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Windows 7: Triple boot with W7 7201, Vista SP2, and XP Pro SP3

05 Jun 2009   #1

W7 Build 7201 / Vista Home SP2 ( Both x86)
Triple boot with W7 7201, Vista SP2, and XP Pro SP3


I'm currently dual booting with W7 7201 and Vista Home Premium SP2 and i would like to add XP Pro SP3 to my notebook as well but when i try and install XP it runs the set up and tells me i have no hard drive currently connected and i have to quit the set up?

What am i doing wrong and how do i correct the issue please ?

XP PRO SP3 ISO downloaded from technet and i have a partition ready for installation with a drive letter if that helps at all.

Ive done some research and found out i need to make a new ISO with "Nlite" and incorporate the SATA drivers for XP into it, only trouble being SATA drivers from the Acer site are for floppy disks and i haven't got one of those lol

Any ideas please on how to incorporate them into the new ISO ?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2011   #2

windows proffessional 64bit
triple booting

I am trying to triple boot xp, vista &7. I have formatted 3 drives C, D, and E - each approx 30-35 gb each. I have installed xp on C but when I try to install Vista on D drive, the only option is on C drive thus overwriting any data (it is an Acer OEM recovery disc) then I want to put 7 on E drive.
I had Vista on this pc originally with drives C&D. Then I dual booted windows 7 on D drive along with Ubuntu inside windows. I wanted to put xp on also but it is not working too well. I have tried to download a copy of Vista via a torrent but keep getting iso images with missing install files. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED, THANKS IN ADVANCE I am a novice when it comes to the mbr , bootloader, ntldr etc. but as I said I had successfully had Vista on C drive and 7 on D drive with Ubuntu inside Vista.
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17 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

XP should always be installed first.

Why do you want Vista in the mix ??
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17 Sep 2011   #4

windows proffessional 64bit

no reason except I saw others have done it and I thought I would try.
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17 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

No need to use drivers from Acer, just find out what chipset your mb uses, e.g. intel, nvidia, etc, then inject appropriate drivers according to instructions here:

nLite - MSFN Forum

If you plan to simply play around with the other os's, I recommend you just install os in a virtual machine like virtualbox.
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