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Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

Q: Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

Recently I purchased a laptop with windows 8 64 bit pre-installed in it. For my job purpose, I needed windows 7 32 bit. After searching the web and also using the information I got from this site, I disabled secure boot, deleted the recovery partition and converted GPT partitions to MBR. Then I shrink the Big partition in which windows 8 was installed to make room for the windows 7 partition. Then I created a new partition and installed windows 7 on it. After this whenever I switch on the computer, a message come up, saying that a required device cannot be found and windows is to be repaired. The only way in which I can start windows is to go to bios, select the boot options and then select boot from notebook hard drive.

Can anybody please tell me how this problem can be solved

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A: Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

when you created the new partition did you make itin front or behind the existing partition?

If your boot manager is looking to boot Win 8 on Disk 0 Part 1, and you created the new partition in front of Win 8, your Win 7 will now be located on Disk 0 Part 1 which is where the boot manager is expecting Win 8

can you send us a screen cap of your disk management?

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Hi there,
I had windows 7 installed on a new partition on my pc which had XP Pro on the C drive. After removing windows 7 home premium and deleting the partition, I still get a choice at bootup -
use older windows version
0r windows 7
I have to choose the older version every time I boot up which is very annoying.
My question is does anybody know a fail safe way of removing this 'choice' so it boots straight in to XP?

I do have an XP disc but it's only XP Pro Sp 1. I downloaded Sp2 and 3 from the Microsoft website and put them on a CD.


A:Dual booting problem-XP and windows 7

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I have a problem and would greatly appreciate any help.

I'm using a new hard drive, and doing a completely fresh install. I started with Windows 7 - all went fine. After sorting out drivers, rebooting a few times etc, I created the partition for XP, rebooted and installed. Told XP setup to install to the new partition. It got to the point where it finished copying all the files and rebooted. Then I got the "error loading operating system" error.

It will load neither XP nor 7. I tried booting from the 7 disc and doing a startup repair so I can fix things within 7 using EasyBCD, but it didn't work - the repair software says it can't find a problem, and upon rebooting I still can't get into XP or 7.

Any suggestions?
edit: I tried the advice in this post, but it didn't help: http://forums.techarena.in/operating...tm#post4306972

edit2: For some reason, Windows 7 startup repair utility detects its installation as being on F: - my DVD drive, when it is in fact installed to C:. XP is installed onto a partion allocated to G:, and its own repair console recognises that correctly, as well as also detecting 7 as being on F:.

edit3: The driver letters keep changing. I've just gone into the XP partition setup in the recovery console and in the install menu both a couple of times in a row, and they keep changing! Also the boot order just got changed in the BIOS, and my OS drive somehow moved to the lowest priority hard drive below my two storage drives.

A:I'm having a problem with dual booting XP and Windows 7

Well, I got back into Windows 7 by deleting the XP partition. All ship-shape in disk management. Not sure what to do now to get XP running as well, though.

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Hi all,
I set up a dual boot installation with Windows 7 and Windows 8. But I have a problem when booting into Windows 7. Pls, help me.

A:Problem when booting into Windows 7 in dual boot

Originally Posted by kiatisak

Hi all,
I set up a dual boot installation with Windows 7 and Windows 8. But I have a problem when booting into Windows 7. Pls, help me.

You will need to turn off secure boot in the bios.

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How can I regain access to five partitions on my second internal hard drive that Windows 7 Dual Booting process marks as "Unallocated Space" when booting into Windows 7 Professional 32-bit?

The first physical hard drive (Drive C:) had Windows Home Premium 64-bit preinstalled and when the new 5tb hard drive was added, ten partitions were created, which are all active and available in Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

When Windows 7 Professional 32-bit was installed on Drive D:, the first partition on the second physical hard drive, the installation automatically assigned the first 5 partitions of this new hard drive to the Windows 7 Professional 32-bit system. However
the five remaining partitions which are available in Windows 7 Home Premium-64-bit are not available. Instead the "Unallocated Space" label shows.

Windows 7 Disk Managment tool provides no option for access, reassigning, formatting or partitioning this "Unallocated Space."

How can I make the remaining 5 partitions that are available in the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit partition available in Windows 7 Professional 32-bit?

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So, I have tried out the Windows 8.1 Test Release.

I have a 1TB Hard Drive, which I made a 20GB partition for the Windows 8.1.

Installed, and it boots up to Windows 8.1-only. It doesn't give me an option to select to boot over to my Windows 7 Partition.

Now, I know that the Windows 7 data is still there, as Windows 8.1 under "This PC" says the Hard drive is listed as 20GB.

I do not think the Windows 7 data is missing or corrupted, its just not allowing me to boot over to that partition.

