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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #1749
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   #1750
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You said the disk came with another PC you ordered from Tiger Direct. Did you install it on that PC, or was it already installed and this is the Reinstallation DVD for that PC? If so it should only activate on that hardware it was originally installed upon.

Is it possible it came with the PC but wasn't used for that PC, an OEM copy which has never been activated before, e.g. did the PC come with Vista and this DVD was included to upgrade that?
When I purchased the pc from Tiger Direct, it already had Vista installed. So I would have to say that this windows 7 disc had never been installed.

Never did use it to upgrade to windows 7.

It is now installed on my other pc on the new HDD.

Is that ok if I used this disc to load on my other HDD?

John G.

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25 Apr 2012   #1751
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I've seen several posts over the past 3 years where the Windows 7 Upgrade kit DVD's - apparently Builder's OEM disks - were used on another machine. Since I don't know the exact EULA which covers those I cannot say for certain if it is lawful, but if it activates and holds activation then MS is not making an effort to block it's use or requiring it to be tied to a qualifying Vista OS. For all I know you paid a retail premium for it.

It is however now locked to this mobo and will not be able to migrate without special exception from MS Phone Activation. It could also flag as Non-Genuine at some point down the line if the key turns out to be not legit.

As to your question about AVG, it is not recommended by anyone I respect here. I would use Microsoft Security Essentials with the Windows 7 firewall kept Updated automatically.

Run a Clean Boot and Windows 7 shouldn't hang on adequate hardware: Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums. These steps will assure you have a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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25 Apr 2012   #1752
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I've seen several posts over the past 3 years where the Windows 7 Upgrade kit DVD's - apparently Builder's OEM disks - were used on another machine. Since I don't know the exact EULA which covers those I cannot say for certain if it is lawful, but if it activates and holds activation then MS is not making an effort to block it's use or requiring it to be tied to a qualifying Vista OS. For all I know you paid a retail premium for it.

It is however now locked to this mobo and will not be able to migrate without special exception from MS Phone Activation. It could also flag as Non-Genuine at some point down the line if the key turns out to be not legit.

As to your question about AVG, it is not recommended by anyone I respect here. I would use Microsoft Security Essentials with the Windows 7 firewall kept Updated automatically.

Run a Clean Boot and Windows 7 shouldn't hang on adequate hardware: Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums. These steps will assure you have a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
OK- Thanks again for all your help! I will read over the Run a clean boot articles you have posted.

One last question- Should I or do I need to get the service packs for windows 7?

Thanks again,

John G.
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26 Apr 2012   #1753
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes you need any Service Packs as they are overhauls of the OS, which like an engine overhaul become the engine itself.
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01 May 2012   #1754
buju

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows 7 Ultimate 32, win 7 starter
 
 

thank you so much , followed your instrucrtions which where very well constructed , Im now booting xp / Windows 7 on the same disk , absolutly fantastic , well done.
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06 May 2012   #1755
dhanush

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I had windows 7 OS and after following these steps i installed windows xp. But now even if I restart my PC the OS option screen isn't coming. It directly boots Windows 7. In other words win xp isn't booting. Help!!...
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06 May 2012   #1756
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dnanush, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While in Windows 7, double check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to see if you have XP listed or not, and if you have the default 30 seconds timeout period enabled (checked).
Operating System to Start - Change Display List Time
If you do not have XP listed, then you could install only EasyBCD to add XP to the boot list the same way as starting at step 8 in OPTION TWO in the this tutorial here.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 May 2012   #1757
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

Hello Greg,

I just wanted to say once again, Thanks for all your help for the pc I had installed the second HDD! It is working fine.

My problem is with my other computer that has only 1 HDD. I purchased it as an already built desktop pc. I ordered it through Tiger Direct. It is a Systemax desktop pc. I can tell you what it has inside- mo-bo is a MSI G31TMP-P21/CPU=Intel Celeron E3300 2.5GHz/RAM=rendition MEO 2GB Single Channel DDR2 PC6400 800MHz/Power Supply= ATX 250W Switching power supply-Model#SL-8270BTX/HDD=WD 250GB model#WD2500AAJS/LG super multi DVD-rom drive. I am unsure of the model # of the DVD-rom drive, but could take it out if you need it. I kind of thought that maybe the dvd drive could be having an issue of writing to the HDD, or maybe the HDD is having problems. I am not sure.

I hope that the info I have listed could be of some assistance. Sorry for the delay, I will try and stay on this pc, which is working fine, as I try and solve the issue of the broken one!

Thanks so much!

Best Regards,

John G.
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10 May 2012   #1758
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

John, let's use your other thread: Having trouble with pc - Windows 7 Forums
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12 May 2012   #1759
clarkerots

Windows 7
 
 

What do I do if I have Windows 7 installed first, a SATA drive, and no floppy disk drive?
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