Yeh, I had thought of that as well but I thought maybe it could be fixed.
With the 2nd boot menu, when you select recovery console, you get this error:
Press any key to restart
Press a key and it says something like:
Please restart and select the proper boot device
Or insert a...
OK, it is almost complete now. Just one little thing which isn't quite right.
When I boot from Windows 7 drive, I get the first boot menu, where everything works:
Windows 7 (works)
Windows XP (gives 2nd menu, see below *)
Recovery Console for XP (works)
But the second menu is like this...
That was a good suggestion. I really thought that would work. It has half-worked! :lol:
I did what you said and I am able to use the recovery option from boot menu. However I think installing the recovery console by following the steps in that article over-writes the Windows 7 boot manager.
Before I got recovery console onto the boot menu, I could not run it from the XP CD. I don't know why. My XP CD came with the PC, which is an oem version so maybe they took it out, but I can't think why they'd do that.
That's the reason why I installed it as suggested from this page:
I just got back after booting and it didn't work.
So I think I'm going to leave it here instead of trial and error and wasting our time.
I'm still able to boot into Windows 7 and XP, and also recovery console when booting from XP drive. This is a lot of accomplishment for the goals I set at...
OK, I did the long thing:
I went into recovery consoles of XP and W7 and used diskpart to take note of what drive letters it is seeing.
XP Boot partition:
From XP Recovery console = J
From XP OS = I
From W7 OS = I
All other drives are same in XP recovery console as in XP and W7 Operating...
LOL! Let me tell you this that I had reinstalled windows XP 2 or 3 times before I finally got the letters I wanted.
Once I followed this guide:
How to restore the systemboot drive letter in Windows
But this broke my XP and I could only get up to login screen and it would freeze before showing...
Changing the letter of the W7 drive's boot.ini to K didn't work.
So C, I, K don't work.
XP's boot.ini is fixed fixed when I use C: for recovery console.
When I use K:, I do see a different error though. It is saying that some hal.dll file is missing. So it makes me wonder whether recovery...
If you look at the filename of my screenshot, I had made a note where I was booting from. It was the W7 drive I booted from.
I also took a screenshot of Disk management when I booted from XP drive. I was going to post both of them, which is the reason I took a bit time to reply for that post...
Ah yeh I should have left the XP boot.ini since that was working. I will change the drive letter back to C:
As for the drive letters. I had manually changed them so that "I" drive is seen as "I" in both operating systems, and "K" is seen as "K" in both. (You maybe wondering why I didn't use I...
I found the cmdcons folder in boot partitions of both drives i.e. in the same place where boot.ini exists.
I changed the drive letter in boot.ini for cmdcons to be the same as the boot.ini partition.
So for windows 7 boot.ini, I change it to:
K:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery...
XP drive's boot.ini:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons...
As mentioned in my first post, I was getting the second menu like this:
Recovery Console for XP
I removed the entry for Windows 7 (which was also set to default as well) from the boot.ini files on both drives. This removed the "Windows...
I want to keep this simple so here goes...
I have two drives, one IDE and one SATA. Now, I want to install XP on the IDE drive and Windows 7 on the SATA drive. However, my goal is that I want to be able to successfully boot into windows in the following cases:
1) Boot into XP when only...