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Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

Question: Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already.
If I choose XP it boots fine.
I then decided to format the the partition with Vista cd and made a 75Gb and I now have a 175Gb unallocated for now as described above, did the install again and samething, loads fine everything looks pretty but as soon as it is rebooted it goes right to XP no boot choices.
If you check boot.ini only shows one OS Vista is nowhere to be seen and once again if you add it to the boot.ini going to My Computer, props, advanced, and editing that way it does the samething when chosen boots to a blank screen.
I decided to go the msconfig route and checked the boot paths and it showed the one for Vista as invalid which is the path I have above.
I am clueless now and I don't wat to start from scratch meaing wipe everything clean and try doing Vista first and then XP. I searched around the web and most of the issues I found was that XP would not boot after a dual boot attempt. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks and have a good one all!

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Answer: Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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Answer:Possible to do dual boot to installed OS + have options for ISO boot?

Closest thing I can think of is booting from vhd.

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu.

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Can someone give me the way to link these to F8 hotkey? It's obviously not being used now.

Answer:Lost my F8 Advanced Boot & System Recovery Options on Dual Boot

Hello Greg,

Do you have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup? If not, then you will see the boot screens that Windows 7 uses instead of the new Windows 8 ones.
You might see if you could use a different option to boot to the Startup Options Menu to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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Hi, I am running Vista 64 on a 500gig HD and Windows 7 on a 1 terra HD, but I now made the plunge and got a nice SSD and have installed Windows 7 on that!

So now after bios, I get to select Windows 7 on the SSD, Windows 7 on the 1terr, and Vista 64 on the 500gig. I want to remove the option to select W7 on the 500gig as I will never be using that again, so what is the best way to do it?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Dual Boot, how do I remove excess boot OS options?

Start - type msconfig (and press Enter)

Click the Boot tab, highlight the line(s) for the installations you're no longer using (or don't exist) and delete them. Just BE SURE which one is which so you don't end up leaving yourself with your primary installation unbootable...

These instructions might be a bit different for Vista if that's your primary OS, I don't know. I don't run Vista but I just pulled up that sequence using Windows 7.

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have a bit of a problem, and im not sure if the way round iv done things was stupid or not!!

Anyway, I have my machine, with XPPro installed on, bought another H/D and installed vista 64 on it, however i installed vista with the xo drive unplugged, and i cant work out how to get an OS choice on boot!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Answer:Dual boot with xp + vista, both already installed

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I have Vista installed now. If I install XP on another hard drive will it detect Vista and install a boot loader so I can choose which OS to use?

Answer:Dual boot with XP installed after Vista

I had thought that it was not possible, until I saw this post, and found it very helpful. Should help you do what you want.

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Can someone lay to rest the deal with dual booting with vista/xp? I read and tried all the forums out there on steps how to dual boot xp with vista installed first and nothing has worked for me. I have a quad core gateway with 3gb of RAM with 500gb HD.

Answer:Dual boot xp with vista installed first

You need a boot agent if you inmstall Vista first like Symantec "Boot magic" that is on the Partition Magic cd.

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I am about to retire my (t)rusty old desktop PC and buy a shiny new one. Most of the PCs I am looking at have Vista pre-installed, which I am OK with. However, I would like to setup the PC with a dual-boot to XP. All of the posts I have seen so far talk about having XP installed first. Is it possible to do it in reverse (i.e. have Vista installed and then add XP)?

Answer:Dual Boot on Pre-Installed Vista

The short answer is No - XP has to be first

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I would like to dual boot with Ubuntu x64, but I do not know how. I have never dual booted before. I read up on how to dual boot with Vista and Xp, but that was with xp installed first which I do not have or want. I am currently running Vista Ultimate x64 on my HP dv6000 Laptop, with 2gb of ram. Also can I do a dual boot with Ubuntu x64 and have it installed on an external hard drive instead of my C drive? Thanks in advance. I have learned a ton from this forum already and I appreciate everyones desire to help.

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I have vista on a 320gb hdd, and i have 7 on a 20gb drive, whe i booted up, i had the option of vista or 7, i re-formatted the 20gb wiping out 7 alltogether, but when i boot, it stilll gives me the option of vista or 7, how do i get rid of this to go staright to vista?

thanks alot guys,

Answer:Installed 7 with vista, dual boot selections?

no one can help? i thought it was a simple thing to remove the selection on boot,

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I wanted to have two completely seperate installs of XP and Vista so here is what I did:

* Created two NTFS partitions and set partition #1 to active or "boot"
* Installed XP to partition #1

* Set partition #2 to active or "boot"
* Installed Vista to partition #2

Now, I did this so that each install was completely seperate from each other and Vista didn't store it's boot files on XP's partition, etc.

However, can I have Vista boot XP even though it's on a different partition? I've configured bcdedit to use the partition and \ntldr but I think it says ntldr not found (during boot).

I'm guessing this is because XP is expecting itself to be the active/boot partition but Vista is currently set.

Do I need a 3rd party boot manager? It seems to be looking that way (which is fine).

Answer:Can I dual-boot Vista/XP if both are installed seperately?

I cannot, for the life of me, comprehend why you would be wanting to do what you are wanting to do, but yes. You're gonna need a third party boot manager to do it

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I recently bought a Dell XPS M1210 with Vista home premium installed and I can't play any games without it being so choppy I can barely play them at all. I've heard alot of talk abot Vista being bad with games. So I'm wanting to install XP on my second logical drive, I have already downloaded VistaBoot PRO any suggestions will be appreciated.

Answer:Want to have XP dual boot on laptop with vista pre-installed

Have a read through the "sticky" at the start of this forum. There is quite a bit of interchange of ideas there.

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This is a little weird situation. My pc originally had two XP pro installed with one being corrupted. The corrupted one was there and I just didn't bother to delete it. So installed Vista the other day. Thought with XP installed first so I should automatically have two options, i.e. dual boot at start-up. However, I found out somehow Vista recognized the corrupted XP and at start-up I see Vista as the only OS there.

I guess I can use bcdedit but really don't know what to do because of this unusual case. Can you guys please help here?


Answer:Dual boot (XP Pro & Vista with XP installed first): missing XP

Why would it be any different to use bcdedit?

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So I like Vista, but for some things, I need "ol' faithful" Windows XP.

So I was just curious, how small of a partition can I make for Vista? I know a lot of times what's recommended or "required" isn't always a requirement, so I'm just curious if anyone has done something similar?

