Hello there. I used Vistabootpro with my old computer for years with no problems once I got it setup. Now I have bought a new computer which came with Win7 pre-installed. I wanted a similar system but with Win7 + XP Home. Thought I could do it without downloading a program like bootpro and just selecting it at boot, as my MB allows you select boot settings without going into BIOS, but now I think getting Dualbootpro is probably the best way to go. I have asked on other forums so the rest of this post is copy and pasted.
Anyway I formatted and installed a second HD which went ok, it showed up in explorer np when I checked to make sure it showed up. Win7 was on C naturally, second hd was E. My intention was to install XP Home on it for older games and applications.
At the start of installing XP it asked me where I would like to install it, I choose E: XP Volume which is what I named it so I could pick it out and there could be no mistake. I didn't think much of it at the time, but next to my original HD with Win7 on it there was a selectable field, something called system reserved or something like that. I shrugged and went further down and selected E: XP Volume.
Installation went fine. But the problem is this, I now cannot boot up my original Win7 HD. Weirdly in XP it says that C is system reserved, E is the Xp HD and for reasons only known to God, my Win7 HD is now I. All the stuff which was on it is still there, as I thought I made a mistake with choosing the location for installation.
If I take out the SATA wire from the motherboard from the XP HD I still cannot boot up my Win7 HD, it says there's an error with the boot path.
I don't understand where that system reserved came from, I thought it was supposed to remain hidden and not be assigned a drive letter.
Does anyone have any advice on this? Thanks in advance.