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Windows 7: Add an Extra OS on a Logical Drive

29 Jun 2011   #1
CastorTroy11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Add an Extra OS on a Logical Drive

I have 4 partitions...1 with 7, and another with Vista. I want to put XP on also, but of course I can't create another primary. I'm pretty sure I can add XP on a logical, but don't know how.
Am I right, or am I out of luck with XP.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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29 Jun 2011   #2
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Hello Castor & Let give you a warm welcome to SevenForums!

There's some tutorials here that might help you.

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Best Regards,
FredeGail
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29 Jun 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.

If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7.
Download EasyBCD 2.1 - NeoSmart Technologies

A bit more reading.
BCDEDIT - How to Use
System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums
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30 Jun 2011   #4
CastorTroy11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks for all the help. I haven't had the time to try it yet, but will post as soon as I get.
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01 Jul 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello CastorTroy11, welcome to Seven Forums!


Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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05 Jul 2011   #6
CastorTroy11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

So I created two logical drives and installed Vista on one of them no problem(except that it can't find the network card).

Now when I try to install XP on the other logical drive I keep getting an error.
It seems like it is installing and then it will say, "Windows is Starting". A minute later I get an error that says, "Windows has been interrupted, please restart your computer".

It also doesn't give me an option to install XP on that extra logical drive. I'll try and do a little more research, but if you guys have any suggestions, I would definitely appreciate it.

Thanks
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05 Jul 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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05 Jul 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

Does the XP boot to make it as far as the drives selection screen?

If not then it likely needs the SATA controller drivers added:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
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05 Jul 2011   #9
CastorTroy11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Not an HP.

Sony Vaio AMD Atholon Dual Core 2.2 ghz.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Thanks.
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05 Jul 2011   #10
CastorTroy11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Does the XP boot to make it as far as the drives selection screen?

If not then it likely needs the SATA controller drivers added:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
No. It just starts with this blue screen that says installing Windows on the top left. On the bottom of the screen it says loading Sata, IEEE, Floppy...etc. Then it says starting Windows and that's when I get the error message.

Thanks
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