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XP Won't Boot After Vista Dual Boot Installation

Q: XP Won't Boot After Vista Dual Boot Installation

I have a PC with a Intel D850EMV2 motherboard. It has 1024MB of Samsung RAMBUS memory. With Windows XP Pro installed on my C: drive I installed Windows Vista Ultimate on the D:
drive in a dual boot setup. Then when I restarted it the first time it would not boot up. I get the NTLDR missing error. Then I put in my XP install cd and got into the setup repair. Then I typed in fixboot and let setup fix the boot and restarted my PC. Now I can boot into XP but not Vista. Now I have lost my dual boot .ini file. I cannot boot into vista. I figured it would be a waste of time to go through the same routine again... it was. I got the same results. Has anyone had and fixed this problem?

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A: XP Won't Boot After Vista Dual Boot Installation

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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Hi All.
I'm running Vista HP 64x and Ubuntu 7.10 64x in a dual boot setup.
Currently I have an nVidia 8600GT but would like to upgrade to an 8800GT.
However the dual boot is causing me a problem.
NVidia forums advise me to boot Vista into safe mode, uninstall the 8600 drivers, run drivercleaner, swap the cards and then install the appropriate drivers from their website.
The problem is that since installing Ubuntu I no longer have a safe mode option in my boot menu. It has Ubuntu, ubuntu recovery mode, memtest, and then Vista/Longhorn. There is no safe mode option.
I can get into setup and BIOS (del,tab) and have looked in there but I'm not very techy and cannot understand it. There doesn't seem to be any mention of Vista after the initial choice.

Can anybody help me with some simple instructions? I want to upgrade the card to improve my gaming experience but it's proving complicated.
Do I really need to be in safe mode? If so does anyone know how I can boot into it?

Thanks in advance, John

A:Vista 64x/Ubuntu 64x Dual boot-new GPU installation

No real need to do it from safemode unless you have problems, TBH I wouldn't even both to uninstall the old drivers (but thats not good practice)

1 Uninstall the old drivers.
2 Switch the PC off & swap the cards.
3 Start PC and install latest drivers from the nvidia website.

Thats all you need to do.

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I have xp pro and attempted to install vista ultimate on a 2nd hard drive. (XP is on a SATA RAID 0 / Vista was going to an IDE in case that matters)

Vista install attempt went through but near the end went to a blue screen and would reboot only to the same blue screen.

Now luckily I can still boot up xp - but first the computer shows a choice in a vista style boot screen for Vista install or Older version (xp)

My question is how can I eliminate the dual boot option as I only have xp and have discontinued the Vista install attempt. (until I reassess whats going on).

Ive seen a lot of vista/xp dual boot questions but I havent found anyone whos answered this dilema.

Thanks in Advance

Dave B

A:aborted Vista installation causes dual boot option in xp

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New laptop has Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I have two business programs that won't run on a 64bit system. Partitioned the hard drive to install Vista Home Premium 32bit to create a dual boot system solely to run these two programs.

Can't get Vista to load. Followed tutorial meticulously. All goes fine until the "Vista will boot for the first time" step. After this first boot, the screen returns to the "completing installation" page. However, the process dies here and the progress bar across the bottom of the screen never moves, even after an hour. Reformatted the partition and started over with same results. Multiple attempts always die after the first boot.

What gives? This is very exasperating. This should not be this hard.

A:Win 7 & Vista Dual Boot Installation - Vista Won't Load

Where did you get Vista? Check if the disk is dirty and clean it. If you burned it yourself, Verify DVD using IMgBurn. Load ISO in to make sure it says "Bootable" in text at left, then load DVD and Verify against ISO. Burn another DVD at 4x speed.

Are you running the Vista installer from Win7 or booting it? Try the other way.

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Hi gang....

Sorry if this has been answered before.... but I didn't see a solution for my setup.

I have a new Gateway DX4720-03 PC with Vista x64 Home Premium and a SATA Optiarc DVD AD-7203S SCSI Cdrom Device.

I have a legal copy of Vista Ultimate x86, which runs my external hardware Ok. But this hardware does not have a x64 driver for my x64 Vista I already have.

I love the x64 Vista, but I need to dual boot to get my external hardware working in the x86 Vista.

When I boot up from my Ultimate DVD, to setup Dual boot and install the x86 Vista... things go ok until I get to a screen that says I need to install a missing device driver for my DVD drive....

