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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

10 Jul 2010   #830
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ekhangel View Post
He also said that it would be the best to install XP first and then go with 7. I am considering wiping out all of the systems from my HDD, leaving only a partition with my private files for later use on 7, and then install an XP, followed by install of 7.
Would that cause me any problems?

No, you shouldn't have a problem doing that if you wanted to dual boot them. If you just wanted Windows 7, then a clean install is always best.


If you have another monitor and graphics card you can test using them one at a time instead to see if you may have some sort of hardware issue with your current ones.

It wouldn't hurt to flash your BIOS with a newer version (if available) to make sure that is not corrupted.


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10 Jul 2010   #831
Ekhangel

7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm afraid the BIOS i'm using now is the newest.

Hell with that, I think I'll forget about the issue for now.

Thanks for the answers, everybody.
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11 Jul 2010   #832
Jack8530

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

do i need to buy a windows xp installation disk?
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11 Jul 2010   #833
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Jack,

That or purchase a legal XP .iso file to use to create a XP installation disk with. If you have a TechNet subscription, you can download it for free there.

Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Jul 2010   #834
Cameraman

XP Pro & W7
 
 
Dual Boot & Dual Raid1

Hi, I have only just found your site, but think I have done all that you reccomend, everything seems to be working, but I dont know how to check it. this is what I did.

Installed 2 new Sata Raptor 160Gb Drives. (both in Caddies)
Formatted them and partitioned each in half. (using Gparted)
Set the Bios to raid
Loaded Windows XP pro using F6 floppy for the intel drivers
Loaded Intel's Matrix Manager
Set raid to 1 (for safety) these are just for the Operating Systems
and called the raid volume XP_32Bit
Loaded W7 Pro 64bit on the other partition
Loaded the Intel Matrix Manager and it confirms Raid configured (even though I didnt do anything) but it is calling the volume XP_32Bit
Both Operating Systems boot fine
Both Matrix Managers report Raid 1
But are they I know the XP is, but is the W7? ? ? ?
Intel support say, this evening, I should have created the raid, THEN partitioned them for dual boot, Is that what I have done in a convoluted way or did I get it wrong
Many thanks for your time
PS I intend to add 2 more 300GB HD and partition them dual Raid0 for my editing and games later
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13 Jul 2010   #835
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Cameraman, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Well, if your dual boot setup is working for you, then that is all the checking you need. Great job.

When you set up a RAID, it would have formatted the entire drive anyway, so you would usually have had no choice but to create a new partition afterwards. It really doesn't matter when you create the new partition though as long as it's created before installing the second OS.

The 2 300GB drives in RAID 0 should help with storage.
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19 Jul 2010   #836
lurbe

Win 7
 
 

Best tutorial I've seen!
Thank you for this, I often come here but never wanted/needed to register, but this time I had to just to say Thank You!!
I really loved this tut!
Well done Friend!
Keep it up.
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19 Jul 2010   #837
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're most welcome Lurbe, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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21 Jul 2010   #838
martvg

Windows 7
 
 

I'm trying to get windows xp next to my pre-installed windows 7 but as many others I gte the blue screen and I was wandering if there is an other way to boot the extra sata driver besides floppy (have no floppy drive)
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21 Jul 2010   #839
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Martvg, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could also slipstream the SATA drivers into a XP DVD, then use that newly created DVD instead to install XP with the SATA drivers already included.

SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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