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02 Aug 2013   #1

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Elementary Dual Boot questions...

Hi there! I am about to dual boot my existing XP 32 bit with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit, and i have some (rather elementary) questions.
1) I have 2 physical HDD, one where XP and all files are located and another where i only have an extension of Steam Library, with 2 games inside (main Steam is at the first drive). I intend to install Win 7 at the (almost) empty drive. Does it have to be COMPLETELY EMPTY? Do i have to delete this secondary Steam Library?
2) After installing Win 7, do i have to install again everything , i mean Chipset drivers, Nvidia drivers etc Will the internet work or it'll need router configuration again. What about Steam games already installed?
Many thanks in advance!

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02 Aug 2013   #2

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NurseEli, Welcome to SF,
I would create a partition and install Windows 7 to it.
This will help:Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP[3]=Installation%20and%20Setup
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02 Aug 2013   #3

XP 32bit
 
 

Thanks! So, i NEED to make a partition to the second Drive for Win 7. I thought it would appear as just another folder in the drive, next to "Steam New Library". I wonder if it's easier to just uninstall these two steam games, so that i then have a totally empty HDD. What do you think?
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02 Aug 2013   #4

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Yes I would just let Windows 7 format the drive then after installed with all drivers and updates then make a repair disk or better yet image the drive and then install your other software and games, steam etc.
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03 Aug 2013   #5

XP 32bit
 
 

Well, first try= fail...
I booted from CD, chose CUSTOM INSTALL (is that correct? - the other option was UPGRADE), pointed to the empty 2nd HDD, instalation went on but when system restarted it went back to XP! Without asking me a question about "Win 7 or Earlier version of Windows"!
Could it be that i didnt format the Drive? Should i have chosen "Advanced" from Drive choices?
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03 Aug 2013   #6

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No you'll need to get into the bios and set the boot order for the drives placing the new Windows 7 drive as the number 1 boot order or second to the optical drive only and save that setting then complete the install/update process.
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05 Aug 2013   #7

XP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
No you'll need to get into the bios and set the boot order for the drives placing the new Windows 7 drive as the number 1 boot order or second to the optical drive only and save that setting then complete the install/update process.
Ok, we are getting closer but we are not there yet!
As you totally correctly assume the boot order was changing back to 1)HDD and 2)CD and, thus, i was booting back to XP everytime, leaving the installation unfinished. So i kept changing the boot order every time pc restarted and finally completed installation. I even installed all the 600mb updates! But after that, when i restarted, it was XP again!!! No question about which OS to choose,nada!
I installed EasyBCD, noticed that in the settings mentioned only Windows 7, added an entry on XP, saved but again nothing.
I feel we are close. What am i doing wrong? Should i tamper s/thing else at easyBCD? What about this "write MBR" button? Is it dangerous to "play' with, as i heard?
Again many, many thanks!!!You were right all the time!!!
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05 Aug 2013   #8

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With a OS on two individual drives you'll need to switch the boot drive to the OS you want each time. But if you are saving the changes then after that the system will boot to that selected drive only until you change it's order.
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05 Aug 2013   #9

XP 32bit
 
 

I have 2 options when pc starts: BOOT MENU (f12) and BIOS (DEL). Boot menu is a "just for this time" thing and i can't save changes for the next time. Bios is (of course )permanent (after saving) but doesn't specify WHICH hard disc will be used to boot from.
That's why i was thinking we can achieve s/thing from EasyBCD. I read somewhere that XP constantly overwrites Windows 7 bootloader .True? Should i tamper with "write MBR" ?
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05 Aug 2013   #10

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

You want the bios and then change the boot order and then save by hitting F10 normally and exiting. I'll let someone else comment on the other. So tap the DEL key navigate to the boot order and put the Windows 7 disk second to the optical drive, save and boot then shut down and restart to test your changes as they should hold. Hey the good news is you've done it and have your two OS's available. You'll find in time that you hardly ever if ever go back to XP !
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