OK... I've tried all the tricks I've read except the one about switching the DVD to being on the Slave.... except, being SATA, how do you do that? Is there a jumper on the back of the SATA DVD to switch it????

Any ideas? SATA drives are new to me... Thanks a bunch!!

A:Vista 64/32 Dual Boot - Missing CD/DVD device driver installation screen

This has been a known problem with the x64 installs and SATA drivers - I have seen a couple of options on the net, one being (of course) get an IDE drive - but one that *seems* to have worked for some folks is to change the SATA option in BIOS from Native to Legacy (if such an option is available) to get it to work.

Failing that, you could post a list of some of the options that *are* available in your BIOS and we can mull them over to see if changing one (or more than one) will work or not....

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I've had Win 7 Pro on my laptop for over a year. I installed a 2nd hard drive to it recently and today I installed Windows 8 Pro on the 2nd hard drive. It's been a roller coaster of good & bad luck.

The first install went fine, until I tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows store, then things went bad and I had to go into Windows 7 and eventually delete the Windows 8 volume and change it from MBR to GPT because of UEFI (no secure boot enabled thankfully). Gawd what a stretch of error messages telling me I can't install Windows 8 on the blank hard drive because it was or wasn't MBR or GPT, or the automagically made partitions weren't in the right order.

After spending over 7 hours twice in a row installing Windows 8, I finally find out that there's no boot option for Windows 7 anymore.

The only clue I have is to use a Windows 7 repair disk and use diskpart.exe and make the Win 7 drive "active" but that's a little foreign to me at this point.

A:GPT Win 8 Dual boot installation killed Win 7 MBR boot option.

I'm looking in Computer Management / Disk Management from within Windows 8.

Disk 0: SYSTEM D: 438 MB NTFS (lengthened from 199 MB with EaseUS because Acronis 2014 thought it too small while crashing), Healthy (Active, Primary Partition); Win 7 E: 930.98 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition); HP_TOOLS F: 102 MB FAT 32 Healthy (Primary Partition)

Disk 1: 300 MB Healthy (Recovery Partition) {no letter}; 100 MB Healthy (EFI System Partition) {no letter}; C: 931.00 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

And several other external disks which don't deserve mention today.

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I've had Win 7 Pro on my laptop for over a year. I installed a 2nd hard drive to it recently and today I installed Windows 8 Pro on the 2nd hard drive. It's been a roller coaster of good & bad luck.

The first install went fine, until I tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows store, then things went bad and I had to go into Windows 7 and eventually delete the Windows 8 volume and change it from MBR to GPT because of UEFI (no secure boot enabled thankfully). Gawd what a stretch of error messages telling me I can't install Windows 8 on the blank hard drive because it was or wasn't MBR or GPT, or the automagically made partitions weren't in the right order.

After spending over 7 hours twice in a row installing Windows 8, I finally find out that there's no boot option for Windows 7 anymore.

The only clue I have is to use a Windows 7 repair disk and use diskpart.exe and make the Win 7 drive "active" but that's a little foreign to me at this point.

I'm looking in Computer Management / Disk Management from within Windows 8.

Disk 0: SYSTEM D: 438 MB NTFS (lengthened from 199 MB with EaseUS because Acronis 2014 thought it too small while crashing), Healthy (Active, Primary Partition); Win 7 E: 930.98 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition); HP_TOOLS F: 102 MB FAT 32 Healthy (Primary Partition)

Disk 1: 300 MB Healthy (Recovery Partition) {no letter}; 100 MB Healthy (EFI Syste... Read more

A:GPT Win 8 Dual boot installation killed Win 7 MBR boot opt

Set the UEFI/BIOS firmware to LEGACY OS boot & Secure Boot DISABLED, see if Windows 7 x64 LEGACY will boot.

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

A:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move... Read more

A:Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

the funk

A:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
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A:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

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i have dell laptop with vista as primary and i have installed xp as a second OS and it worked fine as a dual boot system and
Recently i was formatted vista and installed now the peoblem arises i can boot into vista but whe i press the xp it shows the message

status: 0xc000000f

Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is misssing or corruptClick to expand...

i couldn't find the files boot.ini ,ntldr,ntdetect.com in my system............
pls help me i have lot of applications in my xp

A:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

You should try reinstalling XP

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vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot? currently running XP on one drive and Vista64 on another with good success with Vistas built in dual boot.

Because of Vista64 compatibility issues (darn it) with much of my software, I need to install Vista32.

