trying to add windows xp into boot options in windows 7

#1
I used to be able to boot into windows xp but it dissapeared one day. I suspect its because I went into windows 7's advanced system settings and changed the startup time to 5 seconds. You see, my system is weird.

in windows xp Partition 1 shows up as C: and Partition 2 shows up as D:. But in windows 7, Partition 2 shows up as C: while Partition 1 shows up as D:. I suspect this confused windows 7 so when I changed the setting, it overwrote the previously working settings. I now can't boot into xp and the EASYBCD recovery doesnt work. I was wondering if there was any way to manually add an entry? thanks.
 

Terry60

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#2
Hi god, welcome to NST.
Your situation isn't weird. An OS installed by booting from the installation CD/DVD will almost always see itself as C:, and dynamically assign letters to the other devices depending on the order in which it detects them. Your system is in fact normal, like probably 99% of dual-boots.
(Device letters aren't "real" - they're just registry entries in the running system. No two OSs will agree about the assignments except by coincidence or personal user intervention)
Get EasyBCD 2.0 latest build.
add/remove entries
delete any existing XP entry
add a new XP entry
let EasyBCD auto-configure when it offers.
Don't change the letter assignment it uses for XP. It knows what it's doing.
See the sticky thread for more detail
 
#3
You can also use EasybCD->Change Settings->Timeout to adjust the timeout before it loads the default entry in the boot menu, to something higher than 5.