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Installed 7 with vista, dual boot selections?

Q: Installed 7 with vista, dual boot selections?

I have vista on a 320gb hdd, and i have 7 on a 20gb drive, whe i booted up, i had the option of vista or 7, i re-formatted the 20gb wiping out 7 alltogether, but when i boot, it stilll gives me the option of vista or 7, how do i get rid of this to go staright to vista?

thanks alot guys,

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A: Installed 7 with vista, dual boot selections?

no one can help? i thought it was a simple thing to remove the selection on boot,

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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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have a bit of a problem, and im not sure if the way round iv done things was stupid or not!!

Anyway, I have my machine, with XPPro installed on, bought another H/D and installed vista 64 on it, however i installed vista with the xo drive unplugged, and i cant work out how to get an OS choice on boot!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:Dual boot with xp + vista, both already installed

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I would like to dual boot with Ubuntu x64, but I do not know how. I have never dual booted before. I read up on how to dual boot with Vista and Xp, but that was with xp installed first which I do not have or want. I am currently running Vista Ultimate x64 on my HP dv6000 Laptop, with 2gb of ram. Also can I do a dual boot with Ubuntu x64 and have it installed on an external hard drive instead of my C drive? Thanks in advance. I have learned a ton from this forum already and I appreciate everyones desire to help.

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Can someone lay to rest the deal with dual booting with vista/xp? I read and tried all the forums out there on steps how to dual boot xp with vista installed first and nothing has worked for me. I have a quad core gateway with 3gb of RAM with 500gb HD.

A:Dual boot xp with vista installed first

You need a boot agent if you inmstall Vista first like Symantec "Boot magic" that is on the Partition Magic cd.

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Hi there,

I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate (32bit) and would like to play World of Warcraft however my Intel 82865g chipset doesn't have recent drivers available and it is currently incompatible with windows Vista.

So, I want to create a partition with XP installed so that the drivers will work and I can play WoW.

However, despite being able to create a partition, I cannot find a way of installing Win XP. I have tried booting from an XP CD but my PC seems to give up and move onto booting from the hard-disk instead and starts up Vista. Why can't I boot from the CD?

Does anyone know how I can successfully install XP on a separate partition with Vista already installed or am I going to have to format and do it the long way, starting with XP and partitioning Vista?


A:Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

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I recently bought a Dell XPS M1210 with Vista home premium installed and I can't play any games without it being so choppy I can barely play them at all. I've heard alot of talk abot Vista being bad with games. So I'm wanting to install XP on my second logical drive, I have already downloaded VistaBoot PRO any suggestions will be appreciated.

A:Want to have XP dual boot on laptop with vista pre-installed

Have a read through the "sticky" at the start of this forum. There is quite a bit of interchange of ideas there.

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I?m running windows vista service pack 1, 32-bits on my primary HD and i would like to install in my secondary windows xp pro. In this last HD i would also like to make a small partition for some backup files...

Could some1 point me a link or tell me how can i so?

PS-My secondary HD, i?ve it as logic unit..any problem on that?

Thanks in advance

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Hi there, I just recently installed Vista on a new system. Later I found out that there were a couple of programs that didn't do very well with Vista, so I'm intending to install XP alongside Vista to run those other programs.

I did read a couple of threads about the dual Vista XP boot but I stll haven't found the right information to proceed with the instalation of XP.

I'm running a Vista Home Premium, Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (O.Clocked) 3.2GHz, Mobo: P5K-P35 SE Wifi, 2Gig ram, Nvidia 8800GTS 320Mb, HDD 320Gig.

First batch of questions pertaining to issue 1:
On some of the threads I read it does explain how to install XP on a Vista partition that has been shrinked. It explains the installation procedure where Vista takes up 100% of the hard drive BUT NOT if the hard drive has been partitioned already (like an extra drive D partition), which mine is.

I've partioned the hard drive into C (200Gig. Vista OS), and D (120Gig).
My question is..."Can I go about installing XP, as mentioned on other threads, on to my drive D? Can I use ALL of drive D for XP, or must I shrink a portion of it to run XP? If I do shrink a portion of it for XP, what happens to the rest of D? Is the rest of D still run by Vista?

Can you recommend any sites that instruct installing XP on a Vista drive D?