So, I need to know how to fix my system so I can boot to both Operating Systems. Hence the term Dual Boot

A:Dual Booting Windows 7 and 8.1 Test Release -Problem


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I had Windows 8 64-bit installed in My HP Envy 15-j048tx and everything was working fine. I dual Booted My laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I had to Boot into Ubuntu by pressing ESC Key as soon as I Powered On the Laptop, If I wouldnt, then the Laptop would boot into Windows 8.1 I had turned Off the Hybrid Shutdown so as to access partitions on Ubuntu. After Dual Booting, My Windows 8.1 started giving problem as none of the Updates were getting installed after dual booting. Everytime, it downloaded the Updates and then, ERROR appeared that the Updates weren't installed. If Restarted, it came "Problem while Updating WIndows, Reverting back changes" I refreshed my windows again (By selecting Refresh Your PC) but then also, the updates were not getting installed. Kindly help me with this problem as my laptop doesn't have the necessary updates as it has reverted back and all my applications have been removed.


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A:Problem with Windows Update after Dual Booting with Ubuntu

Did by myself..... Reinstalled everything. First Windows (Legacy Mode, not UEFI) and then installed Ubuntu... Grub took over and now it is working fine.... Thanks anyways 

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Okay, so ive tried many ways, and Ive finally got stuck with using a VHD.
I have followed countless tutorials, and finally found one. (on this forums somewhere)
I go through all the steps, and it seems like it is working, and then when I boot my system it says this,

things I have done to try to fix this:
Updated BIOS
Enabled Virtualization in BIOS
Please help! I have been trying to get it to work for days...

A:DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8

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Hello there, occassional lurker, first time poster, hopefully someone here will be able to help

I've been setting my laptop to dual boot xp pro, and Ubuntu on a seperate partition. All was going well, until xp decided to die altogther. I don't have that error to hand, but it's gone a little further now.

Was going to install xp pro on a 3rd partition, and it started up fine. Now I can boot fine to Ubuntu, and the 2nd version of xp. However, the original xp is still having issues.

Now, when booting up, gets BSOD - bad_pool_caller. Code at the end is: 0x000000c2 (0x00000007,0x00000CD4,0x00000060,0x86F7E1FC)

Everything I've read suggests this is talking about a hardware or software conflict. However, I've not installed any new hardware. I suspect there is a software conflict between the two versions of xp, but I can't see how that can happen.

I can boot into the 1st copy of xp in safe mode, however, explorer.exe fails to start up. Tried running it in task manager to no avail.

I forgot to add - I am using GNU GBRUB to boot between the 3 operating systems.

EDIT 2: Tried it again to boot 1st xp in safe mode - new error for windows product activation - a problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the licence for this computer error code 0x800004005

A:Dual booting laptop crashes booting xp pro.

Are these installations of XP Pro on the two partitions diferent install disks with separate key codes?

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When i go to dual boot windows and windows xp The computer restarts several times and then it says TFGHT is compressed. Press control alt delete to restart. How to do i fix it?

A:Dual booting windows xp and windows 7 problem

Hi Rudolph, welcome to the forums
Can you give more details? Have you been able to install Windows 7? Did you already have XP installed? If not are you trying a clean install or upgrade? Have you started booting from the DVD or running setup.exe

Can you also double check the message? There seems to be nothing about "TFGHT"

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Hi, first time to this forum. Great information.

I have problem with dual booting 7 64 bit and XP 32 bit. Whenever I choose to boot into one of them, it always crashes once and restarts and then boots fine on the second time. Is there a way to fix this problem? Easy BCD is on both OS's, and I tried to fix in either environment.

Your help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

A:I have problem with dual booting 7 64 bit and XP 32 bit

Hello nathan Kim, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I am trying to dual boot windows 7 and XP but I keep running into the same problem. Windows 7 was installed first and I am now trying to install XP. I partitioned my hard drive and then I inserted the Windows XP installation disk and the "Install Windows XP" option is greyed out. I rebooted my computer and booted from the disk and got the following error message:

"A problem has been detected with windows and has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical Imformation:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0XF78D2524,0x0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)"

Im sure I do not have a virus.

Has anyone esle run into this screen before and if so how do you fix it?

A:7 and XP dual booting problem

Hi xTamx420 and welcome to SevenForums.
Maybe that that screen has prevent you to get into trouble. Dual booting is not as simply as partitioning the disk, insert the CD and install the new OS, especially when a new version of windows has been installed first . I don't know how much about dual booting you know, but in this forum there is a really good tutorial about it. This is the link > Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP. Read the method 2 entirely and carefully. Any doubts maybe will be better to post them there. Hope it helps.

