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Windows Vista Boot Dual boot Grub Error.

Q: Windows Vista Boot Dual boot Grub Error.

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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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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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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Ok.., Hi Guys & Girls.

To start off - Moderators you may like to move this post to another thread if its not suited here!.

I have spent a week of nights trying every posted solution I could find in the end I had to come up with a solution of my own.., I have posted this in the hope that it helps anyone with a similar problem.

My objective was to dual boot Vista and XP on a HP laptop "So one HDD" with a linux distro installed on a backup partition along with images of the vista and xp drives. -Laptops are for a mobile classroom-.

I wanted both of the installations to look like they were the only os when the pc has booted, So both vista and xp installed to their own C: drive. while being unable to see the other os's partition.

Up front problems:

-I only have a copy of the Vista restore cd's for the laptop and no normal Vista install cd.

-I needed to hide one drive from another.

-I did not know how to go about installing two different copy's of windows on the same hard drive without having different partition letters/drive letters.

-I needed a backup solution that would work under linux so that the students couldn't just play with it.
There may be better solutions around -Here is mine-

This is in order of events.

-Restore vista install from recovery cd's
-shrink the vista partition = Right click on computer go to manage "disk management"
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A:Dual Boot Vista & XP with Grub

If there are any questions please let me know and I will get back to you when I can ... Cheers.. l8r

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

A:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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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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thank u so much for this good tutorial,i have downloaded the windows 7 7264 for x86,my problem is that now i have two operating systems:
1)XP Sp2
2)Linux Fedora

now my boot loader is GRUB and with that i select which of them start,the default is windows Xp, now i want to delete linux and just have windows xp and then install windows 7.
so i think i shoud first change bootloader and then install windows7,but i don't know how to do this this.can u plz help me?

another thing where can i see windows7 requirements,and the file system for installing it shoud be NTFS is it right?
at least how many GBs shoud i have for installing it?


A:Remove GRUB with XP as dual boot to install Windows 7?

any solution?

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Hi all,

I Have a desktop compaq pc since 2011 with windows 8 installed,
This pc not formated/resetted since 2011 ( 6 years) and i have also installed in marsh 2014 reimage repair and freeven because of fake java/Dropbox installations by a suspicious sites,

In 2015 we are infected respectively by Filefact smart file advisor, alcoholsoft/filefacts toolbar with hxxp://start.filefacts.com in default homepage in marsh 2015, then Fix-It Registry Optimizer in October 2015, and ZoneAlarm Toolbar in december 2015,

After installations on december 31th 2015 i have installed Abbyy Finereader 12 Trial version and Daemon Tools Lite, but with a suspicious site and one Boxore icon appears on desktop,

One day later late in evening, i have installed all Avanuest Trial version, one of theses is the malicious Registry First Aid rogue installed,

After purchased a logitec webcam on Amazon at marsh, i go to download the new Cyberlink VideoMeeting+ on a curious site and the Systweak suite comes on my desktop/windows explorer with regcleanpro and advanced systemprotector,

In rage, i go take multiples scans, disinfections apps and logs during all the marsh 2016 month, and now her results:
Adsfix: http://www.cjoint.com/doc/16_03/FCgsgvvNhzn_AdsFix-04-03-2016-01-59-32.txt
Zhpdiag: ZHPDiag.txt
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: tmp-29690-Malwarebytes Anti-Malware-rapport426775351.txt
Roguekiller: roguekiller-rapport.txt
Pre_scan: http://www.cjoint.com/doc/16_03/FCgshkgXs2n_Pre-Scan-06-03-2016-12-20-12.txt
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I am trying to dual boot with 2 different hard drives and 2 different systems. One is Vista x64 and the other is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. After installing the hard drive with Windows 7 which came from a different computer, I used EasyBCD to configure the boot order. Windows vista still works, but when I want to switch to Windows 7 I get:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

The Op seems to have similar problem as me. I just don't get all the follow up instructions in the thread dealing with bootrec since I haven't encountered it before (I think...). Any thoughts?

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

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this is not desireable, then set Win7 HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, install easyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

Before doing this delete any EasyBCD listing for the other HD you've already made in Edit OS Menu tab.

