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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #1729
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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25 Apr 2012   #1730
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Which OS is booting now because it's HD is set first to boot in BIOS boot order?

Try to reboot and trigger the other HD by tapping the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen. You may need to click on HD to expand choices. But some mobos don't give a choice.

In this case set Windows 7 HD first to boot, boot into Windows 7 to install EasyBCD, add XP on Add OS Entry menu, accept offered boot files, Save, reboot.
Hello gregrocker,

I appreciate you trying to help me! Please excuse my lack of knowledge about computers, as I am fairly new with loading another HDD and using windows 7. I have basic knowledge about this, but would like to learn more.

I will try and follow your suggestion here and let you know what happens. I am not sure if this will tell you anything, but when I open up my computer, it shows the following folders under Hard Disk Drives: Local Disk-(C) Local Disk-(E) System Reserved-(F) Local Disk-(G)

Here is my system information: My mo-bo is a Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3

Thanks again for your info and help!

John G.


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25 Apr 2012   #1731
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi John - Are you booted into Windows 7 or XP? What happens when you try to boot into the other OS by setting it's HD first to boot in BIOS setup?

Type Disk Management in Start Search Box. Use the Snipping tool in Start menu to capture a snip of the maximized window including listing and drive map: Screen Shots
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25 Apr 2012   #1732
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kimicg View Post
EASYBCD wont work without Framework 2.0
Hello kimicg,

I tried to install the .net framework 2.0, but it would not let me. It said to remove any other .net 2.0 stuff in add/remove programs. I tried uninstalling them, but windows xp said that I could not uninstall them. I guess I will have to try some other approach.

Thanks for wanting to help!

John G.[/QUOTE]

Strange problem you got there with EASYBCD, write exact error. I suppose new HDD is Sata, what about old drive with XP?

Of course i want to help, i was here couple days ago also with the problem, i know how frustrating can be [/QUOTE]

I'm not sure what happened when trying to install the EASYBCD. Yes, it is very frustrating when things don't go as planned. Both HDD's are SATA connected.

Here is the error message I get from EASYBCD:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-bcd.png

Thanks again!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2012   #1733
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi John - Are you booted into Windows 7 or XP? What happens when you try to boot into the other OS by setting it's HD first to boot in BIOS setup?

Type Disk Management in Start Search Box. Use the Snipping tool in Start menu to capture a snip of the maximized window including listing and drive map: Screen Shots
Hello gregrocker!

I am booted in Windows XP. I am still going to try to see if my mo-bo will let me boot up with Windows 7, as you had suggested to do in your earlier post. I have had some things to do with xp, but will try it in just a little while. Thanks again for your help!

Here is the screen shot of the disk management:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-disk-management.jpg


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25 Apr 2012   #1734
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi John - Are you booted into Windows 7 or XP? What happens when you try to boot into the other OS by setting it's HD first to boot in BIOS setup?

Type Disk Management in Start Search Box. Use the Snipping tool in Start menu to capture a snip of the maximized window including listing and drive map: Screen Shots

I was able to go into the boot first option by pressing the F12 key. I selected the boot from hard drive, and was able to get into Windows 7. I loaded the EASYBCD program from windows xp to a usb flash drive, and was able to install it onto Windows 7. I ran the program, but am unsure as to what to do with it. I don't want to mess uo anything. Can you let me know what I should do at this point?

Thanks again!

John G.
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25 Apr 2012   #1735
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi John -

I'd like to see a screenshot from Windows 7 Disk Mgmt as well. It looks like you can boot into either XP or Windows 7 via the BIOS which is the cleanest method to Dual Boot.

However only the XP HD is marked System which means that Windows 7 is booting off of the XP partition and likely cannot boot on its own without XP plugged in. So we need to double-check that Windows 7 doesn't have its own boot files by seeing it's Disk Mgmt picture.

If not we can help you recover Windows 7's boot files into its partition so that it can boot independently, then you can continue booting via the BIOS or install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP to a Windows Dual Boot menu - your choice.
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25 Apr 2012   #1736
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi John -

I'd like to see a screenshot from Windows 7 Disk Mgmt as well. It looks like you can boot into either XP or Windows 7 via the BIOS which is the cleanest method to Dual Boot.

However only the XP HD is marked System which means that Windows 7 is booting off of the XP partition and likely cannot boot on its own without XP plugged in. So we need to double-check that Windows 7 doesn't have its own boot files by seeing it's Disk Mgmt picture.

If not we can help you recover Windows 7's boot files into its partition so that it can boot independently, then you can continue booting via the BIOS or install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP to a Windows Dual Boot menu - your choice.
Hi Greg!

Sorry for the delay!

Here is the screenshot of Windows 7 Disk Management:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-windows-7-disk-management.png

Should I try and run the EASYCBD yet, or maybe I will just wait for your reply.

Thanks again for your help!

John G.


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25 Apr 2012   #1737
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I'd set Windows 7 first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then if you need to boot XP use the F12 key at boot. This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please.

If this isn't to your liking after trying it for awhile, install EasyBCD to Windows 7, on Add OS Entry tab add XP by type, name and let it autocomplete. If it offers to install Boot files to Windows 7 SysReserved partition accept and Save, then reboot to Dual Boot menu.
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25 Apr 2012   #1738
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'd set Windows 7 first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then if you need to boot XP use the F12 key at boot. This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please.

If this isn't to your liking after trying it for awhile, install EasyBCD to Windows 7, on Add OS Entry tab add XP by type, name and let it autocomplete. If it offers to install Boot files to Windows 7 SysReserved partition accept and Save, then reboot to Dual Boot menu.
It appears that the bios wants to start windows xp. The only way that I can get into windows 7 is by pressing the F12 key and choosing the Hard Drive option to get into the next window to select the appropiate drive. The drives that are listed are the HDD-Windows xp-320GB and the other is the new HDD-Windows 7-500GB. It does not list the windows operating systems, just the HDD and size of the drive.

When pressing the F12 key in the beginning, it takes me to a window that has around 8 choices. It always has Floppy checked as the main one on the top of the list. I have to go down to hard drive and select that option to bring me to the window that allows me to choose what drive to boot from. I guess in a way it is like getting the choice of which OS to boot from in the windows boot choice screen, only takes more time. No big deal.

Do you think that using the F12 key is the better way to go when choosing which OS to boot from?

If I decide to use the EASYCBD for dual boot screen, can this be reversed if I want to go back to the F12 key booting?

Thanks again! You have been very helpful!!!

John G.
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25 Apr 2012   #1739
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes you can always remove the other OS entry from the Dual Boot menu in EasyBCD Edit Boot Menu tab.

You should also be able to change the default HD set first to boot in BIOS setup. Look for the key to tap on the first boot screen to Enter BIOS Setup, then look through the menus for Boot Order, navigate using the keys shown to change the order so Windows 7 HD is set first, XP HD second. I would also try to find a listing to remove the floppy drive entirely, or physically uninstall it so it can't later interfere.

Then if you need the other HD, CD/DVD drive, or USB flash stick to boot choose it using F12.
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