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I have windows XP Home on my first hard drive and i installed Fedora Core on my 2nd Hard Drive, and i don't like Fedora Core so i tried to just erase the linux partition on my 2nd hard drive. THe Linux used a booting thing called Grubs or something, and when i deleted the linux, my comp would not boot back to windows. How do i do it so i can boot up with windows again and have all my files?

A:Dual Booting Problem?

Try this :
type FIXBOOT and answer yes after

type in the following commands and after each click enter and be sure to leave all spaces exactly as they are..

CD \

Afterwards reboot

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I'm running windows 7 ultimate 64Bit. After installing Win XP on my second drive I received an MBR ERROR 3. I booted Win 7 repair disc and ran it several times. Rebooted my computer (while repair disc was in the drive) I got windows dual boot screen and was able to access XP & WIN7. Here is the WEIRD PART... IF I BOOT WITHOUT THE REPAIR DISC IN THE DRIVE, I get an MBR ERROR 3. Has anyone seen anything like this before??? I'm stumped! Can anyone help..
i HAVE UNINSTALLED "ACRONIS TrueImage" AND "ZONEALARM" so that is not the problem. But I noticed that I do not see bootmgr and the Boot folder in my Win7 C: drive. I have run FIXMBR and FIXBOOT from the win7 recovery disc with no success. Can anyone help?

A:Dual booting Win 7 & Win XP Problem

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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hi, i have a dell inspiron 1564 with a windows 7 64 bits installed on it. i recently tried installing a windows xp on the other drive in my laptop, suffice to say it didn't work at first until i changed the boot menu settings. i changed the SATA operation settings from AHCI to ATA and i could install the windows just fine. the problem now is that i can't access the windows 7 i had instaled previously like it's not even there anymore. the windows 7 is still there on the hard-drive.

thnx in advance.

A:dual booting problem

Try going into computer management, then go to disk management. You should see your other hdd, see if there's no letter assigned to that hdd. All you have to do is right click on it, go to change drive letter and paths, and then assign a letter to it... and you'll be set to go.
As for running 32-bit xp and 64-bit windows 7, yes it works fine... that's my current setup right now and I'm typing this from windows 7. I had a little difficulty with the boot loader
, I had to load easybcd on windows xp to fix the boot loader, windows 7 hdd destination was incorrect and it was trying to boot from a non-existent hdd.
Hope it helps,
good luck

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I have 2 hard drives:

C: XP Pro SP2 32 bit
D: Vista Ultimate 32 bit

When i boot up, i get the dual bootscreen asking which os i want to use. I can get into vista, but if i restart and try to get into vista gain i get the following message:

error: 0xc000000e
The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

Then i try to go into XP, and the xp boot screen starts up and keeps restarting. So i cant get into either os.

If i turn my pc off and start again, i can get into XP, but then if i restart the same thing happens again (I cant get into either).

So i can get into either operating system when i turn on the computer but when i restart in either, i cannot get back in. i have to turn off my pc.

Does anyone have any idea why this is and how to fix this?


A:Dual Booting Problem

Sounds like your bootmanager is a bit off kilter. I'd try messing with BCDEDIT to see if there's an option there to fix it.

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Im pretty sure someone has posted this before. I looked through the pages and really didn't find anything that helped. I recently got tired of my games having problems with Vista (as many of us do). I decided to follow a tutorial and dual boot so that I would have XP. I made my separate partition renamed it XP (so i would use the correct one).
I inserted my XP disc and started to download xp to the new partition. The installation of the files went through and it prompted me to restart to it to finish. Upon restarting, the pc locks up and stays at the splash screen which displays my Alienware logo (with the commands for setup and network boot.) I can not get my pc to boot into anything. Im fairly new with Vista so im not sure of any dos and donts with it. Ty for your time. Im sure someone here can help me.

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I am not able to install Ubuntu in my laptop due to absence of grub2 package

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So, one of my friends recently purchased a new laptop, but she did not like Windows 7. Knowing that I knew a little bit of computer related things, she asked me to get her Windows XP. I dual-booted it so that there is Windows 7 Home premium x64 and XP Professional installed. The XP worked perfectly fine, except that I found it wasn't compatible with some of the hardware, such as the wireless adapter. Finding out that she would not be able to connect to her network wirelessly, she asked for me to return it to window 7. So I restarted the computer and went to the OS select screen, however there was only an option to boot windows XP. I tried a few things, but nothing worked. I have 7 loaded on the original C: drive, and XP on an extended partition. I was wondering if there is a way to change the partition that the computer boots from, or if I will have to reformat the computer. I have a windows 7 installation disc, but this laptop came bundled with 7 originally.

So, my question is if there's a way I can make the computer boot from a different partition, and if not, is there a way to get back to the original OS without reformatting the HDD and reinstalling 7. I can access all her data and back it up, however I would prefer just not having to do that.

