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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1329
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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24 Jun 2011   #1330
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mario,

Thank you for posting back with your results and solution. It's this and what others have helped in this thread with that helps keep this tutorial updated to prevent getting and solving the most common and latest issues.

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24 Jun 2011   #1331
Wood

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) yes, but you need to do a Startup Repair on Windows 7
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

2) pull some RAM out, would be worth a try.

3) would be worth avoiding the Marvell drivers altogether

Thanks for the help Theog. It seemed a little sketchy to continue with XP, so I returned it, got Vista and installed Vista Ultimate 64 in about 20 minutes.

I don't like Vista as much as I like XP, but it will work for my purposes.

Thanks again!
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24 Jun 2011   #1332
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ShadowMario3 View Post
Just wanted to say thanks for the tutorial, Brink! I used it back in November when I needed it install XP as a Dual Boot along with the Windows 7 that was already in there.

I have an Acer Aspire 5732Z, so I couldn't (and still can't) load XP (and the boot disk) right off the bat, since I needed to change the BIOS setting from AHCI to IDE (and have to switch to AHCI for 7). After I installed XP, try as I could with VistaBootPRO, I couldn't get the Boot Manager to show up, and it was problematic since my laptop didn't come with a Windows 7 installation disk. Luckily, I just went to the Boot Menu and picked "Boot from Hard Drive", and just like that, Windows 7 was able to load. Then, I was able to use VistaBootPRO to set up the Boot Screen.
No need to play with BIOS, set to AHCI, than load the Sata controller drivers at F6

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
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24 Jun 2011   #1333
syr

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Great Tutorial

very nice tutorial...

but despite of that I would apreciate any help, because the selection of operating systems doesnt show up but the OS directly boots (OS from the drive which is on highest boot order)

I followed "Method2 : When Windows 7 is Installed First" but could just start at point 7 because I still got winXP(64) and Windows 7(64)
installed each on a separate drive far before I found this great tutorial.

In BCD (in Windows 7) I tried auto drive selection and manual selection using the CORRECT drive letter. And yes, I also always wrote it to MBR with the certain button.


But
operating systems list doesnt show up on booting.
Therefore I followed the hint before Point 7 where I booted from Windows 7-Disc with only the winXP-hdd connected. After the initial search for installed OS the list kept empty. Think that's the origin of the problem but dont know how to get it working.
Nevertheless I continued executing the commands
  • bootrec /FixMbr
  • bootrec /FixBoot
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd

Sadly that didnt change a thing.

Could please anyone give me a guess pleeeaase

on how to get the OS-selection show up?



SORRY if this questions was still asked....but this thread i really huge to get through

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24 Jun 2011   #1334
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

If you've recovered Windows 7's ability to boot itself when set first to boot in BIOS, then you may want to keep it set first and use the BIOS boot which keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please. Then when you want XP use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key:
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button

Creating the Windows-managed Dual Boot interlocks the HD's requiring major surgery to remove Windows 7 until you've recovered to it its own boot files.

Let us know which you prefer and based on the screenshot we will give you the steps.
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25 Jun 2011   #1335
syr

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 

Wow...thanks for that quick reply..

my DriveManagement looks like this:

http://filerepos.de/temp/privat/drivemgmt.PNG

232 gb -> win xp 64
1862 gb -> Windows 7 64

So you say I can set Windows 7 as first boot in bios and with the
"one-time BIOS Boot Menu key" i can tell bios to boot from xp, right?

I just googled how to do this with my MSI-board but didnt find useful information.
Board Details: http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K9N6PG...div=CPUSupport

Now I would need next steps on how to get "one-time BIOS Boot Menu key" working.


BTW: I must admit I dont really understand that (because english is not my first language):

"Creating the Windows-managed Dual Boot interlocks the HD's requiring major surgery to remove Windows 7 until you've recovered to it its own boot files."


Thanks for your kind help


EDIT: ouch...just found an answer...from you ..in this forum..so the key is F11 for MSI
I try it..


EDIT2: nice..that works....so I can let the independent drives as they are without any further software or messing around with mbr and so one...THANKS
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25 Jun 2011   #1336
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You're welcome. Let us know how you like that method.
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25 Jun 2011   #1337
ShadowMario3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 and Windows XP Professional SP3 x32 (Dual Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
No need to play with BIOS, set to AHCI, than load the Sata controller drivers at F6

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
Problem is, I'm using a laptop, which has no floppy drive, and I don't have a USB one. The problem with my laptop (Acer Aspire 5732Z-4598) is when I try to load any pre-Vista installation disk in AHCI mode, it blue screens once it's done loading the preliminary files. Also, for some reason, when I load XP in any desktop/laptop, pressing F6 doesn't work for me at all, which is somewhat annoying.

EDIT: Hmm, it seems to have worked now. I'll try slipstreaming the drivers to the installation CD. Hopefully that will work.
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25 Jun 2011   #1338
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ShadowMario3 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
No need to play with BIOS, set to AHCI, than load the Sata controller drivers at F6

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
Problem is, I'm using a laptop, which has no floppy drive, and I don't have a USB one. The problem with my laptop (Acer Aspire 5732Z-4598) is when I try to load any pre-Vista installation disk in AHCI mode, it blue screens once it's done loading the preliminary files. Also, for some reason, when I load XP in any desktop/laptop, pressing F6 doesn't work for me at all, which is somewhat annoying.

EDIT: Hmm, it seems to have worked now. I'll try slipstreaming the drivers to the installation CD. Hopefully that will work.
As i said, no need to play in the BIOS.
Reset the BIOS to default, Acer Recovery disk will work.
Than try installing Win XP.
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26 Jun 2011   #1339
ShadowMario3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 and Windows XP Professional SP3 x32 (Dual Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
As i said, no need to play in the BIOS.
Reset the BIOS to default, Acer Recovery disk will work.
Than try installing Win XP.
Eh, I tried. I left the BIOS the same as it was at first, and made slipstreamed the SATA drivers to the installation CD. Just wasn't recognized at all. Maybe Acer just doesn't have them directly for XP, since they only have one SATA driver download there...

EDIT: Scratch that. FINALLY found the correct SATA controller drivers and were able to slipstream them into the installation disk, and it doesn't blue screen anymore! Will install XP tomorrow.
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