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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

20 Apr 2012   #1720
river251

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Thanks...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why are you reinstalling XP - this was not at all suggested? This will again steal the boot from Win7 requiring you to start it up again to add XP using EasyBCD.

To do this mark Win7 Active and run up to 3 separate Startup Repairs.
Thanks Theog...I probably sound like I'm trying to be difficult but I promise I'm not.

Yes, that's my machine.

The software I need to run under XP is Eprime (Psychology Software Tools: Stimulus Presentation Software and Hardware for Research, Assessment, and Education). It interacts with low level hardware. The company will not support it run in a virtual OS, assuming it would even work. I need to run it under XP. I have done this with my laptop using this site, and it works fine. I will try going forward without streaming in the drivers and hope it works.

Your second suggestion, wiping the drive and installing XP, sounds like it would not get me a dual boot win7 + XP machine. I use win7 64 to run matlab under 16 gigs of ram. Just need to program in Eprime sometimes.

Will let you know what happened (or didn't).

Jim


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21 Apr 2012   #1721
river251

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
what happened

I got the blue screen of death when XP tried to boot off the install CD. I am guessing this means that either the install version of XP can't see the CD/DVD drive, or it can't see the hard drive. I thought XP boots from the CD or DVD drive. This would mean I need an XP driver for the CD/DVD drive? Or does this mean that as you said I need the SATA driver for XP for my machine?

Thanks...this is the error I got....quoted from a web site:

The most popular Blue Screen of Death error in Windows is the STOP 0x0000007B error, sometimes called the 0x7b error or the "INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE" BSOD.

This BSOD (which is actually the common name for a STOP Error) could mean that there's a serious hardware problem with a hard drive controller, a driver issue, or even a boot sector virus.
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21 Apr 2012   #1722
kimicg

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why are you reinstalling XP - this was not at all suggested? This will again steal the boot from Win7 requiring you to start it up again to add XP using EasyBCD.

To do this mark Win7 Active and run up to 3 separate Startup Repairs.
It was really very confusing, so its better to start fresh, from scratch. One more thing, this Bios have automatic option for AHCI, which i belive cause all the problems. So i will put on manual and AHCI enabled and start fresh.
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21 Apr 2012   #1723
kimicg

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes that did the trick, thank you gregrocker for you're help. So for everybody , check you're bios settings before you start dual boot installation, it will save you couple of hours of you're life and a lot less greys on you're head :) .
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21 Apr 2012   #1724
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
This is a work machine, so would prefer not trying to get the OS from anywhere except the official CD my IT people require I use.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
Your second suggestion, wiping the drive and installing XP, sounds like it would not get me a dual boot Windows 7 + XP machine.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Is this the Dell PC you are talking about?



Dell OptiPlex 780 Specs (Core 2 Duo E8400 3 GHz) - Desktops - CNET Reviews



Quote:
Operating System / Software



OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade


If Yes,


2) Reformat the HD Drive & Install XP Pro with the Dell XP Professional downgrade rights DVD. No drivers needed.
Than install Windows 7 as in Option One.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
I use Windows 7 64 to run matlab under 16 gigs of ram. Just need to program in Eprime sometimes.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
The most popular Blue Screen of Death error in Windows is the STOP 0x0000007B error, sometimes called the 0x7b error or the "INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE" BSOD.

This BSOD (which is actually the common name for a STOP Error) could mean that there's a serious hardware problem with a hard drive controller, a driver issue, or even a boot sector virus.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
This is a work machine, so would prefer not trying to get the OS from anywhere except the official CD my IT people require I use.
Problem One: No Sata controller drivers in your XP CD.
Install drivers with a Floppy Disk.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

Problem Two: 16 gigs of ram.
Trying installing XP with 2 gigs of ram

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by river251 View Post
The software I need to run under XP is Eprime (Psychology Software Tools: Stimulus Presentation Software and Hardware for Research, Assessment, and Education). It interacts with low level hardware. The company will not support it run in a virtual OS, assuming it would even work. I need to run it under XP. I have done this with my laptop using this site, and it works fine.

I can not help with the your software.
Psychology Software Tools: Stimulus Presentation Software and Hardware for Research, Assessment, and Education
Screenshot from your link.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-capture0001.png

I would have a word with there Support team.
or you can open a thread in
Software - Windows 7 Forums


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24 Apr 2012   #1725
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 
Please Help!

Hello Everyone!

I just purchased a new HDD, and loaded windows 7 on it. I already have my main HDD with windows xp on it.

I followed the instructions here as to how to load windows 7 on #2 HDD, while having windows xp on the other.

I installed windows 7 on the new HDD, and everything went good, up until I logged off after the install was complete.

Now it won't show the new drive in the boot menu in bios.

I downloaded the EASYBCD and it gave me an error. Maybe it is outdated or something. Or maybe it won't work with windows xp.!?

Any help to correcting my issue would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advanced!

John G.
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25 Apr 2012   #1726
kimicg

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GammaG View Post
Hello Everyone!

I just purchased a new HDD, and loaded windows 7 on it. I already have my main HDD with windows xp on it.

I followed the instructions here as to how to load windows 7 on #2 HDD, while having windows xp on the other.

I installed windows 7 on the new HDD, and everything went good, up until I logged off after the install was complete.

Now it won't show the new drive in the boot menu in bios.

I downloaded the EASYBCD and it gave me an error. Maybe it is outdated or something. Or maybe it won't work with windows xp.!?

Any help to correcting my issue would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advanced!

John G.
EASYBCD wont work without Framework 2.0
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25 Apr 2012   #1727
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Which OS is booting now because it's HD is set first to boot in BIOS boot order?

Try to reboot and trigger the other HD by tapping the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen. You may need to click on HD to expand choices. But some mobos don't give a choice.

In this case set Win7 HD first to boot, boot into WIn7 to install EasyBCD, add XP on Add OS Entry menu, accept offered boot files, Save, reboot.
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25 Apr 2012   #1728
GammaG

Windows XP Pro
 
 

[/QUOTE]EASYBCD wont work without Framework 2.0[/QUOTE]

Hello kimicg,

I tried to install the .net framework 2.0, but it would not let me. It said to remove any other .net 2.0 stuff in add/remove programs. I tried uninstalling them, but windows xp said that I could not uninstall them. I guess I will have to try some other approach.

Thanks for wanting to help!

John G.
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25 Apr 2012   #1729
kimicg

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

EASYBCD wont work without Framework 2.0[/QUOTE]

Hello kimicg,

I tried to install the .net framework 2.0, but it would not let me. It said to remove any other .net 2.0 stuff in add/remove programs. I tried uninstalling them, but windows xp said that I could not uninstall them. I guess I will have to try some other approach.

Thanks for wanting to help!

John G.[/QUOTE]

Strange problem you got there with EASYBCD, write exact error. I suppose new HDD is Sata, what about old drive with XP?

Of course i want to help, i was here couple days ago also with the problem, i know how frustrating can be :)
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