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Windows 7: How would I dual-boot in this scenario?

03 Jan 2013   #111
Microsoft MVP


Your PM says that you confirmed that adding a HD will not in fact void your warranty as I told you weeks ago in the 2nd post in this thread. So I don't understand why you don't just add the extra HD to boot it via the BIOS after making the adjustments if necessary using Win7 Paragon Virtualization Manager. No need for EasyBCD, boot XP using the BIOS Boot menu key.

Otherwise if you're still not able to cooperate then what I would do is Clean Install Win7 following the steps I gave you to get a perfect install, then image XP to a partition, add it with EasyBCD then if necessary to start it run Paragon to adapt it to the new hardware.

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08 Jan 2013   #112

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit

Well, as I'd mentioned, W7 was back in perfect order some time ago.

Edit: To save confusion with the following paragraph, which may be imperfectly worded, just take away that I attempted both your plan and my own, starting and ending with yours through three separate attempts.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Aforementioned Paragraph
I see that your (software solution) recommendation was the old one. Well, I did it, and now look: over the past few days I even tried it my way as outlined in the last post Page 10, using the Ubuntu machine to store the XP image so that the W7 image (from my plan) could be preserved. On the third attempt I repeated your variant. The result has been the same throughout the attempts, and it's a very interesting one. Listen to this...
1. I have the W7 partition and the XP partition on my machine.

2. The XP partition is inaccessible through Windows Explorer.
2.a. W7, of course, is working.

3. The XP partition is the active one.
3.a. Setting either System Reserved or C Active leads to the same old error screens I described a while back. HOWEVER, setting the XP partition Active allows W7 to load normally and perfectly, with all settings and files.

How could that even be possible? This techno-wizardry is beyond me. If you've got any further advice for me, I'm open to it, but I think this conclusively shows that in my case something bizarre and insurmountable is at work.

Images to illustrate some of this:

It's too much for me to comprehend, and is honestly rather disheartening.
Perhaps at some future time I'll work up the courage to attempt a hardware install...
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09 Jan 2013   #113

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit

I have downloaded the files, and unzipped them. The folders have .inf files within. The download site claims that they are compatible with both W7 and XP Media Center Edition.

I can not claim to understand how to check that the chipset of the files I downloaded is the XP chipset for my model PC. To be honest, I don't know what that means. If I understand the term "chipset" correctly, then mine should be Intel Sandy Bridge. Beyond that...
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09 Jan 2013   #114
Microsoft MVP


On the Intel downloads page you would choose your XP version.
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09 Jan 2013   #115

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit

Well, yes, that's what I did. I downloaded all the versions in theog's link that were compatible with my XP (Media Center).

Supports SATA RAID 5/10 on specific desktop platforms, SATA RAID 0/1, AHCI,
ore> Windows Server 2003 *, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition*, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition*, Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition*, Windows Server 2008 *, Windows Vista *, Windows Vista 32*, Windows Vista 64*, Windows XP *, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Media Center Edition*, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition*, Windows XP Professional*
The f6flpy zips, both 32 and 64 bit (where available).

I really don't see why not one of these would work.
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