Help with boot.ini to boot W7/XP/Server 2003

June 6, 2010 at 03:10:52
Specs: Windows 7
First I had installed Win 7 and windows xp in two different partitions. Later I installed Server 2003 by formatting xp partition. But now my computer lists only xp and server 2003 while my computer boots. I dont have an option of choosing windows 7 during the system startup.
I tried to edit the boot.ini file by changing the name from xp to win 7 "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows 7"/fastdetect" but still it doesnt seems to work. I still have windows 7 files in my D: drive. Can anyone help!!!!!

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#1
June 6, 2010 at 04:26:35
Just pop in the Windows 7 DVD and do a 'Repair'. That will detect all prior OS and fix the MBR for you for multi-Boot. The Server 2003 install tried to do that, but could not recognize the W7 OS properly.

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#2
June 6, 2010 at 05:36:13
Hi, We did a repair installation of Windows 7. Now I am able to log into windows 7 but it doesnt shows up an option to choose Earlier version of windows(Windows server 2003).
How to get the option to choose the OS?

Thanks Laxmi.


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#3
June 6, 2010 at 13:46:36
First, search your partitions to verify that installation still exists. If it does then you need to do what Fingers originally recommended.

You didn't need to reinstall. Look at the link below.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...


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#4
June 6, 2010 at 13:46:38
You have to use bcdedit, to create entries for the other OSes.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#5
June 6, 2010 at 22:53:05
I still have windows server 2003 in my D: Drive.
While installing Server 2003 I choosed the location as C: Drive and Windows 7 in D: Drive. When my computer starts up Windows 7 installtion files shows up in c: Drive and the server 2003 installation files in D: Drive. Its really confusing me.
So here is the scenario . I did the repair installation by inserting windows 7 disc. Now I can only able to get into windows 7 but there is no option for me to choose windows server 2003. Could u be more specific wat to do next. Because I dont know much about command prompt.
Thanks in Advance.
Laxmi..

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#6
June 6, 2010 at 23:10:13
First of all watch your screens at start up to see what keystroke/s will allow you to choose your boot device. In my case F11 gets me to a menu where I can choose which hard drive to boot from.

If you have that option and after selecting the alternate hard drive you can boot to the other OS then that is actually the preferred method IMO. Try it and post back with results.


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#7
June 7, 2010 at 00:11:32
Hi ,
For me its F10 to get into the boot menu.
There the first boot device is Hard drive and then Sony DVD and then Realtek blab blab.......
Waiting for the reply......
Thanks
Laxmi.

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#8
June 7, 2010 at 18:55:54
If you add name labels to your drives and keep the names consistent on all OS, you will be able to ignore the drive letters and keep them straight

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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