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    Need help with repairing Dual Boot system

    I have a computer that was set up to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7. Windows XP was installed first, then Windows 7
    on a second hard drive. The Windows XP hard drive died and I had to replace it. I unplugged the Windows 7 hard drive
    when I did that to make sure it didn't get messed up. I now have XP up and running and want to access Windows 7 again.
    Is there a way to do this so it isn't dependent on XP working to access and boot up. When my XP quit working I had no
    access to Windows 7. Do I need some kind of program to do this? Can that program be installed with XP and Windows 7
    already installed on drives? I know I will have to do some kind of repair to Windows 7 to get it to boot up no matter
    how I do it.

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    Dennis, Welcome to the Lounge.

    You have screwed up your Master Boot Record (MBR) You should be able to repair this using EasyBCD to add the missing OS back in.

    Originally your MBR was on XP. When you installed Win 7 it then held the MBR for both OSes. When you reinstalled XP, it then once again contained the MBR not showing Win 7. Just install EasyBCD in XP and add Win 7 to the Boot.

    Having a good system Image using a reputable Imaging app would have allowed you to reload onto the new HD while maintaining your MBR. Read about Imaging in the Security and Backup Forum.
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    Excuse the post;
    I reread the answer (post #2) and "Having a good system Image" is the answer.

    System image vs individual was what I miss.
    Last edited by Jagworld; 2011-10-29 at 18:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis61 View Post
    Can that program be installed with XP and Windows 7
    already installed on drives? I know I will have to do some kind of repair to Windows 7 to get it to boot up no matter
    how I do it.
    dennis,
    Hello ..... Yes EasyBCD (Boot Configuration Data) will do it just install it on both OS's. This way if you have to do a "Recovery" (Image) of one or the other you still will be able to boot. XP wants to be the "Big Dog" as far as booting ..with EasyBCD you can "tame it", and either make it default or set "7"as default. Regards Fred
    Last edited by Just Plain Fred; 2011-10-29 at 17:47.
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