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

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

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.

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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 — 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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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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In short, I was trying to get a dual boot of XP and Win7 working and set the wrong partition to be active, causing the following error message on bootup

NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart

The computer is running the 64 bit version of XP which right now is what I am trying to get back into and can't. I know how to fix the problem if I can get back into windows. I have the original disc from the manufacturer which is a restore disc, as well as an original windows xp home edition disc.

I have tried using the home edition disc to boot but receive the BSOD as it is doing its thing.

I'm not really sure where to go from here.

Thanks for any help you can give.


A:I really screwed up a Dual boot of XP and 7 and can't boot at all now

Yes there is, as this can be quite involved (but still something that can be done) I am providing a guide:
How to fix: NTLDR is missing

HERE is another one than reads a lot easier

HERE is one from Microsoft

I have fixed this myself (NTLDR is missing) many times in the past.
Following the guides will hopefully fix the issue for you

Sometimes one fault can open up another fault when fixed. Sadly this has happened to you

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Hi anyone,

Can anyone help me with a problem i have with my dual boot system?
I had some other problems with my computer, and i did a re-install of the XP Home operating system, and as a result i cannot access the 98SE operating system.
The problems i had are posted in the link below:

(I don't do things by half when i do something wrong)


The XP Home is on C:\ and the 98SE is on D:\, i did a re-install of XP Home onto C:\ and in the process it has destroyed the links to the 98SE operating system.
The Boot.ini file for XP Home is as follows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
C:\="Microsoft Windows 98"

I added the C:\="Microsoft Windows 98" line into the .ini file, and now i get the screen for a choice of operating systems.
But if i choose Windows 98SE, the screen changes, and then comes back to the operating choices screen.
If i set 98SE as the default operating system in XP (Control Panel\System\Advanced\Startup & Recovery\Settings\System Startup). I still get the same problem with the screen returning to the choices screen everytime.

Can anyone help me please?

Thanks in advance.

p.s. I have tried using the XP CD and booting from it, and using System Recovery, Fixboot. But, still it's the same?
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A:I screwed up my dual boot

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Somehow I've managed to create what I think is a mess with my system after a clean install of Win 10 Pro 64bit on a new SSD. I get the below attached hodge-podge of boot options at bios boot...some of those drives have...or have never had operating systems on them and are only used for storage, etc.

In addition what do the P(x) entries in the bios screen mean or signify...and what's the difference between a 'P' entry and a UEFI entry in the bios ? Also BCEdit reports something on EFI issues below?

The issue is if I start Win 10 from either the Win boot screen or bios it runs fine...but if I start 7 from either the boot screen or the bios boot screen.. .it takes minutes to load and runs very sluggishly. Once I started Win 7 at boot up and it ran fine...but haven't been able to reproduce that one time it ran normal ? I have the current BCEdit...but not sure how to fix this from here or what if anything to change ?

Have current Acronis tib images of both current systems in case I really mess up trying to solve the very slow 7 startup vs the quick clean new 10 startup ? Note: Win 10 runs fine from either Win boot screen (either of the 2 Windows 10 entries ?) or bios boot.....7 runs but runs like a snail from both options.

I have the following entries in my Windows boot screen system start up: (don't know why there's 2 Win 10's - didn't try to create that - but both entries work to boot 10 ?)

Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 7


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I am building a new computer and would like to dual boot Vista and XP. I have two Hard disk drives, a c:\ which will use two SATA 320GB in RAID 1, and a second SATA 640GB F:\ drive.
It is my understanding that to dual boot Vista and XP it is preferable to install XP first.

Here is my question. I would like to partition the F:\ drive to an F:\ drive for XP and a g:\ drive for photos and movies and backups. When I install XP first, how do I do it so that XP installs to the F:\ drive?

Following this, I wish to install Vista on the C:\ drive.

Is it possible to do this to minimize headaches?

Also, if at some point I wish to delete XP can I do it without starting over and reinstalling VIsta?


