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Windows 7: i have a problem with the easyBCD

04 Oct 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP


You need to convert Win7 from Logical to Primary partition so it can be marked Active, then recover the System MBR into it. You can then add XP using EasyBCD.

To do this move the data off of D and E, rightclick Delete them using booted Partition Wizard CD, OK.

Next rightclick Win7 to Resize by dragging left border to the left against XP partition, resize right border to size desired, OK.

then rightclick Modify>Convert to Primary Win7 partition, OK.

Next rightclick Win7 partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Then rightclick XP partition>Modify>Set to Inactive, OK, Apply all steps.

Now boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

You can now use EasyBCD 2.0 from Win7 to add XP: accept offered boot files, autocompletes, Save, Restart to Dual Boot menu. Create new data partitions using Partition Wizard.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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04 Oct 2010   #12
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by speedtouch View Post
Now i'm a little confused...
Windows 7 is on C partition(logical drive) and xp is on E(primary)
What should be the best to do?
Since your snipping was taken while booted in XP the 7 primary will be seen as simply another logical volume in the older version. When viewing primaries in Vista and 7 however they will be indicated as primary type or extended.

You wouldn't have seen 7 go on well to an extended volume without the use of workarounds as someone reported having 7 running on one awhile back.

As for seeing an entry for XP added into the 7 boot loader and appear on the boot options screen the first place to start would be the wiki for the program seen at Windows XP - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

Nore that the same methods for Vista as originally prepared work for 7 since both versions use the same type of BCD the program is used to edit. At the bottom of the page there you will see the links for installing XP before and after Vista which apply to 7 as well as the guides here at SF. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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05 Oct 2010   #13

windows 7 ultimate x32 bit

Thanks for your reply Night Hawk, but thanks to gregrocker the problem is fixed.

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05 Oct 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Glad you found a solution and thanks for the update.
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 i have a problem with the easyBCD

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