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Windows 7: dual boot problem

30 Dec 2009   #11

windows xp / 7

I used the Windows 7 DVD to repair, and now it only boots in Windows 7.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #12
Microsoft MVP


The only focus of Startup Repair from the booted Win7 DVD is to recover Win7. It does not concern itself with the dual boot at all, just restarts Win7.

Now that you are in Win7, if you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management map, and the listings from the front of EasyBCD, we can advise you the exact steps to get your Dual Boot menu recovered.

Use the Snipping Tool in the Start menu, attach files using paper clip in Reply box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 x64

Was this done on one hard drive?

You realize when you redid the XP partition, you wiped out the Win 7 boot files, which include a Boot folder and a bootmgr file plus possibly a hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys.

The disk managment picture requested is important to us so we can understand you situation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Apr 2012   #14

32 win 7, win xp, mac osx 10.5.8

I am having exactly the same problems trying to use easy bcd;

Error Opening BCD Registry
The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
TThe syst4em cannot find the file specified.
Would you like to manually load a BCD registry for EasyBCD to manage?
I am following instructions here to create xp/win 7 dual boot;

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Easybcd requests a BCD registry location and will not allow any entries to be created without it. I hunted around and as easybcd prompt mentioned something about running from a windows 7 boot loader, I found a BCD file location in the windows system32, in BOOT folder called BCD. Once selected it allowed me to use easyBCD. But when the time came to close the app and exit, it says;

"Unable to obtain exclusive access to D:\Windows\Bot\DVD\PCAT\BCD. If this is a removable disk, try ejecting and re0nserting it and then try again"

It is however NOT a removable disk, and it will not let me exit easybcd without dealing with this issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP


Which OS have you installed EasyBCD on? Are both OS's installed?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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