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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

07 Oct 2010   #940

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

No error message... I Boot with that HD and there is again only the windows 7 entry :-(

P.S. today the secondary hard disk is again off... it isn't detected... Trying to reboot.......

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07 Oct 2010   #941
Microsoft MVP


You may have a bad HD there. Try to get it to register in BIOS by replugging, swapping cables, checking all connections. When it registers, download and burn to CD the maker's diagnostics/repair CD to run a full scan: Then run Disk Check on the XP HD either from Win7 or booted Win7 DVD command line.

When you tap the F11 key at bootup: do you get the BIOS Boot Screen menu and can make the choice to boot either the Win7 HD or the XP HD, but when you choose the XP HD it boots to Win7? Is this correct?

If this is the case, and you want to use the BIOS Boot menu to access your Dual Boot, then temporarily unplug the WIn7 HD, set XP first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after CD drive), then run an XP Repair Install following these steps: Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2

Once XP starts up, plug Win7 HD back in, set the preferred HD first to boot in BIOS setup, then boot the other HD when needed by tapping the F11 key at bootup.

Feel free to ask back any questions to help you perform these troubleshooting steps.
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08 Oct 2010   #942

Windows 7

@ Wrathchild90

Run EasyBcd as Administrator in Windows 7
(or Turn off UAC to never notify & reboot)

Add Windows XP Entry then

GOTO: "Edit boot menu" tab

Apply save settings then reboot PC to check

Boot PC with Windows 7 Installed HDD

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09 Oct 2010   #943

Windows 7 Home Premium & Windows XP Pro SP3 Dualboot

Thanks for that tutorial. I was stuck with having to change the bootloader everytime I wanted to use XP or Windows 7 but that sorted it out.
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11 Oct 2010   #944

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

hey again Brink can i do this method on External Hard Drive its USB type?
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11 Oct 2010   #945

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Kentucky,

Only if the external drive had a eSATA connection at both ends with no adapters since Windows 7 would see it has a internal drive with this type of connection. It will not work with a USB connection.
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13 Oct 2010   #946

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hi, great tutorial, it really helped me.

Thank you.


Hi Brink, I got your PM, for some reason I don't have the option to reply to it, just wanted to say thanks.
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16 Oct 2010   #947

Windows 7 Pro x64


I used this guide to install XP SP3.
I had WIN 7 first which now I am not able to see anymore because I do NOT get that boot choice, it always boots into XP.

I have added an entry to the boot menu but it never appears. I am in a total panic because I need to access my Win7 system to continue my work.

I had an empty 30GB partition where I installed XP into. It was D: on my Win7 system and now E: in the XP system.

Please help me get back my Win7

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16 Oct 2010   #948

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Welcome to SevenForums. So you say that you did Method Two of the tutorial and you did instructions 7 - 16 by adding netframework and easy bcd. Then restarted and you had no dual boot screen? Could you post a screen shot of your disk managment so we can see what your partitions look like?
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16 Oct 2010   #949

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vollachr View Post
Hi, great tutorial, it really helped me.

Thank you.


Hi Brink, I got your PM, for some reason I don't have the option to reply to it, just wanted to say thanks.
You're most welcome Vollachr. :)
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