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Yes, I know this question belongs in the kali linux forum. Here it is there:
This forum is just way more helpful.
I am trying to do a dual boot on windows 10 with a Gateway NE56R49U laptop.
My partitions are in the following picture: [ ext4 is where Kali is going]

Which partition do I install GRUB to?
ie: (/dev/sda)

Do I have to do anything to get it to boot correctly since linux requires Legacy Bios and Windows requires UEFI? If so, what? If I wanted to install Ubuntu, should I do that first and then install Kali? Would that make this easier for me?

I appreciate all the help I can get.

A:Where would I put GRUB for a dual boot?

It depends which bootloader you want to use. Personally, I use Grub, specifically Burg - this is what it looks like:

I have Mint and Windows on my SSD (dev/sda) - which has Grub in that MBR.

Recently I messed with the partitions on my second HDD (dev/sdb) and lost Windows boot - Grub's osprober found windows OK but windows still would not boot
Macruim Reflect's "fix Windows boot" only managed to overwrite Grub, but the boot error persisted.
The way I fixed it was re-installing Grub from Live, then running diskpart from the Win install media to get the system and windows drive letters - ran chkdsk /f /r on both those - came out clean - what fixed it was bcdboot [windows drive letter]:/windows.

Just relaying my experience as something to bear in mind when setting yours up.

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hi there

iīve been trying to install linux on my PC for a while .. iīve tried Red Hat, knoppix, SUSE 9.2, Fedora core 3 and core 4 ... not that they dont get installed BUT cannot make the system dualboot.... and because i can not get the internet configured properly , I end up deleting linux ..
Since this year i still havenīt tried any linux yet ... i decided to have another go.... downloaded Fedora Core 5 (since its quiet a new release)...

The only way i maneged to install FC 5 is when i unplugged the XP SATA drive from the PC otherwise there was a no go... (it was the same for the other linux versions aswell) as soon as i unpluged the XP hdd the installation ran as smooth as a hot knive through butter

by the way FC5 is installed on a IDE(PATA) drive and the XP is on a SATA drive

now i have FC5 and XP on the PC but if i want to boot XP i have to unplug the FC5 HDD...
when i was installing FC5 i also installed GRUB with XP(as a non-detected during install)... when i choose to run XP from the GRUB menu i get an error..(no device ..)

the entry for XP in GRUB :

rootnoverify (hd0, 0)
chainloader +1

how can i change the GRUB code to make it look for XP on the SATA drive........ the posts and forums iīve looked so far donīt help much , at least they donīt help me... iīm sure the solution is probably a simple one...

any help would be apreciated

PS : I can start FC5 from GRUB no problem... and iīve set XP as default (in GRUB)..
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A:dual boot and GRUB... help ...

Assuming Windows is actually able to boot with the changed drive ordering..

The rootnoverify line says which BIOS hard drive GRUB should look at. You can try sth like "rootnoverify (hd1,0)"

Mind you, operating systems usually fail to boot when hard drive ordering changes.

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I am stuck.

Fresh install of everything:
* 10mb partition in the front for Grub to live
* Allowed Win7 (enterprise, 64bit) to make its 100mb partition next
* Win7 "C" drive next (175gb)
* Ubuntu (ext3) partition next (~75gb)
Everything was going ok - both Win7 & Ubuntu were co-existing nicely. Ran Symantec Ghost and made an image of the whole disk. Even copied the image back to the computer - and it worked great.

Began installing apps into Win7 - in particular, Visual Studio 2008. Ran Windows Update, installed ok - but wanted to restart. Restarted.

Now in infinite loop where it flashes "grub" on the screen and goes right back to the Bios screen and boots again.
Searched this forum - tried to run a win7 Startup Repair as recommended. Nadda.
Tried to copy the disk image back to the computer and start over w/ installing apps.
Now I'm stuck. Advice?

A:Dual boot - now Grub is trashed

Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker

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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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Ok so I have W7 and Ubuntu desktop installed on my HDD. I used gparted and deleted my ubuntu partition and set it NTFS. But I forgot about the GRUB loader. Now when I boot up, I get the "error 22".

