EasyBCD not creating boot.ini Win7with XP

#1
I did a clean install of Windows 7 successfully. After all was good, I placed a previously backed up image of WindowsXP on a 2nd drive (using Acronis Home, and copying the disk image/MBR of my previous XP installation).
So I have Windows 7 on hard disk number 1
and my restored image of windows XP on disk number 2
both disks have only one partition.
When I run EasyBCD, there does not appear to be anything written to boot.ini
I tried a blank boot.ini, I tried a copy of boot.ini from the XP image on disk2,
I tried manually editing the boot.ini, and I tried the Beta2 Easybcd,
but none seem to be making any changes to the boot.ini.
When I attempt to load winXp from the boot menu, I either get a blank screen, or, if I
use the boot.ini I edited manually, I get various messages about windows not loading because of a configuration/hardware problem.
I am not sure why EasyBCDbeta@ or EasyBCD are not modifying my boot.ini
Ntdetect, boot.ini, and ntldr are all located on my 1st hard drive, the one that successfully boots Win7,and the one EasyBCE points to when I use Add/delete to try to add an entry for WinXP.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#3
Use EasyBCD 2.0 latest build. There's no automation of the XP boot with 1.7.
Either delete/add the XP entry, or use tools / autoconfigure
 
#4
@ Justin and Terry: He said he tried the 2.0 Beta already, and it didn't work.
@ jehale: Does W7 have a hidden "system" partition (look in Disk Management)? If so, give it a drive letter, and do the auto-configure again. That's usually why it fails (no drive letter for the hidden partition).
 

JustinW

Super Moderator
Staff member
#5
Jake, the reason I say that is a lot download and install EasyBCD but never re-add the entry.
Jehale, if its still not working please post the modified boot.ini EasyBCD well have created.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#6
EasyBCD 2.0 modifies Boot.ini on the system boot partition which may or may not be the same boot.ini that you are looking at.