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How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

Q: How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

This may be obvious but I don't want to muck things up
My system started off as Vista 64 bit and then I added Win 7 64 bit as a dual boot with the MBR in the Vista partition
What I would like to do is to add an SSD onto which I would migrate the existing Win 7 partition and make it bootable as a stand alone installation. Once this has been done I would add Win 10 to the SSD as a dual boot (a Win 10 Pro OEM is dirt cheap)

Preferred Solution: How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

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A: How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

Should have looked at the help suggestions How to convert from dual boot to single boot 2 HDDs - Win 7 & Vista64
Now fixed

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how to make VISTA & XP dual boot on single PC ..

A:how to make VISTA & XP dual boot on single PC

check this out for info http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en...n+one+pc&meta= should be what you are looking for

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First of all I have been searching for about a week with no luck. and hours and hours of reinstalling configuring etc.

I had 98 & Xp dual boot on a 933mhz 1g ram that was working fine on a single 400gb PATA drive with 2 partitions. That I used to use Ghost restores if needed.
I wanted to put in Vista on it also so I installed it from Xp used the custom installation and installed it to a third partition I created.

Vista would not boot (after the first reboot during the installation process) I could still get into 98 & xp.

To make a long storry as short as possible currently I only have xp & Vista but same thing Vista will not boot after the first reboot of the install process.

I reformated about 10 times already still nothing (even 1 time full department of defense erase 10 hours to complete)

What confuses me is if I do a fresh install of XP from a fresh format XP will not boot it says it is missing NTLDR is missing. If I am correct from reading from the Web it has to do with something when Win98 was in or from cloned restored hard drive. The only way I got XP installed again was I had to put Win98 again then I had to use the upgrade install option because the custom option would do the same thing not boot up. Then I tried a fresh Vista install with a fresh format and it will not boot. I don't remember but I think it is the same error I am getting now with the dual boot system:

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A:Vista Xp dual boot or single install big problem please help

Scroll down to see The Changes Vista Dualboot Makes to a Previous Windows OS – and How to Reverse Them.

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I'm trying to convert back to using just Win 7 after having a successful dual boot setup for a few years now. However, the multiple runs of the Win 7 startup repair have not moved the system files to my Win 7 HDD. Here is the data from the BCDEDIT command:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=D:
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {470dc358-369b-11e2-8f7f-fc31c5b7de69}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30
Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {470dc35a-369b-11e2-8f7f-fc31c5b7de69}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {470dc358-369b-11e2-8f7f-fc31c5b7de69}
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A:How to convert from dual boot to single boot 2 HDDs - Win 7 & Vista64

Post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If Primary partitions you should be able to move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums. Make sure to mark C:Win7 Active.

If the OS you want to delete is on the left then you can use Partition Wizard to Resize Partition - Video Help.

Or equalize space between all partitions and unallocated space whether adjacent or not using How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

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I have a pc with win vista on hdd 0 and win 7 on hdd 1 both are a SATA connected disk drives ,the system boots up on the win 7 choice of o/s but not with the windows vista selection , when the system has booted in win 7 I can hear hdd 0 restarting and spinning up so I'm thinking that theres either a data parity error or a hardware issue with the disk drive ,what I would like to do is convert the pc to just run on windows 7 because I dont really use the windows vista o/s much , if its a hardware fault I would like to replace the hard drive but only have a single o/s on the system , I would like to know where the BCD file is kept and also how to go about this task of going from a dual boot to single boot system with just the 1 o/s.
any help would be appreciated

A:make a dual boot pc into a single boot pc ,wheres the bcd stored?

The Vista bootloader and the Win 7 bootloader are the same.

I can't answer your question but my guess would be that the boot files on are on the Win 7 hard drive, if it's the latter install.

I'd probably just install EasyBCD on the Win 7 drive...and then see if it automatically recognizes the Vista install. If not, then manually add the Vista install to EasyBCD, making Win 7 the default. That should (IMO) ensure that Win 7 remains bootable. Then just format/remove the Vista drive.

A simple way to find out...is to temporarily detach the Vista drive...and see if Win 7 boots. If it does, the files are on the Win 7 drive .


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This happened about two days ago. By going in chronological order:

I used to have a dual-boot setup, a Windows 7 and Windows 8 on two different IDE 80GB hard drives, named Drive A and Drive B, respectively. Both of these hard drives are quite old, and I'm worried that it may be near the end of their life spans.

After buying a new SATAIII 500GB hard drive, named Drive C, I decided that I want to keep Windows 8, and scrap Windows 7 (I like Windows 8, but I digress). So, I burned a CD containing Parted Magic, boot the Live CD, used GParted to copy the System Reserved partition from Drive A (all 100MB of it) onto Drive C. A few restarts afterwards reminded that me that I need to also copy the Windows 8 partition (74.59GB) from Drive B onto Drive C.

