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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1699
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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14 Apr 2012   #1700
srashid

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Where did you get the XP CD? Is it SP3? You'd do best to find an XP CD for your version with SP3, making sure it's correctly OEM- or retail-specific. Then boot it to see if you get the correct install screens as shown.
I'm using the same disk I used for the previous Vista/XP dual boot set up (XP with SP2). Both the Vista/XP and the current Windows 7/XP are on Dell laptops, and the XP was purchased from a retail office supply chain.

I'm wondering if there is a file, or files, still lingering from the initial time I inserted the disk and tried to install XP while the systen was up and running, before I found the correct procedure on this forum (it's been a few years since I did the Vista/XP set up, and I did not remember the procedure perfectly). That install failed because a newer version of Windows was alrready installed, according to the error message. But I wonder if the computer still thinks it's in the middle of an incomplete install and goes right to the installation process without the initial set of screens.

Thanks for the assistance.

- Steve R.

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14 Apr 2012   #1701
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

To check this delete the XP partition in 7 Disk Management, boot the XP CD to see if you can now create and format a partition.

If not then I would track down an XP installer with SP3 as this solves problems we've come across similar to this here earlier.
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16 Apr 2012   #1702
river251

reephee was
 
 

Thanks for this great site which has helped my get dual booted before. This time I'm stuck where it says:

If you have a SATA drive, then you will need to do either one of these options to load the SATA drivers for XP for your specific motherboard.
How to Slipstream SATA drivers into Windows XP setup CD with Dual Boot of Windows 7 or Vista

I can't get the SATA drivers for XP. I tried Seagate but they said they don't provide drivers because it's already in the install CD and operating system and bios. They said if I can see the drives in bios (I can) then I don't need to install them.

Can I skip creating the xp install cd with the drivers by slipstreaming them together, and just proceed with the normal XP install disk?

Thanks again
Jim
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16 Apr 2012   #1703
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Sure I would try the XP with SP3 CD first to see if it has drivers for your SATA controller (not HD). If it errors please post back exact error message or code and when/what happens.

If it fails it's likely you'll need the XP SATA controller drivers for your computer or mobo make. These are a component of your chipset which if necessary can be extracted to locate the correct one(s).
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17 Apr 2012   #1704
srashid

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

I've eliminated and re-established the E: partition, although I am only able to make it a "logical drive" and not a "primary partition" in the Windows Disk Management utility (I was able to make it a primary partition using third party software, but that didn't seem to make a difference).

I have looked for Windows XP/SP3 on the internet, but I could only find the SP2 version. The fact that I'm not getting the "Install/Repair/Uninstall" option or the license agreement (and we all know how into licence agreement Microsoft is) makes me think there's something on the C: drive akin to a partial install that I need to eliminate, if I could find it.

- Steve R.
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17 Apr 2012   #1705
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Screen Shots
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17 Apr 2012   #1706
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
Thanks for this great site which has helped my get dual booted before. This time I'm stuck where it says:

If you have a SATA drive, then you will need to do either one of these options to load the SATA drivers for XP for your specific motherboard.
How to Slipstream SATA drivers into Windows XP setup CD with Dual Boot of Windows 7 or Vista

I can't get the SATA drivers for XP. I tried Seagate but they said they don't provide drivers because it's already in the install CD and operating system and bios. They said if I can see the drives in bios (I can) then I don't need to install them.

Can I skip creating the xp install cd with the drivers by slipstreaming them together, and just proceed with the normal XP install disk?

Thanks again
Jim
Hi river251
You need the XP Drivers for your SATA controller on the Mobo, not your HD drive drivers.
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17 Apr 2012   #1707
srashid

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

Here are the windows for the Disk Management utility and EaseUS partition tool (which I used to convert the E: drive from a logical drive to a primary partition) (see attached files).

The last time I set up a dual boot system, I used EaseUS partition tool for the entire job and had no problem even though the XP drive is still a logical drive.

Thanks for all your assistance.

- Steve R.


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Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-disk-mgmt.jpg   Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-easeus.jpg  
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17 Apr 2012   #1708
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It should work with those partitions if XP has the SATA driver. I'd prefer to delete and Full Format the XP partition with the XP CD.
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18 Apr 2012   #1709
river251

reephee was
 
 

Theod and gregrocker:
Thanks. I see I need the SATA driver, not the SATA HD drivers.
Wouldn't the XP install CD have them?
Or, can you tell me where to get them?

Thanks,
Jim
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