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Im currently running XP 64-bit and i want to dual boot with Vista Ultimate 64-bit.
This is the setup im going to go for.
C: XP / #Vista#
D: Programs
E: Misc / Pagefile
B: Backup / Pagefile
V: Misc

When i install Vista is there anyway i can use all my programs/games in Vista without the need to re-install them. Could i backup the XP registry and import it into Vista's registry.
For some reason im unable to "upgrade" XP to Vista, that option is grayed out.

Thanks guys..

A:Install Vista in Dual Boot.

You will have to install Vista on a separate partition to XP

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I'm just about to install windows VISTA and want to be able to dual boot my system between xp and Vista..

Currently my system has two 80gb sata drives (drive c: / drive e:) drive c: currently has xp installed...

I have ordered a 250gb sata2 drive for vista...

How best to arrange my system for the vista dual boot install...

Would I neet to pre format the new drive ? or just connect the new drive and then point vista at it during install...

Any advice thta you could give me to make this install as painless as possible would be appreciated..


A:about to install vista dual boot


No problem at all, just plug your new drive, put your Vista DVD on your burner and reset, vista will boot, follow the installation and select the custom install and you will arrive to a screen where you have to select where to install, also you can format and create/delete partitions there.

When the installation is finished you will see that you have to choose between vista and xp


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I want to install Mac OS X on my PC.Downloaded from here:

My System Specifications are
AMD Athlon X2 x64 Dual Core Processor 4600+ @2.40 GHz
3.00 GB Ram
ATI Radeon HD 3200

What should i type after booting dvd>press F8>?????

And is 7 GB Of space enough for installing? or more?

A:Install Mac OS X Dual Boot with Vista 64

you cannot legally install mac osx on a pc. it is a violation of apples license and to help you violates the rules of this forum


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Hello please can someone advise me what to do, i have just bought this newish
ACER ASPIRE laptop with windows vista with no warranty so no problem removing vista if needed to, i also have wireless bluetooth dongle for transfering music and pictures to my phone also a printer and also a webcam, the thing is windows vista will not let me install any of these devices even though i have all the drivers on disc, so i searched online for any updated drivers without success.
I had windows xp pro on my other laptop and still have the disc with product key for it, and all these devices worked ok on them,also i prefer windows xp so i want to know is it better to format the drive and remove vista and the put in the windows xp pro disc, or as i read on the internet have a dual boot with vista and xp pro (have to google it though as i dont know how to do a dual boot) also if i remove vista will my built in wireless connectivity device stiil work with xp pro or do i have to find drivers for that or are they built in the machine(something tells me someone is going to tell me they are not)
Hope i have explained everything ok as i lack the knowledge to explain any better
please remember if you reply i have very limited knowledge of computers but probably could follow detailed instructions if i needed to regarding formating the drive.
I only use the laptop for EBAY and E-MAILS and browsing the internet, dont play or download films if this helps


A:What's best: install XP Pro over Vista or dual boot?

can no one answer any of my questions please, as windows vista still wont let me install my printer software disc or webcam software disc also bluetooth dongle software,

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I would like to........wait for it..........

'Install XP on a separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - with no Vista DVD'

There, I think that says it all. I bought the HP Pavillion dv9000 with Vista preinstalled - no installation CD or anything, just a partition for emergency recovery. Now, I do a lot of music technology and there are so many hardware/software issues regarding audio that I would like to have a seperate XP os to boot into for this purpose.

The question is: can this be done without a Vista installation disc? After all, why would I have the disc when it is preinstalled? And no, I dont want to have to download it from a cheap torrent site.

-I have the second HD for XP
-I have my old XP installation disc and registration
-I can disable SATA from the BIOS
-I can get the XP drivers for the laptop (it used to ship with XP, if I am correct)

Please help, I seem to be spending most of my life trying to configure the damn thing than being productive.

A:Install XP on separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - no vista dvd

My HP Pavilion that came with Vista, didn't do what my XP did nicely, although with much better hardware. I'm an artist/photographer, now, so mostly use Photoshop and Painter,
and preferred XP, which worked nicer with my color management. Here's what I did, and
hope this helps anyone else after all the web searching I did and found this entry. Decided to register to post a reply, thinking better late than never.

