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Windows 7: Installed XP over 7 and cant access 7!

22 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 32 bit

bare foot kid i got all confused with that tutorial and dint understand y it was done....
the post before this would that work????

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22 Mar 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

No that won't work because the Windows 7 is on an Extended partition / Logical drive and Windows OSs will not/are not able boot independantly from a Logical drive.

That's why you will have to convert the Windows 7 Logical drive to a Primary partition using Option Three Four in the tutorial I posted, what don't you understand, you boot the PW CD and right click the Windows 7 partition/drive and ...

Oh my bad, I wrote Option Three and I was supposed to write Option Four to convert a Logical to Primary, I'm very sorry.

I bet it will make sence now.
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22 Mar 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP


You'll need to mark XP partition Active first before running Startup Repair from the DVD Repair console up to 3 separate times with reboots to start Win7 or create a Dual Boot with the boot files placed on the XP primary partition.
Partition - Mark as Active - Windows 7 Forums
DISKPART At PC Startup - Windows 7 Forums
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums

If this fails, try completing Method Two Steps 7-12 of this tutorial to Dual Boot XP-Win when XP is installed last: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums

if that fails, back up your files off the Extended partition to delete all but the Win7 partition so it will convert to Primary using free Partition Wizard bootable CD, mark Active, then run Startup Repair x3 to write boot files to a it. You can then add XP using EasyBCD from Win7 which works better.
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23 Mar 2011   #14

Windows 7 32 bit

yipee problem solved!!!!!!
i used the PWBD to make my win7 drive as primary and then used easy bcd and wrote the mbr in win 7.
then i started the wn7 installation from boot and did a repair and voila it worked!!!!!!now i have both xp and win7!
Thanks a lot fafhrd and bare foot kid thanks a ton!!!
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23 Mar 2011   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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