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Windows 7: Win7 MBR "Ghost" Entries on Boot Up

02 Apr 2010   #1

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Win7 MBR "Ghost" Entries on Boot Up

A friend of mine has tried 3 times to install Windows 7 onto a 2nd partition of his WinpXP machine, all resulting in a BSOD at around 60% of the installation, now when he boots up his WinXP he has 1 x WinXP option and 3 x Windows 7 options to boot into but the Windows 7 options are duds of course because the installations failed.

How does he go about removing those "ghost" entries from the MBR upon boot up?
My friend lives 1400 kms away from me so I can't just drive over there and help him out even if I knew how.

P.S. There is nothing on the partition now as he has formatted it. We have also looked the Boot.ini file with Notepad and there is nothing in there but the WinXP entry.

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02 Apr 2010   #2

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Problem solved - friend did a WinXP reinstall.
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02 Apr 2010   #3
Arc

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Sounds nice that it is solved. But reinstallation is not required. Download EasyBCD and install it (but for in xp, install dotnet framework 2 earlier). Using it, the unneeded boot entries can be easily deleted, and necessary boot entries may be added.
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02 Apr 2010   #4
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You can also remove boot menu ghost entries in msconfig>Boot tab.
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02 Apr 2010   #5

 
 

Easiest way in this case would be: fdisk /mbr
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02 Apr 2010   #6
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shutup View Post
Easiest way in this case would be: fdisk /mbr
Nice Information
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04 Apr 2010   #7

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can also remove boot menu ghost entries in msconfig>Boot tab.
Didn't work gregrocker that's why he did the re-install or Repair of WinXP.
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