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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #869
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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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 Windows 7 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 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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.
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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 Windows 7 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
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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 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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.

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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- Windows 7 active but unsure if they are supposed to be active.

Thanks
Mike
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11 Sep 2010   #875
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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
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11 Sep 2010   #876
Hopalong X

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

That is it.

Thanks Shawn

Mike
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11 Sep 2010   #877
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Mike.
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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 Windows 7 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 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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.
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