Can I edit my Windows XP boot.ini file to boot Windows 7 in the dual boot menu?

Can I edit my Windows XP boot.ini file to boot Windows 7 in the dual boot menu?  If so, what file does Windows 7 use to boot?  What happened was, I had Windows 7, shrank the C:\ volume, installed Windows XP on the new volume, and now Windows XP boots automatically.  DON'T SUGGEST EASYBCD- my copy of XP has SP3, EasyBCD won't run on it.  Help?
See info here on how to fix your boot setup.

How to install Windows XP over Windows 7 in a dual boot ?
http://webtrickz.com/how-to-install-windows-xp-over-windows-7-in-a-dual-boot/
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Right click Computer, select properties, go to Advanced System Settings and then select the Advanced tab.

Click Startup and Recovery and now you will have access to the options for dual booting. From here you can select the default OS to boot and also time outs for the dual boot.

 

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Hi,

Check with the links above.

You have the XP controlling the boot order.

How to create a multiple-boot system in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559

How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html

The definitive dual-booting guide: Windows 7, Linux, Vista and XP step-by-step
http://apcmag.com/the_definitive_dualbooting_guide_linux_vista_and_xp_stepbystep.htm

Dual Boot Your Pre-Installed Windows 7 Computer with XP
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/dual-boot-your-pre-installed-windows-7-computer-with-xp/

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
Windows and Devices for IT 2009 - 2020

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Thanks all, but please remember- I can't run EasyBCD!

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