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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1069
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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12 Jan 2011   #1070
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Strife18 View Post
K well I just went to the BIOS, I loaded the default settings and it does have Raid On as the default. Though in the description it says SATA is configured to support RAID mode (Intel Rapid Restore Technology). This page talks about it:
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology — What is Intel® Rapid Recover Technology?
It seems to be a mode to help with recovery rather than RAIDS.
However, I switched it back to the ATA setting and it went back to Windows 7 not booting. So I am having a little difficulty trying to find a way to handle that with the recovery.
Like you mentioned, it is looking unlikely that a system image would take in ATA setting if it won't boot when I switch to it.
In my last post I had mentioned that we may still be able to upgrade all our software to Windows 7, and at this point im really hoping we can do this.
1) A BIOS set to ATA will handle IDE mode only.
2) A BIOS set to SATA will handle SATA mode only.
3) A BIOS set to Raid On will handle SATA mode & RAID mode, But not IDE mode.

Therefore leave your BIOS set to default Raid On.
When you do your Dual with Windows XP, load the Sata controller drivers at F6.

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12 Jan 2011   #1071
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Excellent, thanks Ray. XP installed the first time because you enabled IDE.
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13 Jan 2011   #1072
Strife18

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well, I really appreciate all your help guys. Personally, I have learned a fair bit on the process of dual booting. But it seems like we are able to upgrade all necessary software up to Windows 7, and rather than have a griphold on an older OS with diminishing tech support, they found it better in the long run to do the switch now with these new computers.
So I have gotten rid of the XP partition and expanded to just have the one Windows 7 partition. Now to get all the programs set up and ready to go.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it
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13 Jan 2011   #1073
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Strife18 View Post
Well, I really appreciate all your help guys. Personally, I have learned a fair bit on the process of dual booting. But it seems like we are able to upgrade all necessary software up to Windows 7, and rather than have a griphold on an older OS with diminishing tech support, they found it better in the long run to do the switch now with these new computers.
So I have gotten rid of the XP partition and expanded to just have the one Windows 7 partition. Now to get all the programs set up and ready to go.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it
Thanks for posting back.
Good luck with all your upgrades.
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21 Jan 2011   #1074
uremailgoes

W7
 
 

Please help. I have hp dm4-1173CL it has Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on it. I followed all the steps and got xp pro installed on second partition of same drive. Then I installed .net 2.0 and Easybcd software, and followed the steps given. Rebooted, and dual boot works, both xp and Windows 7 work. The problem I see is that when I'm in Windows xp, it show Drive C to be the drive which belongs to Windows 7, and Windows XP is installed on partition 2, drive letter F according to DOS, (which by the way in windows 7 is defined as drive letter D). So although both systems boot, I need XP to boot up thinking that the drive letter F on which it is installed is drive C, so that if anything happens to it or data is written to it etc, it is written to XP not to my Windows 7 drive. I think what happened is that Easybsd put msdos.sys io.sys config.sys autoexec.bat ntdetct.com ntldr bootmgr on my C drive, which is here Windows 7 is installed, along with a folder named NST which has ntldr file in it also 291KB, dated 01/21/2011. so I think the screw up is when the dual boot starts, it goes to my Windows 7 partition which is partition 1, and then takes instructions from there to go to partition 2 which is where xp is to boot up. By the way, Windows 7 works fine and all the drive letters work ok, it's XP I'm concerned about. In the past, when I did dual boot, whatever drive you boot from, will somehow take the letter C, it is not happening in this case when I boot from XP. XP thinks C drive is where the Windows 7 is installed, and F is where XP files are sitting. Please tell me what I need to do. Thank you.
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21 Jan 2011   #1075
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you boot the XP installer to do the install?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt Drive map using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Label the drives so we know what's on which.

Did you consider running XP Mode in Ultimate, as its a lot less messy option and works quite well according to reports.
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23 Jan 2011   #1076
fmorto

Windows 7 - 64
 
 
Dual Boot Xp and Windows 7 on individual Hard Drives

My computer has Xp on it and I installed another HDD on which I installed Windows 7 Home premium. I now have the opoerating systems on separate HDDs. I have already installed both and they work fine other than having to enter the BIOS to change which drive/OS I boot.

How do I get the "Boot to" selection option to come up.

I have both original install disks.

Sorry if I missed this but I have searched the forums, I see instructions for a fresh install but none on this.
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23 Jan 2011   #1077
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The simplest way is to boot into windows 7 HD.

