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Windows 7: Is it possible to recover dual boot Menu?


30 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7/Windows XP
 
 
Is it possible to recover dual boot Menu?

I had a working dual boot WinXP installed 1st on 1 partition and then Windows 7 installed 2nd on the other partition of same HD. I had to ghost my XP partition, but since the ghost was created before I made the dual boot the dual boot menu is gone and I can no longer boot into Windows 7. Is there a way to fix it so the menu returns?


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30 Apr 2010   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

How to use check this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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30 Apr 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Install EasyBCD 2.0 beta in XP after doing quick registration to use beta. You'll need to install Net Framework 2.0 first to run it.

Add Windows 7 on the Add/remove tab by Name, Type and Drive letter, Save and restart computer.

If this fails, mark Windows 7 active in Disk Management, boot Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write MBR to Windows 7. When 7 starts, if necessary install EasyBCD 2.0 to Add XP, accepting offered boot files, Save, restart.
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30 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7/Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Install EasyBCD 2.0 beta in XP after doing quick registration to use beta. You'll need to install Net Framework 2.0 first to run it.

Add Windows 7 on the Add/remove tab by Name, Type and Drive letter, Save and restart computer.

If this fails, mark Windows 7 active in Disk Management, boot Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write MBR to Windows 7. When 7 starts, if necessary install EasyBCD 2.0 to Add XP, accepting offered boot files, Save, restart.
I already tried EasyBCD 2 and when it first starts up it says the boot configuration data store could not be opened, the system could not find the system specified. Would you like to manually load a BCD Registry?

I click no and the program opens but theres no tap for Add/Remove, only Add New Entry and everything is greyed out so I cant edit it.
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30 Apr 2010   #5

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try a startup repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

System Repair Disc - Create
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30 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7/Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try a startup repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

System Repair Disc - Create
When I boot to the Windows 7 dvd it just asks if I want to install or upgrade. I dont get a System Repair Menu
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30 Apr 2010   #7

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Click on repair my computer.


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30 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7/Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Click on repair my computer.
Mine only says Check Compatability online or install now. At the bottom it says what you need to know before installing windows.
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30 Apr 2010   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yankee6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Click on repair my computer.
Mine only says Check Compatability online or install now. At the bottom it says what you need to know before installing windows.
Boot from DVD.
OR
System Repair Disc - Create
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30 Apr 2010   #10
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Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

Make sure you are following the steps in link above to boot DVD.

Select Repair on second screen, see if it finds an installation to repair, accept repair. If this fails to start Windows 7, boot back in, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair repeatedly to see if it will repair Dual Boot and/or Start Windows 7.

If not, you'll need to see that Windows 7 is marked active using a 3rd party bootable Disk manager like free Partition Wizard CD, or Diskpart from DVD Command Line, then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write MBR to Windows 7 which can be done once it is marked Active.

Once Windows 7 is started - likely without Dual Boot menu - install EasyBCD 2.0 to add XP, accept boot files offered, let it autocomplete, Save, Restart.
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