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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #1099
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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01 Feb 2011   #1100
VoLtrex31

Windows 7 x64 ultimate
 
 

And again what do you expect from me to do- i have 2 partitions - 1)Windiows7 2)My files over 200 giga..

I can not delete anything so where is the solution?


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01 Feb 2011   #1101
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

In Disk Mgmt, rightclick>delete the Logical Partition you created for XP, then rightclick again to Delete the Logical volume if it remains as shown by the green box below. Partition or Volume - Delete

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Now boot the XP CD to install, see if it detects the HD so you can create a partition in the deleted space. Be sure not to touch the other partitions!



If not create a fourth primary partition there using free Partition Wizard bootable CD following Option One here: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Try install again, if necessary insert SATA controller drivers if the HD is not detected on screen shown just above. SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

If this is too much trouble, consider virtualizing XP using XP Mode in Ultimate or Pro versions, or free Virtual Box, Virtual Machine or VMWare.


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01 Feb 2011   #1102
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VoLtrex31 View Post
And again what do you expect from me to do- i have 2 partitions - 1)Windiows7 2)My files over 200 giga..

I can not delete anything so where is the solution?
You have five partitions.

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01 Feb 2011   #1103
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You have five partitions.

Which is why he needs to delete both 4 & 5 Logical volume and partition in Disk mgmt, then create for XP fourth Primary using XP CD or free Partition Wizard bootable CD, correct?

This is only possibly the problem since XP will sometimes store boot files on first active Primary partition. But I would try the steps given first to see if slipstreaming SATA drivers can be avoided.
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01 Feb 2011   #1104
darcypa

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote:

If not create a fourth primary partition there using free Partition Wizard bootable CD following Option One here: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
I don't think a fourth primary is possible (I could be wrong but I think three is MAX for primary). That's why I created my rescue DVD's then removed the recovery partition.

Darcy
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01 Feb 2011   #1105
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darcypa View Post
Quote:

If not create a fourth primary partition there using free Partition Wizard bootable CD following Option One here: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
I don't think a fourth primary is possible (I could be wrong but I think three is MAX for primary). That's why I created my rescue DVD's then removed the recovery partition.

Darcy
Read the tutorial to see how it is done. You are allowed four Primary, but Disk Mgmt will create Logical by default as fourth partition for further expansion.

You may wish to do this is you ever run Recovery Disks, so your Recov partition remains intact since it is more stable method for running Recovery than the disks.
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01 Feb 2011   #1106
darcypa

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You have five partitions.

Which is why he needs to delete both 4 & 5 in Disk mgmt, then create the fourth Primary using XP CD or free Partition Wizard bootable CD, correct?

I believe this is only possibly the problem, since XP will sometimes store boot files on first Primary partition - though there might not be enough space on SysReserved. But it could still be the SATA driver issue, so the steps given should be tried.
From What I see here it looks like C: is the Win 7.

If V(D is not being used, delete logical partition (W) and expand (V) to include the space used by (W), then delete (V) and expand (C) to included the old (V) and (W)

The Shrink (C) by the amount of space you want for XP ( I used 80g), create a new Primary partition with the new free space.

So Basicly remove all expect for System (1) and C: (2), epxnad all into C: the shrink C by the amount you want for XP and create new primary for XP -

That should leave you with only three partitions.

Darcy


Darcypa
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01 Feb 2011   #1107
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

D has almost 200gb of data on it.

The steps are given above to delete the Logical partition and volume to create a fouth primary partition with XP CD or free PW bootable CD.

This will give XP install it's best shot without having to slipstream the SATA drivers, which may yet need to be done if you can't virtualize XP.
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01 Feb 2011   #1108
VoLtrex31

Windows 7 x64 ultimate
 
 

Ok, i have done every thing - Made a different partition 3 which is primary . (:W)
But XP is only recognize (: D) and (:C) which space is not as supposed to be. (: D) for example shows only 8 giga instead of ~300giga as supposed .. very strange..

I will try to slipstream.. but do i have to do it? have no idea..
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01 Feb 2011   #1109
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VoLtrex31 View Post
Ok, i have done every thing - Made a different partition 3 which is primary . (:W)
But XP is only recognize (: D) and (:C) which space is not as supposed to be. (: D) for example shows only 8 giga instead of ~300giga as supposed .. very strange..

I will try to slipstream.. but do i have to do it? have no idea..
Can you post a new screen shot Disk management?
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