1.    31 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    Unable to start Windows XP after Windows 10 upgrade


    First a little clarification. I had Windows 7 installed on one HDD and XP installed on secondary HDD. When I initially installed W7, it set up a boot screen which enabled me to access and run XP. After I upgraded to W10 and I try to start XP by booting from the secondary HDD, it pops up with the W7 boot select screen and, when I select to run "Earlier version of Windows", it goes to a black screen with no HDD activity.
    Before you ask why I still have XP, I run a number of programs for design and game modding which are NOT compatible with later versions of Windows, even when using the so-called compatibility modes.
    Is there any way I can eliminate the residual W7 boot select screen?
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  2.    31 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 940
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    When you upgraded to Win10, it overwrote the Win7 boot files. So, are you saying you get two boot screens -- one for Win7 and one for Win10?
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  3.    31 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    When you upgraded to Win10, it overwrote the Win7 boot files. So, are you saying you get two boot screens -- one for Win7 and one for Win10?
    No, when I start the computer, it defaults to Windows 10. When I use the motherboards "Select boot disk" function to boot from the secondary drive I get the W7 boot select screen with no reference to W10.
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  4.    31 Aug 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,439
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Try EasyBCD.

    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

    You should have unplugged the XP drive before you upgraded 7 to 10.
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  5.    31 Aug 2015 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    Try EasyBCD.

    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

    You should have unplugged the XP drive before you upgraded 7 to 10.
    Thank you very much! Downloaded and ran BCD. Added W-XP using its automated search. Rebooted and everything worked perfectly! Kudos!
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  6.    31 Aug 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,439
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Excellent job, glad I was able to help
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