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Windows 7: Install XP alongside Windows 7


02 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Install XP alongside Windows 7

I have Windows 7 64 and I want to install XP alongside it. So I created a 10GB partition. I have another data partition too. I need to install it AFTER Windows 7 and make a dual boot later with EasyBCD. I did this on my netbook without any problem (the only diff is that my nebtook doesn't have a data partition) but I can't do it on my desktop.

XP won't install (after formating the 10GB partition and copying files and first reboot I get "A Disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart") and thanks to hirens boot CD I can boot Windows 7 fine.

Any help to make XP install will be appreciated.


EDIT: I was following the tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP , OPTION TWO When Windows 7 is Installed First

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02 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

EasyBCD repaired Windows 7 boot, but it doesn't want to add a XP entry on boot menu. I add it manually following the tutorial, it reports everything OK yet the boot menu doesn't appear and the XP entry disappears from EasyBCD after booting.
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02 Aug 2013   #3

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02 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Before proceeding any further be sure to check if XP compatible drivers are available. Manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to justify the considerable effort required to produce drivers for what is essentially an obsolete OS. Many do not.
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02 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

The unallocated part is the deleted System partition.





Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Before proceeding any further be sure to check if XP compatible drivers are available. Manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to justify the considerable effort required to produce drivers for what is essentially an obsolete OS. Many do not.
Many thanks, yes, Gigabyte has XP drivers for my mobo and everyhting I have has XP drivers .


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02 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well seem that EasyBCD worked fine after deleting the system partition and I am into the second part of the XP install



But I have another issue (yawn)

Windows 7 refuses to boot in IDE mode (needed for XP as I can't get SATA drivers for it) and XP refuses to boot into SATA mode.

I have read editing the registry (Windows 7) changing two parameters but I have did that on my netbook and ended ruining Windows 7 beyond repair having to reinstall it. Does anyone know a better solution for this? Thanks
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02 Aug 2013   #7

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Quote:
Gigabyte has XP drivers for my mobo and everyhting I have has XP drivers
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Windows 7 refuses to boot in IDE mode (needed for XP as I can't get SATA drivers for it) and XP refuses to boot into SATA mode.
Use the Sata Controller drivers from the Gigabyte web site.

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-H61M-S2-B3 (rev. 1.0)
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02 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
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Gigabyte has XP drivers for my mobo and everyhting I have has XP drivers
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Windows 7 refuses to boot in IDE mode (needed for XP as I can't get SATA drivers for it) and XP refuses to boot into SATA mode.
Use the Sata Controller drivers from the Gigabyte web site.

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-H61M-S2-B3 (rev. 1.0)
Many thanks installed them manually through device manager, BSODed, and now seems to work fine in AHCI mode Thought they worked only during install but I have no floppy.
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03 Aug 2013   #9
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Normally you would slipstream into XP w/SP3 installer the SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD.

If you were able to install them via XP Device manager while in IDE mode and it rebooted into SATA mode then you did good work.
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