Issue 2: Performance
I've read that one can go about dual booting on the same drive AND on separate drives. In terms of ram allocation, processor and graphics performance, doe... Read more

A:Dual boot Vista XP with Vista installed first.

Hello Paulo, Welcome to TSF!

Here is a very good guide to dual booting Vista? and Windows? XP.

How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first).
(Click the coloured link to be re-directed.)

Hope this answers your query; report back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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Okay, well i recently bought my new computer which came with Windows Vista Home 64 bit installed on it. I gave vista a chance until i tried to run Counterstrike on it...than i find out that vista does not work with the graphics engine counterstrike uses..and that i'd be better off with XP. So i found a good tutorial to dual boot vista and xp here;
Long story short....i found out that i didn't follow the steps correctly, and here are the mistakes i made
I installed and ran VistaBootPro on VISTA, before installing XP. Doing this, i went to the "System Bootloader" tab and chose option 1(windows vista bootloader) under 'Choose a System Bootloader to Install:'
and i chose option 1 (all drives) under 'System Bootloader install options' and i hit ' Install Bootloader'
THAN, i installed XP on my separate partition, rebooted, (now in XP) installed all my drivers, and installed VistaBootPro, and followed the instructions from there (REinstalled the bootloader, and ran diagnostics, found the 'earlier version of windows' and rebooted into vista
from there i ran VistaBootPro again, ran the diagnostics, found XP, changed the name, and changed the boot drive to J: (the drive i assigned it to)
i applied updates and rebooted
when the dualboot screen came, i booted into vista, and it was fine, so i rebooted to test xp
when i tried to boot into xp, it said that there was an error and t... Read more

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can I dual boot windows vista on a pre-installed windows 8.1

Samsung notebook model: NP300E5C-A08SA

A:dual boot windows vista on a pre-installed windows 8.1

yes you can, as long as it is on it's own partition or disk

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I installed Windows 7 to a machine that had XP already installed. When I start the computer it just boots into XP. There is no boot manager giving me an option to boot to Win 7. I accessed repair from the Win 7 disk on start up and ran bootrec /fixboot and it said everything was cool but same issue. When I was installing Win 7 it ran thru the whole set up routine and restarted several times into Win 7. I shut it down when it said it was finished but the next morning it started up in XP. Would fixmbr help if fixboot didn't? Any suggestions?

A:installed win 7 dual boot with XP already installed, can't access Win

Confirm that the 100mb System Reserved (if you have it) or Win7 partition (if you don't) is Partition Marked Active,

then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and is marked System Active in Disk Mgmt.

Then install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to Win7 to add XP by name, allow it to autocomplete drive letter, Save and reboot to Dual Boot menu.

If any further problems, post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Ok, I have just purchased a new hp media center pc that came preloaded with Windows Vista. I have come to find out that a lot of my programs that I use on a day to day base are not Vista compatible. I own the Pro version of Windows XP and would like to dual boot from 2 hard drives. Vista is currently located on one and I use the other for data storage. I would like to put XP Pro on my data storage hard drive. I also have a problem. I did not receive a Vista DVD with my computer so a fresh reinstall will not work. How would I go about doing this?

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:dual booting xp and vista on two hardrives with vista installed

I recently purchased a new machine on which I'm running Vista. I salvaged the hard drive from my old machine and I'm using it as an external hard drive. The XP operating system is also still installed on the old hard drive. It's connected as local disk (K). There are a number of programs on the K drive that I'd like to have access to. Of course when I go to start/all programs on the "new" computer (C drive) it's only showing me the programs that are installed on the C drive. How can I get the programs from the K drive to appear in the list? Do I have to move them individually to the C drive? Can I get them to appear selectively?

Thanks for your help and advice, Happy Holidays.

For what it's worth, I bought my new machine from cyberpower pc and I'm very satisfied with the computer and with their technical support. No problems with Vista, either. I kinda like it.

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When I am trying to install win 7 with pre-installed win 10 its not taking the boot itself....

A:Along with the pre-installed win 10 as dual boot need to in...

