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Windows 7: Need Help getting dual boot working!

28 Oct 2009   #21
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
should be no surprises here:

LOL.

Go to Folder Options>View - make sure file extensions and Hidden files and Protected Operating System files are showing.

Now take another peek at S.


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28 Oct 2009   #22
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote:
should be no surprises here:

LOL.

Go to Folder Options>View - make sure file extensions and Hidden files and Protected Operating System files are showing.

Now take another peek at S.
Yup, I was just typing that and you beat me to it.
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28 Oct 2009   #23
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

But an easier and safer way which will not possibly lose the ability to boot is to run a Win7 repair install from the desktop. In Win7, the repair install is an Upgrade install that keeps files, programs and settings in place but replaces the OS and reasserts the boot config. This has always worked for me as a last resort to repair boot issues. However I have never had the 100mb present in such a situation so we will have to see if Win7 can reconfig such a mess with a repair install. At least you won't lose the ability to boot into Win7 since a repair install never does.

Afterward we will see if it was able to reconfig your dual boot correctly with the dreaded 100mb partition in the mix. You'll need to reactivate, too, which is no problem from the link at Computer>Properties.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It will only work if you keep DISK0 as the first HD in Bios boot order.
Thanks SIW2 for remembering the Win7 drive needs to be set to boot first

Can he also delete the 100mb partition before running it? Reclaim the space into 7 later?
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28 Oct 2009   #24
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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Can he also delete the 100mb partition before running it? Reclaim the space into 7 later?
He would just have 100mb free space before the o/s files. Unless you start moving all that data.

Never tried running a repair install after doing that - not sure I would suggest it as haven't done it myself.
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28 Oct 2009   #25
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
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Can he also delete the 100mb partition before running it? Reclaim the space into 7 later?
He would just have 100mb free space before the o/s files. Unless you start moving all that data.

Never tried running a repair install after doing that - not sure I would suggest it as haven't done it myself.
So, keeping the 100mb, would the repair install do it's job to reassert the boot config properly in this situation?

Seems the XP drive wasn't seen when 7 was installed, or the 100mb wouldn't be there. If not, then wouldn't repair install run now correct everything?
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29 Oct 2009   #26
frisbeejohn

Windows 7 and XP
 
 

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29 Oct 2009   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No point in messing with boot.ini , it is correct.

Strange - perhaps ntldr is damaged.

Anybody got another copy to post up?
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29 Oct 2009   #28
gregrocker

 



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29 Oct 2009   #29
frisbeejohn

Windows 7 and XP
 
 

Woot! Everything works! Greg, those files worked perfectly.

Thanks for all the help guys!
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