Boot.ini in windows 7?

  Bazz2000 18 Apr 12

Hi people, heres my problem, I have a dual boot windows 7 (never really used) and XP pro. I had a couple of crashes and i seem to have lost xp. I dont get any option to boot into xp now it just goes straight to win 7. I can access the xp partition and see all the files etc but dont know how to boot to it. If it was XP I would edit the boot.ini file to include the other operating system but I have no clue about how the equivelent is done in win 7. Basically, everything is where it should be but I cant boot to it. I also tried disconnecting the win 7 drive to try and force it to XP but that wouldnt let me as it said inaccesible resource or something like that. Many thanks guys

  Bazz2000 18 Apr 12

Update: I have found the startup tab in control panel where boot.ini would be, but its only showing windows 7. Seems I need to rewrite this file so it includes the xp instilation.

  northumbria61 18 Apr 12

Windows Vista/7 doesn't use boot.ini. You need a program download called EasyBCD to take control of your bootloader.

See here enter link description here (There is a link at the bottom left of page to download a Free version for limited non-commercial use)

This documentation tells you what it does and why you should use it - enter link description here

It is not a program I have used and I only have limited knowledge of it but I do know of friends that have successfully used it so for that reason I am unable to advise you any further. However the documentation appears to explain fully what you need to do.

  northumbria61 18 Apr 12

This explains and may help you enter link description here (Also for Win 7)


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