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I was going to install Windows 7 on my old pc, however I decided against it half way through the installation (just after first reboot) and I cancelled it. Then I worked out that I can press F8 then press ESC and choose Previous Windows Installation and I can boot into Windows XP.

However whenever I turn off the computer normally, it tries to start installing Windows 7 again; however if I hibernate the computer, it boots into Windows XP fine.

So my question is; How can I restore it so it always boots into Windows XP, instead of Windows 7 Install.

EDIT: I don't have the Windows Install Disc, Unless there is a way to get the Windows recovery console on a flash drive, that wont work.

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I think, the most easy solution will be to start the repair console from a Windows XP CD and perform a fixmbr and a fixboot. That should reinstall your WinXP bootloader, which is not able to start Windows 7.

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I don't have the Windows XP disc any more. – Mythrillic Nov 17 '11 at 8:00
You can use the UBCD (Ultimate boot cd), which includes tools for rewriting the mbr and the booloader. Feature list: see the topic "-partition" – Michael K Nov 17 '11 at 8:19
I'll try this when I get home. – Mythrillic Nov 18 '11 at 2:40

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