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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

01 Nov 2009   #250
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Karlston View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
In the case you just specified the HD to which the 7 mbr is written depends which HD is first in the Bios boot order.
Ah I see... that's good to know.

So I can leave my XP drive completely untouched by putting the new drive above the XP drive in the boot sequence before installing Win7. I suspected as much, just needed a guru to confirm it.

Excellent, many thanks!

Yes, that will be fine. You may wish to add an XP entry to the 7 boot menu.

Post a screenie when you have installed 7 and someone will explain how.

In your case - it is not the same as the tutorial.


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02 Nov 2009   #251
Karlston

XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, that will be fine. You may wish to add an XP entry to the 7 boot menu.

Post a screenie when you have installed 7 and someone will explain how.

In your case - it is not the same as the tutorial.
Thanks, I was planning to run EasyBCD from Windows 7 to add the XP entry. Is that right?

If it's still needed, what do I take the screenie of?
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02 Nov 2009   #252
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi sorry, I meant a screenie of Disk Management window - while booted into 7.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Karlston View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, that will be fine. You may wish to add an XP entry to the 7 boot menu.

Post a screenie when you have installed 7 and someone will explain how.

In your case - it is not the same as the tutorial.
Thanks, I was planning to run EasyBCD from Windows 7 to add the XP entry. Is that right?

If it's still needed, what do I take the screenie of?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2009   #253
Mindcrime

Windows 7
 
 

Just wanted to let everyone know that I got XP working with EasyBCD. I had to download the latest Beta Build instead of the version I had. Then I deleted the XP entry that it had when I opened it the first time and I added XP again and hit the Auto Config button and it works great. I can now boot to either Win 7 or XP at startup without going into the BIOS.
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02 Nov 2009   #254
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news MindCrime. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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04 Nov 2009   #255
vlaidler

windows 7
 
 

Hi there, I followed all of the instructions on the site and managed to successfully get my computer to dual boot (with Windows 7 initally on my computer and XP as my 2nd OS).

However , when I am on windows 7, my C: drive is my normal C: drive as it should be but when I switch on to XP, my C: drive is my recovery partition of my hard drive and what should be my C: drive is actually displayed as my D: drive. Is there anyway around this? Thanks in advance.
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05 Nov 2009   #256
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vlaidler View Post
Hi there, I followed all of the instructions on the site and managed to successfully get my computer to dual boot (with Windows 7 initally on my computer and XP as my 2nd OS).

However , when I am on windows 7, my C: drive is my normal C: drive as it should be but when I switch on to XP, my C: drive is my recovery partition of my hard drive and what should be my C: drive is actually displayed as my D: drive. Is there anyway around this? Thanks in advance.
Hello Vlaidler, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That may be due to the "System Reserved" partition that Windows 7 creates. Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window while in XP to help see what it says?
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06 Nov 2009   #257
vlaidler

windows 7
 
 

Thanks alot for the reply. Here's the screenshot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-screenshot.jpg

I only just purchased this (Dell) PC a week ago and I have found out how the recovery partition got there. I'm just confused as to why its my C: drive in XP.

http://support.dell.com/support/topi...doclang=en&cs=

Thanks in advance.


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06 Nov 2009   #258
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not easily.

I wouldn't try changing the letters of an installed o/s.
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06 Nov 2009   #259
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Vlaidler,

I agree with SIW. If it is working ok as is, then I would not touch it.
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