Then I removed Drive A (with Windows 7 intact) and kept Drive B in. And this is where I am as of now. I've currently booted into Drive C (meaning that I'm booting the Windows 8 partition that was copied from Drive B to Drive C), and here's what it looks like:

(Can't tell if the image is working, or it's being resized locally on this forum.)

Now, my problem is that if I were to remove Drive B (the IDE 80GB one, if you're following me), Windows 8 in Drive C will crash upon logging in with my account. It is unable to load anything or even provide basic features, such as shutting down, restart, etc. I believed it's because Drive B is labeled as Volume C; If I remove Drive B, Volume D (Windows 8 in Drive C, the 500GB one) wouldn't ex... Read more

A:Dual-Boot setup -> Single Boot: How do I fix Windows 8?

How to clone your IDE drive to a SATA drive.
How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

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My situation is almost identical to that of the OP in Convert Dual Boot to Single Boot, 2 HD's.
I have 2 HDDs both of which are partitioned so that the OS and data files are on separate partitions. Windows 7 Home Premium is on a 500GB SATA (i.e. serial) HDD (C: drive) and XP is on a 80GB IDE (i.e. parallel) HDD (D: drive). The BCD file originally looked as follows: -


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=D:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {86be99a0-2331-11df-9307-ebb202f71558}
displayorder {ntldr}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Legacy OS Loader
identifier {ntldr}
device partition=D:
path \ntldr
description Earlier Version of Windows

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {86be99a2-2331-11df-9307-ebb202f71558}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {86be99a0-2331-11df-9307-ebb202f71558}
nx OptIn

As I no longer require XP and wish to either wipe the D: drive or even physically remove it from the system I used BCDedit to remove the Legacy OS Loader. ... Read more

A:Problem reverting from Dual Boot to Single Boot

Hello Nosmas, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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About a year ago I built myself a new PC, quad core, 8 gigs of ram, terabyte hard drive, etc. The problem is I was running XP home, so over half my ram could not be used. I recently got a copy of XP Pro x64 and decided to duel boot to ensure I could find all the drivers and make sure it's works fine. I repartitioned my HDD (only got the one) so I now have three separate partitions: /c which XP home is on and is stuck with 127 GB, /e which is my storage partition, and /i which has 5gb for XP pro. So far everything is working nicely.

What I want to do now is to remove XP home and stick with XP Pro x64. I would like to combine the /c and /i drives to a single partition and have XP Pro running from there. Would I need to uninstall XP home from the c drive or can I know just send everything there to the recycle bin?

I was thinking of using my windows boot cd to delete all the partitions minus my big storage drive and create a new one from the ashes. I would then just reinstalling XP on the newly created partition. I figure that way would be much faster than to re-size the partitions as it took over 5 hours to move 5gbs using Partition Magic.

What would be the best method to achieve what I want?

A:Want to go from dual boot to single and repartition the old boot drive

Hi the quickest route back up what you want to keep to a usb device or disc then start from scratch or this http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/...s-disk-manager is the other option

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When I built my present PC I moved from XP to Vista Home Premium. I had one essential program that would not run on Vista so I created the necessary partitions and made the machine dual boot to either XP or Vista. That was three years ago and I now want to return to a single boot using Vista. Problem is that my vast Vista Technical volume (1500 pages!) covers creating dual boot but not return to single boot.

I know that I could simply delete the XP partition, format the existing Vista partition and go for a fundamental bottom up rebuild of my OS software but the prospect of reinstalling all my other programs/applications leaves me cold. Is there a straightforward way of just going back to Vista? I am not short of disc space so I could just leave the XP OS on the side where it is, there but not used.

A:Wind back dual boot to single boot OS

I would just leave it there. If its not a problem with space, thers no real reason to delete it. It also gives you the XP option, and if yo uhave a dual boot OS, you have a second way in- if yo udelete an essential system file and it doesnt boot, you can always reoplace it from the other OS.

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
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A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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My computer has XP and Vista (Beta) on it. I no longer want to use Vista and want to free up that space. My hard drive has three partitions, XP, Vista, and storage.

How do I remove Vista and just use XP (which is my original OS)?

Oh, and I have Partition Magic installed on the XP side.

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I setup an XP/Win7 dual boot on two drives. Currently C: Win7, D:XP
Love Win7 and now I'm ready to convert to single boot win7.

I'm not real savy re. bcdedit so will need very detailed instructions
I did find the command line in win7 by going thru accessories but I'm scared to go further without help.

Eventually I want to clean up the D:xp and use it for storage etc.

I'm guessing this procedure may have already be written up but I can't seem to find it.

Thanks for any help that comes my way.

A:Convert Dual Boot to Single Boot, 2 HD's

Quote: Originally Posted by GGibson

I setup an XP/Win7 dual boot on two drives. Currently C: Win7, D:XP
Love Win7 and now I'm ready to convert to single boot win7.

I'm not real savy re. bcdedit so will need very detailed instructions
I did find the command line in win7 by going thru accessories but I'm scared to go further without help.

Eventually I want to clean up the D:xp and use it for storage etc.

