Can't boot windows 7 without install disk

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by overvisa, May 2, 2009.

  1. overvisa

    overvisa New Member

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    Hi guys, hope you help me with this issue,
    I have installed windows 7 beta on another partition (primary) and I have xp installed on the active primary partition originally.

    The problem is after finishing installation of windows 7, without the install disk I can't boot into os selection which I can choose between Xp or 7 to start up. Instead, it does normal xp start up straight away.

    If I insert windows 7 install disk into cd drive and do restart (from xp), it will start up windows 7 but still no os selection screen :(

    I suspect it's likely the cause of win 7 mbr or xp boot.ini.

    Hope someone can help , that would be much appreciated
     
  2. Radenight

    Radenight New Member

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    I would recommend using EasyBCD to configure the boot manager to your liking. It's a very easy to use app and is available to download free here: Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

    It just sounds like a setting problem with the boot manager.. if EasyBCD doesn't help let us know and we'll see what else might work.. ;)
     
  3. overvisa

    overvisa New Member

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    Thanks for you reply Radenight,

    I have tried easyBCD before but unfortunately does not help in this case.

    easyBCD can't detect xp partition initially so I had to manualy add xp entry into mbr.

    And again, after I restart, I still can't acess os selction screen unless the install disk is in dvd drive

    If I put install disk into dvd drive, I'm now able to go to os selection screen (which was created by easyBCD from windows 7)

    I wonder if there is something I can do with xp boot.ini to fix this ?

    Thanks
     
  4. s814jdh

    s814jdh New Member

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    I have exactly the same issue, have you figured out anything to do?
     
  5. hankm

    hankm New Member

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    Me too. Any suggestions would help
     
  6. s814jdh

    s814jdh New Member

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    If it helps, I noticed that when in XP the first partition running XP is the C: drive and when in Windows 7 the 3rd partition running Windows 7 is the C: drive. So it seems like the issue is that the Windows 7 bootloader needs to be written to the MBR, but I am afraid that if I do that I will no longer be able to boot into XP.
     

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