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dual boot - which boot files to edit ?

Q: dual boot - which boot files to edit ?

Hi Guys, slight problem here, I have a dual boot system, a 500Gb drive with one half installed with XP professional, and the other with Windows 7.
I recently installed a new motherboad and encountered problems.
With the windows XP patition I knew the problem would be centerd around the ide driver so I replaced that and it booted ok. (obviously I had to reinstal the new drivers for the new M/board)
However when I tried with the windows 7 partition it just resets, no BSD, no error or anything. I cant boot into safe mode in any form on win7.
My questions are a) assuming the hardware has caused problems is there a way to rectify this or b) if I reinstall windows 7 ( not really a problem) is there a way to edit whichever boot file comes up so I dont have 2 x windows 7 boot options on the boot menu (just annoys the hell out of me ! lol)
thanks guys

Preferred Solution: dual boot - which boot files to edit ?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: dual boot - which boot files to edit ?

Reinstall Windows 7 then use EasyBCD to add a Windows XP boot entry.

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I installed Windows 8.1 to try.
The problem is that it stopped working and gives me troubleshooting boot menu .
I have Windows xp on the machine too that's working fine.
So now every time I open my pc, I get the boot menu where it says Windows 8 can't start. What u want to do. Run troubleshooting or boot in earlier version
I go ahead and select earlier version.
I just want to remove this menu and remove the entire Windows 8. I just want to go directly to Windows xp

A:Dual boot system (Windows 8.1 and xp), how to edit boot menu from xp

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management. To do this from XP, press the Prnt Scrn button, open built-in Paint to paste the screenshot in, Save File, attach back here in reply box using paper clip icon. Screenshot with Paint

If XP is still System Active in Disk Mgmt, then normally you can just delete 8, remove the boot entry in msconfig>Boot, but we need to see the screenshot to be sure of no unexpected configurations.

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I installed vista in its own directory on my XP computer. After install, I decided to keep Vista and deleted the directory with XP, I still have the dual boot window on startup. How do I restore the original boot process? How can I edit the boot.ini file?


A:Dual Boot Edit

Simply type "msconfig" without the quotes into the start search and press enter.

you can then use the application to edit the start-up entries - Boot.ii is not used in Vista

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Ok here is the situation:

Laptop, Windows 7 Professional 64bit is running perfectly on it. At one point in time I had a dual boot with Windows XP Professional. Somehow the boot manager stopped working randomly. Currently when booted into windows 7 (C:\) my old XP install on the same hard disk shows as the D:\.

I am still able to get into 7 but if I click windows xp it errors and says something about not being able to find the NTLDR.

Steps taken:

I downloaded BCDEdit GUI interface and deleted the boot manager entry for windows xp and then tried to re-Add a WIndows XP entry allowing it to auto find. It appears to find my xp install. However when I reboot and choose XP, it acts like it's boot up because you see the black background with the big Windows XP logo and the green status bar under neath but then when it flashes its next screen which is the blue background similar to the user logon screen it just sits there and hangs. In the middle of the blue background screen is the Windows XP logo but it never does anything else.

I really dont want to reinstall XP and delete that partition I made. Could someone PLEASE help.

A:Dual boot help! BCD Edit is not working

Have a look at this:
XP Repair Install

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I added a new HDD and formatted it with a second instance of Win7-64. Now, when I boot up, I get a menu that gives me a choice of the two Windows 7 OS's.
I would like to edit this file so it has more descriptive names. In fact, I would like to eliminate the menu altogether as I can control which drive boots using F8, which gives me a list of all my drives that I can choose from (assuming this is safe to do).

A:How to edit dual boot choice menu

This can be done quite easily using the BCDEDIT tool. See BCDEDIT - How to Use

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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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WIN7-XP DUAL BOOT FILES - to save to backup

I have win7 and XP as dual boot on same HDD. WinXP installed first. Works fine.

I use a backup/restore program to make images of each O/S - seperately and regularly.

However, it's not made for a dual boot machine according to the manufacturer.

When I restore Win XP, it works perfectly every time, so far.

