Cant boot into xp after booting win7 from a USB attached drive
Posted on 2011-04-29
I have a laptop running winxp sp3. I shut down the computer, connected an external HD running Win7 via USB and attempted to boot this USB attached device. It did not boot properly (that's ok as the Win7 drive wouldn't boot in another machine and I was attempting to troubleshoot). However, after disconnecting the Win7 drive, I can no longer boot into xp. I won't boot into safe mode Though I can boot to cd.
Could the win7 hd have done something to the MBR? The boot.ini still exists but it doesn't seem to get that far upon boot.
The screen that comes up when I try to boot looks like the win7 Windows Boot Manger and it says:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Chooset your language settings, and then click "Next"
3. Click "Repair your computer".
If you dont have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
The system in question is a Dell Latitude E6400 Laptop
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any response.