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Windows 7: Dual Boot Win7 and XP

10 Nov 2009   #1
pagosajoe

Win7 64 bit Pro
 
 
Dual Boot Win7 and XP

I have a new PC with Win7 pre-installed. My old PC died, but I have the hard drive that has WinXP loaded on it.

The old drive has two partitions, one for data and one for the WinXP OS. The OLD drive WinXP OS partition is identified as G-drive under Win7. NTLDR is located in the OLD drive now identified as the F-drive partition under Win7.

I've used EasyBCD to add the old drive and have the drive set as F for the WinXP boot loader. When I start the PC, I have the choice of Win7 or WinXP, but when I select WinXP, the system hangs and won't let me proceed. I can only boot under Win7.

I've obviously made an error somewhere....thoughts/suggestions?

TIA


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10 Nov 2009   #2
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pagosajoe View Post
I have a new PC with Win7 pre-installed. My old PC died, but I have the hard drive that has WinXP loaded on it.

The old drive has two partitions, one for data and one for the WinXP OS. The OLD drive WinXP OS partition is identified as G-drive under Win7. NTLDR is located in the OLD drive now identified as the F-drive partition under Win7.

I've used EasyBCD to add the old drive and have the drive set as F for the WinXP boot loader. When I start the PC, I have the choice of Win7 or WinXP, but when I select WinXP, the system hangs and won't let me proceed. I can only boot under Win7.

I've obviously made an error somewhere....thoughts/suggestions?

TIA
When you plug an XP drive into another computer, it requires a repair install to have any chance to work.

Boot into the XP installer and DO NOT choose "R" for Repair.

Proceed as if you are going to install, then when it finds your XP installation, choose the Repair option at that point only.

It will refresh the OS, swapping out all of the drivers.

Then try adding the entry into EasyBCD again. If this fails, boot into Win7 (or run startup repair from the Win7 installer until it boots) and run a Repair install (upgrade over itself) which will reconfigure the boot menu taking into account the newly discovered XP.

Unplug all other drives while running these operations.
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11 Nov 2009   #3
pagosajoe

Win7 64 bit Pro
 
 
Thanks!

I appreciate the help - as a newbie dual booter, I need it! I'm up and running!

Cheers,
Joe
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