I have 3 drives so I want to move V64 to the smallest one and just use for my remote control helicopter simulator, fantastic on V64. Then install Vista HP 32 bit on the third drive ending up with:

XP pro
Vista 32 Home Premium
Vista 64 Home Premium

on 3 separate drives. Will Vista's dual boot function work in this configuration?


A:vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot?

Im not sure about booting vista64 and 32 but i do know triple boot is possible
HOWTO: Triple-Boot Ubuntu 6.06, Windows Vista, and Windows XP - Ubuntu Forums

I will be watching this thread closely, it sound like fun

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm

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I was asked for a SP3 disc when I went to install the XP onto it's own partition. I didn't have it so I cancelled, now my Vista machine won't boot into Vista. It keeps auto-booting to the XP side and getting stuck at the same point with the SP3 disc.

I tried hitting F11 for recovery at system boot, but it just ignores me and goes back to the XP install screen, asking for the disc.

What can I do? I don't care about wiping the Vista or the XP and starting with a clean Vista install. The copy of XP can go into the disc collection, because I only did this for kicks....now I just want my Vista install running.

I just don't know how to get the Vista to load....if possible, and if not, I don't know what to do to clean install Vista without the recovery option. I don't have the Vista disc, like most computers these days. This is also my roommate's old PC, and he never made any recovery boot discs.....he is not PC adept at all.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. If I can just get Vista back up and avoid re-installing everything, I would really like that, but a clean install or re-install is not out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.

A:Screwed up XP dual-boot install, now can't boot Vista

Download and burn to CD the Vista Recovery Disk for your bit-version: Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

Boot the CD, accept any offered repair, if it fails to start Vista then boot back in to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

If this fails you'll need to mark Vista partition Active to make the Repairs work: Partition - Mark as Active

To get a graphic picture of what is happening to mark Vista partition Active easier, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. I would rightclick>wipe the XP partition first.

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This may be obvious but I don't want to muck things up
My system started off as Vista 64 bit and then I added Win 7 64 bit as a dual boot with the MBR in the Vista partition
What I would like to do is to add an SSD onto which I would migrate the existing Win 7 partition and make it bootable as a stand alone installation. Once this has been done I would add Win 10 to the SSD as a dual boot (a Win 10 Pro OEM is dirt cheap)

A:How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

Should have looked at the help suggestions How to convert from dual boot to single boot 2 HDDs - Win 7 & Vista64
Now fixed

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My System has an Athlon XP 1.4 GHz Processor, 768 Mb Ram, and 2 IDE harddrives.

I started off with Windows XP Home, which was pre-loaded on the original 40 Gb IDE Hard drive.

Then I installed a second 200 Gb IDE drive, partitioned the drive into 3 partitions, and installed XP PRO into the first one. Dual boot works fine for home and pro operating systems.

Finally I installed Windows Vista Home edition into , which completed with no errors.

Both XP Pro and Home edition operating systems are still working but when windows vista is selected from the multi boot menu the following error messages are displayed and vista will not boot.

File : \windows\system32\winload

Status: 0xC0000001

Info: The Selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

Putting the installation disk (as the instructions say) to do a repair has no effect, and the installation DVD works fine on my other machine.

Could the problem be related to the boot drive (40Gb Drive) being different to to the Vista installation drive (200Gb Drive)?

A:Dual Boot, First XP Home, Then XP Pro, Finally Vista, but no Vista boot.

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Heres the run down:

Hard drive with 3 partitions.

Installed XP first
Installed Vista second

I want to format the XP partition to install a light version.

The XP partition is the Boot partition, so i cant format it.

How do i change the boot partition to be the Vista partition. (what files need moved, where from where to, do they need edited in any way etc)
This is annoying my head!! if i had installed Vista first there would have been no problem i take it!

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!




Problem that occured trying to sort this out, which is fixed

I needed to format the XP partition, but it wouldnt let me, as its partition was the boot partition.

The XP partiton was marked active, so I marked the vista partition as active, and restarted.

Then it just sat trying to boot (flashing _ )

I popped in the vista DVD, hit repair installation.

I ran the startup repair tool, it detected that the boot file was missing. It said it fixed the error, and i restarted the machine.

The same problem is happening..... (flashing _ )

I tried running the startup repair tool again, but it now does not detect any errors.
I used ultimate boot cd to mark the XP partition as active, robooted and it loaded up like it did originally.

A:boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

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I have Vista Home Premium x32 on HDD0 and am installing Windows 7 x64 on HDD1-- to end up with a Dual Boot configuration.

In my research I've found that some advise to disconnect HDD0 while installing Windows 7 on HDD1, and then reconnecting.

I have 2 questions:

1. What are the benefits of disconnecting vs not disconnecting first HDD while installing on second HDD? Which strategy is safest?

2. If a disconnect install is the best way to go, when I reconnect HDD0, will Drive C be re-assigned to the Windows 7 installation on HDD1? If so, will that impact the Vista installation finding files formally mapped to C drive.

Note: On my HDD0, I have 3 partitions: C: Vista installation; D: Special documents; E: main Documents directory, Contacts, Favorites, Music, Videos


A:Dual Boot, Dual HDD Installation Question

Hello aaron1948 and welcome to the forum

May I ask why you are dual booting those two? Usually people dual boot Windows with Linux. Windows 7 is the better OS of the two you want to dual boot, so I am wondering what makes you want to keep Vista

How big is your hard drive? It would be much easier to partition your hard drive and install an OS on each partition. This is far easier to configure and I would highly recommend doing this - if you have the disk space

This tutorial covers both options (same hard drive and different hard drives) and is written by our very own Brink:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista - Windows 7 Forums


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I cloned my existing Windows installation (8.1 pro, 32 bit) onto my new SSD.
I got everything up and running, and I still have my old Windows installation on one of the partitions of my HDD.
Can I turn this setup into a dual boot?
I think this could be useful, in case the new installation gets borked, or in order to run an effective malware scan on the SSD, etc.

A:Convert dual installation into dual boot?

Originally Posted by shmu

I cloned my existing Windows installation (8.1 pro, 32 bit) onto my new SSD.
I got everything up and running, and I still have my old Windows installation on one of the partitions of my HDD.
Can I turn this setup into a dual boot?
I think this could be useful, in case the new installation gets borked, or in order to run an effective malware scan on the SSD, etc.

I'm impressed you were able to clone onto an SSD. I can't seem to get my friends SSD drive to even be recognized at boot. Here's the link to our porblem: Install Windows 8 on SSD
Now to yours; I'm sure there is a way to do what you hope to achieve, but wonder if you've considered a Linux install to dual boot to, say Limux Mint16; just a thought.

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It?s a Windows Vista home premium operating system. When I press the power button the laptop will not boot up. When the power button is pressed. The power button lights up along with the mouse pad light and the 1st and the 3rd buttons on the bottom left hand of the computer. After a few seconds the 3rd light on the bottom left hand side of the computer then goes out. Then it sounds like either the hard drive or the disk drive is searching and attempting to start up for about 10-20 seconds and then it stops. Then the fan starts up and runs for about two seconds and stops. Then the power button light along with the 1st light on the bottom left hand side of the computer and the mouse lights go out. The ac adapter light stays light during the entire process. The screen/monitor never comes on and the screen/monitor stays black the entire time. The cap locks light and the num lock lights do not come on or flash. The computer then is quiet for about 30 seconds and then it will start the above processes over but will never boot up. When pressing the power button to shutdown the computer it used to make a noise like the power was being disconnected. Now when the power button is held down the power button light and the first light on the bottom left hand side of the computer and the mouse pad light will go out without making a sound. This concern just started today. No hardware has been added. A hard reset was attempted after removing the battery and it did not resolve... Read more

A:Vista will not boot and no installation boot disk

It seems as if my computer is stuck in sleep mode is this possible?

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Actually it's a quad boot but I am sure the principle is the same.

I formatted and reinstalled my main Vista default system and now, although I can access the 2 Win 7 partitions OK, I can't boot into them.

I get a black screen with a lot of writing and...


status 0xC0000428

Windows cannot verify digital signature for this file.

Am using EasyBCD 2.0 and none of it's repair functions have helped.

I vaguely remember this happening a while back with XP/Win 7 dual boot on my netbook and I did something with the Win 7 DVD if I recall correctly....the trouble is I can't remember what.

A:Dual Boot Vista/Win 7 - Can't Boot to Win 7 After Vista Reinstall


You may want to try Command Prompt @ Startup (option 2) and typing FIXMBR generally tends to FIX the Master Boot Record.

