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Windows 7: problems installing/dualbooting XP on separate hd

01 Feb 2010   #21
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I have never see it freeze, but you might look in the Win 7 partition for the hidden system files I mentioned earlier. If you can get a picture of the boot.ini contents, that might help.

Also, open an Administrative command window, type bcdedit and post back a picture of that.

You haven't changed the drive order or anything, right. When you boot you get a boot menu with Win 7 and XP and going to Win 7 works normally?


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01 Feb 2010   #22
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

yea my raptor (the drive which is entirely windows 7) boots first, and it asks me whether i want to load Windows 7 or XP, 7 works fine, XP gives me the missing \ntdlr error.


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01 Feb 2010   #23
gregrocker

 

Why is F marked Active now? I would boot Partition Wizard, rightclick F>Modify>Set Inactive.

Did Easy prompt you to add the 3 boot files? It will autocomplete the drive letter. Can you post back a screenshot of the Easy listings?

Also, unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, then check the root of both drives for ntldr, ntdetect, boot.ini
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01 Feb 2010   #24
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well, that looks OK. I think EasyBCD would have put partition=C: instead of boot, but check the boot.ini file. It should say rdisk(1)partition(1). Maybe something is keeping EasyBCD from updating the files. It is still a beta, but when I tested it, it seemed OK.

You can edit boot.ini using EasyBCD, I think under tools, legacy.
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01 Feb 2010   #25
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

ok so in easyBCD, under Change Settings, it gives me the option to change the drive letter for each entry, the XP entry is listed as BOOT, should i change that to C: or to E: since xp is installed on the E partition?
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01 Feb 2010   #26
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

the boot ini says:
[boot loader]
timeout=20
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP on E:\" /fastdetect
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01 Feb 2010   #27
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If XP is on the second partition, then it would be Partition(2). You can try changing it to C:, but it may not make a difference.

As gregrocker says, if there is no OS on a partition, it should not be marked active, so F: should not be active, but I do not know if it would effect the current situation.
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01 Feb 2010   #28
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

i did what greg said and now E is the active partition on that drive, how ever i still cant boot into XP
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01 Feb 2010   #29
gregrocker

 

Did Easy prompt you to add the 3 boot files when you Added XP? It will autocomplete the drive letter. Can you post back a screenshot of the Easy listings?

Also, unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, then check the root of both drives for ntldr, ntdetect, boot.ini. Copy if missing so all 3 appear in the root of both OS drives
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02 Feb 2010   #30
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

alright, so i dont have any of those files in either of the root directories, and like i said earlier, easybcd locks up when i hit accept when it asks me if i want to install the 3 files.... the screen shot shows the contents of both root directories, and my easy bcd list and bootloader entries. is there anywhere i can just get those files and copy them into both directories? seems like that shouldn't be too hard....


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