Anyways, how do I set it so I can just boot W7?

Also! I'm on a netbook so it has to be a USB method.

A:Dual Boot: Ubuntu and W7 Grub issue

Wlecome to the "Grub error club" as well as the Se7enforums! RyanfromtheShhiir

That's what the repair tools section on the 7 dvd are for correcting mbr entries and other things preventing Windows from a normal startup! In your case you have to load the 7 installer again from the usb source(external hard drive, usb key) that you used to see 7 installed for this.

Right when the installer finishes loading to the point where you select the language and location and you move on to the next screen for the "Install Now" button look down below that for the repair tools link. That will then go through the detection process for the installation you have on and bring you to a menu of options where you then simply click on the Startup Repair. Startup Repair

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I have a Windows 8.1/Ubuntu dual boot system. Can anyone give me instructions on how to get rid of the GRUB loader to end up with Windows as the default loading OS that will give me the Windows blue 'Please choose an operating system' screen when I turn the system on?

Thanks in advance!

A:8.1/Ubuntu dual boot GRUB query

For loading Ubuntu, you need the Grub. If you want to het rid of Grub, you will have to get rid of Ubuntu too.

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I have just completely reinstalled my laptop after problems with dual booting before (using Norton Partition Magic). I reinstalled XP - after creating 4 partitions on my 40GB laptops drive:

7GB NTFS Windows
5GB EXT2 Linux
25GB FAT32 - shared data storage for both OS's

I installed XP, all fine, then installed SuSe 10.1, also all fine.

Booted to both (via the SuSe loader) (Windows is just another option). Updated both, and had bit of play around...didnt change anything thogugh, only really installed a few apps on the windows install.
So, anyway, now when I start the laptop it just comes up with:

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (636k lower / 1039174k upper memory)

[Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the forst word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename. ]


And that's it.....now I really have no clue where to go from here>?! I know you can edit the grub config - maybe that;s why it['s not booting the OS....
I didnt use any other boot loader as this did the job fine before...
Any ideas? Even how to check the config?

Thanks in advance.

A:Dual Boot Laptop only loads GRUB cli.

OK, I've looked into this a bit, and it seems there's some bad config in the grub.conf file.
So, I tried to load the kernel:

root (hd0,6)
kernel (hd0,6)/boot/vmlinuz

And it loads the kernel but it fails to mount the root.

The actual error is:

VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,6)
Please appeand a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not suncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unkonwn-block (8,6)

HELP!! (

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I upgraded the BIOS of my H50-55 Lenovo desktop via the instructions from this page. It went fine, except that afterwards I could no longer dual boot to Linux (the GRUB menu didn't show up); instead, I'd go directly into Windows 10.
Since the BIOS upgrade overwrote the dual boot changes to UEFI firmware settings, I had to follow these intructions to change them back again, which fixed the problem.
NOTE: those instructions are for dual booting to Ubuntu.  If you have Fedora instead, replace 
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\fedora\grubx64.efi
Other Linux distributions will require other adjustments, though the basic idea is the same.
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:H50-55 - [SOLUTION] Dual boot (GRUB) disappears af...

Thanks for posting your solution !

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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 followed the instructions over at think geek for uninstalling Linux and have run the bootsec.exe /fixmbr... but on startup it still is getting stuck at the minimal Grub menu. Do I need to also remove the first partition (seen in pic) all the way to the left, the 260 MB one, is that what the grub menu is. Then re-run the fixmbr command?

Thank you

A:Trying to uninstall Linux from Dual Boot, still gets stuck at Grub

I once had dual boot setup with Windows 10 and Linux.

This is the tutorial I used to remove the dual boot setup.

How to Uninstall a Linux Dual-Boot System From Your Computer

Pay attention to the instructions starting from:
Fix the Windows Boot Loader
Linux has now been removed from your computer, but its boot loader persists. We?ll need to use a Windows installer disc to overwrite the Linux boot loader with the Windows boot loader.

