installed windows 7 and windows xp in different hard drive modes


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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    installed windows 7 and windows xp in different hard drive modes


    I installed windows 7 a while ago while my bios settings were in ahci mode. Just today I installed windows xp for older games and the setup was having problems so I switched to Serial ATA mode to install it (I used EasyBCD to fix the boot configuration) and when I tried to boot into windows 7 it would bluesceen on bootup, which I expected so I change the BIOS configuration back to ahci mode and then windows xp would reset on bootup because it doesn't have an ahci driver, I know I can just switch modes when I need to boot into xp but it's going to be really annoying. How can I fix this?
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    Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
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    You can do a search for windows xp ahci and find many articles about this.
    Here is one article explaining how to change XP from IDE to AHCI without re-installing:
    How To Change Disk Controller Mode From IDE to AHCI Without Reinstalling Windows XP

    I've never done this so i have no personal experience.
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  3. Posts : 26
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    I tried this but I don't have the drivers necessary, when trying to install the OEM software that's supposed to fix this it says that it is not applicable to this computer
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    Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
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    If you can get another 4gigs memory into your laptop it will be a lot less frustrating to put your XP into Virtual Box in W7. Your four G's you have now will be a bit of a bottleneck.
    I went through the whole bit trying get the Intel drivers and gave up as a lost cause.
    Art.
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  5. Posts : 1,770
    Windows 7 pro
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    Your laptop probably doesn't have xp drivers but this doesn't help us. Please provide more system information so that we can try to help you better.

    System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
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    townsbg said:
    Your laptop probably doesn't have xp drivers but this doesn't help us. Please provide more system information so that we can try to help you better.
    System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
    my laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545 but I looked though the driver and found a program called the intel matrix storage for it. But when I tried installing is it said something like it was not applicable to this system
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  7. Posts : 1,770
    Windows 7 pro
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    There are a lot more than that. You are in luck. Product Support | Dell US
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  8. Posts : 26
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    I tried all of them but none of them worked
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  9. Posts : 1,770
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    What do you mean that it didn't work? What happened?
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  10. Posts : 26
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    you can forget about this because my laptop just had a motherboard failure and no longer works, but to answer your question. when I try to install it says that it isn't available for this system
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