Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

09 Sep 2010   #870
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, I have some questions, I will be using method 1 as I have Windows XP installed already. I will be using Acronis Disk Director (a partition manager) to create the new partition where 7 will be installed, in the same disk where XP is already installed, so I will skip steps 1 A through E and use Acronis instead..is this ok? If so, it should be an unallocated partition? Or a primary, active....what type?
After installing 7 (Steps 3 though 5), and if I want to revert back to a single partition with XP (delete 7), how should I delete 7? By going to XP, running Disk Manager and deleting the 7 partition?
Finally, installing EasyBCD in Win7 makes things more user friendly? I mean, deleting 7, etc.
Thanks.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2010   #871
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Antares,

Answers inline.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antares View Post
I will be using Acronis Disk Director (a partition manager) to create the new partition where 7 will be installed, in the same disk where XP is already installed, so I will skip steps 1 A through E and use Acronis instead..is this ok? If so, it should be an unallocated partition? Or a primary, active....what type?
Yes, that would be fine to do. You can leave the partition as unallocated or primary. It doesn't matter since Windows 7 will recognize and format it during installation anyway.
Quote:
After installing 7 (Steps 3 though 5), and if I want to revert back to a single partition with XP (delete 7), how should I delete 7? By going to XP, running Disk Manager and deleting the 7 partition?

Finally, installing EasyBCD in Win7 makes things more user friendly? I mean, deleting 7, etc.
Yes, from within XP, you could just delete the Windows 7 partition, then install EasyBCD in XP to remove the Windows 7 boot entry.
Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2010   #872
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn. If after installing 7 using Method 1 as mentioned before I want to keep 7 and delete XP instead, then:
- I delete the XP partition within 7
- Install EasyBCD in 7 to remove the Windows XP boot entry
Is this ok?
What if in any of the cases (keeping XP/deleting 7 or keeping 7/deleting XP) the other OS partition is not visible within the OS one wants to keep? Is it a possibility? If so, how to workaround this? Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2010   #873
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Antares,

This would be a more detailed issue and would be better in it's own thread if you should decide to do this, but here is the real basics on how.

Since you had XP installed first, the boot partition will be the XP partition. If you delete it from within Windows 7, then you will also need to do a startup repair (possibly up to 3 times) to repair and make Windows 7 the boot partition so Windows 7 will be able to boot.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

11 Sep 2010   #874
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Brink

I used your Dual boot Method 2. One question.

The XP OS is on the E partition. Should it be "Active"?
Didn't see this mentioned anywhere. Might have missed it.
As you can see I made the C- Win7 active but unsure if they are supposed to be active.

Thanks
Mike
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2010   #875
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mike,

Since Windows 7 was installed first, you would want to leave it's partition as active and not XP. Making the XP partition active in this case can make your system unbootable since the Windows 7 partition is your boot partition.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2010   #876
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

That is it.

Thanks Shawn

Mike
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2010   #877
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Mike.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2010   #878
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn. If I install OS1 and then install OS2 for dual boot, will OS1 perform better since it will be physically allocated to the beginning of the drive? If so, and since I will be using Windows 7 most of the time, only using XP when I have to use hardware/software not compatible with 7, I'd want to start installing Windows 7 in an empty hard disk and then use Method 2 to install XP. Now, since I have XP already in use with many programs installed and configured, can I somehow clone my current XP installation to the partition created with Win7 and have a dual boot system? If so, I would save a lot of time in not having to reinstall XP+Programs+Drivers+custom configurations. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2010   #879
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Antares,

It's not going to make any noticeable difference in performance on which OS is installed at the beginning of the drive.

To make it easier, you could just install Windows 7 on a 2nd hard drive to dual boot with your existing XP installation. This way all you would have to worry about is installing Windows 7 and all of the drivers and programs for it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Comment

 Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP




Tutorial Tools





Similar help and support threads
Windows 7 Tutorial Category
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista This will show you how to install Windows 7 and Vista to dual boot with when you already have either Windows 7 or Vista installed first.With a dual boot installaton, you will have two operating systems (OS) installed. When you start...
Tutorials
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and 7 on 2 separate HDD
1. I have Windows 7 (64 bit) ALREADY installed on a SINGLE hard drive. 2. I have a clean blank other SINGLE hard drive upon which I will install Windows 7 (32-bit). 3. Please understand this is TWO individual hard drives, I want an Operating System installed on each individually. (win7 on ONE,...
Installation & Setup
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
I used to have a computer with Windows XP on which I could use Microsoft Works 2002 "Picture It 7". I now have a laptop with Windows 7 which does not have Microsoft Picture It and I believe that application was discontinued. I still have the old software but cannot use it with Windows 7 only with...
General Discussion
Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot
Hello, I'll give the "2 cent version" of my situation. I have a dual-boot system (XP on mechanical HDD / Win 7/64 Pro on SSD). Recently, I had a series on infections damage my XP installation irrepairably and it is now time to move everything over to 7. I've just purchased a larger SSD to...
Installation & Setup
dual boot windows 7 and xp installation problem
Hi, I tried installing windows xp on my dell laptop running windows 7.The installation started but soon i got the error message "setup is stopping to prevent any damage to your computer.check your hard drive to make sure its configured properly.run sfc on your hard drive etc etc ...
Installation & Setup
Can't Get a Dual-Boot Windows 7/Ubuntu Installation Going
I have two hard drives on my computer, one for my OS and apps (C:), and one for my data (D:). I recently reformatted my C: drive, re-installing Windows 7. I want to set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 10.04. The problem I am having is that the Ubuntu installer recognizes my D: drive but not...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App