Answer:What's the smallest amount you can get Vista installed in (dual-boot)?

Windows tends to get larger over time, i would make the partition a little larger than what is required, which i don't know what that is cause i have not used vista.

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I am not sure if I am right here at XP OS but I post it as it is OS related.

My Satellite Pro A200 (PSAE7) runs smoothly with XP but I want to create a sandbox (partition) for/with Vista.

Basically I know that it is possible to run XP and Vista on one system. *But*, Satellite Pro A200 notebooks are shipped with a BIOS for XP and one for Vista and with information that you have to install the correct one. For me this means that you have to install BIOS for XP when running XP and BIOS for Vista when running Vista.

Is it possible to install Vista on a Satellite Pro A200 with XP as main OS and having so XP BIOS installed?
Boot loader would be Acronis OSS as this loader already manage my two XP partitions.

Many thanks for any information!

Best regards,

Answer:Satellite Pro A200: XP + Vista installed/dual boot possible?


In my opinion there are no serious reasons why you shouldn?t be able to use Xp and Vista on your Satellite Pro A200.

Ok? there are different BIOS for Vista 64bit, 32bit and Win XP but your Vista should run also using the BIOS for Win XP.

I?ve got other Satellite notebook series and I?m able to use XP and Vista at the same time. I mean I?ve got a choice to boot either the XP or Vista ;) and I?m still using the old BIOS version.
Ok? some functions are not available like FN keys but this is not very important for me.

Well, to cut this story I think you can use Vista and XP without changing the BIOS ;)

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I have Vista 64 installed and already have a formatted partition. I want to do dual boot. So I installed Windows 7 64 on the formatted partition. When I boot the pc it loads Vista. It does not give a option to choose Windows 7. What is wrong?

Answer:Vista a;ready installed and want to dual boot with Windows 7

Go to msconfig.exe, select the boot tab, and see if Windows 7 is listed. If so, you can change the timeout settings which will give you more time to select your OS. If it isn't there, then your bootloader hasn't been updated. And I'm sorry to say, I can't really help you in this situation as I've never had to deal with it.

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And it's kicking ass. I've installed Windows Live Mail, how do I get it to check for mail every minute and let me know if there is new mail?

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I have a Dell laptop that I just put a 40 gig hard drive in. I partitioned it 3gig, 17.5gig, 17.6gig. I had originally put Win 98SE on the 3 gig but decided to go with XP. I reformated the 3gig partition and installed XP on it. When it boots up it asks what operating system I want to open. If I click on Windows 98 it just comes up with C: drive (3 gig partition). So I went back in and reformated all the partitions and reinstalled XP and it's asking the same thing. Does anyone know how to get rid of this? Do I have to remove the partions and reformat then add the partitions back in then install XP? Thank you in advance for any help.

Answer:[Solved] Dual Boot but no other O.S. installed

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I just bought a U400-17H with vista installed on HDD. I would like to create a dual boot with XP Pro.

I only have one HDD aleady with 2 partitions (1 for vista + 1 for data).
I want to cut the vista partition in two 2 parts to install XP Pro.
So at the end I will have 3 partitions 1 vista (65 Mo), 1 xp(65 Mo) and 1 data (125 Mo).

It's easy ti create a new partition ok (I suppose under vista)
but is there a dedicated programm to install another OS and to create a dual boot.

thanks to help me because I heart a lot of things and the opposite. i'm sur that it's possible but what are the right process to have at the end two OS and the choice when the laptop start


Answer:How to create a dual boot with installed Vista on my Satellite U400?


Create a new partition for Windows XP and install it. This is no problem.

After this you must restore the Windows Vista boot loader. You can do this with EasyBCD. Install it and start the program.
Go to the "Add/Remove Entries" tab. You'll see that there's only one option available in the Vista bootloader at the moment. In the "Add an Entry" section, change the Drive in the dropdown menu from C:\ to E:\. Change Type to "Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3", and the Name to "Microsoft Windows XP". Then click "Add Entry" and "Save".
Then go to the "Manage Bootloader" tab. Make sure that "Reinstall the Vista Bootloader" is selected and then click "Write MBR".

Now you can restart the notebook and you should have a full working dual boot system.


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Dear Acer Users, I need your help for something that I am really struggling with.I have a Spin 5 laptop with Win 10. I disabled Secure Boot and Fast Boot, I accessed the UEFI manager and booted from Ubuntu  live USB, and I successfully installed Ubuntu.Now, when I boot the pc, only Win starts. If I press F12 soon after powering on the PC, the Boot manager shows up, and only Windows can be selected (that is, no Ubuntu option).Can you help me with this? Thank you very much in advance,Carlo


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Answer:Ubuntu Dual Boot - installed but can't boot it

check solution 2: you need to load Ubuntu EFI under Select an UEFI file as trusted for executing:

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I've recently started dual booting vista and xp on separate partitions.

is there a way I can run software that I've installed on vista when using xp?
obviously I'd like to avoid installing each software twice- once on each OS.

I've googled it and searched the forums, but i only found answers regarding transferring data, and not installations.

perhaps a third party software you know of, or certain folders I can copy?

please help me, I've helped others! thanx

Answer:[SOLVED] transferring installed software between dual boot OS's

Unfortunately the software needs to be installed so thst it has the correct registry entries and .DLL's in the correct locations.

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Answer:Dual Boot / Multi Boot .(y510) XP and Vista how I finally got it to work.

Great write up

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

Answer:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

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The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

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I installed Vista 3 times (two different HDDs before) and this time I want it to stay. I am running XP Sp2 and Vista 64 SP1. The problem is, in order to boot to either XP or Vista I have to access my boot device menu and select which HDD I want to boot from. If I dont do it, I will get the OS selection screen but only shows two Vista option and both are broken.
Its kind of annoying specially since my Logitech G15 wont control the boot menu so I always need a PS2 keyboard connected as well.
Any ideas?

Answer:Dual boot Vista/XP system but the boot loader is please

well you can try a couple of things. if you cant get into any OS at all, use the vsta install dvd and do fixboot, but if you can get into an OS, go and install Vista Boot Pro and run that. It'll redo the bootloader so that you can use the boot selection. Hope this Helps!

