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    upgrading mobo,cpu,ram killed my multi-bootability

    Thanks for the help. Since my last entry I have progressed somewhat. Turned off AHCI. Disconnected the SSD and used the W7 installation disc to fix the HD W7 backup. Installed all the necessary new drivers. Booted XP in safe mode and installed drivers. Booted XP with no problem. Rehooked up SSD...
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    upgrading mobo,cpu,ram killed my multi-bootability

    AHCI is on. The first thing I tried was turning it off, but same deal. XP is what I really need to get into, and that is not giving BSOD. It is telling me to insert installation disc because of a corrupt or missing ntldr. I don't want to take the chance of messing up my good W7 on the ssd by...
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    upgrading mobo,cpu,ram killed my multi-bootability

    I have had a succesful tri-boot system for the last 6 months thanks to EasyBCD. My main OS is Win7 on an SSD. On a multi partitioned HD I also have a Win7 backup and XP Pro. 10 days ago I upgraded my mobo, CPU and RAM because the old stuff was aging and odd things were occasionally happening...
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    trying to migrate W7 from dual boot drive to ssd; ssd won't boot

    Terry60- Thank you once again my friend. That was so easy. I spent 16 hours going in circles; should've come here first. I will now recopy the partition to the SSD and hope for the best. Addendum: It all looks right, but still cannot boot from SSD. It starts to load windows then I get a...
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    trying to migrate W7 from dual boot drive to ssd; ssd won't boot

    I have a dual boot system with XP Pro and Win7 Pro, both on one drive. XP was the original OS, so system files are on its partition which is active. I am trying to migrate Win7 to an SSD. I've copied the partition succesfully and made the SSD active and primary. But the boot folder is still on...
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    A couple of years ago when I installed win7 there wasn't so much info on how to do a dual boot with XP. I had so much important work on the XP drive that I NEEDED to keep it intact. So I followed the only tutorial I could find to install W7 safely over XP as a dual boot and that's just how it...
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    Terry60- I followed ur directions and installed W7-64 w/o a hitch. I made the partition active as well. Now I have 3 OS partitions- the XP is active and the first; w7-32 is logical and second; w7-64 is active and last. Currently W7-32 is my most used OS. Can I make that partition active now, or...
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    very cool info about system restore. Thanks, I will implement.
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    Thanks again. I am getting a clearer picture now. Once I booted in W7, I was able to view all those files on the XP (active) drive, but they're invisible if you are running XP. That added to my haze. Appreciate all the help. I'll let you know how the triple install goes.
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    Thanks again Terry. I think I'm getting it. Everything I see in Disk Manager corroborates what you told me. The primary partition,  which has XP, is System and Active. The thing that throws me off (and was my original problem two years ago) is that the bootloader resides on the partition that...
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    Hi Terry. Thanks for the help. I'm a little confused. originally I had XP alone on this drive. I subsequently added W7-32 and ran into dual boot trouble; that's why I installed EasyBCD in the first place. I think it was ver 1.71. Anyway, that cleared up my problems. But W7 took over all the boot...
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    xp-32, win7-32, win7-64 triple boot

    hello. I've been using a dual boot system for two years with xp-pro and win 7-pro 32bit os. I mostly work in XP because of old software that will only run well in that os. But I'm getting to the point where it's time to replace mobo/cpu/ram and am trying to migrate to win7 predominantly. The new...
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    cloned drive, lost dual-bootability

    just curious... what is WGA?
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    cloned drive, lost dual-bootability

    I cloned again using Partition Wizard. Once again XP Pro (the default) wouldn't boot. I was able to repair W7 using the installation disc this time. So in W7 I messed with some letter assignments in EasyBCD and now I'm back in business. Thanks.
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    cloned drive, lost dual-bootability

    yes, I figured out later that that was a mistake. Anyhow, with the old and new drives hooked up simultaneously, I can boot the new drives XP (it must be loading thru the old drives win7 bootloader). But the copied w7 is a complete mess. It gets to a point where my desktop is being compiled. or...
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    cloned drive, lost dual-bootability

    I have a WD640GB black drive w/4 partitions. XP Pro on C, Win7 Pro on G and two are data(E,F). I bought another identical drive and copied the old to the new w/ Data Lifeguard. XP Pro is my default OS. The copy looks right but boots directly into XP Pro. No more choice. I ran EasyBCD and it...
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    W7/XP but XP freezes during boot

    Thanks for that tip. I did have the XP and W7 partitions switched on the new drive, but the partition number was correctly listed in boot.ini. Windows doesn't assign its letters til it loads, so I don't think it was a letter problem. But who knows? I also tried it with XP and W7 in the same...
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    W7/XP but XP freezes during boot

    Thanks Terry60. I disconnected all usb devices and ran chkdsk, but unfortunately same result. Totally frustrated. I know I've used WD's data lifeguard to copy a whole drive with good results; that's my next step I guess. I've had bad luck with acronis. It means copying all 4 partitions and...
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    W7/XP but XP freezes during boot

    Hmmmm. Thanks for your help. This is unfortunate. I've tried F8 and virtually every option it offers except command prompt, and they all eventually take me to that medium blue screen that says WindowsXP and freeze there. (3rd image above) Don't know where I'm corrupting the XP partition, but I...
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    W7/XP but XP freezes during boot

    I have not had luck trying to get it to boot in safe mode. How can I get to system restore if windows doesn't boot? windows 7 boots OK, but how can that affect XP on a different partition? I tried booting from the XP install disc to do a repair. I chose repair, but it went ahead and reinstalled...
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