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  1. #11


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    If I remove the XP drive-surely it would go back to booting from the original dual-boot system drive

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  2. #12


    Not if the bootloader isn't there. Which is why you need EasyBCD.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    Ok-i will do it when I am not on a computer which probably be tomorrow-i will post back if successful
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  4. #14


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    I see now-i have tried the fixmbr command and then tried a win xp install but it appears that the fixmbr has destroyed my partition tables-windows vista also shows this and now I have been left with no data left and a blank hdd----Windows XP,what a useless operating system
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  5. #15


    Well, did you format your HD? If so, of course you are going to have no data. Don't blame XP, it is an amazing OS.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    no this is what happened over about a month. I installed vista on my machine and it was ok. i then installed windows 8 on a separate partition and it was ok. I used easeus partition manager to do this. I then created a 600mb and 1gb logical drives for program setup files storage. I then created a windows xp partition for a new xp installation and the boot loader was still working fine. I then installed windows xp on the new partition but it said it had performed maintenance on the hdd. When i booted no grub menu appeared and it booted into windows xp. Inside disk management it showed that the win xp drive was now the boot drive and the vista drive was still the system drive. I tried the fixboot and fixmbr commands but none worked and it left a boot error message saying bootmgr is missing. I am now using gpart to scan for any partitions as my hdd shows just one partition. If it doesn,t work i will just reinstall windows vista. Not much important data was on the hdd so it does not matter but re installation is a hassle
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  7. #17


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    what does this picture show????Please say it has seen my lost partitions and if so how do i get them back when the scan is finished
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  8. #18


    Well, it still sees your 8, Vista and XP installations. Should be able to recover them. Boot to your Vista disk, and try startup repair.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    I gave up in the end-i didn't know what to do but I have reinstalled it all now
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    This is not recommended.

    1) Install Windows XP.
    2) Install Windows 7.
    3) Install Windows 8.

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    4) Make windows XP first boot.

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