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Windows 7: Xp will not boot on dual boot with Win7

23 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
Xp will not boot on dual boot with Win7

I have a problem with XP booting I have 3 hard drives 2 SADA and 1 IDE, I have the group controlled with
Easy B CD 2.2. The BCD shows the following information for the XP drive:

This boot.ini was automatically generated by NeoSmart Technologies' BootGrabber.exe
; Use EasyBCD from EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies to manage your bootloader
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Windows XP on I:\" /fastdetect

Xp will not boot on dual boot with Win7-disk-layout.png
Easy BCD 2.2
Entry #1
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {67d58bb7-3575-11e1-8931-8294ee4440e8}
Drive: I:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\ntldr

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=E:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {67d58bb3-3575-11e1-8931-8294ee4440e8}
resumeobject {cec567ac-8098-11e2-bed1-806e6f6e6963}
displayorder {67d58bb7-3575-11e1-8931-8294ee4440e8}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30
displaybootmenu Yes
Real-mode Boot Sector
identifier {67d58bb7-3575-11e1-8931-8294ee4440e8}
device partition=I:
path \NST\ntldr
description Microsoft Windows XP
locale en-US

Attached is the disk manager layout. The boot info is on Disk2 C and XP is on I partition.
All the SADA and IDE drives with Windows 7 boot, while XP posts \NST\easey1dr1 status OXC000000f

I've tried various ARC paths some look better than others but no boot on XP any help would be appreciated.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


There's an OS on each HD all booted by the 101mb partition on Disk1 - is that a System Reserved partition you renamed?

Only a System partition should be marked Active signifying which partition is booting the OS's, so mark I and F Inactive now as it may be part of the problem> Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

Then if the problem persists after reboots, delete the XP listing in EasyBCD Edit menu and add it again. Save and reboot. Does it work now?

If that fails you can try to make XP bootable via the BIOS by returning its System flag to it and reactivating its boot files. To do this in Easybcd , click "Useful Utilities" then Power Console ( the black box like command window), type:

bootsect /nt52 i:

then press enter.

Mark XP partition Active. Restart and choose XP HD to boot from one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

If none of these work, unplug all other HD's to try running the command again from DVD or Repair CD System Recovery Options Command Prompt.

If that fails with all other HD's unplugged run an XP Repair Install, boot XP via BIOS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

To Gregcrocker,

Changed the active to Alpha Mini which is the first small partion on disk 2 followed by Windows 7 and XP
this did not work, I refreshed BCD XP position and tried again. Still no OS for XP, I than made XP active and went into bios and booted direct from disk 2 with XP as active I received a message NTLDR is missing yet BCD has NTLDR as the first sequence of the boot.

I also noticed that BCD identifies the drive letters differently from one drive to the next so I erased the BCD on the other 2 drives thinking that that may have a effect, it didn't

I made the Mini Alpha active again and tried to boot direct from disk 2 and was able to go to Windows 7
but not XP.

I'm going to disconnect the drives next but I think the issue is in the NTLDR what do you think?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

Aslo I made the system active through the Windows disk management instead of the bootsect /nt52 i:command if that makes a difference.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Where did I say to move the Active flag to J? I said the Active flag should only be on the System partition, which is currently E. I also asked you if that was a System Reserved partition created by the Win7 installer, because if its not labeled that and holds a drive letter which it should not.

Did you follow any of the steps I gave you, or just make them up as you went along?

How many OS's do you have and where are they. Why do you need a bunch of Win7's? Are there licenses for each of these?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

The System Reserved partition where renamed Mini Alpha and I assigned them a letter when I set up my disks. Yes I am licensed for multiple OS systems and I use multiple OS for back up and maintenance.
I have three Windows 7 and 1 XP OS. There is no multiple partition on E the mini Alpha is just
a reserved partition for Win 7. I'll try it with E now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

To Gregrocker,

I left E as active and J as non active and I receive the same results XP will not work, I've also isolated the disk and that doesn't work either.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP


Then complete the rest of the steps. I gave you 3-4 things to try there.

You were to mark Inactive any other Active partitions besides E.

System Reserved should also not have a drive letter for other reasons, but you can remove it later: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

I tried to run the repair disk and it will not load, receive a message missing ntldr.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP


Then the disk is not booting as it's trying to boot into XP instead if you're getting that error.

How to Boot A Computer from CD or DVD - YouTube

Are you getting the prompt to "Press any key to boot disk?"
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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