With the decline in HDD prices, I got a Western Digital 500GB disk to put XP on to dual boot with the existing 500GB Vista. Don't plan on using the WD data Lifeguard software, but you won't need it. The new drive had only the flat SATA for power connection, but the Hitachi it came with had Molex, also for power. Since the PC had only 1 SATA power plug, daisy chained with 2 other molex, I switched them and have both discs together (or you can buy an adapter). You may also need to supply an SATA cable as mine came with none, but WD can tell you from your order number. Now with 2 disks, I booted Vista and using the Disk Management screen (control panel>administrative tools>compuer management>disk management) you can find your blank disk and format it by right clicking on it. Easy enough.

Now boot the XP install CD. This was easy with my BIOS, ESC, for boot device choice.
But first, to avoid SATA problems using F10 for SETUP, use the advanced tab and change
the SATA property to IDE. LOTS easier than F6 later, and finding the right dr... Read more

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I was dual booting Vista and XP.

Both on different partitions. I installed Win 7 over the XP partition, and now I cannot boot Vista or XP. I dont need XP anymore, but I do need to boot into Vista to backup my old stuff. The installation and all my files are intact.... I am assuming the boot folder is messed up somehow and all I need to do is restore the files.

Waht should I do and how? Thanks.

A:Screwed up my dual boot.. any way to get it back?

Quote: Originally Posted by ibex333

I was dual booting Vista and XP.

Both on different partitions. I installed Win 7 over the XP partition, and now I cannot boot Vista or XP. I dont need XP anymore, but I do need to boot into Vista to backup my old stuff. The installation and all my files are intact.... I am assuming the boot folder is messed up somehow and all I need to do is restore the files.

Waht should I do and how? Thanks.

Please look at this thread to see if any of it is of help to you: http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

Then we need a screen shot of your Disk Management drive map to see what we have to work with. If you need help doing that just ask?

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I have searched and browsed many posts on this forum as well as using many step by step guides elsewhere on the web, but, I cannot seem to find where anyone has found an answer to this issue.

I have Vista Home Premium on a pc which I just purchased in the past few weeks for my business. I don't mind the overall operation of the system, however, I have discovered that a very important piece of software which is the keystone of my business is not compatible with Vista in the slightest. I therefore tried to create a partition for installation of XP on my drive utilizing directions found online, which went well and as described. The problem I am continually facing is that when I try to install XP, it copies all of the files but when it is ready to launch the installation I get the same BSoD all the time.

I purchased another hard drive thinking that it might be easier and save time to just disconnect my existing HD and start as if I were beginning from scratch. Again, when installation starts, the BSoD appears. I have tried disabling the raid option in the bios and even found a workaround on the Microsoft site regarding the format process in Vista and the need to change registry values to simulate the XP format instead. All of this to no avail. I am running out of things to try and I am beginning to feel some heat from customers as I am being forced to do much of my work from an old pc until I can figure this out.

I have read posts where folks say that third party raid dri... Read more

A:Trouble with Vista Dual Boot Install

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my computer
hdd: 2x 500gb WD sata 16 mb in raid o,1x 300gb wd sata 8 mb
mb: abit ab9 pro
vc: radeon sapphire 1950 xtx 256 mb
ram: 2gb 800 mhz
dvd: asus dvd rw litescribe,samsung writemaster
capture card pinnacle
floppy drive
os.win xp sp2
i want to make dual boot with vista but when i start to install vista is not recognizing the raid 0 drives just the separate drive and it says that this drive is not activ .

A:dual boot install xp vista on raid 0

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Hi, as most who sign up. I've been a long time lurker (using the forum to find solutions to help others as I didn't use 7 myself). So first a big thanks to all contributors Now I'm finally at a point where XP just doesn't cut it any longer. I installed Vista 32 bit because I had a licence that I hadn't used in years (old OEM from a laptop, phone activated without problems on the desktop)... anyway I wanted a proper Win 7 64 bit, and now I have it .

