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Windows 7: XP then Vista, then 7

22 Mar 2010   #1
rtrm01

windows 7
 
 
XP then Vista, then 7

Please let me know where I should be asking this.


-Hard drive #1 - 500Gb - w/xp pro installed on it. Worked good, then came Vista.

-Split the 500Gb drive in 2 w/xppro and now Vista.

-Again, no problems, Vista and Xp work and play nicely together.

-Now I add in a Tb drive, split it, and install Windows 7 on it. This is where the trouble begins.

-When I installed 7, it screwed up xp, and Vista. They worked but they were no longer genuine, blah blah, so I figured fine. I took the files I needed from that drive, with both os's and stored what files I wanted to keep on an external drive. Then I formatted that first 500Gb drive with the intent to image my win7 os partition and throw it on my 500Gb drive and keep that Tb for storage. Never got that far. Once I formatted the 500Gb drive, Win7 no longer booted. Crap! So started reading, and this is what I cam up with.

-Apparently the 500Gb drive had boot information that directed the machine to start Win7 at the choices menu at boot. I got rid of the drive and now since the boot info on that drive is gone, I can't boot my Win7. The system was in perfect condition, no problems, no issues so I really don't want to reload it.

-I ran the install disc to try a recover. No go, still errors. It finds the Os but can't make a boot sector.

-I am pretty sure I need to somehow create a MBR that allows boot to Win7. Not sure how to do that. (I have more than 1000 os installs under my belt for customers machines, but go figure I am stuck on my own machine)

-I came to work and started reading about other methods.

-So what program will do what I want, and where can I get it,

-I downloaded EasyBCD 2.0 and plan to try it tonight.

-Are there programs that are used for this like on Hirens or others like it, (thinking I may have the right program already, but just can't find it in a huge drive full of them)

-Is there a website with instructions perhaps?

-I also read MS website about bootsector.exe from the install disk. Any directions or advice?


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22 Mar 2010   #2
rtrm01

windows 7
 
 

oh yeah, one more thing ... I got errors initially at boot saying no ntldr and then other xp typical boot errors, so i stuck the 4 boot files onto the root of my win7 install. I think I need to get rid of those too because as I read, I have learned that Win7 has a boot folder instead of going right off the HDD like xp does. I will undo that action tonight as well.
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22 Mar 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

This seems like it should be no problem.

First, install XP and Vista (in that order). When you're done, mark the Windows 7 partition as active.

Partition - Mark as Active

Then run a startup repair for Windows 7.

If Vista and XP are not added to the boot loader, you can add them manually using EasyBCD.
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22 Mar 2010   #4
rtrm01

windows 7
 
 

Ok, but I don't want xp or vista ... I just want win7 ...?
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22 Mar 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, that's fine. Just mark the Windows 7 partition as active and run startup repair.
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22 Mar 2010   #6
rtrm01

windows 7
 
 

will easus partition program from hirens work? or is there a much easier way?

** dang, you're quick !!! thank you soo much by the way !!!!!
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22 Mar 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You're welcome.

The Easus program can probably mark a partition as active, but there is another way, using the built-in command line tools. See this tutorial: Partition - Mark as Active
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22 Mar 2010   #8
rtrm01

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for your help.

I first deleted the 4 files that I put there from xp (ntldr, ram ..., and the other 2)

Then I followed the steps set forth in the guide of how to use bootrec.exe

I typed in some mumbo jumbo about attrib, rebuildbcd etc etc

then rebooted to the Win7 install disc and proceeded to the fix section and let it rip

It said it was done, I rebooted, and PRESTO! It worked.

I checked which drive was active, (didn't get to read your post in time cause I had to leave work) so remembering what you said, it looked good, so I did the rest of that stuff.

Not sure what actually fixed it, but the combination thereof did the trick.

Next step, GHOST32 the partition so i don't have to worry about this again, UGH!!

THANK YOU ... THANK YOU for your help. You were super quick, and that is a quality of support in and of itself these days!!
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22 Mar 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Great new tutorial, Jonathan - thanks!



Your Win7 should read System Active, or you will need to recover System MBR back into it from XP or Vista before they will delete. You may have already done this, but often it doesn't get done correctly.

If you have any other issues, post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map - using Snipping tool in Start Menu, attaching file using Paper Clip in Reply box.
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