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
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Answer:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

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 I am now enjoying XP pro sp2 after partitioning my HD with Acronis Dir. Suite with Vista pre-installed when bought last October 07. XP works fine alright except for that one Lenovo care button.      I have learned to appreciate the classic way Lenovo has applied and developed with these two Systems. It's just a matter of getting familiar with how they ..."Defragmented" .... caring for your computers as congruent with the operating systems installed which actually makes things a lot easier to maintain your Windows than the usual way.   Anyway, I believe my issue here is how to make Lenovo systems recognize VistaBoot Pro  so i  can make a choice over a dual boot system.  As it is now,  N100 always go straight to the XP system partition when started,  and i cant get to my Vista anymore.  I'm still trying to look around lenovo in hopes of finding an easy resolution for my issue and hopefully there is one environment out there for dual boots. The boot manager installed alright  but  for some reason it wouldnt function and I can browse through all my Vista files from XP.         For now i'd really appreciate any mere response implying that ... "THERE IS HOPE" ...   .Any concrete resolution would really be awesome and a blessing!       I'm really honored to be here and regards to all Lenovo fellow-users !!!   ... Read more

Answer:N100 Dual boot attempt failed by Vista Boot Pro

 See control panel - system properties - advanced - startup/recovery -You should be able to see boot related options.(default OS, time, edit boot txt file).If you don't see Vista in OS options, then I think this is due to change in windows MBR..not sure. Microsoft provides a MBR repair tool.Otherwise just wait for some expert opinion here.

3000 N100-0768DKUXP Home 5.01.2600 SP2Ubuntu 8.04(hardy)

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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I have 2 Hard disk drives "HDD1" and "HDD2"

HDD1: This has 2 partitions, The primary partition has my windows XP installation

HDD2: This has 3 partitions, The primary partition has my windows vista installation

Now I've just installed Windows 7 making it a tri-boot system, everything worked fine until I started having major errors in windows 7 that was due to the partition being formatted and created by Acronis 9 which (only found out afterwards) is not compatible with windows 7 and has major issues. Not a huge problem.

So I redid windows 7 installation and let windows 7 setup format the partition for it to remedy this. So now I have a triple boot with wndows 7 on the 3rd partition on HDD2.

I've been preparing for installing window 7 for awhile and intend to replace vista instllation with it, just wanted to install win 7 first to ensure everything worked smoothly with compatibility etc..

Now I have no issues I want to remove vista and my main query is, what is the best way to do this? To reiterate

HDD1: Windows XP
HDD2 1st partition: Windows Vista
HDD2: 3rd partition: Windows 7

I've already backed up all my important data on my vista partition so I'm set to remove it now. I'm just not sure the best way to go about it.

My operating systems were installed in this order
1st: XP
2nd: Vista
3rd: Win 7

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Answer:Win 7/XP/Vista Tri to Dual boot: Boot loader and partition queries

I used VistaBootPro3.3 to manage my boot loader after installing vista, so I think the vista bootloader was controlling it, I'm not sure what controls it now having installed windows 7, just that it's still working. Actually I just referenced some notes and I know it was, before installing windows 7, running off the Vista boot loader as I uninstalled the legacy (XP) boot loader.Click to expand...

I used VistaBootPro3.3 to manage my boot loader after installing vista, so I think the vista bootloader was controlling it, I'm not sure what controls it now having installed windows 7, just that it's still working. Actually I just referenced some notes and I know it was, before installing windows 7, running off the Vista boot loader as I uninstalled the legacy (XP) boot loader.Click to expand...

OK, I'm a bit confused here so I'll recap what I understand.

XP is still loaded, right? You want to get rid of Vista and have W7 as second boot after XP? Assuming that, load VBP in XP and delete both Vista and W7 boots, re-arrange your partitions as you wish and re-install W7. You can then remove VBP from XP as it's no longer needed.

Just to clarify what VBP does, it is not a bootloader and controls nothing upon boot. It is just a GUI front-end to simplify the confusing use of the BCD Store commands, which does all the work. That's all it does, is make the BCD more user friendly.

EDIT: Just to add a bit, when you loaded W7 then that w... Read more

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

the funk

Answer:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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Hello All,

I've installed Ubuntu to make a dual boot option with Win 7 a number times without major incident. On the advice of a tech friend I installed Zorin 9 trial version on a Lenovo G780. I never saw any kind of screen asking how I'd like to install it, i.e. dual boot, overwrite disk, etc. Zorin installed without a hitch and appears to be running flawlessly ... but there is now no sign of Win 7! I talked with my tech friend who uses Zorin 9 at home. He told me that since my 750gig HD is only 1/4 full Zorin most likely installed itself on a blank area of the disk and Win 7 & files are probably untouched but 'hidden'.

How do I get my files back? I can get a legit copy of Win 7 through work so I'm not concerned with keeping that particular copy. I can always replace Zorin, although I'm not so inclined to at the moment for obvious reasons.

As far as my own skill level is concerned, I rate myself as fairly low, but I've been told repeatedly by people who do tech support for a living that I'm amazingly good at following instructions.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Zorin installed: No Dual Boot Options Given. Now Win 7 is "gone"

Hello jmcd0264 and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry for the delayed response but I just saw your question.

I'd suggest that you post a screen capture image of your disk management screen using this tutorial.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

This will let the Forum members see what's on your hard drive and offer suggestions on how to proceed.

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Hi there,

I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate (32bit) and would like to play World of Warcraft however my Intel 82865g chipset doesn't have recent drivers available and it is currently incompatible with windows Vista.

So, I want to create a partition with XP installed so that the drivers will work and I can play WoW.

However, despite being able to create a partition, I cannot find a way of installing Win XP. I have tried booting from an XP CD but my PC seems to give up and move onto booting from the hard-disk instead and starts up Vista. Why can't I boot from the CD?

Does anyone know how I can successfully install XP on a separate partition with Vista already installed or am I going to have to format and do it the long way, starting with XP and partitioning Vista?


Answer:Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

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What is the best way to do dual boot with ubuntu 7 without disturbing my vista partition or creating any vista boot errors like bootmgr missing ets?

Answer:Best way to dual boot Vista and Linux with vista already installed?

Install Linux and then your bootloader, and presto.

