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Windows 7: XP drivers for dual boot Win 7 and XP

13 Jan 2013   #21

XP Pro 32 bit

My XP CD does not support my SATA controller which STANDARD AHCI 1.0 SERIAL ATA CONTROLLER. MY BIOS ALSO ONLY HAS OPTION FOR IDE NOT ATA. MY SATA controller shows driver files (4 files) atapi.sys,ataport.sys,msahci.sys,pciidex.sys. - what's the best way to find alternate SATA drivers for XP?

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13 Jan 2013   #22
Microsoft MVP


Go to the Support Downloads webpage for your PC or Sata controller to look for an XP driver. If none google to see if anyone else has found one.
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13 Jan 2013   #23

XP Pro 32 bit

I found the system is using amdsata driver for the Gateway laptop. Should I download the amd_sata.sys version for XP? I was able to copy the Windows 7 driver version using AMD Vision Engine Control Center. Gateway does not have any drivers for the sata controllers listed on their web site. The system is using a Gateway motherboard with AMD processor. Gateway SJV70-SB motherboard
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13 Jan 2013   #24
Microsoft MVP


Try it.
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20 Jan 2013   #25

XP Pro 32 bit

I found a good XP install CD that let's me install XP but I then cannot boot into XP even after using EasyBCD's settings.

1. I updated MBR to show Win 7 and XP
2. restarted system but do not see options for Windows 7/XP boot
3. System just restarts into Win 7
4. EasyBCD does allow me to set the settings for XP using Windows 7

I also found drivers for the system which should work for XP if I can get system set up and XP installed.

Any suggested on what could be the issue?

HD does have the correct partition for XP at this point and I allocated 146GB for XP
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20 Jan 2013   #26
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Does the XP install complete and start up? If so there are two methods to try:

Start Windows 7 again by marked System Reserved (if you have it) or Windows 7 partition Active, then running Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times. Now install EasyBCD to add XP by name, type and drive letter shown in Computer.

Follow the steps for when XP is installed last in Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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21 Jan 2013   #27

XP Pro 32 bit

XP does not complete the install after the system restarts only goes into a loop. I also looked the reference you mentioned to the system repair and noticed the following:

1. my hard drive shows the system reserved as active primary partition
2. C: drive shows primary ( not active ) - Windows 7 Pro
3. E: drive shows logical drive ( not active ) - XP
4. OS Windows 7 Pro (64bit) XP Pro (32bit) platform

Does my XP E: partition need to be reset to show primary instead of logical?

What am I missing with this set up? I can send you screenshots if necessary
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21 Jan 2013   #28

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet

It would have been so much simpler to install XP Mode. Why are you jumping thru so many hoops to setup dual boot?
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22 Jan 2013   #29

XP Pro 32 bit

XP Mode works fine on this system. I was just hoping the dual boot would not be a major challenge since others have set it up on new systems. Here's where I am now with the dual boot. I cannot seem to complete the XP install when the system restarts, I now see dual boot option but cannot finish XP set up.

1. dual boot option shows XP and Windows 7
2. enter XP and see logo
3. system restarts and goes into same loop
4. Windows 7 boots fine if I use the option

Any suggestions?

Also tried XP repair but this is not option since XP did not complete install completely
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25 Jan 2013   #30

XP Pro 32 bit

I decided to remove Win 7 from the system and start with XP. I have XP Pro 64 CD but get the following message after copying files to set up XP.

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.

Please re-install a copy of the above file

1. System copies files and then restarts to install XP
2. I get this error message

Any suggestions?
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 XP drivers for dual boot Win 7 and XP

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