I am now dual booting XP and Vista.
XP is on the first HDD and Vista on the second.
I want to install 7 and wipe out Vista.
Can I just start the Windows 7 installation and let it wipe out Vista by selecting to use the whole disk that Vista is on, or do I need to... fixmbr, format Vista HD and then install Windows 7?

A:XP/Vista dual boot. Install 7, kick out Vista. How to?

Quote: Originally Posted by Chakonari

Hi, as most who sign up. I've been a long time lurker (using the forum to find solutions to help others as I didn't use 7 myself). So first a big thanks to all contributors Now I'm finally at a point where XP just doesn't cut it any longer. I installed Vista 32 bit because I had a licence that I hadn't used in years (old OEM from a laptop, phone activated without problems on the desktop)... anyway I wanted a proper Win 7 64 bit, and now I have it .

I am now dual booting XP and Vista.
XP is on the first HDD and Vista on the second.
I want to install 7 and wipe out Vista.
Can I just start the Windows 7 installation and let it wipe out Vista by selecting to use the whole disk that Vista is on, or do I need to... fixmbr, format Vista HD and then install Windows 7?

It can be even simpler than that:
Shut down the computer
Disconnect the Vista drive
Turn it back on and boot to the Windows 7 DVD
Install using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation
When you get to the part where you can select the XP drive, click "Drive options (advanced)".
In this order, click Delete, New, Format and then Next
When you finally get to the Desktop after the installation, shut down
Reconnect the Vista drive
Turn the computer on and go directly into the BIOS
Make sure the Windows 7 drive is the first in the boot priority
Save and Exit

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I've been looking all night and working for a while on dual booting my friends alienware lappy. However, I've gotten stuck at a point where I have no clue what to try next. I made the partition and everything is perfect for that and then i put the xp cd in and restart the laptop....it loads all the pre-install files and then when it gets ready to install the OS, it says that it can not recognize the hdd. I dont have specs on the lappy right now but, is there any helpful hints???

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I'm fairly new to computers a few years.But have come a long way since 2007 Thanks to BC which helped get me moving a lot quicker.But anyway I have a HP laptop with Vista Home Prem. SP2 on it.It has dual Hard drives 100GB each. I also have an external WD 1TB that I could also use.But my question or what I need help with is I would like to install another OS on it, Windows XP Pro that I bought awhile back but didn't know how to install as a dual boot.I planned to do this last year.But as we all know life happens and just didn't have the time required to do it,until now.

I'm hoping that someone here can help guide me through it.I will need a thorough explanation for this newbie Any Takers out there ? Thanks in Advance to anyone that can help me with this, Thank You ! Kind Regards !

A:How to install a XP Pro OS on a Vista Home P. SP2 machine (Dual Boot)

Worth a look, http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_vista_a...ystep_guide.htm.Louis

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I just installed windows 7 ultimate on my pc.
i already had xp32 and vista 64 business on a dual boot on the same HDD before installing windows 7.
during windows 7 install, I selected the xp32 partition, formatted it and installed windows 7 over the top as I no longer wanted xp32.

When the windows 7 install was complete I expected to see a dual boot screen with
option 1. windows 7
and option 2. vista64

unfortunatelty i have no dual boot options, the pc now just goes straight into windows 7. It doesnt sem to know that vista is there.

i would appreciate assistance in getting a dual boot set up with vista64 and windows 7


A:lost dual boot with vista after windows 7 install

I used easybcd to fix the boot problem
read about it on this forum.


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Hi everybody!
I have just discovered that I cannot do an Upgrade from Vista HP to Win 7 Pro and that I will have to do a Custom or clean install. That will be OK and doesn't cause any problems.

I have XP on one HDD and Vista on another with dual boot. However I want to replace Vista HP with Win 7 Pro 32 bit, ( I intend to go 64 bit later on).

