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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #1859
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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08 Sep 2012   #1860
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by primevyl View Post
Thanks Brink!
You're welcome.

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09 Sep 2012   #1861
nashra555

Windows 7 x86, Windows XP prof X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Install XP to its partition so that it boots and runs correctly.

Then repair Windows 7 by marking it's 100mb System Reserved partition Active to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Now install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP on the Add OS Entry tab, accept offered boot files, let it autocomplete, reboot to OS menu.
Thank you gregrocker,

Let me try this one and I will come back.
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20 Sep 2012   #1862
primevyl

Windows XP and Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

for some reason i thought this would be much simpler...ha
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05 Oct 2012   #1863
vahelduvool

Windows 7 x86, Windows XP x86
 
 

Hello!
I did the multi boot like the guide said. Its working fine but there is some thing about the 100MB drive. I want to disable it in XP, because one my working programs that I want to install is installing there. I changed the install location but no chage. It will use like C to primary drive, but it isn´t in XP. So some ideas, to disable or change C drive in this pic?
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05 Oct 2012   #1864
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, in both OS's Disk Mgmt you should remove the drive letter from System Rserved so that nothing can write to it. Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

It already shows something has written to it enough it might interfere with saving a Windows 7 backup image. If you'll unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View to take a screenshot of the file contents, we can try to spot what it is so you can safely delete it. You'll need to do this before deleting the drive letter.
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06 Oct 2012   #1865
vahelduvool

Windows 7 x86, Windows XP x86
 
 

The program what I installed did not deleted it files on C (in xp). Now I have deleted then and free space is 74MB. Ok inside of C drive:
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06 Oct 2012   #1866
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

74 mb is fine to enable Windows 7 backup imaging to create it's System Volume file there when creating a Windows 7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

You can now hide the System Reserved drive letter in both XP and Windows 7 as it should be by default.
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15 Oct 2012   #1867
Sibo

Windows 7 Ultimate x 64
 
 

What do I do if I do not have a win 7 installation disk to repair between 6 and 7. If I had it I would install XP first. BTW when slipstreaming I found that one must use a xp system to slipstream an xp install disc. Many people used Win 7 and found that their product key wouldn't work.
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15 Oct 2012   #1868
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

System Repair Disc - Create

How would a Repair CD help you install XP first? You'd need a Windows 7 installer which can also be used for Repairs and is available at Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River « My Digital Life

I've not heard of the slipstream issue with activation. I don't know how Windows 7 would affect a slipstreamed XP CD's eventual activation.
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15 Oct 2012   #1869
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
System Repair Disc - Create

How would a Repair CD help you install XP first? You'd need a Windows 7 installer which can also be used for Repairs and is available at Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River « My Digital Life

I've not heard of the slipstream issue with activation. I don't know how Windows 7 would affect a slipstreamed XP CD's eventual activation.
+1 I have slipstreamed XP on my Windows 7 machine without issue, I too do not know how this is a problem.
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