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Windows 7: Dual Booting

16 Mar 2016   #1
blondie357

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Dual Booting

I am working on my father's pc. He currently has windows 7 pro 64-bit. He loves games..all kinds of them and of course has the issue of getting the old ones to work on windows 7. Some of them work in virtual XP..some of them dont. I want to eliminate that problem altogether and just install a dual boot with XP. My problem is with the partitions. He currently has System, OS and Recovery. I tried shrinking the C and adding a new partition for the XP but of course it wont let me create a 4th primary. (and rather then telling me reasons I shouldn't, etc...) can someone please tell me the workaround for this? I simply want a dual boot of windows XP and 7.

Thanks


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16 Mar 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Make the other partitions (except the active partition) logical partitions. Only the active partition has to be a primary. It is a bad habit of the manufacturers to make all partitions primaries. There is absolutely no need for that.
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16 Mar 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows will not let you create a 4th Primary partition, it never will.

Just use Partition Wizard to create your 4th Primary partition.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

Once you install XP, Windows 7 will not boot anymore, make sure you have your install disc handy or create a system repair disc now, you`ll have to run startup repair to get windows 7 booting again.

The proper way is to install XP 1st then 7.

This will also come in handy.

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
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16 Mar 2016   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:

Windows will not let you create a 4th Primary partition, it never will.
I think this is not quite correct. You can have 4 primary partitions in MBR and 250 or so in GPT. But a 5th primary in MBR will change all partitions to dynamics.
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16 Mar 2016   #5
blondie357

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

OK so I used that program to make the area I shrunk a primary partition. I then rebooted and installed XP onto it. That part went fine. I used EasyBCD to add windows 7 to the boot list. When I tried rebooting and choosing windows 7, it starts to load the logo and then reboots. I am stuck in that loop. XP will boot up fine, 7 will not. If I go into XP and look in msconfig, this is what my boot.ini looks like.


Doesn't look right does it? Please help!


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16 Mar 2016   #6
blondie357

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

If I open EasyBCD in XP, this is what it shows. Now mind you, windows 7 was on the C drive as it was the only operating system of course. Now XP is C: and 7 is on H:


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16 Mar 2016   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What do you see when you click on "Add new entry"
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16 Mar 2016   #8
blondie357

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Oh man I have this all screwed up. I tried removing the entries and starting over but this is so confusing. Is it possible at this point to just delete my XP installation and go back to just windows 7?
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16 Mar 2016   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I made this little tutorial for you:

Dual Boot - Delete a OS
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16 Mar 2016   #10
blondie357

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

So of course upon rebooting it cant find a valid OS listed so I stuck in a windows 7 disk.. trying to let it do repairs but so far afterwards it keeps going back to that boot loop.
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