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Windows 7: Dual installation XP and 7

23 May 2009   #11

xp, windows 7

Thanks again SIW2,

but the problem stays the same. I end up with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner.
It looks like the boot process finds the ntldr but it doesn't know where to find the rest of the boot files or Windows XP for that matter.
With the installation of Win 7 something has been broken.
How can I fix this? Do you have any more ideas?
Is there a way back? How to deinstall Win7 and go back to XP and then try it again with Win7?
Does Win 7 make use of a ntldr anyway?
Why are all the boot files on another partition then the system files?
I know a lot of questions, I hope you have some answers?

Thnx Frits

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2009   #12

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Vista x64 / 7 X64


If Bcd is pointing to Ntldr, and boot.ini is pointing to the location of Xp, then I don't know what is causing the problem.

The bootfiles will always be installed on the partition that is marked Active at the time of installation.

The o/s files will be installed on whichever partition you pointed them at during the installation - not necesssarily the Active partition. That is how it should be.

NT6 o/s (Vista and Win7) use bootmgr and Bcd.

XP uses ntldr and boot.ini.

Hope it helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #13

xp, windows 7


I can't get it to work. I'am afraid that some actions in the past on this drive, dual boot Linux-XP and re-partioning, did something to the partitions.
It's not that a problem. The pc is being used by my kids (games) and for testing os's. It seems like I will be using Win7 earlier than expected.
Thanks again for your help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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