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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

11 May 2011   #1280
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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Perfect, Theog. IReboot installs to the taskbar a Reboot Menu.
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Least "choosey" method I know of is to set Win7 as default with 5-10 second menu timeout, so that you really don't have to do anything or wait long unless you know you want to boot into XP.

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Hi Greg

Or the OP can add iReboot to EasyBCD.

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I tested this on a dual boot machine I use often and find that it works good for me. Thanks for the tip Ray.
You are both welcome.


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12 May 2011   #1281
WIRZXU

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hi,
I just bought a Sony Vayo VPCF1 with i7 processor and whish to install in one partition the WIN XP. I followed the advise given in your tutorial, exept that I di not press F6 to enter the Toshiba HDD drives, as I was not able to get them.
When the XP started to install it self, after loading all his drives a message appeared (see enclosed Pdf file).
Any advice?

Swiss regards: Reto


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File Type: pdf Problem by preparing PC for double boot.pdf (327.2 KB, 241 views)
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12 May 2011   #1282
gregrocker

 

What you must add at the F6 prompt is the XP Sata Controller, however XP only recognizes floppy drives via the F6 prompt. SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

So unless you have available a floppy drive to load in the XP SATA controller driver, what's required if you want to install XP is to slipstream the driver into the XP installer: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

What I would do first to avoid a lot of work is try installing my XP programs in Win7 Compatibility Mode. Next try running XP from Win7 virtually using XP Mode (if Ultimate or Prof), or freeware like Virtual Box, Virtual Player or VMWare. http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
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13 May 2011   #1283
i7 Lover

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Sorry for caps in title, trying to point out to people

I went to get assistance from a HP's official stores, and I explained to them what I was trying to do.

(Extra Info - My problem was that when I come to choosing were to install windows XP, the setup does not show any partitions.)

The guy said " is your computer i7 ? or i5? " I said its i7. he said straight away " you can totally forget about installing or dual booting windows XP on this Laptop".

( Its a HP Pavilion dv6 - 2.8 Ghz - i7 - 8 Gbs ram - 1 TB hard disk - ATI card - Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit)

He then explained : " Most new computers ( Desk and Laptops) hard disk's are new, and Windows XP setup can not recognize the hard disk."

Moreover he said : " Those people who keep talking about SATA and RAID setup, still use older computers, and therefore, the SATA/RAID system works for them."




TO SUM UP, IF YOUR COMPUTER IS i5 or i7 - YOU CAN CLOSE THIS THREAD BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INSTALL/ DUAL BOOT WINDOWS XP.
I know its a big disappointment, but I just thought I might help some one else, before they waste 3 days of their life pointlessly.
First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware.

You can check your HP notebook here:
General XP Downgrade Guide for HP Laptops - HP Support Forum
My Point STILL STANDS..
I checked the website you gave me
and HP DOES NOT support ANY DRIVERS for Win XP for my dv6 Notebook...
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14 May 2011   #1284
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, this stinks. I finally get around to doing this dual boot install, and after all that prep work of making sure there was plenty of room for an install of XP as well as space for installed games, it turns out I can't make any more partitions on my hard drive. Since I have no idea which ones are necessary for the system to run, and I can't delete the Logical drive since it holds all of my one key recovery files, looks like I'm stuck without XP.
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14 May 2011   #1285
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Post a screenie of Disk Mgmt window - there is probably a solution.

Installing a new o/s ( even xp ) will probably stop the usual access methods to your recovery partition anyway.
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14 May 2011   #1286
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

All right, here's the screen shot. So, if I install XP, my recovery button on my keyboard isn't going to work?


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14 May 2011   #1287
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Depends how the oem have set it up.

Quite likely the f key won't work after you install another o/s.

If they are using a custom winre.wim in the hidden recovery folder on your windows partition ( C) you should be able to get it back.

If they are using disk code to hook to their bootable wim - then probably not.

Hard to tell from here.
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14 May 2011   #1288
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I could always just create a recovery disk I suppose, so I guess losing the recovery button isn't that big of a deal. But is there anything I can remove partition wise so that I can finally get this install over with?
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14 May 2011   #1289
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Have a look at the contents of the recovery partition - and post a screenie.

There are a lot of ways to see inside.

Often a 3rd party explorer like freecommander will let you see inside ( run it as admin )

Or give it a drive letter in Disk Maganement.

That is if you really want to keep it - also - I would like to know what is in there.

If there is a bootable wim - should be no problem adding something for that after installing xp.
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