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Windows 7: installed win 7 dual boot with XP already installed, can't access Win

28 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
installed win 7 dual boot with XP already installed, can't access Win

I installed Windows 7 to a machine that had XP already installed. When I start the computer it just boots into XP. There is no boot manager giving me an option to boot to Win 7. I accessed repair from the Win 7 disk on start up and ran bootrec /fixboot and it said everything was cool but same issue. When I was installing Win 7 it ran thru the whole set up routine and restarted several times into Win 7. I shut it down when it said it was finished but the next morning it started up in XP. Would fixmbr help if fixboot didn't? Any suggestions?

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28 Mar 2015   #2


Confirm that the 100mb System Reserved (if you have it) or Win7 partition (if you don't) is Partition Marked Active,

then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and is marked System Active in Disk Mgmt.

Then install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to Win7 to add XP by name, allow it to autocomplete drive letter, Save and reboot to Dual Boot menu.

If any further problems, post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Mar 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

That is truly odd, a dual boot with XP, installing 7 second always works perfectly.

It`s always the other way around where you would have to repair 7.

You are in good hands with Greg, he`ll give you excellent advice
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