I've installed XP and Windows 7 about three times today and once yesterday. I just can't get them to sync.
What I am attempting to do is create a triple partition on a single Seagate Barracude 750 GB HD by first installing XP Pro x86, then Windows 7 Pro x64, and finally Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Previously, I had a Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual partition with XP running on Windows 7's XP Virtual Mode. I had no problem with that configuration except for the fact that I needed to use XP Recovery Console for class and observed that it was impossible with XP running in Virtual Mode (because you cannot access the boot menu in VM).
Now, I have XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu boot discs. I installed XP on a 120 GB NTFS primary partition, and I was able to boot into it just fine. Next, I put in the Windows 7 and installed that in a 400 GB NTFS primary partition. I was able to boot into Windows 7 just fine, but when I attempted to boot into XP, I got a BSOD
(blue screen of death).
NOTE: Based on research, I understood that you cannot (without much difficulty) install XP on a SATA HD. So, before I even installed XP, I went into the BIOS and changed the controller to IDE. It remained in the IDE setting for both the XP and Windows 7 installation.
NOTE: After installing both OS's, I changed the controller to SATA and neither would boot. The XP remained a BSOD, and the Windows 7 would not boot past a certain screen.
See attachment for what EasyBCD revealed for the HD configuration.
I need an excellent tutorial or something to help me get this working. I haven't even been able to get Ubuntu installed this time around because I'm too busy trying to resolve the XP-Windows 7 issue.
Thank you. Please give me any advice you can.