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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #2049
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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19 Mar 2014   #2050
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What exactly did you do which got it to work? Did anything change after that besides it quit booting into XP?

Post back another DIsk Mgmt screenshot.

Install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to delete and then add back the XP listing. Reboot in between each step.

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19 Mar 2014   #2051
ik8ozv

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What exactly did you do which got it to work? Did anything change after that besides it quit booting into XP?

Post back another DIsk Mgmt screenshot.

Install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to delete and then add back the XP listing. Reboot in between each step.
Done how you said but nothing has changed i still did not get the boot menu.
Here attached is the Disk Management screenshot.


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19 Mar 2014   #2052
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I thought you said you'd gotten it to work. If not then I'm not sure why you're asking for more suggestions when you've not completed the steps I wrote out for you in Post 2048.
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19 Mar 2014   #2053
ik8ozv

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That is what i did and i got it working,
but how i said before after a couple of rebbots the Dual Boot menu disappeared.
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19 Mar 2014   #2054
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You reinstalled XP to a Primary partition or converted the Logical partition to Primary? If the latter did you run an XP Repair Install and then reassert the Windows 7 bootloader using the method I gave you?
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20 Mar 2014   #2055
ik8ozv

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You reinstalled XP to a Primary partition or converted the Logical partition to Primary? If the latter did you run an XP Repair Install and then reassert the Windows 7 bootloader using the method I gave you?
Sorry but i got lost now.
Please can we RESTART from the beginner if
It is not a problem for you?
keep in mind that I have already restored a
Windows 7 backup made with acronis.
Thanks
Enzo
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20 Mar 2014   #2056
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

The first screenshot you posted showed XP was installed on a Logical partition. Look at the green border.



I explained to you how this can be a problem. I assumed you understood what I wrote because the next screenshot shows XP on a Primary (no green border) partition. I then asked you if you converted it to Primary or reinstalled. Now you explain that you had re-imaged to the Primary partition, am I correct? Please post back another Disk Mgmt screenshot.

Was the image created before or after you had reasserted Windows 7 boot?

When you re-imaged did XP start up at all on its own or as a Dual Boot? Did you use EasyBCD from Windows 7 to delete the XP listing and then add it back again?

It does seem strange that you could install XP and it would boot and run, but then once you add it to a Dual Boot it stalls at startup. This is why I suggested you reassert the Windows 7 bootloader by the other method which sometimes works better: Mark 7 Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times before adding XP using EasyBCD.

That is if you can not virtualize XP from Windows 7. Your version of Windows 7 includes XP Mode. Have you tried that?
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11 Apr 2014   #2057
jeanlucferre

windows 7 home premium 32 bits
 
 
Xp Win7 dualboot...Boot in BIOS on SSD Win7 drive

Hello,
on my old desktop I installed seven on a SSD drive with a previous installation of XP on a hard disk drive.
The dual boot works fine with seven by default but in the BIOS the first disk boot device must be the disk with xp.If i change the first disk boot device with the one of seven it doesn't work.
If it was possible i would like to keep the dual boot but i would like in the BIOS to boot on the SSD disk the one with seven. (this for the case if the old hard disk with XP will brek).
How can i change the first boot device in the BIOS while keeping the dualboot. Perhaps using EasyBCD i can allow the system working with the first boot on the SSD drive?
Can you explain me the operations to accomplish to reach this goal???
Thank you in advance for your answers.
Jean Luc Ferré
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11 Apr 2014   #2058
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you installed Windows 7 with XP hard drive attached, then it should have configured a Windows Dual Boot menu which is changed within either OS as follows: Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

If what you want is to change Windows 7 hard drive to boot first in BIOS, then this may require making it independently bootable so it can boot itself instead of being booted from XP as it likely now is configured. In order to help you do that now or later, we'd need to see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image to advise you of the exact steps.
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12 Apr 2014   #2059
jeanlucferre

windows 7 home premium 32 bits
 
 

Hello,
Thank you for your fast answer...
Here is in attachment the screenshot of the disk management...
My seven system is on the partition C) of a SSD device with data on the other partition SSD-données H) of the same SSD device.
My old XP system is on the partition "ancien-système D)" of a hard disk drive with data on the other partition "ancien-données F)" of the same hard disk drive.
The two others partitions E) and G) are data on another hard disk drive.
I installed seven on the SSD with XP already present on his disk.
When in the BIOS i boot (first boot device) on the XP hard disk the multiboot works fine and the seven OS begins by default.
But when in the BIOS I boot (first boot device) on the SSD drive with seven, i have a message "Bootmgr is absent...." and the system cannot start.
I tried to repair the starting procedure with my dvd rom of seven...but it's done nothing.
I would like to be able to boot in the BIOS on the SSD device (with seven) it would be more secure because the XP hard disk is old and it can break soon...and then I will have nothing.
Can you indicate me a procedure in order to get the booting in the BIOS on SSD device working well.???
Perhaps restablishing the MBR in seven disk with easyBCD???
Thank you in advance for your answers....I stay listening for more information that you will need.
I hope for your answer.
jean Luc Ferré


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