Only XP showing at Win7 & XP dual boot option

October 7, 2011 at 12:56:15
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, I have two hdd's installed. One has xp the other win7. My problem is at boot the only one recognized is the xp drive. Would like to have the option to boot either,without having to unplug one drive. How can I add the win7 drive to the boot file?

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#1
October 7, 2011 at 13:37:22
Were both WinXP and Windows 7 installed on those hard drives while the drives resided in the current computer?


Many motherboard BIOSes have an option at startup to select what to boot from. In my case I need to hit F11 and it gives me a list of bootable partitions. I have many.

This is superior, in my opinion, to letting Windows boot manager handle things. The reason is simple. If you make changes, like adding or removing a drive the list just changes. If you have Windows handle the boot process and you remove a drive you may not be able to boot to anything anymore.

Watch the screens at start up for a message.

Post the brand and model of your computer or if custom, the motherboard.


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#2
October 7, 2011 at 15:19:05
thanks for the reply. I do not see anything at start up in the way of starting anything other then the xp hard drive. I will pay closer attention on the next restart however. the mb I have an asus p5q-e. If this helps I will thank you in advance. and yes they were both installed while in the system. I did second clean install of win7 and had that drive as the only drive attached. the first time I booted it went to win7, and ever since it only recognizes the xp drive.


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#3
October 8, 2011 at 05:48:42
Try tapping the Del key when you first start up the computer to enter the BIOS screens. Look for an option to disable any logos. Logos are the screen you see when you first start up that in your case says Asus.

After disabling all logos exit and save by hitting F10 and saving. Now when the computer restarts you may see additional messages on the screen. Most likely the prompt to choose the boot device will be for an F* key.


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#4
October 8, 2011 at 07:17:55
download and run EasyBCD, that should fix your problem, you state that you installed win 7 as the only attached drive, so when it boots it goes straight to the xp drive, and does not see the win 7 as a boot device because you installed without the xp drive attached so you have boot instructions seperate on each drive if you set the win 7 drive as boot in the bios it should boot win 7 but will not see the xp boot instructions. easy bcd should spot both drives and help create a boot sequence to offer both Os's

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#5
October 8, 2011 at 08:47:11
tmosey

If you don't see an option as I described above then using the instructions in #4 will build a boot manager. As I stated in #1 above, I don't think that is the best method if you have OSes on totally separate hard drives but it will work.

BTW, I recommend always disabling those logos. They are nothing more than advertisement for the manufacturer and they obscure useful information.


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#6
October 8, 2011 at 09:53:12
thank both of you. did go into bios and disabled logo, no help. will try the easybcd. once again thank you both. will let know results.

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#7
October 8, 2011 at 10:57:25
You can also perform a Windows 7 repair, which will then create a boot manager.

Going back to the BIOS, do you have fast boot enabled? If so, disable it. I am pretty sure your BIOS should allow you to choose boot options at start up.


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#8
October 10, 2011 at 10:56:45
This is primarily for you princecorum, but othehill your help was also appreciated. The easybcd program did the trick. All drives are now recognized and list as boot options!! Had talked to Ms and got nowhere, so it was nice to find somebody who knew what the problem was, and had a relatively simple solution. Once again, I thank both of you for taking the time to help a stranger solve a small, but, annoying problem.

Best wishes for the future!!
Tom Mosey


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#9
October 10, 2011 at 22:35:30
thanks for comment, othehill methods would have worked justas well.

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