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Windows 7: Dual Boot With W7 And XP With Two Hard Drives

06 Dec 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

RAID has a control panel that boots first on the BIOS screen normally.

Are you sure you have two HD's linked into a RAID? Sometimes RAID setting is a generic one under SATA controllers.


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06 Dec 2011   #12
Hiskid

W7 x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
RAID has a control panel that boots first on the BIOS screen normally.
Are you sure you have two HD's linked into a RAID? Sometimes RAID setting is a generic one under SATA controllers.
We'll the bios was RAID on with just the W7 and some matrix screen comes up. I didn't know if it would grab the second and connect it by RAID so I changed it to raid/ata.. I really don't know much about raid..
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06 Dec 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

I've asked for some more help on RAID.
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07 Dec 2011   #14
Peregrine

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Since you have Windows 7 Ultimate, a simpler approach might be to simply run XP Mode from within Windows 7.

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07 Dec 2011   #15
Hiskid

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
Since you have Windows 7 Ultimate, a simpler approach might be to simply run XP Mode from within Windows 7.

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Thanks, I'll check that out. I would rather have two independent os's.
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07 Dec 2011   #16
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
Since you have Windows 7 Ultimate, a simpler approach might be to simply run XP Mode from within Windows 7.

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Thanks, I'll check that out. I would rather have two independent os's.

it's not a big deal to add XP to an existing Windows 7 on the same physical drive. The whole trick is, once you fix the boot manager, then choose XP on boot it won't boot XP. You'll probably get "ntldr missing or corrupt" error. Because when XP installs in a partition other than the first, it still puts ntldr and ntdetect.com in the first partition. You boot the XP install to a command line and copy those 2 files into the partition where XP is. Takes like 5 minutes. Over 90% of the guides "how to add XP to a system with Windows Seven already installed" leave that step out. Once those 2 files are in the XP partition you reboot and it works as expected.
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07 Dec 2011   #17
Peregrine

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
Since you have Windows 7 Ultimate, a simpler approach might be to simply run XP Mode from within Windows 7.

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Thanks, I'll check that out. I would rather have two independent os's.
XP Mode is Windows XP running in a virtual machine, so it is independent from Windows 7, sort of. XP Mode launches just like any other program within Windows 7 and depending upon your needs it could be a tidy solution. I've used it on my Windows 7 Professional computer and it's worked just fine for some XP programs that I prefer to run in Windows XP rather than in a compatibility mode in Win7.

Cheers.
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