However, when I restore Win 7, it refuses to boot into Win7 and has to be repaired with the original Win7 disc.

I can always get into either XP OR Win7. So a copy of the relevant boot files for each system, (copied and saved onto each O/S), could easily be pasted back into the partition that fails to boot -by doing it from within the O/S partition that will boot.

Can anyone tell me what are the relevant files for each system please (and where to find them) so I can copy & save them onto each O/S?. I can then easily restore them after an image restore that won't boot.

Thank you in anticipation.

A:Solved: Win7/XP Dual Boot,-Boot Files

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Hi People

I have a dual boot PC. I had to rebuild it recently because I put a new mobo and a new cpu in. I decided to be different this time and installed Winxp on my C drive and Win7 on my D drive. In my old rig the order was reversed.

Originally I thought this would be okay until it came to installing Rollback RX. Then I discovered that every time I tried to install rollback it either failed to install or it only protected my XP drive. I want it to protect my Win7 drive because it is my default boot.

I decided to start all over again this time installing in the reverse, with Win7 on C and WinXP on D. However I am having nothing but problems doing this because now the Win7 disk is not being recognized as having all the drivers and I can't get an internet connection on WinXP!!!!

So I'm thinking there might be a simpler way to do this. I put the contents of the disks on a Norton Ghost backup before I started doing this. Can I restore the contents of D on C and C on D? I can do it physically because both are the same size and both are ntfs. The problem is booting. If I do this my pc won't boot. So is there a way I can fix this?

I contacted Rollback RX three days ago and they haven't responded.

A:How can I fix my boot files so that I can reverse order of my boot in dual pc

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I have a dual boot Win 7 on C and Winxpsp3 on D. C win7 is my default boot.

I just went through quite a bit of trouble restoring my pc because one of the drives wouldn't boot. It was D my xp (backup) drive.

When this happens again is there a place where I can store my boot files, say on a floppy and what is the procedure to restore the boot files?

A:How Do I Restore my Boot Files on a Dual Boot?

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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
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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I have a dual boot winxp on D and win7 on C. Separate drives. Win7 boots fine. XP does not. How do I fix this?

A:How do I fix xp boot files in dual boot pc



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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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Hello Everyone.

I'm a newbie and like pistas, as you can deduce from my screen name. .

Alright, seriously, i have a bizarre situation with my laptop it may be a world first!!!. Details as follows:

OS: Vista Home Edition 32 bit. with latest Service packs installed. System runs fine except two major issues of late.

Laptop (the one this query concerns):Acer Aspire 3682.

1) Problem (Multi faceted): The vista boot loader loads on start up with 'Edit Boot Options' menu when the keyboard is connected to the motherboard. However, when i unplug it (the keyboard) from the motherboard the 'Edit Boot Options Menu' automatically does NOT appear and the OS loads just fine. I do not want this edit boot options to appear as it is a nuisance.

Note: i have read numerous 'tutorials' about how to 'disable' the windows boot manager on this site and elsewhere and i'm also a geek professionally(attempted suggested solution eg tweak BCDEDIT, Start Up Recovery, no change). I can 'normally' figure solutions to most techie things quite easily. Except this one it seems. Replacing the keyboard is a possible solution, any other suggestions?

Secondly: The keyboard's Del key and Home key as well as 'RIGHT SHIFT+2' to give " (quotation marks) do NOT work. All other keys and functions work just fine. All keys on keyboard are intact like new (eg no dirt underneath the button). All worked fine before a re-install was necessary due to Disk Management issue, but bizzarely it has now stopped w... Read more

A:Vista: Boot Loader, Edit Boot Options and Keyboard, bizarre situation, world first?

Of all your problems, I think all I know how to help with will be your monitor issue. I suspect it's probably a physical problem with the pixels, (as in it's broken somehow) and there's not much you can do about it short of buying a new screen for it. But to be sure, try to take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool (type that in the Search bar in the start menu) and see if the ring appears in the picture. If it does, then there may be a software issue, although I doubt that would be a virus if that's all it's causing. If the ring doesn't show up in the pic, then it's probably just your monitor that's mess up and you need a new one.

