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Windows 7: How would I dual-boot in this scenario?

18 Dec 2012   #71
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, it's hard to tell with Edited posts on this forum.

I can not. Allowing the machine to boot off the HDD, I press F repeatedly but am only met with the same "boot selection-inaccessible device" error screen.


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18 Dec 2012   #72
gregrocker

 

Do you have a WIn7 backup image?

If not and you cannot get the Win7 DVD Repair console or System Repair Disk to start Win7, then what I would do is start XP by running an XP Repair Install, install Net Framework 2 as required to also install EasyBCD, add Win7 to a Dual Boot menu from XP.

If the XP SP3 disk will not boot then you'll need SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
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18 Dec 2012   #73
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

NO backup image. Perhaps erased by earliest attempts to get XP to boot - I can't say.

I'm assuming I will first need to set the XP partition to active.

How do I create an XP disk?
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18 Dec 2012   #74
gregrocker

 

How did you install XP in the first place? You need a retail license for XP to move it over to another PC - you knew this, right? So why is there no CD which came with it?

If retail then what version exactly is XP?
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18 Dec 2012   #75
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

Quote:
How did you install XP in the first place? You need a retail license for XP to move it over to another PC - you knew this, right? So why is there no CD which came with it?
The old hard drive - and the XP that was its OS - are nearly 7 years old. I simply no longer possess any installation media.
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18 Dec 2012   #76
gregrocker

 

Do you have the retail Product Key, as all of the new hardware will trigger reactivation unless they've stopped doing that since XP is phasing out.
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18 Dec 2012   #77
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

I just don't know. If it makes a difference, I will search everywhere it could possibly be. I am not confident of locating it, however.

My XP was Home Media Center, SP3.

The Windows 7 CD allows for an install of some sort. Could I possibly install to that bit of unallocated space, boot into Windows, and merge partitions afterward?
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18 Dec 2012   #78
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

The Windows 7 Repair CD now does not boot. The machine takes me straight to the familiar error screen.

This is really looking grim.
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18 Dec 2012   #79
gregrocker

 

How was it burned? What is ISO size after download?

Are you prompted to Press Any Key to Boot DIsk?
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18 Dec 2012   #80
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is getting too chaotic for me. Why don't you save your data, clear the HDD with the commands below using the Command Prompt of your Windows 7 instrallation disc and then install Windows 7 anew.

These are the commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number given for your HDD in question in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

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