What I would like to know is, will Win 7 replace Vista on the boot sequence (MBR?), so that on booting the PC I have the option of selecting either XP or Win 7, or will I be presented with a boot menu of XP, Vista and Win7, albeit that Vista is no longer installed? If the latter, will this cause any problems in selecting the OS that I want to launch i.e the MBR looking for a now non existing Vista and would there be a way to remove reference to Vista?


A:Custom Install Win7 on XP Pro/Vista HP dual boot

Win7 being the most recent OS will correctly configure the boot menu when it is run last as you are doing.

I suggest you boot into the Win7 installer, choose Custom install and use Advanced tools to Delete the Vista partition, create a new one there, and format then install.

This is the cleanest possible install, and even from boot it will see the previous qualifying OS's to allow installer to accept the Upgrade key and activate later when online.

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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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Noob here, obviously ..

But I installed Windows 7 64 with the dual boot option, and have Vista 32 as my regular OS. Is there any way to transfer the programs from the Vista partition over to the Win 7 partition without re-installing each and every program?

On a related note - is there a way to transfer my old desktop from Vista over to Win 7 just the way it is?

A:Any way to transfer programs from Vista to 7 after dual boot install?

Quote: Originally Posted by Eryeal

Noob here, obviously ..

But I installed Windows 7 64 with the dual boot option, and have Vista 32 as my regular OS. Is there any way to transfer the programs from the Vista partition over to the Win 7 partition without re-installing each and every program?

On a related note - is there a way to transfer my old desktop from Vista over to Win 7 just the way it is?

No, there is not.

You should have done an upgrade install.

Other than that, you must re-install everything.

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I have a Vista laptop with xp and Vista installed because I do not want to give up xp, I enjoy it to much. I wanted to try Windows 7 so I set it up in a "triple boot" fashion. Vista and Windows 7 works great, but xp will not boot. It says I have a missing or corrupt hal.dll. When I uninstall Windows 7 and restore my backed up bootloader settings Windows xp boots up. I want to keep trying 7 but I don't want to give up xp, can this problem be fixed?

A:Windows 7 install problem (Vista and XP dual boot)

Case 1: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the XP/Vista boot option at startup, but Win7 boots fine.

1. Start Win7.

2. If you can see your XP/Vista partition in Computer, write down the drive letter (e.g. D:)

3. If you can't see the XP partition and you see all others but this one, open Control Panel - Adminstrative Tools - Computer Management -> Disk Management(left pane) and right-click the partition without a drive letter, choose "Change drive letters and paths" and assign a drive letter for the partition, e.g. D: .

4. Open an elevated command prompt and type the following lines followed by Enter for each line, changing the drive letter D: (in blue) with the one on your XP/Vista partition:



bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast


bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows Vista"
(You will get a response saying that a new {UUID} was created successfully.
Write down or copy the new UUID.)


bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} osdevice partition=D:
5. Done

Case 2: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the Win7 boot option at startup, but XP/Vista boots fine.

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I was trying to install Vista to a USB drive and accidentally selected the wrong drive, an internal storage drive. I didnt realize it until the PC restarted. I aborted the installation and now I am stuck with a dual boot screen with the first Windows installation saying something like Windows Vista Rollback. I get approx. 1 second to change it to my original install. If I let it run, I see a very brief Vista error screen and then it restarts with no change.

I am reformatting the drive that has the aborted install on it. I remember from years past when I had an abandoned install that the rollback option will not go away by simply reformatting the drive. I could've done a search for how to remove the dual boot screen, but I wanted to make sure I get rid of all traces of that mistake ever happening to begin with.

Can someone help me out here?

A:Stuck with dual boot in aborted Vista install

You'll probably need to boot from the Vista DVD and run the repair after you are done formatting.

But you can do all sorts of things to the Vista boot menu with:

VistabootPro or EasyBCD

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Well i am currently running Vista Home Premium sp2 and Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7100) in a dual boot config for about 2-3months and loving it. I was wondering if i could upgrade my Win7 install to RTM without affecting my Vista install? Do you get a choice which OS you want to upgrade or does it go by what OS you load the upgrade disc from?

