Issues when setting up Dual-Boot with 7 and XP

By jdlunt191 ·
Current PC HDD Configuration:

1 500GB HDD set up with the following partitions:
Partition 1 - 100MB set for System Reserve as (of course) showing as Drive C: in XP
Partition 2 - 420GB set for Windows 7 showing as Drive C: in 7 and in XP
Partition 3 - 79.9GB set for Windows XP showing as Drive E: in both OS's

Drive letters are as shown in "My Computer/Computer" Folder in Windows Explorer
Partition numbers as shown in Administrative tool - Disk Management

Both systems are fully installed and ready to go.

PC is a Toshiba Satellite L505D-LS5007 (in case anyone needs to know)

Now that the details are out of the way, I can get to describing my problem:

I have followed multiple guides from various web sites on how to set up the dual boot, using both BCDEDIT and BOOTCFG in Windows 7, as well as the EasyBCD app in both XP and 7. However, once I repair the bootloader for 7, it becomes impossible for me to add XP to the bootloader successfully. I have tried using the command prompt to add XP, but the NTLDR file that I'm instructed to set as the file to run ends up as missing or corrupt according to the Windows 7 bootloader.

the command being as follows:

bcdedit /set ntldr path \ntldr (pulled from

If needed, I can provide links to the other methods I've tried, but in the meantime, I would like to know how I can resolve this issue without losing either operating system.

The swift response from anyone able to help will be greatly appreciated.

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