Windows 7/xp dual boot help


New Member
Hi all,
I need some help with dual booting xp with win 7.

My win xp is on drive 0 C: partition
My win 7 is on drive 1 D: partition

I Originally installed win 7 after xp and had a dual boot option, but now i had to format the xp partition and reinstall xp.

Ive downloaded beta 2 and was wondering how is the best way for me to set it up for my drives/partitions.

At the moment bcd shows no 0 entries listed in bootloader.

I currently have xp as my main boot.


Last edited:


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Make sure NET 2.0 framework (pre-requisite) is installed on XP
Get EasyBCD 2.0 latest build
"Bootloader Setup" / "Install Vista/7 Bootloader" / "Write MBR"
Boot W7
Using EasyBCD 2.0
"Add new Entry"
Windows Tab / XP dropdown / Add Entry
Let it autoconfigure when it offers.
If that doesn't work
Use Tools/Autoconfigure
(they do the same thing but some people have recently reported problems with the self-invoked version - under investigation)


New Member
I have this entry:
There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Microsoft Windows XP
Timeout: 10 seconds.
EasyBCD Boot Device: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {default}
Device: boot
Bootloader Path: \NTLDR

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows 7
BCD ID: {27a20e4b-3ff4-11df-a5b5-00508db3e636}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

But when i boot from the xp drive i get no menu and just boot straight into xp?

I know im doing something wrong here, i just dont know what.


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Post a screenshot of your Disk Management (details in the sticky)


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Is there a folder called "boot" on your XP system (folder options thus to see it) ?
If not, is it on W7 ?
In the latter case, change your BIOS setting to boot from the other HDD.
Did you boot W7 after writing the MBR ?
Have you tried setting W7 as default in the "edit boot menu" ?
Do you have "skip boot menu" ticked ?
Last edited:


New Member
I changed boot order in bios to win 7 drive and the boot loader menu shows up with xp as default ( like i set it). When i select xp, screen goes black and nothing happens. I changed back to win xp drive in bios to get back to my favorite windows.

Boot folder is on win 7

Bootloader path for xp shows no drive letter but i did set it for c: and somehow its gone back to nothing again?
Last edited:


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Please use Tools | Auto-Configure.

EasyBCD is currently *not* auto-configuring even when you ask it to when adding a new entry. You have to manually call auto-configure from the Tools menu in order for the changes to take effect.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and will have it fixed in the next build ASAP.


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Change the BIOS back to W7.
Boot W7 and concentrate on getting the dual-boot menu fixed
Delete the XP entry, add it again and let it auto-configure as per post #2. (and CG's new post)
It will copy stuff to the W7 disk, without changing XP, so don't worry.


New Member
Will try that, but i gotta go out now so ill let you know how i get on tommorow.

Thanks for all your help up to now Terry



Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
OK. When you're ready.
CG has uploaded a new build (92) which fixes the auto-configure broken link.
Make sure you get the latest version before continuing.