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Windows 7: Dual boot

28 Jan 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

Please post another/new snip of disk management for us to see.

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28 Jan 2011   #12


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boceefus View Post
I installed XP then plugged the Windows 7 disk back in. There is no OS option screen. It just boots to Windows 7. What did I miss?
As stated earlier, when booting via BIOS you need to set the preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup.

Then when you want to boot the other one, you tap the key given on first boot screen for BIOS Boot Menu to choose it.

If you need help finding the BIOS Boot menu key, look in your Manual on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or mobo, or let us know and we'll find it for you.
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28 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7
Dual Boot

Here's the screen shot. I can get to the bios but I'm hoping to get the option for an OS rather than go to bios every time. Thank you all again for your help.

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28 Jan 2011   #14


I thought you unplugged the other HD during install so you could use the cleanest method to Dual Boot, which is booting via the BIOS.

You don't have to go back to the BIOS setup every time to boot. Win7 will start up by default. If you want XP you simply tap the one-time BIOS Boot menu key to trigger it's HD.

If you want a Windows-managed Dual Boot, install EasyBCD 2.0 to Win7 to Add XP, accept boot files, autocompletes, Save, restart.
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28 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7

Mission accomplished. I used EasyBCD and good to go. Thank you all for your time and expertise. Have a great weekend.
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28 Jan 2011   #16


No prob.

Did you know your screenshot reveals Win7 graphics are rendering in Win2000 mode?

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