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Windows 7: Multi-boot facility gone

04 Mar 2016   #1

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Multi-boot facility gone

I USED to have, on boot-up, the option of selecting either Windows 7 or an older system.
Windows 7 was the Primary system, but I had XP French on a second drive, and XP English on a third.
The C Drive with 7 on it suffered a sudden catastrophic failure, and I had to replace it with a new drive (Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB), but I obviously had to do a new install of 7, which lost me the multi-boot info stored on the old C drive.
So the question is, can I recover the multi-boot function, or has it gone forever?
Here's hoping.................

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04 Mar 2016   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

I would try this freeware:
Visual BCD Editor
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04 Mar 2016   #3

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Thanks for that.
Had a look and it's just gobbledegook to me.
I would probably do a lot of damage trying to use it !
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05 Mar 2016   #4

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit

After much reading on the 'net I purchased "Easy BCD".
Ran it, did the necessary, and:
I now have multi-boot back, BUT
When I choose either of the XP installations, I get the following message:

"Windows failed to start.
To fix the problem
1) Insert windows installation disc and restart
2) Choose Language settings, the next
3) Click repair your computer

Now my question is, if I do this, is it going to try to repair W7 on my main drive, or will it find XP on one of the secondary drives?
I have no wish to destroy my W7.
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05 Mar 2016   #5

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit

As requested Terry:

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-us
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {73bdb110-e080-11e5-b95b-bcaec554f4fb}
resumeobject {73bdb10f-e080-11e5-b95b-bcaec554f4fb}
displayorder {73bdb110-e080-11e5-b95b-bcaec554f4fb}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30
Windows Boot Loader
identifier {73bdb110-e080-11e5-b95b-bcaec554f4fb}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-us
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {73bdb10f-e080-11e5-b95b-bcaec554f4fb}
nx OptIn
bootstatuspolicy IgnoreAllFailures
detecthal Yes
Windows Boot Loader
identifier {54f9ec67-e2b2-11e5-8bff-bcaec554f4fb}
device partition=F:
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06 Mar 2016   #6

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I removed the extra drives in Easy BCD, then added them again.
Changed AHCI back to IDE, and now I have the boot list to choose from, AND I can open either of the two XP installations
After that though things go downhill.
Lots of "new hardware" messages, missing drivers, missing files etc.
Booting from the XP disk to do a repair gives me a choice of three Windows installations to choose from, but it won't accept any of them
What can I do next?
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09 Mar 2016   #7

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit

bump, as they say.
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09 Mar 2016   #8

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Do you have a Win 7 disc you can try a startup repair from ?
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09 Mar 2016   #9

Windoxws 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Yeah, already tried that. No change.
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