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hi guys...am new here...
two months ago i ran the msconfig and i guess i messed up with the boot.ini file...now my pc had been in a boot loop since then.i have looked for solutions and found them but due to no support for xp,most methods have not been successfull.
and now i read about editing the boot.ini file and decided to enslave my hard drive on a friend's pc so that i can edit the file...
now my question is how to find the file after i enslave it on the pc,and if i edit the file i will be able to boot the pc successfully once more??

i surely appreciate any replies,for real....peace and thanks in advance

A:How to find and edit the boot.Ini file, and if it will solve boot loop

Rather then edit the boot.ini file, put the drive back into the troubled computer, and boot off an XP CD or USB Flash drive. Get to the Recovery Console then try these commands to fix the boot sector: 103 - Fix or Repair XP if it is not booting (using the XP Recovery Console) - RMPrepUSB

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hi guys...am new here...
two months ago i ran the msconfig and i guess i messed up with the boot.ini file...now my pc had been in a boot loop since then.i have looked for solutions and found them but due to no support for xp,most methods have not been successfull.
and now i read about editing the boot.ini file and decided to enslave my hard drive on a friend's pc so that i can edit the file...
now my question is how to find the file after i enslave it on the pc,and if i edit the file i will be able to boot the pc successfully once more??

i surely appreciate any replies,for real....peace and thanks in advance

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At Win login system Group denies access for insufficient rights. A hack created many users and groups and granted access to all but denied me 'owner' access to change or modify any of the accounts created nor could I create a new one.
Now it longer lets me log in to Windows on start-up. It will not allow for Safe Mode start with Command. It ignores Bio set-up to start from USB first, where I have my backup stored. I was able to get to the Edit Boot Options from F5 then F10. All other startup options from F5 and F10 give options only for Windows 7 startup or Diagnosis only. At Edit Boot Options window it reads: Edit Windows boot options for: Windows 7 Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe Partition: 1 Hard Disk: bd8cd9df [ /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

A:Need to Edit Boot Options to boot from local USB Backup File at cmd Wi

Welcome to the forum. Is this a home or work pc?

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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I am trying to delete all the files from an old HP (XH545) laptop running XP. Its screen doesn't work, so I have it attached to a remote monitor. I have both a bootable floppy and bootable cd which have [email protected] Kill Disk. My intention is to boot one or the other and erase everything on the hard drive.

Problem: I am unable to get into my BIOS to change the boot order. Since I have to do a Fn-F5 to switch over to the monitor, I am unable to get there in time to see when to hit F2 to edit my BIOS. I have been trying for several hours to "guess" when to hit it, still with no success. I'm not even sure I would be able to see the BIOS screen anyway - maybe you have to get past that for Fn-F5 to swap out to the monitor.

If I let the system boot normally, I can swap over in time to see it loading Windows XP.

Question 1: Is there any way to change the boot order from within Windows (or from DOS prompts)?

Question 2: Lacking a positive answer to #1, is there any other way to delete all the files from the hard drive so I can dispose of the laptop?


A:How to change boot order w/o boot-up BIOS edit?

When you hit the power switch of your laptop at same time start pressing f2 and keep hitting it until you get in BIOS. After getting in BIOS I you know what to do.

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hey i just split my (originally xp) hdd to 2 partitions C and D.. i have my regular xp on C and I installed 7 on D..

but the problem is that i dont want any files/folders to be seen when im on xp.. so basically i wanna hide everything that win7 has and when im on xp i dont wanna see the files/folders.. thank you

A:Dual boot - how to hide files

Hello mtg, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below in each OS instead to hide the drive letter as it shows in Computer for the other OS.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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My main program is Windows Vista. (C:/ Partition is 202 GB).
I made a Windows 7 partition (D:/) about 20 GB big.

I can navigate from the Windows 7 (D:/ partition) over to the C:/ partition and create links to some programs like Skype, Filezilla, Audacity and others.
That way I don't have to duplicate the .exe programs on the 7 partition.