I'm guessing this procedure may have already be written up but I can't seem to find it.

Thanks for any help that comes my way.

No problem bcdedit is here BCDEDIT - How to Use and its pretty easy to use. why dont you read the tut first and then ask questions?


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Hey Guyz !!
First of all .... Since i'm new in town here, Accept HI to all here @ Sevenforums.

Now, i'm stuck with a problem .
I've a Dual Boot with Xp/Win 7 on my office Desktop workstation. Window7 is the beta version of the Win 7. And like all other companies.... my company also want it's wallpaper and screen-saver on each machine ..... But i somehow manage to install Window 7 on my office Desktop.
Now i want to remove Window 7 partition and restore my Xp MBR and that too without using Windows Xp Bootable CD ( as CDs are not allowed in my company )...

How can i restore my Xp MBR while accessing my Xp Partition as i already have deleted my Windows 7 partition ...

Thanx in advance

A:Restoring Dual boot Xp/Win 7 to single boot Xp

If you can't have CD's, then how did you install Windows 7 onto your machine?

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ok So here is my situation. I have installed 7 64 bit as a dual boot with vista ultimate. I have it installed on a seperate partition. now I want to trash the vista and run 7 only.

so here is my questions and maybe somone will have an answer.

because vista is on my primary system partition if I format it will it kill my ability to boot. which is what it used to do when I tried this with xp and 98 way back in the day. is this still the case with the newer systems that use the NT Kernal.

if it will compromise my ability to boot can I migrate 7 to the primary partition using a third party software.

or am I forced to reinstall it?

A:how to go from dual boot to single boot

There are a number of options here:

Using the copy function on a 3rd party (free) partition manager, or imaging the 7 partition with Macrium free edition - then restoring the image to the first partition.

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management.

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I have a multi-boot, multi hard drive computer. The active partition is on a disk with Windows XP x64 installed, and the boot manager will let me run either XP x64 or Vista. Vista is installed an a second disk. I am about to build a new computer, and I would like to remove the XP disk from this system, and be able to boot the Vista installation from the remaining disk in the system. What do I need to do to make this happen?

A:dual boot to single boot

One easy way is to use Vista Disk Management to shrink the Vista partiton and create another of 16 - 20gb.

Mark the Vista partition active.

Disconnect XP drive.

Install Vista from dvd to new partition (takes about 20 mins.)

Boot into original Vista partition, go to msconfig, click the Boot tab, highlight the original Vista partition and set as default. Highlight the new Vista partition and Delete.

You can now delete the new Vista partition from Disk Management.

In Bios, make sure the Vista drive is first in the boot order.

Reattach XP drive.

You will then boot into Vista on startup - you can delete the Xp partition if you wish.

Hope it helps.

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Currently have computer set up to dual boot, either to Win98se or XPsp2. Win98 was installed first, on one HD, FAT32 formatted drive "C" (Primary HD in BIOS). Then installed XP on another, separate HD, NTFS formatted drive "D" (Secondary HD in BIOS). Do I have to wipe out both drives and do a clean install of XP if I want to get rid of the Win98 install? Would like to be able to use the extra GB Win98 is currently on.

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Go From Dual Boot To Single Boot

What I would do:a. Remove the hard drive with Win 98 on it.b. Place the XP hard drive as the only hard drive connected in the system. Then do a repair install of XP, which will result in new system files, including boot files, and will result in the XP drive being picked up as C:.Users can also just delete the Win 98 folder and edit the boot.ini file to remove the Win 98 operating system. I prefer the 33 minutes or so that it takes to do a repair install .http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/bootini.htm#editLouis

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Ok i have a dual boot going on, vista and xp. xp is the main and vista was a test. How can i turn the vista partion back into xp free space? just formate the secondary HD it shows? or

A:Dual Boot into single

even if i just formate the secondary partion will it give me that free space back ? it doesnt have to go back to the main drive.

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hey guys,
Right, i have dual booted XP Professional from a single drive before with the following procedure for quiet some time now (3/4 years)

1:Format Drive, Create partition (50:50)
2:Install XP on one partition
3:Make a image of XP partition with Acronis True Image
4:Restore the image on the second partition

I have always ended up with dual boot XP on a single drive (after editing the boot.ini)
When i went into the first partition, which i named 'General Use' it was C: drive
and when i booted into the second partition named 'Gaming Only' it was C: drive
(While I'm running on a partition, the other partition shows up as D: drive, but once i restart and select that partition, it shows up as C: drive and the other partition becomes D: drive)
This was all good and well and just what i wanted

Last week my motherboard died and i got a free upgrade (under warranty)
Anyway, my old hard drive images were useless because of the different drivers installed during XP, so i decided to start fresh, formatted the hard drive, went through the usual procedure but this time, when i boot into the second partition (Gaming Only) it said it was D: drive and i got a windows error message.
No matter what i try, it comes up with D: drive, which isn't what i want.