Doing this could reduce functionality of your Vista partition but has worked in similar situations in the past

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I have installed Win XP & Win 7 in diffrent partions same physical drive. I cannot choose to boot with desird operating system. Now it starts with XP only. I have a 32 bit machine. I have EASYBCD installed in my computer. When playing with EASYBCD, I could boot with either win xp or win 7.

Is there any way fix for dual boot after installation? Any help would be appriciated.

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I pulled out my old hard drive with WIN ME and am using is as an external hard drive using an SATA enclosure. I then installed a new hard drive and installed WIN XP Pro on it.

How can I configure my PC for dual boot between XP and ME?

MS site only has dual boot for Windows installed on separate logic drives, not on physically separate drives.

Many thanks in advance.

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Hi My Dear Friends
I am New To This Forum
But I hope , thi sforum will solve my Problem

I am having Dual Boot With Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7

I dont want to have XP SP3 , so i am going to reinstall XP SP2again

But I dont want to reinstall WIn7 Again , please guide me how to do this

A:Please help Me with Re installation of XP in Dual Boot

Info available in the sticky a few posts up Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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List the advantages and disadvantages of a dual-boot installation.

A:Dual-boot installation?

Is that an order!?

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Had a dual-boot XP/W7 laptop... XP on partition 1, Win 7 on partition 2.

I booted from a USB stick, reformatted partition 1 (XP) and installed Win 8 there. It did not setup a dual boot for me.

I know I should have thought of this ahead of time (my bad), BUT... is there anyway, after the fact, to setup dual boot so I can use Win7 that is on partition 2?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.... THX

A:Setup dual boot after installation?

Try this... EasyBCD Download Registration Page — NeoSmart Technologies link at bottom of page for non commercial free use....

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I am building a new machine with an ASUS Z97-C motherboard, Intel Z97 Express chipset, Intel Core i5-4590 CPU, and a WD 500 GB Black HDD. I want to partition the HDD into 2 primary partitions and load XP SP2 (32 bit) on one and 7 (64 bit) on the other to create a dual boot machine. I have read numerous articles in the forum, and elsewhere, and the general consensus seems to be that I need to install XP first, and then install 7. Yes? No? Issues I might need to address with that? My concerns are over the controversy surrounding IDE vs ACHI and how to get XP to acknowledge and work with ACHI defined drives? What drivers, if any, might be needed to make this happen? If I use the XP install to partition my HDD, will that create issues for 7? This is not my first build, but it is my first attempt to create a dual boot machine. Thanks in advance for all assistance.

A:Windows 7 & XP Dual Boot Installation

Your best bet is to run do under free virtual box as a virtual PC that say you don't need to mess with booting etc and it's safer you just install 7 install virtual box install xp

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I'll give the "2 cent version" of my situation.

I have a dual-boot system (XP on mechanical HDD / Win 7/64 Pro on SSD). Recently, I had a series on infections damage my XP installation irrepairably and it is now time to move everything over to 7. I've just purchased a larger SSD to accomodate all of my programs and I'll need to re-install Win 7/64 on the new SSD. BTW...by "all of my programs" I am referring to latest builds, Win 7 compatible applications, i.e. Corel X6.

First, will I be able to re-install Win 7 Pro (OEM disc) on the new SSD without issue (same PC - new SSD)?

My BIOS is set up as AHCI for the SSD, and I am given the option to select Win 7 (default) or an older operating system (XP) - this was for the dual boot set-up. For now, I will keep the dual boot configuration, as I can still log on to XP in safe mode and transfer old data to external E-sata back up.

My second question is: once I physically swap out the larger SSD, how do I prompt the system to install Windows 7 from the CD-ROM drive onto the new SSD?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!!

A:Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot

Hi Movick

If you're installing Windows 7 to the new SSD drive make sure only that drive is plugged in. Unplug the XP drive and the smaller SSD . What are you going to do with the smaller SSD drive that has Windows 7 Pro already? You may want to uninstall it from that drive before you could use the key on the new SSD .

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I am trying to get XP and 7 to run in dual boot mode. 7 is installed first. I am following the instructions posted in the tutorial by Brink on this site. I have made a partition and when I start the XP install and XP finishes the copy proses and the pc restarts I get an error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows Root>\System 32\ntoskrnl.exe
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

To get the Win 7 working again I have to to a Windows 7 startup repair.

Any suggestions? There seems to be a MBR problem somewhere as changes I make via EasyBCD don't get saved.

Short of reformatting the HDD what can I try?

A:Dual boot installation fail - 7 and XP

Or possibly a bad XP install disc, has it been used successfully on other installs ?

