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Windows 7: Need help creating a Win7 and XP dual boot system

29 Aug 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit

Hi Theog,

I appreciate your help, believe me this has proven to be been a real ordeal for me. I've never had to do this before so kindly forgive my ignorance. If you could give me a brief "how to" I would be in your debt. I'm not sure how to install in the Legacy mode, or what if anything I need to do in BIOS, I don't know if I can need to configure the new drive to IDE mode, and leave the others in RAID, should I temporarily remove the W7 drives from the system while the third drive is configured etc. BTW, your Nlite tutorial was awesome, concise and well executed. If possible I would like to be able to contact you directly.

Dave D

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29 Aug 2013   #12

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1) ENABLE CSM in the UEFI/BIOS firmware.
2) Set CSM to UEFI & Legacy OS.

Need help creating a Win7 and XP dual boot system-capture-csm.png

3) Test the Windows 7 UEFI will still boot.
4) Remove Windows 7 RAID HDD's. (Raid NOT RECOMMENDED)
5) Fit Win XP HDD as third HDD.
6) Install Win XP, when booting OK with all drivers installed.
7) Refit Windows 7 HDD's as first & second.
8) Set Windows Boot Manager as first boot device.
9) Test that Windows 7 will boot without using the One Time Boot Menu.
10) Test that Win XP will boot from the One Time Boot Menu.

Also Asus show no drivers for WinXP.
SABERTOOTH Z87 - Motherboards - ASUS
You will also need
Video card
Sound card
Net card
With Win XP drivers.

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29 Aug 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit

Hi Theog,

Thanks again for all your kind help, but I've reached the conclusion that the cost of doing this project outweighs the benefits. My network and audio are all integrated into the ASUS motherboard, I have a GS660 video card, It makes absolutely no sense for me to duplicate everything twice just to make XP run. My XP machine works fine, I'll keep it around and have two machines instead of one that does both. Most of the systems I've dealt were for the most part backward compatable, it's certainly not the case here. It's all apples and oranges. Again, I appreciate all the help you and the group have been to me, it's nice to have somewhere to go to get help.
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