But I couldn't get Word 2007 or iTunes to work, so I installed them again on the 7 partition. Now the partition is full and I won't be able to load anything else, should the need arise.

Is there any way out of this?

A:Can Dual Boot share same .exe files?

I would make a Win7 partition no less than 100g.

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I started windows xp and opened program files where 7 is installed but can't see any installed application's folder.

A:Not able to see Windows 7 files from xp in dual boot pc

You may need to get permission to access those files. Can you access User folders okay?

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Hey Guys,

So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but:

Previous Computer Setup:
I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.)

Drive C: --------> Vista (Now Windows 7)
Drive D: --------> Windows XP

After upgrading my Vista to Windows 7 (Via clean install) I lost my boot menu to choose XP. Now everytime I flip the power it boots DIRECTLY into Windows 7.

How do I recover my boot screen option so I can boot back into XP when I need to?



A:Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)

Hello Asif,

You can pick up at step 7 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below inside Vista to add XP back to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

A:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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In order to get my laptop running I have to press F10 at the boot, which brings me to a screen that says:

edit windows boot options for: windows 7
path: \windows\system32\winload.exe
partition: 3
hard disk: 350f350f

In order to boot, I have to erase the text:
After that I can boot.


A:Won't boot unless I use "EDIT BOOT OPTIONS (F10)" at boot screen

Hi, welcome to the forums

You could try checking the 'Environment Variables' options...

Click Start then right-click Computer and select 'Properties'. From there, click 'Advanced system settings' followed by the 'Environment Variables'. Have a look in the lower box to see if those exact options are there. If so, you should be able to delete them.

I cannot guarantee the effect of this as i've not had personal experience with the issue you're explaining.


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On a system with Windows xp/vista dual boot,is it safe to open the files on the xp partition from the windows vista partition and vice-versa.

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I've replaced Win7-32 with 64 a few days ago after formatting the drive. I have four partitions on three discs. The largest dusk has two – a very small one with XP and a very large where I save all my stuff.

The problem appeared when I tried to use Windows Backup to save an image file of Win7. It only allows me to save the backup on the smallest partitions without enough free space, not with Win7 or on the largest one where I have over 600GB free. I checked and found the reason is probably because this partition contains the system files for both XP and 7, So the Backup forbids saving the image file on it as well as on the one with Win7.

I think I need to relocate the Win7 system files from the large partition to the partition containing Win7. I downloaded and installed EasyBCD, as sometime ago recommended to me in this forum to use instead of VistaBoot Pro (now DualBoot PRO), but I never used it. Could someone tell me how to proceed before I spoil the installation, please?

A:Relocate System Files on a Dual Boot

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

You are trying to save a Win7 backup image to another HD and it wants to save both XP and Win7? This means that they share some system files. We can help you recover those into Win7 if this is what you want.

It should become apparently why it won't let you save the image to the larger partition. Can you try one more time and post back the exact error message?

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My laptop came preinstalled with windows xp.I recently installed windows vista on the laptop making it dual boot with xp and vista.However,after this, certain programs in windows xp are not running properly.For eg-When i open programs like Mcafee anti virus,realplayer,..a dialog box comes up asking me with which program should i open the selected file.Also,When opening my computer system properties,system restore etc..a msg comes saying file not found.I haven't deleted any file from xp.Then why is this occurring.is this because vista was not installed properly.Is it because i tried to to access the files stored in windows xp from vista.When i did the above,a msg came saying i wasnt allowed to access those files...How ever windows vista is working fine.

A:Xp files not opening properly in xp/vista dual boot

Its a registry problem, someone has associated .EXE files with something else and remove it and the registry entry is now invalid.
See http://dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm for fixes.

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I have dual boot Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 8 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 7010 MT.

How can I write two batch files on the desktop of EACH OS to tell it to reboot either into Win 7 or into Win 8? (Four batch files total, two on each desktop.)

Need it because I frequently remote into this machine and have no way of rebooting efficiently into the desired OS.

I now can do the following manually in each OS:
***System Properties - Startup and Recovery - Settings - System Startup - Default Operating System - select which one - OK - manual Restart***
but it takes too long.

