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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

14 May 2011   #1290
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The 200mb system partition could go - probably easiest - especially if you would prefer to keep the recov partition.


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14 May 2011   #1291
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Honestly there's nothing much inside the recovery partition than some drivers and whatever programs Lenovo decided to bloat the initial system with. After I make a recovery disk I really won't need it. But it would be nice to have just in case. Are you sure it'd be okay to get rid of that 200 mb partition? I just want to make sure, since it says it's a system partition.
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14 May 2011   #1292
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Always run off the manufacturer recovery discs - should be the first thing anyone does.


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Are you sure it'd be okay to get rid of that 200 mb partition? I just want to make sure, since it says it's a system partition.
Yes, it is fine.

Make your main windows partition "system" first:

In disk management rt click your win7 partition and mark it active.

Then boot the win 7 dvd /repair cd and run startup repair a couple of times.

Then restart - you will see disk management showing your win 7 partition as both Boot and Sytem - and you don't need the 200mb anymore.

When you install XP - it will write it's boot files to the system partition ( that is now the same as your win7 partition ).

That is why after installing XP - you can't boot straight into win 7 again.

The tutorial uses Easybcd to fix that.
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14 May 2011   #1293
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, let's say my computer didn't come with any windows 7 startup discs. In fact from what I hear, a lot of manufacturers aren't distributing the discs with the PCs anymore. So what would I do then?
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14 May 2011   #1294
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You will usually find the MS startup repair options on the manufacturer discs you are about to run off.

Otherwise, you can (normally ) run one off from within win 7 - just type the word create in start search box.

Click create recovery disc when it pops up.

That will be a standard win7 repair disc - startup repair options only - you can't install from it.

Some oem's disable that. So , if you don't have it - then just download the win 7 repair .iso and burn it to cd.

Download bottom of this page get the same bit version as you have installed-click HERE

Click the link for your bit version (64 bit ) - in your browser download window click Save File ok
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14 May 2011   #1295
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Hey there,

You don't actually need a disc to do Startup Repair. Starting with Win7, Microsoft decided to stop being annoying and install WinRE on the hard drive when you install the OS. Just hit F8 at startup, then select Repair my Computer. WinRE will launch, and you will be able to run Startup Repair from there, no disc required.

Heather

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14 May 2011   #1296
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Great, got the repair disc created, so I'll go ahead and change my partitions around. I'll come back if I need any more help or if everything goes to plan. Wish me luck!
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14 May 2011   #1297
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Keep us posted.

I hope you ran off the oem recov discs aleready .
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14 May 2011   #1298
sdevmanny

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, I got it installed, and got the operating system selection working. But now I'm having a different issue. I'm getting no sound other than an ear spitting beep when things happen, and I have no choices of audio devices in the sound menu. And a lot of devices in device manager aren't working. I've included the screenshot of device manager.

*Edit: Now that I think about it. It's possible that I'm having problems because my Windows 7 install is 64 bit and my XP install is 32 bit. Also, the sounds, wireless card and everything else are working just fine in windows 7


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14 May 2011   #1299
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Looks like you need xp drivers for your sound card?

Might have to hunt for them on the net.

Can't help with that - I never had XP.

You might look on www.driverpacks.net

try the bottom of this page -

http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/latest
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