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Windows 7: Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition

23 Jan 2010   #1
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 
Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition

I have this audio latency problem on Windows 7 x64 and x86. These partitions were both on the same hard drive. XP doesn't have this problem but that is on my other hard drive. So, I'm thinking maybe the hard drive with the windows 7 partitions is bad, so I'm trying to test a Windows XP partition on that hard drive to see if it's the hard drive itself that's bad or Windows 7.

Well, the problem. I've made an entry in the boot menu but when I select "Windows XP WD", WD standing for Western Digital, it boots into the other XP partition that's on the other hard drive. This is with the Seagate hard drive first boot priority. When I make the WD hard drive first priority, it just goes to this black screen and stays there forever. Also, the drive letters are different on Windows 7 and XP. Example: XP is on partition D but when I'm booted on XP it is partition J but that's a minor problem that I'm not worried about at the moment.

Also, I cloned the XP partition to XP WD, so maybe they're conflicting? See attachment for settings. I've deleted my x86 partition, if you're wondering where it went.




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23 Jan 2010   #2
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Did you install Windows 7 last and was it a 'clean' install or an upgrade?

You can also go to Start > Run, type msconfig, click the Boot tab and set your default here.
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23 Jan 2010   #3
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

Windows 7 was installed first. I bought a new hard drive because I didn't have enough space. Installed the new hard drive, cloned 7 from my old hard drive to my new one, formatted the old drive and is now home to Windows XP.
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23 Jan 2010   #4
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
Windows 7 was installed first. I bought a new hard drive because I didn't have enough space. Installed the new hard drive, cloned 7 from my old hard drive to my new one, formatted the old drive and is now home to Windows XP.
Nikolay;

I am assuming you did not install the 100MB "Reserved System" partition?

Then I assume the three XP boot files (boot.ini, NTLDR, and NTDETECT.COM) are located in the C: (root) of your Windows 7 computer?

You could edit the boot.ini file to point to the correct XP, or you could just copy the boot.ini file from the correct XP and to the C: drive of 7?

Cheers!
Robert
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23 Jan 2010   #5
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

Correct, I don't have the 100MB reserved system partition. I have ntldr and NTDETECT, but no boot.ini in my root C folder. I've set the view hidden files option in folder options.
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23 Jan 2010   #6
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

that's why you're not getting the Windows 7 bootloader...........it being installed first.

There would be no need for EasyBCD.

Try the msconfig suggestion and see if that works.

Or change you hard drive boot order in the BIOS
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23 Jan 2010   #7
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
that's why you're not getting the Windows 7 bootloader...........it being installed first.

There would be no need for EasyBCD.

Try the msconfig suggestion and see if that works.

Or change you hard drive boot order in the BIOS
What do you mean? I can boot into anything except this XP partition that's on my WD hard drive.
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23 Jan 2010   #8
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
Correct, I don't have the 100MB reserved system partition. I have ntldr and NTDETECT, but no boot.ini in my root C folder. I've set the view hidden files option in folder options.
Well ... I haven't experimented with dual booting 7 and XP without the "Reserved System" partition ... yet. It's on my list of things to do. In my dual boot project I found that by editing the boot.ini file (which I copied to the "Reserved System") I could choose to boot to either 2K or XP.

I would suggest adding the 100MB "Reserved System" to your Windows 7 install. There are some atvantages of having it, one being making dual booting easier.

The XP boot.ini file your bootloader is using is still pointing to your other hard drive. Here is an example:

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

So the XP you want to boot to is either on disk(0) or disk(1)?

Cheers!
Robert
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23 Jan 2010   #9
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
Correct, I don't have the 100MB reserved system partition. I have ntldr and NTDETECT, but no boot.ini in my root C folder. I've set the view hidden files option in folder options.
Well ... I haven't experimented with dual booting 7 and XP without the "Reserved System" partition ... yet. It's on my list of things to do. In my dual boot project I found that by editing the boot.ini file (which I copied to the "Reserved System") I could choose to boot to either 2K or XP.

I would suggest adding the 100MB "Reserved System" to your Windows 7 install. There are some atvantages of having it, one being making dual booting easier.

The XP boot.ini file your bootloader is using is still pointing to your other hard drive. Here is an example:

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

So the XP you want to boot to is either on disk(0) or disk(1)?

Cheers!
Robert
I want to boot to the XP on disk 0. Also, how do I create a 100MB "Reserved System" partition?
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23 Jan 2010   #10
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
I want to boot to the XP on disk 0. Also, how do I create a 100MB "Reserved System" partition?
I have just done this for myself, on my test system, in order to help people with some screen shots. I am not done yet, but here is what I did.

I shrank the first partition on my hard drive to leave 102MB of space. Created a primary (simple) partition, formatted it with NTFS, and set it "Active". Used this Tutorial to alter the boot code in the mbr: MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Then I used my Repair CD (or the 7 DVD) and did the "Startup Repair" twice (might need to be done 3 times). Once 7 was booting from here, I gave the "System Partition" a temporary drive letter S: and copied the three files (boot.ini, NTLDR, and NTDETECT.COM) from XP to S: (I then removed the S: drive letter)

From an elevated command prompt in Windows 7, I typed these four commands:

Bcdedit /create {legacy} /d WinXP ProSp3

Bcdedit /set {legacy} device boot

Bcdedit /set {legacy} path \ntldr

Bcdedit /displayorder {legacy} /addlast

When I rebooted the menu entry for XP booted into XP

Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition-boot_mgr_01.png

https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...dual-boot.html

Cheers!
Robert


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