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Windows 7: Dual boot Win7 with XP - disaster!

22 Oct 2009   #11
gregrocker

 

Another data drive marked Active! Must be contagious.

Try unplugging the drive. Mark Win7 active and run startup repair.

If that doesn't work, post the Entries from EasyBCD. Anything else, SIW2?


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22 Oct 2009   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Boot into 7 - the dvd is in the drive , right?

Open an elevated command, Type ( press enter after each command)

bcdboot c:\windows /s e:

bcdedit/set {bootmgr} device boot

yourdvddriveletter:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 e: /mbr

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=e:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

Unzip this and put the 3 files ( not the folder ) on the root of E: overwrite the exiting ones ( if asked ).

xpbootfiles_1.1_2.1.zip

Shut down .

Restart enter bios and make sure Disk 2 is the first HD in Bios HD Boot order.

Easy enough, eh Greg.


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22 Oct 2009   #13
Mandrake5

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit / Win XP Pro 32bit
 
 

OK tried it - thanks.

The good news: I can now boot into Win7 WITHOUT the DVD in the drive!

The (very) bad news: I now get no Win7 boot loader screen, so cannot choose to load Win XP. Win 7 just loads automatically after POST.....
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22 Oct 2009   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

My mistake, forgot to copy the old bcd hive across, no biggie

Do this again from within 7:

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=e:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast
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22 Oct 2009   #15
gregrocker

 

I'm impressed, SIW2. How come EasyBCD can't perform this?
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22 Oct 2009   #16
Mandrake5

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit / Win XP Pro 32bit
 
 

It worked - I officially love you.

At first I had no joy, but after changing the boot priority of the hard drives a few times it eventually worked.

Thank you very much.
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22 Oct 2009   #17
desertjedi

Windows XP Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote:
At first I had no joy, but after changing the boot priority of the hard drives a few times it eventually worked.
Could this have been the problem all along?

I have a dual-boot (XP and 7) setup and I'm guessing that if I changed my HDDs' boot priority, I would not get the multi-boot menu at startup - it would just boot the OS on the top-priority disk. Can anyone confirm this?

You're definitely trying to "move Microsoft's cheese" by going with a triple-boot. Having worked in IT for about 23 years, I stick to the tenet that everything works great as long as you do what's expected.
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22 Oct 2009   #18
Mandrake5

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit / Win XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by desertjedi View Post
You're definitely trying to "move Microsoft's cheese" by going with a triple-boot. Having worked in IT for about 23 years, I stick to the tenet that everything works great as long as you do what's expected.
I take your point, but what really grinds my proverbial here is that the triple-boot was effortless under Vista, it workled flawlessly straight away.

But yes, maybe the HD boot priority was the culprit all along, sadly I don't understand this stuff well enough to judge this - unlike others in this thread!
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22 Oct 2009   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Great - you can't have too much love.

Have Fun


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mandrake5 View Post
It worked - I officially love you.

At first I had no joy, but after changing the boot priority of the hard drives a few times it eventually worked.

Thank you very much.
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22 Oct 2009   #20
gregrocker

 

There was an unrelated data drive marked Active. This derailed your multi boot at install.
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