Install Easybcd 2.0.

Ad XP entry.

That's it.

Then Always boot via the windows 7 HD.
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26 Jan 2011   #1078
uremailgoes

W7
 
 
Dual Boot Giving Wrong Drive Letter in XP

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by uremailgoes View Post
Please help. I have hp dm4-1173CL it has Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on it. I followed all the steps and got xp pro installed on second partition of same drive. Then I installed .net 2.0 and Easybcd software, and followed the steps given. Rebooted, and dual boot works, both xp and Windows 7 work. The problem I see is that when I'm in Windows xp, it show Drive C to be the drive which belongs to Windows 7, and Windows XP is installed on partition 2, drive letter F according to DOS, (which by the way in windows 7 is defined as drive letter D). So although both systems boot, I need XP to boot up thinking that the drive letter F on which it is installed is drive C, so that if anything happens to it or data is written to it etc, it is written to XP not to my Windows 7 drive. I think what happened is that Easybsd put msdos.sys io.sys config.sys autoexec.bat ntdetct.com ntldr bootmgr on my C drive, which is here Windows 7 is installed, along with a folder named NST which has ntldr file in it also 291KB, dated 01/21/2011. so I think the screw up is when the dual boot starts, it goes to my Windows 7 partition which is partition 1, and then takes instructions from there to go to partition 2 which is where xp is to boot up. By the way, Windows 7 works fine and all the drive letters work ok, it's XP I'm concerned about. In the past, when I did dual boot, whatever drive you boot from, will somehow take the letter C, it is not happening in this case when I boot from XP. XP thinks C drive is where the Windows 7 is installed, and F is where XP files are sitting. Please tell me what I need to do. Thank you.
here are the screen shots, as you can see in Windows 7 all drive letters are fine Windows 7 is on C drive, XP on D, L (Library) is another partition where I store docs, E (HPTOOLS) was there when I bought the laptop, last partition is a partition created by Acronis Secure Zone. and everything works fine. By the way, the laptop came with Windows 7 preinstalled, I upgraded to Ultimate version only.

Then I followed all the procedure given here to create the D Drive 3GB, booted from XP pro cd and installed XP. XP installed itself on what it calls F drive. It boots fine. Where I need help is that when I boot into XP, I want it to be think its on C drive and think Windows 7 is on F if you want to call it. It is not swapping the letter. As you can see in second snapshot taken in XP, the Windows 7 partition is called C, XP is called F. That is crazy. I've also attched easybcd snapshot. Please tell me how to fix this. And if you want to shed some light on why xp installed it the way it did. Thanks

And yes, I do know that you can have xp within windows, but the reason why i put xp on a seperate partition totally is because sometime I download softwares from the net, and symantec security will usually delete those file, not let me open them because it suspects malware, virus or whatever. So I need a seperate partition, where I can go open the files without symantec, get password etc, try it out and if I like it come back to Windows 7 and install it but now I have the password or crack or serial etc. Speaking of which, does anyone know, if I was to open the downloaded software in XP within the Windows 7 enviornment, and not install symantec there, and if i was to open a file and it does have virus or something, does it get copied to my Windows 7 enviornment or no? My goal is to keep Windows 7 safe.
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27 Jan 2011   #1079
EverWin

Windows 7
 
 

@uremailgoes

it can be done but its seriously time-consuming & risky. First you need to get some winpe bootable in case to transfer boot files & also when something goes wrong.

Wait lets assume you have not got Winpe but you got Windows XP bootable. Mark Windows XP drive ie,. D drive as Active partition (in Windows 7) also move hidden system files such as boot.ini, ntdetect.com & ntdlr to Windows XP drive D: from Windows 7 drive C:.

Once done reboot PC into Windows XP bootable by pressing 'r' in recovery conscol, type this command fixmbr & fixboot. restart PC it should start PC in Windows XP. in case something went wrong you may have to "repair" Windows XP (no need to format). This method will set Windows XP drive to (C:\>)

afterwords move hidden "boot" folder & bootmgr file to Windows XP drive (C from within Windows XP

(Note: boot folder & bootmgr are windows 7 system boot loaders it should be in primary active drive)

Fix windows 7 using bootable Windows 7 media & then use EasyBCD to fix dualboot.

Before proceeding to this Method get it approved from the Experts eg,. SIW2/ theog or Brink
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