Windows 7 boot.ini


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I tried a dual boot Windows 7 to Xp (Windows 7 install first) and now it starts with Windows Xp but it doesn't see windows 7 at all. I opened the boot.ini of Windows 7.

There is a line :

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

What can i write so it will see Windows 7 ???
When you installed XP, you changed the MBR to look for the XP boot files.

Hopefully someone here will correct me if I am wrong, and it always helps to see an attached disk management window, but you might try putting in the Win 7 Install DVD and using the letter of your DVD instead of D:, open a command window in XP and type the following and enter after:

D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 sys

Try rebooting into 7, then use EasyBCD to set up the dual boot with XP.

And just for verification, the boot.ini entry you added shows the XP install is on the same hard drive as Win 7 and the 4th partition.

Some folks also say another option is to use EasyBCD from within XP, but you need .net framework for it to work, which it tells you. You can also change to the Vista/Win 7 bootloader using EasyBCD.