Hello @Anand0999, Welcome to the HP Forums, I hope you enjoy your experience! To help you get the most out of the HP Forums, I would like to direct your attention to the HP Forums Guide First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More. I read your post about the Windows 7 installation, and wanted to assist you! To start, can you provide me with the Product Number of the notebook?  Here is a link you can use that will help you find your Model and Product Number: HP Customer Support - Products Also, can you provide me with a bit more information about the issue you are having?  Are you trying to clean install Windows 7, using a Windows disc?  Looking forward to your reply. Have a great day!

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I have three harddrives, 1 and 2 have WXP, the new one,3, I loaded W7 on, now on startup only the W7 comes up, there is no ability to select on the initial boot screen..........I would like to see a choice for either XP (both drives at once), or W7......how do I set up the BIOS to do this?? Thanks, B42L8

A:Boot selections W7 and WXP

I believe you can do this from Windows, no need to do the BIOS thing or the BIOS's 'boot menu' thing which is really just you picking which drive to boot. To fix this from within 7 you'll want EasyBCD.

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I want to intall XP on my computer that already installed with Vista and UBuntu. How can it be done ?

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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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I'll start from the beginning. Put together a computer of spare parts from old pc's neither of which are very old. Everything works fine, I installed vista only to find out nvidia doesn't support nforce2 for vista. I couldn't get my mouse or audio to work, only keyboard. XP drivers for nforce2 wouldn't work on vista. So I formatted my partition and began to instal a fresh copy of windows xp everything was fine until computer restarted and now the computer hangs at boot. shows graphics card information then hangs after showing Main Processor: AMD athlon 2800+. It wont boot and I cant get into bios to even boot from cd or anything. I know enough to be dangerous, not the tech savy individual. NEED HELP

A:installed vista didnt like, installed xp but hangs at boot

is there any jumpers i can connect or something of the sort to reset the hard drive...

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Hey! Today I did a clean win7 install some hours ago but I had to change some settings to disable UEFI boot on the bios or something similar I set the main boot thingy to DVD-RAM instead of DVD-RAM UEFI, so as to boot from the cd and create a master boot record.

Everything went fine and I don't know if this is related to what I just mentioned but when I boot up my PC I get to the dual boot screen where it lets you choose what OS you want to use. I get two options Windows 7 (the one I installed) and Windows 8.1 which I never had lol, I haven't picked Win8.1 on the menu yet because I'm afraid something terrible might happen and I might lose all my data (I got 2 HDDs both are MBR, in one I got all my important stuff and the other one is for the OS). Is there a reason why that happens and a way to disable it? Thanks in advance. My motherboard is a Gigabyte Gaming 3.

A:Dual boot screen even though I only have one OS installed

Could you please supply a screen shot of Disc Management, including everything on that screen. The Forum link below shows you how to do that & included in this link is a link on how to do a screen shot if you need it.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have Ubuntu 9.04 installed on a laptop already and I wanna dual boot with Windows 7 RC1. How do I?

A:Dual Boot - Ubuntu Already Installed

First you need to partition the hdd .I recomend using Acronis Disk Director Suite v10. http://www.acronis.com/promo/choose...rector suite&gclid=CLuLq7K3-poCFRKLxwodrB3leQ

Boot from the win7 cd and follow the instrutions.

After that format the new partition that you plan to install windows 7 on.You need to format it to NTFS.


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I have Win 7 installed on my netbook, for watching movies would be XP better. So I have divided the disk into 2 partitions, I have an installation file with Win XP on my disk... I have read some tutorial but still am not sure how to do that - as I do not have CD/DVD on my ntb (and an easy way, hot to repair a system), I would like to avoid a situation with a broken OS. :-)

A:how to make dual boot XP and 7 when 7 is already installed


Try the following...

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hi, This is my first post in any forum. I have an Asus with win8.1. From n old PC I have a HDD with XP. There is a program on that disk, for which I have no serials, no installation disk, nothing. Is it possible to boot from that external HDD or any other way to use just this program. It is an aacountant program, so I do need it.

A:dual boot with xp installed on external HDD

Hello and welcome to eightforums .the simple answer is no,sorry

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I have a Dell laptop that I just put a 40 gig hard drive in. I partitioned it 3gig, 17.5gig, 17.6gig. I had originally put Win 98SE on the 3 gig but decided to go with XP. I reformated the 3gig partition and installed XP on it. When it boots up it asks what operating system I want to open. If I click on Windows 98 it just comes up with C: drive (3 gig partition). So I went back in and reformated all the partitions and reinstalled XP and it's asking the same thing. Does anyone know how to get rid of this? Do I have to remove the partions and reformat then add the partitions back in then install XP? Thank you in advance for any help.

