Dual boot Win7 & XP separate drives, reinstall XP?

#1
I have a Gateway PC suppllied with XP pro pre-installed and a hidden recovery partition.

Recently fitted a second hard drive and installed Windows 7 pro on it which was fine and I was able to boot to either system. Used EasyBCD and can see that boot drive is on the original disk.

My XP system has now got a bit messed up and as I use it for some applications that won't run on Win7 want to reinstall it. The problem I have is that when I try to carry out system restore by pressing function key after POST it initially seems to start but then goes to BSOD.

I am guessing that this is because the boot sector and MBR on drive 0 have been modified when installing Win7.

Is there any way I can restore my original XP system and still be able to boot into both XP and Win7.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.
 
#2
Thanks for the reply but I really want to use Windows 7 as my main system and need to run XP occasionally for some applications which won't work on Win 7.
 
#4
Thanks for the response.
Those instructions seem to apply if you cannot boot into any version of Windows. I am able to get into both XP and Win 7 but what I would like to do is a reinstall of XP.
I have 2 hard drives, the original one has XP and a hidden recovery partition. The second drive which I added later has Windows 7. If I try to get in to the Gateway system recovery using F11 on startup I get blue screen of death.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
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#5
You can reinstall XP from the XP setup CD.