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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #1559
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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28 Oct 2011   #1560
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tzar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While in Windows 7, the tutorial below should be able to help you set the default OS to run at startup to be XP.

Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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28 Oct 2011   #1561
Tzar

XP and Win7
 
 

Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2011   #1562
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Tzar.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #1563
Staffy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi,

I've read through the posts (well, quickly that is!) and wondered if someone can confirm my understanding and to answer some questions.

I got 2 hard drives which I want to install XP and Win 7. I want to dual boot into them but most importantly, I want them to be completely independent of each other and in effect one can't see the other as an OS.

From what I read, the cleanest method to keep each OS completely separate and independent of each other is to install each OS on a separate hard drive. However, each install must be done with only one hard drive connected at a time. So, XP is installed with the Win 7 drive disconnected. This is followed by the Win 7 install with the XP drive disconnected. When both OS have been installed on their separate hard drives, connect both up and power on the PC. I then need to use the one time Boot menu to select which drive to boot into. If this is not done, the default drive as selected in the Bios is booted into. There is no need to use Easy BCD.

Do I still need to worry about the registry update as mentioned in the guide - the one where XP deletes the restore points on Win 7?

I also read about slipstream Sata drives and .Net Framwork being mentioned. Does this also need to be done? My XP drive is IDE and my Win 7 is Sata.

Using the method above, will each OS see the other as purely a normal partition and therefore not interfere with the other at all?

Is there anything else that needs to be done to keep each OS completely independent and separate from each other or is this all that is needed to be done?

Within each hard drive, I'll also be creating partitions. These partitions will contain data files like Word, Excel, text files, jpegs, mpegs etc. Can XP open Win 7 data files (and vice versa) without affecting the file that's been opened? For example, if I open a jpeg or a video file placed by XP and then boot into Win 7 and open the same files, could I corrupt the XP files (and vice versa)? I'm just wondering if each OS might update hidden attributes in a different way or indeed if I edit files, the edit is saved in a different way.

Thanks in advance!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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12 Nov 2011   #1564
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi Staffy -

No you dont' need to worry about any interference when you boot independently, which procedure and benefits you seem to understand just fine.

It's entirely possible XP will see the IDE drive especially if it has SP3. If not slipstream the drivers into XP ISO if you don't have a floppy drive to insert them at F6 prompt.

As long as the programs you use to edit mutual files are compatible with the OS then you should have no problems editing files in either OS. You can even make one data partition to share files with both OS's.

Most important is to get a perfect install of each OS, by adapting these tips for Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows 7

The drives will relate to each other as data drives only. The boot files will remain on each OS instead of one updating the other which is how interference can happen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #1565
Staffy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi gregrocker,

Thanks very much for your quick reply

My XP (SP3) is actually on my IDE drive and works fine so does this means I don't need to worry about slipstream drivers I've read about? Howabout the .Net Framework updates that other people have mentioned? My Win 7 install will be on the Sata drive.

Indeed, I will have a couple of partitions to share files between the 2 OS so its good to know that the files can be shared without corruption

Also thanks for the link. I'll take a proper read later but I didn't realise there was extra consideration for installing Win 7. Glad you pointed this out.

Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #1566
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you already have XP installed then there are no worries, and then only to provide SATA drives for SATA HD if installing it fresh.

Net Framework 2 is needed only to use EasyBCD to knit the two OS"s together into a Windows-managed Dual Boot which you've wisely decided against, since they interlock the HD's making one harder to remove without surgery.

Windows 7 goes in easily enough without the steps I gave but they are to get it perfect, based on thousands of installs done here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #1567
Staffy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Nice one. Thanks for your help gregrocker! I read your advice to other people about installing the OS on 2 separate drives and then dual boot via the one time boot menu. It sounded like the best way for me and decided to go with your suggestion I just need to find the time now to do it!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2011   #1568
insomnia982

Mac OS X LION 10.7.2
 
 
Dual boot to many drives PROBLEM

I've got dual booted Win 7 and Win XP but I've got 4 instead of 2 drive partitions. How is it possible that I have "System reserverd" partition shown and declared as "C" and one partition which can't be accessed. This happen when Win XP loads. The C is System reserved, D is Win 7, E is Win XP, and F can't be accessed.

In Win 7 C is Win 7, E can't be accessed, F is Win XP and G is System reserved


Could someone tell me what happend? Iv'got many experiance and working on Hackintosh development but this is little crazy situation.

And when installing XP, then Win 7, everithing works like a charm.

Thank you in advance!

Cheers
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2011   #1569
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk management drive map and listings showing all columns, using the SNipping TOol in Start Menu. We can help you sort what's happened.

When installing in order of age, the newer OS correctly configures a Dual Boot, whereas XP when installed last doesn't know what it's doing with the newer OS, steals the boot requiring adding Windows 7 with EasyBCD, or starting Windows 7 to add XP easier.

SysReserved should NOT have a drive letter in Windows 7. Other than that is your problem that XP is not Seen from Windows 7? This might be solved by installing EasyBCD to 7, deleting the XP entry then Adding it back again, since Easy works better from Windows 7 and won't allow XP to letter SysReserved if XP is not already corrupted somehow.

But let us see the picture first.
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