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I upgraded the BIOS of my H50-55 Lenovo desktop via the instructions from this page. It went fine, except that afterwards I could no longer dual boot to Linux (the GRUB menu didn't show up); instead, I'd go directly into Windows 10. Since the BIOS upgrade overwrote the dual boot changes to UEFI firmware settings, I had to follow these intructions to change them back again, which fixed the problem. NOTE: those instructions are for dual booting to Ubuntu.  If you have Fedora instead, replace bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efiwithbcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\fedora\grubx64.efi Other Linux distributions will require other adjustments, though the basic idea is the same.

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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 accidently installed grub onto the seven boot partition. I can't boot into seven. It loads the ubuntu select os screen, I select WIndows 7 (Loader), and it justs goes back to the ubuntu select os.

Please can someone help?

I still have windows 7 installed, and I have full access to ubuntu.

A:Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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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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Hi there guys,

Originally i had windows 7 installed on my laptop and i had four partitions on my computer.

C - Windows 7 installed system,primary parition
D - logical partition - where windows xp was installed
E - logical parition - where my documents word files and so on
K - 160gb for applications to be installed (primary partition, system)

i installed windows xp on drive D after formatting and everything was working but when i installed easybcd to add windows 7 to boot...i encountered a problem. I cannot have xp + win7 together in the boot due to windows xp installed on a logical partition and its boot file is in a unknown primary partition. I Decided to convert Drive K to Logical and Drive D(XP INSTALLED) to primary. After my computer restarted., it brought up a new error saying no boot device(S) FOUND...

i ran windows 7 setup cd to repair but no operating system was found....i ran cmd repair typed in bootrec.exe /scanos - it found windows 7 then i tried bootrec.exe /fixboot - not working, tried /rebuildmbr computer restarted but same error. I Ran windows XP CD it said no installation sources available/found that means no harddrive. however windows 7 setup repair option i saw all the drives but i can't install a freash copy of windows on any of partitions.

Can anyone help me with this problem. what i have done wrong and how can i fix a problem like this...
thanks in advance


A:windows 7 b& xp dual boot and no boot device found error

Sounds to me that you now have no system (boot) partition. If you can't fix this (mark one of the partitions "system" or "boot") with the Windows 7 installation DVD or the XP installation CD use a bootable partitioning program, such as GParted.

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot


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I have a laptop I bought a year ago on which a created a dual boot Win 7 (32bit)/Win XP SP3 install, each on a separate partition. It was my first Win 7/XP dual boot install, and my first personal system that I allowed to have a Win 7 install on it at all, so although I have plenty of experience working on pretty much every previous version of Windows, I have very little experience with Win 7 and dual boot configs.

Today about 2 hours ago my audio spontaneously stopped worked for no good reason, so after shutting down each program to see if that cured it (which it didn't), I restarted the system. Out of the blue, for the first time I've ever experienced it, I received the msg "MBR Error 1" - Press any key to boot from floppy. I don't have a floppy of course on my laptop, and if I press any key I simply get the same msg. I turned the system off for a few minutes to make sure it was a good cold boot, but every time I still get the same msg. I tried switching the BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI (IDE is required for XP to boot, AHCI required for Win 7), but I still get the same error msg before I'm even prompted with the OS boot selection, so it made no difference of course.

I looked up this issue and found various suggestions, but none of the ones I found took into consideration a dual boot config., they were all Win 7 specific solutions. I don't what to try and repair the MBR only to have it screw up my dual boot config and be unable to access XP, which is w... Read more

A:Need help - MBR Error 1 on boot - Windows 7 (32-bit)/XP SP3 dual boot

I would say follow the Windows 7 fix. Once that works you can then fix, if necessary, any XP problem.

Why I suggest doing it this way is the computer must have come with Windows 7 and you added XP, right? So fixing Windows 7 is the place to start.

Here is one way to fix this:

MBR Error 1 on startup

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Maybe I should have my question in the Linux part but here I am. I had Vista and Opensuse working on duel boot, Opensuse 11.3 came to the end of its time so I tried to upgrade but it all went wrong so I decided to delete Opensuse from its partition. Having done this I found Vista will not boot without the Grub disc, everything was still intact in Vista so please how can I get it to boot normally again.

A:[SOLVED] Vista will not boot without the Grub disc.

