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Windows 7: Some questions with dual boot

07 Jan 2010   #11
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I agree with Night Hawk. Your system is configured as the XP drive (80 G) to be primary. When you install 7 to the other drive, it will do the same thing the original 7 install did. All the boot files will be put on the primary drive, which is where they are now.

Just for general info, if you were to, for some reason, change the drive order and make the win 7 drive the primary drive, Win 7 would install fine, but it would not see the XP drive and not set up a dual boot for you.

Also, since you are using an upgrade version of Win 7, you probably know you can use the RTM as the qualifying OS. This makes it legal for you to continue to use the XP install.


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07 Jan 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

Unfortunately, the RC or RTM are not qualifying OS's to use an Upgrade version under the EULA, but XP is.

However, MS is obvously allowing leniency on the rule that you must stop using the quaifying OS as millions have dual boots right now with their old OS.

You will have no problem using your Upgrade version here though, as you not only qualify but the DVD will see the other OS's on the HD and allow key.

You can either boot to do a clean Custom install, using Drive Options to format the partition first, or try an in -place Upgrade with the workaround I posted earlier.
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07 Jan 2010   #13
Night Hawk

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

One thing to note here if you were to swap cables between drives ending up with the 160gb being plugged into sata port #1 and made the default boot device you would need to copy the XP boot files: boot.ini, ntldr, NTDetect.com over from the 80gb to the root of the new C and use a program like EasyBCD to add the XP entry into the 7 boot loader.

Since XP will seen as invisible when first booting into the new 7 install a fast trip into the Disk Management tool to assign the XP primary a drive letter will then make XP available. You learn that one fast when setting up a multiboot with the 7 beta builds originally having the 32bit 7 on the same drive as XP with Vista on the host/boot drive with the first 64bit beta install on the second primary there.

Nothing like bringing back some early 7 memories!
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07 Jan 2010   #14
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unfortunately, the RC or RTM are not qualifying OS's to use an Upgrade version under the EULA, but XP is.
RC 7100 is a qualifying OS according to MS. I did not think this was a problem...
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07 Jan 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unfortunately, the RC or RTM are not qualifying OS's to use an Upgrade version under the EULA, but XP is.
RC 7100 is a qualifying OS according to MS. I did not think this was a problem...
I thought the same thing until I read this: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths - FAQ

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Q.: I am running the RC, can I upgrade that to the commercial version with an upgrade disc?
A.: No. The RC is a free evaluation version and does not qualify as a valid license for upgrade.
RC is able to be used as an underlying OS seen by the DVD to allow Upgrade Key. But under EULA specifics, there still needs to be XP/Vista to qualify.

But it is only enforced on the honor system - so far.
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07 Jan 2010   #16
Night Hawk

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

Since you plan to continue an XP/7 dual boot one guide you will want to look over is the one for seeing 7 installed with XP on first as outlined in method #1. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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