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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

25 Apr 2010   #740
stella

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

Thank you, Jonathan!

Would you please explain what you mean when you say the language screen? The disc opens with an AutoPlay screen, two choices: Run setup.exe, and Open folder to view files. So far I have only tried the second option, being unsure where Setup.exe might take me.

I am just trying to understand all the steps in the process of making my laptop a dual boot. Item 6 in Method Two says I may need to boot to the command prompt at startup using the Win 7 installation disc.

Lightbulb moment...I tried booting from the Reinstallation DVD, and got the language screen. Shift+F10 resulted in a black screen with this in the top (blue) bar "C:\Administrator:X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe". But the cursor is after this "X:\Sources>" If I type cd\, it changes to X:\. Is that the DVD command prompt?


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25 Apr 2010   #741
gbalch

Windows 7
 
 
Simplicity Would Help

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Kingism,

I have updated the tutorial to help with this. In METHOD TWO step 10, check to make sure that you select the drive letter that Windows 7 was installed on. Normally this would be C:

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I am 71 years old and have been working with Apple and IBM type computers since 1979. I began with the old Commodore units and as a contracting officer for the government I have probably purchased over a thousand IBM machines. I have been building computers for myself and others for 30 years and have probably built over 100. I used MS DOS since it evolved from PC DOS, and have used Windows since version 2.1.
I am always among the first to have to explore leading edge applications, and have had Windos 7 Professional for several months now. (I must confess that I did skip VISTA.) However, I continue to be dismayed at the failure of you eggheads in your capacity to simplify directions and explain in straight forward, clear terminology things like "Setting up a Dual Boot System". You truly are a bunch of 'Geeks".
Thank you, but I figured it out by myself.
GBalch
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25 Apr 2010   #742
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gbalch View Post
I am 71 years old and have been working with Apple and IBM type computers since 1979. I began with the old Commodore units and as a contracting officer for the government I have probably purchased over a thousand IBM machines. I have been building computers for myself and others for 30 years and have probably built over 100. I used MS DOS since it evolved from PC DOS, and have used Windows since version 2.1.
I am always among the first to have to explore leading edge applications, and have had Windos 7 Professional for several months now. (I must confess that I did skip VISTA.) However, I continue to be dismayed at the failure of you eggheads in your capacity to simplify directions and explain in straight forward, clear terminology things like "Setting up a Dual Boot System". You truly are a bunch of 'Geeks".
Thank you, but I figured it out by myself.
GBalch
Hello GBalch,

What was not clear to you so that it can be made to be so??
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02 May 2010   #743
pepperosity

Windows 7
 
 
Frustrated.....

Hello Great tutorial, thank you but am having an issue with booting to my XP drive.

Started out with Windows 7 on C: and spare drive E:

For reasons unknown genuine XP disc would not boot

Disconnected C: and successfully installed XP to what was E:

Have followed all instructions but am now at the point where C: Windows 7 will boot without a problem but if XP is selected at boot screen I get this message

"Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the windows documentation blah blah blah"

If I disconnect C: Windows 7 drive XP starts up without a problem.

Here is the EasyBCD settings screen

There are a total of 2 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 15 seconds.
Default OS: Windows 7

Entry #1

Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

Entry #2

Name: Windows XP
BCD ID: {a0105d9d-c2df-11de-9abf-001fd0a2c373}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \NTLDR

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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02 May 2010   #744
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to copy the 3 hidden XP boot files ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini from the Xp drive onto the Win 7 drive.
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03 May 2010   #745
pepperosity

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks SIW2

Did as suggested but still receiving the XP boot error message.

I did notice that when copying the files across to the Win 7 drive it did ask for confirmation to replace existing files. Not sure if that means anything or not.

Should I delete the 3 files from both drives and run EasyBCD again??

Also regarding EasyBCD please confirm tutorial step 10b. when adding XP I am to select drive C: from the drop down menu even though XP is on drive E:
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03 May 2010   #746
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Boot into 7.
Look in Disk Management.
Whichever is listed as the system partition is the drive letter you give Easybcd for the XP entry.
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03 May 2010   #747
pepperosity

Windows 7
 
 

C: drive is listed as the system drive when logged into Win 7.

Gigabyte motherboard, would there be something in the bios I need to change?
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03 May 2010   #748
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pepperosity View Post
Thanks SIW2

Did as suggested but still receiving the XP boot error message.

I did notice that when copying the files across to the Win 7 drive it did ask for confirmation to replace existing files. Not sure if that means anything or not.

Should I delete the 3 files from both drives and run EasyBCD again??

Also regarding EasyBCD please confirm tutorial step 10b. when adding XP I am to select drive C: from the drop down menu even though XP is on drive E:
If your Win XP is installed to E: select E:
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03 May 2010   #749
EverWin

Windows 7
 
 

Hey Guys,

Tested this method on serveral HP/Compaq/Dell PC.

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Operati...XP/td-p/261500

This is the Video Tutorial on How to dual boot in Four Steps!
Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windows 7.

Step 1: Creating Partition for Windows XP.
Watch Online on YouTube



Step 2: How to integrate Sata Driver onto Windows XP Disk.
Watch Online on YouTube


Step 3: Installing Windows XP on Logical Drive
Watch Online on YouTube


Step 4: Adding Dual Entry Finalizing Installation
Watch Online on YouTube


Softwares Required:- Download links...

Partition Wizard Home Edition Freeware. download links..


Sata_Driver. download link


nlite 1.4.9.1. download link

BootsectGui. download link


EasyBCD 2.0 beta build 93. download link

Regards,
EverWin
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