Don`t reformat your hdd just to get XP installed, just run the startup repair to get 7 booting again.

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My HP laptop came with no XP pro installation disk, just a recovery partition. I want to add a second boot partition on the same machine also running XP pro, but the HP software will not allow that (it will only overwrite the existing one). It is totally legal to run the same OS installation on several partitions of course, (you can only use one installation at a time) and proprietary software like HyperOS exists to do just that, but I don't want to go down that route. (Expense)

I want to do it legally.

I have access to an XP pro install disk from work, and have done a provisional install to test it, but I will need to change the registration code to my legal one. It's the same version of XP professional (SP2) but the work disk is SELECT edition. It won't accept my registration code (from the base of my laptop) during installation and neither can I alter it after installation using Magic Jelly Bean. Any suggestions?

A moan: I do wish that computers would come with a proper OS installation disk instead of these ridiculous recovery partitions which can cause so much hassle. I recently lost some valuable stuff because I couldn't "repair" my XP installation and had to do a complete reset to the factory-fresh install.



A:Dual boot XP installation problem


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Helping a friend who wants to run XP on his new Lenovo Windows 7 64 bit machine.

In process of creating a slipstreamed XP Install disk, but need to get the SATA drivers for this machine, as obviously there in no floppy to use. The factory disk has 2.5 GB of drivers, which obviously is more than I need, plus they will not fit on the CD.

Lenovo will not help.

How do I find the SATA drivers?



A:Need Drivers Dual Boot Installation -W7 & XP

Go here - select your country if necessary and the model name of your Lenova:

Lenovo Ideapad Support & downloads - Drivers & Downloads

If its an intel chipset and motherboard - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx

Are you using nLite I managed to make a slipstream cd with the AHCI driver which is probably what you would need to do as most laptops do have AHCI enabled - also if your considering a dual boot you would need to install xp fiirst then W7 as XP overwrites the MBR and you can't boot to W7 unless you can bing for a solution. However, if you have separate hard drives you can install xp on a different drive.

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Hello there
Got my system set up to dual boot between 98se and xp.
If I install software eg office do I need to install it on each operating system or is it possible to install it once where both operating systems can use it?

A:dual boot and software installation

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I partitioned a 1 Tb drive with windows 8 on first partition. Trying to install windows 7 on 2nd partition. Will boot from DVD & load files but when windows tries to open it stops & must restart computer to get out of freeze. Computer is Gateway DX4860-UR28.

A:Dual Boot OS installation problem

1) What is the UEFI/BIOS firmware OS boot setting? (UEFI or Legacy)

2) What mode is Windows 8 in installed in? (UEFI or Legacy)

3) Is Secure Boot DISABLED?

4) Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have successfully installed windows 7 onto a new hard drive. I now want to install windows 8 to have a dual boot setup. I'm installing from a cd, the installation gets so far then stops, It there a problem with 7 using legacy bios and 8 using UEFI bios?

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I used to have a computer with Windows XP on which I could use Microsoft Works 2002 "Picture It 7". I now have a laptop with Windows 7 which does not have Microsoft Picture It and I believe that application was discontinued. I still have the old software but cannot use it with Windows 7 only with Windows XP. I would like to do the dual boot installation but would like to know if there is any danger of losing programs when interchanging the 2 operating systems?

A:Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional and download XP mode.
Windows XP Mode - Microsoft Windows

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Trying to add dual boot and xp pro x64 following instructions in posting "Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP by Brinks 04-28-09"
Refer to: METHOD TWO Windows 7 installed first.

In step 2. it says to insert XP installer disc and reboot. Wait for prompt to press any key to boot.

My question is: why does my computer open windows 7 instead of prompting me to boot the XP installation by pressing any key. I rearranged my BIOS to USB/CDROM to boot first.

My second question is: must I defer from the instrucrions above and delete windows from my computer and later try to add windows 7 after XP is running? If so, how do I delete Windows?

A:Dual Boot Installation issue

You didn't say what the make and model of your computer was so I can't check the manual, but many newr computers allow you to press F12 during boot to get the Boot Selection Menu, and from there you can choose CD/DVD as the boot source.

