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Windows 7: Windows 7 and XP Dual Boot Problem

04 May 2009   #1

 
 
Windows 7 and XP Dual Boot Problem

So until installing the RC, I upgraded to all of the previous builds. That kept my boot settings and whatnot. But seince doing a clean install (and doing an Easy Transfer) I lost my version of BCD. To fix that, I got the newest version. I was able to get it to add an entry for XP to the bootloader, but still cannot boot into XP. I don't know what the heck the problem is. Now, I have it all screwed up so that I boot by default into "Windows Vista" which is actually Windows 7. Any thoughts?

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04 May 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Using EasyBCD, you can easily rename the Vista entry to 7 by going to "change settings" on the left side of the program, so at least that could be corrected.

When you try to boot XP from the entry you made for it, does it give some sort of error? Like missing ntldr?

Post a screenshot if you're able to of EasyBCD "view settings." For comparison, here's my triple boot of 7100, XP SP3, Vista SP2...


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04 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

Did you assign Windows XP to the drive letter you have Windows 7 installed on?
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04 May 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Marcellus,

You might check with this tutorial to see if may be able to help you figure out where you may have went wrong.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 May 2009   #5

 
 

Well there is another problem... apparently by fiddling with the MBR, I screwed it up so that whenever I try to boot, I get a DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK and if I put the disk in but don't boot off of it, my computer boots normally... what can I do now?
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05 May 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Marcellusmighty,

After you boot into your computer, go into Disk Management and right click on whichever Vista or Windows 7 partition that contains the boot files and mark it as Active. You will see that I have Window 7 installed first, so I have the 100MB Windows 7 System Reserved partition marked active.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Windows 7 and XP Dual Boot Problem-active.jpg


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05 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 Build 7201 X64 bit
 
 

Try Pronetworks that help me and took me like no time, just follow the "Alternative Method to Create a Dual Boot Menu"
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