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Old 03-04-11, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default How to restore from winxp backup and dual-boot?

I have a full xml drive backup (made with DriveImage XML) of a computer that had windows XP Professional SP3 on it but was not booting due to some hardware error or something. Every time it booted up it gave a STOP error with IRQL_LESS_equal****INeverWork

I have since then restored the xml to a new hard drive (Drive D: on my computer) and it contains all the files of the original hard drive.

I have windows 7 professional on drive C:\ (which I am posting from now) and I have an inactive windows XP on drive D:\ which doesn't show up on my boot options.

What must I do to activate that windows XP installation so I can pop in the CD and use the windows XP repair option to replace the files with originals?
Whenever I pop in the CD, it doesn't see the XP installation because it doesn't know it's there. How do I fix this?

My ultimate goal is to repair the XP OS, send the hard drive back to the computer and have them plug it in, use the repair option ONE MORE TIME to recognize the new hardware and boot up and have their old files back. Is my venture fruitless or is my idea correct?

Edit: I tried easyBCD to try and add the xp to the windows 7 boot thingie.
Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {d6c3df23-1fc8-11e0-a137-90a5f4848c60}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\ntldr
but where the heck does it get \NST\ntdlr from? That's folder is nowhere to be found on my D:\. Plus it doesn't boot citing a missing ntdlr...

Edit 2: here's what the D:\ looks like
[/eVGA 8800GTS 640mb OC630mhz eVGA 8800GTS G92 eVGA 9800GTX G92] Gigabyte Radeon 6870 | Q6600 @ 2.92ghz Zalman 9700 45c-55c | Crucial M4 64g | eVga 790i Ultra [/Asus Striker Extreme]
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