A:[Solved] Dual Boot but no other O.S. installed

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Hi, My installation was FAILED!!! i have windows xp 32 bit pre-installed (in C drive), I was trying to install DUAL BOOT xp with Windows 7 (in D drive NTFS) using ISO image file of Windows 7 64bit ultimate (present in my HHD), i mounted the ISO file of windows 7 with the help of Virtual drive... The installation started normally but in the FINAL step (Finalizing installation) when system restarts to perform configuration etc, but instead of that i got message "Failed to install windows and rolling back changes"...

Important NOTE: Using virtual dvd rom, i mounted and install Windows 7 "32 bit" all right!!! There was NO problem at all of dual booting windows xp 32 bit and windows 7 32 bit on the same hard disk (on different drives)...so my question is Windows 7 64 bit cant be dual boot with pre loaded Xp 32 bit ??? or tell me how to do it please..i got 4 gb ddr2 ram and i want to run 64 bit OS windows 7 to utilize it maximum...

My system info;
Dell OptiPlex GX620 2.8 ghz, 4 gb ram, ATI 4350HD-512 mb
Hard disk space on D Drive is 25GB !!

A:dual boot Windows 7 64 bit with (pre installed) Xp 32 bit

One of Brink's great tutorials to get your teeth into: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I need to run a Carestream driver for RVG 6500, a dental imaging sensor, and install an intra-oral camera by Runyes. I am currently using Windows 8.1 that came pre-installed on my HP Ultrabook, and even though I like the operating system, it does not install the applications I mentioned above

I would really appreciate if someone could help me resolve this issue.

Things I have Already Tried in Vain
PC Settings>Updates and Recovery>Recovery>Advanced Startup>Advanced Settings>Enable Unsigned DriversOracle Virtual Machine: The wireless network adapter for the RVG 6500 system cannot be configured in the virtual machine as it fails to provide the appropriate network driversDual boot with Windows Vista: Fails to read the hard drive for installation and does not install on portable drive

A:Dual Boot on pre-installed windows 8

Look at this thread. It's short and I think it'll give you the info you need.

Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

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I am using Windows 7 home premium. I would like to have a dual boot system so that I can boot in XP or Windows 7. I already have Windows 7 installed. I like it and it is working fine, however, I want to do some beta testing of Office 2010. Optimum situation would be to install an older copy of XP I have to a parition on an external USB drive. When I boot my Dell, press F12 and have it allow me to pick the partiion on my USB drive to run (XP).

I have googled Dual Boot Windows 7 but almost all the tutorials have to do with XP being installed first and creating a partition for Windows 7, the opposite of what I want to do.

I know enough to know if I mess this up it can have unpleasant ramifications. Just trying to find some detailed instructions specifically for what I want to do.

A:How install Dual Boot after Win 7 has been installed

Download Virtual Box and install XP as a virtualized OS. No mess for partitions.

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What a fantastic forum with plenty of active engagement.

After reading the dual boot guide, I prepared my PC as follows yesterday

Created a separare partition on one of my Hard drives and did a custom installation of Win 7. Thsi all worked fine and I can now dual boot into either Win XP or Win 7.

My reasoning behind the dual boot was to give me some time to install all programs etc on Win7 whilst still having Win XP

I have a couple of questions

1) Once I am happy with the state of Win 7. I would like to retire the Win XP partition. How would I go about this and reclaim the space and add to existing partitions
2) Is there anything I woudl need to do on the dual boot screen so that it goes straight into Win 7

Thanks for your help


A:Installed Win 7 dual boot alongside XP

Glad to here that you were able to accomplish your task using one of ourprovided reading materials

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I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installed on my SATA 1TB HDD. I also have an IDE 250GB HDD onto which I've installed Windows XP Professional 32-bit. Using DualBootPro,I was able to get Windows 7 to boot correctly, however XP now gives me the error:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file."

I have Googled the heck out of this problem and tried a number of fixes that have not worked:

I tried replacing the hal.dll file with the one from the XP install disc.
I tried rebuilding the boot.ini file.
I tried adding Windows XP boot info to the windows 7 bootloader.

