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Windows 7: how to switch between disks without dual boot

06 Aug 2013   #1
jvuz

 
 
how to switch between disks without dual boot

Hi,

I have a pc with 2 disks. One disk has XP 32 bit installed, the other one (installed seperately, so without the other being connected at the time of installing) with W7 64-bit. How can I let the user choose which disk to boot from?

Jvuz


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06 Aug 2013   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You need Option 2 of this tutorial
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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06 Aug 2013   #3
jvuz

 
 

But the systems are already installed. In option 2 they talk about installing xp.
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06 Aug 2013   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Go to item No. 7
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06 Aug 2013   #5
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

With all Due respect to Michell65's excellent advice...

Perhaps, as another alternative, you could simply press the F-key on your computer that lets you pop up a boot menu and you can select from that which disk you want to boot from.

I guess you set up the one you mostly want to boot from as you main boot disk (in BIOS).

On My PC (ASRock Extreme 6), F11 loads the boot menu. On other brands it might be a different F-Key.

This requires no dual booting set up like Grub or others, and might suit as a workaround for you..

Just my 2 cents worth. It's not the most elegant...
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06 Aug 2013   #6
jvuz

 
 

That would be the last option, if I wouldn't find another way. Thanks.
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06 Aug 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If they are 2 seperate installations you switch by temporarily changing the boot order in the BIOS. And that is the ONLY way it can be done.
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06 Aug 2013   #8
jvuz

 
 

I was already afraid of that
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06 Aug 2013   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If they are 2 seperate installations you switch by temporarily changing the boot order in the BIOS. And that is the ONLY way it can be done.
That's not true.
That's what the one-time boot menu is for, to choose a different boot device for THAT bootup, without making a BIOS change.
Also, using EasyBCD can allow selecting the boot OS for a multi boot PC.
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06 Aug 2013   #10
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
That's what the one-time boot menu is for, to choose a different boot device for THAT bootup, without making a BIOS change.
That was my point, precisely.
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