I'd like some batch files that do all of that for me.


A:How to do shortcut bat files to choose next login OS - dual boot 7 - 8

It sounds like a mouse macro record/playback freeware would be the easiest way. There are quite a few for download. Start recording then do the mouse clicks and save, for each OS boot. It may be easier to get the mouse clicks right than trying to run batch commands.

Check the free download sites for mouse macro record/playback utilities.

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I have dual booted a number of times in the past with w7/w8/w10 and all worked fairly well but in the end I gave up and went back to single boot w7 home premium.

The issue I always seem to have is that all 2nd boots had issues with file/folder access. I kept getting the "no permission to access" warning.

My OS is on an ssd as C drive and I have another 2tb spinner with 3 partitions for Data, Music and Photos. Backups go to a 4tb spinner and external drives.

How do I solve the "no permission" issues so that a dual boot can have equal access to all files/forders and drives ?

I want to keep my Windows 7 and dual boot with windows 10.

I have a spare w7 retail lic from an unused notebook so I should be able to use that lic key after the w10 upgrade.

A:Dual boot W7 & W10 issues accessing files/folders.

Run an Admin account on all OS's.

When you first try to access a folder on another OS drive, click through the permissions message to see if it will show a green progress bar in the URL box during which time it is transferring permissions as it should for an Admin.

If the permissions are not granted this way then I'd question how the install was done. Look over these steps to do a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 to make sure you're not doing anything differently.

If not then install and rightclick each needed User folder using Take Ownership Shortcut.

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Hey guys, I had this Windows 8 installed on a separate drive volume I reserved 18000MB to it which appears as drive G: in Win 7. In this way, I could keep both Windows 8 and 7 separately.

Now the problem is, when I boot into Windows 8, the system does not see the normal drive C. Instead it sees its own volume G: as a drive C, and does not actually see the bigger drive C: that is tied to Windows 7. So I cannot access the Program Files in Windows 7 and open Google Chrome from Win 8. I just don't want to install everything twice, one for each operating system.

Any help on making the "Windows 7 drive" look visible on "Windows 8" will be appreciated.

A:Sharing apps and files between Windows 8/7 dual boot

You can't run programs that are installed in Win 7 in Win8 without first Re-Installing them in Win 8. Most all programs add something to the registry when they are installed. So they are installed in 7 with those entries added to the 7 registry. Trying to run them in 8 will fail because those same reg entries are not present in the 8 registry.

As to not being able to see the Win 7 install drive that is odd. It should show up as some other drive letter than C but it should be there.

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Hi. I have win xp sp3 on my laptop.
I wanted to install dual boot with windows 7.
So i created a new partition of 20 GB (drive D).
THen i installed from win 7 dvd, and choose Drive D for the installation.
After all the install and config, the original drive C (xp) had no letter, and the drive D, now is Drive C. 20 GB with win 7 installed.
So i assigned a letter (E) but the drive is completly empty, 0 bytes 0 files.
Obviously i have no dual boot, since there is no xp partition.

Is there any way to get back the data in the XP partition ?

Are they all lost ? i dont understand what happened.

TKs .

A:windows 7 ultimate , xp dual boot. lost files

Ok let me make sure I know whats going on, you went to dual boot however the primary drive somehow got re-formatted correct? You still should have 2 partitions on your drive. You have already looked on your disk Management service correct? If not, that would be the first thing I would look at.

Or maybe you'll be lucky enough that when you plug in your drive as a secondary hard drive(using another computer) you MAY be able to see your xp partition and just copy the files directly. --Hope this helped at all

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So, I have three partitions: Vista, Win7, and a Storage Partition.

It seems that Windows 7 and Vista are fighting over permissions to folders I'd like to share between then. So, for the Win7 Documents library I added the Documents partition that I use for Vista. Sometimes I get a message that I don't have permission and I can click Continue to fix it automatically, but how can I prevent this? The user accounts for both OS's are the same, but I know they get different SIDs.


