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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

14 Dec 2009   #350
John A

Win7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

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Q2) You can use the same tutorial below in each OS to hide both of them from each other.
System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums
Thanks again for your help.

In XP, following that tutorial doesn't hide drive S in "My Computer", although it does make it look empty (I hope it isn't really - haven't booted into Win7 since to test).

I (perhaps strangely) had a "MountedDevice1" entry above "MountedDevices", which I just ignored. Might this be the cause (it was full of similar stuff to the "MountedDevices" key)?

I had also earlier changed the drive icon for "S" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Driveicons/S/DefaultIcon to a Win7 icon that I found....could this entry be causing the ghost drive?




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14 Dec 2009   #351
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What does it show when you have "MountedDevice1" selected?

You will also need to remove the entry for the custom icon for the S: drive as well. That may be what it is.
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14 Dec 2009   #352
John A

Win7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

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Q1) Yes, you sure can. I would make the changes in Windows 7 though.
Operating System to Start - Change Display List Time

and

Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS
I started on those tutorials, but in the "Startup and Recovery" settings the "Default Operating System" is blank, and the drop-down is also populated with blank items (although there are two of them). This led me to the "Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager" tutorial, but trying bcdedit in an elevated command prompt gives an error about not finding the file...??

FYI at the boot menu my options are given as "Earlier version of Windows" and "Windows 7". I'm naturally very wary of any changes here as I can't risk my Win XP installation not being accessible!

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What does it show when you have "MountedDevice1" selected?
"MountedDevice1" is populated with what looks like a lot of similar stuff to "MountedDevices". I had a quick Google and it seems the "MountedDevice1" entry is from a PartitionMagic (which I had installed some time ago) operation and is ignored by the OS, so I don't think this is the problem.

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You will also need to remove the entry for the custom icon for the S: drive as well. That may be what it is.
I removed the custom icon, but the drive is still listed in "My Computer" but is empty and I can't save anything to it (gives an error). I have successfully booted into Win 7 so the drive is fine. Although, attempting to hide the XP drive there has the same results - the drive shows in "My Computer" but is unusable. I guess that's acceptable as nothing is going to happen to them when in the other OS, but it's not perfect and it's annoying seeing them there....
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14 Dec 2009   #353
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok John, I have one more weapon for you to try to completely hide the drives from each other with the tutorial below.

Drive - Hide or Unhide - Vista Forums
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15 Dec 2009   #354
John A

Win7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ok John, I have one more weapon for you to try to completely hide the drives from each other with the tutorial below.

Drive - Hide or Unhide - Vista Forums
Excellent, thanks! That finally did it

Will EasyBCD perhaps help in solving my OS naming / choosing problem, or is it deep rooted?
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15 Dec 2009   #355
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome John. It will not hurt anything to try METHOD TWO to see if you can rename the OS using EasyBCD.

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager
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15 Dec 2009   #356
John A

Win7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

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You're welcome John. It will not hurt anything to try METHOD TWO to see if you can rename the OS using EasyBCD.

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager
When I run EasyBCD in Windows 7, I get the attached alert. It doesn't look friendly at all, is it safe to say "YES"?


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15 Dec 2009   #357
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome John. It will not hurt anything to try METHOD TWO to see if you can rename the OS using EasyBCD.

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager
When I run EasyBCD in Windows 7, I get the attached alert. It doesn't look friendly at all, is it safe to say "YES"?
Yes, go ahead and click on YES to allow it to fix it.
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15 Dec 2009   #358
John A

Win7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by John A View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome John. It will not hurt anything to try METHOD TWO to see if you can rename the OS using EasyBCD.

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager
When I run EasyBCD in Windows 7, I get the attached alert. It doesn't look friendly at all, is it safe to say "YES"?
Yes, go ahead and click on YES to allow it to fix it.
Hmmm....I get a series of alerts after that, which just cycle round and round

I'm beginning to think this is to much bother given the end result I'm after (saving me 2 keystrokes at boot)....but at the same time I'm concerned that something isn't as it should be


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15 Dec 2009   #359
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

John,

You may need to run this from within Windows XP instead since it was installed first and will have the boot file. Plus XP is now hidden from Windows 7, so this may be why it's not finding it.
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