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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

06 Mar 2010   #680
kjgarrison

win xp, win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello KJ.,

This can help show you how to change how long the Windows Boot Manager waits for you to select a OS at boot.

Operating System to Start - Change Display List Time


If you do not have Windows 7 listed and only XP, then you can install only EasyBCD (step 7 Method Two) or EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds (preferred) to add Windows 7 the same way to the boot list.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks, Shawn. I added a few seconds to making the choice. I had no problem with both "Previous version" and Windows 7 showing, so I didn't need EasyBCD.

I don't recall if you said to do it this way, but I have the HD with XP as the one and only boot drive, yet I get the dual boot choice of both XP and W7. (I added Win7 to a new HD in a computer already with XP Pro.) And it is in W7 that I edit the Boot Manager. I haven't checked, but I'm pretty sure that if I set up my Win7 drive as the one and only boot drive, I don't get a choice.

Another little thing that I think I "discovered" during the installation of Win7 to an already existing XP machine is that during the installation there comes a time when Win 7 starts booting from it's HD and not the CD drive. So, I set up the Win 7 HD as the first boot drive and the CD-ROM as the second. When it was ready to use the HD, it was seamless. Maybe that was unnecessary, but when I had the CD-ROM drive as first, it kept going to the starting of the installation causing me to have to re-enter everything.

A little annoyance is that I expected Win 7 to ask me what I want to do about partitions, but it never did. My new HD for the install was a 1TB drive. After the install was finished, I did the shrink thing on this "C Drive", but it would only go down to about 450GB because of sectors that couldn't be moved apparently. I wish I had set up the partitions before starting the install of Win7. I don't really need a 450GB C drive.

Still, your tutorial is priceless, and in my opinion adding Win7 to an XP setup is the simplest.

My plan is to get Win7 up and working right (still having some drivers growing pains, glitchy drops of internet access, scratchy music playback, inability to get more precise about what folder to get files for music, and lockups) and then do away with XP. Not anytime soon, though. My XP setup is nearly flawless. I had to use one of my Norton Internet Security licenses on the Win 7 install, probably because I don't know how to make it work with both ...


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06 Mar 2010   #681
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

KJ,

You might see how the free Partition Wizard Home Edition may work for you on resizing the partitions how you like. It is more advanced than Disk Management.
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08 Mar 2010   #682
kittleboy

 

for number 6 of method one,
after i installed windows 7 on drive d, ( xp was on drive c ) , there was no such a screen for choosing between OSes. ?!
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08 Mar 2010   #683
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Kittleboy,

You might check to see how long the time is set for to display the Windows Boot Manager screen to see if it may be unchecked or just set to a to short of amount of time to see it at boot.

Operating System to Start - Change Display List Time

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Mar 2010   #684
kjgarrison

win xp, win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
KJ,

You might see how the free Partition Wizard Home Edition may work for you on resizing the partitions how you like. It is more advanced than Disk Management.
Thank you. Amazing free program!
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10 Mar 2010   #685
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome KJ.
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11 Mar 2010   #686
rEnEeK

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

great, very thanks for 2nd method
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11 Mar 2010   #687
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome rEnEeK, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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12 Mar 2010   #688
rEnEeK

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you Brink, you very helped me with this tutorial!
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13 Mar 2010   #689
kevin12331

Windows 7
 
 

hey guys I'm new here and I noticed that you helped a lot of people in the comment section of this forum so I figured I'd give it a shot seeing as how I have a slight problem!

I'm running windows 7 64bit (C: Drive ) and I just installed (and im actually using at the moment) Windows XP x32.
my first question is: Will the 64/32 bit be a problem with the boot files?
of course you might need more information to answer that question so here we go:

When I followed this guide I actually got to a OS selection screen. I tried windows 7 first and it worked perfectly. But when I restarted my computer and tried to log onto XP again it gave me an error (that of which I can't remember to share). Anyway, I couldn't log on.

When I'm logged into windows 7 : windows 7 is the C: and windows XP is the E:
when im logged into windows XP: windows 7 is still the C: but windows XP is now the D:

Should I change these letters for windows XP before using that boot program?
and my last question: What the heck is going wrong?
- I can provide any screen shots if needed
-also.. On my BCD run on windows XP it shows both 7/XP allocated as the correct drives of C/D... which confuses me on why I don't get the screen



also : some more infos from my BCD:


Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-us
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {15671a6e-9846-11de-a060-00e04c680006}
resumeobject {15671a6d-9846-11de-a060-00e04c680006}
displayorder {15671a6e-9846-11de-a060-00e04c680006}
{98216efe-2ee2-11df-a9c5-0026b61a29e2}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {15671a6e-9846-11de-a060-00e04c680006}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-us
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {15671a6d-9846-11de-a060-00e04c680006}
nx OptIn

Real-mode Boot Sector
---------------------
identifier {98216efe-2ee2-11df-a9c5-0026b61a29e2}
device partition=D:
path \NTLDR
description Windows XP
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