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Windows 7: New rig, two O/S drives - what is ideal setup sequence?

27 Nov 2009   #1

Win XP 32-bit
New rig, two O/S drives - what is ideal setup sequence?

First post for me on WSF. First time I've been really interested in W7.

I'm building a new rig and the plan is to have two O/S drives one for XP and one for W7. In addition, each drive will host the O/S-specific apps - games on XP, productivity on W7, etc. A third drive will house the user data files.

I have two questions:
  1. Since I will be starting from scratch what is the ideal sequence for installing the O/Ses in a dual-boot config?
  2. Can W7-64 coexist with XP-32 without having to fiddle with BIOS settings?
Okay, come to think of it I have another question: could I add a third O/S drive and have a triple-boot config with Win 98-SE?

I can hear the roars of laughter now but... if you've ever spent sleepless nights playing Panzer General you'll understand why I just can't let go of Win 98. And no, PG won't run in XP's emulation mode. Neither will NFS Porsche Unleashed...

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27 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP


You need to install them in order of age, since Windows 7 installed last will configure the boot properly.

I have run triple boots and they are no different than dualies.

Remember to format each drive booting from its installer as there are different partition tables involved.
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 New rig, two O/S drives - what is ideal setup sequence?

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