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Windows 7: Specifying which boot partition to use

25 Oct 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
Specifying which boot partition to use

  1. System has XP pro and Vista installed, single hard drive (with 3 partitions, XP and Vista each on their own partition, 3rd partition is for data)
  2. Removed existing hard drive
  3. Installed brand new hard drive
  4. Installed Win 7 ultimate x64, works great
  5. Installed original hard drive (the one removed in step 2)
  6. So now, system has BOTH hard drives in it.
  7. Boot up, only XP/Vista boot menu appears (I can boot to XP or Vista, but not WIn 7)
  8. Also, when booting to XP with both drives in, the new drive with Win 7 shows up as Disk 1, with original disk as Disk 0.
  9. Ideas???

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25 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


The best way to multi-boot when you have separate HD's is to set your preferred HD to boot first in BIOS Boot Order menu, then to boot the other OS HD, tap the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to choose it instead:
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
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