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Windows 7: Dual booting Windows 7 and XP

12 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Dual booting Windows 7 and XP

Hello. I have looked through the forums, but have not seen this exact problem listed. I hope someone can help me.

I bought a new computer kit last month, and after I got it all together, I installed Windows 7 Pro 64. It has the AMD A8-3850 Quad core CPU, 8gb of RAM, on an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard, and a 1tb SATA HDD. One of the first things I had to do after installing the OS was to flash the BIOS on the MB. I have everything the way I want it on the computer now, and made a backup image of the C drive.

For the most part, everything is good with Windows 7. The only thing I don't like is with the sound card. I like to sing Karaoke on a website, but I couldn't get the "What you hear" function on the onboard sound card. So I bought a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer. I have the WYH function now, but my voice coming through the headphones has a lag that throws me off. So I have decided that I want to do a dual boot with Windows XP.

I have read many tutorials that tell how to do a dual boot setup, so I set out to do that. When going into the WinXP setup, I was having a problem with the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and install the winXP first, then just install the Windows 7 backup afterwards.

WinXP saw the hard drive and had me do the partition and format then winxp installed fine, no problems. Ok, one problem. It installed on the C: drive. It didn't give me another option. And I know when I go to put the backup of Windows 7 back on, it will want to be on the C: drive also. I have it setup the way I want it, and really don't want to have to setup both OS's again. So I again formatted the HD, installed Windows 7 again, then installed the backup image. I am back to where I was at the beginning. I partitioned the HDD into 4 separate drives; C:, D:, E:, and F:.


When I go in to install WINXP, the installer sees the hard drive, but it shows the partitions as:

D: Partition 1 [NTFS] 1 MB (278718 MB free)
-: Partition 2 [NTFS] 100 MB (66 MB free)
C: Partition 3 [NTFS] 123327 MB (97131 MB free)
E: Partition 4 [NTFS] 830441 MB (276178 MB free)

The only partition it will let me install it on is C: Partition 3. And that would wipe out Windows 7.

So, my question is: How do I get the XP installer to see the partitions, or would it be better to just install another HDD, maybe a 120gb SATA drive, and just install WinXP on that? Would I still be able to do the dual boot that way?



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12 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello ShdwKnght, welcome to Seven Forums!


You really screwed yourself by forcing a 5th partition and accepting a Dynamic disk; XP will probably stop booting before long and I doubt you'll be able to get Windows 7 installed at all as-is; do you have good back-ups of everything on the entire HDD?
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12 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello ShdwKnght, welcome to Seven Forums!


You really screwed yourself by forcing a 5th partition and accepting a Dynamic disk; Windows 7 will probably stop booting before long and I doubt you'll be able to get XP installed at all as-is; do you have good back-ups of everything on the entire HDD?

Yes, I have it all the files and drivers backed up on the external drive.

So I am guessing I need to wipe the drive and start again.How do I change the drive from Dynamic to basic?
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12 Aug 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Before you do that, can you delete one of the partitions so it becomes "unallocated" space?

Then DL the pw422 Zip file from this site and burn the ISO to CD and boot the created CD and at the HDD tab convert the HDD to a Basic disk are you able to do that?


https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=b0a22...320E3247%21215
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12 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

When the boot disc loads, and tries reading the HDD, it comes up with a message, "This boot cd cannot read Win server".
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12 Aug 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

That's because of the Dynamic, did you see how to get back to Basic I posted above, or don't you care and want to wipe the HDD and start all over, because the only other way back is to run at-least the clean command from boot to create the whole HDD as unallocated space and start over.

The Partition Wizard boot disk is free and relatively painless an will not destroy your data.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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12 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm sorry. The exact words are, "This bootable CD does not support Windows Server."

That was from the Partition Magic cd that you had me download and burn.
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12 Aug 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You have to boot the PW CD, are you trying to run it from within XP.
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12 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

No, that was from the boot.
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12 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I went into disk management and deleted one of the partitions so that it is unallocated. Then I rebooted the computer and let it boot from the cd of partition magic.
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