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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #49
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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27 Jun 2009   #50
GLADoS

Windows 7 build 7100
 
 

that does help, but if the unallocated volume is currently to the left, is there a was to move it to the right?

thanks

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27 Jun 2009   #51
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, but the method depends on your current partition set up.

You would also need to use a 3rd party partition manager - there are good free ones easily available.

Need to see the screenshot
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27 Jun 2009   #52
GLADoS

Windows 7 build 7100
 
 

Heres the shot:


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2009   #53
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That looks like it will be fine.

You can use the free GParted - d/l the .iso, burn it to cd - boot the cd and incorporate the unallocated space into XP partition.

SourceForge.net: GParted: Files

GParted -- Download

You have to click the Apply button in GParted for it to actually do the changes you have asked it to do.

It will probably take a while.




Do not do anything to the C partition.
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28 Jun 2009   #54
GLADoS

Windows 7 build 7100
 
 

Alright thanks!

one last thing :P what are some potential risks of changing the Letter's of the hardrives. I want to make the XP partition into drive C: and before I do that, this would be great to know

thanks a bunch
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02 Jul 2009   #55
retiredat44

WinXP
 
 

A couple weeks back my dual boot system went bad. I have had WinXP on my computer for many years. I then decided to try Windows 7 RC. I took another hard drive, and made a fresh install of Windows 7 and installed it as Hard Drive #2.

After a few weeks of successful dual booting (using either WinXP or Windows 7 by selecting which one I wanted to use upon booting the computer), the computer though a tantrum and the Boot Loader got corrupted during a dual boot load of WinXP.

Long story short, I finally got it running again, I took my WinXP disc and loaded it over my original install. Yes, I know you can get into boot load files and check the code and chage it, if need be, but I chose just to rewrite and re-install WinXP over gain, no harm done to any of my other files, it worked fine.

I have no idea how the boot loader got screwed so bad. I have since retired the Windows 7 Hard Drive. But, I will probably buy Windows 7 when it comes out, right now I am low on funds, so I may not be able to take advantage of pre-order prices. I have done upgrade Windows version int he past but was always much happier if I just bought the full version. Besides, if you just buy the upgrade, then you nee dot keep the other version, and cannot sell it, because it will be needed for installs and re-installs for the upgrade version. I want Windows 7 because I want higher performance in my games and sims I fly.
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06 Jul 2009   #56
PROpane

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit, Windows XP SP3 Professional 32-Bit
 
 

Wanna ask one thing.
Is it possible to make Windows XP use the programs that are currently installed in Windows 7?
And if possible to import the settings from 7 to XP.

PROpane
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06 Jul 2009   #57
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello PROpane, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not that I'm aware of.

Sorry,
Shawn
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07 Jul 2009   #58
PROpane

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit, Windows XP SP3 Professional 32-Bit
 
 

Thanks for the welcome and help.
Even if it didn't help. Well I'll just rewrite some of them.
Because Photoshop doesn't even care what Windows you're using is dual-boot compatible. Works with both, without the need to reinstall.
Also music, video players usually work as well.
And don't you think I could copy the content from regedit\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software to the new XP installation and see if the programs would recreate the other content?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jul 2009   #59
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

PROpane,

Usually you will need to reinstall the program since files could be installed all over the system, making it hard or impossible to copy over to a different OS. The settings are not always stored in the same location for programs as well. You can try that to see of it may transfer, but I would recommend backing up XP in case it had adverse effects.
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