My bcdedit output in command prompt can be viewed on the Untitled-1.jpg attached.

I am fairly experienced in dealing with some of this stuff but I'm stumped. Please help!

A:Dual boot XP with windows 7 already installed

Hello, welcome!
It is unlikely you are really missing hal.dll. What is most likely happening is that XP is looking at the wrong place to boot from. You were on the right track rebuilding the boot.ini file, but perhaps you need to go farther. The fact that you are getting that message means nothing is wrong with the MBR.
What you need to do it manually edit your boot.ini file. Rembember that the drive/partition numbering starts at 0. I have attached a sample boot.ini file for you to look at. Your problem is probably the drive number.

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I have a Sony Vaio VPCEB1C5E Sony : VPCEB1C5E updates | Download updates for VPCEB1C5E. It had Windows 7 home premium x64 on it but the hard drive went bust and I lost everything. I own a Windows 7 professional x64 cd and license which I used as my laptop did not come with cds. I would like to play some old games which do not run correctly in "xp mode"

Anyway back on track, a week ago I attempted to dual boot it using the excellent tutorial on this forum. everything went fine it rebooted and booted into xp x32 (I have slipstreamed my SATA driver and .net framework x32) everything was looking up. I tried to install easybcd but it needed .net framework. (my VAIO is capable of running xp because at the above link it gives me the correct SATA driver and a utility to create a cd with the correct drivers for my software) at this point I had no internet so I shut down the laptop and ran easybcd from windows 7.

I ran easybcd (v2.2) and foolowed the guide. once done I moved a few files across to the windows xp partition (drivers mainly, I had not spare cds so I used total mounter to mount a virtual RW cd drive) I then rebooted the computer and selected Windows XP from the boot menu and it complained about ntoskrnl.exe being invalid. I sorted this out and since then it has suffered from a BSOD (7B)

I have wiped the data on it and installed xp, but it would move the files onto the disk and and reboot into the BSOD. To get rid of this I had to change the boot drive in W7 fr... Read more

A:Cannot dual boot xp and Windows 7 with W7 installed first.

Did you have a look at Option 2 here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Thats what the tittle says, got a laptop that came with windows 8 pre-installed.
I really need to use windows xp, and no, virtual machine won't work with the software I'm using.
Only options I got is either get dual boot to work with xp and 8 or I'll just get rid of 8 and install xp.
Don't really want to get rid of 8 but if theres no choice...
So if someone knows how to do it, please help me out.


A:Dual Boot XP with 8 (Laptop pre-installed 8)

I am not sure I will be able to help you, but one preliminary question--are you running under BIOS or UEFI?

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I have already seen steps to do this on this forum when Windows 7 is on the machine first but this does not fit my situation as I will soon convert my Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 (because I don't want it to be OEM any more so I can transfer my whole system over to a new pc in the future via image backup)

I also have a full version of Windows 7

Once I upgrade OEM Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, how can I used the full version of Windows 7 to create a dual boot?

Is upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 likely to cause any problems?

According to the test program the only issue is Skyrim won't work any more. And I saw online a Windows 8 driver for my printer.

PS I would want both operating systems to be on their own separate partition


I tried upgrading Windows 7 OEM to Windows full version but it did not work so I reverted to my image backup to make my pc same as it was before.

So instead, I am wanting a dual boot with Windows 7 and 8.1.

Thanks for reading my post

A:How can I have Windows 7 and 8.1 dual boot (8.1 1st installed)

Hello and welcome winuserd have a look at this Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista it might give you an idea on what to do.
It is from the 8 forum's site (a sister site to this one) - might be an idea to join up to that as well I did and I upgraded my main laptop and the Sandy Bridge from 7 to 8 then 8.1 with just an upgrade disk (the 8.1 was a free download).

Having said that I have both the 8's running in 7 mode (look) using Classic Shell as I prefer the desktop look but they are certainly faster than my other 7 machines.

PS I forgot to say I cloned the 7 to new drives before I upgraded so that I can flip the old drive back in if things go south.

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how to dual boot win 7 with xp win 7 installed first

A:how to dual boot win 7 with xp win7 installed first?

