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Windows 7: How to get multiple versions of Windows to boot

03 Sep 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

How did you transfer XP from it's old drive onto the partition created for it? I would use an imaging program like free Macrium - Image your system or if you have any WD or Seagate HD the free Acronis cloning/imaging program that comes with it.

Transfer the image without Track0 or MBR, which will be supplied by EasyBCD linking it to Win7 bootloader.


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25 Sep 2012   #12
Windows7Trainee

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Update: I joined the NeoSoft forum that supports EasyBCD and was told I'm almost certainly going to need to purchase a copy of Windows xp.

Recap: My old desktop (2005, 4GB RAM) has Windows xp SP3 - no install disks. The hardware on my HP notebook is different enough the anti-piracy detection will reject a copying it to the notebook, says the NeoSoft people. I backed up (not imaged) the desktop without the MBR. Best result is a split second of seeing the xp logo then - poof/reboot.

Wish I had the option of saying: "Run xp on my notebook - not my desktop"
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25 Sep 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

The steps I gave for reimaging XP assume you have a way to activate it on the new hardware. If it is preinstalled OEM version that came with the PC then you'd need to reinstall it anyway to use a retail installer. In XP the OEM vs. Retail installers are different unlike Win7 which uses the same one for both.
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25 Sep 2012   #14
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^ sorry about failing to include that info.
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25 Sep 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

No prob. The best way to run XP is virtualize it in Win7 as it's almost becoming too old to install on new hardware - or at least more trouble than it's worth.
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