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Windows 7: Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection

28 May 2009   #1
martythomas

xp and 7
 
 
Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection

hi there,

I have succesfully partitioned my drive with windows 7 on my one partition and windows xp on my second partition, I have third partition for media files.

My 2 operating systems have been setup fine, the only problem is when I startup my machine it goes straight into XP...its not showing the boot manager.

I want it to go straight to seven...please can you help?

thanks


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28 May 2009   #2
bhuulo

 

BY default it should happen but in your case it doesn't so next time when u log in to xp, right click ur computer icon and select properties and then in advanced tab click startup and recovery....
Change the Default OS from there and give some time to list the operating systems if u want....

see picture for better understanding...


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28 May 2009   #3
snifferpro

Win7 build 7100, Win Bus 64bit, Mac OS X
 
 

If the above doesn't work, download either OSL2000 or Easybcd to
correct your boot manager.
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28 May 2009   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi martythomas,

It depends how you did the installations.

It would help to post screenshots of Disk Management, like this :

Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection-diskmanagement2009-02-04_031947.jpg


and bcdedit, like this:

Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection-bcdedit2009-03-07_235226.jpg

Open an elevated command prompt ( in the Start search box type cmd, then right click on cmd (at top), and click on Run as administrator), type :

bcdedit {enter}

and post the contents of the cmd window.

You may find this useful :

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


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28 May 2009   #5
martythomas

xp and 7
 
 

Hi and thanks for the help.

Here is an update:

I installed win 7, then installed xp, then was not able to access win 7 as I was booting straight into xp.

I purchased Vistabootpro as recommended via the instructions in what I was following: install-windows-xp-in-dual-boot-with-pre-installed-windows-7-t104890.html

I followed the instructions, it found win 7, but seems to have not found win xp - strange. It just shows win 7 and "Windows Recovery environment"

I have win 7 on my c: and win xp on my d:

When booting, I would like to know how I can specify to xp when I need to, with win 7 being my primary OS..

A screenshot of my partitions:
Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection-capture12.png


Disk 0 being my primary HD that has my OS:

c: win 7
d: win xp


all i want to do is be able to get into xp now...have the best of both worlds and freely reboot and select which OS I want...even if it automatically goes into seven I want to be able to get into xp somehow...think I am missing something here..

Thanks for the help, it is appreciated!

Matt


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28 May 2009   #6
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Start from step 7 in method two of this tutorial. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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29 May 2009   #7
martythomas

xp and 7
 
 

thanks for the response - this says that I should run these programs in xp...problem is I have no way of getting into xp...or should I be running these progs from seven?

thanks
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29 May 2009   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Easybcd will work fine in 7.

Try adding the entry for XP - select the partition the XP bootfiles are on - not necessarily the same as the partition as XP main o/s files are on.

In your case, it looks like XP bootfiles are on C.
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29 May 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection-easybcd2009-05-29_163712.jpg

Xp and Seven - No Boot Menu for OS selection-easybcd-2-2009-05-29_163822.jpg


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29 May 2009   #10
martythomas

xp and 7
 
 

Ok - I followed those instructions, when I select "type" and windows nt/2k/xp/2k3 it grays out the drive below...leaving it at c:..

so I followed the rest of the tutorial, rebooted, got the menu, selected XP and got an error saying something about couldnt find boot.ini or something like that..then restarted the system and I was back at square one..

what can I do now?
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