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Windows 7: Problems when starting Xp in a dual boot with W7


01 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Problems when starting Xp in a dual boot with W7

Hello all hope everyone had a good weekend. My weekend project was trying to dual boot Windows 7 and xp on 2 hard drives. Both OS are already installed on the hard drives. I downloaded Easy Bcd. And got xp to show up in the boot along with Windows 7. Windows 7 loads great but when I try to load xp it says that \NTLDR is missing or corrupt. I am stuck at this point. It says to load installation disk and repair. But which disk Xp or Windows 7. Some help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Heather


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01 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I ran Windows 7 repair with no luck. I have been reading other post on this problem, Some say to put files in the root of Windows 7. Where is that?? Sorry kinda new at this
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01 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 + Windows Xp Pro + Ubuntu 10.04 + openSUSE 11.2
 
 

Dont worry. Put only HDD with xp online and put Xp cd in drive and open recovery console by pressing R when the installer asks you to install xp fior the first time. Then select your xp partition, then type
fdisk /mbr
/fixmbr
/fixboot
and restart your computer.
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01 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ok thanks I will try that
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01 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ok This is what I did. I unplugged the drive that had Windows 7 and started computer with the drive that has xp on it. I hit r to get to recovery console. The hard drive with xp was from another machine. I don't think it will be possible to use this for a dual boot
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01 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by heatherleigh70 View Post
ok This is what I did. I unplugged the drive that had Windows 7 and started computer with the drive that has xp on it. I hit r to get to recovery console. The hard drive with xp was from another machine. I don't think it will be possible to use this for a dual boot

You could just format the drive and reinstall Windows XP from scratch.
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01 Jun 2010   #7

Mc Donald OS Version Beta
 
 

Heather, did you happen to forget to add XP AND 7 to the boot list in EasyBCD?
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01 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The person I'm doing this for wants only 1 program to run that is in XP.(He lost the disk for the program) It will not run on Windows 7. I guess he will either have to find the disk or run his Xp machine to.
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01 Jun 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

If you moved XP HD to new hardware then you must run a Repair Install from booted XP CD to get it to start up. Ignore the first "R" given for repair, proceed as if to install until it finds an installation, then choose "R" for repair.

Run the XP Repair Install with Windows 7 HD unplugged. Set XP HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after CD/DVD drive) before you begin.

With two HD's, it is better to boot via BIOS than configure a Dual Boot with Easy BCD 2.0. Once XP starts up, plug back in Windows 7 HD, set your preferred HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then use the Fkey given on first bootup menu for one-time Boot Menu to boot the other HD instead.

If Windows 7 will not boot, unplug the XP HD and set Windows 7 HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, boot Windows 7 DVD Repair console or REpair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair the MBR and start Windows 7. It may need to be marked Active to work.

Once Windows 7 starts, plug XP HD back in and test the BIOS-managed Dual Boot by setting preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup (after DVD drive), then trigger the other HD instead by tapping the Fkey for one-time Boot Menu.
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02 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

greg you do rock..thank you so much!
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