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    Dual boot problem Win 7 /XP-SP2

    I had Win 7 and XP running in dual-boot configuration happily. I then added drives and deleted the win7 partition as part of the cleanup. I did a clean install of XP. I now attempted to restore the win7, but it cannot boot to "previous version" b/c my current XP is on a different drive from where it was at the time I cloned Win7.
    How can I help Win 7 find my new XP?
    I've tried EasyBCD, but the program could not find XP.

    My XP dual boots with DOS6.2 running on a 2GB, fat16 partition. The DOS partn is home to the boot.ini

    Any pointers, hints, solutions - greatly appreciated. My alternative is a clean install of Win 7, but I should like to avoid that if possible and use the image files of previous install with all its apps.
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    I suspect your mbr which probably existed on the Win 7 partition was corrupted when you made the changes. I am not positive, but with all the changes you have made, you may have to reinstall to get back. Generally the older OS should be installed first, then the newer OS installed. There are methods to do this in the opposite order as well, but the general consensis is that older then newer. Perhaps someone more involved in partitioning can help without the reinstall.

    In my experience, it is sometimes quicker to do the reinstall than try to make things work. Good luck.
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    Thanks Ted. Yes... I suspected that. Messing around can take a lot of time. I usually accept the challenge in the name of learning :-) Can't afford the luxury of that right now. I never had too much of a problem with other Windows (w2k and xp) as they left my DOS partition (on drive C) alone - just adjusted boot.ini which I could edit to take care of stuff like this. but Win7 eats my DOS partition whole and installs itself on C. The DOS does not show once I'm in Win7 - though can still triple boot into it.
    Thanks again!
    casey

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