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Windows 7: Dual Boot time?

05 Oct 2009   #1
Iforgotart

windows 7
 
 
Dual Boot time?

well ive tried before, and failed, so now i come to you, the beatiful people

can someone really explain to me how to make a dual boot with win xp and win 7, i already have the partitions divided up, now for the installation, heres where i want your help.... atm i have windows 7 installed with a windows xp disk....

ill ask please if you direct me to one of the tuts on this site, explain it for me, because imo there very unclear,

thanks, mad reps ++++ iforgot


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05 Oct 2009   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Iforgotart,

Since you have Windows 7 already installed, then use METHOD TWO step by step in the tutorial below. Everything is explained in full detailed there. If you are unsure or have a question about a step while doing it, then please post back. We will be happy to try and help you here with it.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Shawn
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05 Oct 2009   #3
Iforgotart

windows 7
 
 

wow, i feel retarded now, i never noticed the bottem parts of the tuts, i only noticed like the about, and info, and **** like that, never noticed the actual tuts, no wonder i here such good things bout the tuts on this site... thanks... helped me alot.
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05 Oct 2009   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, you're welcome. Don't feel bad, we all have our senior moments.
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05 Oct 2009   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Hello Iforgotart Welcome to SF!

That's an excellent guide to start with seen there. From personal experience you may want to consider installing XP last and adding that into the 7 boot options but note the EasyBCD tool often recommended was written for Vista and will replace the new 7 boot screen with Vista when installed.

But you can easily remove XP later by simply reformatting the second primary partition when done with XP! That's the advantage there.

For installing the older XP first on the first primary the 7 installer will automatically pick XP up during the installation without the need for a 3rd party tool. But once you go to remove XP later... oops?! You would need to spend time rebuilding the 7 boot informaiton all over. If you simply reformat or delete the XP Primary 7 won't load afterwards since the 7 installer placed the boot files there.

I thought I would prepare a little for the choices and the problems you will run into later once you decide 7 is the one to stay with! I know, I know! It may be a bit premature for you but.....
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06 Oct 2009   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you post your system specs, we could give you a better answer, but if your processor supports VT, why not just run XP Mode? There's very little, to no reason to dual boot anymore.
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06 Oct 2009   #7
Perrybucsdad

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Frost, does the VT allow you to hook up USB devices and use them? That was my only hang up with them before. I haven't tried it with W7 yet.
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06 Oct 2009   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

VT is just the technology that allows virtual machine software and it's guest OSes to run better. If the VM software, such as VirtualBox, Virtual PC 2007, etc is configured to allow USB devices it will. XP Mode is a little different animal, and doesn't necessarily run a full VM...it just runs an application in an enhanced "compatibility" mode, which would still give it full access to all hardware. VM software has been able to use USB devices for a few years now, though. When I swapped my wife's PC to Vista three years ago, we couldn't find drivers for an older Canon scanner she used, so we loaded up XP in Virtual PC, and installed the scanner there.
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06 Oct 2009   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The XP Mode sees full integration there with ready access to usb flash drives just as you would see with a normal installation on the hard drive. The usb lazerjet printer here has yet to work on the XP Mode RC however.

As for the SUN Portable Virtual Box it allowed custom installs from the dvd drive as well as seen when installing Windows on a vhd through the Virtual PC in 7. But to transfer files from the hard drive onto the virtual drive the VPBox uses I actually have to use the Gladinet Cloud Desktop to upload to the WLM SkyDrive custom folder there and proceed to download onto the VB!
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07 Oct 2009   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can set up Shared Folders in VirtualBox just like VirtualPC. I have all of my Windows VMs map my host's D drive (data) as the Z drive inside the VMs.
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