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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

24 Jan 2010   #520


Thanks everyone, @ SIW2: that's what I thought but I figured I would follow the guide since I'm a noob. However, per your post I will try running it from 7 first. @ Grez: I will check out your posts if I have further issues, thanks for the info. @ Bert: Yup, exactly. It was my ethernet adapter drivers that were missing. Grabbed my msi installation disk and solved that - my modem is now operational in XP. Still having issues with my realtek integrated audio but I have downloaded a driver pack that should get me the rest of the way. The only thing left is to set up the dual boot option...

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24 Jan 2010   #521


Grez, I ended up needing to check out your posts; I'm not sure if my problem is the same type. I'm going to poke around in my boot.ini file like you did but if I don't see anything obvious I'm not going to mess with it just yet.

The problem is that after running easyBCD I have the dual boot option, but only 7 works. When I try to boot xp it says "NTLDR missing or corrupt". At first I was like you, and in easybcd set the drive letter to match the hdd where I had xp installed, but changing it back to C and rewriting didn't help. Any ideas?

EDIT: I also noticed that I did have a 100mb partition in 7 (this is a factory install of 7). I changed the drive letter to S: and selected that for my XP entry in easyBCD but I'm still having the same error when trying to boot XP...
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24 Jan 2010   #522

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Did you use Easybcd 2.0 ?

It is quite different from Easybcd 1.7.2 - that is why I posted the link for you to download it.
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24 Jan 2010   #523


OK, after using easyBCD 2.0, the dual boot is working! Thanks to everyone who helped out. BTW, if you're like me and used 1.7.2 then you will probably need to uninstall 1.7.2, install 2.0, delete your XP entry, uninstall the vista bootloader, then re-add XP reinstall/write the bootloader before XP will boot properly.

Only one more thing: no matter how many times I change the settings to 5 seconds before default boot, it still stays at 30 seconds. How can I make the change stick (yes I clicked save and I re-wrote the bootloader).

EDIT: BTW, you don't necessarily need to set the drive letter to your 100mb partition, as suggested in the guide. The neoSmart forums (where I downloaded easyBCD) say this: "Make sure EasyBCD's Windows XP entry points to the "system" drive and that it has NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM, BOOT.INI in the root directory." This is not necessarily your 100mb partition, as I discovered on these windows 7 forums:

System Reserved 100 Mb

(apparently we're not all in agreement about what the partition is there for, but in my case setting the XP entry's drive to c: worked and giving the partition a drive letter and setting it to that drive did not).

Just thought I would mention that.
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24 Jan 2010   #524

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Do you mean the 7 boot menu that first appears?

like this - make sure 7 is the one in the drop down , set 5, click Save settings.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-easy2.0-2010-01-24_223232-small-.jpg

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24 Jan 2010   #525


Thanks, it worked that time. I guess I didn't need to rewrite the bootloader? That probably puts the settings back at default.
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25 Jan 2010   #526

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CrusnikVIII View Post
TrevorOzzy, Thanks for your suggestion. Your method worked perfectly. I know have a Windows 7 and XP dual boot.
No problem dude, glad you got it working!
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25 Jan 2010   #527


I have tried and tried to get this to work. I've followed the instructions to a T! However, when try to boot the XP cd, it sends me to a blue screen telling me that I need to chksk/f....

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26 Jan 2010   #528

Windows 7 and Windows XP
Problem: Continuous set up loop for XP

My HDD is 500GB. I have Windows 7 and followed the instructions Method 2 to install XP to 2nd partition 160GB (created under disk management). However once it's copied all the files onto the HDD, it restarts and repeats the whole set up process all over again i.e "press any key to boot from CD". If I press a key the process repeats and files are copied; nothing happens if I don't do anything. Some things I've tried:

1) Removed the CD - "A disk read error occurred. Press Alt+Control+Del to restart"
2) Changed boot sequence back to HDD first and CD-ROM second - "A disk read error occurred. Press Alt+Control+Del to restart"
3) Re-inserted CD and restart - back to "Press any key to boot from CD" and back to same problem above.
4) I have tried two different XP disks but same problem.
5) Tried Quick format, full format and even "Leave current file system intact" in the set up step

So now I'm stuck on the ""A disk read error occurred. Press Alt+Control+Del to restart"! Any help will be appreciated. What have I miss or done incorrectly? Thanks
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27 Jan 2010   #529

Windows 7, 64-bit

G'day guys and gals,

I've had Windows 7 installed and i want to dual boot with XP.

my HDD is partitioned so i have installed XP on one of my partitions. But now i have installed EasyBCD but when i go to run the program 'EasyBCD' it comes up with the 'Valid BCD registry not detected' error.

please check out the screenshot attachments.

This occurs when i click 'yes' in the pics SS, then when i click 'OK', in the 2nd, then 'OK' in the 3rd

Please help, because now when i start up my PC, it starts in XP lol.

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Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-bcd.jpg   Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-yes.jpg   Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-yes2.jpg   Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP-yes3.jpg  
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