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Solved: Win7 XP dual boot

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  1. zbar

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    Hi, I have a problem dual booting win7 installed on C: and XP on partition D:
    Win7 was installed first and XP second.
    To get this to work, will I have to install XP first on C: then win7 on D:?
    I installed EasyBCD that created a dualboot but can boot from win7 and not XP.
    Is there any other program available that will allow me to leave things as they are and still dual boot?.
    Any assistence in this regard will be very much appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    Easy bcd is what I use, open ebcd, go to the add/remove entries section, in the bottom section "Add an Entry", pick XP from the "Type" drop down box, name it what you want. hit the add entry button, restart the PC, you should now have XP in the boot menu.

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  3. zbar

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    Thank you for your input but have tried that without success. I do however get the dual boot but when XP is selected it finds errors, wont boot and goes back to the dualboot screen where win7 is the only option.
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    Can you be specific about these errors?

    If you feel like reinstalling, Install XP first, then W7, W7 will install the dual boot loader automatically.
     
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    Yea..the error displayed is about not being able to find the xp boot files. After installing xp, I could only boot from xp and not win7. I then ran a win7 repair cd which enabled the win7 boot but during this process it seems as though win7 is deleting the xp boot.ini as I went in there to check and did not find it.
    I could install xp on c: then win7 on d: as I am sure that will work as you have stated, but dont want to do this if I dont have to. Is there a workaround to this whole issue?.
    Thanks for your input..very much appreciated.
     
  6. Mumbodog

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    Once you sucessfully get W7 and XP dual booting, XP no longer uses the boot ini file, it shares the BCD bootloader W7 uses.

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    Ok thanks Mumbodog, win7 not using the xp boot.ini is something I did not know. Can you perhaps let me see a win7 bootloader file that I can reference. If possible, one that is booting win7 from c: and xp from D:?.
     
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    Thanks so much for your time and assistence...I will have a look at the tutorial. One last question, Is the order, win7 on c: and xp on d: workable or do I have to install xp on c: and w7 on d: to get the dual boot to work properly?.
     
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    Ok looked at the tutorial and will try their instructions. I will close off this thread but will be back if I still cant get the dualboot to work. Thanks again for your help. I do apreciate having knowledgeable people like you to turn to.
     
  11. Mumbodog

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    Does not matter

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