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Windows 7: Windows 7 / XP dual boot install error-even after following tutorials

11 Aug 2012   #1
kevinhtre

windows 7 x64
 
 
Windows 7 / XP dual boot install error-even after following tutorials

I have a Windows 7 installation (x64). I wanted to install windows xp 32 in a dual boot scenario for some backwards compatibility hardware issues (video stuff).

Anyway, I read the various tutorials and I have used nlite to put sata drivers into my win xp install iso/cd.

My problem is that windows xp won't install. I get the hard drive error message DURING the install (ie, the first time xp asks you to reboot, but long before it tries its various installation things).

I have tried the various things associated with this, Easybsd, a Windows 7 restore and using fixmbr/etc. I can get BACK into windows 7, but setting up the menu is pointless because xp never installs correctly to begin with. It seems that the guides on fixing this error message are assuming you get it after xp completes its install and tries to boot -- instead, I am getting the error DURING the install. I get a /windows directory on my partition, but it clearly isn't a complete install because I never see the windows install screens with the pictures, estimated time, etc.

Thanks so much for reading.


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11 Aug 2012   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello kevinhtre, welcome to Seven Forums!


It sounds as though there's an issue with the XP installer.
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11 Aug 2012   #3
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kevinhtre View Post
I have a Windows 7 installation (x64). I wanted to install windows xp 32 in a dual boot scenario for some backwards compatibility hardware issues (video stuff).

Anyway, I read the various tutorials and I have used nlite to put sata drivers into my win xp install iso/cd.

My problem is that windows xp won't install. I get the hard drive error message DURING the install (ie, the first time xp asks you to reboot, but long before it tries its various installation things).

I have tried the various things associated with this, Easybsd, a Windows 7 restore and using fixmbr/etc. I can get BACK into windows 7, but setting up the menu is pointless because xp never installs correctly to begin with. It seems that the guides on fixing this error message are assuming you get it after xp completes its install and tries to boot -- instead, I am getting the error DURING the install. I get a /windows directory on my partition, but it clearly isn't a complete install because I never see the windows install screens with the pictures, estimated time, etc.

Thanks so much for reading.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP option two.

What exact error message do you get?
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11 Aug 2012   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Which sata driver? intel?
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11 Aug 2012   #5
gregrocker

 

In addition have you tried virtualizing XP in Win7 which is much easier than struggling to get an XPired OS installed onto new hardware that doesn't want it? Freeware like VMWare, XP Mode, Virtual Player and Virtual Box are worth a try.

Most XP programs can be made to run in Compatibility Mode.'

Absent those then work with Kaktussoft to get your drivers slipstreamed, make sure you're using an XP SP3 installer.
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11 Aug 2012   #6
kevinhtre

windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks everyone. I am using an sp3 installer package (tried two, in fact). My motherboard is Gigabyte and I got the sata drivers from their site -- I'm not entirely sure they are needed, since like I said the installation can 'see' the new partition initially -- but when it attempts to reboot that first time, death.

The error message changes each time. Sometimes, it has been "error reading from hard drive" and others it just hangs and weird characters appear.

Either way, the only fix is to restore to windows 7, fix the mbr/etc.
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12 Aug 2012   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

In BIOS set SATA mode not to AHCI, not to RAID but to IDE (somteimes called legacy mode). Save it and install winxp without installing sata drivers. Now do the bootrec/fixmbr and bootrec/fixboot trick.

Put SATA mode to what it was before in BIOS, now win7 is bootable again. Add winxp to bootmenu using easybcd. Put SATA mode to IDE again in BIOS and you can boot winxp.

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