A:Sharing Paritions/Files with Vista Dual-Boot Configurations

Hello muzicman82, welcome to Se7en Forums!

Have a look at this tutorial; at the link below; to see if it will be of use to you.

Take Ownership Shortcut

Be sure to keep us informed!

Later Ted

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I have been running a standard HDD with Windows XP Home SP3 and 8GB DDR3 RAM. I recently added an SSD on which I have installed Windows 7 Home Premium, the intention being to use the SSD/Windows with installed programmes to speed up the system and to use the existing HDD to store data (documents, pictures, videos and music), where they already reside.

From the SSD I can access the old HDD but, when I try to open My Documents, I am told that I do not "have permission to view this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder." When I click continue I am told that I "have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab."

When I follow this through I eventually reach a page which tells me that it is unable to display the current owner. What I am wondering is, if I change the ownership of this folder, will I still be able to boot up the HDD using XP and access the files from that disc?

A:[SOLVED] Accessing files in dual boot system (windows 7/XP)

Because you are trying to access folders from a different user account than the one which those folders belonged to Windows automatically denies access (even though you created that user account, Windows has no way of knowing that).

You need to "take ownership" of those folders by changing the security permissions.
Altering ownership permissions will in no way affect your ability to boot into that OS and access files on it.

Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

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I have a laptop setup dual boot. Windows 7 64bit and windows 32Bit (both professional versions). The 64 bit was installed on a partition with drive letter C:, and the 32 bit with a driver letter e:. I like to ghost both partitions, but I notice that the 64bit's "program files (86)" directory shows up on C: when runnig the 64bit Windows 7, but is not listed on C: when I runt he 32bit version of Windows 7. Instead it is on the e: dirve. Where is it really?
Mainly, I want to know what to ghost to get everyting both operating systems need, in two seperate operations (someday I ditch the 32-bit).

Before I actually start yet another thread discussing why one should not dual boot 64/32bit. I have good reasaons. I must (for work) use obsolete hardware that has no 64 bit drivers. (Note XP compatibility mode and VMWARE will not run the 32bit driver, unless there is something I do not know about VMWARE. These are OK solutions for incompatable hardware, not custom drivers.) In any case, besides using the devices without 64bit drivers, I will be developing new drivers for two devices (that my company created to replace the obsolete hardware), and I need to create drivers for 64bit and 32-bit (in this case Windows 7 64bit, and an embedded 32-bit Windows).

I guess what I'm asking is, what mechanism would make it appear the x86 program files move in a dual boot system?

A:Programs Files (86) seems to switch partitions in my dual boot system

If installed correctly from boot as it must with a different bit-version, when booted either Win7 installation should be on C.

The other installation will appear in explorer with another letter which is virtual and insignificant. What's important only is that the OS is C when booted.

Sometimes it is our own perspective that needs to be changed - from real world to virtual.

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This is My first time I post anything in my life so pardon me if I do not explain things the correct way.

Anyway, I was given a task to dual boot win7 pro on two separate HDD on our workshop PC.

Both of the drives were already having Win7 Pro installed on the drives so the only thing which I needed to do was to add the drives, connect SATA and power, set the boot sequence in BIOS...Press power button and pressing F11(mo-bo Super C2SBC-Q) to boot menu-> chose which HDD I want to boot from and voi-la....and... one of the OS always crashes. To be more specific the PC loads the fancy flashing colorful "Windows" logo and the second it should display the "WELCOME" screen it goes to loop and keep restarting at this point. If I remove one of the drives from the SATA connector the other installation has no problem to boot and vice-versa. It dont matter which sata port or which HDD and its Win7 instalation I use as long as its only one of them connected. If I add the secondary HDD and choose to boot the OS from it does the above explained boot loop. Any kind of advice is very welcome.

A:Dual-Boot Dual HDD WIN7 Pro Crash at boot

Hi Vincent82,

As a starting point, are you able to access safe mode successfully in the OS installation that is looping?


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My computer has Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on an SSD. It's that free Windows 8DL MS offered before Windows 8 was released. My son did the 8.1 upgrade. This is the boot drive.