A:Windows 7 upgrade install on Win7/Vista dual boot

You can upgrade, but you will need to repair your MBR with BartPE or a similar program.

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So my computer currently has Windows Vista Ultimate X64 installed on a 120GB drive. I also have a 500GB RAID 1 setup that I keep my work on. I have a piece of software that won't work with Vista X64, so I need to install my old OEM XP Pro copy. I bought a 1TB drive on which to do this.

My question is, how do I go about installing XP Pro as a dual boot without disturbing my Vista install or my RAID setup.

A:Installing XP dual boot on seperate drive without disturbing existing Vista install

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My current windows 10 installation is too bogged down to play games properly. I've tried all the traditional solutions to speed up my PC but none of them made any noticeable difference, so I'd like to try a fresh OS. I'd prefer to avoid doing a "Reset My PC" option and having to re-install all my apps. So I'm trying to install a second windows 10 onto a new partition that will just be used for playing a couple games.

The media creation tool USB option doesn't work on my pc. The USB gets ignored when I boot normally. If I try to boot it directly from the boot menu, I get a "selected device failed to boot" error (with both windows 10 and windows 8 media creation tools). I used a brand new USB drive and tried it immediately after installing the tool onto it. I also tried re-installing the tool a second time.

I tried running the setup.exe at the root of the USB drive, which started properly. However, all the guides I've looked at say that I should get a "custom install" option when running this tool. This is where I would have the option of selecting the partition I want to install windows to. I don't get that option. It just asks me for the basic language/architecture fields, then gives me the "keep everything/keep files/remove everything" options. There are no options after that. If i I click install, the installation begins.

I tried using the windows 8 setup.exe on the USB, but it asks me for a product key. My computer came with wi... Read more

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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 have a new Precision 7710 with a 2.5 inch 1GB SATA SSD (system boot=Disk0) and a 1GB NVMe PM951 SSD.
I have been attempting to install Windows Server 2012R2 on the second, M.2 SSD (Disk1) into a GPT, NTFS partition.
Since this system has no DVD, I made a bootable UEFI thumb drive with the contents of the .iso installation for Server 2012R2.
The thumb drive boots OK and I can begin installation, but when it comes to choosing the target for installation, the M.2 SSD is not visible in setup.
The M.2 drive is clearly visible inside Windows 10 Pro as the D: drive.
So...I mounted the .iso setup file in Windows 10 and ran setup.exe. The install began and could see the target M.2 drive, and began loading files on the second SSD. It then attempted the first of several restarts that come with this process with the new Server 2012 R2 environment.
It sucessfully modified the Windows Boot Manager before the restart, then restarted, and the setup program gave an error because it could not find the target partition on the second SSD.
The setup environment then modified the Boot Manager to "Windows Setup Rollback" and proceeded to enter an infinite loop, attempting to delete files from the unreachable M.2 drive. I manually choose Windows 10 on the boot menu, and once booted changed Windows 10 back to the default OS.
I've tried several things (turning off Secure boot, changing from UEFI to legacy bios--it won't boot at all that way) , but I can't get that second disk t... Read more

A:Precision 7710 UEFI Bios and pre-boot does not detect second SSD (NVMe PM951) can't install Windows on it for dual boot

You're going to need to build a new set of boot media with NVMe drivers.

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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 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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well, i got an SSD, had everything running perfectly.
1 OCZ 30gb <----this is my os now...
2xhdds raid-1 << all my games/isos, installs, ect

Now, in windows i could not delete the small 100mb partition and the empty unallocated partition to merge it with the rest of the HDDs (the raid setup)

It went:
|100mb partition||unused partition (this used to be the OS before i deleted it before installing the OS on the SSD||installs/movies|

picked up Free Download Partition Wizard
Told it to delete the 100mb partition, and merge all the partitions into one. Rebooted the computer like it asked..now it wont boot...
trying things right now....any help??

