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Windows 7: Windows XP Dual Boot Not recognizing Hardware

08 Oct 2011   #1
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Windows XP Dual Boot Not recognizing Hardware

Hi, i recently dual booted my windows 7 with windows xp but xp is not recognizing my hardware. (Wireless adapter, Speakers, etc.) How do i make it recognize my hardware and drivers? When i plug in USB pen drives, it recognizes them no problem. What is Going On?


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08 Oct 2011   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

You are kind of light on details. You added XP to an existing W7? Did the XP ever recognize your hardware or never? If never, you need to get XP drivers for all your stuff if they exist. I'd look in Device Manager and get the make and model of all the stuff that doesn't work. Go to manufacturer's web page support page for driver downloads, for each device. See what they have for XP.

If they don't have an XP driver then chances are it ain't gonna' work.
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08 Oct 2011   #3
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

thanks for the reply.

my hardware is not showing up in device manager ether.
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08 Oct 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

From your other posts, you do like to make thing hard for us to help.
http://www.sevenforums.com/1600235-post1502.html
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08 Oct 2011   #5
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

well i successfully dual booted now but i need to know why xp is doing this?
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08 Oct 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Dominic,

Since you have converted the partitions on that disk to dynamic, that is why the S: drive is not seen as an available option to install Windows to. They need to be a basic disk instead.

To fix this, you will most likely need to backup anything that you do not want to lose, and do a factory restore to reinstall Windows 7 since this is your system disk.


Restart the computer.

Keep tapping "F11" as the computer is loading.

Highlight "Recover PC" and press "Enter."

Press "Y" to confirm the restoration, at which time your computer will be automatically restored.
Did you?
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08 Oct 2011   #7
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

No, because i followed a tutorial on another site to convert it to a basic disk.
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08 Oct 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your latest maximized Disk Management drive map with listings showing all columns. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

Post another screenshot of the Xp Device manager with unknown devices expanded, using the Print Screen button then pasting into Paint to save and Upload. Screenshot with Paint

I would work from the Support Downloads webpage for the computer model to try to ascertain which drivers are missing, then install them if there are XP downloads to install, or search device make/model for XP drivers using Google.

To determine with certainty what exactly is an unknown Hardware Device in Dev Manager, use this tool to find the make/model and google it for XP driver, or post back for more help: Hardware Identification
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09 Oct 2011   #9
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

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here is windows 7 device manager.
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here is XP device manager


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09 Oct 2011   #10
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

It looks like you need to install the chipset drivers specific to your motherboard for the XP system. They tend to be packaged with Ethernet and audio drivers which are also missing from your system.
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