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I have Vista installed on my "play" puter. Installed Ubuntu using most of the defaults. It re-arrainged my single 80G harddrive, left vista intact and ubuntu installed clean.
Grub splash screen shows some ubuntu options, it also shows vista.
Ubuntu boots fine. If I select vista the boot hangs. Tried to boot vista in safe mode and the last thing the log shows is "/windows/system32/drivers/crcdisk.sys"

Vista booted ok before I installed ubuntu

Any idea what is going on


Answer:Dual boot -- vista wont boot ubuntu will

Yeah I Think windows dosen't like being dual booted it has some protection or something. But found a page to help :

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This may be obvious but I don't want to muck things up
My system started off as Vista 64 bit and then I added Win 7 64 bit as a dual boot with the MBR in the Vista partition
What I would like to do is to add an SSD onto which I would migrate the existing Win 7 partition and make it bootable as a stand alone installation. Once this has been done I would add Win 10 to the SSD as a dual boot (a Win 10 Pro OEM is dirt cheap)

Answer:How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

Should have looked at the help suggestions How to convert from dual boot to single boot 2 HDDs - Win 7 & Vista64
Now fixed

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I was asked for a SP3 disc when I went to install the XP onto it's own partition. I didn't have it so I cancelled, now my Vista machine won't boot into Vista. It keeps auto-booting to the XP side and getting stuck at the same point with the SP3 disc.

I tried hitting F11 for recovery at system boot, but it just ignores me and goes back to the XP install screen, asking for the disc.

What can I do? I don't care about wiping the Vista or the XP and starting with a clean Vista install. The copy of XP can go into the disc collection, because I only did this for I just want my Vista install running.

I just don't know how to get the Vista to load....if possible, and if not, I don't know what to do to clean install Vista without the recovery option. I don't have the Vista disc, like most computers these days. This is also my roommate's old PC, and he never made any recovery boot discs.....he is not PC adept at all.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. If I can just get Vista back up and avoid re-installing everything, I would really like that, but a clean install or re-install is not out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.

Answer:Screwed up XP dual-boot install, now can't boot Vista

Download and burn to CD the Vista Recovery Disk for your bit-version: Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

Boot the CD, accept any offered repair, if it fails to start Vista then boot back in to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

If this fails you'll need to mark Vista partition Active to make the Repairs work: Partition - Mark as Active

To get a graphic picture of what is happening to mark Vista partition Active easier, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. I would rightclick>wipe the XP partition first.

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vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot? currently running XP on one drive and Vista64 on another with good success with Vistas built in dual boot.

Because of Vista64 compatibility issues (darn it) with much of my software, I need to install Vista32.

I have 3 drives so I want to move V64 to the smallest one and just use for my remote control helicopter simulator, fantastic on V64. Then install Vista HP 32 bit on the third drive ending up with:

XP pro
Vista 32 Home Premium
Vista 64 Home Premium

on 3 separate drives. Will Vista's dual boot function work in this configuration?


Answer:vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot?

Im not sure about booting vista64 and 32 but i do know triple boot is possible
HOWTO: Triple-Boot Ubuntu 6.06, Windows Vista, and Windows XP - Ubuntu Forums

I will be watching this thread closely, it sound like fun

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Basically, I'd like to change the two OS names I have on boot up. Right now they look like this...

"Windows Vista Home Premium (recovered)" I had to recover...
"Earlier Version of windows"

I'd like to make them look like this...

"Windows Vista Home Premium"
"windows XP Professional"

This isn't a big problem, just an annoyance really. But is someone knows how to resolve this, It'd be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Change OS title on boot up (Dual boot - xp/Vista)

You can do it with EasyBCD easily enough.

I found it while using this guide for setting up a dual-boot...

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Okay.. so I am trying to dual boot XP and Vista b/c I need XP operating system for work. I has Vista installed first then tried to load XP but I could not for the life of me get that to work. So what I ended up doing was installing XP first and I was able to get that installed and working. I downloaded the necessary drivers for that and had it good. Then I loaded Vista and had that put and downloaded all the drivers and necessary information. I restarted and wanted to boot into XP ( had the options for both ) I got the XP Pro loading screen and the blue bar went 1/5 way across the screen and I got the message of:A Problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.Technical information:STOP 0x0000007B (0xF78AA63C, 0xC000000E, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)I have a feelings its by XP bootloader menus but if I could fix it I wouldn't be postin' I appreciate any information/help I can get. Thank you for at least reading.

Answer:Dual Boot XP and Vista. Now going to boot into XP and getting STOP error

I'd suggest you start by booting to the Recovery Console (boot to the XP CD and choose the first repair option) and run chkdsk /r - let's see what happens after that. I'm guessing it's not the bootloader if you XP actually starts to load.

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i have dell laptop with vista as primary and i have installed xp as a second OS and it worked fine as a dual boot system and
Recently i was formatted vista and installed now the peoblem arises i can boot into vista but whe i press the xp it shows the message

status: 0xc000000f

Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is misssing or corruptClick to expand...

i couldn't find the files boot.ini ,ntldr, in my system............
pls help me i have lot of applications in my xp

Answer:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

You should try reinstalling XP

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this

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i have win 7 and it is working fine with lots of programs, paid and free and many without discs etc.
i expect to set up a dual boot ... win 7 and win 10
i have never created a dual boot before and i'm not a "techy"

#1 can the win 10 find what ever it needs and run the "installed" win 7 programs?

#2 should i just plod along with the win 10 and gradually download and install programs on win 10 while using win 7 for most of my work until i get most of the programs running in win 10?
i can't afford to buy a bunch more programs and i'm getting too old to just jump in and find and download/install a bunch of programs all at once

#3 how will auto updates of windows and other programs and drivers work with the dual boot setup?

thanks for your comments/advice


Answer:Solved: win 10 dual boot can win 10 find and run programs installed by win 7 "Windows

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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

Answer:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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I?m running windows vista service pack 1, 32-bits on my primary HD and i would like to install in my secondary windows xp pro. In this last HD i would also like to make a small partition for some backup files...

Could some1 point me a link or tell me how can i so?

PS-My secondary HD, i?ve it as logic unit..any problem on that?

