Dual Boot win7 and xp problem

November 22, 2009 at 13:41:27
Specs: Windows 7
I have 2 partitions on my laptop hard drive and i have tried to install XP and Win7 on each drive (c,d) separatley but only one operating system boots. I dont know where i need to go to change settings to give me two option of booting, at the moment its only booting win7 and i cannot access xp
I had xp installed first on d: then win7 on c:

your is help is going to be appreciated

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November 22, 2009 at 19:28:57
C is a relatve designation. C to MS is what is the first bootable device. It always calls it C.

My guess is you loaded over the OS. W7 is pretty good at using BCD to give you a choice.

Guess you could try to play with bcdedit.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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November 24, 2009 at 11:24:11
See my response (#4) in the thread linked below.


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January 7, 2010 at 01:27:33
when power on, you can press delete to enter the BIOS and choose which OS you want to enter

when you installed dual systems, the boot file will in the same partition with windows 7 , and your xp partition only has system files. i.e. they share the same boot code.

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January 7, 2010 at 01:56:25
You'd better backup your computer with dual systems, that will really save you from suicide when there is any issue...believe, and Easeus backup is quite a nice freebiejust check out here:http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/

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January 7, 2010 at 03:13:17
Are you sure you have selected the correct partitions for both XP and Win 7 ?

Did you reformat C: partition when installing Win 7 ?

First boot to Win 7 and enable to show hidden files and folders. On C: partition, you must see boot.ini, ntldr, bootsect.dos, ntdetect.com, etc. files that belong to XP installation. If you do not see them, that means you have reformatted C: partition before installing Win 7.


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