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A few months ago, I installed Windows XP and Windows 8 in a dual-boot configuration. Every time I selected WinXP on the boot menu, it would restart, freeze at the logo screen, and then restart and come back to the boot menu. Then I would have to click it again and then it would successfully boot. So basically: "Win8 boot menu, WinXP fail, Win8 boot menu, WinXP successful" was the sequence going on during the boot process. I eventually installed WinXP on a hard drive and keep it hidden from 8 by unplugging the hard drive whenever I want to use 8 and plugging it back in when I want to use XP. But now Windows 8 keeps finding problems with the mutually used secondary drives and fixing them. And then XP does the same thing and they go in cycles. So, does anybody on here know what is wrong with the boot menu? I would much rather have a dual-boot then have to keep fixing hard drives.
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I vaguely remember something like this when I was dual booting XP and 7. If I remember correctly, I fixed it with EasyBCD.
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Yes, EasyBSD is very good, i used it . it worked very fine, i used it for XP and Win7:)
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Do you guys think that it's a corrupted boot record? I can fix that with the Windows 8 installer tools. I don't really want to use a program I have to register for.
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Try to disable "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot" in the BIOS if that's enabled.
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A good thing to do with multiebooting is to disconect the other os drive when booting and conect after the boot , it sometimes happens that windows versions seems to confict with each other and perform autocheck to the other os disk or data disk. Got this with W8 and a data drive ,when booting w8 it made a fast check and repaired something on the data drive . But when i boot from xp it keeps on doing autocheck on that data drive and have to disable autocheck/checkdisk within xp.
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A good thing to do with multiebooting is to disconect the other os drive when booting and conect after the boot , it sometimes happens that windows versions seems to confict with each other and perform autocheck to the other os disk or data disk. Got this with W8 and a data drive ,when booting w8 it made a fast check and repaired something on the data drive . But when i boot from xp it keeps on doing autocheck on that data drive and have to disable autocheck/checkdisk within xp.

Well, that's the problem that it's been. I thought that it was more likely Windows XP not recognizing something that Windows 8 had done to the hard drives and erasing it. How do I get rid of this autochecks?
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Well, that's the problem that it's been. I thought that it was more likely Windows XP not recognizing something that Windows 8 had done to the hard drives and erasing it. How do I get rid of this autochecks?

I believe there are several ways to stop autocheck ,i followed this guide http://www.raymond.cc/blog/disable-or-stop-auto-chkdsk-during-windows-startup/
But the checkdisk not always show a menu that it is doing autocheck but it shows in the increased boottimes , it depends on the speed and volume of the hd/ssd .
On my pc it doubles the bootime for xp with no menu for checkdisk , but with the bootvistool it became clear what the boot slowed down smile.gif

The first checkdisk begins 4.79s and stops at 13s ,than a delay happends , on 23 seconds it is ready with the boot , normal boot without checkdisk is abouth 12 seconds





The only two 4k writes happend around 5 seconds
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