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This is what you're looking for:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

Bootrec can fix that sort of thing - you just plop in your Win7 DVD and run some cryptic commands from the command prompt.

Bootrec /RebuildBCD is probably the one you want.

Edit: Oh, you restored a backup. Great. thumb.gif

You can possibly install XP then rebuild the boot menu from your Win7 DVD. That's probably the best way to go about it...
     
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This is what you're looking for:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
Bootrec can fix that sort of thing - you just plop in your Win7 DVD and run some cryptic commands from the command prompt.
Bootrec /RebuildBCD is probably the one you want.

That's good info. I wasn't aware of that. But I've also never had to rebuild my bootmgr. wink.gif

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Yes, backups save the day for me all of the time. I can keep my computer running like the first day even years down the road by reverting to backups, installing new programs I may want, then making a new backup. It keeps all of the spyware and junk off of the computer that manages to slip past AV and such as well as any drivers or whatnot that may have become corrupted.

Since I started doing backups my knowledge of computer internals has diminished because I don't have to fuss with crap nearly as often. But that's not a complaint. smile.gif
post #13 of 23
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Hey i've got a backup question now. If i backup my Steam folder, will i be able to play games right after i put the backup on the new copy of windows? Is it the same for other programs?
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post #14 of 23
I'm not 100% familiar with steam since I don't use it. But "any" program which relies on the registry will not function correctly if the registry entries for the program were removed for whatever reason (be it a re-install or an OS backup being restored).

If you are merely reverting to a backup of the folder because of some issue and you want to have it just like it was freshly installed, yes it will work. So long as you didn't change the registry and the games do not rely on the registry if you did change it. (some games do rely on the registry, most don't in my experience)

I hope that makes sense.


Edit: deleted first paragraph to eliminate confusion.
Edited by Phantom_Dave - 2/28/12 at 5:34pm
post #15 of 23
The steamapps folder (inside your Steam folder) is fully portable, but Steam does store some OS-specific data in its main folder and subfolders.

What most people do is reinstall Steam, let it patch fully, then shut it down and delete the steamapps folder, replacing it with your old one that has all your games. After starting Steam back up, it should detect all your games. You'll have to recreate shortcuts and stuff, but it's way quicker than re-downloading them all.
     
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Ok new problem. I followed the dual boot guide on the seven forums and told easybcd to do all the xp entires etc. I still can't get to show the options for xp and it only shows W7. Yes I did the write mbr thing too. But it won't show the option to boot to xp. After restarting the computer, I go back to easybcd and notice that the entry for the xp drive is gone. What happened?
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Ok new problem. I followed the dual boot guide on the seven forums and told easybcd to do all the xp entires etc. I still can't get to show the options for xp and it only shows W7. Yes I did the write mbr thing too. But it won't show the option to boot to xp. After restarting the computer, I go back to easybcd and notice that the entry for the xp drive is gone. What happened?

You had to do something wrong with EasyBCD if you have both OSes installed. There isn't any other reason.

I suggest retracing your steps and doing the EasyBCD part again. If both OS are in the bootmgr EasyBCD will reflect that. You will see both of them in the View Settings.

After adding the new OS the first time, did you do this?
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That will update your bootmgr. It will not be changed until you do that.
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Ya I did the write MBR too.

Edit: Do we have to install the XP bootloader to the MBR?
Edited by Osea23 - 2/28/12 at 9:54pm
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BTW i'm doing this in W7 if that helps. I'll sleep now, good night folks, be back on tomorrow after school.
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You should have to do everything that the guide says you have to do.

All of the information you need is listed right there. If following the guide does not work, then I don't know. I haven't actually done this in a few years.

Maybe try searching for another guide on using EasyBCD. If both OSes are already installed, then all you need to do is get the bootmgr file setup correctly and you're good to go.
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