Duel Boot Help
Posted 28 May 2010 - 02:21 AM
Well I didn't get any kind of boot menu at all. It just auto booted to XP and I have no way to boot 7 (that I know of) 7 is on C(Part1) and XP is on D(Part2) I went to Disk Manager and it wont allow me to make C the active partition, the menu option is grayed out, but will allow me to make D the active, as if D is not active and C is. I am at a loss. If C is active why is it booting to D. Oh and it says C is a System partition and D is a Boot Partition. And I have only the one HDD with two partitions C and D.
I tried adding a line in Boot.ini, and it did give me that choice at boot, but wouldn't boot, I probably had that wrong. I hope I didn't digitally paint myself into a corner, there has to be a way without wiping every thing out and starting over. Oh and I can see both C and D from XP and all my win 7 files on C, so it's all there, just can't boot to it. I'm thinking if I can just boot to 7 I can set up a boot menu there using their new duel boot deal instead of Boot.ini from XP...
Anybody have anything for this weird position?
Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:15 AM
Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:12 AM
The XP knows nothing about Windows 7, obviously enough, but don't despair, it can be easily fixed.
Check on which drive (I am pretty sure it is C:\ ) that you have NTLDR and BOOT.INI.
Open BOOT.INI and add to it a line:
C:\grldr="grub4dos"add to the root of that drive file grldr from grub4dos latest version:
When it boots, you will have two choices:
- Windows XP
In it type:
chainloader /bopress [TAB]
line should autocomplete to
chainloader /bootmgrpress [ENTER]
and you should boot to Windows 7 allright.
Basically you have now a C:\ partition bootsector that is invoking NTLDR.
You need to use bootsect.exe /nt60 to replace it with the standard Windows 7 one that invokes BOOTMGR.
This will allow you to boot Windows 7 directly (and ONLY) at next boot.
Then use BCDEDIT, or EasyBCD, or whatever to add to your Windows 7 BCD an entry for the XP.
Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:33 PM
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