When i restore the image with Acronis, i set it as Active (i have a choice of Active, Primary, Logic/al [cant quiet remember the last one])
Could this have anything to do with it?
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A:Dual Boot XP Single Drive

You can use Drive Management by going to Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk management to change the second drive to any ID other than C:
The first boot must be on C:, or whatever the first avaiable drive is other than C: and the second boot can be any other drive other than C: but it cannot be C:, and it cannot be any other drive with the same ID as that on which the first boot is installed. The boot drive ID cannot be changed.

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Hi there, I got a Lenovo n200 with preinstalled Vista on it. I partitioned the drive and reduced the Vista partition to 63gb, then installed XP on the other partition. Since that time I've only ever used XP, in fact I hadn't even installed the dual boot software to get back into Vista (this was more than a year ago).

Now, I see that the 63gb drive is full, and I can't figure out why. I installed EasyBCD, got into Vista and ran TreeSize Free. The analysis shows 16.7gb is used, but at the bottom of the window of course it says only 2.29gb of 63.5 is free.

I can't access the RRbackups file, nor the System Volume information but it says Folder is Empty.

I also checked ghe vssadmin settings and it was nothing out of the ordinary, 2gb or something.

Can anyone offer up any idea about what this might be, and how I can fix it? 50gig is a lot of space to lose :(

A:Is it possible to go from dual boot back to single?

Agh, - update. It WAS the rrbackups file. It said empty, but once I removed the Lenovo backup program itself, I found all the backup files and sure enough it was 48gb. So, yay on that, but now even though there is more than 50GB of free space, the Shrink Volume says zero available to shrink?

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Quick question.

Can I make a dual boot for XP SP3 x32 and Win7 x64 on a single pc. Both will have their own hdd(primary master probably XP and primary slave Win7 x64 or other way around)...possible?

I'll have that project with an Asus K8V SE Deluxe mobo which is 64bit capable. Haven't tried it on that yet.(Using Win7 x64 on a newer pc).

I saw an old Compaq desktop with only 1.5gb ram with Win7 x32 and it was quite zippy(yeah surprised me really! ). It even had Adobe CS3, Cyberlink video editors(Power Director/Producer, Autocad 2005 in it in addition to Avast IS ver6(no firewall/behavioral shield, Comodo firewall(D+ max settings --sandbox disabled), standard Office 2007, PDFXchange Viewer suite etc..

Owner friend just did an experiment with that old Compaq and when it was finished invited us for a couple of beers and showed what he had done.

So me thinking....I might be able to try making that project but with an x64 capable mobo. Although I have not used x64 on it(even after I ditched it) it was zippy in XP x32 ram maxed out with Norton IS 2009 --with Malwarebytes, Superantispyware Pro/ ACAD 2008 / SAS Jump Statistical software / MathCAD / hmmm...forgot the rest.

Just asking:)

A:Dual boot for XP SP3 x32 and Win7 x64 on a single pc...?

If XP was installed first dual boot should work just fine.

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Hi, I have a dual boot XP Pro setup on my boot drive and I want to reinstall my E drive while preserving my C drive. I've done a couple of Windows 7 reinstalls but never an XP reinstall. I'm just a little nervous about the dual boot setup, I don't want to lose my C partition.
I have a Macrium image of the drive and also the partitions, in case I botch it . I have also backed up a number of files from My Documents etc. in case I need some of them later.
What pitfalls should I be wary of?
I have a Service Pack 2 CD, Academic Edition.

A:Reinstalling single XP Pro on a dual boot XP Pro machine

OK, I went ahead boldly with confidence & it was pretty straight forward, seems to have worked out ok as far as basic set up is concerned. I used the wrong disk, I could only find one of the two, so instead of using the cd key I had previously used for that OS, I had to use the key that was on the disk sleeve, so it's possible I've now used the same key for both setups so I guess I'll be getting a message from Microsoft once I set up my internet connection.

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Have two identical computers HP8300's one only has Windows 7 pro 64, the other has a dual boot setup with Windows XP and Windows 7 pro 32. What I would like to end up with is the Win 7 32 bit partition from the first computer dual booted with Win 7 64 on the Windows 7 pro 64 computer.

I would like to get away from having to do a new installation if possible, the 32 bit installation has allot of software and drivers for special cards that would be a bear to have to reinstall.

I have and know how to use the tools to make and copy the partition but guessing there will be more to it than that. So I make room for the 32bit installation on the drive and copy the 32bit partition..
Then what?

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I installed a new second hard drive on my system, so that I could set up the second hard drive to my likeings before making it the primary drive. Now that I have it loaded properly, will I be able to just unplug the primary drive, put the jumper on the second drive to the primary position and be ok??

Both of the drives have Win XP Home... but I noticed that when I boot to the second hard drive, it takes allot longer to boot up than the primary drive does. So I wasn't sure if some of the actual boot records are still on the primary drive, and that is why it takes longer for the second drive to boot up.

My final intentions are for the new second drive to be my primary drive, and then maybe use the old primary drive as a data drive.

Thanks for any help you can give me.


