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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

25 Mar 2012   #1690
gregrocker

 

Which will boot?


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27 Mar 2012   #1691
ren2mac

 
 

i'm sorry.. what do you mean 'which will boot?'? is this a reply to my previous post?
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27 Mar 2012   #1692
gregrocker

 

If XP is booting, then start Win7 now by marking it Active then running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
Partition - Mark as Active

Then install EasyBCD to add XP, accept offered boot files, Save, reboot.

If Win7 is the OS which will boot now, in EasyBCD Edit OS to delete XP, then add it again.
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31 Mar 2012   #1693
Rockevangel

xp pro 32 / Win 7 32 and 64
 
 

I followed your steps on dual booting, and everything went fine.
My comp tech level is almost non existent, and I found your instructions easy to follow.
That being said, I have 1 problem. When I boot my system, the screen to choose which operating system I want to use popes up then is gone in a split second. Its there just long enough for me to recognize it from the picture you linked in the forum. Fortunately it appears to be defaulted to win 7 which is my primary operating sys.
How do I get more time to make my decision?
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31 Mar 2012   #1694
Rockevangel

xp pro 32 / Win 7 32 and 64
 
 

Never mind. Found it in the system setings area. Was set to 3 seconds, changed it to 30.
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05 Apr 2012   #1695
thetranslator

windows 7
 
 

Hello, I have managed to get Windows XP Running : Using Option 2

But, When trying to get the Windows 7 Back no luck After Booting the Disk i either get a error, or the Window 7 partion is not found when it is being searched

Please Help Thank You
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05 Apr 2012   #1696
gregrocker

 

In that case I would start Win7 and install EasyBCD to add XP, which often works better. EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)

To start Win7, mark Active either the Win7 partition or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred): Partition - Mark as Active

Then boot the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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07 Apr 2012   #1697
thetranslator

windows 7
 
 

Cheers Solved
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13 Apr 2012   #1698
srashid

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 
Dual Boot Problem

Shawn:

This procedure looks very similar to one I used to set up a dual boot with Vista/XP several years ago. I'm now trying to do the same on another laptop set up with Windows 7, since ssome of our older codes still require XP. However, I'm not getting the screens shown in steps 3, 4, and 5 (Windows 7 is installed first), even though I have set up the second partition. XP tries to install directly to the C partition, but fails (luckily) because the computer won't let it overwrite Windows 7.

Have you got any idea what's causing my issue?

Thanks.

- Steve R.
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13 Apr 2012   #1699
gregrocker

 

Where did you get the XP CD? Is it SP3? You'd do best to find an XP CD for your version with SP3, making sure it's correctly OEM- or retail-specific. Then boot it to see if you get the correct install screens as shown.
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