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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1909
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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31 Dec 2012   #1910
WindowsStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Domenico7 View Post
I was installing XP on a new Dell Latitude 6530 laptop and no matter what I did it wouldn't install. I would get a BSOD on install every time. I thought initially it might have been a driver issue, but then realized that I had somehow blanked one important detail: The SATA controller was set to AHCI in the BIOS and that is why XP wasn't able to install.

If you're trying to install XP on newer equipment, please be advised that there is a setting in the BIOS for the SATA controller that can prevent you from installing. If the SATA controller is set to AHCI it won't work. If it's set to ATA it will.

BIOS > SATA > change "AHCI" to "ATA"

I hope this helps some folks.
Or, if you are installing (fresh install) you could press the F6 and install the AHCI driver. -WS


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31 Dec 2012   #1911
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Good points, both. But you may need to slipstream the AHCI driver since most PC's today which would need the driver don't have floppy support via F6.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

But try changing to IDE mode in BIOS first.
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01 Jan 2013   #1912
jordanmak

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Can dual OS boot install on separate hdd...
- like windows 7 in one hdd, and windows xp in another hdd..

Thanks
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01 Jan 2013   #1913
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jordan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you sure can. You would follow the same steps, but just select to install it on the separate HDD instead. Be sure that you have both HDDs connected during installation.
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01 Jan 2013   #1914
jordanmak

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Jordan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you sure can. You would follow the same steps, but just select to install it on the separate HDD instead. Be sure that you have both HDDs connected during installation.
Ok..noted..thanks
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01 Jan 2013   #1915
primevyl

Windows XP and Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Even if XP is already installed on the first hdd?
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01 Jan 2013   #1916
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes. Windows 7 will configure a Dual Boot with XP on another HD or partition on same HD, when it is installed last.
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01 Jan 2013   #1917
primevyl

Windows XP and Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Brink, Gregrocker thanks this is great news
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01 Jan 2013   #1918
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Glad we could help.
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13 Jan 2013   #1919
yanniclord

Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 10 Dev. Preview x64
 
 
Blue Screen when Booting up XP Install CD

So when i boot up the Windows XP Professional CD i get to the part where is says Press F6 and F2 to do so and so and it starts loading the Drivers. Then when it says starting Windows it crashes giving me a Blue Screen. What can i do?
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