of the boot recovery commands are automated in Startup Repair but you have to run it enough times. The only reason it will not start is if it is not marked active. Can you read it with a bootable partition manager?

As soon as you get back into Windows 7, please post back a screenshot of full Disk Mgmt drive map, using snipping tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.
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11 Feb 2010   #10

Ubuntu 9.10 and Seven Ultimate OEM 32 bit
 
 

it doesnt detect anything wrong with windows 7 after the first time i do it, and how to i see the disk mgmt drive map?
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