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Windows 7: dualboot

07 Feb 2010   #1


i allready have partition on my hard drive, i have windows 7 installed on my c drive and i wanted to install windows xp on my d drive which i all ready have is it possible to do so, i also would like to have an option on bootup for as which windows to chose, i have 2gig of ram, shall i load 32bit or 64bit windows xp, what is the best an easy way to do so. please help.

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07 Feb 2010   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

It is not clear by C drive and D drive, whether you actually mean drive 0 and drive 1 or partition C and partition D? If you have multiple drives, then I recommend that each OS be installed on separate drives, while all other drives are disconnected during the installation, and reconnected afterward. This will eliminate the boot loader and selection would be via the F8 BBS Popup menu. You would select the drive, instead of the OS. From each OS's perspective, they would be the only OS installed. This can eliminate some issues that are known to develop in some instances, plus it insures that if one drive goes awry, that the other is still available...assuming there isn't a massive hardware failure.

If you are going to install on separate partitions of the same drive, ideally XP should be on the first partition, but it may work okay on the second. XP should automatically create a boot menu with W7 included, so selection should be easy.

If all goes well, then no problem, but as you know, computers are something like the plans of mice and men, and will often go astray, so I recommend making a backup of W7 before commencing the installation of XP.

EDIT: I need to correct myself...I should have said that XP should be installed prior to W7 in terms of time, not location, so this makes the backup of W7 even more important. Of course, this installation sequence is not a factor if installing on multiple drives.
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09 Feb 2010   #4


when i bootup i get the option for windows 7 or xp which is fine, when i go for windows xp i get a message windows default, i think because i had windows xp lodaded in my d drive then i created partition f and lodaded in f, i have also deleted the windows xp files in my d drive but i still get the message windows default when i click for windows xp which is in f drive, everything is working fine, just want to get rid of the message. any suggestions.
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