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Windows 7: No boot menu for Windows 7

29 Apr 2011   #1

xp, win 7
No boot menu for Windows 7

I have Windows 7 and XP installed on separate partitions of one drive. I also had a 2nd hard drive, for backing up data, which I think has died so I disconnected it. This machine used to automatically boot into Windows 7, but now it goes to XP. There was nothing installed onto the 2nd drive so I have no idea why disconnecting that would change anything. I've checked, and the Windows 7 files are still available on the working hard drive.

Previously, if I wanted to boot into XP instead of 7, I would go into the BIOS and change the boot order of the 2 hard drives, and then it would automatically boot into the other OS.

One other thing I remember, is that when I had the Windows 7 loaded up, it showed the Windows 7 partition as being the C drive. When I have XP turned on, it shows the Windows 7 partition as being D drive and XP as being in the C drive. Does that matter?

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29 Apr 2011   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

The win7 boot critical files were on the drive you removed.

Run startup repair from win 7 dvd a couple of times.

Drive lettering is normal
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29 Apr 2011   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello jerick, welcome to Seven Forums!

You may need to mark the Windows 7 partition as Active if the startup repairs don't sort that issue, have a look at this tutorial at the link below for the relevant information and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

This should also auto-configure the Windows managed dual boot at the same time.
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