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Please help me about new dual operation installation!
The computer Emachine, P4 3 Ghz, 512 Mhz, 160 Gb primary HD /no partition / with XP home service pack 2, 80 Gb secondary HD/ no partition/.
Last night my wife had some problem with her PC. We decided to upgrade to XP PRO, service pack 1. After boot from CD, the massage said "can't upgrade because this Window"s is older then the one ready installed. hmmmmm???? was interesting Home XP is newer then XP professional.... but I had the idea to install for second operation system! Reboot again, and directed the new installation to second 80 Gb HD. The installation was OK, but after restarted the pc I had only the XP pro, the original Home edition is disappeared. I was search for boot.ini file on drive C, but not found. On drive D repeated the search, I founded boot.ini ... but only shows XP professional. I had no copy from the original XP home boot.ini, can I recover somehow and install back on drive C to start again this XP version too????
Thanx for any help!

A:Dual XP boot installation problems!

To get you back to XP Home, do this.
Unplug the second HD with XP Pro on it, setting the jumpers correctly on the original drive if you changed them. See if it will boot to HOME. If not, do this.....

Set the machine to boot from cd, then drop in the XPHome disk and boot up...you should see setup running. When it's complete, you will have a blue screen asking if you want to setup XP, REPAIR XP, or exit. Hit R for repair. This will start the repair console. Don't touch anything on the black screen that opens until it asks you which operating system you want to repair, and gives you the options in numbers (should only be #1 for XP). Press 1 and enter. It will now givew you a 'C:\WINDOWS>' prompt. Now type help, and hit enter. You'll get a whole list of things, including FIXBOOT, and FIXMBR. Hit space to get to the end, then at the prompt, typr FIXMBR, and enter. It will ask if you are sure, type Y and enter. It will tell you MBR is fixed. Type exit to quit. Remove the disk, and reboot. All should now be as it was before.

FIXMBR will repair the Master Boot Record, which probably got overwritten whe you did the installation.

Let us know how it goes.


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Hi all. I'm feeling desperate on the edge of being able to cry right now.

This is the third time I've attempted to install a dual-boot XP on my preinstalled-Vista laptop, and the third time that I've failed due to the lack of a XP sound driver for my laptop (Gateway MT3708). Each time, I have used Vista Boot Pro with mixed success.

However, this time around, I first used Acronis to create my XP partition, instead of Vista's Disk Management. When I got into XP, this is how my drive layout looked:

E: 90 GB (Vista partition)
C: 10 GB (XP partition)
D: 10 GB (Vista's Recovery partition thing)

I used Vista Boot Pro to try and get myself back into Vista after failing again at my XP installation. I installed the Vista bootloader and ran the diagnostic. This is what it looked like to the best of my memory:

Microsoft Home Premium (recovered) - E:
Microsoft Longhorn blah blah blah (recovered) - D:

The second entry was weird, because that was my recovery partition, and XP was not on the list. But at this point I was only concerned about getting back into Vista, so I rebooted.

When I started up, I got a blinking black screen after the Bios much to my horror. No nothing, and no way to get into either Vista or XP. I tried Vista Recovery's Startup Repair to no avail. Now I have no idea what to do, and I am at the point where the panic is seriously rising quickly in my gut and swear words are flying out of my mouth at the rate of five per second. Please help.

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A:After trying to set up dual-boot, can't boot into Vista OR XP!! Help!

The Beef

I have not seen this particular error before, but the black screen at bootup suggests that Vista`s boot files/MBR are trashed. The missing partition also makes me wonder about a problem there too.

Try fixing the boot files first
Go to the link below, and scroll down to
Step 3 - Fix Boot Loader:

Try this method using the command prompt.
Press ENTER between the two commands


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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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Okay, not sure where to post it, but I figured it'd be underneath the hardware section.
Currently, i've been buying and selling laptops for an income. I've been using a USB pendrive to install windows 7 on pretty much whatever I come across.

Well, I tried to get it to where I could install windows XP from the pendrive, but I was having horrid issues with it, so I gave up, and just resorted to using either an external DVD drive (for the netbooks/tablets)

I'm pretty sure I could figure out how to make WIN 7 install from the external hard drive, by marking a partition as active and copying the setup files, and whatever else. I know it entails quite a few lines of command prompt, there's plenty of guides online, and that's how I managed to set up my flash drive to install 7 for me....

I'm about to order an external HD just so I can carry around much needed programs, and everything else, so I can do on the fly repair work if needed...

