Solved Windows 8 / Windows XP boot option disappeared?

March 3, 2016 at 12:00:51
Specs: windows 8, Celeron dual core
I have an Acer Aspire 5315. The hard drive is partitioned and has windows 8 on the larger of the partitions. I have just installed xp on the other partition (50 gb) as I have some music virtual studio software that will only run on win 2ooo or xp. Hence the xp install. XP has installed successfully but now when I boot the only boot option is xp. I installed the xp very carefully , so as not to wipe the windows 8. I have also checked and I definately installed the xp on the correct partition. The windows 8 is still installed on the larger partiution but doesnt show up at start-up. Anyone know what could be done to get back my option to boot windows 8.

See More: Windows 8 / Windows XP boot option disappeared?

Report •

#1
March 3, 2016 at 12:32:53
✔ Best Answer
Use EasyBCD. Here's the explanation:

https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/d...


Report •

#2
March 4, 2016 at 04:25:59
Thanks for your contribution riider.
I have downloaded the easy bcd and installed it. Just have some issues with it. it won't run and the error message is that my computer needs installer 3.1 for it to work . Will try and get this software and then I should be able to follow the procedure on Riiders link.Watch this space.

Report •

#3
March 4, 2016 at 07:58:57
Installed the installer 3.1 and now the easy bcd will run. Have attempted the fix but could only complete part of the operation and I am getting an error message that there is insufficient space in the registry. However, on restarting, the windows 8 is back and the laptop boots into 8. But now, the xp boot option has vanished. Puzzled.

Report •

Related Solutions

#4
March 6, 2016 at 05:10:05
Have now installed easy bcd on the windows 8 partition as that is currently the only boot option. XP is now unavailable. Have now added the xp as a boot option using bcd. It has worked and on restart I was presented with the option to boot either xp or 8. success.

Report •

Ask Question