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Windows 7: EasyBCD Problem with W7/XP Dual Boot

18 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7-64 and Windows XP-sp3
EasyBCD Problem with W7/XP Dual Boot

I spent most of the last couple of days trying to set up a dual boot of Windows 7 and XP. My plan was to use EasyBCD, as recommended on several forums, to complete the job. My original install was Windows 7, installed to Drive 0 (A Samsung 256 gb SSD). I installed XP on Drive 1 (A Samsung 256 gb SSD). There is one other conventional HD in the system, Drive 2.

After completing the XP install on Drive 1 (Logical drive D:\ in Win7 and drive D:\in the XP install), I installed EasyBCD and followed the instructions on several of the forums and on NeoSmart's site. I first ran the BCD Deployment and restored the Win 7 bootloader. I then attempted to Add A New Entry and this is where things went bad. I received an Error stating that there was not enough space to complete the operation. I tried it several times, with the same results. Not knowing what to do next, I closed XP down and rebooted. The machine came up in Windows 7, but with no option to boot into XP. I suspect this may have something to do with the fact that in the XP install, the System Reserved partition was showing up as logical drive C:\ and the main partition was showing to be logical drive K:\. I did not attempt to make any drive name changes as EasyBCD instructed that it would figure out where the XP MBR was.

At any rate, I now have XP installed on my second hard drive but can't access it or start the XP OS. Is there any way to solve this situation? Can I run Easy BCD from the Windows 7 side and make the corrections? Do I need to run a repair on the XP side, then try again? I am at a loss with many hours into this projact. Any help in resolving it is greatly appreciated!


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