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Dual boot with xp but no boot manager


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#1 radovitch

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:07 PM

Hi,
I have 2 sata hard drives on my quad core machine and on the first I have a 32 bit version of XP Pro. Yesterday I installed a 64 bit version of Windows 7 beta on the second hard drive and all went well until I rebooted. There was no boot manager with the result that I went straight into XP with the Windows 7 being completely ignored.
Anyone have any suggestions?
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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:41 PM

Have you tried Startup Repair from the Win7 bootable DVD?
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:55 AM

Hadn't thought of that. Will check it out, thanks

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:20 AM

Other than that, I'd suspect your video drivers or your motherboard drives. To be sure, check the setup log files for Windows 7 (they're located in generally the same location as Vista setup files - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927521 )
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:57 PM

Tried the Windows 7 repair. It said that it found problems with the start-up configuration and asked if I wanted to repair it. Unfortunately, on rebooting, the problem was still there. I've tried changing the physical drive boot order in the BIOS but it still boots straight into XP. I can't try your second suggestion cause I can't get into Windows 7 at all. The previous OS on that second drive was Vista and I never had any problems with the boot manager not showing up. I suppose I could try to reinstall7 but I have a feeling that's not the issue. The video driver was updated right after the installation by 7 and I've only just recently flashed the BIOS itself.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:53 PM

I would install Vista Boot Pro on your Xp system. It works great. Majorgeeks has it.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:30 PM

Sorry, it looks like I need to update the above. It appears that Windows 7 did, after several attempts, repair the startup error which it listed as a corrupt Boot Sector code for System Disk Partition. Only now, as there is no boot Manager it boots straight into Win 7 and ignores XP completely even when I change the boot order in the BIOS.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 09:27 PM

As GTJ48 states, try Vista Boot Pro to add the XP installation to the boot manager.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:14 AM

Sorry, it looks like I need to update the above. It appears that Windows 7 did, after several attempts, repair the startup error which it listed as a corrupt Boot Sector code for System Disk Partition. Only now, as there is no boot Manager it boots straight into Win 7 and ignores XP completely even when I change the boot order in the BIOS.

Windows 7 beta instalation instructions state that when runing XP or earlier a clean instalation is required, no mention of dual boot.
I have XP Pro and Vista on seperate hdd's but I use the bios to change to XP when required (which is rare) so I don't have the problem.
As you have 2 drives and Windows 7 is working, I would unplug the Win 7 drive and repair the bootloader on XP using your XP CD. You can then set your boot order from bios.
By the way when booting into Win 7 the Vista drive is invisible and can not be accessed, so I'm not suprised at your problem with XP.
My XP which is on a seperate drive and only set from bios shows up no problem.
If you go that route, you will be able to add your XP data folders to Win 7 libraries and use your XP docs from there.
Hope this helps
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Edited by Jonmor68, 14 January 2009 - 01:15 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:27 AM

Problem Fixed. Thanks to everybody for their help but especially to GTK48 for his suggestion about Vistabootpro, a program I had never heard of before. I just added XP to the Manage OS entries section, rebooted and I had the Boot Manager offering both choices.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:47 PM

I'm glad to hear that this fixed it for you - there's quite a few people out there with similar problems and this may help them!
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:14 PM

Problem Fixed. Thanks to everybody for their help but especially to GTK48 for his suggestion about Vistabootpro, a program I had never heard of before. I just added XP to the Manage OS entries section, rebooted and I had the Boot Manager offering both choices.


Glad to hear it! :huh:




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