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Windows XP Boot Loader

I have recently completely formatted my computer's hard drive and installed a copy of Windows 7 on it to play with. However, because it has been a bit buggy on my system, I decided to reinstall my copy of XP on a second hard drive for day to day work and keep the Windows 7 install on my other hard drive to play with. When I installed XP I could no longer get to my Windows 7 operating system. Once XP boots up I can browser to the hard drive that 7 is installed on and all of the files are still there. Is there a way to correct the boot loader to let me choose whether to boot up in XP or 7? I have done this before and all of my options were automatically available, but I must have messed something up here.

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Guest [Entry]

"Pär Björklund and Wil have great answers but I am lazy.

Lazy method, install Easy bcd in XP, use it to get it dual booting again.

Once installed and running in XP, go to the Add New Entry button, in the upper pane Windows Tab, choose W7 from the drop down, then hit the Add button. leave the drive setting alone.

Done, reboot

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If you wish to change which OS is at the top of the bootloader list and will load first, go to the Edit Boot Menu section, highlight the entry and use the up down button to arrange, you can even change the text of what shows on the boot menu, highlight the entry and hit rename, be sure to hit the save settings button when done.

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