Refuses to boot without disc in tray.

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by TintCleastwood, May 11, 2009.

  1. TintCleastwood

    TintCleastwood New Member

    May 10, 2009
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    I've never had this problem before, and as they've done away with boot.ini I'm not sure how to approach it.

    In BIOS the order was CD>Hard Disk>etc as I installed it. Then after the first reboot I changed it to Hard Disk>CD>etc, and removed the install disc. Saved settings, reboot, post, and then an error, basically a NTLDR missing but I forgot to write down the exact wording. I insert the install CD again, change boot order, and it works fine.

    I went ahead and installed XP into another partition on the same drive in an effort to get a boot.ini to play with. And while that gives me a OS selection (I changed the names to something unique to be sure it wasn't win7's boot loader) I still need to have the disk in the tray to get to that screen. The same error if it is out or boot order reversed.

    Windows 7 is on partition 1, XP is on partition 2. I've done some looking about and come across bcdedit, but I have no idea how to work it. I'll reboot here in a few minutes and edit in the actual error.

    EDIT: I notice now that the boot manager several times refers to partition=X:, I do have a drive labeled X: but I have been using it for photoshop swap files etc. I'm going to try and figure out how to edit that I suppose.

    EDIT 2: Nevermind, I give up. Currently reformatting and installing XP first, then 7.

    #1 TintCleastwood, May 11, 2009
    Last edited: May 11, 2009

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