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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #2089
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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13 Jul 2014   #2090
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug the XP HD during Clean Install Windows 7 then after install plug it back in and boot it using the one-time BIO Boot Menu key. This keeps them independent.

If you don't like this arrangement then install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP to a Windows Dual Boot menu, which will keep them independent but may be an easier GUI.

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05 Aug 2014   #2091
Ratbert1009ca

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

In step 3, it is mentioned that you need to put the sata drivers on a floppy and usb doesnt work. on my and many newer systems there isnt a floppy drive. only DVD and usb. is there an alternative? or does it always fail to see the sata hd's initially, or just in some cases?
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13 Aug 2014   #2092
harleyf250

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

I have read many tutorials on this subject and this one is the best, however, as I try to install and boot from the XP cd, which is brand new, after about a minute I get the followinf message "acpi.sys file is corrupted" and the installation fails. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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13 Aug 2014   #2093
jstnk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
dual boot win 7

you probably want to discuss with more learned folks in the forum. i scrubbed the dual boot when i realized that win 8 in my laptop had the sp i need to run just one app i needed. so i installed it there. no need for an xp vm anymore. besides, i had all kinds of problems using import and export and i had to use a flash drive from host to vm and visa versa to transfer files. what a pain.
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13 Aug 2014   #2094
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ratbert1009ca View Post
In step 3, it is mentioned that you need to put the sata drivers on a floppy and usb doesnt work. on my and many newer systems there isnt a floppy drive. only DVD and usb. is there an alternative? or does it always fail to see the sata hd's initially, or just in some cases?
Since almost no floppy support exists any longer the only real options is to slipstream the SATA driver into the XP with SP3 CD, which is explained here: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

However XP is so old now that it may have other problems with newer hardware that aren't as easily resolved as we were able to do for the first five years of Windows 7. A better option now is to try installing older XP apps in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode or if that doesn't work try running it virtually with freeware like VMWare, Virtual Player, Virtual Box, XP Mode, etc.
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