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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #619
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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21 Feb 2010   #620
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ItNoWorkie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I found this link for your RAID drivers for your DP55WG motherboard below:

RAID: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver for Intel Desktop Boards

You can download the correct driver ZIP file, and extract the files from ZIP to a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will act like a floppy drive at boot if you have your BIOS settings set to allow booting from a USB device. You should be able to select the USB flash drive if you have the option to load your RAID drivers during installation.

Hey Brink, I loaded the 32Bit SATA RAID Drivers onto the root directory of a USB thumb drive, Set the bios to boot to USB 1st, then optical, Started the system, it tried to boot to USB and didnt, which is fine I guess, then it booted to the XP bootable install disk CD, I hit F6, It gave me the option to select "s" to install the SATA Raid drivers, I hit "S" and got this:

"Setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load the OEM drivers from floppy disk:

* Press ESC to cancel loading OEM drivers.
* Press F3 to quit setup"

Brink, I have no floppy drive, how do I get the xp install disk or process to look for the USB drive during F6? or other option so I can load prior to installing XP? I get BSOD if I press the "ESC" option and continue with setup.
From earlier posts, Bios is set to SATA=RAID an you gave me the intel link to the drivers. (thx. for that)

Thanks for your time,
ItNoWorkie.
You will need a floppy drive.

32-bit Floppy Configuration Utility

64-bit Floppy Configuration Utility

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23 Feb 2010   #621
vargis

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I have a new pc with windows 7 pro 64 bit.

Followed the instructions for 'method two'. Got as far as step 6 ('finish installing xp').

The xp installer was copying files. It was taking a while, so I left the room. When I came back, it was on a black screen with white text saying:
Loading operating system...

A disk read error occurred

Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart
Every time I restarted, I got the same error message. So, I restored my windows 7 system partition with Acronis True Image. The first time I restored, I used an option in Acronis to just restore the MBR for the disk (and not restore the whole partition). After this I got the same error message. Then I tried restoring the whole partition. Now I'm booting Windows 7 fine again.

Is anyone familiar with this scenario? Should I try installing windows xp from scratch again? Or is there something else I can try from here?

Thanks,
Michael
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23 Feb 2010   #622
Goranbm

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Hello, first i am sorry fo my not so good english. i followed this tutorial, and i used method two ... in the second step, i boot from cd, and it starts, then files are being copied , and when setup should start, i get BSOD ... it's error STOP: 0X0000007B ... help anyone ???
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23 Feb 2010   #623
WmCJohnson

Windows 7 Home Edition
 
 
Dual Boot Question

Hello, Brink:

You have a great tutorial. Unfortunately it has not worked for me.

I got in touch with HP about my problem with getting a dual boot to work on my HP Pavilion Elite 9515Y computer. This machine originally came with Window Vista. I upgraded it to Windows 7, using the upgrad disk which I received from HP. I also downloaded an ISO file of Windows XP Pro with SP3. I have attempted several times to create a dual boot with this system, but I continunally get the blue screen, saying the Windows has shut down my computer to prevent damage.

The HP technician told me that I must have full versions of both operating systems, not OEM's, in order to create a dual boot on this machine. Is this correct?

I shall look forward to your reply.

WmCJohnson
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23 Feb 2010   #624
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Johnson,

I have not tried it with a OEM version, but if it's one that only does a factory restore type of an installation, then it will not work. I know you can with a retail (upgrade or full (preferred)) version though.
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24 Feb 2010   #625
vargis

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I reinstalled win xp from scratch. This time I didn't get the error.

I used easybcd per the instructions, but my machine continued to only boot xp. Then I ran these instructions: Windows no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration . Now both are booting fine.
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24 Feb 2010   #626
vargis

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WmCJohnson View Post
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The HP technician told me that I must have full versions of both operating systems, not OEM's, in order to create a dual boot on this machine. Is this correct?

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WmCJohnson
I just got it to work with a full retail copy of windows xp and an oem copy of windows 7.
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24 Feb 2010   #627
fatih

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have some problem about installing xpsp3 to my driver. I have 2 driver and In the first driver I have Windows 7 home premium 64 bit so I want to install xp in the second drive.I followed the method two and made the partition for xp in the second drive.Then I started to install xpsp3 from the boot and it started to copy file but suddenly come blue screen and stop:0X0000007E and error acpi.sys.
After i stop yhe installation and Windows 7 boot as normal no problem.but why i cant install xps3.Do u have any ideas about this?
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24 Feb 2010   #628
Josh Strube

Windows 7
 
 

I have just purchased a new VAIO laptop with Windows 7 64 Pro on it. I have a previous VAIO with XP Pro. I used Acronis True Image to create a back-up of the old laptop. On the new laptop I created a new partition to handle XP. I then recovered the backup onto the new partition using Acronis Bootable Agent. All the information is there on the partition. I cannot get into XP. I installed EasyBCD in windows 7 and followed the steps given. When I reboot and select windowsXP it just loops back to the boot manager. Any suggestions? I know this should work in theory.
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24 Feb 2010   #629
marraco

Windows 7
 
 
Don't works

When installing windows XP after Win 7, the setup program copy all the files, and then reboot (step 5 on this guide.)

then instead of booting on the xp installer, appears the message:

"Error Loading Operating System "

Is a common problem. it have something to do with the different bootloader in windows 7, and probably because windows 7 aligns partitions with cluster sizes to get better performance.

If I boot from windows 7 installation CD, open console, and run command

bootreg /fixmbr

then windows 7 boots again. (but not XP installer)

The problem is that I cannot log on Windows 7. Many essential files are deleted, and I don't want to delete/format his partition, because I don't have a backup of important data.

All the solutions I found inplies booting Windows 7, and using freeBSD, or using win 7 in some way. It`s not a solution.

I cannot use another HD, or copy the files to another HD (to wipe out the hard disk).

Is there something I can do?

I can connect the HD to another PC (With Windows 7) , but don't have space to save the files.
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