I have XP installed on Drive D and WIN 7 on Drive C on booting I cannot access XP. The information pages come up in French and I can only guess what they are saying. If I try to restart and use my XP installation disc, it immediately starts to download files and I cannot access to select repair and tell it which drive to work on. Pressing R or F8 have no effect at all. How can I repair XP to enable the boot up to recognise it?
My problem was the reverse of yours so I needed to repair Win 7 boot file. I used method two, section seven here; click here Don't know if that will give some clues? As for your last question I don't know the answer to that one. Hopefully someone else in the know can help.