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    installed win 7 dual boot with XP already installed, can't access Win 7

    I installed Windows 7 to a machine that had XP already installed. When I start the computer it just boots into XP. There is no boot manager giving me an option to boot to Win 7. I accessed repair from the Win 7 disk on start up and ran bootrec /fixboot and it said everything was cool but same issue. When I was installing Win 7 it ran thru the whole set up routine and restarted several times into Win 7. I shut it down when it said it was finished but the next morning it started up in XP. Would fixmbr help if fixboot didn't? Any suggestions?

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    Use EasyBCD Free to fix the boot manager. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on register.

    http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/


    Always check for bundled unwanted extras when downloading and installing any new software and be sure to decline them. Use custom install when it’s available.

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    I already tried EasyBCD but it will only run in Win 7.

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    Can you see the W7 partition in Explorer?

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    Can you see the W7 partition in Explorer?
    Yes

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    Do you have a Windows 7 recovery disk or install disk?

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    Do you have a Windows 7 recovery disk or install disk?
    I have the install disk.

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    OK. Then see if the instructions given here work:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523...ader-problems/

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    I already tried fixboot. Would fixmbr work? This fix "bootsect /nt60 all" on that page says it is for when you have installed Win 7 first, is this worth a shot? If this option is worth a shot the partition that has Win 7 on it is L. Should I just replace the "all" with "L"(no parentheses)?

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    Did you try Startup Repair? I would try that option first. If that doesn't work, I would try Fix MBR. The bootsect fix is unlikely to work if you didn't install XP after Windows 7.

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    I am not in the same town as the computer in question but I think I tried startup repair yesterday. I will go back over there and try it and fixmbr just to be sure we cross all the Is etc. Any other suggestions I might try before I go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urge View Post
    I am not in the same town as the computer in question but I think I tried startup repair yesterday. I will go back over there and try it and fixmbr just to be sure we cross all the Is etc. Any other suggestions I might try before I go?

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    This Tom's Hardware link sounds like the issue you are describing...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...lled-dual-boot

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    This Tom's Hardware link sounds like the issue you are describing...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...lled-dual-boot
    That's the opposite of the situation he said he had. He said Windows 7 was installed after xp. The link you gave was for when xp was installed after Windows 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    That's the opposite of the situation he said he had. He said Windows 7 was installed after xp. The link you gave was for when xp was installed after Windows 7.
    Actually the symptoms are the same...boots in to XP only and not Windows 7.

    If you read the thread, the third post (by "michaeljj") addresses when XP is installed first...and there is also a link to a Microsoft Communities thread that addresses either *install* scenario.

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    I'm back, car troubles yesterday. In the Tom's Hardware article michaeljj says...
    "In the pop-up window type the command below: one by one
    bcdedit /create {ntldr} -d "Windows XP"
      bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D:
      bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
      bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

    After all of the command above works completely, now you could restart your computer and you may find a new entry for Windows 7 on your boot screen."

    I think that I need to change this. Would this work?

    bcdedit /create {ntldr} -d "Windows XP"bcdedit /create {ntldr} -l "Windows 7" The partition where Win 7 is installed is l.
    bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=L:
    bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
    bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

    I also saw this..."Replacing the Windows XP Bootloader with Windows 7

    If you’ve managed to install XP on the same PC that you already had Windows 7 on, you’ll noticed that you can’t boot into Windows 7 anymore. You can use this command to fix that and restore the Windows 7 bootloader:

    bootsect /nt60 all

    Depending on the partition that you’ve installed, you might need to substitute the drive letter instead of “all”." Is this the correct command for Windows 7?

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