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

22 Mar 2011   #1
srinisid

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Installed XP over 7 and cant access 7!

Hey hii there everyone!!
last week i installed xp over my windows 7 using boot setup.the setup went just fine but i think it messed up my disk naming.since then my drive on which my windows 7 used to earlier(c drive) is now the D drive and now my xp is in c drive(whch was D earlier).
Due to this mixup i cant access my win7.my bootup doesnt show two options but boots directly into my XP.
i installed easyBCD 2.0 in my xp and tried changing it but cant access win 7....
a little help plz......!


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22 Mar 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

If you installed XP over Win7 then why would you expect Win7 to be there?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, label each drive so we know what is where: Screenshot with Paint - Windows 7 Forums

Is this factory preinstalled Win7? Do you have the installation DVD? How is it activated?
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22 Mar 2011   #3
srinisid

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

NO its not a factory installed win7.the problem is that i have still all my win 7 files in the drive lablled win7 with the windows folder and all.i have zillion installed programs which i dont wanna install again.thanks!!Installed XP over 7 and cant access 7!-untitled.jpg


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22 Mar 2011   #4
srinisid

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

thanks bare foot kid...
but unfortunately i dont see a mark as active partition nywhere in the options of ny drive
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22 Mar 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by srinisid View Post
thanks bare foot kid...
but unfortunately i dont see a mark as active partition nywhere in the options of ny drive

Forget all that since it's on an Extended partition / Logical drive, that won't work.
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22 Mar 2011   #6
srinisid

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

so what should i do??????
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22 Mar 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Just out of curiosity, do you have an external Hard Disk Drive that you could back-up all the data you need to save?

Note   Note

have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media
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22 Mar 2011   #8
srinisid

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

actually no.but i can arange that... is that necessary??
cant dere be another way.Idont care much about the xp.even if it is gone i wont care much........
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22 Mar 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You can use the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk to convert the Windows 7partition to a Primary partition but the drive letter will remain the same as it causes real isseues to attempt to change it once it has been installed as a certain drive letter.

Have a look at Option Three Four in this tutorial at the link below.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


Be sure to use the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) and not the installed version; download the PWBD ISO file from this link and burn the ISO to CD then boot the CD to make the changes.

Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software


Then we'll work on getting Windows 7 booting on its own, you already have an idea of what that will entail.
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22 Mar 2011   #10
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

Have you got your Windows 7 installation DVD? If so, boot from the DVD and attempt a repair. You will have to select your language, repair, and then the repair program will try to locate a Windows 7 installation.

If you are lucky it will also identify the XP installation and create a BCD which dual boots, "An earlier version of Windows" and "Windows 7". If no luck try the following - use EasyBCD to rewrite the Windows 7 MBR.

The XP installation has probably overwritten the MBR, EasyBCD can rewrite the Windows 7 MBR, which may leave you without the XP, but then try running the Windows 7 repair from the DVD again
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