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Windows 7: No BCD menu after Win 7 install (Win XP already installed)

30 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP x64, Ubuntu

First off, thanks again for your help. Sorry about the original screenshot... I cropped it with MS Paint and for some reason it added a lot of white space. I have included, hopefully, a clearer representation.

I have installed and tried running EasyBCD 2 Beta within the Windows XP OS.. When I execute the program I get the following error:

"Error Opening BCD Registry"
The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The system cannot find the file specified. Would you like to manually load a BCD registry for EasyBCD to manage?

Since this is Windows XP and not Vista or Windows 7, I expected this message... not sure if I should select yes since I'm not certain that this boot configuration is compatible with Windows XP and I'm afraid it might screw things up.

In the past, I have gotten GRUB to work pretty well, even with the 3 OSes on the desktop at the same time, but I found its setup and maintenance to be cumbersome when updating kernels, moving drives, etc. I think I would prefer to avoid having to use it unless it gets more user friendly.

With my current goal of being able to to boot just the Windows 7 and XP 64, I think I'll try to take this in two steps.
1. Get Windows 7 to boot by selecting its HD as the primary boot drive during the BIOS start up.
2. Get BCD to work from within Windows 7 to so it I can select either OS from there.

I'm pretty sure that with the instructions posted I can get through step 1 without issue. I'm less confident about step 2 because of the uncertainly of what changing the boot order is going to do to Windows XP.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2010   #12


It is unlikely Win7 will start up without having the System MBR recovered into it using the steps I gave before.

This sets you up for the best method to Dual Boot with two HD's: set Win7 to boot first (after DVD drive) unless you interrupt it by tapping the key for one-time Boot Menu to choose the XP HD to boot instead. This leaves the HD's independent and free to come and go as you please.

If you want a WIndows-managed Dual Boot where the HD"s will be interconnected and harder to extricate, then after Win7 starts up install EasyBCD 2.0 beta and Add XP on Add/Remove tab, accept offered Boot files, allow to autocomplete, Save, then restart. Leave Win7 first to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2010   #13

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP x64, Ubuntu

Step 1 is complete. I can now boot into either OS by selecting the boot drive in BIOS. I didn't notice it before, but I actually have an option to select the boot HD when the system is starting up, and I do not have to go directly into the BIOS setup everytime.

I'll try EasyBCD in Windows 7 tomorrow as it's already 2:13am over here. Thanks for the help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 May 2010   #14


Why interlink the HD's using EasyBCD when you have the cleanest method of dual booting now: setting preferred HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, or using the one-time Boot Menu to boot the other HD?

This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jun 2010   #15

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP x64, Ubuntu

You're probably right... Eventually I plan to get rid of the XP x64 anyway since it's been a chore to support. I will follow your advice. Thanks for all the help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jun 2010   #16


Glad to help and thanks for the rep
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 No BCD menu after Win 7 install (Win XP already installed)

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