Just to clarify, I do not want a dual-booted system due to the hardware issues. I just wish to know how to return it to Windows 7

Thank you,

-Andrew Jensen

A:Dual-booting with XP problem

Do a startup repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies
How to use EasyBCD
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I have an HP Pavillion a1530n desktop computer and I am trying to install OS X and get it to dual boot with my already installed Windows 7. I am using Kalyway 1.5.2 and I have created the new partition, formatted it with the installation and the install proceeds. It finishes and asks for a reboot. But when the computer reboots it automatically boots into Windows 7. Does anyone have a solution for me? Thanks

A:Problem Dual Booting 7 and OS X

Use EasyBCD inside Windows to add it to the boot screen.

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I was dual booting Windows 7 build 7201 x64 with XP but recently felt like formatting my drive with 7 on it and did a clean install of build 7232 x64. I tried adding an entry for XP with EasyBCD but when I try to boot up XP I get a "missing system32/hall.dll" error and tells me to install it. Windows 7 is on my C drive, XP is on my second hard drive.

A:Dual Booting 7 with XP problem

when you add XP using EasyBCD make sure you change the drive letter to correspond with the one XP is on, and you may need to copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files to the root of your XP. these files are generally found on your XP disc in the i386 folder of your XP install disc.

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I'm running windows 7 ultimate 64Bit. After installing Win XP on my second drive I received an MBR ERROR 3. I booted Win 7 repair disc and ran it several times. Rebooted my computer (while repair disc was in the drive) I got windows dualboot screen and was able to acsess XP & WIN7. Here is the WEARD PART... IF I BOOT WITHOUT THE REPAIR DISC IN THE DRIVE, I get an MBR ERROR 3. Has anyone seen anything like this before??? I'm Stumped! Can anyone help..

A:Dual booting Win 7 & Win XP Problem

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I just installed Win XP Professional 64 bit on a separate volume from my windows 7, and now that volume is listed as "boot" and I can't boot back into my windows 7. How do I change which volume boots? There is no boot manager when I turn on my laptop


A:dual booting xp and 7 (problem with volumes)

Try this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I followed the instructions from this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/583697-guide-installing-xp-win2k-after.html, but the problem I am getting is that when I attempt to do this step:
crjdriver said:

Insert your vista dvd into the drive; cancel window that may autorun. Type this in
Drive:\boot\Bootset.exe /NT60 All hit enter
In this command drive is the drive where the Vista install DVD is located.Click to expand...

It says that my os in not x64 bit compatible. Also, the executable is called bootsect.exe on the Vista disk.
I already installed Vista Ultimate x64 (C:\), I resized the partition, I installed XP Pro x86 (D:\) on the secondary partition.

Can someone help me with this?

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I have recently tried to dual-boot Windows 8.1 with Kali Linux but the debian boot loader took over and I don't know how to boot back into windows to do a factory reset. The windows partition is still there but the boot loader doesn't recognize it. I lost
my home-made recovery (HP didn't send me one with the pc). So, I'm stuck and would rather reset the whole computer and just get a vista or xp and put kali on there.
(sorry for the inconvenience but this website hasn't verified my account yet so I can't post pics)

I searched around EVERYWHERE but couldn't find anything. This is basically my last resort before I go to a IT store and let them refresh/restore my hard drive.

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Okay, I have a PATA drive and a SATA drive. On the SATA drive are 2 NTFS partitions. One is Windows XP SP2. The PATA drive is there for installing different Linux distro's and playing around with that OS as I try to figure out which one I might want to dive into.

I installed Ubuntu 6.10 on the PATA drive and when I set my BIOS to look at the PATA drive first I get a boot menu where I can select Windows XP if I want to go there and everything boots fine. If I set my BIOS back to looking at the SATA drive first I don't even get the menu - it just boots straight into Windows XP. That's perfect and how I want it.

I removed my Ubuntu PATA drive and installed another PATA drive so I could install Freespire 1.0.13. Everything went well but I found that when I changed the BIOS setting to look at the SATA drive first and only boot from there, offering no boot menu which is what I wanted, I get the Freespire boot menu. So this is different from how the Ubuntu setup works and it's a small problem. Sometimes I'll remote into my XP machine and need to reboot. Now I can't do that and get back into XP because the Freespire boot menu comes up even when the SATA drive is the first hard drive to boot from in the list in my BIOS.

Does anyone know how to fix this? I haven't yet simply disconnected the PATA drive with Freespire on it to see if that's all that needs to be done. I can definitely do that and let you know what happens if that's the firs... Read more

A:Solved: Problem dual booting OS's

Chris, I like that info. Thanks a ton. I hadn't even thought about making XP the default, but that is what I'd like. Great idea. I appreciate your input.