A:Dual Boot system back to single drive.

Can anyone advise me on this?

Thanks for any help you can give me.


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Before I go any further there's a bit of back story to my 'issue' here W7 and W8 dual boot - Your opinions on set up

So all was going swimmingly with my dual boot setup until a couple of weeks ago, boot times were excellent and I could be into my desktop on either OS within 20 seconds. I was performing my weekly maintenance routine recently when a problem arose, I ran the usual MalwareBytes scan, a quick round of CCleaner, a SuperAntiSpyware scan and finally ran my regular Macrium imaging. I imaged my Windows 7 partition with no problem, but when running Macrium to image my Windows 8 partition Macrium hung and threw up an error, I chose to close the program and declined Windows' offer to search for a solution.
A BSOD followed (0x1000007E) so after restarting I thought I'd analyse it to see what was going on but there was no minidump for me to analyse. I tried to replicate the situation by running Macrium on my Windows 8 partition but the image was created successfully with no problems.

I carried on computing for the day and all seemed fine, and there has been no re-occurrence of the BSOD. I presumed it was Macrium that caused it but suspected my SSD so ran checks (sfc /scannow, chkdsk) and all came back good. So no bother it seemed.
It took a while for me to realise that it now took a good twenty to thirty seconds for my PC to reach the Boot Manager upon booting, I normally switch my rig on and go and make a coffee so it went undetected for a few days. I was just wondering ... Read more

A:Extended dual boot time following single BSOD

Maybe you should start a thread in the BSOD section.

Have you tried running a benchmark on your SSD and see if it gets the same results as usual? Also, time your boot up and see how long for it to post and how long once you see the Windows loading until you get to the desktop. See which is longer than usual and it may give you an idea of where to look.

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Hi all, new here!

I was wondering if anyone could help me because I am a bit stuck right now... I'm trying to install a new hard drive and retire my current one to backup and data storage purposes.

The problem is that I've installed Windows 7 on a hard drive with 2 partitions, an old XP partition (D:\) and the new W7 partition (C:\). At the moment the disk management screen looks like this:
What I am trying to do is delete the D:\ partition, and then copy/resize the C:\ partition including Windows 7 installation to my new hard drive (F:\)

If I ignore the new hard drive and just try to migrate to a single partition, I can never get it to boot. I tried using Partition Wizard to set the C:\ as a primary, active partition, copied over the bootmgr and boot directory, then used bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot to try to make Windows 7 bootable from just the C:\, but it didn't work. All I got was "disk read error" whilst the PC was trying to boot off the C:\ (this is with all other drives disconnected...).

Any thoughts/options that I could try to migrate to a single bootable partition from a 'dual boot' configuration?? I tried this video's advice and did everything as instructed but got the disk read error problem.

A:Solved: Switching from 'dual boot' to a single partition W7

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System is as follows:

I've got TWO RAID arrays created on a 3ware 9650.
Array 1: - 10 - 320 Gig drives in RAID5
Array 2: 2 - Mirror 500 Gig drives.

When initially built, XP32 was installed on array 1.
Works fine.

Later, I installed XP64 on array 2.
Again, works fine.

When booting, windows offers to let me boot from either array.

I am no longer using the Array 1, and would like to delete it, upgrade, etc... and use it only for data, and not have the system depend on it.

I tried just removing those dives, however, the remaining array 2 drive won't boot.

Either 'no boot device available' ... not sure but I may recall seeing an error about NTLDER.SYS not being found.

Tried copying the hidden/system files from array 1 onto array 2, but didnt help.

Any suggestions on getting the correct boot sector/ini stuff written to the other array so it will boot?

Many Thanks

R Cobb

A:Remove XP dual boot, change to single drive

Try this, it will at least show you the boot ini if it is on the root of the drive array

If you are using any Windows NT line of operating systems that use the NTLDR bootloader (ie, Windows XP) you can apply a small trick during bootup for NTLDR to display more information before startup.

1. Boot into the Windows Advanced Boot Menu by tapping F8.
2. Hit <esc> to go to the OS Selection Screen.
3. At this screen, type in unsupporteddebug while the menu is displayed. Keep in mind there is nothing displayed to tell you what is being typed. After typing the above, the boot ini Path and Options will be automatically displayed at the bottom of the screen. If there is more than one OS selection you can use up down arrow keys to show each entry in the boot ini.

Note* Attempting to go back to a different menu (By pressing F5 or F8) may crash NTLDR or corrupt the first line of the display do to a buffer overrun bug. I recommend just restarting again by pressing the power button or Hit enter when done to continue booting.

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I've got a 100 gig hard drive divided into a primary C partition and a second logical partition (E drive). (I also have a separate hard drive, which is D, which I use for backups). This is a dual boot system - the C drive has Windows ME on it, which I don't use anymore, and the E drive has Windows XP Pro.

