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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

19 Mar 2011   #1190
Paper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@gregrocker Inside advanced boot options, there isn't the option "Repair your computer". Also, at the top it doesn't say Choose Advanced Options for: Windows 7, it says Windows Setup.

@SIW2 Don't have a key for bios

With Recovery disc in drive, I got into Advanced Boot Options, from there I selected "Start Windows Normally", but before selecting, I removed the Recovery disc. Then I got into System Recovery Options and selected Startup Repair, it restore my computer to its previous state.

Don't know if that was the correct procedure, but I appreciate SIW2 and gregrocker's help. I will retry this tutorial. Thanks again.


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20 Mar 2011   #1191
Paper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the tutorial! Dual boot successful!
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21 Mar 2011   #1192
dan1983

Windows 7 Family Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi again Dan -

There's nothing installed on F. What I would do is delete that Partition in Disk Management, or using the XP installation CD, then create New partition there and full format it with XP CD. See if that helps.

Hi gregrocker,

Actually I started installing Win XP on F. The first step of the installation (when files are copied from cd to partition) was OK. Then it reboots the computer and there I got the loading Operating System error. The installation of XP was not finished, that's why you see nothing installed on F.

I would like to finish the installation but don't know how.
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21 Mar 2011   #1193
gregrocker

 

Why don't you try my suggestion? XP uses a different partition table than Win7 so creating and formatting with it's CD sometimes helps.

If not, please post back the verbatim fail message.
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22 Mar 2011   #1194
cohbra

Windows 7 Home Premium & XP Pro Dual Boot
 
 

I am trying to work through the tutorial With Windows 7 installed first, however, when I am installing XP and need to select the partition I have created for it, the only visible partition is...

C: Partition1 [Unknown] 131072 MB < 131071 free>

How do I get my partitions to show up? I am assuming that it is because my XP install disk does not have any service pack updates on it, but I am not familiar enough with slipstreaming or how to get the service pack updates without XP already installed so I can download them.


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22 Mar 2011   #1195
gregrocker

 

Strange that no System partition is listed - we have to guess it is the 1.46 gb since that is labeled Active. Is that an XP Recovery partition as it is too small to be for Vista or Win7? If so has it generated the Recovery DIsks or will it run from boot?

First I would delete the two partitions created for XP and "Share" at the end of the HD, boot the XP CD to create and full format your XP partition during install.

If this fails, I would consider wiping the HD of possible boot sector corruption to clean reinstall Win7 after installing XP so that Win7 configures the Dual Boot correctly as it does when installed last. SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums

If this sounds like more trouble than it is worth, consider trying to install XP programs to Win7 in Compatibility Mode, or virtualize XP in Win7 using VMWare, VIrtual Player or Virtual Box.
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22 Mar 2011   #1196
cohbra

Windows 7 Home Premium & XP Pro Dual Boot
 
 

I think I might have got it working now, XP is installing at the moment. I'm not sure why disk manager wasn't showing a system partition anywhere either. Actually, I didn't even notice that until you mentioned it. I did figure out how to slipstream SP2 updates into my install disk though and it corrected the issue with the partitions not showing up correctly during the XP install. Also, the disk 0 partition 1 showed up as the system disk. BTW, I already created my backups as well. I will post back with updates hopefully after the installation is complete. Thank you for your help.
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24 Mar 2011   #1197
Prado

Win7 Pro X64
 
 

Hi ... I've read the tutorial ... but not through the 120 pages of posts!

I have Win7 x64 fresh installed on a new drive. When I first formatted, I created a partition on the new drive for XP, which was previously on the system. I have an Acronis Disc Image of my former XP install loaded on an external drive.

I think I'm ready to go ... but I have become concerned about (1) any chance of losing my Win7 installation; (2) what will happen with my XP install as I am placing it on other than a 'C' drive in my current system; (3) whether the former system will work now that it's on a new drive (although physically on the same mobo connection) and I have increased my installed RAM; and finally, (4) what will happen with the whole 'bootloader' issue when I power up the first time.

As noted, the only physical changes are that the hard drive where my Win7 is installed is a physical replacement of what set at that mobo connection and that I have increased my RAM from 1 2x2 pair to 4 2x2 pairs. My system is also Scsi Attached Sata (SAS) if that is of any consideration in my questions.

Can anyone provide me direction?

Thank you.

Prado
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24 Mar 2011   #1198
gregrocker

 

You can use Acronis True Image installed to Win7 to reimage XP to the partition you created; under Options choose Primary partition but do not set Active, also do not copy the MBR or Track0. Set it to auto determine the drive letter.

Once XP is reimaged, immediately install EasyBCD 2.0 to Win7, on Add OS tab Add XP by name, type and let it autocomplete drive letter, accept any offered boot files. Restart the computer and you should have a Dual Boot Menu. EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies
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25 Mar 2011   #1199
Prado

Win7 Pro X64
 
 

Thanks for the quick response.

Just one other thing I didn't think about before. I've never installed Acronis on Win7. I just have the Acronis boot disc from when I made the image with Acronis loaded to XP.

Any reason I can't install the image directly using the boot disc instead of from Win7?

Or ... does that create extra steps, or not work with the proceedure you've outlined?

Thanks again.

Prado
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