So I fixed the problem I originally posted about by booting in the XP recovery console and running fixmbr. That did it. First, though, I unplugged the SATA drive and booted to make sure Freespire would boot fine on its own. Than I unplugged the PATA drive and reconnected the SATA drive to see how XP would do and nothing booted. That's when I decided to run fixmbr and it worked perfectly. So now what I'm going to do is disconnect the SATA drive, reconnect the PATA drive and reinstalled Freespire from scratch (hadn't made any changes so it's no big deal). I'll than have to add XP as an option in the GRUB boot menu.

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Hi all,

I dual booted Windows 7 with Windows 8. But Windows 8 sucked too much so I deleted the Windows 8 Partition of my 1Tb HDD.

Normally (last time,) it should boot directly to windows 7. But this time, when I restarted, it still uses the windows 8 start screen and it starts it's own automatic repair. I need to use advanced options to boot into another os (aka windows 7).

In msconfig (in windows 7,) I deleted Windows 8 entry in the boot tab. In the startup tab, it says selective startup. But when I put it back in Normal boot, Windows 8 Appears again!

How do I fix this?

(Also, my windows 7 boot time is very slow- around 5 mins)
My specs are:

Intel Core i7 3612QM 2.1-3.1
16 GB DDR3
1TB 5200 RPM <-- Yeah I know it's slow. But it can't make the boot time 5 mins right?
nVidia GT630 + Intel HD4000

I have attached some screenshots.

A:Dual Booting- Weird Problem

Try running Start up repair from the Windows 7 CD/DVD.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have a messed up problem. A while ago i had XP and Vista both running in dual boot great. No problems at all. Well last Christmas i got another hard drive, and decided to set them up in a raid.

So i went to reinstall my operating systems, and have not been able to get it working again since. The point i am at now is i have XP installed on my C: drive, Vista installed on my D: drive. However, i can't get my computer to see the Vista install. I have tried repairing it with Vista disc, tried reinstalling the boot loader for vista with EasyBCD, and i even tried reinstalling Vista completely finally last night.

When i reinstalled it last night, the first part of setup went good with no problems, copied all files over and all that stuff. When it did the first reboot, it just went right back into XP and didn't do anything about the Vista install.

I have NO idea what to do at this point. Originally i was able to get into Vista on the first time i installed it, but as soon as i added XP to the boot loader, it stopped working, and i haven't been able to get back into Vista ever since.

Hopefully someone has some idea of what i can do!!

Thanks in advance!

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Hi, I am completely newbie when it comes to
computers so I would really appreciate your help.
my problem seems to be different from anyone elses.
When I install my window 7 in another partition, it
installs just fine. but one I boot to window 7 and finish
setting up the username and the password then when
the computer reboots, there is nothing.
After the screen to choose where to boot from, if I choose my hard
drive, only a black screen with flashing _ is present and will not progress at all from there. So to use my computer again I had to reinstall window 7 and boot to Vista when choosing one of two OS and then, it works just fine.
got any idea why this is happening and/or how to solve this?
your help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Problem in dual booting Vista and window 7

when you restart, are u getting the boot options vista and windows 7?

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ok so I separated my HD into 2 different partitions. I installed vista on one HD and XP and another. Both installation went fine and since I installed XP last, I couldn't boot into vista. I thought when rebooting, the option should be right there. I try using Acronis OS sector but it still couldn't find vista as well. anything I did wrong?

A:Solved: dual booting with vista problem

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Hello. I have looked through the forums, but have not seen this exact problem listed. I hope someone can help me.

I bought a new computer kit last month, and after I got it all together, I installed Windows 7 Pro 64. It has the AMD A8-3850 Quad core CPU, 8gb of RAM, on an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard, and a 1tb SATA HDD. One of the first things I had to do after installing the OS was to flash the BIOS on the MB. I have everything the way I want it on the computer now, and made a backup image of the C drive.

For the most part, everything is good with Win7. The only thing I don't like is with the sound card. I like to sing Karaoke on a website, but I couldn't get the "What you hear" function on the onboard sound card. So I bought a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer. I have the WYH function now, but my voice coming through the headphones has a lag that throws me off. So I have decided that I want to do a dual boot with Windows XP.

I have read many tutorials that tell how to do a dual boot setup, so I set out to do that. When going into the WinXP setup, I was having a problem with the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and install the winXP first, then just install the Win7 backup afterwards.

WinXP saw the hard drive and had me do the partition and format then winxp installed fine, no problems. Ok, one problem. It installed on the C: drive. It didn't give me another option. And I know when I go to put the backup of WIN7 back on, it will want to be on the C: drive a... Read more

A:Dual booting Windows 7 and XP

Hello ShdwKnght, welcome to Seven Forums!

