Win7/WinXP dual boot issue

#1
- installed Win7, used it for half a year
- installed WinXP on a separate partition (same hard drive)
- logged into WinXP aftern installation to see if it works
- it worked
- used Win7 disk to recover the boot sequence, otherwise I would've been stuck with only WinXP because it doesn't give me an option to boot into Win7 instead
- booted up Win7 okay but now lost the ability to boot from WinXP
- installed EasyBCD to add a boot entry for WinXP
- restarted PC to see if it works
- selected WinXP from the boot menu, the following popped up:
failed to start
file: \NST\NTLDR
status: 0x000000f
the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

- confused, WinXP booted up and worked a minute ago
- selected Win7 instead
- worked, booted up Win7 again
- did a fast search on this forum, found something about C:\NST\NTLDR being corrupt or wrong size
- deleted C:\NST\NTLDR
- restarted the PC only to find that now Win7 is lost as well
- panicked
- recovered Win7's boot entry using its installation disk
- booted up Win7 okay
- noticed that a new C:\NST\NTLDR was created
- added WinXP boot entry in EasyBCD the second time
- both Win7 and WinXP boot up now
- confused as dual boot didn't work before

Is this normal? Do I have to go through the same agony next time I decide to reinstall Win7 and WinXP? (deleting the file NTLDR to mess up the boot menu, recovering Win7 using the disk etc.) I hope that if someone else is having the issue then at least this will help him...

Any response would be appreciated.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#3
In answer to your final question.
No, that's not normal.