Dual Boot Win7 & XP

snifferpro

New Member
Hi. I'm new to the Neosmart forums and EasyBCD.

I have a laptop that had Vista installed on it on a 160GB hard drive.

I needed more space so I bought a 500gb hard drive and cloned my existing
160gb drive to the new 500gb drive. All went ok. I inserted the drive in te laptop
and booted into Vista.

I then decided since I have the extra space I would install Win7 on a second
partition so I partitioned the drive into 3 partitions.

Partition 1 was Vista
Partition 2 empty for Win7
Partition 3 - HP recovery partition

Partitioning went fine.

I then installed Win7 to the empty partition and it installed ok.

When I rebooted after the win7 install I got the menu choice for both Win7 and
Vista. Win7 was the first available choice.

I selected Win7 and system booted ok. I installed all necessary drivers and MS
updates to Win7 and everything was good.

I then rebooted to verify that Win7 was ok. Win7 booted fine.

I then rebooted to check that my Vista partition was still good and I was able
to successfully boot into Vista. Vista did it's MS updates and all was good.

The past couple of days, when I boot i get the following:
"Windows Boot Manager
Windows failed to start
file:\Boot\BCD
Status 0xc000000E

If I press the enter key the system gives me the prompt to select the desired
OS and I select Win7 and it boots.

I checked for a \boot\bcd file on both the Vista and Win7 partitions.
Vista has a \boot\bcd but WIN7 does not.

I Installed Easybcd 2.02 on the Win7 partition and here is the output from
Easybcd.

"There are a total of 4 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: D:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows Vista
BCD ID: {8c384823-6ff0-11db-8455-0016d303c84f}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #3
Name: Windows 7 Professional (recovered)
BCD ID: {16520384-1cca-11e0-b56f-961f3a2e0c3f}
Device: Deleted Partition
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #4
Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (recovered)
BCD ID: {16520385-1cca-11e0-b56f-961f3a2e0c3f}
Device: Deleted Partition
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe"

Entries 3 & 4 were created when I did the repair as suggested by Windows itself.

I'm assuming that when I installed Win7 to create a dual boot system of Win7 and
Vista, something got screwed up.

Any insight into this problem and possible solutions would be appreciated.

Thanks
 
So can you now boot into Windows Vista from either one of the best entries?
 

snifferpro

New Member
Yes, I am booted into Vista at the moment. I booted into Vista 3 times today
with no issues.

When I want to boot into 7 is when I have the problem. Not all the time, but
about every other time. When I do get the error message above, I can hit return
and then boot into 7.

It's just a inconvenience to have to deal with it.

After finishing this reply I will boot back into 7.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Boot into Windows, run EasyBCD, BCD Backup/Repair, Reset BCD

Then re-add all your entries.
 
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