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Windows 7 Boot Problems

Postby guest » Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:58 am

I am am having a rather aggravating problem right now of my Windows 7 not recognizing a Windows XP installation on a partitioned hard drive.
Here is how I got here:
I had a partitioned hard drive of Windows XP and Windows 7 RC.
I formatted the Windows XP because there was a problem with it.
I did an image restore of my Windows XP using an HP external hard drive. My Windows 7 was no longer available in a dual boot menu, but I expected this because the boot manager couldn't see newer OS.
I put in the RC DVD and 'repaired' whatever it was that needed to be repaired. From there, now only 7 will boot. It shows that the only operating system is "Windows 7 (recovered)"
I DO NOT have a windows XP CD.

Also, when I open msconfig, it won't let me select anything except 'selective startup'. I get a "System Configuration Utility has stopped working" message.

Anybody able to help me out on this one?

EDIT: Resinstalled XP using the Image Restore is an option if necessary, but somebody would have to tell me how it would help.


You can manually add Windows XP to the boot loader by following the steps below, be warned though, you may not be able to boot into Windows if this is done incorrectly.

Note You can run the commands in the following procedure by using the command prompt. If you run these commands in Windows 7, run them at a command prompt that has elevated user rights. To do this, click Start, click Accessories, right-click the command-prompt shortcut, and then click Run as Administrator.

Use Bcdedit.exe to manually create an entry in the BCD Boot.ini file for the earlier version of the Windows operating system. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt.

Note In these commands, Drive is the drive where Windows 7 is installed.

o Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Description for earlier Windows version"

Note In this command, Description for earlier Windows version can be any text that you want. For example, Description for earlier Windows version can be "Windows XP" or "Windows Server 2003".

o Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:

Note In this command, x: is the drive letter for the active partition.

o Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

o Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast


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