You really screwed yourself by forcing a 5th partition and accepting a Dynamic disk; XP will probably stop booting before long and I doubt you'll be able to get Windows 7 installed at all as-is; do you have good back-ups of everything on the entire HDD?

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just wondering about the dual booting. ive currently got windows xp installed and im wanting to do a dual boot with windows 98. if it can be done. i have a 80 gig hard drive and its partitioned into 3 sections. am i able to use my one (partitioned) hard drive to do the dual boot. if so how do i do the dual boot???


A:dual booting Xp with windows 98

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Is it possible to dual boot Windows 7 Pro, one partition being a 32 bit system, and one being a 64 bit?
I have a program that just won't run on 64 bit, and my processor doesn't allow for Virtual PC, so can I have a separate partition with 32 bit Windows 7 Pro running?

A:Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Yes its possible to dual boot Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit. Install Windows 7 64bit on one partition. Then shrink that partition and install Windows 7 32bit to the new (shrinked) partition. Also, use VMWare player or Sun Virtualbox to run Virtual OS. No need of any Virtualization support CPU.

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Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I don't post here that often so please move this if appropriate.

I have recently just upgraded to a new laptop, due to my old laptop (4 years old, running windows 7) has been giving me overheating issues for what seems like an eternity. This new laptop, a HP with intel i7, has Windows 10.

The laptop runs a lot cooler than my old Windows 7 laptop however some of the older games that I have, which work fine on windows 7, do not on windows 10.

Since my laptop has a 2TB hard drive, I am thinking about dual booting Windows 10 and 7 on the same laptop. I know this is possible, but I have never performed a dual boot setup on a laptop before and am worried I might mess things up.

Can someone on here please give me some detailed help on performing a dual boot? This would assume partitioning the hard drive into (C) Windows 10 (approx. 1TB), (D) Recovery partition for 10 (already installed) and (F) 1TB for Windows 7. (The E drive is my DVD writer.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

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hey guys, Im upgrading a computer, went to 1gig proc, new motherboard, ram, etc.. I put in a 60 gig HD and have a 8gig also. the 60 will have win2000 installed on it, the 8 has 2000 already installed, do I have to redo the 8 gig as win 95 or 98 in order to set it up as dual boot? and how do I set it up for dual boot, I cant remember .... please help!!!!

A:windows dual booting

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Quick note: All drives I mention in the post ARE partitions. D and E drive are partitions and I only have one HDD.

Hey guys, I'm just wondering about something recently regarding drive letters with dual boots. Lately I installed Windows 7 in dual boot with XP (XP was the OS that was installed first). When I booted to Windows 7, it started off as C drive, and when I booted back to XP, XP was C drive. Okay, that's sweet, I understand that the OS I'm booting to will be the C drive, right?

Now that's really not much of a problem, but I also read on Google that you'd also be able to install XP on a "fixed drive letter" - sorry if that's by any chance confusing, but what I mean is, being able to install XP on E drive, and when you boot to XP, it'll stay as "E " and NOT make itself "C".

Does this particular tutorial achieve that?


I'm curious since this Vista tutorial seems to mention XP being on a fixed drive letter:


(Scroll down on that link and it says "This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP? so you?ll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system." I'm just wondering if this is the case for the Windows 7 tut as well.)

This is probably the most important thing I want to know though - if I do want to have XP on a "fixed drive letter&quo... Read more

A:Dual booting Windows 7 with XP (XP second)


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I currently have XP, considering upgrading to 7 (64bit)

I'm a little scared i'm not going to like 7 so want to hang on to XP as a back-up.

What I want to know is, using cloning software (I think i'll either use the seagate software as I have a hardrive or two of theirs (Acronis) or XXClone) can I clone my XP system on to a separate hardrive, upgrade to 7 from there and boot from the separate HDD's while I decide?

Will the licences get grumpy cos i'm running from the same copy of XP?

I've never actually tried cloning before so i'm also a little worried that the XP clone wont work to start with (after forking out for a new HDD to clone to)

Thanks in advance

A:Dual Booting XP Windows 7

The best way would be to make another partition for Windows 7 then do a clean install of Windows 7. But make sure your system will handle and is compatible with Windows 7 before installing using Windows 7 Advisor.

How to setup dual boot for Windows XP and Windows 7.

Note in the illustration it shows to use Windows 7 DVD. I recommend using Windows XP to shrink the volume (Partition) Partition Wizard Home Edition to resize (Shrink) the volume to make a suitable partition for Windows 7 I recommend at least 60GB for Windows 7. Make sure your Hard drives or the partition which XP is on is big enough and has enough room to make a partition for Windows 7.

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Hi, I am considering dual booting windows 32 bit and 64 bit, each on a separate drive. How do I go about this? can I simply pop in the dvd and choose a drive, and it knows to bring up a dual boot menu? Are there any considerations?
Also, I would like to move my games, is this possible? Do i have to install again, and for steam games download them again?
Also, are SSD drives worth it? Thanks and sorry for noob questions.

