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

11 Jan 2010   #1
thomashouseman

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

Hi, Long story on how I ended up like this, but I now have two HDD's. One with WinXP on it and the other with Win 7.
I can choose which to boot from in BIOS by changing the boot order priority. I'd like to be able to change this to just being asked at boot-up which OS I'd like to use. Is this possible please?

Both OS's were installed independently of each other neither knowing the other exists.

Thanks,

T.


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11 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Install EasyBCD 2.0 to Win7. Add XP using the Add/Remove tab, choosing XP from drop-down menu, then accepting its prompt to add boot files which will autocomplete the Add. Highlight the new XP listing above and Save.

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If this fails, post back a screenshot of Easy listings using Snipping tool in Start Menu attaching file using paper clip in Reply Box.

Or you can always run a Repair Install which reconfigures the dual boot correctly when both drives are plugged.


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11 Jan 2010   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I see you are keen on Easybcd now Greg.
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11 Jan 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

Is there an easier way here that you see, Si?

Really impressed with Easy automation on adding XP dual boot. Takes a lot less time than Repair Install too. If only it ran from boot.

Tho Repair Install has its place. Yesterday I added User Acct to my computer for my roomie while I'm travelin. Went back to my desktop and Sticky Note plus all taskbar icons gone. Sticky won't start. So I repair install and 45 minutes later my To Do list is right back on desktop with taskbar icons back.
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11 Jan 2010   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That is what Easybcd is for - to make it easier.

I seem to recall you weren't keen on it a while back. Good to see you have investigated it and changed your opinion.

Would be great if it was bootable - uses .net framework - so not so easy to do. It has been tried.
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11 Jan 2010   #6
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

The only problem right now is EasyBCD (2.0.0.76) won't currently work if the OP has the reserved system partition..

This does assume the Win 7 drive is primary.
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11 Jan 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is there an easier way here that you see, Si?

Really impressed with Easy automation on adding XP dual boot. Takes a lot less time than Repair Install too. If only it ran from boot.

Tho Repair Install has its place. Yesterday I added User Acct to my computer for my roomie while I'm travelin. Went back to my desktop and Sticky Note plus all taskbar icons gone. Sticky won't start. So I repair install and 45 minutes later my To Do list is right back on desktop with taskbar icons back.

And I thought you were an avid defender of independent installs on 2 disks. Now I will probably the only one left of this tribe - LOL.
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11 Jan 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

And I thought you were an avid defender of independent installs on 2 disks. Now I will probably the only one left of this tribe - LOL.

Yes, as avid as ever. However this OP specifically asked to undo BIOS booting.

Just tryin to keep the customers satisfied......

Thomas: you're actually better off keeping the BIOS-based Dual Boot because your drives remain independent. With Windows Dual Boot they become interlinked and harder to extricate.
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11 Jan 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

And I thought you were an avid defender of independent installs on 2 disks. Now I will probably the only one left of this tribe - LOL.

Yes, as avid as ever. However this OP specifically asked to undo BIOS booting.

Just tryin to keep the customers satisfied.....

Fair enough, I was just kidding.
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12 Jan 2010   #10
thomashouseman

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thomas: you're actually better off keeping the BIOS-based Dual Boot because your drives remain independent. With Windows Dual Boot they become interlinked and harder to extricate.
Well is there another way to do it easier than going into the BIOS? Trying to make it easy for computer illiterate family members to switch...

i.e. something like, insert this floppy to boot winxp else eject if for win7. Something like that instead? Or USB key in to boot from 1 drive, out for the other etc...
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