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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #1929
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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28 Feb 2013   #1930
Rash Hyd

Windows 7 Ultimate & Windows 8
 
 
Thanks!

Thank's
Great Job Bro!
But easyBCD is Not Working in XP 32bit OS While 7 already der?
Yepy But It Works From Windows 7

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28 Feb 2013   #1931
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rash, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.

Did you do step 7 in OPTION TWO to install ".Net Framework 2.0 32-bit version" for EasyBCD to work in XP?
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13 Mar 2013   #1932
donsor

Windows XP Home Edition 32-Bit
 
 
Question Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

I'm planning on performing a dual boot installation on a PC with separate hard disk drive than the XP drive. I'm not clear on the steps to take. In Step 6 (Finish installing Windows 7), a Note states to start with Step 9. However the instuction seem to indicate I have to do Steps 7 and 8 first which conisists of installing the .Netframework 2.0 (32-bit) version and the EasyBCD. I already downloaded both programs but have not installed them. Do I go ahead and install them at this point (after Step 6)? Does install and Run mean the same thing?
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13 Mar 2013   #1933
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you're using separate HD's then always unplug the other HD during OS install, then boot your choice by setting preferred HD to boot first, using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key to boot the other.

If you don't like this arrangement you can install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP to a Dual Boot menu on the Add OS tab. This will still keep each OS independent to boot itself via the BIOS.

If you've already installed XP to the other HD with Windows 7 plugged in, then restart Windows 7 by marking it or it's 100mb System Reserved partition Active, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.
Then you can install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP which always works best.
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18 Mar 2013   #1934
lukehazard

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

hey there, i'm currently attempting a dual boot with xp from a windows 7 laptop using the very helpful tutorial i found here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

i've sucessfully created a new partition by closely following the instructions, i restarted, booted from the windows XP disc, it said "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer."

what did i do wrong?
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18 Mar 2013   #1935
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

XP is so old it likely needs the more modern SATA controller driver to see the HD:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
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18 Mar 2013   #1936
lukehazard

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

oh, shucks. well i don't have a floppy drive on the laptop, and the slipstream just looks painful. thank you for the quick reply though.
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18 Mar 2013   #1937
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If necessary to run a program I'd consider virtualizing XP in Windows 7 using freeware like XP Mode, VM Ware, Virtual Player, Virtual Box, etc.

But most XP programs can be made to run in Windows 7 using Compatibility Mode
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18 Mar 2013   #1938
lukehazard

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If necessary to run a program I'd consider virtualizing XP in Windows 7 using freeware like XP Mode, VM Ware, Virtual Player, Virtual Box, etc.

But most XP programs can be made to run in Windows 7 using Compatibility Mode
actually, that is my situation completely, i am just trying to use an old external sound card (emagics 2|6) because my headphones jack is inoperable. and i tried using the VM Ware Player, but it wouldn't take my product key for XP, and i got it right off the disc, it's legit. i then tried looking up a bunch of other product keys, must've typed out 20 of them, none of them worked so i opted to learn how to dual boot myself. now i'm starting to think it's time to start looking for sound cards, i was just hoping i could avoid losing the cash.

i might try out compatability mode or some of the other virtual hosting programs you mentioned
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18 Mar 2013   #1939
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I'd try installing the sound card software and/or driver in Compat Mode, working backward from Vista mode.
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