A:Dual booting 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7


Yeah you can install two separate OS's on separate drives but why do you want a 64bit and 32bit OS of Win7? Win7 64bit allows you to use 32bit options for installing games etc. anyway so essentially it already does both 32bit and 64bit in the one OS. But if you want to continue then read this post Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on Different Drives?

This I found out for someone just yesterday but they were installing 7 and XP on separate HDD's but i'm sure the principles are exactly the same. As for moving games you would have to re-install the games on the other HDD but you can take the save files from the games folder in C: /Programs/whatever game it is, put them on a flash drive or dvd then copy them across to the exact same folder on the other HDD.

Hope this Helps


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I've been following this guide:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

The problem is that when I go to install Windows 8 it doesn't recognize the partition I made. This is the partition I made.

This is what it looks like when I go to install Windows 8 on that partition.

Neither of the 2 partitions I made appear on that list. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated. I would really like to try this out before I decide that I want to purchase it.

A:Help dual booting Windows 8

Hello ScoobyDoo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The 39.06 GB unallocated space on Disk 0 doesn't show up since you already have the max of 4 primary partition on the disk. You could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a logical partition with the unallocated space instead that should show up afterwards.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives - Windows 7 Forums

I'm not sure what the unallocated space on Disk 1 is not showing up though. Creating a new simple volume with the unallocated space to format it should have it show up afterwards.

Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,

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Okay Guys, I Was Trying To Dual Booting My Computer...
Originally It Was Windows 7..
And I Wanted To Add The Mac On It..
I Used A Program Called: "iATKOS v7" Or Something Like That..
Everything Worked Just Fine (After I Try It Around 3 Times...)
I Restarted Finally My Computer, Found 2 Lines:
1- Windows 7 Ultimate
2- NTS Mac OS

I Was So Happy That FINALLY The Dual Boot Worked!!

When I Pressed It... One New Problem Put An End To My Happiness...
On The Screen We Can See That:

"Before You Begin...
Press the key immediately to the right of the Shift key on the left side of the keyboard that can't be identified.

Press the key only once and do not hold down the key for a long time.
When the key is recognized, the next panel will appear."

And A Picture Of Shift And A Button On The Right Of The Shift Key Is Marked Like They Say To Me To Press It..

And In The Bottom Of The Page, They Say: Identifying your keyboard...

It Had Been Around 2 Hours.. And Nothing Appeared..
I Tried All Keys In The Keyboard, And Nothing Shows Up!!!

Any Help Please!!
I Will Really Really Really Appreciate It!!

And, By The Way, The Key On The Right Of The Left Shift Is Not The "Z" Key??

A:Please HELP!! I Need A Help In Dual Booting: Windows 7 + Mac OS X

Why not use bootcamp?
Apple - Support - Boot Camp

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Hi everyone. I was hoping someone could walk me through the process of getting my computer to dual boot XP and Windows 95. See, I had this old Packard Bell Legend 220CD (A 450 model) from back in 93 that was sitting around for years. A few days ago I got curious about what was still on it and tried to boot it up. Battery was dead. Oh well. So I pull out the hard drive and put it in y newer computer and it's still fine. It does have an install of windows 95 already on it and what I want to do is tell my computer to boot only that drive and run the windows 95 instead of the XP already on my current hard drive. I don't know if this is possible but I'll list some information about my current computer to help0 anyone along who may be interested in helping me with this.
Current Computer: Compaq Pressario S6000V
1.24 GB RAM
2.5 GHz Pentium 4
Windows XP Home Edition SP 2
drives are listed as basic and my new hard drive has 147GB's to spare, with one partition.
THe new drive: FAT 32
The Old drive FAT (also it's 850 mb....lol)
I currently have my older drive set to boot first.
Chip Set: 845G
Chipset COmponents-
memory controller: 82845G/GE/GL/GV
I/O Controller: 82801DB (ICH4)

The Drive with Windows 95 was pulled from a box with FOD: 4504x4
I also have access to a variety of DOS bootdisks. I was pretty young when DOS was the way of the world so I never really learned much about, but if they can help, they're at our disposal.
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A:Dual Booting With Windows Xp

I think it will be easier to replace the battery in the old computer than it would be to get the old hard drive to boot on the new computer.

Normally for dual booting xp the older OS needs to be installed first, then an XP install will detect the existing installation and let you set up dual booting.

IMHO Win 95 was a horribly buggy OS and deserved to die well before it was replaced by the bug-ridden Win 98.

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Hi and thanks for reading and helping.

I created a new 300gb partition on my 1tb hdd currently running windows 7 and installed XP Pro onto the new partition using the standard methods.