Hello Ravi,

Do you mean to triple boot with Windows 7 when XP and Windows 7 is installed, or dual boot with XP installed first???? If triple boot, then did you install XP or Windows 7 first? Please clarify.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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On one of my 1 Tb disks, I installed at first Win7-32bit (Disk E on the picture). Some months later on the same disk I made a new partition and installed Win7-64bit (Disk C on the picture). When I boot I am offered to select which OS I want to use.

Now I would like to delete the Win7-32bit partition to use the place for something else (non OS).

Question: May I simply delete the partition where Win7-32 ("E" on the picture)? Won't the boot be affected?

Thank you!

A:Delete a partition when Dual-Boot is installed

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Review this,
Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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Hello I'm new here.

I had Windows 7 on my hard drive and I partitioned it using the partition tool built into windows. I installed Windows XP afterwards and now when I got to My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery > Settings (while I'm in Windows XP) under default operating system it only shows Windows XP.

After I partitioned the drive for 7GB I installed Windows XP on the new partitioned drive known as E drive, I still see C drive in my computer, and all the files and programs I had on Windows 7!!

How do I get back to Windows 7!!
Please please tell me I didn't installed over it!!

A:Dual-Boot: Windows only showing One OS Installed! HELP!

If you use the windows partition tool it deletes the hard drive... so I don't understand what happened here.

Assuming then that you used a partition tool that doesn't delete the hard drive then check your disc drive. Does it have a disc in it?

A third thing is this: you partitioned it but the drive you intended to install xp on was too small, so the installer by default selected the bigger one and you accidently installed xp over windows 7.

I really don't understand what you are saying. Those are three posibilities from what I get out of this post. please rewrite it so we can narrow down what happened.

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My situation is this, I have XP64 on my C Drive and I have a fresh install of XP32 on my D: Drive (Which is a physically different drive). All I want to do is to be able to dual boot into either at startup. The reason I have re-installed XP32 is because I have an Audio workstation and sorry to say it but the Software just hasn't caught up yet completely. So I need 32 bit windows.

SO, what is the best and easiest (if there is one) way to do this?


A:Dual boot XP64 & XP32 (Already installed)

was xp installed on the drive on that computer or on another computer? If on that computer, are you able to boot to either xp? if so, then download and install vistabootpro

It will help you setup your dual boot and yes vistabootpro will install in xp.

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On one of my 1 Tb disks, I installed at first Win7-32bit (Disk E on the picture). Some months later on the same disk I made a new partition and installed Win7-64bit (Disk C on the picture). When I boot I am offered to select which OS I want to use.

Now I would like to delete the Win7-32bit partition to use the place for something else (non OS).

Question: May I simply delete the partition where Win7-32 ("E" on the picture)? Won't the boot be affected?

Thank you!

A:Delete a partition when Dual-Boot is installed

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Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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I have some problem regarding Windows 7 and XP dual boot.

I have first installed Windows 7 in C Drive, after that I made 3 more partitions in the remaining space. After which I installed Windows XP Pro in F Drive which was successfully installed making Windows 7 Boot Option Obselete while booting.

I mean to say that when ever I start my system it starts with Windows XP as default, without giving any option for Windows 7.

After which I made several try to make my Window 7 to Boot but not succeed.
I have tried : The Boot.ini file changed manually of F Drive i.e. of XP as

1st Try

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 7" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

2nd Try

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 7" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

With all these efforts I got the Screen with both options for Windows 7 as well as for Windows XP while Boot, but unable to Boot with Windows 7 where as from here I can choose the Windows XP and start.

Please suggest.

Sumit Rastogi

A:Issue:Windows 7 and XP dual boot(Win 7 installed First)

Welcome to SF!

No problem at all. First, mark your Windows 7 partition as active.

Then, run a startup repair on Windows 7.

That will make the default boot entry 7's boot loader, and XP will be inaccessible. To fix that, add XP manually to 7's boot loader using EasyBCD 2.0. You will need to register with a free account in order to download.

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Hello - i HAD a dual boot installed on my computer: XP Pro on the C drive and Windows 7 Pro installed on the Drive E.

I also had EasyBCD 2.1.2 installed on both drives. All was working well, but i didn't back up the Bootloader Settings.

