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Windows 7: Can't Boot Windows 7!!!! Please Help!

22 Apr 2011   #1
iWin7

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Can't Boot Windows 7!!!! Please Help!

I decided the other day to install Windows XP onto my computer. Beforehand, it had Windows 7 on one partition and Windows Vista on another partition. I figured I did not want Windows Vista anymore, so I decided to install my Windows XP onto that partition. I left my Windows 7 partition untouched. The install went fine, but now whenever I boot my computer up, there is no option to boot to Windows 7. This is strange because when I had Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed, it would give me a menu that I could either choose to boot Windows 7 or Windows Vista. I'm not sure why Windows 7 is not on the list, but there is 2 or 3 options for Windows XP. I desperately need help with this. I really want to boot Windows 7 again, but can not.



P.S. I am sure that Windows 7 is still on the other partition and I do not have th Windows 7 installation disk.


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22 Apr 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello iWin7, welcome to Seven Forums!


You will have to boot this Windows repair CD and do at least 3 separate startup repairs with separate system restarts to (re)create the Windows "System" boot files to the Windows 7 partition; have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Doing this will auto-configure the Windows managed dual boot menu you had before.


How to Do a System Restore in Windows











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22 Apr 2011   #3
iWin7

Windows 7 x64
 
 

@gregrocker I did not install Windows 7 on top of my Vista partition, I installed Windows XP on my Vista partition.
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22 Apr 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you have any issues, post a snip of XP disk management?


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums



You should be able to use the Vista installation media to do the startup repairs.
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22 Apr 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post


You should be able to use the Vista installation media to do the startup repairs.

I've been fooling around with this and in the simulation I ran I had to use Windows Vista diskpart to mark the Windows 7 partition Active before the Vista media would detect the Windows 7 installation so it could run the startup repairs.

It did successfully get Windows 7 booting.


To go this route, have a look at Option Two of this tutorial at the link below to see how to mark the Windows 7 partition active using Windows Vista diskpart if need be.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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23 Apr 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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23 Apr 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

Sorry, I either badly misread your OP or you rewrote it.

You'll need to add Win7 to XP Dual Boot following Method Two, steps 7-12 in the tutorial Theog posted above.

If this fails, you'll need to mark Win7 partition Active then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to start Win7 so you can add XP using EasyBCD 2.02 from Win7:
Partition - Mark as Active
EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies
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