I'm wanting to find out if I can turn this dual boot system into a single boot system, so that I just have Windows XP on my system. Windows XP is now on the E partition. I'd like to avoid having to reinstall the XP operating system and having to re-install all my applications, etc. Is there a way to simplify this process of going from an ME/XP dual boot setup to an XP setup? Is there some automatic way to use so that XP and the applications on E will now migrate to C?

I'd appreciate tips and suggestions on how to accomplish this. I have Partition Magic, so I can use that if it's helpful. Thanks very much. Please feel free to e-mail directly: [email protected]

A:Changing Dual Boot System to Single Boot System

Hi jsaffer,
Have a look here :

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Running Windows 7 PRO retail as dual boot on secondary hard drive (primary drive is XP Media Center) on Dell E310.

Can I move secondary Windows 7 hard drive from Dell E310 to a Dell E510 as secondary hard drive (primary drive is XP Media Center) and then use Startup Repair to extablish dual boot on E510?

A:Move Windows 7 Dual Boot to Different PC?

I would dual boot via the BIOS so that the drive can come and go as you please and not be intertwined with XP HD. Using this method, you set the preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot the other HD/OS you trigger it instead using the one-time Boot Menu F-key given on first boot screen.

To set up your Dual Boot this way, unplug the XP HD on target machine, plug in Win7 HD, make sure it is set as first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD drive).

Now boot the Win7 DVD/Repair CD, press Shift F10 to open a Command Line, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (confirm from list this is Win7 HD #)
SELECT PARTITION # (replace # with Win7 partition # from list)

Now boot back into DVD Repair console/Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7.

When Win7 starts, shut down and plug in XP HD. Change boot order if you want, or trigger XP HD using one-time F-key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu.

If you return Win7 to other machine it will boot the same way via BIOS now.

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I have two internal hard drives. I had XP for many years until the recent loss of support for XP by Microsoft, so I decided at that time to install Windows 7 on one of my other hard drives. To make my transition to 7 smoother, I installed 7 on a previous storage drive, basically dual-booting for a little while. Now I would like to format and clean out the XP drive and make that my storage drive - but my system is still viewing the XP drive as the "active, boot drive" and won't allow me to format it. Even if I unplug that drive and attempt to boot only to the 7 drive, it won't let me.

I did some searching and found this thread, many years old, that describes my problem exactly:

Moving MBR to Windows 7 drive

I DL'ed, burnt to a CD Mini Tools Partition Wizard, and was able to convert my Windows 7 Drive to Active. It displays the Windows 7 HD as: Primary Active & System, but with the XP disk removed from the computer, I am still unable to boot to this HD. I attempted the x3 repair process with my Windows Disks, and it isn't even seeing the Windows 7 OS for some reason, and is asking for HD drivers...

I think I am failing to apply the MBR to the Windows 7 HD and not sure which way to go now.

One other thing, not sure if it is related, but the Windows 7 disk also has a 8MB Unallocated partition on it.

A:Dual Boot: XP and 7: Want to Format the XP and move MBR to 7

Can you post a screenshot of disk management in windows 7?

Show the disk management and wait on advice before doing the below, but I think that would work. Just want to make sure my answer won't cause you to not be able to start windows.

Have you tried a ubuntu live cd to boot and format your drive? That is an easy option.

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Hey all,
I have a dual boot system running on a 60G Hard Drive. Windows ME (yuk, but some of my kids games will only run on this) is on C: (5 GB), Data is on D: (50GB) and WIN2K PRO is on E: (5GB). I got a 200 GB disk and I want to move my three partitions over to the new one, increasing the capacity of eash drive in the process. I used Western Digital's Data Lifeguard tools partition and copy the three partitions over. Windows ME boots fine, I can see the other drives and data. But, when I try to boot WIN 2K it starts, gets part way through and then hangs. Any ideas?

A:Trying to Move Dual Boot System to New HD

I also had a few problems with Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools. There options are pretty low. Nice and simple, but if you want something that could help you more, and give you more options. I would recommend PartitionMagic 8. I personally like using this myself.

Also did you ever try running one of your kids programs with Windows Me Compatibility mode?

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Hey Gang,

Can anybody point me to the instructions about how to install XP Pro to a single Win98 hard drive - to make it dual boot, like Win 2k?

I've been looking all around the internet and the only thing I've found is an XP dual boot on a 2nd hard drive.

Does XP have that capability?


A:How Do I install a Dual Boot XP to a Single Win98 Hard Drive

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Tried tackling this one single-handedly to begin with and failed.

I have Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installed as a dual boot, different partitions single HDD.

I want to remove the Windows 7 partition and keep the Win 2008. I do NOT want to lose anything from the Win 2008 partition.

Taken from Disk Management.

Disk 3 with 5 partitions
1st - Healthy, Primary partition 73MB. (I thought this was system reserve but its not, leftover space from a previous partition change). It's currently mounted and completely empty.
2nd - Unallocated space 500mb
3rd - Windows 7 OS (Healthy - system, active, primary partition)
4th - Windows 2008 Server OS (Healthy - boot, page file, crash dump, primary partition)
5th - Unallocated space 8mb'ish

I haven't been using Windows 7 for years and want to clean this drives partitions up because it's messy and wasting space. I just need windows server 2008 as it's been used as a server for years and that's all I need it for now.

