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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


28 Apr 2009   #939
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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07 Oct 2010   #940
Wrathchild90

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

No error message... I Boot with that HD and there is again only the windows 7 entry :-(

P.S. today the secondary hard disk is again off... it isn't detected... Trying to reboot.......

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07 Oct 2010   #941
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You may have a bad HD there. Try to get it to register in BIOS by replugging, swapping cables, checking all connections. When it registers, download and burn to CD the maker's diagnostics/repair CD to run a full scan: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 Then run Disk Check on the XP HD either from Windows 7 or booted Windows 7 DVD command line.

When you tap the F11 key at bootup: do you get the BIOS Boot Screen menu and can make the choice to boot either the Windows 7 HD or the XP HD, but when you choose the XP HD it boots to Windows 7? Is this correct?

If this is the case, and you want to use the BIOS Boot menu to access your Dual Boot, then temporarily unplug the Windows 7 HD, set XP first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after CD drive), then run an XP Repair Install following these steps: Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2

Once XP starts up, plug Windows 7 HD back in, set the preferred HD first to boot in BIOS setup, then boot the other HD when needed by tapping the F11 key at bootup.

Feel free to ask back any questions to help you perform these troubleshooting steps.
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08 Oct 2010   #942
EverWin

Windows 7
 
 

@ Wrathchild90

Run EasyBcd as Administrator in Windows 7
(or Turn off UAC to never notify & reboot)

Add Windows XP Entry then

GOTO: "Edit boot menu" tab

Apply save settings then reboot PC to check

Boot PC with Windows 7 Installed HDD

Regards,
EverWin
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09 Oct 2010   #943
Jevans

Windows 7 Home Premium & Windows XP Pro SP3 Dualboot
 
 

Thanks for that tutorial. I was stuck with having to change the bootloader everytime I wanted to use XP or Windows 7 but that sorted it out.
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11 Oct 2010   #944
kentucky777

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

hey again Brink can i do this method on External Hard Drive its USB type?
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11 Oct 2010   #945
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kentucky,

Only if the external drive had a eSATA connection at both ends with no adapters since Windows 7 would see it has a internal drive with this type of connection. It will not work with a USB connection.
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13 Oct 2010   #946
vollachr

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi, great tutorial, it really helped me.

Thank you.

*EDIT*

Hi Brink, I got your PM, for some reason I don't have the option to reply to it, just wanted to say thanks.
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16 Oct 2010   #947
stfarm

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hi,

I used this guide to install XP SP3.
I had WIN 7 first which now I am not able to see anymore because I do NOT get that boot choice, it always boots into XP.

I have added an entry to the boot menu but it never appears. I am in a total panic because I need to access my Windows 7 system to continue my work.

I had an empty 30GB partition where I installed XP into. It was D: on my Windows 7 system and now E: in the XP system.

Please help me get back my Windows 7

Steve
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16 Oct 2010   #948
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums. So you say that you did Method Two of the tutorial and you did instructions 7 - 16 by adding netframework and easy bcd. Then restarted and you had no dual boot screen? Could you post a screen shot of your disk managment so we can see what your partitions look like?
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16 Oct 2010   #949
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vollachr View Post
Hi, great tutorial, it really helped me.

Thank you.

*EDIT*

Hi Brink, I got your PM, for some reason I don't have the option to reply to it, just wanted to say thanks.
You're most welcome Vollachr.
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