Win7 shows up on D: now; won't boot. Help!

February 13, 2011 at 17:51:08
Specs: Windows7, celeron 1.8 mhz
Dual boot install. Put winxp32 and created a partition for it. Win7 64 bit version was already boot OS. setup xp loaded and when I came back to the computer It said to push enter . Now I have win7 on D; and I deleted the partition Winxp ws on to fix after Win7 diesk restore. Fix startup utilities didn't work. Went to command prompt and found mounted drives and couldn't save in regedit after rename to correct boot drive. Help! hard to fix without borrowing a computer...

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February 13, 2011 at 21:37:06
First you need to understand that whatever windows operating system you are using, it will CALL it's own partition 'C' drive and will label the other differently, often 'D' but not always. (Add name labels to each drive to help keep things straight in your head 'Windows 7 Drive', Windows XP Drive')
Second, when you installed XP it overwrote the boot sector with XP's boot sector so you were only able to boot to XP. You need to repair the Windows 7 installation so it rewrites the boot sector, it will recognize the XP partition and set up the dual boot for you. To do this you will need a Windows 7 install disk, or a Windows 7 recovery disk and do a 'repair'.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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