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Windows 7: Advise requested for dual / multiboot setup

02 Sep 2011   #1
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 
Advise requested for dual / multiboot setup

First off, great forum and first rate replies. Have been reading for a couple of years now. User name. retired and live fulltime in an RV.
System specs not completed as I am updating computer. I would like to have separate OS's on separate physical HD's and DO NOT want to use W7's integration system. I know that this should be easy but I want to do it right this time with a clean install of everything.
Thanks all Art.


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02 Sep 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Art, welcome to Seven Forums!


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.


Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.
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02 Sep 2011   #3
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Thanks much B F K Simple wins every time
Art.
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03 Sep 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're welcome Art, glad I could help.
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