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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #2079
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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4 Weeks Ago   #2080
jstnk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

the disc is readable. i can open it and read the files. i clicked on the winnt.exe file in the i386 folder and the message that a newer version of windows is already installed.

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4 Weeks Ago   #2081
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

That doesn't mean it's bootable. Did you try booting in another PC?

It must be booted, delete any partition you created for it to Create and Full Format using disk.

Do you have a UEFI BIOS?
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4 Weeks Ago   #2082
jstnk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

went with a vm as i wanted to in the beginning but not able to install xp in vm. realized i was selecting the wrong bit xp to install. works fine, deleted the partition and extended it to the C: drive. all is good. thanks kari!
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3 Weeks Ago   #2083
mcrans

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

How do I upgrade a dual boot XP/XP system to Win 7/XP without losing dual boot options?


I have a dual boot XP / XP system . I use one install for normal everyday activity, and I have a pro tools digital audio workstation set up on the other install. I keep these isolated because I disable the network adapter on my pro tools installation. I want to keep it unmolested and as unchanging as possible.

The first XP install is the normal everyday setup, the 2nd has pro tools. I'd like to upgrade the first XP install (the everyday use install) to Windows 7. I'm not sure how to do this without potentially losing my boot options and losing access to my pro tools install. Do the steps in this tutorial apply? Is Easybcd the solution to recover the boot options if they're lost? Thanks!
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3 Weeks Ago   #2084
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a Disk Mgmt Screenshot with Paint and tell us what is on each drive and which you want to replace with 7. We'll give you the steps to Clean Install Windows 7 while reconfiguring a Dual Boot with XP safely.
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3 Weeks Ago   #2085
mcrans

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply!


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3 Weeks Ago   #2086
mcrans

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

There is only one physical drive. C drive is the XP install that I want to upgrade to windows 7. The partition with no drive letter assigned (Studio XP) is the Pro Tools install that I want to keep untouched.
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3 Weeks Ago   #2087
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

OK, well C is the only partition that could boot the HD because it's Primary, but the Logical XP should nonetheless be configured correctly as a Dual Boot during install to C.

If not in Windows 7 Disk Mgmt temporarily add a Drive letter to XP, install EasyBCD to add XP on Add OS tab.

Look over these same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which compile everything that works best for installing, setup and maintaining perfect Windows 7 based on tens of thousands of installs we've actively helped with here since beta.
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3 Weeks Ago   #2088
mcrans

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Great, thank you!
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1 Week Ago   #2089
Salmon

Xp 32, Windows 7 home premium
 
 
Dual boot Xp and W7 on separate drives

First of all, thank you for a great forum and all the help I got this far just by reading the Q&As.
Still I have a few questions before I start setting up my own dual boot.

I have Xp on my old hard drive and I now want to install Windows 7 (home premium) on a new SSD as the main system drive (first in boot order).
If I install Windows 7 on the SSD with the other HDDs disconnected, Will Xp appear in my boot menu When I connect the other HDD or do I need EasyBCD? Should the Xp drive be set as slave or master ?
I would prefer not to start from the Xp drive (as in the tutorial) because I want the SSD to be independent from the old drive.
Alternatively, can I boot into Xp through the "f8/f12 bios boot"?

What happens with the drive letters? IF both boot drives see themselves as C, when and how do I assign other letters for the other drive?

Thanks in advance for answers and help
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