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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1519
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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03 Oct 2011   #1520
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dominic Warden View Post
is that the only way? because i really dont want to factory reset my computer

You could create a new thread with the details about this in the Installation & Setup forum area to try and get it converted back to basic without having to do a factory restore if you are still able to, but it's the only way that I know of when you converted your system drive to dynamic like that.

Maybe someone may know a way to be able to.


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03 Oct 2011   #1521
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

thanks for your help.
how do i create a new thread?
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03 Oct 2011   #1522
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Here you go: Windows 7 Forums - FAQ: Board FAQ
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03 Oct 2011   #1523
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

thanks so much for your help but i have found a way for vista to recognize my S: drive now.
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03 Oct 2011   #1524
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Dominic. What method did you use for it to find it?
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03 Oct 2011   #1525
Gomer

Win7 Home Prem. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Hi Gomer
Win XP SP2 is good enough for now until it is installed.
You can download Intel drivers from here:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...onal*&lang=eng
Ray? This file I downloaded is a zip file. Do I unzip it and insert all files or just some?
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-driver-zip.jpg


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04 Oct 2011   #1526
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gomer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Hi Gomer
Win XP SP2 is good enough for now until it is installed.
You can download Intel drivers from here:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...onal*&lang=eng
Ray? This file I downloaded is a zip file. Do I unzip it and insert all files or just some?
Attachment 177822
Unzip & insert all.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Take a look at step 11.(option Multple Drivers)



Choose both setup inf files.

Choose all drivers.

Choose all sata controllers.



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04 Oct 2011   #1527
Dominic Warden

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

i used the command prompt to make it recognize dynamic hard drives.

my Vista installation says cannot install required files. what could i do to fix this problem.

thanks

this dual boot thing isn't working for me so is there a way i can make windows 7 look and act like windows xp?
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06 Oct 2011   #1528
warrickroy

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for this really nice detailed guide. I am in the process of getting a dual boot (forced by circumstances of my curiosity/stupidity) which led me to the point that I have a Win 7 (SATA) and a Win XP (ATA) on 2 separate hard drives in my computer.

I followed method 2 since I had a Win 7 before I reinstalled my old XP. I am at the point where I have Win XP booting up and I have also changed the BCD using EasyBCD. However, when I reboot, I still come back to Win XP without getting the options to choose between the 2 systems.

I made some testing and changed the hard drive boot sequence in the BIOS, making the hard drive of Win 7 load first.. However, I get the "Error loading Operating System" message and cannot push through booting or even getting the boot options of a command prompt or the other options like safe mode.. I go back to booting the Win XP hard drive, but I only boot back to Win XP without boot options for Win 7 and Win XP

I suspect that I am making a mistake in the boot sequence in the BIOS. Should I prioritize the Win XP drive or the Win 7 drive in the boot listing? And should I reinstall Win 7 at this point to get it fixed?

Some more information on my setup too. When I am in Win XP, Win XP is my Drive c, The hard drive of Win 7 is in Drive E, and I have another Drive D where the boot folder is kept.

I hope you could give me some advice on how I can move this forward and fix my dilemma. Thanks
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06 Oct 2011   #1529
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Best method when you have separate HD's is to boot via the BIOS Boot Order or BIOS boot menu F-key at boot. This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please whereas config'ing a Windows Dual Boot interlocks them requiring surgery to remove one later.

However if you've already used EasyBCD to add Windows 7 from XP, then you need the XP HD set first to boot for it to work correctly. Try that now. If it works and you want to change to BIOS-based Dual Boot then we can help you change it. If it doesn't we need the screenshot anyway.

To help you do this, or if you prefer press on to get a Windows Dual Boot, please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings - using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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