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Windows 7: how to dual boot win7 plus winxp

24 Jul 2011   #11


The process and what happens when installed in either order is explained here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

In this case with separate HD's, the OP has the chance to keep them independent to come and go as he pleases by not interlocking them with a Windows-managed boot menu, but using the BIOS Boot menu instead.

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24 Jul 2011   #12


i posted a pic, when i right click on c:\ drive it gives me the option to make partition active, for drive E:\ in which windows 7 is installed on the option to mark active is grayed out

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24 Jul 2011   #13


wish me luck, going to reboot with win 7 repair disk
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25 Jul 2011   #14


What happens when you use the F8 Boot Menu to try to boot Win7 HD?

I'm not sure what happened to your 100 mb Win7 System Reserved boot partition but it appears to have been wiped out. The System flag only appears on Win7 partition itself so that appears to hold the boot files for both.

In that case, I'd run Win7 Startup Repair to see if Win7 can sort the Dual Boot.

If not, follow Steps 7-12 in Method Two of the Dual Boot tutorial posted earlier.
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25 Jul 2011   #15

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[QUOTE=theog;1503793][quote]Floppy disk is not an option as my system cannot support a floppy drive at all.[quote] All PC support a floppy drive. ( may need a USB one)

[quote]I made a disk with the SATA drivers slip streamed in and it still didn't work.
Are using the right drivers?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by corduroy33 View Post
ok i installed window 7 under ide mode in bios, then i installed win xp pro 32bit, now when i restart the pc i don't get a boot list giving me the options to pick what os i want to go into, it just automatically loads into win xp pro, now where do i go from hear to make win 7 reappear, also i should of stated i have both win 7 and win xp installed on separate physical drives
NO, need to reset BIOS.
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