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Windows 7: Dual Boot with 7 and XP

02 Dec 2009   #1
jjmikhail

Windows 7, XP
 
 
Dual Boot with 7 and XP

Right, a bit stuck and need to know how to deal with the 7 problem.

I had Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) installed originally and decided that I wanted XP on there as well, bearing in mind XP is 32-bit.

Anyway, installed XP separately and managed to get into XP but 7 had disappeared. Made adjustments to the boot file and managed to get them both on the screen but couldn't get into 7 because of a bootmanager file error thingy.

So I decided to start from scratch, this time installing XP first then 7 (this time 32-bit) and even though XP is fine, no issues there, after installing 7 it went to a black screen and I have not been able to get into 7.

The boot file is fine, even at the boot screen it states Windows 7 or previous version of Windows and still, even after it shows the Windows 7 logo it doesn't proceed ahead, I have given it at least 10 minutes and nothing happens.

Any ideas what this could be?

Thanks.


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02 Dec 2009   #2
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Is this all being done on one hard drive?

You seem to have your problem when it is widely known there is some type of black screen going through the normal Windows 7/Vista/XP. Is it related, I do not know. Try booting once to the Windows install DVD and then try to boot normally again. The most recent black screen problem does not yet have a solution, as far as I know.
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02 Dec 2009   #3
jjmikhail

Windows 7, XP
 
 

Yep, its one hard drive, partition not equal.

I am able to get back to the Windows 7 installation and can reinstall and so forth but always to the black screen.

Strange...
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02 Dec 2009   #4
gregrocker

 

First try booting from the Win7 DVD, select Repair my Computer and then run Startup Repair 3 times to fix or rewrite the MBR.

Download EasyBCD and post a screenshot of the listings on its front panel using the Snipping Tool on the Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box.

If you don't already have it, you will need to download Net Framework 2.0 to run EasyBCD in XP.
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03 Dec 2009   #5
jjmikhail

Windows 7, XP
 
 

Well this is strange, unsure how long it took but if you look above at my initial post regarding the black screen.

I decided to install Windows 7 after XP (had created the 2 partitions in the XP installation) and it seems to be working now, I do get the feeling that whatever the black screen was it was just there to tease or annoy me.

Woke up late today but at least I'm happy that 7 is working, sorry to waste your time guys.
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03 Dec 2009   #6
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Glad you got it working.

Let us know if you have any other questions.
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03 Dec 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

Did you boot from the WIn7 DVD and format the partition you had created in XP for it?

The reason this is important is that Win7 uses a slightly different partition table than XP, which can be problematic if it isn't formatted first by Win7 before install.
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03 Dec 2009   #8
jjmikhail

Windows 7, XP
 
 

I put the XP CD in, went to setup, deleted all partitions so it only had one unpartitioned block, created two partitions, installed XP on the first then 7 on the other.

Again, it seemed to take an eternity for 7 to install but it worked at least and so far no issues yet.
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