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

06 Feb 2010   #21
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?


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06 Feb 2010   #22
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Windows XP is already on the "Add/Remove" tab.

I will try the BIOS method.
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06 Feb 2010   #23
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Update:

I just tried rearranging the boot order, same thing happens. Choosing XP gives me the NTLDR error.

Is it because I have the XP drive as active? Should I "de-activate" it?

Is this something to do with the boot drive being on the H: partition? Is it because I shrunk the "Files" hard drive and not the Windows 7 hard drive?
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06 Feb 2010   #24
gregrocker

 

After you Repair installed Win7, did you remove XP from Easy BCD Add/Remove tab and Add it back as suggested?

It should offer you 3 boot files to place in Win7 that will enable dual boot.

If not, or if the dual boot still doesnt work, go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab and unhide System and Hidden Files to make sure ntdetect, boot.ini and ntldr are in the root of both OS drives.

We have helped fix many of these Dual Boots here but it is hard when I have to keep giving the same steps over and over without any report back that each is being carried out. There are several more steps to try dual booting via Windows, or we can configure a BIOS boot by making each HD boot independently via the BIOS Boot menu.
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06 Feb 2010   #25
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
After you Repair installed Win7, did you remove XP from Easy BCD Add/Remove tab and Add it back as suggested?
Yes, but no change.

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It should offer you 3 boot files to place in Win7 that will enable dual boot.
I didn't get three boot files anywhere...

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If not, or if the dual boot still doesnt work, go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab and unhide System and Hidden Files to make sure ntdetect, boot.ini and ntldr are in the root of both OS drives.
Okay, where are these files located?

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We have helped fix many of these Dual Boots here but it is hard when I have to keep giving the same steps over and over without any report back that each is being carried out. There are several more steps to try dual booting via Windows, or we can configure a BIOS boot by making each HD boot independently via the BIOS Boot menu.
I understand, but also consider I don't know as much as everyone else here.

Question: Can I just format the XP drive and try again? Or will that screw up my Windows 7 installation?

Again, as you can see in the easyBCD screenshots, does the fact the boot drive is on the H (Windows XP) drive a problem?
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06 Feb 2010   #26
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

If anyone could PLEASE offer some advice it would be appreciated I have no idea what to do and I'm scared if I format that XP partition then everything will go to hell.
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06 Feb 2010   #27
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

My advice is backup your DATA to G:

Remove G: to keep DATA safe.

Delete H:

Install Win XP to D: (SATA1=Disk0=Win XP)
Install Win 7 to C: (SATA2=Disk1=Win 7)

Reinstall G: DATA drive when both OS's working OK.
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06 Feb 2010   #28
CelestialScribe

Windows 7
 
 

Can't I just delete the xp partition? Why not?
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06 Feb 2010   #29
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CelestialScribe View Post
Can't I just delete the xp partition? Why not?
If pictures will help you any (they always do me), there are quite a few here for you to look at:

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

https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

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

Cheers!
Robert
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06 Feb 2010   #30
gregrocker

 

[QUOTE=CelestialScribe;552494]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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If not, or if the dual boot still doesnt work, go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab and unhide System and Hidden Files to make sure ntdetect, boot.ini and ntldr are in the root of both OS drives.
Okay, where are these files located?
The three files are in the root of the Win7 and XP drive. The root is the C or H drive if those are the ones where your OS's are located. After unhiding the file types specified above in Control Panel location above, look for those 3 files when you click C and H drives. If any are missing in the other drive, copy them over.

Post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map so we can say for sure if removing XP will require recovering the MBR into Win7. This is done by booting the DVD Repair console and running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots. Win7 must be marked active first, so you would need to do that using a Partition Manager like Partition Wizard, which will be needed to delete XP partition anyway.

But post back a screenshot if you want to proceed with deleting XP so we can give you the exact steps to do so and recover Win7.

I'd suggest you check for the boot files first as that may be all that is needed to Add XP again in EasyBCD and make it work.
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