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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1379
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


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20 Jul 2011   #1380
Riaz35

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) and Windows XP pro SP3
 
 

Ok, here i m sending my disk management drive map...

I have windows XP in D (from windows 7)

I have windows 7 in C, Windows XP in D and my G drive is used just as a storage. This view is from windows7. But from windows XP, current G was C, D was E and C was D.



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20 Jul 2011   #1381
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Riaz35 View Post
I have windows XP in D (from windows 7)

The Extended partition / Logical drives may be causing issues;


Let's see if this helps and it can't hurt.

Do at least 3 separate startup repairs with a PC restart between each startup repair to see if it will correct for this and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below.


How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7


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20 Jul 2011   #1382
Riaz35

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) and Windows XP pro SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Riaz35 View Post
I have windows XP in D (from windows 7)

The Extended partition / Logical drives may be causing issues;


Let's see if this helps and it can't hurt.

Do at least 3 separate startup repairs with a PC restart between each startup repair to see if it will correct for this and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7


I did as u suggested, but no result. My earlier version of windows i.e. windows XP is still not booting (starting)... What else should I do. Plz suggest..Thanks
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20 Jul 2011   #1383
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Did it boot/start correctly at one time before?
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20 Jul 2011   #1384
Riaz35

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) and Windows XP pro SP3
 
 

yes....after installing windows7 i tried once or twice..the xp booted ok. So i was assured that there would be no problem with my earlier version of windows and didnt open it for a few days...but when i tried yesterday, it didnt boot.
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20 Jul 2011   #1385
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's what I suggest, convert the Windows 7 Logical drive to a Primary partition so it can host the Windows "System" boot files; start by having a look at this link and the second post down to see what I'm referring to (posts # 16 & 18) and feel free to ask any questions you need to clarify.



First download the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) ISO file to the desktop, be sure to get the PWBD and not the installed version; scroll down to see the download link for the Bootable CD ISO file at this link below.
Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

Then use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD, at no greater than 4x speed with a verify; it was designed for use and works best from a CD rather than a DVD; then boot the created CD to make the changes, it doesn't take any input from the user to setup, just relax and let it load.
ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software
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21 Jul 2011   #1386
Riaz35

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) and Windows XP pro SP3
 
 

I did as suggested but my problem is still not solved. 1 more thing..from the partion wizerd my 'D' drive (the XP partiion) shows unalocated and totally blank but from disk management of windows7 it shows as logical drive with all the files intact in it...Could this be of any problem?
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21 Jul 2011   #1387
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Riaz35 View Post
I did as suggested but my problem is still not solved. 1 more thing..from the partion wizerd my 'D' drive (the XP partiion) shows unalocated and totally blank but from disk management of windows7 it shows as logical drive with all the files intact in it...Could this be of any problem?
Hello again, please post snips of both current Windows disk management and Partition Wizard, you can use the installed version of PW for this.


Partition Wizard Free Home Edition

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21 Jul 2011   #1388
Riaz35

Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) and Windows XP pro SP3
 
 

Hello, here i m sending the two snips...I would also like to inform u that I tried to find how it look with paragon partition manager too. There it seems ok, just like what I see from windows disk management map...

I think this would help u understand my problem. I just dont want to reinstall my XP but want it to back in work..thanks in advance.


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21 Jul 2011   #1389
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Because the Disk Mgmt window was not maximized first the listings showing sizes are cut off so that we cannot see if XP still exists. Also when Disk Mgmt shows an anomaly it is best to cross-check it with PW bootable CD.

I would convert the XP partition to Primary then repair it so its boot files are correctly written to it, then follow Steps 17-12 in Method Two of this tutorial to add XP to Windows 7 Dual Boot.

Boot the XP CD to run a Repair Install as shown in this tutorial so we can see if it finds an intact installation to Repair: XP Repair Install
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