The second OS is Windows 7 Ult. x64 on an HHD.

Until last week, the SSD had Windows 7, and 8 was on the HDD. The SSD is the primary boot drive, and the default OS.

RIGHT before I did the swap, The boot menu came up in GUI, thought it was nicer than the text one.

The boot drive followed Windows 8. [Was the HDD, now the SSD]

After the swap, I'm back to a text based menu.

After a search without results, I sent a message to Brink who very quickly pointed me to the link I wanted. [This one: Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 ]

I was so happy to see that in the first picture of the command prompt, my "default" and my "identifier" was the same as in the picture, but the "description" was different. My logic told me that the desc was not as important, so I did a copy/paste of the command from Brink's post to turn on the GUI, and rebooted to find a text based boot manager.

A:Dual drive, dual OS Boot, not GUI boot menu.

bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)

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This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way:

Disk 1 (600 GB)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go)
Disk 2 (1 TB)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

So, when I start the PC, I can choose to boot from C: (System: normal usage) or from D: (Music). When I boot from D:(Music), it is to use my music production environement, on a lean system (no internet, no A/V).

I just bought a new 1TB drive to replace my 600 GB drive (#1 above). What I would like now is to configure the new disk that way:

Disk 1 (1 TB) (New drive)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (Win7, bootable) (100 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (100 GB) (unchanged)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (800 Go) (unchanged)
Disk 2 (1 TB) (Unchanged)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

I am willing to reinstall everything on the C: partition, but I would like to avoid to do it for the D: partition as I want to keep it the way it is now. A simple mirror copy would be ok I think. Same for the E: partition (Samples).

My question: How do I proceed in order to still have a dual boot (this time a Win7/XP instead of XP/XP), without reinstalling XP and softwares on my D: partition?

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

A:Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive

Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7 with only the new HDD plugged in, from Steps 7 and 8 create and format your Win7 partition leaving space for XP left unformatted for later recovery using a backup image.

From Win7 use a reliable flexible imaging program like the Acronis premium app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, or free Macrium - Image your system. You should be able to clone or image over the XP partition from its HD while attached, to the new HDD Unallocated Space. Do not tell the app to mark XP partition Active or to copy Track0 MBR.

Once XP is imaged onto the new HDD, from Win7 add XP using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). If this fails confirm Win7 is still Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will add XP to Boot Menu, or if needed to restart Win7 for some reason.

Let us know how this goes.

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Hi Everybody,

First, I want to apologize for asking the following questions, because I realize their have been many posted questions similar to mine on these forums and elsewhere online. However, I've never done anything like this, and I want to make absolutely sure I know what I'm doing before I attempt it. I thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

When my Dell pre-installed XP machine died a few months ago (expensive fan failure, so there's no HDD damage as far as I can tell), I purchased a new HP pre-installed Vista machine. Mainly I have quite a few files I'd like to get off the Dell and on to the HP, but ideally I'd like to dual-boot with both operating systems on the HP, keeping both OS on their respective drives.

1. I figure this probably isn't legal, but how much of a problem is that potentially? I have a valid 1-2 CPU license, and XP would only be used on one dual-core if I'm able to dual-boot.

2. My primary goal is to copy my XP files to the Vista HDD, whether I can dual-boot or not. How can I do this without buying extra accessories, and in such a way that I don't risk damage to any of my hardware?

3. Will it be possible to dual-boot, and if so, what order will I need to install the drives, what master/slave settings will I need to set, what BIOS settings will I need to set, and will I need to reinstall/restore either OS or reformat either drive? Also, will this dual-booting work with just OEM/restore discs, and will it work with two dif... Read more

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Hey folks,

I've had my Gateway T1628 laptop for a year. When I first got it, it came with Vista installed, but I wiped the drive completely and installed Linux instead. I've been happily using Linux for the past year and have no reason to think there are any hardware problems.

But, now I want to dual-boot Vista/Linux -- installing Vista from the re-installation disc that came with the laptop. I tried using this guide: http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_linux_is_already_installed.htm. But alas, when I get to the "Installing Windows" screen, it hangs at "Expanding files (0%)". When I leave it overnight, it shows an error screen with error number 0x80070017 (and a message saying that the installation failed due to file transfer problems -- sorry, I did not write down the exact message).

