Loosing Windows7's boot loader after XP installation.

Discussion in 'Installation & Compatibility' started by burnE, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. burnE


    Jan 31, 2009
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    The situation:

    .I had Windows 7 Beta running (all great! besides the printer spooler!).

    .I needed Windows XP for some reason (long story)

    .I installed XP on the same C:\ drive; but in a different folder.

    .As so-feared, I lost the boot loader of Windows 7; only XP running now!

    You know the question now.. :)

    What is the easiest and best way for dual-boot options?

    (PLEASE try giving in a solution in which i don't have to re-install either of them:/)
    burnE, Jan 31, 2009
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  2. burnE


    Jan 27, 2007
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    Northern Virginia, USA
    You really think that Windows can handle more than one OS installed to the same partition???

    If you're going to run multiple OS's, you need to have multiple partitions. Dual-boot requires separate partitions for each OS.

    When you reinstall Windows 7, notice the option of creating a recovery CD -- and do that. You will then be able to boot from that CD and restore your Windows 7 boot loader.

    We have a pinned post here on dual booting Vista and XP but we have our hands full trying to help folks with Vista problems and can't providing ongoing support for Windows 7 as well.
    WAW8, Jan 31, 2009
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