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Windows 7: Dual Booting WIndows 7 and XP

10 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Dual Booting WIndows 7 and XP


I know there is a thread on this related to a very good tutorial which I used to set up my dual boot with DualBoot Pro in the first place. Unfortunately the thread is so long that it gets to the point of not being very helpful so I thought it best to create a new topic.

I tried to use my xp system for the first time the other evening and it wouldn't boot. Just kept booting into Win7 (main system). I got into a bit of a pickle using dualboot pro to try to change the drive for the xp system and I also tried creating a Windows Legacy boot loader on the partition on whcih XP resides. All I succeeded in doing was stopping Win7 from booting as ntdlr could not be found. I fixed this by restoring the win7 mbr from command prompt but now, I need to work out what's wrong.

DUALBOOTPRO boot info - does this indicate what is wrong? Why can I not boot into the XP system when I select it on the start up dos screen?

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {53560040-0fd5-11df-8d26-a656ea69480c}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 x64
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {53560042-0fd5-11df-8d26-a656ea69480c}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {53560040-0fd5-11df-8d26-a656ea69480c}
nx OptIn

Windows Legacy OS Loader
identifier {ntldr}
device partition=G:
path \ntldr
description Windows XP

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 X64 Bit

Hve you tried Easy bcd??
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10 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install

Hi, I suggest you to make a virtual machine that boots windows xp. Simple and clean!
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10 Dec 2010   #4
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

This is Brinks tutorial on Dual booting win7 and XP
I used Method Two myself but Method One works if that is what you need.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Dual Boot Pro may work but I have never used it or heard of it so I can't help you with that.

The tutorials use EasyBCD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


You may need to remove XP from the other utility's Dual Boot menu in order to add it correctly using EasyBCD 2.0 from Win7. If it still shows up on the Easy listings page, then remove it there on Edit Boot menu tab and Add it back so it is done correctly

If this fails please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu?
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