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Windows 7: Headless machine with min. triple OS

18 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Headless machine with min. triple OS


I wanted to setup a headless Atom PC for testing WLAN EAP-TLS connection.
OSes: XP, Windows 7, SuSE 11.2 64 bit, Ubuntu 10.04 32 bit, SuSE 9.3 (maybe other Linuxes).

I want to boot with GRUB (or GRUB2) all of them without any user interventions because of I connected to the machine over network (RDesktop or VNC).

How can I install XP and W 7?
Now sda1 - XP; sda2 - W 7; sda4 - Extended; sda5 - swap; sda6 - SuSE 11; sda7 - Ubuntu; etc.
I can boot XP and SuSE now. I can't boot W 7 (and Ubuntu, but it is not a problem now)

When I installed the OSes in the very first time Xp was the first, 2nd W 7 and after them the Linuxes. Everything went well except booting XP. (because the 2nd boot menu with Windows 7 and XP items) I know there is a Special button on the Properties (?) window where I can choose which Win will be choosen default but it is empty!!!
EasyBCD isn't working, too. It is running under Windows 7 but not under XP. I got an access violation window. Under Windows 7 almost all empty or greyed.

Now I reinstalled XP because I wanted the boot files reside on the same drive as the OS and W 7 not accept this theory? When I was able to boot every OS Windows 7 boot files was put on the first partition (sda1 - XP) and nothing on the W 7's partition.

How can I solve this problem? Is that solvable?


My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


This is a Windows 7 forum so you may get better help booting all your OS's using GRUB2 in a Linux forum.

Here are some resources which might help:

Where to install ubuntu in my system?
Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional

OK, I know it is Windows 7 forum.
So the question again in different form:

How can I install XP and W 7 on the same drive without W 7 puts its boot files on XP's drive?
I want an absolute alone XP and W 7 on their partitions. Maybe in that situation I can use different boot manager.

So I don't want dual boot Windows (because my task is not 2xdualboot, it is a real triple boot).

Question 2:
How can I start now my W 7 system which is sitting silently on my 2nd partition.

If GRUB is not part of this forum what do you advice me for booting min. 3 OS without monitor, keyboard and mouse over the network?

My System SpecsSystem Spec


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