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Windows 7: installed windows 7 and windows xp in different hard drive modes

25 Jul 2016   #1
randomwin7user

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
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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25 Jul 2016   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs
 
 

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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25 Jul 2016   #3
randomwin7user

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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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25 Jul 2016   #4
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

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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25 Jul 2016   #5
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

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.

Quote:
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
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26 Jul 2016   #6
randomwin7user

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
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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27 Jul 2016   #7
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

There are a lot more than that. You are in luck. Product Support | Dell US
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30 Jul 2016   #8
randomwin7user

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I tried all of them but none of them worked
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30 Jul 2016   #9
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

What do you mean that it didn't work? What happened?
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31 Jul 2016   #10
randomwin7user

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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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