A:Screwed my install? Wont boot!

It sounds like when you told it to merge all partitions that your MBR got borked... If you are totally unable to boot into any mode ( safe ) then your only option sounds like a reinstall.... Partition managers can be dangerous, always use with care...

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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)

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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vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot? currently running XP on one drive and Vista64 on another with good success with Vistas built in dual boot.

Because of Vista64 compatibility issues (darn it) with much of my software, I need to install Vista32.

I have 3 drives so I want to move V64 to the smallest one and just use for my remote control helicopter simulator, fantastic on V64. Then install Vista HP 32 bit on the third drive ending up with:

XP pro
Vista 32 Home Premium
Vista 64 Home Premium

on 3 separate drives. Will Vista's dual boot function work in this configuration?


A:vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot?

Im not sure about booting vista64 and 32 but i do know triple boot is possible
HOWTO: Triple-Boot Ubuntu 6.06, Windows Vista, and Windows XP - Ubuntu Forums

I will be watching this thread closely, it sound like fun

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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'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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My System has an Athlon XP 1.4 GHz Processor, 768 Mb Ram, and 2 IDE harddrives.

I started off with Windows XP Home, which was pre-loaded on the original 40 Gb IDE Hard drive.

Then I installed a second 200 Gb IDE drive, partitioned the drive into 3 partitions, and installed XP PRO into the first one. Dual boot works fine for home and pro operating systems.

Finally I installed Windows Vista Home edition into , which completed with no errors.

Both XP Pro and Home edition operating systems are still working but when windows vista is selected from the multi boot menu the following error messages are displayed and vista will not boot.

File : \windows\system32\winload

Status: 0xC0000001

Info: The Selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

Putting the installation disk (as the instructions say) to do a repair has no effect, and the installation DVD works fine on my other machine.

Could the problem be related to the boot drive (40Gb Drive) being different to to the Vista installation drive (200Gb Drive)?

A:Dual Boot, First XP Home, Then XP Pro, Finally Vista, but no Vista boot.

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I have done some searching and it seems that other people who have had this problem, have been installing ubuntu. I havn't managed to come to a solution.

I installed XP(1) onto drive 1 , then reorganised all of my partitions to be in the correct order with the correct labels (I have been having a nightmare with volumue labels being incorrect!). Anyways got all the partitions exactly how I want them using partition manager (i.e XP(1) on C: with the intention to install XP(2) on D. Rebooted machine, pressed a key to boot from CD, it says 'setup is inspecting your current configuration' and then the screen stays black (I have to reset the machine). I turned off the computer and dissconnected drive 2 (int.) and drive 3 (ext.). Problem still exists....

How do I boot to the blue setup screen for my second copy of XP?


A:XP dual boot cant boot from cd to start second install

Please help me!!!

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I have a PC with a Intel D850EMV2 motherboard. It has 1024MB of Samsung RAMBUS memory. With Windows XP Pro installed on my C: drive I installed Windows Vista Ultimate on the D:
drive in a dual boot setup. Then when I restarted it the first time it would not boot up. I get the NTLDR missing error. Then I put in my XP install cd and got into the setup repair. Then I typed in fixboot and let setup fix the boot and restarted my PC. Now I can boot into XP but not Vista. Now I have lost my dual boot .ini file. I cannot boot into vista. I figured it would be a waste of time to go through the same routine again... it was. I got the same results. Has anyone had and fixed this problem?

A:XP Won't Boot After Vista Dual Boot Installation

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Heres the run down:

Hard drive with 3 partitions.

Installed XP first
Installed Vista second

I want to format the XP partition to install a light version.

The XP partition is the Boot partition, so i cant format it.

How do i change the boot partition to be the Vista partition. (what files need moved, where from where to, do they need edited in any way etc)
This is annoying my head!! if i had installed Vista first there would have been no problem i take it!

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!




Problem that occured trying to sort this out, which is fixed

I needed to format the XP partition, but it wouldnt let me, as its partition was the boot partition.