Here's what I need help with. I need to be able to install WINDOWS XP and 7 From this hard drive, and I have no CLUE how to go about doing it, for.. i guess you'd call it a dual boot installation????
I just googled around for awhile, but it really was no use, found how to put just 7 alone on it, but I need XP as well..
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A:Using an External Harddrive to dual boot an installation

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I've got a brand new SSD waiting for me at the post office, and what I need to do is the process described in this helpful tutorial SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System -- but my specific situation is that I've got a dual-boot system:

There's drive C with Windows 7 64-bit,
drive D for general storage,
and drive E housing Windows Vista 32-bit, into which I sometimes boot for running incompatible software.

When I boot into Vista, drives C and E swich places in the nomenclature (E becomes C in Vista and vice versa).

There's also a special guest, drive B which is my big external HDD, powered only when I back up or restore my stuff.

So here's my current plan.

1) I back up everything using my backup software, which is Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced.

2) Using the backup image of C, I copy my C drive (or most of it) over to the SSD (after having prepared it as per the instructions in the tutorial).

3) Not 100% sure what happens next. I have to edit the drive letters and boot settings (using EasyBCD, perhaps?) so that the SSD takes the place of drive C in the drive setup and in the windows boot manager. Ideally, the dual-boot with Vista remains intact and everything remains seemingly the same, the C drive just housed in a different piece of hardware, and the old hdd (now drive X or whatever) becoming a (second) generic storage drive.

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A:Transferring my Win 7 installation to an SSD in a dual-boot system

I would clone the HD to SSD using free Acronis premium cloning/imaging program which comes free with any WD or Seagate drive in the mix.

Otherwise use free Macrium Reflect which includes cloning in the latest version.

After cloning unplug the source HD. If Win7 fails to boot, boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times after marking it Active and setting it first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Once it starts, try booting Vista using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key wihch is the preferred method of Dual Booting with separate HDs because it keeps them independent. If it fails to boot either add it from Win7 using EasyBCD 2.02, or unplug Win7 HD to mark Vista Active then run Vista Startup Repair 3 times to make it's bootmanager also independent and bootable via BIOS.

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at the moment I got two Windows 7 installations on a single hard drive. A W7 Ultimate x64 for my office applications and a seperated W7 Home Premium x64 for all of my games.

W7 Ultimate is on the first partition (C:\) and Home Premium is on the 2nd partition - it was installed from within Ultimate so it has the drive letter D:\.

I now want to move the second installation to a new harddrive. This would have been an easy task with the goold old boot.ini - just editing the disk and partition number (example: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP") to suite the new situation after moving the content of partition 2 to the second harddrive.

Is there a similar command for the bcdedit to just change to target of the bootloader for Home Premium from disk(0) partition(2) to disk(1) partition(1)?

Thanks for hints.
Cheers Bill

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot / Move one installation / BCD?

Do you want to create a dual boot menu where each HD is dependent on the other with first-installed holding the MBR and second-installed holding the boot files? This is harder to extricate.

A much easier way is to use the BIOS Boot Menu F-key (given on first boot screen) to choose which HD you want to boot, with the default set in BIOS setup which drive is to boot first, second, etc. I would make DVD first, then Win 7 HD you visit most, then other WIn7 HD.

If this is the way you want to do it, then first make a Win7 Backup Image stored externally in case you need to start over as moving operations can fail.

Next mark Active then clone the second partition over to the new drive, or Set Active then Copy it using free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Delete the old partition.

Next unplug one HD and boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to repair and then rewrite the MBR.

Now unplug the other HD and repeat.

This gives you two independent drives whose boot order is controlled in BIOS, or overridden by using the F-key for Boot Menu given on the first bootup screen.

If you want an interdependent dual-boot menu please post back a screenshot so we can advise you better, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.

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I have two hard drives on my computer, one for my OS and apps (C, and one for my data (D. I recently reformatted my C: drive, re-installing Windows 7. I want to set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 10.04.

The problem I am having is that the Ubuntu installer recognizes my D: drive but not the C:. The C: drive is currently partitioned as follows:

100 MB NTFS Primary System Reserved
449.59 GB NTFS Primary
146.48 GB Unallocated

I have searched all over the net for answers, but none of the solutions I have found work.

Any thoughts?

A:Can't Get a Dual-Boot Windows 7/Ubuntu Installation Going

You say, you have two HD Drive, therefore you have a Disk0 & a Disk1.

When installing Linux
1) Remove Disk0 with Windows 7.
2) Install Linux to Disk1
3) Replace Disk0.
4) Use the one time boot menu to boot the OS's.

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