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Windows 7: Dual boot choice of Win 7 and XP on different drives

08 Jan 2012   #1

Win 7 64 bit
Dual boot choice of Win 7 and XP on different drives

I have RAID 0 on two hardrives booting up 64 bit Win 7 running as SATA 0 and SATA 1. I have a third drive on SATA 2 from my previous Dell XPS which booted 32 bit Windows XP. How can I set up the system to give me a choice of either system?

Although Win 7 64 bit is faster, many of the 32 bit XP software programs will not run very well on Win 7 and in addition Win 7 doesn't allow the setting of of shortcuts the way XP does which means that Win 7 inevitably requires two key strokes to XP's one stroke.

The ability to have a choice of starting with Win 7 or XP would be very helpful.

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08 Jan 2012   #2
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The cleanest method of dual booting when you have separate HD's is to set preferred OS HD to boot first in BIOS setup, then boot the other OS HD when needed using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this isn't to your liking you can install EasyBCD 2.02 to Win7 set as first to boot, then add XP accepting offered boot files, Save, Reboot to Dual Boot menu.
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