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Windows 7: Need help with Dual Boot...PLEEEEASE!!!

01 Dec 2009   #1
bossboss25

Windows 7 Dual boot with XP
 
 
Need help with Dual Boot...PLEEEEASE!!!

Hi Guys,

New to the forum...first post...sorry it's a problem.

I have an Acer Aspire one. It came with XP and I have it dual booting into Windows 7 which is working well which I installed from a USB Drive as this model doesnt have a CD Drive.

In the main boot screen it says "Earlier version of Windows" For XP and "Windows 7" for windows 7. All was working well until yesterday...

Now I can't boot into "Earlier version of Windows" i.e. XP. It gives me the C:\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt message. I can boot into Windows 7 fine but all of my work stuff is on the XP platform (I know I can access the files from "7" but I need to get it operational again).

Any ideas? Can I do a repair from the USB Drive?..I've tried a couple of things to boot from the USB Drive but to no avail. And I can't find the BOOT.INI file from XP (I think it gets moved to Windows 7's hidden boot partition when I installed it. I cant seem to access that partition either).

My brain is frying...please help....thanks guys.


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02 Dec 2009   #2
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bossboss25 View Post
Hi Guys,

New to the forum...first post...sorry it's a problem.

I have an Acer Aspire one. It came with XP and I have it dual booting into Windows 7 which is working well which I installed from a USB Drive as this model doesnt have a CD Drive.

In the main boot screen it says "Earlier version of Windows" For XP and "Windows 7" for windows 7. All was working well until yesterday...

Now I can't boot into "Earlier version of Windows" i.e. XP. It gives me the C:\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt message. I can boot into Windows 7 fine but all of my work stuff is on the XP platform (I know I can access the files from "7" but I need to get it operational again).

Any ideas? Can I do a repair from the USB Drive?..I've tried a couple of things to boot from the USB Drive but to no avail. And I can't find the BOOT.INI file from XP (I think it gets moved to Windows 7's hidden boot partition when I installed it. I cant seem to access that partition either).

My brain is frying...please help....thanks guys.
Hello bossboss25, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

Can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management screen?

Some tutorials that might provide you some info:

Repair Install

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Cheers!
Robert

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02 Dec 2009   #3
gregrocker

 

Yes Disk Management screenie would be a big help: use Snipping tool on Start menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box.

Also, download EasyBCD and attach a screenshot of the drive listings on the front tab.

If XP isn't listed there then we have found your problem: Go to Add/Remove tab and add XP by name, type (XP) and drive letter. reboot
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02 Dec 2009   #4
bossboss25

Windows 7 Dual boot with XP
 
 

Thanks Robert. Here's a screen shot of my Disk Management and EasyBCD.

Thanks for the links but they all refer to how to fix "7"...it's my XP that's screwed. It also seems to be particularly difficult to fix because it refers to XP as "earlier version of windows" so it doesn't offer any F8 options on boot (i.e. the repair options) it only offers these for "7"....


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02 Dec 2009   #5
bossboss25

Windows 7 Dual boot with XP
 
 

p.s.s you guys are awesome for answering so damn quickly!!!!!
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02 Dec 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Look at the error messages given in this MS KB to see if the one you are receiving is there.

Unfortunately you have an OEM installed OS so the fix given in the KB does not apply.

The fix for this if you cannot startup is an XP repair install, which saves all programs, files and settings while reinstalling the OS, but in order to do that you must boot from an XP CD.

If your machine came with a clean XP disk (not recovery disk) and you have access to another computer, you can load it onto a flash stick to make it bootable.

Otherwise, another option might be to see if the built-in recovery partition has the ability to do just a repair install and not a full factory recovery (which would wipe out your data and Windows 7). I would try to start it up under tight control so that it DOES NOT PROCEED if it wants to do a full factory recovery.

There is no way that a repair install would not fix that error since it replaces damaged system files, and we cannot get into XP to run the SYstem File Checker which would also replace damaged sysfiles.

Later we will have to use Easy BCD to add Win7 back into the Boot Menu as an XP repair install reassserts the XP ntldr boot which doesn't recognize Win7.

If you were not given an XP CD with the machine then you are looking for an OEM (any XP install disk that is not retail and not a recovery disk) XP CD with the same Service pack as you have. We can help you load its files into a bootable flash stick installer if you have one.
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02 Dec 2009   #7
bossboss25

Windows 7 Dual boot with XP
 
 

Thanks once again gregrocker, great advice.

Couple of questions if you don't mind:

1. Not sure what service pack my XP was..any way to find out from inside 7?
2. There was no CD with the laptop when I bought it new...might try and find a torrent but need to know the service pack first right?
3. I can't seem to access my Hidden Partition even though it comes up in disk manager (when I right click on that partition in disk manager it only offers a "help" option...which of course is no help...). Is there any other way to access that partition?

Thanks
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02 Dec 2009   #8
bossboss25

Windows 7 Dual boot with XP
 
 

p.s. I have a retail version of XP but that's no good huh?
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02 Dec 2009   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bossboss25 View Post
p.s. I have a retail version of XP but that's no good huh?
there is a file that can be edited that causes Xp retail installer to be viewed as an OEM, then change the volume name: http://xcorats-tech.blogspot.com/200...il-key-or.html Did it last week OEM installer w/retail key and it works.

You need to know the SP so it can be slipstreamed into installer then recompiled into ISO using NLite. Then UltraISO trial can write the ISO to a USB stick using its Bootable tab.

Since you suggested, I would go for an OEM SP3 download. Why wouldnt' you have SP3 on there? If it fails due to SP2, go back for one of those.

Look for the F key given on the first screen to tap at bootup for Recovery.

Ideally there would be a repair console in that Recov partition, but we don't know that for sure as many just force you to accept a formatted full factory recovery.

Also may be avail when you tap F8 at bootup , or attempt for XP Last known good config, sysrestore, or boot into safe mode
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02 Dec 2009   #10
bossboss25

Windows 7 Dual boot with XP
 
 

cool thanks. I'll try your suggestion using NLite now. What did you mean by slipstreamed into installer?
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