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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #1039
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


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18 Dec 2010   #1040
Zinic

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Zinic,

If XP was finished installing when this happens at the restart point, then you might see if using the suggestion in the yellow TIP box under step 6 in METHOD TWO may be able to help with this.
Yes, I have tried that. When I went to test it out, it booted straight to Windows 7. I tried using the repair option from the XP CD, but it didn't show the correct drive letter that I installed XP into. It even asked for a password that I don't know what it is. I tried "Admin"...

I wonder what could be the problem? I do have a guess however. In the yellow TIP box under step 6 in METHOD TWO it says to use EasyBCD in Windows 7. In part 10 it says to dot "Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR". If I am in Windows 7, shouldn't I dot Windows XP bootloader instead?

Thanks for your help Shawn. You helped me earlier when windows 7 first came out and I wanted to do a clean install of it. BTW, my name is Shawn too .

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20 Dec 2010   #1041
ARG

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Windows XP Pro SP3 Dual Boot
 
 

excuse me , i already follow the step one the first page , but why i didn't get the OS selection before boot up ?
i got windows 7 installed first , and i already install easyBCD and follow the steps , but it still not working
i always boot to windows 7 without have any selection screen
any suggestion ?
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20 Dec 2010   #1042
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Try installing EasyBCD 2.0 to add XP on the Add OS tab. Welcome to EasyBCD 2.0! — The NeoSmart Files Accept boot files, autocompletes, Save, Restart.

If this fails, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and EasyBCD 2.0 listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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20 Dec 2010   #1043
ARG

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Windows XP Pro SP3 Dual Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try installing EasyBCD 2.0 to add XP on the Add OS tab. Welcome to EasyBCD 2.0! — The NeoSmart Files Accept boot files, autocompletes, Save, Restart.

If this fails, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and EasyBCD 2.0 listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
i got it dude.
thanks in advance
now i can dual boot in my netbook
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22 Dec 2010   #1044
natcret

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Hi all,

Just joined the forums and I am glad a friend referred me to the site. I am a brand new Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) user having received a new system for Christmas. I have read and printed the tutorial regarding dual-boot. However, before I get started on this new adventure, I have just a couple of questions:

1. My old system uses Windows XP (SP3) and is still working like a champ. Can I remove my old XP formatted drive that already has XP on it, place in my new computer case, and then be able to run the dual-boot scenario?

2. My harder question relates to dual-boot versus the XP-Mode and I realize from reading through the forums that there are mixed opinions. However, what is the advantage of running a dual-boot scenario over the Windows 7 XP-Mode or Virtual PC mode (are they the same?)? I really don't run a lot of games so I have no concerns from that point. However, I have XP software that I must use for work.

I guess the long and short is that I don't want to spend $$$ for a KVM switch to support a dual-monitor setup between both computers, if I am able to get up and running under a dual-boot or XP mode scenario.

Happy holidays.
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22 Dec 2010   #1045
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Natcret, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Q1) Sorry, but no. It would not run well if at all since it was installed on a system with a different motherboard that uses different drivers. You would have to reinstall it on a new/different system instead.

Q2) This one really depends on your needs. For the situation you described, you might try out XP Mode to see if it may meet your needs before attempting a dual boot. This way you could run a virtual XP and your XP apps from within Windows 7, and be able to easily work withing both OS's at the same time without having to restart the computer to use the other. If it doesn't workout, then you could always just uninstall it, and proceed to setup a dual boot as in this tutorial.

Hope this helps some, and happy holidays.

Shawn
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23 Dec 2010   #1046
natcret

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks Brink. Will try the XP Mode first and see what happens.
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23 Dec 2010   #1047
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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27 Dec 2010   #1048
bodeg

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Removing the 1st hard drive before starting the installation?

Great tutorial!

I have win-7x64 installed on my dell m6500, and I want to make it a dual boot machine Windows 7 and XP.

I have 2 hard disks installed, and I want to install the XP on the second disk.
Can I remove the first hard drive (the one with win-7) before starting the XP installation in order to reduce the risk of confusion. and then return it. I assume them I will boot into Win-7, where I can install and configure the EasyBCD.

Is that a good practice?
Thanks, alon.
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27 Dec 2010   #1049
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes.
You can configure the primary bootup drive in the BIOS, either the drive that XP is on or Windows 7 drive. That way you won't have to configure anything with a third party app.
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