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Oh kay-- here we go again, I have a (HP) Compaq 6710 with160gb HDD (Sata), Single Partition of 147gb, 8gb Ram, Intel Duo Core running (Or was running) XP-Pro sp3 (x86) Now the HDD Bootsector and MBR is totally corrupted. It boots to the Bios then stops proclaiming the Boot Manager is missing. Well this in tiself should'nt be to hard right??! Wrong! I have a Dell with Windows 7 "64 BIT" as an aide for searching and downloading solutions for the XP. And after all the claims and fan-fare about how good someones burner is and how "EASY" it is to use their programs, files, and ingenious bull...t ways to con you into some obscure download you don't want but accept anyways because you need some file or such and besides i have nothing better to do than spend a day or two in Control Panel\Add remove Programs Section when the crying is all over. I thought i found "THEE" solution. Now during all this i"ve dealt with the 64 to 32bit issue and vice-versa for sometime now needless to say. I only have managed to get this thing to boot to Command Prompt with a copies of Windows 7 64 bit BootMgr and an XP-Pro SP-2 64 bit. (No my XP is NOT a 64 bit OS) and if i let it go beyond the Command prompt option it goes to Blue screen on Win 7, and freezes with XP SP2. As stated earlier (LOL) i thought i had the answer to the major issues (Bootsect--MBR--Partitions) with WinSetupFromUSB which boasts it supports both 64 and 32. Now after playing with Komku and Imgburn and various .iso, Torrent, and .zip files WintoUSB sounded pretty good. UNTIL you want to copy the 7z files needed on a XP FAT formatted 4gb USB stick in the 64 bit Dell, copy those to the XP Command Prompt extract them there to get WinsetupfromUSB.exe file, reformat the drive etc, blah blah. Then to end all when i finally get a file snuck thru and ready to execute i get "The subsystem needed to support the image type is not present" on the XP side of things and when i select a 32 bit app to download on the Dell to the 32 bit USB stick i get something like "This is not the right format for your OS" I can usually work around this one but what i need i'm guessing is some script or the like to invoke the programs once i successfully get them to the XP. Right now all i can access right now is the command prompt and a very basic Notepad, all of which is running in "Safe-Mode", although i can invoke the CMD /a option and sometimes a "Run as Admin", but that just shoots the program to Notepad in Hexidecimal. As i see it i think i have to gain access the Partition and Bootsectors alignment files. Any and all input would most appreciated The Beave.
OK, I'm just one week away of doing the real thing, so I'm going to review the process. It's the continuation of this thread but my last post was ignored, so I will start with a clean sheet now. I will use one SSD on MBR (UEFI on BIOS mode) with 2 partitions, XP on first, and 7 on second partition (that is, no 100Mb partition from 7). This is what I want: on XP: C: (SSD 1st partition) D: (2nd Drive) (for "Documents and Settings") on 7: C: (SSD 2nd Partition) D: (2nd Drive) (for "Documents and Settings") M: (SSD 1st Partition) I need 7 to watch XP partition for the SSD Trim, which XP can't do alone. Yet, I don't want it to override the default D: partition letter which will be used for Data on both OS, and both XP and 7 "Documents and Settings" folders. My questions are next, I pretend to use grub4dos as explained here, is that possible? I mean I will use UEFI in BIOS mode, and MBR type partitions. Also, what OS should I install first, maybe this question is linked to: what boot manager is recommended? (XP, 7, or 3rd party's). Then I also wonder what to do to avoid the 100mb partition Win7 creates. I have read that for that you better create partitions beforehand, that's fine. My question is, can I then format it to NTFS? My intention is to plug the SSD to my current XP, and partition and format to NTFS, the problem is that giving partitioning or formatting to a drive also "creates a proper boot sector on the drive", and that can cause issues. To make myself clear on a question I had on the previous thread I guess this guy had problems installing Win7 over MBR because he was on EFI mode (instead of BIOS compatibility mode), is that correct? This would be my grub4dos procedure, in the case of using 7's bootmanager: -make XP partition the root partition with:root (hd0,0)ls-check is the correct partition and make it active (as in C:), while hiding second partition (7's partition)makeactive (hd0,0)hide (hd0,1)-reboot, and install XP (7's "second" partition will now have a random letter and show as inactive), let it do the unattended, etc. reboot and load again grub4dos from CD to unhide 7 partition, make it active (default OS) by typing:unhide (hd0,1)makeactive (hd0,1)-Install Windows7, now Windows7 will install its boot sector on the XP partition (unhidden), so the 7's boot manager will recognize it and allow it to boot under the bootmanager. So in this case the Win7 boot manager will be used. Then you can go back to grub to set the XP partition active to make it the default OS.makeactive (hd0,0)The big problem here is the last step installing Windows7. I need the first (XP) partition (hd0,0) unhidden so 7 can install its boot sector on it, yet I want it hidden so in fact my Data drive which will be my default drive for "Document and Settings" is assigned the D: letter. I don't know how to make XP partition unhidden and at the same time not being D: (just a random late letter is ok).