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Windows 7: Dual boot problem, XP and 7, cannot choose between them

05 Feb 2010   #11
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

How about attaching a snipping tool picture of your Disk Management window and the Administrative Command window after your type bcdedit and hit enter.

EasyBCD normally works fine, but something might have gotten messed up while you were messing around !!


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05 Feb 2010   #12
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

I'm not sure what you meant by "snipping", but here:

The H Drive is XP.



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05 Feb 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

At this point I would run a Win7 Repair Install to correctly reconfigure the Dual Boot as Win7 does when installed last.
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05 Feb 2010   #14
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Why install Win XP to H: ?

When Win 7 bootloader & NTLDR are on D:
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05 Feb 2010   #15
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
At this point I would run a Win7 Repair Install to correctly reconfigure the Dual Boot as Win7 does when installed last.
Okay, I might give it a go.
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Why install Win XP to H: ?

When Win 7 bootloader & NTLDR are on D:
Um, I don't know?

Windows 7 is on C: - I don't know what you're talking about :S

All I did was make a new partition, called it H and installed XP on there. Now the NTLDR is missing.

I'm sorry, but the advice you guys are giving is confusing. I have no idea what to do?
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05 Feb 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

The only thing obviously wrong in the screenshots is Win7 should not be Active partition since XP holds the System MBR.

However if I advised you to mark it inactive it might not start up, so rather than confusing things even more, I suggested using the automated method to reconfigure the Dual Boot, which is to run a Repair Install that should sort it out.

If it doesn't, then there are other steps that can be taken. You have changed some settings that apparently are making Easy not work. You can try it again, removing XP in Add/Remove then adding it back to see if it offers the boot files correctly.

You can also unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View to see if ntdetect, boot.ini and ntldr are in the root of both OS drives; if not, copy them to both. Then remove and add XP back in EasyBCD Add/Remove.
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05 Feb 2010   #17
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Don't be confused. You stated you shrank the Win 7 partition. It appears you did not, but possibly you shrank the data drive partition.

You may have an independent install of XP. Maybe try changing the drive order in the bios to see what boots... It should be interesting...
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05 Feb 2010   #18
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Okay, I've done a repair install of Windows 7. What should I do now?
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05 Feb 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Do you now get the Dual Boot menu? What happens whenyou try to boot each OS?

Change the HD boot order in BIOS setup to see if the other OS boots. This is another good way to Dual Boot: set your preferred HD to boot first, or press the key given for Boot menu on first bootup screen to boot to other HD.

If still no dual boot, what happens when you try to add XP on Add/Remove tab of EasyBCD?

Post back a screenshot of Disk Mgmt and EasyBCD so we can see what has changed
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06 Feb 2010   #20
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Disk Management is the exact same, except I changed the H drive to be called Windows XP

Here:



I see now Windows 7 doesn't have a "recovered" next to it.
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