Since I'm not an linux expert, I'd say backup all your data and reinstall your computer. be sure to completely format your C drive in order to reset everything.

If you are not in the mood to do this, you sould post this question at the linux side of this forum

Good luck

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Acer Aspire 5349 laptop running
Windows 7
6gb ram
rest is stock

My HDD Failed and stopped booting, i was getting "No boot device found" when i woke up in the morning but then i'd reboot and it was fine, one day it wasn't fine and stopped booting. Now if i let it try and boot after post i can hear it working hard but it just goes to black.
I've had problems with this HDD before so my plan was to boot to a recuse USB, backup my data and then reinstall windows but I can't get any USB to boot.

I've made a Kaspersky and a Gparted USB and both give me "Grub Error symbol grub isprint not found"
then goes into rescue mode.
Does anyone know why this is happening? I have zero clue as to what to do, this has always worked in the past.

A:Can't boot from USB - Grub Error

I wouldn't use GParted for data rcovery, it is a Partition Editor. Use a Regular Linux distro, like Ubuntu, or Fedora etc.

Use Linux Live USB Creator, http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

Once created, use the distros file manager to navigate to your windows hard drive, copy and paste your data to your recovery location.

Check to make sure your failed drive is recognized in the BIOS.

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Acer Aspire 5349 laptop running
Windows 7
6gb ram
rest is stock
My HDD Failed and stopped booting, i was getting "No boot device found" when i woke up in the morning but then i'd reboot and it was fine, one day it wasn't fine and stopped booting. Now if i let it try and boot after post i can hear it working hard but it just goes to black.
I've had problems with this HDD before so my plan was to boot to a recuse USB, backup my data and then reinstall windows but I can't get any USB to boot.
I've made a Kaspersky and a Gparted USB and both give me "Grub Error symbol grub isprint not found"
then goes into rescue mode.
Does anyone know why this is happening? I have zero clue as to what to do, this has always worked in the past. 
Edit: So i tried to make a windows install usb and now it just goes to what looks like a full screen command prompt with the under score blinking.

A:Can't boot from USB - Grub Error

So, the Kaspersky and GParted USB drives can both successfully enter Rescue Mode?  It's just that there's an error before they do it?
If that's the case, then it's likely that this is a bug in GRUB:  https://www.google.com/search?q=Grub+Error+symbol+grub+isprint+not+found&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
If that's not the case, then try the bootable MemTest86+ USB (free from here:  http://www.memtest.org/#downiso )
If that works, then the system appears OK (and I'd have to wonder about the Kaspersky and GParted USB drives)

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Hey guys,

I have a problem with my PC. It originated from me trying to install Windows XP onto a separate hard drive that I connected to my computer (which operates Vista). The install went fine. However, when I took out the separate hard drive and tried to boot up my computer normally, it gave me an error saying that the "hal.dll file" was either corrupt or had been removed.

My guess is that while trying to install XP, the PC accidentally overwrote that file. Now it thinks that it's booting up XP when in fact, Vista is installed. I don't know how to fix this problem. I went into BIOS to check to see if the proper master/slave were assigned and there is no issue there. It won't let me boot up in safe mode and I can't access the system recovering menu. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks a lot!

A:HAL.DLL Error - Dual Boot XP/Vista Problem

The boot .ini file is toasthttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm

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Hi everyone

Recently I've been dual booting Vista and XP with no problems at all, my PC came with Vista installed and I used my hold harddrive which already had XP installed and confgured the boot with VistaBootPro (I might have got that name wrong).
It work fine for weeks, untill the other night XP was bringing up the error "NTLDR is missing". I had to get onto my XP partition that night, so I just popped in the XP cd and repaired it.
The next day, I tried to get onto Vista and it give me the error "NTLDR is missing".
So I logged onto my XP and started Google-ing for answers, and noticed that my hard drive with Vista installed isn't showing. But the tiny bit of partition that has been left (About 10mb) is showing as a hard drive, but it hasnt been formatted!
Anyway, I found some andswers as I was Google-ing, many saying just use the startup repair on the Vista CD, so I thought I'd try that first, and what a surprise my Vista partition wasnt showing in the repair, but it was showing in the installation!
I also tried just using the command panel on the cd, that also didn't work. Also, does anyone know why that command panel doesnt have any help options? Stupid eh.

