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Windows 7: Windows 7 installation on an older desktop with xp pro s/p 3

10 Jan 2015   #41
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I haven't done it this way but I'll help if i can.

To be sure we're on the same page, is this the tutorial you are following?
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Or this one?
Partition or Volume - Shrink

And this is a screen print of the commands you need to use from the Dual Boot tutorial ?
Windows 7 installation on an older desktop with xp pro s/p 3-dpshrink_sp01.png




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10 Jan 2015   #42
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you.

I wanted to use the first procedure and was moving along fine until I reached step 3, "right-click on the middle pane and select "Shrink" from the drop-down menu." No such selection is available in the drop-down menu on this system, though I'm following the steps to the letter, so that's a red flag.

Then I had trouble getting to the command prompt at boot, though following those instructions as well, so I'm concerned that something is wrong, probably due to this user's error. I don't want to proceed any further until I understand what's happening :/

So close, so far away.
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10 Jan 2015   #43
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Get back to where you were in Post #33

Hopefully the extra USB drives are disconnected.

If Volume 1 is still "volume 1 C Removable NTFS Partition 465 GB Healthy"

commands from the tutorial you need are:

select volume 1
shrink querymax
shrink desired=nnnnn (nnnnn = you need to decide how many MB to shrink the partition)

exit
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10 Jan 2015   #44
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

All USB drives are disconnected, except for the mouse and keyboard that I need : )

I'm not sure I can get back to where I was and I'm getting very discouraged, like I'm chasing my tail..

Do you know how to get me back to the elevated command prompt? I don't think I was really there anyway because I didn't have the same line that is in the tutorial. How am I supposed to know how much to shrink to?

Ready to quit.
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10 Jan 2015   #45
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Are you in a "command prompt at boot" ?
You booted a Windows DVD to get to command prompt ?
If so, it's not an "elevated" command prompt...

From a tutorial:
Windows 7 installation on an older desktop with xp pro s/p 3-dpshrink_sp02.png

Here is Brink's tutorial for command prompt at boot:
Command Prompt at Startup

1 GB = 1000 MB (GB=Gigabyte, MB=Megabyte)

If you want to shrink the partition by 250 GB for the Win 7 OS the command is:

shrink desired=250000


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10 Jan 2015   #46
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

OK, I got to the command prompt again and I'm ready to shrink...but how do I make the decision; what should it be based on? Would it be fair to assume that I should devote 1/2 of the HD to each O/S?
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10 Jan 2015   #47
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Yea, that's probably best in this case.
The owner only uses one partition now, so that is a good guess and should be ok for this person.

To shrink the XP partition by 250 GB the command is:

shrink desired=250000
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10 Jan 2015   #48
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Very inspiring, helpful support, thank you so much! I'll gamble and go to 275000 I just needed to collect myself, take a deep breath and get out of my own way : )

Onward...I'll let you know how it goes
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10 Jan 2015   #49
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Sounds good.
Yea, when one gets frustrated and confused it's best to step back for a bit...
Win 7 does use more space than XP so 275000 should be fine.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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10 Jan 2015   #50
gregrocker

 

Superb help David.

Just stay calm and don't do anything rash. No one has ever failed whos followed our guidance in tens of thousands of cases we've helped with so there's no reason to believe you'd be the first. We will be here
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