My C drive failed and i restored it from an Image which was made before i created the dual boot, and I was not given a dual boot option, and i cannot boot into Windows 7.

I installed Easy BCD on the C (XP) drive. When i open the program, i get the following message: "The boot configuration data tore could not be opened. The system cannot find the file speciied. Would you like to manually load a BCD registry for EasyBCD to manage? Pleae note that Eay BCD requires the Windows Vista7 bootloader, and will not work in XP-only environments."

There are no entries in the EasyBCD window.

Help would be appreciated.

Thank you.


A:Previously Installed Dual Boot and Easy BCD

Start Win7 by marking it Active then running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
Partition - Mark as Active

From 7 add XP using EasyBCD, accept boot files if offered, reboot to Dual Boot menu.

Since when originally installing Win7 it was apparently incorrectly run from XP rather than booted, you can also reinstall it now from boot so that it always assumes C as intended.
Clean Install Windows 7

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I am setting up a new system for client. I would like to add Win 7 in a dual boot so client can test drive Win 8 while still having Win 7 Enterprise 64-bit as a fallback. My personal system is a triple boot Win XP, Vista and 7 system but I have no experience with Win 8 yet.

Target System Configuration:

Dell XPS 8500 with Win 8 64-bit pre-installed on 1TB HDD.
Am adding a 120GB SSD (Kingston HyperX)

I will shrink the 1TB Win 8 partition, create a "User Data" partition and move all user folders to the User Data partition (docs, pics, Outlook data folder, etc, etc)

1) Can I setup a manually switched OS boot using BIOS setting by

a) Installing the SSD
b) Disconnecting the 1TB Win 8 drive
c) Boot Win 7 Installation CD and Install Win 7 and apps ON THE SSD
d) Reconnect the 1TB HDD
e) "Move" the Win7 User Data folders so they point to the User Data partition

Choosing which OS would be done via entering BIOS and changing boot device order.


2) If I leave the 1TB Win 8 HDD connected....

a) Boot Win 7 Installation CD and Install Win 7 and apps ON THE SSD
b) "Move" the Win7 User Data folders so they point to the User Data partition

Will I get the Win7 boot option screen? In other words will the Win 7 install recognize the Win 8 OS partition exists?

If not can I use EasyBCD to manually modify the boot option to see/recognize both OSes?

Any ideas will be appreciated....

A:Dual Boot - Install Win 7 on Pre-Installed Win 8 System

Welcome to EightForums.

I am setting up a new system for client. I would like to add Win 7 in a dual boot so client can test drive Win 8 while still having Win 7 Enterprise 64-bit as a fallback. My personal system is a triple boot Win XP, Vista and 7 system but I have no experience with Win 8 yet.

I take it this a Pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro.

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.
2) If Using a USB Pendrive on a PC with a uEFI BIOS.
USB Pendrive need to be formated to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.

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K so i got one sata hd @ 500gb split into four drives C drive holds windows XP (main op sys) E drive i play around with various op sys and at the minute ive given vista another go so vista is on E. I have all my games installed to drive D (installed thro XP drive C) and wonder if i can play them from vista (drive E) by somehow writing the files to the E registry without installing them again. I havnt the space to reinstall everything and would love it if i could run all my games from both ops sys without the install space being needed twice. Do i just install from vista to the D drive over whats there already (but backup all my save data) or will will this kill my XP installed game data.
Explained this the best hope someone u/s what i mean

A:Dual booting vista/xp can i share the installed games

they have to be reinstall. in addition you need to read their eula to see if you can legally have two installs of the the same game.

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My pc info -

AMD Athlon(tm) 5150 APU with Radeon(tm) R3

Motherboard Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
Northbridge AMD K16 IMC rev. 00
Southbridge AMD Kabini FCH rev. 7.2
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 4 GBytes

Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Professional 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)

vendor American Megatrends Inc.
version F2
date 06/20/2014


I have windows 7 installed on c drive.

I would like to dual boot with winxp.

I slipstreamed with AHCI driver.

When the windows xp installation menu loads to partition choosing page.

It shows my whole HDD as one partition.

The partition is like - Partition1 Unknown.

WinXP is not able to read the hard drive partition.

How can I fix this ?