The XP partiton was marked active, so I marked the vista partition as active, and restarted.

Then it just sat trying to boot (flashing _ )

I popped in the vista DVD, hit repair installation.

I ran the startup repair tool, it detected that the boot file was missing. It said it fixed the error, and i restarted the machine.

The same problem is happening..... (flashing _ )

I tried running the startup repair tool again, but it now does not detect any errors.
I used ultimate boot cd to mark the XP partition as active, robooted and it loaded up like it did originally.

A:boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

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Actually it's a quad boot but I am sure the principle is the same.

I formatted and reinstalled my main Vista default system and now, although I can access the 2 Win 7 partitions OK, I can't boot into them.

I get a black screen with a lot of writing and...


status 0xC0000428

Windows cannot verify digital signature for this file.

Am using EasyBCD 2.0 and none of it's repair functions have helped.

I vaguely remember this happening a while back with XP/Win 7 dual boot on my netbook and I did something with the Win 7 DVD if I recall correctly....the trouble is I can't remember what.

A:Dual Boot Vista/Win 7 - Can't Boot to Win 7 After Vista Reinstall


You may want to try Command Prompt @ Startup (option 2) and typing FIXMBR generally tends to FIX the Master Boot Record.

Doing this could reduce functionality of your Vista partition but has worked in similar situations in the past

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Hello all,

I have a vaio laptop with a dual boot win7/vista setup. I simply want to format the whole drive back to one large c:\drive, then reinstall windows 7. I have heard horror stories of people saying their boot manager becomes corrupted. or goes missing. I enclose a snapshot of my hard drive config. I would appreciate any advice on this matter.


A:A fresh win7 install over a win7/vista dual boot system ?

is it the only HDD in the laptop (i used to think 1 was the max but i've been encountering people with two recently)? If so, (and if you want to wipe the hard drive completely (don't forget to deactivate any programs, such as iTunes)) just put the install disc in, boot into it (without booting into windows), choose the install option that isn't 'upgrade' (i think it's 'custom' offhand). when it takes you to the partition manager, click 'advanced' on the bottom bit and delete and format all partitions until you have just one big empty disk.
If that doesn't work or if you think it might not, just boot into a Puppy Linux live cd, open up gparted and select the 'new partition table' tool.

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Hi all. I'm feeling desperate on the edge of being able to cry right now.

This is the third time I've attempted to install a dual-boot XP on my preinstalled-Vista laptop, and the third time that I've failed due to the lack of a XP sound driver for my laptop (Gateway MT3708). Each time, I have used Vista Boot Pro with mixed success.

However, this time around, I first used Acronis to create my XP partition, instead of Vista's Disk Management. When I got into XP, this is how my drive layout looked:

E: 90 GB (Vista partition)
C: 10 GB (XP partition)
D: 10 GB (Vista's Recovery partition thing)

I used Vista Boot Pro to try and get myself back into Vista after failing again at my XP installation. I installed the Vista bootloader and ran the diagnostic. This is what it looked like to the best of my memory:

Microsoft Home Premium (recovered) - E:
Microsoft Longhorn blah blah blah (recovered) - D:

The second entry was weird, because that was my recovery partition, and XP was not on the list. But at this point I was only concerned about getting back into Vista, so I rebooted.

When I started up, I got a blinking black screen after the Bios much to my horror. No nothing, and no way to get into either Vista or XP. I tried Vista Recovery's Startup Repair to no avail. Now I have no idea what to do, and I am at the point where the panic is seriously rising quickly in my gut and swear words are flying out of my mouth at the rate of five per second. Please help.

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A:After trying to set up dual-boot, can't boot into Vista OR XP!! Help!

The Beef

I have not seen this particular error before, but the black screen at bootup suggests that Vista`s boot files/MBR are trashed. The missing partition also makes me wonder about a problem there too.

Try fixing the boot files first
Go to the link below, and scroll down to
Step 3 - Fix Boot Loader:

Try this method using the command prompt.
Press ENTER between the two commands


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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

A:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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