XP64 starts to load but freezes while loading...

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I'm dual booting two versions of Win'7 x64 that are on two different drives (one is hdd the other ssd). Both boot fine. I have another drive that's empty and I've created two partitions on it...a 60GB one for Xp64 that's Primary and Active, the other is just for data.

I install XP64 from the cd which I've already slipstreamed all the SATA/RAID drivers into and the installation goes well. I add two entries for each Win'7x64 version into EasyBCD and all three show up during bootup and work, except for XP. It just freezes after the bar moves across a 2nd time. This happens every time and the only way to fix it is to reinstall XP again. It's a vicious circle I'm stuck with.

Any ideas? I tried, after rebooting XP, booting into Win'7 and adding the XP entry there but the same thing happens. I also tried selecting the Install Vista/Win'7 bootloader to the MBR and writing the MBR but it makes no difference. If I try installing the XP bootloader to the MBR I get a big warning telling me that I need to be absolutely sure that I want to uninstall the Vista/Win'7 bootloader and that it'll now only boot into XP if the proper boot files are already there, which they are.
 

Terry60

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If you temporarily disconnected drives during this process, check now that the BIOS HDD boot sequence is back the way you originally had it. It will dynamically reconfigure if a higher priority HDD is missing, and stay that way even when it returns.
 
#3
If you temporarily disconnected drives during this process, check now that the BIOS HDD boot sequence is back the way you originally had it. It will dynamically reconfigure if a higher priority HDD is missing, and stay that way even when it returns.
Yeah I tried that already. It still would freeze up on booting of XP.

But I finally found a solution. Even though I used the latest Intel drivers from ASUS for my mobo, I found an even newer version on Intel's website. After slipstreaming it with my XP cd along with a MS hotfix for sata drives I was able to pick the raid drive and install xp on it. It booted without issues.

I then installed EasyBCD in XP. It automatically entered a Recovered Win'7 bootup option and I rebooted to Win'7. From there, I used EasyBCD again to add the XP bootup option and saved the Vista/7 MBR. I now can boot to either OS.

Thanks for your help.