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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

26 May 2010   #790
StevenHK

Windows 7
 
 

VICTORY!!!!!! I finally got it all to work. Please disregard previous requests. Lots of pain (and far too many hours dedicated to this).

I finaly sorted where my system files (ntldr, boot.ini, ntdetect) should all be located. Configured BCD and now it is done!

I want to add a OSX partition next, but I think I'll just enjoy this configuration for a while....

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE INPUT...


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26 May 2010   #791
scgt1

Win 7 Ult x64 Win XP Pro
 
 

This isn't working for me:

Here's the basic steps I used when the XP install failed at the first reboot. I'm not sure if this is perfect recollection, though -- feel free to alter the steps if I got something wrong...

1) Reboot with the Windows 7 DVD
2) When the GUI pops up, select language, keyboard, etc. and hit "Next"
3) Select "Repair your computer"
4) Select the OS you want to repair (for me, the only choice was Windows 7)
5) Choose to go to a Command Prompt
6) Use the command "bootrec" three times, as follows:
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd
7) Exit the command prompt
and reboot the computer.
8) At this point, Windows 7 booted up the same way it did before I tried to install XP
9) Run EasyBCD from Windows 7, then continue with your tutorial at Step 9.

Now, after rebooting, I got the choice of OS. When I selected WinXP, the installation
process picked up where it left off from the day before, and I was able to finish it up without any more problems.

Thanks again!

Unfortunatly I keep getting a loop back into win 7 I never get a boot screen to choose to finish the xp install. This really sucks as the only reason I'm trying to go back to XP without reformatting my Win 7 is all the games I have installed on win 7 will have to be done all over again. I'm just looking to use my $500 wheel setup that wont work with Vista or 7. This is the only reason I'm beating my head against a wall.

Win 7 resides on C:
I have a partition setup for XP on the same harddrive although a different partition of course.
Disk management shows the 100mb section for win 7 recovery.

Since on xp file copy for installation I'm left with a had disk error has accured please press ctrl alt delete I'm left with following this above to a t and to have nothing but win 7 boot up.

I've opened easybcd in win 7.
I assigned the recovery partition as s.
Typed in Win xp under the add/remove tab seleted S as it states then used the pulldown to select xp under type I added it and clicked save

Then went to manage made sure the choice was ticked and then wrote and closed the app to restart the computer back in win 7.



Please someone shed some light on this fiasco so I'm not stuck with reloading the whole computer and throwing the weeks I spent on it down the drain.

Also I plan on upgrading the win 7 drive to an ssd eventually. How much hell will I be looking at when I go to do that?



Ok I had a wild hair and changed the xp association to C: this got me a boot screen, but

windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \NTLDR

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

What the heck now?
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26 May 2010   #792
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What version of Easybcd did you use?

The XP boot files should all be on the "system" partition.

Boot into 7, go to Folder options and show hidden files and folders, and protected o/s files.

Find ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini. Copy them to the "system" partition ( check in Disk mgmt to see which is the "system " partition ).

Point the ntldr entry at the " system " partition.
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26 May 2010   #793
scgt1

Win 7 Ult x64 Win XP Pro
 
 

Will check that out when I fix the boot again so I can get to win 7
Thank you for your response I haven't seen anything about moving files so i will try that out.

UPDATE:

Those three files are in the 100mb system reserved partition from win 7 so I didn't have to move any files. Setting win xp to that drive still doesn't get me any further. :-( Same problem as before. Not only that it is supposed to say Microsoft Windows XP and it says Microsoft Windows so something is over ridding what I'm changing.

Win 7 is set for C: Don't know if that is part of the issue or not?

Just went back in and changed the Microsoft Windows one from the drive its defaulting to D: yet again and saved then wrote it trying again.

Even closed the app and opened it back up again to check and make sure it was the same and low and behold it was, but still getting that same problem when I select it on the boot menu. I swear if Act Labs would just make drivers I wouldn't have to deal with this crap!

Renamed it to Win XP this time and set S: as the drive then saved and wrote to mbr. Restarted to boot selection and it says Microsoft Windows yet again. ARG. This thing is posessed!
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26 May 2010   #794
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Boot.ini sounds wrong.

Open it in notepad and post the contents.
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26 May 2010   #795
scgt1

Win 7 Ult x64 Win XP Pro
 
 

Code:
 
[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\Windows
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
I went in and removed the extra entry and left just win 7. Rebooted the computer to be greeted with a boot selection screen stating:
Windows 7
Microsoft Windows

I'm not getting this at all. It reverting to saying what it wants was one thing. It still being there after it is removed is another thing.
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27 May 2010   #796
StevenHK

Windows 7
 
 

Are you sure that is the boot.ini file that is in the system partition? I had multiple copies floating around on my separate drives. And BTW, EasyBCD VERSION 2.0 (free registration to get) automatically creates/places the boot.ini file - but just make sure the ntldr and ntdetect files are copy/pasted to the same place too.
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27 May 2010   #797
scgt1

Win 7 Ult x64 Win XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StevenHK View Post
Are you sure that is the boot.ini file that is in the system partition? I had multiple copies floating around on my separate drives. And BTW, EasyBCD VERSION 2.0 (free registration to get) automatically creates/places the boot.ini file - but just make sure the ntldr and ntdetect files are copy/pasted to the same place too.
How is that the new version when their website lists 1.7.2 as a recent software release?


The only drive that has boot.ini in the root is my Win 7 System reserved drive which is only 100mb by default with the win 7 installation. It is also where bootmgr and nrldr are located.

My drive config is as follows:
Operating system drive consisting of 3 partitions:
C:WIN7 D:ALLOTED FOR XP S:System Reserved

All other partitions and drives are setup for categories of games and are irrelevant at this time in making this work.

Those are all located on the same hard drive under separate partitions.

UPDATE:
HOLLY CRAP!! I deleted the *.BAK file and redid the settings and its loading win xp to finish INSTALLATION WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Thanks to those that have tried to help out. I will update if I get them both up and running properly.
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28 May 2010   #798
Cleber MLC

Windows 7
 
 

If you still didn't get it to work, just be sure about that:

In order to boot from the Windows 7 hard disk/partition, you must have NTDETECT.COM, NTLDR and BOOT.INI in Windows 7 partition, and that's the point: you MUST EDIT the boot.ini file that is in Windows 7 partition so that it points to the partition where Windows XP is installed!

For more information, click here and read my entire post:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope it helps.
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29 May 2010   #799
thetranslator

windows 7
 
 

Hello i am new here , and new to this forum

I have a windows 7 laptop, 3gb ram and 320gb hard drive

i want to dual boot it to xp and windows 7

i came here for help

my laptop has usb and dvd/cd drives

but here its says


Warning


i dont have a floppy drive can i still dual boot and have windows xp please help me thanks

and replay back thanks so what shall i do now? please help me asap thanks
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