Windows 7

By rayp ·
I have (had)a dual boot XP/W7 system. I had to replace the motherboard and W7 would not boot, so I reinstalled W7. Now my XP partition installation is trashed by W7 and I want it back, because it is where I get the work done ... until I am familiar enough with W7.
Does anyone have a solution ?

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You probably just need to

by seanferd In reply to Windows 7

fix the XP boot. You might be able to do it right from 7 with BCDedit or try EasyBCD. Add the option to boot XP if necessary.

You may need to run fixboot or fixmbr on XP itself. Use recovery console.

If the partition truly is trashed, you'll have to try and recover it and maybe unerase it if possible. Does it show up as a drive?

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Repair Console

by rayp In reply to You probably just need to

Thanks. All went well until the Repair Console asked which installation I wanted to access and wanted a password. Problem is, I have NEVER used a password when installing Windows. So I get three guesses and strike out.I downloaded EasyBCD but I am having a problem with .Net Framework installation.Maybe there is a magic password I am not aware of

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If you didn't set any passwords

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Repair Console

Did you try leaving the space blank and just hitting enter?

That works quite a lot of the time when the system defaults to asking for a password no matter if one was never set.


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Depends here how you reinstalled 7

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows 7

If you formatted the Drive it is possible that you have trashed everything on the XP Partition.

If you didn't format the 7 Partition but did a clean install you have destroyed the Boot Files that gave you the option to boot either Windows or XP. The solution here is to Repair XP by following method 2 here


the main bit you need to follow is this

Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, you may need the installation CD to reinstall. Contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair installation.

To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
The following message on the Welcome to Setup screen will appear:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310064 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310064/ ) How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition
If you successfully completed the reinstallation, congratulations. You are almost done. Please continue to the "After you reinstall Windows XP" section to finish.

If you received an error or if the reinstallation did not finish, unfortunately, this article did not resolve your problem. For your next steps, you may want to ask someone whom you know for help. Or, you may want to contact Microsoft Support to help you resolve this problem.
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After you reinstall Windows XP
After you finish the reinstallation, complete the following final tasks.

Note You may also want to enable the firewall in Internet Explorer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
283673 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283673/ ) How to turn on or turn off the firewall in Windows XP

Or you can use a Boot Loader type utility to reconfigure the Dual Boot Option like suggested above.

If you used the Format Option in the 7 Installer you'll need a Data Recovery Software/Application to recover the data off the XP Partition but and this is a big But if you enabled Windows Encrypted File System in XP you'll need to reinstall the EFS Recovery Agent as per the directions here


To be able to ready your data again. If you didn't employ any security on the XP Partition it's just a straight recovery. Though getting your data back from your Backup would be much easier.


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Xp mode

by bimal_kumar_sanghi In reply to Windows 7

You could also try Windows Xp mode in Windows 7.

Need to make sure Processor is Virtualization capable. If it is not you need to download a microsoft kb article which would allow Xp mode on Windows 7 without the processor capability
Should be Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate

Download "Windows Xp mode". Install and restart. Should able to use Windows Xp in Windows 7. Good thing is you can work on any of the O/S without restarting your computer

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