After the XP install everything booting into XP and has been working fine, all drivers are installed and 2 hours later everything in smooth as butter...

Except I can't figure out for the life of me (after 10+ google searches) figure out how to get back into my original windows 7 install. I can't seem to get windows boot manager to come up when I boot.

Suggestions?? ^_^

A:windows 7 dual booting help.

Run the Windows 7 Startup Repair.
Startup Repair

Once you're running Windows 7
Add XP with EasyBCD
EasyBCD - Take control of your boot loader | NeoSmart Technologies
No need to register, just select "Download"

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ok guys and gals im new here so go easy on me. i have managed to set up a windows 7 on a dual boot with vista. everything is working properly, but all my drive letters are different. i installed an extra hard drive to store media on. i want that hard drive to be same letter in windows 7 as it is in vista, so i can get my itunes library to work. when i go to disk management the drive letter i want to switch it to is unavailable. any advice would be nice. Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 and Dual Booting

Here's a link to a help item for changing the drive letters in Vista: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...f110521033.mspxAs I understand it, the process is just about the same for Windows 7.Hope this helps.Cheers,RonWindows Outreach Team

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Hi guys,

I am currently using Windows 7 but have had to install Windows XP due to some programs not working with Windows 7. I have fully installed Windows XP but at start up it does not give me an option to choose between the two and automatically loads up XP. Is there anyway i can sort this out.

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:Dual Booting Windows 7 & XP


See this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You can also try running a Startup Repair on Windows 7. If the repair doesn't work, try setting the 7 partition as active: http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...-problems.html

Hope this helps,

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Hi all - so very sorry for the lengthy post but I feel giving necessary information ahead of time can help a lot...........I spent the better part of yesterday running around the Net and even here for instructions on how to set up a dual boot setup. While what I found was great the instructions weren't very helpful to my specific situation. I've never set up a dual boot system so every part of this is new to me and while I'm not a novice with computers when it gets into "installers" and the inner workings of Windows I get lost.I have a 7-1/2 year old super Gateway desktop that came with XP Pro, changed it to XP Pro Retail, but only have gone as far as SP2 because SP3 always gave me problems. The system has royally passed the Windows 7 Advisor test except for a couple of printers I have connected to it but the hardware is just fine. At the time of purchase in July 2002 the system cost me $6,000 - half of that was for the 22" LCD digital/analog display alone. I've gutted it out as much as I could over the years and while I'd love to upgrade the board, processor and memory, it being a Gateway is pretty much impossible given the proprietary way they make their systems. The system is a 700XL desktop, was considered their top-shelf machine at purchase, and now has 2 Gigs of Rambus memory (came with one gig), I swiped out the OEM video card for an nVidia GeForce 6800, 128 Meg AGP 8x/4x, changed the OEM sound to the Creatives Live Drive Bl... Read more

A:Dual Booting XP with Windows 7

Hello LadyKeys,

I'm by no means the authority on this subject, but I have been success in completing this very task of dual booting XP & 7. I currently dual boot Win. XP 32bit & Win 7 64bit.

Solution: The trick, as with all basic Windows dual boot setups (without using special boot manager software), is that the older OS must be installed first, in this case Windows XP. Also, I believe Windows XP must be installed on the primary drive (I have all SATA drives and I did not get the dual boot menu when XP was installed on the drive assigned to port 1 vs port 0. I had to specify in the BIOS which drive to boot from in order to get to the specific OS). After you have Windows XP installed then install Windows 7 on the secondary/slave drive and that should be it. At boot up you should get a boot menu with an option to boot to an "Earlier Version of Windows" or Windows 7.

Note: Both drives should be connected when you install Windows 7 so that Windows 7 will detect the Windows XP partition and setup the boot manager accordingly. Finally, take care not to install Windows 7 on the same drive/partition as Windows XP during the Windows 7 installation.

Good luck,

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I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installed on my computer on a SSD drive, and I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 on a second hard drive (regular SATA II HDD).

When I boot with the Windows Server 2003 CD, everything seems to be fine... it pops-up the usual blue screen and the drivers are loading, but once the drivers are done loading, I get this error message:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent
damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your
computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption,
and then restart your computer.

Technical informaiton:

*** STOP: 0X0000007B (0XF789EA24, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)"

Any idea why this message pops-up and prevents me from installing Windows server 2003? Is it possible to have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003?

Any help would be much appreciated. If more info is needed, let me know.

A:Dual booting with Windows 7?

The generally accepted method, or at least the one I personally use, is to always install the older OS first, then install 7 afterwards.
The win 7 bootmgr won't have issues allowing the older OS to boot. However, the older OS is very likely to cause problems for windows 7 if attempting to write to boot sectors over it.

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