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Windows 7: dual boot dual drive

02 Jan 2010   #1
dredge3

win 7 full retail 64....xp 32
 
 
dual boot dual drive

Ok I have read the tutorial.
This is my first post..HI
I have Win XP 32 bit on my old drive. I buy Win 7 full retail and a new HD. I set bios to boot from cd etc. Win 7 starts up. It shows the 2 drives, so I select new drive...no problems. It starts install. I leave it to do its stuff.When I come back its up and all ok.I dint get any option to boot from XP. The drive was listed as "SYSTEM" but not old Windows or anything.
HELP!!
Also ASUS chipset drivers dont work and they were listed as 7 drivers.I tried Vista drivers but it normally shuts down and restarts. Nothing. Took only a second and screen pops up asking if it worked? how do I know lol


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02 Jan 2010   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi

Is your XP drive Disk0, in BIOS & Windows?

Is your Win7 drive Disk1, in BIOS & Windows?

Can you post srceenshot of Disk Management.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

If you remove your new drive will XP boot?

Check the tutorial you may have missed a step.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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02 Jan 2010   #3
dredge3

win 7 full retail 64....xp 32
 
 

If I remove new drive it boots. Thats what I am on now. Ill connect new drive up and look in Win 7 Disc Manaqger. I dont think bios puts letters to drives, just boot order...I thing
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02 Jan 2010   #4
dredge3

win 7 full retail 64....xp 32
 
 

Hope this works


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02 Jan 2010   #5
dredge3

win 7 full retail 64....xp 32
 
 

The 465 gb drive is the W7 drive and 139 XP
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02 Jan 2010   #6
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

He has the situation where the boot files are in the System Reserved Partition.

Can you reinstall Win 7? If you do, pre-partition the drive and format that partition so you do not get the Reserved partition.

The most important thing about installing in a dual boot situation is to determine which drive is primary. If you look in the bios, there is a drive order, not boot order, listing. The first one listed is the primary drive. The SATA connectors determine which drive is drive 0.

In your case, you installed Win 7 with the new drive listed as primary, so Win 7 made it own special partition, but it did not see the XP drive because it did not need to. setting up a dual boot with independent OSes is not a problem, but doing it with the system reserved partition adds new challenges.

NOTE: I have heard the reserved partition may be used for bitlocker. If you are using that, you may not want remove the partition.

Don't worry about the chipset drivers for now.
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02 Jan 2010   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi dredge,

Rt click the 100mb partition in Disk Management and give it drive letter S.

Copy the 3 files from this .zip onto S.

xpbtfiles.zip

Open an elevated command ( type cmd in start serch - when the black box pops up, rt click it and Run As Admin).

Type: (press enter after each line)

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

close cmd.

You're good.


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02 Jan 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

It is not a good idea to change the drivers given in the Win7 installer and via Updates unless they cause performance problems.

This is not XP or Vista. MS sponsored the WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to build drivers for Win7, so they have them first since they paid the bill.

There are exceptions but you should wait for them to present themselves in performance, or the case of hardware in Device Manager being in an error state.
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03 Jan 2010   #9
dredge3

win 7 full retail 64....xp 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
He has the situation where the boot files are in the System Reserved Partition.

Can you reinstall Win 7? If you do, pre-partition the drive and format that partition so you do not get the Reserved partition.

The most important thing about installing in a dual boot situation is to determine which drive is primary. If you look in the bios, there is a drive order, not boot order, listing. The first one listed is the primary drive. The SATA connectors determine which drive is drive 0.

In your case, you installed Win 7 with the new drive listed as primary, so Win 7 made it own special partition, but it did not see the XP drive because it did not need to. setting up a dual boot with independent OSes is not a problem, but doing it with the system reserved partition adds new challenges.

NOTE: I have heard the reserved partition may be used for bitlocker. If you are using that, you may not want remove the partition.

Don't worry about the chipset drivers for now.
When I first instaled 7, bios didnt detect new HD. I have tried setting main drive as both. The only issue I have picked up was main drive and cdrom drive were set in sata6 and 7. Ill re connect to sats 12 and 3. Then ill do what what greg said.
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03 Jan 2010   #10
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It starts to get confusing after several posts about the current situation. From what I can tell, you had
Win 7 booting fine but needed to dual boot with XP. SIW2 was telling you how to do that since you need to put the XP boot files in the Special partition.

The 3 files from the .zip were probably ntldr, boot.ini, and ntdetect.

Maybe if you post another picture of the disk management window and a picture of an administrative command window after your type bcdedit. If you have not modified the boot.ini file, you will probably need to, and you might as well put in a copy of the boot.ini file also.
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