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Windows 7: Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen

07 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 + XP x86
Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen

Hi im trying to enable dual boot for 7 and XP. 7 was installed first and after XP installation, I ran EasyBCD (in XP) to restore vista bootloader. Upon startup there is still no dual boot option and boots straight into 7.

Any advice?

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07 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Try running EasyBCD from Windows 7.

Also, please post a screen shot of an expanded Disk Management.

To open Disk Management, press Winkkey+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO.

Vista and Windows 7: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Use the Paperclip next to the Smiley to upload and insert here.
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08 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64 + XP x86

hope this helps...

Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen-diskpartition.jpg

Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen-diskpartition2.jpg

Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen-diskpartition3.jpg

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08 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 + XP x86

C drive has Windows 7 Installation
F drive has XP installation
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08 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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08 Feb 2012   #6

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

Try Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista.
It comes with "Dual-boot Repair" tool.

Run Dual-boot Repair. Click "Automatic Repair". Confirm.
This will create/recreate the boot environment for Windows 7.

Later when booted to Windows 7 you can add an entry for XP if missing using Visual BCD Editor. Right-click in tree-view and select "Create missing Windows loaders". Confirm. That's all.

All is done automatically - no partitions, drives or other parameters to specify !
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08 Feb 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP


The smartest method to dual boot on separate HD's is to set Win7 HD first to boot, then when you want to boot XP use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot to trigger it's HD to boot.

To do this, unplug the Win7 HD, boot into System Recovery Options on Win7 DVD or Repair CD to open a Command Prompt, mark XP partition Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two).

Next in Diskpart type List Volume, get XP drive letter, type Exit to exit diskpart, then type: bootsect /nt52 F: or whatever the XP drive letter is in WinRe.

Reboot, tap the BIOS one-time Boot Menu key given on your first boot screen to choose XP HD to boot.

If this fails, you can delete XP in EasyBCd then add it again, accept it's boot files, Save, Reboot.
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12 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 x64 + XP x86

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 Vista Bootloader Restored but still no Dual Boot Screen

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