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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1609
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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27 Jan 2012   #1610
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Did you read the WARNING in Option Two?

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27 Jan 2012   #1611
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings: Screenshot with Paint
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27 Jan 2012   #1612
fsrica

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Did you read the WARNING in Option Two?
Yes, as I stated in my post, I've installed the SATA drivers from within XP and now my HDD works in native sata mode...
I do not have a RAID setup, I use a single 320Gb HDD...

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Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Screen Shots
I'm not shure what exactly do you mean since I can boot in XP only and don't have Snipping Tool, but here is a screenshot of my XP Disk Management:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-diskmanagment.jpg


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27 Jan 2012   #1613
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Your compendium seems to imply that the new partition E was created in the Unallocated Space on Disk0 but as shown it has ended up on the second HD, DIsk1.

Since you have Windows 7 on separate HD, I would move the Windows 7 System boot files to E so that it boots on its own via the BIOS boot order or one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. Hopefully you correctly booted the installer to install so that it will show as C when booted into Windows 7.

To do this, unplug all but the Windows 7 HD, swap XP data cable to Windows 7 HD or set Windows 7 HD first to boot in BIOS setup, boot into the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times until it writes the System boot files to the Active partition and Windows 7 boots on its own.

Then plug back in XP HD, boot it when needed using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. If the old Dual Boot Menu still appears, Delete the Windows 7 listing in EasyBCD 2.02 Edit OS Menu tab.

What is the 1gb Removable Device J? If it's not bootable I would remove the Active flag so it cannot interfere, and mark XP partition Active as it should already be, make sure Windows 7 partition remains marked Active.
Partition - Mark as Active
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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27 Jan 2012   #1614
fsrica

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
 
 

I'm sorry, though I explained it in my initial post, the picture I submitted my lead you wrong. I have only one HDD in my laptop (Disk 0).

The (Disk 1) is an external hard disk I used to back up my D: drive just in case (it took the E: letter when I plugged it in since I deleted partition E: which held the Windows 7 instalation which is now unallocated space on Disk 0...

The drive J: is an usb modem I use to connect to a 3G mobile network which has an micro SD card reader so it is a micro SD card and the drive H: is the same usb stick built in memory (it holds driver and connection manager setup)

I didn't notice that J: is "Active", but, it wasn't plugged in during the installation or booting the Windows 7 before (at least not every time)

It seems I can't mark partition C as Active through built in XP storage manager? How come?

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-diskmanagment.jpg

Thnx, cheers!


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27 Jan 2012   #1615
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's, externals and peripherals.

Boot the Windows 7 DVD, choose Custom Install, use Drive options to create a partition in the Unallocated Space.

If install fails, reset BIOS setup to defaults, try again.
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27 Jan 2012   #1616
fsrica

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
 
 

Thank you I'll do just that as soon as we beat Serbia in Euro Handball championship tonight . Ill post the results here. It seems I can't make C: active or remove "Active" from usb stick J: ...
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27 Jan 2012   #1617
dean42mvg

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
 
 

i am currently running windows 7 as the main OS and want to install XP as a dual boot. i've followed all the steps above but after loading the win xp files [trying to complete XP installation] and trying to re- boot into xp i get a msg that says "press any key to load from cd" ..... and it hangs there

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redeyedbass View Post
Thanks for the tutorial, great job.

BUT... Using method two, I can never actually finish the XP set up.

You know when the XP setup copies a bunch of files to the target drive and reboots (then the system should boot off the XP partition to complete the set up) ?

Well, I get the "Error loading OS" message. I fix it with the tip in the yellow section, Windows 7 boots again but the XP installation was never completed.

All I have in the partition is this WINXP folder and that's it.


EasyBCD does not recognize a Windows XP installation there, quite expectedly since the installation is not complete.

So, what am I doing wrong ?
exactly my issue, too
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27 Jan 2012   #1618
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you using XP SP3 installer?

Try setting HD first to boot in BIOS setup, use one-time BIOS boot menu key to trigger booting the CD, delete the XP partition then create a new one there, full format and install.

At exactly what step during install do you get the hang, and what appears exactly? Let it set for awhile.
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27 Jan 2012   #1619
dean42mvg

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you using XP SP3 installer?
do you mean am i trying to instal W XP SP3 version ?

XP Professional 2002 SP 3


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

Try setting HD first to boot in BIOS setup, use one-time BIOS boot menu key to trigger booting the CD, delete the XP partition then create a new one there, full format and install.
ok i can try that

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

At exactly what step during install do you get the hang, and what appears exactly? Let it set for awhile.
when i pick which partition to install XP to, full format, it loads install files & re-starts by itself.

i do nothing [as instructed, expecting installation to continue]
a black screen says "press any key to boot from CD ...."

the, nothing at all
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