After installing Windows 7 cannot boot anything else

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  1. cs759

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    After installing Windows 7 cannot boot anything else - This one's different

    Hi,

    I have installed Windows 7 RC Build 7100.

    The Problem
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    Windows 7 is essentially working fine except that it has prevented me from booting up my XP partition.


    The worst thing, no Boot Loaders I have will boot up from the floppies or CDs. I can't rebuild the MBR.


    BootitNG DVD = gives "divide error"
    BootitNG Floppy = gives "Press enter to reboot" message while loading
    Ranish = gives a flashing cursor i.e. just stops while loading
    OSloader = no boot screen happens after it said it had installed.
    XP install disc = gives a black screen after message saying checking my configuration - it just gives up.

    I can't understand why, these don't work now. I've used them all often enough before with this same computer configuration.




    What I did to install.
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    My system before installing:-

    Partition 1 XP test partition
    Partition 2 XP main partition
    Partition 3 Data partition


    I deleted the Partition 1 allowing 24GB unallocated space for Win7

    I rebooted with the Win7 CD loaded
    The Win7 loader found the partitions. I selected the unallocated space and it continued and installed successfully.
    In Win 7, I can see my XP partition and other disks.

    I'm at a loss as how I can get XP back.
    I have XP image copies made by "Image for Windows" but I need to get XP up before I can restore. I've tried restoring under Win7 but it doesn't work.


    EasyBCD
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    I have tried EasyBCD 1.7.2 to have a look at the boot info. It says this.

    There are a total of 2 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
    Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.
    Default OS: Windows 7

    Entry #1

    Name: Windows XP
    BCD ID: {ntldr}
    Drive: E:\
    Bootloader Path: \ntldr

    Entry #2

    Name: Windows 7
    BCD ID: {current}
    Drive: C:\
    Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    Windows Directory: \Windows


    Well how can I put this. er.... HELP, HELP

    Have anyone any ideas please?


    Rod Staples
     
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    Thanks, but I've tried loading that. What do I tweak it to, the statements are correct as far as I can see (see origianl post).
     
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    My apologies, I'm at work right now and get distracted very easily, I guess I didn't finish reading the post before replying... ;) my bad...
     
  5. cs759

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    No probs. It did help in that it jogged me into going to the Neosmart forums. They've go a lot of info about how booting works and how Vista/W7 has changed the way it boots. Maybe it as simple as getting a boot manager thats compatible with Win7 - like Paragon.

    I'm still trying to get my head around it. It seems to be using both partitions to boot.

    (C) Healthy (Boot,PageFile,Crash Dump,Primary Partition) - Win 7
    (E) Healthy (System,Active,Primary Partition) - XP


    Should I be making the Win7 partition active?
     
    #5 cs759, May 8, 2009
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