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Iv'e already got Windows 7 installed, I tried installing Windows XP on a seperate hardrive to my Windows 7 one and it got messed up, Windows XP kept booting instead of 7, so I had to use startup repair tool to get Windows 7 working again, and now I can't even boot Windows XP all together now.

Win7 works fine now, whereabouts do I change the bootloader to make Windows XP and 7 multi bootable?
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The issue is mainly due to the fact that you had Windows 7 installed first, then tried to install XP. If you had done it the other way around, it would be easy, because the newer operating system can recognize the older operating system, but XP doesn't have any idea about Windows 7 because 7 wasn't "invented" then, so it can't make a proper boot loader.

There are ways to manually do it, but I find it easier to install XP first, then 7 after that. I gotta think about the best way to do this using a free utility.
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The issue is mainly due to the fact that you had Windows 7 installed first, then tried to install XP. If you had done it the other way around, it would be easy, because the newer operating system can recognize the older operating system, but XP doesn't have any idea about Windows 7 because 7 wasn't "invented" then, so it can't make a proper boot loader.

There are ways to manually do it, but I find it easier to install XP first, then 7 after that. I gotta think about the best way to do this using a free utility.

Yeah, But I really don't want to go through the hassle of installing Windows 7 again, too much stuff eek.gif

I only need XP so I can use my old TV card to record TV, There's no 64bit drivers for AverTV Studio 303p, it's disconntinued long ago
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You might want to try boot repair from Source Forge. It will give you a grub bootloader and detect all OS's on your system. You can run it in 32 or 64 bit and also in safe mode.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/boot-repair-cd/

I've used this several times and it has always worked for me.
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I only need XP so I can use my old TV card to record TV, There's no 64bit drivers for AverTV Studio 303p, it's disconntinued long ago


Well, you could try what MarkWP suggested. I can't for the life of me remember which free program I was thinking of since it is at work and I have the day off. wink.gif

Also, since you are saying that the only thing you need XP for is for 1 program, have you considered just installing a Windows XP virtual machine in Windows 7 and running XP from inside Windows 7? This might not work, but it might be worth a shot. If it does all you would have to do is go into disk manager and delete your old XP partition and resize the Windows 7 partition to regain your disk space.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/
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Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC, available on Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, allow you to run multiple Windows environments, such as Windows XP Mode, from your Windows 7 desktop.
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I used this software in the past. The guides are awesome and will walk you through
the installation of Win 7/XP and more if needed

I use the free version, It has been around since I started dual booting 7 years ago.
Documentation is very organized and help is where you need it.
http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/EasyBCD+Documentation+Home

Hope this helps smile smile.gif
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