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Windows 7: remove xp dual boot from win7 original installation


07 Aug 2012   #31

win 7 u x64
 
 

i reinstalled everytthing to get rid of the stupid dual booot i coulnd get rid of and that wasnt doing anything...

now, lets say i had xp on another drive, i would plug this drive in and then add the xp partition with partition wizzard to have a dual boot, would this mess up anything to my Windows 7 (like being unable to remove the dual boot like it happened previously) or would it work nicely?

thanks

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07 Aug 2012   #32
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If you have XP on a separate HD, I would keep it separate for best overall performance.

Install it with the other HD unplugged, or plug it in, boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

Keep Windows 7 HD set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.
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07 Aug 2012   #33

win 7 u x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you have XP on a separate HD, I would keep it separate for best overall performance.

Install it with the other HD unplugged, or plug it in, boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

Keep Windows 7 HD set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.
sorry for asking just want to be sure considering how much time it takes to install all this stuff

So youre saying not to bother with dual boot and that if xp is installed on a seperate hdd, witout the Windows 7 hdd on the computer, that i just need to set boot priority to the xp hdd to boot xp and set to Windows 7 to boot in Windows 7?
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07 Aug 2012   #34
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If you have both Windows 7 and XP HD's plugged in, set preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup.

Then boot the other HD OS using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot.

If this isn't to your liking, install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP. EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)
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07 Aug 2012   #35

win 7 u x64
 
 

But the xp should be installed without Windows 7 hdd being there... I dont want to end up with a dual boot that I cAnt remove!

If i install xp without the Windows 7 hdd in, you say I could add a dual boot with bcd and remove it ? Like I said when I did it with Windows 7 hdd in I couldn't see the xp boot note in bcd...

Thanks
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07 Aug 2012   #36
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
So youre saying not to bother with dual boot and that if xp is installed on a seperate hdd, witout the Windows 7 hdd on the computer, that i just need to set boot priority to the xp hdd to boot xp and set to Windows 7 to boot in Windows 7?
Absolutely - that is the best way of doing it provided you unplug the Windows 7 HDD during the XP installation. Both systems won't 'know' each other.

For cleaning up a dual boot configuration, I have written this tutorial - just in case you run into this situation again. If you do it right, it is not a big deal.
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07 Aug 2012   #37
Microsoft MVP

 

I suggested you use the cleanest method when you have OS's on separate HD's which is to boot your choice via the BIOS. Then the OS HD's can come and go as you please.

However if the HD's are separately bootable like that, then you can also if you prefer add the other OS from Windows 7 using EasyBCD and each HD will still remain separately bootable and can come and go as you please.

You may need to remove it's listing from EasyBCD if it remains after being disconnected.
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12 Aug 2012   #38

win 7 u x64
 
 
xpmode

hello

i was wondering if it was possible to use more processors when in xpmode, it seems like it runs only on 1 core of 1 processors (i have 4 processors)

thanks
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12 Aug 2012   #39
Microsoft MVP

 

Searching the web I can only find a recommendation for WMWare as using more than one core.
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