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Windows 7: Xp/windows 7 dual boot

23 Sep 2009   #1
toshmine

Windows XP SP3
 
 
Xp/windows 7 dual boot

I had Windows 7 installed on my PC. Today I installed Windows XP in another partition. But now when I restart my PC I dont get a DUAL BOOT mode screen. It automatically logs in XP. How do I log in WINDOWS 7 now?
Please help..


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23 Sep 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Edit your boot.ini file in XP to include the Win7 enty. Exact instructions how to do this can be found with a quick Google search.
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23 Sep 2009   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Sorry, that won't work.

You need to use 7 bootmgr and add XP to bcd.

There are several ways to do it.

One way is to run startup repair from 7 dvd - might take a few runs.

You should then be able to boot into 7.

Add XP entry to bcd by opening an elevated cmd prompt and typing ( press enter after each cmd):


bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d “XP”
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

put whatever name you like between the " ".
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23 Sep 2009   #4
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

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23 Sep 2009   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Good point, Zardoc.

Unfortunately - they charge for VBPro now.

Happily, Mahmoud is still offering the excellent Easybcd free.

In fact I am on the NST Forum just now.

When you are back booted into 7, d/l it from the bottom of this page:

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies


Use it to add XP entry to bcd, if you aren't comfortable with the command prompt.

Click Add/Remove entries.

Select The Active partition for the drive letter, and in the TYPE dropdown , select Windows NT/2K/XP/2K3.

Type the name you want , then click Add Entry.
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23 Sep 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

EasyBCD should do it, but another way to is to run a repair install to the Win7 which will make it correctly installed second to XP, reasserting it's boot. A repair install is an upgrade of the same version over the existing O.S. Everything will remain exactly the same except for having to reactivate and re-edit any advanced graphics options.
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23 Sep 2009   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Sorry, that won't work.

You need to use 7 bootmgr and add XP to bcd.

There are several ways to do it.

One way is to run startup repair from 7 dvd - might take a few runs.

You should then be able to boot into 7.

Add XP entry to bcd by opening an elevated cmd prompt and typing ( press enter after each cmd):


bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d “XP”
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

put whatever name you like between the " ".
I thought that bcdedit and the 7 repair features would only work with Vista on up. Am I incorrect in believing that the repair features won't recognize XP?
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23 Sep 2009   #8
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Good point, Zardoc.

Unfortunately - they charge for VBPro now.

Happily, Mahmoud is still offering the excellent Easybcd free.

In fact I am on the NST Forum just now.

When you are back booted into 7, d/l it from the bottom of this page:

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies


Use it to add XP entry to bcd, if you aren't comfortable with the command prompt.

Click Add/Remove entries.

Select The Active partition for the drive letter, and in the TYPE dropdown , select Windows NT/2K/XP/2K3.

Type the name you want , then click Add Entry.
Are you serious? And they kept saying that it would stay free. Well were there is money to be made....

Yeah, EasyBCD is a good tool also.
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23 Sep 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Johnathan ,

You're right -7 startup repair won't repair XP - it dosn't need repairing in this case.

What needs repairing is the 7 startup. Then add XP to the 7 boot menu.

Do that either thru bcdedit or thru a tool like Easybcd.

Hi Zardoc,

Yes, it's a shame - they started charging for VBPro a little while ago.


Easybcd is great - and the new version - out soon - is even better.
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