Thanks in advance

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Okay, well i recently bought my new computer which came with Windows Vista Home 64 bit installed on it. I gave vista a chance until i tried to run Counterstrike on it...than i find out that vista does not work with the graphics engine counterstrike uses..and that i'd be better off with XP. So i found a good tutorial to dual boot vista and xp here;
Long story short....i found out that i didn't follow the steps correctly, and here are the mistakes i made
I installed and ran VistaBootPro on VISTA, before installing XP. Doing this, i went to the "System Bootloader" tab and chose option 1(windows vista bootloader) under 'Choose a System Bootloader to Install:'
and i chose option 1 (all drives) under 'System Bootloader install options' and i hit ' Install Bootloader'
THAN, i installed XP on my separate partition, rebooted, (now in XP) installed all my drivers, and installed VistaBootPro, and followed the instructions from there (REinstalled the bootloader, and ran diagnostics, found the 'earlier version of windows' and rebooted into vista
from there i ran VistaBootPro again, ran the diagnostics, found XP, changed the name, and changed the boot drive to J: (the drive i assigned it to)
i applied updates and rebooted
when the dualboot screen came, i booted into vista, and it was fine, so i rebooted to test xp
when i tried to boot into xp, it said that there was an error and t... Read more

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Hi there, I just recently installed Vista on a new system. Later I found out that there were a couple of programs that didn't do very well with Vista, so I'm intending to install XP alongside Vista to run those other programs.

I did read a couple of threads about the dual Vista XP boot but I stll haven't found the right information to proceed with the instalation of XP.

I'm running a Vista Home Premium, Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (O.Clocked) 3.2GHz, Mobo: P5K-P35 SE Wifi, 2Gig ram, Nvidia 8800GTS 320Mb, HDD 320Gig.

First batch of questions pertaining to issue 1:
On some of the threads I read it does explain how to install XP on a Vista partition that has been shrinked. It explains the installation procedure where Vista takes up 100% of the hard drive BUT NOT if the hard drive has been partitioned already (like an extra drive D partition), which mine is.

I've partioned the hard drive into C (200Gig. Vista OS), and D (120Gig).
My question is..."Can I go about installing XP, as mentioned on other threads, on to my drive D? Can I use ALL of drive D for XP, or must I shrink a portion of it to run XP? If I do shrink a portion of it for XP, what happens to the rest of D? Is the rest of D still run by Vista?

Can you recommend any sites that instruct installing XP on a Vista drive D?

Issue 2: Performance
I've read that one can go about dual booting on the same drive AND on separate drives. In terms of ram allocation, processor and graphics performance, doe... Read more

Answer:Dual boot Vista XP with Vista installed first.

Hello Paulo, Welcome to TSF!

Here is a very good guide to dual booting Vista? and Windows? XP.

How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first).
(Click the coloured link to be re-directed.)

Hope this answers your query; report back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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I have a strange situation that has developed. I have an XP / Linux Mint dual boot. Everything works fine on the Mint installation, however the XP side has developed some strange characteristics. Firstly system restore will not restore to a previous setting ( Shows up on the restore Menu ).
I want to do a clean reinstall, set the boot order to boot from CD, reads the CD but wont boot up - just resumes to the original programme. Lastly Sound - works fine on the Mint set up but nothing comes out on XP. Device Manager says all systems are working correctly.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
Done an AVG Scan - NO threats found.

Answer:[SOLVED] Restore/ Sound/ Boot problem on Xp dual boot

If you are trying to boot from CD and the CD drive is set to First Boot Device and you put your XP CD in, restart the computer and you do not get the message Press Any Key To Boot From CD/DVD, then either the CD is not First Boot Device, the CD is not bootable or the CD drive is not reading the CD correctly. Try the CD on another computer if it boots that computer then the CD drive needs to be changed.
To repair the other problems you are having in XP, go to Start/Run and type SFC /scannow and press enter. Put the XP CD in and it will replace any missing system files.
Remember if you are successful in reinstalling XP, then you will have to reinstall GRUB as XP will take over the boot order.

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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I have tried everything !! everything!. I've been trying for days and i hate asking for help, but i just cant get it to work!

I have an msi wind, and it runs Xp, but i tried dual booting osx and everything goes fine. Though now i cannot access Win Xp cause it says im missing the hal.dll.

So there is something wrong with the boot.ini file.

What can i do?

Things i have tried
1) Modify the boot.ini from osx but the file is protected!
2) Use the recovery disk but i dont have a cd drive! and getting a usb is not an option.
3) Safe mod or command promt mode did not work
4) Tried installing Ubuntu onto an external hard disk so i can modify the partitions, and i got ubuntu on my ext hdd now but when i in bios tell the pc to boot from usb it just have that flashing cursor and nothing happens!.

Seriously, for two days i have googled everything and been to msi wind forums, but i cant find a solution.. Im not that kind of guy who does not try before he asks!

How can i make that Ext Hdd bootable?? Or can i some how get Recovery console to run from Usb flash drive??

I need my msi wind for school, so i really could use some help. Thanks in advance, if you need more info please tell.

Answer:[SOLVED] Cannot access Win Xp (dual boot failed) hal.dll missing, cannot boot from Ex

I don't think there is anything you can do unless you boot from an optical disc. That means getting an external optical drive. But google for how to make an ASUS EEE PC boot from a USB flash drive and see if that procedure will work for you with the Msi Wind also.

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I have a dual boot environment with two Win XP installed on different disks, XP1 and XP2 . XP1 was installed first and contains the boot files (NTLDR, boot.ini...) and XP2 came second. Now, I would like to keep XP2 and get rid of XP1. How can i delete XP1 since it contains the boot files? if i delete XP1 i am afraid to not be able to boot on XP2..., thanks

Answer:Solved: removing a boot partition in a dual boot system

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I initially started with XP and created a separate partition for Vista. After installing Vista on the other partition, Vista sees the (XP) Earlier version of windows. When I choose XP, I get the following error: NTOSKRNL.EXE is missing or corrupt.

If I repair the XP with fixmbr - I end up screwing up Vista. Then when I repair Vista, it end's screwing up XP.

How do I fix this?

Answer:Solved: Dual Boot: XP to Vista

Certainly don't use fixmbr. Did you try a Startup Repair from Vista's DVD?

These will help with editing Vista's boot store:

VistabootPro or EasyBCD

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i have vista on one hd and xp sp2 on the second .
both work on their own fine but no dual boot screen appears , there is the problem.
have installed vista boot pro from within xp but get the error message
vista boot pro has dectected that your bcd registry is missing or corrupt. it is recommended you fix this problem in order to supress this message.

any ideas ?

Answer:Solved: dual boot xp/vista

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I recently have installed XP aside Vista.
Currently, the Vista bootloader is "in control".
I want the XP bootloader to be in control, so XP will be the default OS,
so when I start my PC, I won't need to select "XP" anymore, because right now, it's my main OS.

How can I do that?

