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Windows 7: Create dual boot with XP - need to go back to Vista fir


08 Jan 2010   #1

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Create dual boot with XP - need to go back to Vista fir

I have a VAIO that came with Vista 4bit - I upgraded to Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit but now wish to create a dual boot system with XP Pro 32bit and Win 7 64bit. I have legacy software that I need to run and it wont work on a 64bit platform.

I have tried to install XP but get an 0x7b error when the installation files are being loaded and I have not found a workaround so the eimpleest thing is for me to reformat, install XP, create another partition, reinstall Vista and then upgrade Vista again to Windows 7. I have no data to save so there is no issue there.

Problem is, I have not been able to format the hard drive so I can start clean. I tried to boot from a USB floppy but it just hung. Can anyone point me to a program that will let me format the HDD?

Thanks

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08 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you booting the XP CD to install, as it will not run from a 64 bit OS? Did you preformat the XP partition; if so, delete formatting and use XP installer to format.

The installer may need an IDE storage driver to load. Here are the troubleshooting steps for this error: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103

Once you install XP, follow the further steps in Method Two here to add XP to dual boot menu:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

If none of this works, then you don't need to reinstall Vista. Just clean install Windows 7 after XP: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

But you'll likely get the same error so best to troubleshoot it now and save the Windows 7 reinstall.
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08 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Hi cspgsl
1) I can recommend GParted for formatting the partition
2) Your plan is good, except for one detail I will touch below. I recommend you check this tutorial too, it should help: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
3) You don't need to install Vista and then install 7 on top of it. You can do a clean install of Windows 7 even with an upgrade disc: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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08 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Great minds do think alike...
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08 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you booting the XP CD to install, as it will not run from a 64 bit OS? Did you preformat the XP partition; if so, delete formatting and use XP installer to format.
Tried that too

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The installer may need an IDE storage driver to load. Here are the troubleshooting steps for this error: Advanced troubleshooting for "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP
Been there without success

Quote:
Once you install XP, follow the further steps in Method Two here to add XP to dual boot menu:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
here too

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If none of this works, then you don't need to reinstall Vista. Just clean install Windows 7 after XP: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html
all I can do with 7 is another upgrade or a repair install
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08 Jan 2010   #6

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Hi cspgsl
1) I can recommend GParted for formatting the partition
2) Your plan is good, except for one detail I will touch below. I recommend you check this tutorial too, it should help: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP[3]=Installation%20and%20Setup
3) You don't need to install Vista and then install 7 on top of it. You can do a clean install of Windows 7 even with an upgrade disc: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[3]=Installation%20and%20Setup
Thanks Wally I'll give it a go with GParted
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09 Jan 2010   #7

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have now been able to install XP and now when I go to install the upgrade of Windows 7 64bit it tells me that the setup is not a valid 32bit application.

With Sony it appears that the only way to upgrade is either from the Vista installation or a 32bit upgrade from XP.

In any event, it won't autorun on boot from the DVD in spite of the setting in the BIOS

Is it possible to upgrade to the 32bit and then reinstall the 64bit version?

Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Is there a Windows 7 product key included in the Upgrade kit?

Try triggering the DVD to boot by tapping key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu.

Make sure you have set it correctly in BIOS: Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

Determine that the DVD is bootable: See if there is an ISO to extract using ImgBurn. Attachment 46648

Try writing the ISO to a flash stick instead: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

or this method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srOoGhm-jcI

If Sony has indeed not provided you with a bootable DVD, then read here about how MS is helping license holders get a 64 bit version ISO: http://gizmodo.com/5391268/microsoft...grade-problems
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09 Jan 2010   #9

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is there a Windows 7 product key included in the Upgrade kit?
Yes

Quote:
Try triggering the DVD to boot by tapping key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu.
No option is given on boot

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did that first

Quote:
Determine that the DVD is bootable: See if there is an ISO to extract using ImgBurn.
attached are images of the DVD

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Try writing the ISO to a flash stick instead: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
or this method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srOoGhm-jcI
tried to without success - couldnt make USB drive bootable - didn't try this method though and would do if I have the correct files on the DVD to do so

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If Sony has indeed not provided you with a bootable DVD, then read here about how MS is helping license holders get a 64 bit version ISO: Microsoft Fixes Windows 7 Student Edition Upgrade Problems - Windows 7 student edition - Gizmodo
I shall look at this as well

I am running Windows 7 on my own machine and working on upgrading the laptop.

I see an ISO-EN file on the DVD but when I open it it's blank. Please tell me if I indeed have the correct files on the DVD

Thanks, much


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09 Jan 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

This is the bootable Windows 7 installer, standard with no apparent add-ons:


Create dual boot with XP - need to go back to Vista fir-capture.png

The presence of the key also means you can clean install from boot once you get it to boot.

I would try making a USB key installer. Here's a newer method that is even easier: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool


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