I want to safely remove the windows 7 installation and merge that partition along with the 1st and unallocated spaces back into a single partition where windows 2008 server resides.

Now I've tried tackling this myself and failed. I stupidly made the windows server 2008 partition as active which killed my boot and took me forever to repair with zero loss fortunately. Sadly it was as simple as using diskpart in a command prompt from win 2008 boot disk to make win 7 partition active again.

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A:How to remove single OS from dual boot - Windows 7 and Win Server 2008

boot into win7 and move the bootmgr to the win 2008 partition. It will mark that partition active as well.
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

now reboot into win 2008 and situation will be:
3rd - Windows 7 OS (Healthy - primary partition)
4th - Windows 2008 Server OS (Healthy - system,boot, page file, crash dump, active, primary partition)

Correct? If so .. now you can remove the win7 partition. And of course update the bootmenu so win7 is not in list anymore

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at the moment I got two Windows 7 installations on a single hard drive. A W7 Ultimate x64 for my office applications and a seperated W7 Home Premium x64 for all of my games.

W7 Ultimate is on the first partition (C:\) and Home Premium is on the 2nd partition - it was installed from within Ultimate so it has the drive letter D:\.

I now want to move the second installation to a new harddrive. This would have been an easy task with the goold old boot.ini - just editing the disk and partition number (example: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP") to suite the new situation after moving the content of partition 2 to the second harddrive.

Is there a similar command for the bcdedit to just change to target of the bootloader for Home Premium from disk(0) partition(2) to disk(1) partition(1)?

Thanks for hints.
Cheers Bill

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot / Move one installation / BCD?

Do you want to create a dual boot menu where each HD is dependent on the other with first-installed holding the MBR and second-installed holding the boot files? This is harder to extricate.

A much easier way is to use the BIOS Boot Menu F-key (given on first boot screen) to choose which HD you want to boot, with the default set in BIOS setup which drive is to boot first, second, etc. I would make DVD first, then Win 7 HD you visit most, then other WIn7 HD.

If this is the way you want to do it, then first make a Win7 Backup Image stored externally in case you need to start over as moving operations can fail.

Next mark Active then clone the second partition over to the new drive, or Set Active then Copy it using free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Delete the old partition.

Next unplug one HD and boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to repair and then rewrite the MBR.

Now unplug the other HD and repeat.

This gives you two independent drives whose boot order is controlled in BIOS, or overridden by using the F-key for Boot Menu given on the first bootup screen.

If you want an interdependent dual-boot menu please post back a screenshot so we can advise you better, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.

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This is probably a sill question but here goes!
I have one hard drive with three partitions;
C: Primary with Win 7 - original boot partition.
D: Extended partition with Win 8 installed dual booting with Win 7.
E: Primary with just data in.

I would like to move the Win 8 into the C: partition where Win 7 is and have a single Win 8 system.

There is nothing in the C: partition that I need. However I am hoping to keep all the installed programs that are in the D: Win 8 partition.

I understand that when Win 8 is installed as dual boot it rights to the original boot file of the original boot partition, in my case partition C: So, I assume a straight clone of the Win 8 partition would not work?

Any help would be greatly received,
many thanks in advance,

A:Remove dual boot and move Win 8 partition

Welcome to EightForums.

Take look at this tutorial:
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7

But way have wrote your partitions out, it may not work.

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Hi guys,
I ve managed to install Win XP after Win7 installation as in tutorial. Win 7 is on Drive C and Win XP on drive G. Then Ive decided to only keep the XP version and move it on drive C (currently occuied by Win 7).
What is the easiest and safest way to do this?


A:Easiest way to keep XP and move it on drive C in dual boot?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Win7 Start Menu.

You want to remove Win7 and leave XP? Why?

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I currently have a functioning dual-boot system. WinXP was installed first on the first partition, which is marked "System, Active, Primary." Win7 was installed on the second partition, also a Primary. Using EasyBDC both OSs show up correctly in the Boot menu and I can selectively boot into either OS.

Now, the question. I want to either (1) move WinXP to a new partition and only have the boot information on the System Partition or (2) create a new System Partition, leaving WinXP & the associated legacy Apps where they are.

Bottom line: I want a System Partition with only the Boot information and what ever else is required on a System Partition, no OS; a Primary Partition with WinXP as it currently is installed with the Apps, and a Primary Partition with Win7 and those Apps.

At this point I don't know which is easier, leaving the existing WinXP where it is and create a System partition for boot or moving the WinXP to a new partition and leaving the existing System partition alone.

I'm not very comfortable with bootmgr and ntldr ----- I sure don't want to mess up my existing dual-boot which is working correctly. And when I look in the existing hidden BOOT folder and see all those sub-folders, I keep thinking maybe I should just leave this alone.

