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Windows 7: Dual boot WinXP/7 - How to hide Windows 7 from boot loader and XP?

19 Mar 2013   #1

Dual boot WinXP/7 - How to hide Windows 7 from boot loader and XP?

Working in a corporate environment, we use Windows XP now but are needing to upgrade to Windows 7. I have dual boot Windows XP and 7 machine, thats the easy part, but I need to hide Windows 7 from the boot menu OR have a keyboard shortcut that can boot Win 7. The goal is I do not want users to know about Windows 7 until it has been tested and when we go live its already installed and working.

So my objectives are: Working Win 7 install, Hide from XP and boot menu, Be able to boot into 7 at a later time, eventually remove XP from the boot and have 7 the only OS.

Is this possible?

Thank you

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19 Mar 2013   #2
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In Control Panel\System and Security\System\Advanced System Settings|Advanced tab\Startup and Recovery\Settings set XP as default OS, uncheck Time to Display OS Menu.

Now to boot Windows 7 you'lll need to go into that setting in XP to enable the Dual Boot menu (with 5-10 sec timeout) so that you can reboot into Windows 7 via the Dual Boot menu.
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22 Mar 2013   #3


Thank you for your response.

I understand what you are saying but I want to hide the boot menu totally. If I hide windows 7 from the menu how do I get it back from xp? In xp (which was installed first) it only lists Windows xp and nothing about 7 and vice versa with 7.
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22 Mar 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP


You would go into the same place in XP to re-enable the Boot Menu and/or set Windows 7 as default OS. These options are in both OS's.
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