Answer:Solved: Dual-boot: Vista and XP

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I recently partioned my hdd to accomodate windows 7, to test it out to see if it was any good. I`ve decide to get rid of 7 and reclaim the partition space used. Managed to do that okay but when i restart my pc i still get a choice of vista or 7 even though 7 is no longer installed.
How do i get rid of the 7 option at reboot?

Answer:Solved: Dual boot vista &7

I believe that you go to MSCONFIG, select BOOT and highlight and delete the option to boot into Windows7. I did that some months back and I believe that is correct. You can also change the boot order there.
Perhaps someone can confirm this?

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I currently have Vista 32-bit installed.
I would like to install XP 32-bit aside it, so I can play old games, that only work on XP and older operating systems.

How can I do that?

Answer:Solved: How to dual-boot Vista and XP?

I think this guide will help:

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hi guys,i have a vista premium 64 bit quad core,i want to shrink the hard drive and instal xp on a partition,shrinking and installing xp seems straight forward,but i am confused on how to reboot the both,any detailed help would be very much appreciated,thank you ...

Answer:Solved: how to dual boot vista & xp ???????

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Hello, - I have an ACER 5100 notebook that came w/XP. Some months ago, I burned the XP recovery system on 2ea DVDs. Then recently, I wiped the HDD, and did a clean install of Vista Home Premium using upgrade media by following the step-by-step from this site:

I didn't allow Vista access to the Internet for anything but Microsoft Updates and ACER drivers for Vista. Then I made an Image of Vista using Image for DOS and placed it on an external USB HDD.

Ok, then I wiped the drive again and created a new 20G partition using Bootit NG leaving the rest of the 120G drive unallocated. And then reinstalled XP on that partition using the 2 recovery DVDs.

Now, what I'd like to do is place my pristine fully updated Vista image on another partition <I've already created another NTFS partition with 35G>. I'm reading about MBR etc but have no skills in that area. I found a site that gives a step-by-step on dual booting XP/Vista, but it involves a complete reinstall of Vista and then I'd have to go through getting MS updates and ACER drivers all over again.

Anyone out there done this who might be able to guide me ?


Answer:Solved: Dual Boot XP/Vista

hi maybe this could be of help have seen it recommende many times havent used myself oops here is the link

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I have installed vista on this pc on a different h/d from which xp is installed. However this machine always boots into xp by default, I have to press F12 during bios boot up to choose the h/d to boot into. Is there a way to get it to default into booting onto the vista h/d? Have tried doing all that stuff in advanced system menu, but the drop down menu only shows vista under default operating system.
Would like to have a paused simple choice when starting the pc of vista or xp with a default to vista if nothing is selected. Is that poss without reinstalling everything on the same h/d?

Answer:Solved: dual boot xp & vista on different h/d's

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I managed to mess up my Windows 8.1 factory install almost as soon as I unboxed my Y50-70 with a couple of boneheaded moves. I was able to restore Windows from a downloaded USB image from Microsoft and the BIOS Windows key on the laptop. So far so good. The boot is on /dev/dsa1 as fat32. I have a suspicion that the system when installed was in a different location from the factory. The reason for my suspicion is the following. When trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as a dual boot, Ubuntu cannot see the Windows OS. I have tried shrinking the Windows partition using the windows partition utility. I have also changed the unallocated space from shrinking to ext4 using GParted. Do I need to change the Windows boot location or change the BIOS boot type to get Ubuntu to see it should install alonside Windows?

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Carsomyr said:

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

Answer:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

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Hey Guys,

So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but:

Previous Computer Setup:
I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.)

Drive C: --------> Vista (Now Windows 7)
Drive D: --------> Windows XP

After upgrading my Vista to Windows 7 (Via clean install) I lost my boot menu to choose XP. Now everytime I flip the power it boots DIRECTLY into Windows 7.

How do I recover my boot screen option so I can boot back into XP when I need to?



Answer:Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)

Hello Asif,

You can pick up at step 7 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below inside Vista to add XP back to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,

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I have a PC with a Intel D850EMV2 motherboard. It has 1024MB of Samsung RAMBUS memory. With Windows XP Pro installed on my C: drive I installed Windows Vista Ultimate on the D:
drive in a dual boot setup. Then when I restarted it the first time it would not boot up. I get the NTLDR missing error. Then I put in my XP install cd and got into the setup repair. Then I typed in fixboot and let setup fix the boot and restarted my PC. Now I can boot into XP but not Vista. Now I have lost my dual boot .ini file. I cannot boot into vista. I figured it would be a waste of time to go through the same routine again... it was. I got the same results. Has anyone had and fixed this problem?

Answer:XP Won't Boot After Vista Dual Boot Installation

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Heres the run down:

Hard drive with 3 partitions.

Installed XP first
Installed Vista second

I want to format the XP partition to install a light version.

The XP partition is the Boot partition, so i cant format it.

How do i change the boot partition to be the Vista partition. (what files need moved, where from where to, do they need edited in any way etc)
This is annoying my head!! if i had installed Vista first there would have been no problem i take it!

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!




Problem that occured trying to sort this out, which is fixed

I needed to format the XP partition, but it wouldnt let me, as its partition was the boot partition.

The XP partiton was marked active, so I marked the vista partition as active, and restarted.

Then it just sat trying to boot (flashing _ )

I popped in the vista DVD, hit repair installation.

I ran the startup repair tool, it detected that the boot file was missing. It said it fixed the error, and i restarted the machine.

The same problem is happening..... (flashing _ )

I tried running the startup repair tool again, but it now does not detect any errors.
I used ultimate boot cd to mark the XP partition as active, robooted and it loaded up like it did originally.

Answer:boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

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hello,I have a dual boot configuration, and have XP on C, Vista on D, and WINDOWS7 BETA on was working ok last night, with all 3 O/S available at start up/selectable (via Vista Boot pro Program). Now when I get into Win XP, and open Vista boot pro, to manage O/S's and default the mmain one i want (Vista in my case), it looks as if everything is ok, but when i boot up, there NOW is no O/S selection, but just boot into XP.Not sure what's happened, and I've done a repair on Vista as well. Also under msconfig>Selective start up, I have ticked all the 4 boxes, but can't seem to find the O/S option hereThanks for any replies.KorgY

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I have now installed W2k on a secondary boot partition but am having a few problems.

One problem is that as both partions contain the same operating system (W2K), on the boot up screen both systems have the same name so I can't identify which is which and i'm not sure the system is either??

I can only seem to switch between systems by having Partition Magic on both drives and using the PQ Boot for Windows utility to switch between them.