Thanks and Regards

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Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this forum and I am using Windows 8.1. I have an Acer Aspire V5-571P computer with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I want to install my licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional on it as a dual boot to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. I have seen that it can be done, but I cannot figure out how to correctly do it. I have already had to re-install Windows 8.1 once from a USB Recovery drive which was not fun. So can someone help me out with this? I'd really like to learn how to do it and get it done. I love windows 7 Pro but I can't figure out how to do it.

I have already turned off secure boot in bios. However, UEFI mode is still active vs legacy bios which is the other mode I have.

A:Dual Boot Acer Aspire V5 with Windows 8.1 Pre-installed

You will need both Windows 7 x64 & Windows 8/8.1 installed in Legacy mode.

On some Acer, Gateway, P. Bell, Windows 7 x64 will not install in UEFI mode.

Windows 8 Desktops - How to Disable Secure Boot - YouTube

Enabling the boot device menu

Originally Posted by Acer

On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.


Enabling the F12 function:

1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.

How to Enable or Disable Secure Boot

Originally Posted by Acer

This article only applies to: Windows 8 Desktops

Bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 8. You can change the Secure Boot setting and it should recognize the bootable device.

Use the following steps to change Secure Boot:

1.Completely shut down your computer.
2.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press Delete to enter the BIOS.
3.Us... Read more

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Hey all, I just installed win 8 dualboot a couple hours ago, to complement my win 7 (installed the developer preview of course). Immediately after, my internet (ethernet or wifi) would not work on my win 7. Ethernet would result into 'unidentified network' and the machine won't pick up the ip address or something, I think. No matter how hard the IT guys tried, they couldn't get it to work. Wi-fi could be because I have a lousy router, but I am not sure. Is there a way to fix ethernet/both? I have a feeling ethernet is 100% related to win8 installation, wi-fi not so sure. I checked the drivers -- they are the same as before. I uninstalled, reinstalled, disabled/enabled, etc. etc. etc., nothing happened. Win 8 internet works fine. Thank you!

This is cross-posted at Win 8 forums dual boot installed win 8 --> win7 internet crashed? - Windows 8 Forums due to the urgency of the issue (I really need my internets on the Win 7 side of the computer! ). Thanks again!

A:dual boot installed win 8 --> win7 internet crashed?

Have you tried deleting the network device from Network and Sharing Center? Its under "change adapter settings". You just right click on the device and delete and then just try to install it again.

But you said you used Wifi? Does Wifi work with Windows 8 when its not with your Windows 7? If it does not work with Windows 8 as well, it may be a hardware trouble if you said your router was lousy. Is this a home or an office computer? If you could get a spare router, maybe you could check if that will work instead.

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I've recently started dual booting vista and xp on separate partitions.

is there a way I can run software that I've installed on vista when using xp?
obviously I'd like to avoid installing each software twice- once on each OS.

I've googled it and searched the forums, but i only found answers regarding transferring data, and not installations.

perhaps a third party software you know of, or certain folders I can copy?

please help me, I've helped others! thanx

A:[SOLVED] transferring installed software between dual boot OS's

Unfortunately the software needs to be installed so thst it has the correct registry entries and .DLL's in the correct locations.

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I have Window XP installed on Drive C:\. My son installed Windows 7 on Drive E:\. However, when the computer is booted up, it boots up in Windows 7, without allowing a choice. I suspect this can be corrected in BIOS, but don't want to screw it up. Any help?

A:Dual boot Window7 and XP, both installed on separate drives

You may have installed Windows 7 first and then Windows XP, so, Windows 7 has deleted the boot file of Win XP. The correct order should have been Windows XP --> Then Windows 7.

BIOS does not control the Startup in these case.

Try to install Vista Boot Pro, but you may not get any result.

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Dear Sirs, I have tried to install Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 12.04.5 on my Windows 10 (pre-installed) HP Envy 15AH. Even if I try to run the LiveCD, the LiveCD's hang, and the installed Ubuntu crashes or hangs. I have also tried a LIveCD of Fedora, and the same things happen. I have checked that Ubuntu should be suitable for UEFI installation, and I cannot see why even the LiveCDs hang. How can I get an good installation of (ideally 12.04.5) to work on the laptop? I contacted the company I bought the laptop from - having paid extra for support - and they said I should ask you! Many thanks for your help. Yours faithfully, 

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