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Windows 7: Dual Boot Two HDs w/ Win 7 & Win XP

07 Feb 2010   #1
FLORD

win 7
 
 
Dual Boot Two HDs w/ Win 7 & Win XP

Hello forum,
Having already installed Win XP Home 32bit (500Gb drive) in my pc, I decided to install Win 7 Ultimate 64bit on a second drive ( 1,5Tb ) with the XP drive disconnected.
Since then, I alternate boot to 7 or XP from bios -1st boot divice-.
I have tried the EasyBCD ver 2.0 & beta with no success.
It will be helpful, if anybody posts any advice how to modify the boot manager without having to format any of my two OS.

Thanks in advance.


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07 Feb 2010   #3
FLORD

win 7
 
 

Hi theog,
a) Using the EasyBCD had no success because when I had selected the XP, my pc was trying to boot with Blank screen doing nothing for several minutes, forcing me to boot from bios again.
b) Again I do not want to format any of my 7 or XP. If I have to, I will choose 7 because XP is an old installation.
c) Is there any way to modify the bcdedit of Win 7 to boot to XP? Remember I have two different hard drives.
Thanks for your reply.
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07 Feb 2010   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Are you Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7?

EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums
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09 Feb 2010   #5
FLORD

win 7
 
 

Yes I used EasyBCD 2.0 build 63 & 79 in win 7.
My boot manager looks like this:

Διαχείριση εκκίνησης των Windows (STARTUP)
--------------------------------
αναγνωριστικό {bootmgr} (IDENTIFIER)
device partition=C:
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale el-GR
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {bc6ff440-0b6b-11df-bb45-806e6f6e6963}
displayorder {current}
{9ec6d23d-0aaa-11df-b08f-829f0d5f7be9}
timeout 0

Πρόγραμμα φόρτωσης εκκίνησης των Windows
----------------------------------------
αναγνωριστικό {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate (ανακτήθηκε)
locale el-GR
recoverysequence {9ec6d223-0aaa-11df-b08f-829f0d5f7be9}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {d2201dc4-0d13-11df-a0bc-806e6f6e6963}

Τομέας εκκίνησης πραγματικής λειτουργίας
----------------------------------------
αναγνωριστικό {9ec6d23d-0aaa-11df-b08f-829f0d5f7be9}
device partition=E:
path \NTLDR
description Microsoft Windows XP
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09 Feb 2010   #6
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You need to boot into Win 7 and run the 79 build from there. Since the device for XP shows E:, something is not quite right. You will probably need to remove the current entry and re-do.

The {ntldr} entry will probably show boot for a device. I know EasyBCD version 2 build 79 works, so be patient and make sure you have the Windows 7 drive set to boot first.

You might post your Disk Management window using the snipping tool to take the picture.
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09 Feb 2010   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1)Download easyBCD 2.0 (link above)

2)Install easy 2.0 in Win 7

3)Use the Tutorial above.
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09 Feb 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Did you locate the shortcut key for BIOS Boot Menu (normally F10 or F12) given on first bootup screen?

That way you can set one HD to boot first, then interrupt it with the shortcut key if you want to boot to other HD. You don't have to enter BIOS setup to choose the other HD to boot first.

Booting via BIOS keeps the HD"s independent, can come and go as you please.
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10 Feb 2010   #9
FLORD

win 7
 
 
Dual Boot DOES work with EasyBCD 2.0 BUILD 79

First many thanks to theog, Saltgrass & gregrocker for their help.

Thing I was doing wrong is that I was booting from 1st HD which was the XP drive not the win 7 drive as it should have been.

Now the EasyBCD has correctly configured the 2nd HD ( XP ) as "boot" device not as "E" as it was in the previous configuration.
The correct boot manager is the following:

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit

Διαχείριση εκκίνησης των Windows
--------------------------------
αναγνωριστικό {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale el-GR
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {bc6ff440-0b6b-11df-bb45-806e6f6e6963}
displayorder {current}
{9ec6d242-0aaa-11df-b08f-829f0d5f7be9}
timeout 30

Πρόγραμμα φόρτωσης εκκίνησης των Windows
----------------------------------------
αναγνωριστικό {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate (ανακτήθηκε)
locale el-GR
recoverysequence {9ec6d223-0aaa-11df-b08f-829f0d5f7be9}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {d2201dc4-0d13-11df-a0bc-806e6f6e6963}

Τομέας εκκίνησης πραγματικής λειτουργίας
----------------------------------------
αναγνωριστικό {9ec6d242-0aaa-11df-b08f-829f0d5f7be9}
device boot
path \NTLDR
description Microsoft Windows XP
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