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Windows 7: dual-bootable USB with 32-bit XP and 64-bit Win7


26 Jun 2012   #1

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dual-bootable USB with 32-bit XP and 64-bit Win7

How would one create a flash drive that, when set as boot device, immediately displays a menu that lets you choose to boot from either 64-bit Windows 7, or 32-bit Win XP? If this is not possible, then maybe another menu is possible: XP Recovery Console for 32-bit systems, and Windows 7 for 64-bit systems.

I'm more interested in such a tool for troubleshooting systems that won't boot, as opposed to using it to install either of these OS's.....don't want to carry around two USB sticks if I don't have to.

Jeff in Colorado

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27 Jun 2012   #2
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I write the Windows 7 installer to stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive.

When it completes you'll notice that the installer's folders are in the stick root, where they can co-exist with other tools and program apps, as I've done for years with a 16gb Kingston Data Traveler.

To boot another bit version or Vista/Win8, you only need to put the extant installer folders away in their own storage folder and extract the desired installer folders into the stick - which is already permanent bootsected by UltraISO to boot an nt60 installer until it is wiped with Diskpart Clean Command.

Keep each OS/Bit version installer folders in a separate folder on or off the stick.

This lacks the boot menu so is a manual method but it's always worked so well for me that I haven't gone looking for anything more which requires a boot loader.

If you only need the Repair disk ISO's those can be written to stick using Win2Flash.
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03 Jul 2012   #3

WinXP, 32-bit
 
 

Greg, thanks for your helpful answer!! I hope before long to pay it back to someone else on this forum!!!
Cheers,

Jeff
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03 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

You're most welcome, Jeff, and especially with that spirit!
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