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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

22 Jun 2011   #1320

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wood View Post
Theog - thanks for the quick reply!

1) Win xp is not happy using the Marvell controller, use the Intel.
Does this mean that I will need to disconnect my HD from the Marvell SATA connector on my motherboard, and plug it into one of the Intel SATA connectors?
Will that cause any problems with my current install of Windows7?

2) Win xp is not happy with more than 4gb of ram.
I am probably not going to take out RAM, so does that mean I should abandon trying a dual boot of XP? I read on one site that I should pull some RAM, install XP and then re-insert the RAM after the install is complete. Is that good advice? It seemed a little scary to me.

3) When slipstreaming the Intel drivers, best to add all the controllers,
using both setup inf files.
Thanks! I can give this a try. Should I avoid slipstreaming the Marvell drivers altogether and only slipstream the Intel drivers?

Thanks for the help!
1) yes, but you need to do a Startup Repair on Windows 7
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

2) pull some RAM out, would be worth a try.

3) would be worth avoiding the Marvell drivers altogether

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22 Jun 2011   #1321

windows 7 32bit
dual boot with windows 7 and xp

hi your tutorial was really helpfull i only have a problem at the end. when i select windows 7 it works find but when i select windows xp it comes to a blank black screen and no massage. also when i insert the xp disk nothing happen.

please help.
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22 Jun 2011   #1322
Microsoft MVP


Which Method in the tutorial did you use? Were all steps followed exactly?

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Tell us what's on each partition.

If you used EasyBCD 2.02, please also post a screenshot of its listings.
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22 Jun 2011   #1323

windows 7 32bit

windows 7 was install first and ai followed all the step to the end with no problem.

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22 Jun 2011   #1324

windows 7 32bit

i used easybcd 2.1

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22 Jun 2011   #1325
Microsoft MVP


The drive is not showing correctly for XP in the EasyBCD listings.

What I would do is choose Easy's "Edit Boot Menu" tab then highlight and delete the XP listing.

Next choose Add New Entry tab and add XP with correct drive letter D as seen from Win7. Save and restart.

See if that helps.
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22 Jun 2011   #1326

windows 7 32bit

i done it but it still gives me the same problem
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22 Jun 2011   #1327

windows 7 32bit

here is the listing of easybcd after i done it

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22 Jun 2011   #1328
Microsoft MVP


I'd run a Repair Install on XP, or reinstall it.

Then start Win7 by marking it Active in XP Disk Mgmt, booting Win7 DVD Repair Console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts on its own.

Then add XP from Win7 using EasyBCD 2.02.

Have you tried installing your XP programs to Win7 using Compatibility Mode or virtualizing XP in Win7 using VirtualBox, VirtualPlayer, or VMWare freeware? A lot easier.
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24 Jun 2011   #1329

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 and Windows XP Professional SP3 x32 (Dual Boot)

Just wanted to say thanks for the tutorial, Brink! I used it back in November when I needed it install XP as a Dual Boot along with the Windows 7 that was already in there.

I have an Acer Aspire 5732Z, so I couldn't (and still can't) load XP (and the boot disk) right off the bat, since I needed to change the BIOS setting from AHCI to IDE (and have to switch to AHCI for 7). After I installed XP, try as I could with VistaBootPRO, I couldn't get the Boot Manager to show up, and it was problematic since my laptop didn't come with a Windows 7 installation disk. Luckily, I just went to the Boot Menu and picked "Boot from Hard Drive", and just like that, Windows 7 was able to load. Then, I was able to use VistaBootPRO to set up the Boot Screen.
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