Today I ran "bootsect" off the Vista CD, as I was curious as to what it does, now when I try to boot into Vista it says "BOOTMGR is missing".

So, anyone know how I can fix this?

A:Vista Dual Boot Error - BOOTMGR is missing

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Hi guys, I'm in need of some serious help! I'm running 64-bit Vista and have created a primary partition on which I installed XP. On booting up now I'm receiving the message 'Disk Read Error' press Ctrl, Alt + Del. I've loaded up with the Vista CD to repair the mbr, I've done it both by clicking Startup Repair and entering manual commands into the command prompt (bootrec.exe /fixMBR and bootrec.exe /fixBOOT) but I'm still getting the same error message and can't load into windows! help!!

A:Dual boot XP & Vista - Disk Read Error

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I have 3 hdd's.

1 x 160GB (SATA)
- Partition: ~149GB - Win Vista64

1 x 300GB (SATA)
- Partition: ~220GB - MISC
- Partition: ~58.5GB - WIN7 64

1x 1TB (SATA)
- Partition: ~931GB - Games

I ended up taking my 300GB drive, created a logical partition, then booted into the win7 dvd I have. (win 7 - 7100?, straight off ms)

Firstly, it takes about a couple minutes just to load the files. Then once it finally gets to the splash* screen and the cursor appears.....it takes about 5-10minutes for the "install" window to appear which seems VERY odd since my machine is VERY fast. It takes quite a bit of time to accomplish installing from loading to finished (40minutes maybe)...

After everything installs when I go to choose the Windows 7 option on the boot menu, I get this black SOD
\Windows\system32\winloader.exe error 0xc000000D
Something about the file being missing or corrupt.

I took my win7 disk, and entered command prompt through recovery tools (which takes at least 5 minutes due to loading time to get to each time).
I ran DISKPART, then did LIST VOL, so it would tell me the partitions and letters.
Then I took another window, and entered bcdedit. The letters matched up with the partition letters and the file DOES exist.

Heres the result when I run bcdedit in vista.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Windows Boot Manager
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A:Dual Boot - Vista 64 / Win7 64 - winloader.exe error

You are installing Windows 7 on the logical partition correct?

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I recently got a virus on my computer I couldn't repair, prompting me to purchase a new (identical to old one) hard drive (Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB ATA/133 HDD. Upon trying to set up the computer with the new HDD, I am receiving,

"GRUB Loading stage1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait....
Error 22"

From the searches I've done, Grub errors are from linux, which this PC has never had linux on it. I have run xp for 4+ years and have done multiple formats including one 6 months ago that went off without a hitch.

I have changed the boot order to boot from CD first and it stops after the PCI Device Listing and thinks for about 30 seconds before again giving the above error, despite having a Win XP install cd in my cd rom.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thank you.

A:Disk boot failure / GRUB Error 22

**Correction, the hard drive I purchased was used. If it previously had an install of Linux what can I do?


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I just recently returned from a trip out of town and found when I tried to boot my computer I had a Grub boot error 15, file not found. I've never heard of grub4dos before I began trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer and found that it is used for dual booting. I run windows 7 ultimate x64 and have never dual booted my machine. While my laptop itself is not password protected, I do require a password to get into windows.

My question is can someone get around the required password to install grub4dos, install linux, then copy my hard-drive, leaving it useless when they're done? If not, is there some other way, a virus or trojan, that could cause windows to fail and revert to grub? I did remove my hard-drive, put it into an external case and try to look at it on another computer. In the disk manager it shows that it's healthy, has 465gb avail and the format is RAW.

I really hope that someone out there can tell me how to recover my data and that the problem is something other than some individual hacking my computer.


A:Grub boot error 15, file not found

If someone accessed your computer and installed Grub, then you can bet they poked around and accessed your files. Windows doesn't use Grub, so there's no way it just showed up unless someone installed it. Installing a Linux distro doesn't require your Windows password - they just boot from a CD and install the distro, which includes the Grub bootloader. They can also use a Linux LiveCD to access the entire Windows partition and get pretty much whatever they want from it.

