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Windows 7: Issue booting Win 7, booting directly into XP & no boot manager

26 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Issue booting Win 7, booting directly into XP & no boot manager

I just got a ASUS G75V series and updated it to windows 7 professional with Intel core i7.
I was able to work with it and everything was fine until I had to install XP because some softwares are not compatible with Win 7 x64.
I have Win 7 on drive C: and windows xp on drive E: which in windows XP environment it is shown as drive C: again(I have two HDDs, 500GB each).

So as you can predict I tried using the dual booting and followed the tutorial for that on the website, I wasn't able to get it to work exactly and each time I had to change the bios settings to boot either win 7 or win XP,

I downloaded easyBCD and was trying to get it to work but my silly mistake was I Reset BCD configuration under BCD backup/repair tab and ever since I haven't been able to load windows 7 and the laptop directly loads windows xp.

I ran easyBCD in windows xp and tried to fix the problem by adding the bootloader for windows 7 there but nothing seems to work.

I am really stuck and I can not reinstall windows 7 because it is set up with all the softwares for my work

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26 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


It sounds like you have the OS's installed on two separate HD's, and were booting them correctly via the BIOS - setting preferred one first to boot in BIOS setup, then booting the other one using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

To restart Win7 unplug all other HD's, Mark the 100mb System Reserved (preferred) or Win7 Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Once Win7 starts, plug back in the XP HD and boot it using the Asus F8 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, or install EasyBCD to Win7 to add XP on its Add OS entry tab.
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26 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thank you for the reply Gregrocker,

I am going to do this , just before that I am wondering by "Reset BCD configuration under BCD backup/repair" in the easyBCD software, do I still have the required files to boot windsows 7 ?
I didn't receive the windows 7 dvd with my laptop as for new ones they just have the back up partition which i did not save that , right now I have a windows 7 home edition from my other laptop but each time I choose the the windows 7 professional OS in the windows recovery mode, it gives me the error"the version of the system recovery is not compatible ..."[ATTACH]Issue booting Win 7, booting directly into XP & no boot manager-imag0204.jpg[/ATTACH]

If the problem is with my windows 7 DVD, is there any way to recover the boot files manually?

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26 Sep 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


I gave you the steps to repair and start Win7 no matter what you did with EasyBCD.

Are you trying to repair Professional using the disk which came with it? If not burn one from Step 1 and 2 in Clean Reinstall OEM
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thank you Gregrocker,
I exactly follow what you said and the issue is resolved, the only problem was I had to download the correct version of clean reinstall OEM(win 7 x64 pro). I ran the recovery and booted just the first time.
I also have the double boot option too which was exactly what I wanted before
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