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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1179
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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17 Mar 2011   #1180
dan1983

Windows 7 Family Premium 32bit
 
 

well, what I called a virtual partition is a partition that is in the same physical hard drive than another one... to make the difference with a physical partition that is in a separate hard drive.


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17 Mar 2011   #1181
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Physical partitions are also on the same HD.

It's best when installing an XP Dual Boot to use the XP CD to actually create and full format it's install partiition.

Please post up the requested screenshot of maximized full Disk Mgmt screenshot, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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19 Mar 2011   #1182
dan1983

Windows 7 Family Premium 32bit
 
 

this is my disc manager screen


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19 Mar 2011   #1183
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi again Dan -

There's nothing installed on F. What I would do is delete that Partition in Disk Management, or using the XP installation CD, then create New partition there and full format it with XP CD. See if that helps.
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19 Mar 2011   #1184
csnyder

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit pre-install
 
 
More XP Dual Boot Problems

I am attempting to add XP Pro to a Win 7 Professional pre-install on a Lenovo SL510.
I got the AHCI stuff fixed, and got the bootloader installed, but now when I try to boot to XP I get an error stating that the file \NST\ntldr could not be loaded because it is missing or corrupt. I suspect it is not where it belongs, or the bootloader is pointing to the wrong place. I'm using easyBSD 2.0.2


Status says 0x000000f
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19 Mar 2011   #1185
Paper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi, afew hours ago, I tried the tutorial to install Windows XP. It went through the installation process, but when it tried to start up, it show a blue screen. My Windows 7 came with the pc, I have the recovery disc. I tried booting into the Safe Mode with Command Prompt, but after it loads the big list, it loops back to the recovery disc options to either "Boot from disc" or "Boot from hard drive" (not exact words). Is there something I did wrong? Please help. Thanks in advance.

P.S. When it asked me where to install Windows XP, I chose my external hard drive.
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19 Mar 2011   #1186
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try unplugging the external drive and see if you can boot into 7.
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19 Mar 2011   #1187
Paper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

After unplugging the external hard drive, it shows this message:
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information"

After pressing any key, it loops back to the same message.
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19 Mar 2011   #1188
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by csnyder View Post
I am attempting to add XP Pro to a Win 7 Professional pre-install on a Lenovo SL510.
I got the AHCI stuff fixed, and got the bootloader installed, but now when I try to boot to XP I get an error stating that the file \NST\ntldr could not be loaded because it is missing or corrupt. I suspect it is not where it belongs, or the bootloader is pointing to the wrong place. I'm using easyBSD 2.0.2
Try deleting XP on the EasyBCD Edit OS tab. then add it back on Add OS tab. It should offer to install XP boot files to Windows 7, accept, it will autocomplete, Save, restart.

If this fails, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Explain how you got Windows 7 started after XP install.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paper View Post
When it asked me where to install Windows XP, I chose my external hard drive.
You cannot install an OS to an external HD unless it was plugged into a SATA or IDE port.

Try to access System Recovery Options to make sure that Windows 7 partition is marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active This can also be done with a graphical interface using free Partition Wizard bootable CD: http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

Once Windows 7 partition is marked Active, from System Recover options on F8, DVD or Repair CD run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 will start again.

If you want to install XP correctly first before starting Windows 7 back up, you can use PW CD to shrink Windows 7 partition, install XP in that space, then start Windows 7 using the steps above, install EasyBCD 2.0 to Add XP.
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19 Mar 2011   #1189
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

When you start up - you should have an option to press an F key to access the one time bios boot menu .

Try it and see what options it lists.
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