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Windows 7: dual HD, XP/Win7 boot issue

10 Mar 2011   #1
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WinXP 32bit/Win7 64bit
 
 
dual HD, XP/Win7 boot issue

Hi,

I have two HD's - one has XP, the other 7. Is it possible to set up the boot so that I have a choice as to which OS to use? I'm trying to get around having to change the boot in BIOS every time I want to switch. Thanks.


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10 Mar 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

The best way to boot with separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as first to boot in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot the other OS HD use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key which every computer has:
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button

This keeps the HD's separate to come and go as you please, whereas a Windows managed dual boot interlocks the HD's and makes them harder to remove.

If you still want a Windows-managed Dual Boot menu, install EasyBCD 2.0 to Win7 to add the other OS.
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10 Mar 2011   #3
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WinXP 32bit/Win7 64bit
 
 

Thanks a lot, gregrocker. I'll try that and we'll see how it goes. Appreciate it
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11 Mar 2011   #4
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you go the EasyBCD way, make sure you set the HD's as

Drive 1 = Windows 7
Drive 2 = Win XP
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11 Mar 2011   #5
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WinXP 32bit/Win7 64bit
 
 

Will do, theog. Much obliged
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