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Windows 7: How do I get a dual boot setup to work right?


13 Nov 2009   #1

windows xp pro
 
 
How do I get a dual boot setup to work right?

hi all,

I want to dual boot windows 7 and windows xp pro. What is happening
is - the OS that was most recently installed is the one that works.
I don't get any choice to choose during boot-up.

I didn't have this problem with the windows 7 RC1. How can I set
this up so I can choose the OS during boot-up?

Thanks!

Tyler


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13 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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13 Nov 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

You must have installed XP second? Because when properly installed last on a second partition or drive, Windows 7 will configure a dual boot automatically - however XP doesn't know how when it is installed second.

The tutorial Jonathan provides above will show you how to get a dual boot menu when XP is installed last.

If Windows 7 was installed last, then please provide a screen shot of your Disk Management map using the Snipping Tool in your Start menu, attaching it here using the paper clip icon in the reply box.
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14 Nov 2009   #4

windows xp pro
 
 

I installed Windows 7 first, then XP, after which only XP would boot.
Then I did a repair on Windows 7, after which only windows 7 would
boot.

Then I re-installed XP on a partition on the same HD as windows 7,
reformatted the previous drive on which XP was installed, after which
only XP would boot again.

I tried method 2 from that website Jonathan King posted, and installed
that free BCD program. It worked fine!

Thanks you so much everyone!
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14 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You are welcome! May you continue to enjoy the best OS Microsoft released.
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