Also, I have read the Dual-Boot WinXP & Win7 tutorial on the forum - but that seems more for a new install of an additional OS. I don't want to have to reinstall either existing OS. It sure looks like leav... Read more

A:Move OS from System Partition (Win XP & Win 7 Dual Boot)

What you could do is create a small 200GB primary partition. Make sure though that you do not have already more than 3 primary partitions on that disk (check in Disk Management). Give that little partition a letter and copy the bootmgr there (see tutorial). Use the letter of this little partition in lieu of C:\.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

The bootmgr will be copied and the little partition will be activated and the XP partition will be deactivated. The original bootmgr will still remain on the XP partition, but it serves no function any more since the partition will be deactivated. Should anything ever happen to your little partition, you could reactivate the XP partition (and deactivate the little partition) and things would be as they are now.

Note: If you already have 4 primary partitions on that disk, post back and we will fix that first. Under no circumstance try to create any additional partition if you have already 4 primaries. You would end up in deep yogurt with all dynamic partitions.

And may I ask why you want to do that ??

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Hey all

My situation is as follows I have a dual boot system right now because one of my disks is dying a slow and painful death and I am moving every thing from that disk to my new SSD. Now I have installed Windows 7 on both disks and use dual boot but I want to take my old HDD offline however if I just disconnect and set in the bios that the SSD has priority the system won't boot at all, it says it can't find the bootmgr. So I'm assuming I have to move it from one disk to the other, but I'm not sure how.

please help

A:Solved: Dual boot move (Bootmgr)

Ensure that the mechanical drive is disconnected
If you have a Windows 7 installation CD you could try the following. First remove the HDD and leave only the SSD connected.

Get to the Recovery Environment
1) Make sure your CD/DVD drive is first boot option
2) Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
3) Press a key when you are prompted.
4) Select a language etc then click Next.
5) Click Repair your computer.
6) Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
7) In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

Re-create boot sector, MBR and BCD
At the command prompt type the following lines, pressing enter after each one.

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /rebuildbcd

After the final command it should start scanning for an OS. Hopefully it finds one and will ask if you want to add the installation to the boot list - type Y and press enter.
IF that does not work you will have to create a complete boot configuration data and windows boot manager from new
as here


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My wife's desktop has a dual boot setup--Vista on the C drive and a 256-gig SSD with Windows 7 on the 2nd drive. Because her computer was so slow, I set up the SSD with Win 7 from a upgrade Family 3-pack and installed all the programs she had on the C drive so she can work off the SSD instead. Unfortunately, the computer is old, the hard drive with Vista is failing, and now the motherboard is starting to have problems. I bought her a new computer with Win 7 Premium on an SATA hard drive. Is there any way to move the SSD to the new computer to use in a dual boot situation similar to the one on her old computer without reinstalling Windows 7 and/or all the programs? Is there a better way of handling this than what I'm proposing?

A:Move 2nd of dual boot drives to a new computer

old computer: So win7 is on a SSD. Vista is on a normal hdd. Correct? Is it win7 home premium or professional or....? Valid retail license or OEM?

Is old computer still working...if so post screenshot of disk management please.

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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move... Read more

A:Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

A:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

the funk

A:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
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A:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm

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i have dell laptop with vista as primary and i have installed xp as a second OS and it worked fine as a dual boot system and
Recently i was formatted vista and installed now the peoblem arises i can boot into vista but whe i press the xp it shows the message

status: 0xc000000f

Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is misssing or corruptClick to expand...

i couldn't find the files boot.ini ,ntldr,ntdetect.com in my system............
pls help me i have lot of applications in my xp

A:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

You should try reinstalling XP

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I was asked for a SP3 disc when I went to install the XP onto it's own partition. I didn't have it so I cancelled, now my Vista machine won't boot into Vista. It keeps auto-booting to the XP side and getting stuck at the same point with the SP3 disc.

I tried hitting F11 for recovery at system boot, but it just ignores me and goes back to the XP install screen, asking for the disc.

What can I do? I don't care about wiping the Vista or the XP and starting with a clean Vista install. The copy of XP can go into the disc collection, because I only did this for kicks....now I just want my Vista install running.

I just don't know how to get the Vista to load....if possible, and if not, I don't know what to do to clean install Vista without the recovery option. I don't have the Vista disc, like most computers these days. This is also my roommate's old PC, and he never made any recovery boot discs.....he is not PC adept at all.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. If I can just get Vista back up and avoid re-installing everything, I would really like that, but a clean install or re-install is not out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.

A:Screwed up XP dual-boot install, now can't boot Vista

Download and burn to CD the Vista Recovery Disk for your bit-version: Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download &#x2014; The NeoSmart Files

Boot the CD, accept any offered repair, if it fails to start Vista then boot back in to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

If this fails you'll need to mark Vista partition Active to make the Repairs work: Partition - Mark as Active

To get a graphic picture of what is happening to mark Vista partition Active easier, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. I would rightclick>wipe the XP partition first.

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