Is there a way of changing the name in the boot up screen or am I just missing something obvious?

Answer:[Solved] Can't seem to change between Dual Boot OS without using PQ Boot utility?

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WIN7-XP DUAL BOOT FILES - to save to backup

I have win7 and XP as dual boot on same HDD. WinXP installed first. Works fine.

I use a backup/restore program to make images of each O/S - seperately and regularly.

However, it's not made for a dual boot machine according to the manufacturer.

When I restore Win XP, it works perfectly every time, so far.

However, when I restore Win 7, it refuses to boot into Win7 and has to be repaired with the original Win7 disc.

I can always get into either XP OR Win7. So a copy of the relevant boot files for each system, (copied and saved onto each O/S), could easily be pasted back into the partition that fails to boot -by doing it from within the O/S partition that will boot.

Can anyone tell me what are the relevant files for each system please (and where to find them) so I can copy & save them onto each O/S?. I can then easily restore them after an image restore that won't boot.

Thank you in anticipation.

Answer:Solved: Win7/XP Dual Boot,-Boot Files

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Hi, I had just installed xp on my vista computer. Apparently I don't know whether it's the fact that vista was OEM or the fact that XP does not recognize vista. I what I did was I made a partition. I had 300gb, and I partitioned 50 gb. So I installed XP by using the boot installation. And now from some reason the BIOS does not detect the partitions, rather the entire hard drive instead. So now I can't boot vista, and I can only boot xp. I had vista originally on this pc. How can I get my bios to detect the partitions on my drive so that I can dual boot xp with vista?

Answer:Solved: Installing xp dual boot vista :(

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Hi guys I hope you can help.

I have windows Vista installed but I would like XP as a second drive.

I have created a partition and installed XP onto it, now when I boot it just opens XP and I cant find Vista anywhere.

Can anyone shed any light on this? I am a beginner.


Answer:Solved: Installing a dual boot for Vista and XP

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I have XP Pro installed after Vista Home Premium, and now can only boot Vista, so ready to do that process to create a dual boot using the Vista boot manager. But when I do attempt this procedure; , error message is; "not a valid win32 application" and "access denied". I think this is an issue between the 64 bit Vista and 32 bit XP, so can I run those commands from booted into the Vista install DVD, the repair option, and using the command prompt ? Or if I did install either Vista boot Pro or that easy BCD program in XP using the same installer file which I copied from the Vista when it did boot up, to a USB flash drive, is that the cause? So are there 2 versions of easy BCD and Vista boot pro, one for 32 bit XP, and 1 as 64 bit? Here is that other link which uses the Vista boot Pro program tool to create a dual boot setup;, and the Microsoft KB about this;

Answer:Solved: Vista 64 bit with XP 32 bit dual boot issue

You may want to try to boot from Vista DVD and repair the startup problems which will try to make changes in vista boot manager.

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I have a Compaq 900 megahertz AMD Athlon processor with 768 Ram (Max).A dual boot Vista and XP pro.I installed XP Pro first then Vista.(Same HardDrive).I used a program called easyBCD to start XP Pro first.I would like to uninstall Vista from this machine because it runs s-l-o-w.(not fast enough processor and Ram)How do I go about doing this without messing up XP Pro ?
THANKS........Have a good productive day.......

Answer:Solved: Uninstall(Dual Boot) Vista

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Hello, - I've seached but can't find a situation exactly like mine so here goes with another dual boot question:

I have an ACER 5100 that used to have XP Home. I still have the two DVD recovery CDs I made when that OS was installed. A few days ago, I bought Vista Home Premium Upgrade and managed to get a clean install on the ACER. The 120G HDD is partitioned three ways: C: 35G, F: 20G, G: 20G and some 35G on the end unallocated. All NTFS - Vista is on C:. I'm having difficulty with Vista (finding a software firewall that works, and the whole permissions thing with Vista - UAC etc), that I want to go back to XP Home while I work on the Vista issues.

I'd like to place XP Home back on the G: drive and use it as before. Question is can I dual boot this way and will XP Home go back into G: using my recovery DVDs?


Answer:Solved: Dual Boot Vista/XP Home

I found this tutorial: and there's also a tutorial at this site to go XP/Vista dual boot.

They suggest this app for shrinking an OS partition: GParted Live CD ISO

I can't tell, though, from the tutorial if the DVD restore CDs can be used to install XP from is why I posted here.


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I had XP Pro installed on my C: drive first then installed vista after rebooting the dual boot screen reads
line 1 earlier windows
line 2 vista (vista loads)
line 3 vista (When click on nothing happens)
I have unstalled XP Pro and line 1 is gone. If you have only vista installed on C: drive do you need the dual boot screen and if not how do I get rid of it.
Thanks to any one that can help me.

Answer:[SOLVED] Can vista Dual Boot be deleted

go into msconfig/boot
highlight the one you do not require and then delete it
make sure that you pick the right one

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I have 2 hard rives in the same tower. on has xp pro and the other vista biz. they both were running fine until i had issues with my XP so i reinstalled xp but now when i boot i don't have the option to boot to Vista. i can access the vista drive via XP but i cant boot to it anymore.

(Boot.ini i presume)

how can i fix this with out having to reinstall Vista again?


Answer:Solved: XP And Vista Dual Boot issue

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I have an electronic organizer that will only run up through Windows XP, and that will back up my contacts only up through Outlook 2002. I have been told that I need to dual-boot my Compaq Presario SR5710Y that came with Windows Vista pre-installed. I have already purchased Windows XP in preparation of this, and after successfully doing this, purchase Office XP (version 2002) for the same reason. I would like to find the best, most user friendly way to do this. Help!

Answer:Solved: Dual boot in Windows Vista

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I have XP on my C drive. I'm going to install Vista on my second drive (D) w/a dual-boot setup. I know Vista will see itself as C drive and XP as D drive and vice-versa w/XP. After I get Vista setup and running nicely (already experimented w/it on a small partition, worked fine) I will want to delete XP completely and just run Vista. Will I have any issues? (Like w/MBR or D drive now being C drive?)

Thanks much,

Answer:Solved: Installing XP/Vista Dual-boot

You'll have a problem with the MBR on C:. But after formatting the XP drive, switch them and run startup repair from the Vista DVD and you should be all set.

