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Windows 7: Dual boot Win7/XP not working

20 Sep 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Dual boot Win7/XP not working

I have followed this, to get a dual boot:

I had a number of problems along the way, the upshot of which is that I can't get the dual boot to operate. I can only boot into Windows XP. I checked that the boot.ini reflects the correct drive setup, as shown in Disk Management.

I have done this: EasyBCD > Bootloader Setup > MBR configuration options > "Install the Vista/7 bootloader ..." > Write MBR.. and rebooted. I get a cmd error window flash up during reboot, so fast I cannot read it (something about "Invalid boot.ini fix" (???), and the PC boots into XP, ignoring the boot.ini file (which looks like this):

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP\" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows 7\" /fastdetect

(Years ago, my active drives, with the OS(s) were somehow set to disks 2 & 3, instead of 0 & 1, and I have never been able to fix that. It hasn't produced any problems in the past, as far as I can tell).

In Disk Management my C drive (XP) is marked as Healthy (System) and the D drive (Win7) as Healthy (Active). Both are primary partitions of course.

I am at a loss now as to how to get the PC to see the Win7 installation at boot and get the dual boot menu (and so be able to get into the Win7 installation!) ... Can anyone kindly advise?


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20 Sep 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Solved. All I had to do was reinstall Win7, and now the dual boot is up and running...
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