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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

01 Dec 2009   #330
daverozelle

Windows 7 Home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ms7165 View Post
Brink, this is by far the easiest and best explanation I have found on setting up dual boot when Windows 7 is the original OS. Since the post was made in April and the 7 has become available in the most current build I want to be certain that the procedure for adding XP Pro to an existing Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit has not changed since this April post. I am about to attempt the installation and want to be certain I am using the most recent process. Thanks

I just finished doing this for my HP (Model #: p6210y) and had a few hoops to jump through to get my XP install CD to work with my newer SATA drivers. If you have a newer PC and have SATA drives, you might have similar issues. I will look up the url's that helped me get around that hurdle unless someone here beats me to it.


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02 Dec 2009   #331
ms7165

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64
 
 

Yep, I will be dealing with a SATA drive so any help will be appreciated.
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02 Dec 2009   #332
daverozelle

Windows 7 Home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ms7165 View Post
Yep, I will be dealing with a SATA drive so any help will be appreciated.
Check out this thread, it has links to some of the articles I used... LINK
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06 Dec 2009   #333
zippster

xp
 
 
Can you use the upgrade to create a dual boot?

Can the upgrade version of Home Premium be used for a Dual Boot installation or is the full version required (I can't seem to find a definitive answer on this). I currently have XP 32bit on C: and would like to install Win7 64bit on a separate drive. So I would use Method 1 Step 2. When I get to Step 5 it says to go to step 9 of a Clean install. Since I have an upgrade disk should I go to How to Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version?
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07 Dec 2009   #334
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Zippster, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If it is a retail Upgrade Windows 7 and not a student or OEM version, then yes you can use it a dual boot with XP using the same method in this tutorial on the first page.
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07 Dec 2009   #335
zippster

xp
 
 

Thanks Brink. So I would go through the installation process without activation and then activate manually? I read somewhere that to do a clean install with an upgrade disk you have to go through the setup twice. The first time without entering the product key. Then the second time you enter the product key and activate. Is this not required?
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07 Dec 2009   #336
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Zippster,

If you have what I said in my post above, then you will not need to do it twice like with Vista. Instead you can just follow the tutorial on the first page as is.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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09 Dec 2009   #337
dgusoff

Windows 7
 
 
Worked for me

Thanks, this worked great! I had to install XP after 7 so my daughter could run one of her games. After the install I realized I had overwritten my Windows 7 boot loader. BCDEdit got me back on track. Thanks!
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09 Dec 2009   #338
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Dgusoff, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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11 Dec 2009   #339
DualBooter

XP / 7
 
 
Tutorial incomplete / corrected

Hi there,

first of all: great tutorial!!!
But method 2 does not work on my system.

System:
Win 7 installed first.
Goal to install Win XP in parallel as dual-boot

Issue:
During installation of XP (step 6), XP requires a reboot.
After reboot MBR is corrupt, does not boot either Win 7 nor Win XP

Solution:
6a) XP reboots. Failure message (MBR is corrupt)
6b) Insert Win 7 installation CD. Reboot from Win 7 CD. Use auto repair function to recover MBR.
6c) Remove CD. Reboot. Win 7 starts again.
7) In Win7. Install "EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Build 76" NOT "EasyBCD 1.7.2". You need to register before download (all free).
7a) Follow no.8) of original tutorial.
EasyBCD copies original NTLDR, NTDETECT to your Win XP drive.
In "change settings" take care to choose the correct partitions for Win 7 and Win XP.

That's how it works on my system.
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