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Windows 7: dual boot reformat questions

15 Jul 2010   #11
devan5

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Don't forget to post back the with outcome.
ok so i did that and it did not boot into xp but rather it came up something about making a dos disk and had options about AHCI and stuff.


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15 Jul 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devan5 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Don't forget to post back the with outcome.
ok so i did that and it did not boot into xp but rather it came up something about making a dos disk and had options about AHCI and stuff.



That's why I suggested that, if you remove W7 XP won't boot; let me look for that link on running a 'repair' on XP; I'll be back.
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15 Jul 2010   #13
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

What type of HD are using IDE or Sata?

Can you post your specs.
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15 Jul 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

Do you want to reinstall Win7? Or just format and use it's HD for something else?


To recover the System MBR into XP, you need to unplug the Win7 HD, boot into XP CD to run a Repair Install: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operat...txprepair1.htm

After XP starts up, plug back in Win7 HD which can now be booted separately via the BIOS one-time Boot Menu key, or you can format it in XP Disk Management or using this method: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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15 Jul 2010   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Greg, I saved that link I couldn't find the one I thought I had.
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15 Jul 2010   #16
devan5

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Do you want to reinstall Win7? Or just format and use it's HD for something else?


To recover the System MBR into XP, you need to unplug the Win7 HD, boot into XP CD to run a Repair Install: Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2

After XP starts up, plug back in Win7 HD which can now be booted separately via the BIOS one-time Boot Menu key, or you can format it in XP Disk Management or using this method: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
If possible i need to reformat the drive with just win 7 on it and re install win 7 back on it.

thanks
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15 Jul 2010   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devan5 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If possible i need to reformat the drive with just win 7 on it and re install win 7 back on it.

thanks
Clean Install Windows 7
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16 Jul 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Thanks Greg, I saved that link I couldn't find the one I thought I had.
This is the more popular one but it tends to confuse people with all of it's side warnings: How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install. Kept me up all night first time I did one.

Compare them and tell me which one you find easiest to understand. They both have their weaknesses. Nothing close to a SevenForums tutorial is available that I can find.
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16 Jul 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devan5 View Post
If possible i need to reformat the drive with just win 7 on it and re install win 7 back on it.

thanks
In that case, you can try doing a formatted clean reinstall of Win7 while XP is still plugged in as it should auto-configure the Windows Dual Boot again.

You should only need to Repair Install XP if you want it to boot independently via the BIOS boot order or one-time Boot Menu key accessed by tapping the key given on the first boot screen or in your mobo Manual.
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16 Jul 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Thanks Greg, I saved that link I couldn't find the one I thought I had.
This is the more popular one but it tends to confuse people with all of it's side warnings: How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install. Kept me up all night first time I did one.

Compare them and tell me which one you find easiest to understand. They both have their weaknesses. Nothing close to a SevenForums tutorial is available that I can find.


Yes, that's the one I had before and it does 'look scarier' at first glance than the other one.
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