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dual boot - which boot files to edit ?

By shortstuff ·
Hi Guys, slight problem here, I have a dual boot system, a 500Gb drive with one half installed with XP professional, and the other with Windows 7.
I recently installed a new motherboad and encountered problems.
With the windows XP patition I knew the problem would be centerd around the ide driver so I replaced that and it booted ok. (obviously I had to reinstal the new drivers for the new M/board)
However when I tried with the windows 7 partition it just resets, no BSD, no error or anything. I cant boot into safe mode in any form on win7.
My questions are a) assuming the hardware has caused problems is there a way to rectify this or b) if I reinstall windows 7 ( not really a problem) is there a way to edit whichever boot file comes up so I dont have 2 x windows 7 boot options on the boot menu (just annoys the **** out of me ! lol)
thanks guys
glenn

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To reinstall Windows is to admit defeat :)

by robo_dev In reply to dual boot - which boot fi ...

One trick that worked with XP was to connect the drive to the old MOBO, boot Windows and switch the IDE drivers to the generic Microsoft IDE drivers, vs, whatever chipset is on the motherboard. Then the drive will boot Windows on whatever mobo you plug it into.

Win7 has a new name for recovery console...it is called RE (recovery environment).

HOWEVER, I am not sure how tricky it is to configure/install the correct Win7 IDE drivers to an instance of the OS thru the RE. (maybe OS re-install would be best option)

RE can fix things like a faulty partition table or edit BCD data.

"How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows"

support (dot) microsoft (dot) com/kb/927392

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Removing boot options

by GlxTre In reply to dual boot - which boot fi ...

or b) if I reinstall windows 7 ( not really a problem) is there a way to edit whichever boot file comes up so I dont have 2 x windows 7 boot options on the boot menu (just annoys the **** out of me ! lol)

If you reinstall Windows 7, then just use the Boot tab of msconfig.

Otherwise, use a command prompt to navigate to the Windows\system32 directory of the partition where you have Windows 7 installed and use bcdedit to delete the offending identifier entry.

Bcdedit /delete {boot loader identifier}

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/networking/modifying-the-windows-7-boot-loader-with-the-boot-configuration-data-editor-tool/1709
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by shortstuff In reply to Removing boot options

that looks like the information I was searching for, many thanks for your input guys !

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Dual Booting

by eddie864 In reply to dual boot - which boot fi ...

I used to struggle a bit with dual boot but I found an application called EasyBCD and it provides a simple environment to edit or automate the booting process. It's free and well worth a look.

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