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Windows 7: Dual Booting with Windows 7 Installed First?

20 Jul 2012   #11

Windows 7 pro

Hi, Gregrocker
I want to thank you for your response. See if I got this straight, I unplug C:, because that has 7 on it tell bio's to boot to second hdd, where I want to install XP, install XP, than plug in Windows 7 hdd, resest bio'sand than use
BCD in windows seven to dreate boot menu. Is that basicly right or did I forget something, I have put a lot of thought into this and want to do it right the first time. I feel that the way you said to do it is probably the way I would prefer to do it. No offence to AddRam, I always go throught how to do something in my head first that I actualy do afater I have all the steps down. May sound like alot to do first but I have found it works for me. Thank you

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20 Jul 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

After you have both installed just run a startup repair with your windows 7 disc. It usually repairs it on the first try. Both OS`s should then be shown after post. You can then install EasyBCD to make any changes to the boot menu. Just did this 3 times on my experiment pc, out of sheer boredom.

Use the partition wizard bootable cd to make your 2 partitions, set the windows 7 partition active, then install 7 on the 1st then XP on the 2nd. Run the startup repair once and your done.
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20 Jul 2012   #13

Windows 7 pro

I am now confused, sorry about that. Do you reccomend I unplug C: drive and than install XP on second hdd, or how do you reccomend I do it? Two guys telling me two different ways I am not sure how to porceed at this time. Could someone please explain them selves so I can have an idea on how to proceed, please not be offended I am just confused.
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20 Jul 2012   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

If your using 2 hard drives, Greg prefers to unplug 1 when your installing on the other. My example explains when installing on 1 hard drive with 2 partitions. It all depends on what your doing.
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20 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 7 pro

I am planning to install XP on a second hdd, from what I have read maybe unpluging C: drive would be the best, what I don't understand is after installing XP I plug C:, back in reset bio's and than boot into 7 and install easy BCD and use it to create the menu with XP and 7, right or how do I do it. Thank you for fast response I still haven't got the information I need for Easy BCD.
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20 Jul 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP


Then unplug the other HD during install, set target HD first to boot in BIOS, trigger the Windows 7 installer using one-time BIOS Boot menu key given on first screen.

After install, plug back in Windows 7 HD. Set preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key to boot the other OS HD.

If you don't like this arrangement then install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to Add XP to a Dual Boot menu.

I removed my original posts from this thread because you ignored them for over a day while only replying to AddRAM so I thought you wanted to work with him.
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20 Jul 2012   #17

Windows 7 pro

I am sorry about that, I was actualy trying to get as much information as possible. If you read an earlier post, I said that I was confused and your way seemed alittle easier. Let me see if I got this right unplug Windows 7 drive, install XP, now I am not sure, I plug the Windows 7 drive back in, boot to Windows 7 than use esybcd to set boot menu. You said something about trigger Windows 7 I am not sure what you mean, could you explain please. Thank you.
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