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Windows 7: Help? Win7 and XP on two HDD's...

12 Jan 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

You don't normally have to go into BIOS except to set the default HD you want to boot first. Then if you want to boot the other HD, use the key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu. This shortcut key can get you to the other HD much faster.

I thought you were doing this now, but wanted to configure a WIndows-managed dual boot which is more complicated to later remove. The way you have it now, either HD can come and go.

See if you can find the Boot Menu shortcut key (usually F12 or F10) and see if this makes it easier to boot the HD which isn't set to boot first.

If not, and you want a Dual Boot menu at each bootup, use Easy BCD linked earlier to add XP from 7.


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12 Jan 2010   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That sounds a bit complicated.

The easiest thing is to add an entry for XP the 7 boot menu.

That way - if you boot that HD - you will get a choice of either on the menu.

Either HD can still be removed and the other will boot - they are still independent installs.

If you ever want to remove the boot menu entry - it's very easy.

I believe Easybcd 2.0 was already suggested as a simple way to do that.


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saltgrass...The only problem right now is EasyBCD (2.0.0.76) won't currently work if the OP has the reserved system partition..
What makes you say that?
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12 Jan 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can boot from a USB , but then you have to go into the BIOS also to establish the boot sequence. Plus, when you boot from a USB, it is a single session deal. When you log off, everything is gone because nothing from the session is stored on the USB. I do that at times with Linux Fedora that I have on a stick. It's nice to just play around with it, but for any serious work it is unsuitable.
I think the setup you have right now is the absolutely easiest and least troublesome. I am running Vista and Windows7 like that and it never gives me any problems.
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12 Jan 2010   #14
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote:
saltgrass...The only problem right now is EasyBCD (2.0.0.76) won't currently work if the OP has the reserved system partition..
What makes you say that?
It currently will not point the boot to the Reserved System Partition, unless it has been assigned a Drive letter. If you do assign a letter it works fine, as you have stated and is mentioned in the tutorial.

Possibly another beta will fix this, or at least give instructions to assign a drive letter to the system partition. Just a little bump, but needs to be mentioned.
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12 Jan 2010   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Ah , see what you mean.

In fact v2.0 points to the volume and not the drive letter - so it should work on an unlettered partition. I don't have XP myself , so I wasn't involved in testing that aspect and am not sure how successful it is - tho. I did some testing on the other windows functions.

v1.72 needs the letter, which is why it is now in the tutorial.
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12 Jan 2010   #16
thomashouseman

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Then if you want to boot the other HD, use the key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu. This shortcut key can get you to the other HD much faster.

See if you can find the Boot Menu shortcut key (usually F12 or F10) and see if this makes it easier to boot the HD which isn't set to boot first.

If not, and you want a Dual Boot menu at each bootup, use Easy BCD linked earlier to add XP from 7.
Hmm, don't think this bios has that option That would make it easier!

I'll look next time I visit my brother. (His pc)

T.
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12 Jan 2010   #17
thomashouseman

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can boot from a USB , but then you have to go into the BIOS also to establish the boot sequence. Plus, when you boot from a USB, it is a single session deal. When you log off, everything is gone because nothing from the session is stored on the USB. I do that at times with Linux Fedora that I have on a stick. It's nice to just play around with it, but for any serious work it is unsuitable.
I think the setup you have right now is the absolutely easiest and least troublesome. I am running Vista and Windows7 like that and it never gives me any problems.

I actually meant like back in the DOS days when you used a 3 1/2 or 5 1/4 floppy to boot up differently or use a different HDD instead etc. i.e. have grub loader on a FDD to then load winxp if inserted or if ejected just load win7 normally etc.
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