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I've had XP for a number of years, finally decided to install Vista but wanted to keep XP around until I knew all of my software worked great in Vista. Created a new partition and installed Vista - everything worked great for a month (was able to boot fine into both XP and Vista) until I did something stupid. I went into the disk management tool and saw that my Vista partition was not marked as Active. I thought this was a mistake since I was in Vista so I made it active.

On my next boot up I got the infamous ntldr cannot be found error and started to panic. I used the repair tool on the Vista disk to finally fix the boot problem, however now it didn't give me the option to dual boot. I thought I just needed to add the option to the boot screen so I downloaded easybcd and added XP as a boot option, pointing it to my D drive (which is the partition that XP is on). On my next boot, I thought I had saved my self as sure enough I had the option to boot into either XP or Vista. Choosing Vista worked great, however choosing XP just causes the PC to reboot.

I'm pretty sure my MBR needs to be fixed somehow to show valid operating systems on both partitions. Can anyone help me fix this? I really need to be able to boot into both operating systems. I know I can try to fix the mbr with the XP disk but that is supposed to pretty much kill my Vista install from what I've read

Also, did it make sense that my Vista partition wasn't Active?

Thanks guys

Answer:Solved: Vista XP Dual Boot Problem

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Some time ago I bought a new laptop with Vista installed. I have a program that is not compatible with Vista so was going to install 2000 from my old retired computer however ran into problems, so delelted the partition I had created and reallocated the space back to drive C however everytime I boot it asks whether I want to run Vista or 2000.

I read another post in the XP section where in msconfig you can check all boot paths (boot.ini tab) however cannot find the same thing in msconfig in Vista so would really like to get rid of the dual boot selection which is not valid anyway.


Answer:Solved: Eliminating Dual Boot with Vista

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I had vista and xp in dual boot and decided i was going to delete the vista partition, well apon restarting my comp, i get a real quick Invalid boot something or other, cant read all of it before it disapers, and then nothing, it wont boot into xp.i have done a fixboot and i did a bootcfg/rebuild and still nothing.

Answer:Solved: Dual boot xp/vista Broke

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Question: Dual Boot options

Does anyone know if I can have a dual boot using 2 drives configured as 1Primary & the other as Pri.slave? Or Primary & secondary slave? I want to be able to boot into either WinX or Win2000. Thanks . Bart

Answer:Dual Boot options

Absolutely. You can do this with a boot managing program, or simly use what is built into 2000 and NT.

There is some good information about dual booting here:

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Hi everyone,
I currently have XP Home running on my PC and I'm looking to get Vista when it comes out with my machine setup in a dual boot. My question is can I just purchase an upgrade copy of Vista and use both or does it require the full version to do it like this?
Obviously I'd like to save the bucks if I can.

Thanks for the help.

Answer:Solved: Vista Dual Boot Licensing Question

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hey guys i have vista home installed ....

i got the bootable usb with linux

but i need to create a partition for it... the problem is the whole drive is 1 partition for vista? i have 55gigs of unused hd space. how can i create a partition in that unused space so i can install linux?

Answer:Solved: dual boot vista and linux (fedora)

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I have just set up a dual boot with XP Home on my Vista system, but in the device manager under XP i am missing drivers for "SM Bus Controller". My system specifications are as follows:

Product Name
Aspire M5201
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, v.113 / XP Home SP3
ATI RS780+SB700
AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core Processor
System Memory
4096 MB
Hard Drive
WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B0 ATA Device, 596.17 GB
Generic- Compact Flash USB Device, 0 Bytes
Generic- MS/MS-Pro USB Device, 0 Bytes
Generic- SD/MMC USB Device, 0 Bytes
Generic- SM/xD-Picture USB Device, 0 Bytes
Maxtor 3200 USB Device, 298.09 GB
CD/DVD Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
Total Available Graphics Memory
1919 MB
Realtek High Definition Audio
Marvell Yukon 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Anyone know how i can sort this out?


Answer:Solved: Vista / XP Dual Boot - SM Bus Controller XP driver

Try this download, the SM Bus driver should be included but it's a large file (~170MB) so I haven't verified it's there.,M1201,M3200,M3210,M5200,M5201/

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I've dual booted my Gateway with XP in addition to the Vista that came with it. Everything is working fine with the exception of my network. Can't connect in XP (Vista is fine - can be seen on network and internet connection is fine). I'm getting messages on the XP side that my network adapter can't be "seen". Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: dual boot - vista on network but xp not connected

When booted in XP, please do this.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.
Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?


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I have attached the screen shot from Disk Manager which shows how I installed Windows 7 on a machine that origianally ran Vista.

After I used Windows 7 I have not used Vista for over a year so I moved the Windows 7 to the start of the HDD using Partition wizard and some instructions on the web.

I now want to delete all the vista files and stop the dual boot getting the PC to go straight in to Windows 7.

Grateful for any help - searching the web showed dual boot but with 7 as the secondary OS and not the primary.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3327 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 509906 MB, Free - 305018 MB; D: Total - 205479 MB, Free - 183636 MB; E: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 300404 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5Q-PRO
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Many thanks

Answer:Solved: Removing Vista From Windows 7 dual boot

Click the Start orb - type run into the search box - type msconfig in the run box - Boot tab - you can set the Windows 7 to be default and delete any other entries.

I don't know where the Vista is, but note that your Master Boot Record is in that partition Windows has labeled "E" in your first screen shot. If you are going to delete or format that partition you should make the Windows 7 partition be the 'System" one and use your installation DVD to repair the MBR.

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I set up my PC to dual boot to W7 or W8. All working fine until the PC refused to boot up saying there was an error due to removing a large storage device. I had pulled a 32GB USB stick from the machine earlier that day with using safely remove options.
I thought I could repair the boot loader but could not manage this. I had the retail W7 DVD so used that to hopefully repair Windows but managed somehow to install another version of W7.
Result is that after managing to repair my original W7 I now have two versions of W7 intalled on the same partition. (W8 is on a separate partition). I have used EasyBCD to rename the new W7 installation which I now wish to remove from the PC.
I can easily delete using EasyBCD but want to delete the actual installation as well not just the boot option. When I delete using EasyBCD does this delete the second (unwanted W7 installation) or just the option at startup. If only the startup title how do I delete the other unwanted installation. Will a system restore from my wanted W7 installation be sufficient.

Answer:Help Needed with Dual Boot Options

If you reinstall Windows 7 on that partition, your old install is in the Windows,old folder.

Therefore you will need to delete the old non-booting windows 7 in the startup menu.

Also you will need to reinstall all software app's.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management, FIRST?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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