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Windows 7: Triple boot XP, Win7-32bit, Win7-64 bit

09 Jul 2010   #11
edenforge

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you want the BIOS-managed Dual Boot I suggest and have confirmed you have a one-time BIOS Boot Menu, then unplug all other HD's during 64 bit install.

But first consider what DeaconFrost offers because it provides an all-in-one-OS solution.
I've had a look at the first boot screen:
ASUS P5E3 ACPI BIOS Revision 1002
AMI BIOS

The only key stroke it shows are:
DEL: setup
F8: BBS Popup

Cheers
Bob


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09 Jul 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

BBS = BIOS Boot Screen.

Press F8 to choose drive you want to boot.

If you want to try Dual or Multi booting via BBS, suggest you first do it with your new install, by unplugging all other drives during install, then setting target HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD).

After install plug the HD's back in and boot them via BBS. 32 bit WIn7 may need to have it's System MBR recovered from XP to boot on its own, then the Windows Dual boot can be removed at msconfig>Boot or using EasyBCD Remove tab.
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09 Jul 2010   #13
edenforge

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try looking on the first boot screen for the key given for one-time Boot Menu. It should be shown there.
This is an ASUS P5E3 m/b with an AMI BIOS.
The only keys shown on the first screen are:
DEL: Enter Setup
F8: BBS Popup

Bob
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09 Jul 2010   #14
edenforge

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

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09 Jul 2010   #15
edenforge

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
BBS = BIOS Boot Screen.
32 bit WIn7 may need to have it's System MBR recovered from XP to boot on its own, then the Windows Dual boot can be removed at msconfig>Boot or using EasyBCD Remove tab.
OK, how do I recover the system MBR from the XP drive to the Win7 drive? so that I can remove XP.

Cheers
Bob
(youv'e probaly gathered that I am a novice at this stuff )
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09 Jul 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Have you installed 64 bit Win7 to the new HD yet? I think you should do that first with the other HD's unplugged to test that your BIOS will indeed boot multiple HD's separately from the BiosBootScreen.

You will need to set the 64 bit target HD as first to boot in BIOS (after DVD) for install, but afterward change that back to present Boot HD so your computer starts up to the Dual Boot Menu as usual. Then try starting the new 64 bit Win7 install HD from the BBS.

Once you confirm this with your new install and decide this is the way you want to boot all of your HD's then post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings with all drives plugged. Use Snipping tool in Start Menu. We will give you the steps to do a full BIOS-managed multi-boot via BBS.
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09 Jul 2010   #17
edenforge

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

many thanks.

The 64 bit version has not arrived as yet, and I will be away for a few days, so I'll get in touch in a couple of weeks, with luck.

Thanks again for your advice.
Bob
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09 Jul 2010   #18
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

All you have to do is boot off the Win7 64bit disc and make sure to install to the correct drive. This will give you a triple boot menu. No need to unplug drives or use BBS popup (F8).

It is always a good idea to have a multi boot PC. When one OS won't boot, or something goes wrong, you always have others that will boot.
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09 Jul 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
All you have to do is boot off the Win7 64bit disc and make sure to install to the correct drive. This will give you a triple boot menu. No need to unplug drives or use BBS popup (F8).

It is always a good idea to have a multi boot PC. When one OS won't boot, or something goes wrong, you always have others that will boot.
When a Windows-managed Dual- or Multi-boot is established in cases where each OS is on a separate HD, the HD's become interdependent and cannot come and go as you please. This is not optimal for most users who keep such a rack of HD's.

What works better in these cases is installing each OS with the other HD's unplugged and then boot each via the BIOS boot order or the BBS key - if the mobo has such a key.

Love the screen name. You know Seymour? I come from a long line of Butz.
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09 Jul 2010   #20
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

I got that nick from SNL.

Funny transcript

SNL Transcripts: Joshua Jackson: 03/11/00: Let's Talk Books

That the link in my sig.
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