Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: trouble dual booting xp from 7

05 Feb 2010   #1

XP and 7
trouble dual booting xp from 7

Ok so im having the usual problems, I have installed windows 7. Then i cant access xp unless i go into my bios and move the HD that my xp is installed on to the front. So basically i dont get the boot load screen. I downlowded easybcd but when i do the step to add XP to the list it says it is going to add those 2 files that start with a N (sorry i dont know them exaclty im on a work computer atm.) But then the program loads and loads then stop and does that "not responding" crap. If i close it and go it in looks like it put a new boot it. So i got to restart

And it has a boot load finally, but i can only get into win 7 from it. With xp it gives that error same files are missing. I cant seem to find the files in on the HD with xp to copy into the files with windows 7, and i can honestly say im not even sure where to find them. But i dont know what to do anymore..been messing with this thing for 5 days now

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 (Update 1) Both Machines

-> Computer
-> System Properties
->Advanced System Settings

Where it says Startup and Recovery, click settings.

Now for:

Always booting XP:
In the drop down menu, where it says "Default operating system" select Windows XP OR Earlier Version of Windows.

If you wish to dual boot:
Below the drop down menu, there's a box where it says "Time to display list of operating systems"
Check it and select the seconds, default is 30.

If you keep hitting error on XP, try installing Windows itself in the Windows (Which I don't recommend) as a last resort. Just get the XP disc, and select the drive of your XP and, without formatting, moving, deleting, or something, install it right there.

First remember to backup everything you have from the Win XP partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Feb 2010   #3

XP and 7

ok so update, i manually copied the boot.ini, nlldr, and the files myself. That seemed to get me over the hump...for now. Then next problem that i have is that i when the boot menu comes up and i click on xp it comes up with

Windows root>/system32/ntoskrnl.exe file is missing and that i need to reinstall the file. Any ideas of what to do now???
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 Feb 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Feb 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


Having the two OS's remain independent and boot via the BIOS is actually the best way to do a dual boot IF you have a BIOS shortcut key (normally F10 or F12) so you can choose the other HD if you don't want to boot to the one set first in BIOS boot order.

Look on your first bootup screen for the key given for Boot Menu and see if that makes it easier for you.

If you still want the Windows managed Dual Boot, then post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map and the EasyBCD front screen listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu and attaching file with paper clip in Reply Box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 trouble dual booting xp from 7

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
trouble booting
Having trouble booting after possible update. Have exhausted all options through f8 options
General Discussion
Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting
Hi, So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7. I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7. No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual...
Installation & Setup
Trouble booting laptop
Hello, here's my problem: My laptop is a hp windows7 system which is no longer guaranteed in unbootable. I had the Blue screen "unmountable boot volume" error, after that screen the computer will reboot and is stuck in that loop . I decided to F11 "HP recovery" a window pop's up "Startup...
General Discussion
Issues booting up, trouble with isolating...
Hello all, First of all I am new to the forum and I'm glad to be here, hopefully you will be able to help me solve my problem! The build that the issue concerns is the one I have specified in my profile, it is my first build for myself and my first Windows 7 build. I finished almost a year ago,...
General Discussion
Trouble Cold Booting
Hi guys, I've been having trouble with my PC ever since I built it a few months ago. Whenever I cold boot the system, it automatically reboots at some stage during the startup. This can happen just as it starts to load windows, or later on as the desktop area, windows sidebar etc. are being...
BSOD Help and Support

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:45.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App