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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #949
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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16 Oct 2010   #950
stfarm

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Yes sure, thank you very much for your help. I noticed when I use the EasyBCD or VistaBootPro tools, none of them actually added anything to the boot menu.

When I go into the System Properties/Adavanced and modify my boot file there, I see the menu now BUT it is NOT going into Windows 7.
Please someone tell me how I can edit that string to point to my Windows 7 again.

Here is the Boot file:

Quote:
[boot loader]
timeout=15
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP on D:\" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows 7 on F:\Windows\system32\winload.exe" /fastdetect
Disk Manager pic is attached.

Thanks again for helping me out, I am about to pull out my hair...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
Welcome to SevenForums. So you say that you did Method Two of the tutorial and you did instructions 7 - 16 by adding netframework and easy bcd. Then restarted and you had no dual boot screen? Could you post a screen shot of your disk managment so we can see what your partitions look like?





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16 Oct 2010   #951
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Have you tried to boot from your Windows 7 disk and do a start up repair?
Startup Repair
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16 Oct 2010   #952
stfarm

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, done that 3 times to no avail. It will only boot into Win Xp now.

Even tried this:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

Please tell me you have another way to get me back to my normal life.

Steve

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
Have you tried to boot from your Windows 7 disk and do a start up repair?
Startup Repair
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2010   #953
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

In order to start Windows 7 you need to first mark it Active, then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Windows 7 partition.
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Once Windows 7 starts, install EasyBCD to add XP: accept boot files, autocompletes, save, restart.

If there are any further problems please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings using the SNipping TOol in Start Menu. You can go there now in XP to Mark Windows 7 Active.
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16 Oct 2010   #954
stfarm

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I am back in Windows 7 now, here is what I had to do. I still want to be able to boot into XP now. Any ideas how I could without going thru the same nightmare?
Diskpart can also be used to mark the partition as active from the Windows RE.
Diskpart
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK (followed by the number of the disk . most likely 0)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION (followed by your partition number. most likely 0)
ACTIVE
EXIT
Windows startup recovery should now work.


Then I was able to use the Startup Repair.


Thank you so much for your help.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
Have you tried to boot from your Windows 7 disk and do a start up repair?
Startup Repair
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2010   #955
stfarm

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I just noticed your post, thank you for your help, here are my screen shots:

I copied the Boot.ini, ntldr and NTDETECT.COM to the D drive thinking that might help.

When I boot now, I see the XP entry but when I choose it, it just restarts, like a loop.

What am I missing? The XP OS is on the D drive but the ntldr files were on the G drive.

Thank you again.

Steve

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In order to start Windows 7 you need to first mark it Active, then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Windows 7 partition.
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Once Windows 7 starts, install EasyBCD to add XP: accept boot files, autocompletes, save, restart.

If there are any further problems please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings using the SNipping TOol in Start Menu. You can go there now in XP to Mark Windows 7 Active.


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16 Oct 2010   #956
rilliz

XP Pro 32bit, 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
So you say that you did Method Two of the tutorial and you did instructions 7 - 16 by adding netframework and easy bcd. Then restarted and you had no dual boot screen?
I think there may be some errors in the "When Windows 7 is Installed First" section of the tutorial?

Where is "Write MBR"?

Maybe this is correct?

- run EasyBCD

- click on the "Bootloader Setup"
- "[X]Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR"
- click on the "Write MBR" button.

- click on the "Add New Entry" button.
- "Windows" tab > select "Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3"
- "[X]Automatically detect correct drive"
- click on the "Add Entry" button

- close EasyBCD
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2010   #957
stfarm

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

After looking at that post I played with EasyBcd again from within Windows 7 and sure enough, NOW it all works.

Thank you everybody for your help, that was some interesting learning for me.

Steve
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16 Oct 2010   #958
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It looks like you had the 100mb System Reserved partition which should have been marked Active instead of Windows 7. It has now been cut out of the picture and can be deleted and recovered into either partition, or we can help you reconstruct it to manage the Dual Boot.

This is why we should ask to see a screenshot before advising the steps (a dozen+ times a day) to start Windows 7 up by marking active and Startup Repair x3.

Glad you got it sorted.

Rilliz - Are you saying the tutorial lists the Rewrite and Add steps for EasyBCD in the wrong order? Please explain further as I think you are on to something.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2010   #959
rilliz

XP Pro 32bit, 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you saying the tutorial lists the Rewrite and Add steps for EasyBCD in the wrong order? Please explain further as I think you are on to something.
(sorry for my bad english)

When Windows 7 is Installed First Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

9.-13. This is correct section of the tutorial.

- click on the "Add New Entry" button.
- "Windows" tab > select "Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3"
- "[X]Automatically detect correct drive"
- click on the "Add Entry" button

14. "Save Settings" button is not important, if you don't change nothing ("Edit Boot Menu" page).

- click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button
- Click on the "Save Settings" button.

But where is "Write MBR" (Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR)?
After you installing Windows XP, you can't boot into the Windows 7 boot menu, if you don't write Windows 7 MBR.

Installing Windows XP after Windows 7 or Windows Vista Installing XP After Vista - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

- click on the "Bootloader Setup"
- "[X]Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR"
- click on the "Write MBR" button.

- click on the "Add New Entry" button.
- "Windows" tab > select "Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3"
- "[X]Automatically detect correct drive"
- click on the "Add Entry" button
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