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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

18 Nov 2009   #290
frank mango

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

After shrinking my drive(C) .I have restarted the computer and booted from the CD. When I "Press any key" (In my case the space bar)I don't see a picture as depicted in screen shoot step ....3 but the XP set up starts and continues until I get a message saying that that windows has ended the process to avoid potentially harm from occuring.
Why is the sequence incorrect?
How large should this unallocated space be, I just followed the example and used 40 GB
Something different I did do to attempt to remedy the situation is
I have assigned a letter to the "reserved space" ,I read that xp need to see these letter assignments.However this made no difference.


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18 Nov 2009   #291
220volt

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yeah, adding letter made no difference as you can see from my screenshot.
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18 Nov 2009   #292
frank mango

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Something is not right with what I am doing.
I allocate 40GB of space on my hard drive.(There is plenty of room on the drive)
I than successfully boot from the xp disc.
Upon pressing "any key" to continue (I used the space bar)...what happens is the XP set up starts, I do not see the image as depicted in screen shot step 3.
This set up continues until I get the blue screen of death telling me that windows has stopped in order to prevent dammage, The message suggests I use CHKDSK /f to look over the hard drive etc..
I am using a dell XPS that at one time had vista and now has W7(64)
I am using a new copy of xp(professional)OEM
Volume "E" reserved space = 100MB
Volume "C" before allocation = 297.99 GB
Was the 40GB that I allocated not enough?
Why is this going directlly to set up and not following the sequence as dipicted.
Can someone Kindly help?
Mango
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18 Nov 2009   #293
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Frank,

See if this helps:

Make a partition for XP and mark it active. Don't use Vista/7 partition tools - try Gparted, or Partition Wizard - free boot disc from here:

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

Then see if XP installs.
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18 Nov 2009   #294
frank mango

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

SIW2

Thanks for the response .I was working with an unallocated volume and now I have created a partition with name and a letter. I can see that this can be turned into an active partition with a right click selection but I get a warning that tells me,that this should only be done with a partition that contains a functioning operating system and marking this partition active will harm the computer.So I am timid to do so
what gives? Mango
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18 Nov 2009   #295
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

If you move the Active flag to another partition - you won't be able to boot into your currently installed o/s until you move it back.

If you install XP to that new active partition - hopefully it will install fine.

You will then only be able to boot into XP.

Move the Active flag back to the partition it is currently on ( I assume the 100mb one) - you will boot into 7 .

Add the Xp entry to the 7 boot menu by installing Easybcd 2.0.on 7.

EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

In Disk Management (or Partition Wizard) rt click the 100mb partition and give it a Drive letter - S is a good choice.

Click Add/Remove entries in Easy, select Windows NT/2K/XP/2K3 in the "Type" dropdown.

click Add entry. Let Easy autoconfigure.
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19 Nov 2009   #296
frank mango

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

SIW2
I am happy to report that I have never been so lost.I used the partition wizard and now my disc looks like this
E:System reserved NFTS 100MB 24.65MB 75.35MB Active and Boot Primary
F:Win_XP NFTS 40.55GB 87.14 Mb 40.47GB None Logical
C:Win_7 NFTS 257.43GB 39.21GB 218.38 System Primary
What do I do with this?
Mango
It should be completly evident that I am a rookie
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19 Nov 2009   #297
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

LOL.

With PW , Rt click the XP partition , select Modify>Set as Primary. Click Apply.

Then Rt click the XP partition ( now Primary) Modify>Set as Active. Click Apply.

The XP partition needs to be the only Active partition.

Install XP onto it.


When done, you will only boot into XP - then use PW to set the 100mb as the only Active partition.

Boot into 7 .

D/L Easybcd and add XP as in previous post.

Have Fun.
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19 Nov 2009   #298
frank mango

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

SIW2
Thanks for your effort on my behalf.It' past my bed time now so I will look into these changes tomorrow. I will let you know how it all goes
thanks again Mango
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19 Nov 2009   #299
220volt

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I am happy to report that I have successfully dual-booted Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and XP SP3 32bit.

For some reason my home made XP disk which I made with nlite to include service packs and other things did not see my newly created partition (which I made in Windows 7) when trying to install XP. Once I dusted off my original XP disk (which I bought in 2002) it recognized my new partition and I followed Bricks guide step-by-step with no issues whatsoever. It is one of the easiest things I've ever done in windows.

Thank you all again for great support.
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