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Windows 7: Duel boot Win 7 and XP 2 hard drives

07 Jun 2011   #1

win 64 pro
Duel boot Win 7 and XP 2 hard drives

I know at this point it's tricky and i should have done it before installing Windows 7 however...
My new physical primary drive now has Windows 7 pro running exclusively the whole partition (c
I'd like to add the drive that had XP pro running on the same PC.
i'd like to get this running as a duel boot without corrupting the XP drive.
i know i gotta run the Win 7 startup DVD but what from there??

Thank for a reply

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07 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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07 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP


Plug in the XP HD and boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. If it was previously running on the same PC then it will not require an XP Repair Install to adjust to new hardware.

Keep Windows 7 as first HD to boot in BIOS setup so it will start up by default unless you invoke the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key to interrupt it to boot XP HD.

This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please, whereas adding XP to create a Windows Dual Boot Menu using EasyBCD from Windows 7 will interlock them.

If you want both OS's on the same HD then post back clarification for different instructions.
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07 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello klayymann, welcome to Seven Forums!

I too would use the one-time boot menu to select which OS/HDD to boot/start at PC startup, don't use the Windows managed dual boot, do as Greg has suggested; if you'll list the motherboard manufacturer, we'll help you find the correct F-key to use.
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08 Jun 2011   #6

win 64 pro

i took the easy route as suggested and just let the BIOS make the decision, maybe i'll tie them down the road!

Thanks for the posts!
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08 Jun 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

It is much less trouble to use the BIOS to select the OS/HDD to boot.

Glad we could help and thanks for the update.
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