Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Booting into Win7/XP

05 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Booting into Win7/XP

Hi all,

I just installed Win XP on my new latop on a 10GB partition that is on the HDD that holds the ~600GB Win7 partition.

I have done this before and usually I get the BIOS screen that lets me choose between OS's.

But this time I cannot choose and it only boots up into WinXP. The drive letter of the Win7 partition is E, the XP one is G, and the system reserved space has taken up prime C position. Also my external HDD has gone to D.

All help would be appreciated!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

My guess would be that this is an "active partition" problem. Please post a full picture (snip) of your Disk Management so that we can have a look.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Did you use method two of this tutorial?
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Sorry it took so long to reply. I am doing option 2 now.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Yeah, this worked perfectly.

Thanks a lot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Booting into Win7/XP

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Win7 not booting
I HAD POSTED A SIMILIAR THREAD IN RESTORE AND BACKUP SECTION WHICH I THINK IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE SECTION FOR THIS QUESTION SO POSTING HERE AGAIN WITH MORE DETAILS. I had this problem last night , my laptop became dead slow at 1st then while browsing it hanged completely and I could not even...
General Discussion
No setup after booting Win7 and other OS-es
Ok, welcome everybody, my name is Tommy. I have a huge problem about installing windows so i will write down everything. Already a couple of days trying to install a new Windows (W7) and boot Windows normally and pass the Windows logo and one comes to the blue image and then the setup should appear...
Installation & Setup
Dual Boot - Win7 and XP - Access denied to files when booting in Win7
Hi there, hoping someone can help... I've eventually managed to get a dual boot system going. I've installed Win7 on one hard drive and Win XP Pro on another. I've still got to figure out how to get a dual boot menu going, but in the meantime I press the F10 key during Boot-up of the machine...
General Discussion
Booting from installation WiN7 CD
I have one problem with installing a copy of Win7 on my laptop. At this moment I have a Vista OS on laptop and I wanted to install a fresh copy of Win7 on it. In BIOS I've placed a DVD rom for Boot Primary device, and I placed DVD with Win7 system into DVD ram and rebooted comp. When Press any...
Installation & Setup
Problem Booting Win7
So I had a dual boot with XP and Win7 going. I just reinstalled XP onto the existing XP partition, so the Win7 one is still there. But now, my computer immediately boots into XP and skips the bootscreen. I'm assuming this is because my fresh install of XP overwrote the boot.ini file which makes the...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App