Dual Boot Win 7 & XP On Separate Discs

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  1. Chromedome2000

    Chromedome2000 New Member

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    Hi everybody, first time posting here, hope this isn't a stupid question! I previously had a dual-boot system with Vista 64 and XP 32 on separate discs. I used a previous version of EasyBCD to accomplish this but can't remember how I did it. Recently I installed Win 7 64 to the Vista 64 disc replacing Vista (did not upgrade, did a clean install). I disconnected the XP disc while doing so. Following the Win 7 installation I reconnected the XP disc and of course cannot boot into XP unless I change the boot order in BIOS to the XP disc. When booting from the XP disc I get the option of booting to Vista but it fails to start Win 7 when I try booting to the Vista opton. Following is the boot.ini file from my XP disc.
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    ;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
    ;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
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    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

    As my backups are on my XP disc (plus I need XP to use some older hardware and programs) I need to be cautious when setting up dual-booting again. In Win 7 Disk Management, Disk 0 shows up as (D:) Healthy (Active, Primary Partition) and contains my XP installation. Disk 1 shows up as (C:) Healthy (System, Boot, Page, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) and contains my Win 7 installation.

    Should I run EasyBCD from my Win 7 or XP installation and what steps do I need to take? I'm thinking I should run it from XP and allow it to automatically find my Win 7 installation but need to know before I undertake this task because I really don't want to screw things up! Sorry if this is a stupid question but I want to be cautious and not lose either installation. Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
     
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    mqudsi Mostly Harmless Staff Member

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    Boot into Windows 7, run EasyBCD 2.0.2, and add a new Windows XP entry. Tick the box that says "automatically determine drive" before adding though, and you should be set.
     
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    Well that was certainly easy enough! Thanks for your quick reply, worked like a charm! One other question, I've read that when starting XP, XP will wipe out any restore points in Win 7. If this is true, from what I gather, I'll need to use HnS to hide Win 7 from XP? What steps do I need to take to achieve this? Again, thanks for the quick reply, your software is definitely the best and I will recommend it to everyone I know needing a solution to their dual-boot problem.
     
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