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Windows 7: Windows 7 and XP install --> only XP boots


09 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100
 
 
Windows 7 and XP install --> only XP boots

I tried to install windows 7 64bit with my XP to create a dual boot situation. However, my system will just go straight to XP without giving me an OS option. If I boot from the 7 DVD, windows 7 will boot, but that is it.

Actually after I went to XP and tried to boot from the DVD, it first went back to the 7 installation, but I chose the repair option, which put me into windows 7. Once I removed the boot from DVD option in the Bios, it went back to XP.

Any ideas?

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09 May 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

A lot of members have found install works best with 2gb ram or less.
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09 May 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Do you have more than one harddrive (not partition) in your system?
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09 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100
 
 

I am not sure why it matters, but I am game for anything. I do have 2 hard drives, but both my XP and Win 7 are on the same drive on different partitions. The 2nd drive is old and I really don't use it for anything.
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09 May 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Do you have any of these devices plugged into the system?
1. A USB HDD / ODD
2. A USB Thumb Drive
3. A USB Card Reader with media in it
4. A USB Printer with a Card Reader in it
If so, disconnect them all and see if it'll boot into Win 7
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09 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100
 
 
No USB drives.

I have no USB drives attached. The only USB devices I have attached are my Printer (w/o memory card slots, etc.), my mouse and keyboard combo and an empty usb cable that I use for my mp3 player (which isn't currently attached).

Thanks, though. Any other ideas?
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09 May 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Try reading up on this...

BCDEDIT - How to Use
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09 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100
 
 
It only sort of works

I did this following the Installation FAQs and now I get a dual boot screen "ONLY" if I boot from the DVD. If I boot from the DVD, I get both operating systems as an option. Once I go into the bios and change it back to booting from the hard drive, it just loads XP.

Weird, huh?
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09 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit version
 
 

I don't think you can have XP on the same hard drive with Widows7 something to do with the file systems are different.i think XP is NTFS and Windows 7 is same as Vista.
I have Windows7 Beta and tried to install XP on another partition and it would not let me do it with Windows 7 on same drive.
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09 May 2009   #10

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmw82 View Post
I tried to install windows 7 64bit with my XP to create a dual boot situation. However, my system will just go straight to XP without giving me an OS option. If I boot from the 7 DVD, windows 7 will boot, but that is it.

Actually after I went to XP and tried to boot from the DVD, it first went back to the 7 installation, but I chose the repair option, which put me into windows 7. Once I removed the boot from DVD option in the Bios, it went back to XP.

Any ideas?
Two options. Install from the ISO image u dl'd and burned (hopefully at 4x or below) and when finished, use an application to give you your proper boot options during the boot process. Or, just follow these instructions, they're pretty on point.

Lifehacker - How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista - How To
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