Do you have your Windows 7 installation DVD?

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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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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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Hello folks!I have an HP Pavilion 11e000eg which came with Windows 8 and has been upgraded to 10.  I am trying to make it backwards compatible for some of my older software by creating a partition with Windows Vista (Yes I have tried compatibility mode. Yes I have tried VirtualBox. Yes I have tried VMware).In the beginning my attempts to install Vista went normal to the point where the machine restarts. It would end up with a black screen. Restarting again would leave the option to start with Windows Setup or Windows 10. Windows Setup would then end with this error:0xc0000428System32/drivers/tcpip.syscan not verify the digital signature for this file After some searching around I found a topic telling to disable secure boot and enable legacy boot in the BIOS to be able to boot from CD\DVD with Windows versions from 7 and older. After trying another install I now get the following error:***stop: 0x0000001e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff800018706a7, 0x0000000000000000, oxffffffffffffffff) From what I understand this error happens when you have too little disk space (I gave it 50 GB where 40 GB is the minimum). Driver problems (But which one?). Or when the BIOS needs to be upgraded. However I'd rather ask here before doing anything in that direction.I am still able to run Windows 10 so there's no man overboard. But it is getting kinda frustrating to run into dead ends. How am I supose to create a dual boot on this machine?Windows 10 Home (recovery par... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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How do i install an os (or manage to install one) cus i tried installing androidx86 with ubuntu using Android-6.0-rc2.iso (direct download open straight in bosero (my burning application in ubuntu) instead of saving then burning) burnt to same disk i previously had ubuntu installer on but when i booted up it just went to a blinking white underscore and nothing else, then i tried deleting all my partitions and making a new partition with ef01 guid code filling up the entire disk (almost, from sector 2047 - (...)) and that didnt change anything, then i tried using different format types, different partition types, installing grub again, booting android from live cd (just get blank screen with blinking white underscore) nothing works, please help me

My current partition layout from GPT is in screenshot

Information for partition #1

Partition GUID code: E3C9E316-0B5C-4DB8-817D-F92DF00215AE (Microsoft reserved)
Partition unique GUID: 4B840343-CB6C-46EF-85FD-59DBD40C138D
First sector: 1920 (at 960.0 Kib)
Last sector: 1001919 (at 489.2 Mib)
Partition size: 999999 sectors (488.3 Mib)
Atribute flags: 0000000000000000
Partition name: "Reserve"

Information for partition #2

Partition GUID code: 024DEE41-33E7-11D3-9D69-0008C781F39F (MBR partition scheme)
Partition unique GUID: 0C6E959B-15A0-4A1C-91FB-8FD6B3962D39
First sector: 1001920 (at 489.2 Mib)
Last sector: 976773134 (at 465.8 Gib)
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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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Hey guys, I've been looking through the forum and found some similar posts, but wanted to make sure that I understand everything before actually proceeding. I have a HP HDX 16t which came with Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I used the Windows 7 Upgrade Disk to do a clean install of Win7 on a new partition (I only have one hard drive). I would now like to remove Vista completely. I am attaching a pic of what my Disk Management shows. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

This great new tutorial from Barefootkid will show you with pictures exactly how to accomplish this using the best partitioning tool for Win7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Use Option One in the tutorial and substitute your Vista partition for the 100mb boot partition he refers to there.

Read the Note as once you delete Vista partition then Resize Win7 into its disk space and mark Win7 active, you'll need to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Win7 and start it up.

Back up your files and a system image externally as Resizing operations can fail although we have not had one fail in a couple hundred of these operations we have helped with here.

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I have a laptop and a 1 terabyte external hard drive. I have Vista installed on my laptop but it isn't running the fastest because of all the stuff i have on it. I was wondering if I could dual boot windows 7 off of my external hard drive. If so could someone tell me how or post a link!

A:Dual Boot Windows Vista and 7

Officially, Windows 7/Vista can not be installed to an external drive but can be installed from one. There may be some hacks that enable it, or workarounds. I think I heard of something a while ago.

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