Googling this error I find a lot of people who were installing from a badly burned iso -- but I'm trying to install from the disc that came with the laptop, not one I burned myself. People have also suggested removing some RAM if you have more than 2G (I have 3) -- but this is a laptop that I don't really want to open up (not sure I would even know how to take out RAM), and you'd think that since it came with Vista its hardware would already be suitable.

So the other option that seemed likely based on my searches was a problem with the partition I'm trying to install to. I've spent the past few days trying about fifty bill... Read more

A:Dual-boot install problem (Expanding Files 0%, error 0x80070017)

I'd call the company and ask for a new set of disks. They can burn bad disks too. Jazz

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It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,

A:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

A:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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I have a dual-boot system Ubuntu/Windows 7. The Master boot loader is GRUB.
It worked fine until yesterday when, for some reason, Windows 7 refused to load anymore. I tried to repair with chkdsk, found and repaired some disk errors, but now the boot loader is damaged. The problem I have is that after selecting Windows from the GRUB list I get the installed version entry but I can't have access to Repair through F8 and thus I am not able to continue on the installation DVD. The problem I think would be simple, by writing a new boot using bootrec, but I don't have access to the console.
I've seen a solution/tutorial on this forum except that it requires to remove Linux, which is not at all my scope.

A:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

NOTE: As you have Linux installed, the above only works for 1 in 1000, must likely you will need to reinstall.
Good luck.

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On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu.

I tried running Refresh just now on my deskstop but it didn't reinstall these Options. I still don't have the Recovery folder in C: on Win8 although it is there on Win7.

Can someone give me the way to link these to F8 hotkey? It's obviously not being used now.

A:Lost my F8 Advanced Boot & System Recovery Options on Dual Boot

Hello Greg,

Do you have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup? If not, then you will see the boot screens that Windows 7 uses instead of the new Windows 8 ones.
You might see if you could use a different option to boot to the Startup Options Menu to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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I have a dual-boot setup on a Dell XPS 8900 that I've had since Feb/March. The dual boot setup has been working fine, with zero issues since then, then this week I just booted into Win7 a couple days ago and it ran chkdsk automatically, erased some files, restarted, and booted into Win7 fine. I used my OS with no issues and shutdown. But this morning I tried to boot into Win7 and my system can't find the operating system.

I bought the computer from Dell with Win10 installed on their standard 1TB HDD and added a WDC 2TB HDD and installed Win7 in Legacy. I can still boot into Win10 with no problem in UEFI, and while using the OS I can see my other Win7 HDD, all the files are still there and I can access them. My system can even detect Win7 in UEFI mode and will begin to boot to that OS (but of course, freezes at the logo screen because Win7 won't run on UEFI). The BIOS detects both HDD's and diagnostics says that everything's fine with both, but when I try to boot into Win7 in Legacy mode I get a no boot device error.

I've run the Windows7 install CD to try to run diagnostics and repair startup files, but all the diagnostics, including chkdsk, come back with zero issues, except 0x01f and 0x495 which only says that something was changed, but nothing specific...

I can't tell if the problem is with my startup files, MBR, or BIOS...

I've already backed up my Win7 HDD, but I'd rather not have to reinstall Windows cuz all my gaming stuff is on that HDD...

Can anyone help?

A:Dual-Boot Win7/Win10 on seprt HDD's - Both HDD's detected, 7 wont boot

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Dual booting with all hdd's connected can be problematic
I personally use one of these to simplify the task after many mishaps dual booting on the same disk.... I never found a better/ more reliable way other than this,
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

Installing each os you'd want to remove the other disk completely so each os would have it's own boot loader.
Even though 10 can access win-7 I would not do it this will often trigger check disk to run in win-7.
Not to mention Fast start in win-10 will trigger it too
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

So yes disable fast start in win-10 is a must do.
Also for good measure disable fast or quick start in your bios too.
I would not share data disks either.

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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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