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Not able to see Windows 7 files from xp in dual boot pc

Q: Not able to see Windows 7 files from xp in dual boot pc

I started windows xp and opened program files where 7 is installed but can't see any installed application's folder.

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A: Not able to see Windows 7 files from xp in dual boot pc

You may need to get permission to access those files. Can you access User folders okay?

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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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Hey guys, I had this Windows 8 installed on a separate drive volume I reserved 18000MB to it which appears as drive G: in Win 7. In this way, I could keep both Windows 8 and 7 separately.

Now the problem is, when I boot into Windows 8, the system does not see the normal drive C. Instead it sees its own volume G: as a drive C, and does not actually see the bigger drive C: that is tied to Windows 7. So I cannot access the Program Files in Windows 7 and open Google Chrome from Win 8. I just don't want to install everything twice, one for each operating system.

Any help on making the "Windows 7 drive" look visible on "Windows 8" will be appreciated.

A:Sharing apps and files between Windows 8/7 dual boot

You can't run programs that are installed in Win 7 in Win8 without first Re-Installing them in Win 8. Most all programs add something to the registry when they are installed. So they are installed in 7 with those entries added to the 7 registry. Trying to run them in 8 will fail because those same reg entries are not present in the 8 registry.

As to not being able to see the Win 7 install drive that is odd. It should show up as some other drive letter than C but it should be there.

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Hi. I have win xp sp3 on my laptop.
I wanted to install dual boot with windows 7.
So i created a new partition of 20 GB (drive D).
THen i installed from win 7 dvd, and choose Drive D for the installation.
After all the install and config, the original drive C (xp) had no letter, and the drive D, now is Drive C. 20 GB with win 7 installed.
So i assigned a letter (E) but the drive is completly empty, 0 bytes 0 files.
Obviously i have no dual boot, since there is no xp partition.

Is there any way to get back the data in the XP partition ?

Are they all lost ? i dont understand what happened.

TKs .

A:windows 7 ultimate , xp dual boot. lost files

Ok let me make sure I know whats going on, you went to dual boot however the primary drive somehow got re-formatted correct? You still should have 2 partitions on your drive. You have already looked on your disk Management service correct? If not, that would be the first thing I would look at.

Or maybe you'll be lucky enough that when you plug in your drive as a secondary hard drive(using another computer) you MAY be able to see your xp partition and just copy the files directly. --Hope this helped at all

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I have been running a standard HDD with Windows XP Home SP3 and 8GB DDR3 RAM. I recently added an SSD on which I have installed Windows 7 Home Premium, the intention being to use the SSD/Windows with installed programmes to speed up the system and to use the existing HDD to store data (documents, pictures, videos and music), where they already reside.

From the SSD I can access the old HDD but, when I try to open My Documents, I am told that I do not "have permission to view this folder. Click continue to permanently get access to this folder." When I click continue I am told that I "have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab."

When I follow this through I eventually reach a page which tells me that it is unable to display the current owner. What I am wondering is, if I change the ownership of this folder, will I still be able to boot up the HDD using XP and access the files from that disc?

A:[SOLVED] Accessing files in dual boot system (windows 7/XP)

Because you are trying to access folders from a different user account than the one which those folders belonged to Windows automatically denies access (even though you created that user account, Windows has no way of knowing that).

You need to "take ownership" of those folders by changing the security permissions.
Altering ownership permissions will in no way affect your ability to boot into that OS and access files on it.

Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

A:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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Hi People

I have a dual boot PC. I had to rebuild it recently because I put a new mobo and a new cpu in. I decided to be different this time and installed Winxp on my C drive and Win7 on my D drive. In my old rig the order was reversed.

Originally I thought this would be okay until it came to installing Rollback RX. Then I discovered that every time I tried to install rollback it either failed to install or it only protected my XP drive. I want it to protect my Win7 drive because it is my default boot.

I decided to start all over again this time installing in the reverse, with Win7 on C and WinXP on D. However I am having nothing but problems doing this because now the Win7 disk is not being recognized as having all the drivers and I can't get an internet connection on WinXP!!!!

So I'm thinking there might be a simpler way to do this. I put the contents of the disks on a Norton Ghost backup before I started doing this. Can I restore the contents of D on C and C on D? I can do it physically because both are the same size and both are ntfs. The problem is booting. If I do this my pc won't boot. So is there a way I can fix this?

I contacted Rollback RX three days ago and they haven't responded.

A:How can I fix my boot files so that I can reverse order of my boot in dual pc

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WIN7-XP DUAL BOOT FILES - to save to backup

I have win7 and XP as dual boot on same HDD. WinXP installed first. Works fine.

I use a backup/restore program to make images of each O/S - seperately and regularly.

However, it's not made for a dual boot machine according to the manufacturer.

When I restore Win XP, it works perfectly every time, so far.

However, when I restore Win 7, it refuses to boot into Win7 and has to be repaired with the original Win7 disc.

I can always get into either XP OR Win7. So a copy of the relevant boot files for each system, (copied and saved onto each O/S), could easily be pasted back into the partition that fails to boot -by doing it from within the O/S partition that will boot.

Can anyone tell me what are the relevant files for each system please (and where to find them) so I can copy & save them onto each O/S?. I can then easily restore them after an image restore that won't boot.

Thank you in anticipation.

A:Solved: Win7/XP Dual Boot,-Boot Files

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I have a dual boot Win 7 on C and Winxpsp3 on D. C win7 is my default boot.

I just went through quite a bit of trouble restoring my pc because one of the drives wouldn't boot. It was D my xp (backup) drive.

When this happens again is there a place where I can store my boot files, say on a floppy and what is the procedure to restore the boot files?

A:How Do I Restore my Boot Files on a Dual Boot?

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Hi Guys, slight problem here, I have a dual boot system, a 500Gb drive with one half installed with XP professional, and the other with Windows 7.
I recently installed a new motherboad and encountered problems.
With the windows XP patition I knew the problem would be centerd around the ide driver so I replaced that and it booted ok. (obviously I had to reinstal the new drivers for the new M/board)
However when I tried with the windows 7 partition it just resets, no BSD, no error or anything. I cant boot into safe mode in any form on win7.
My questions are a) assuming the hardware has caused problems is there a way to rectify this or b) if I reinstall windows 7 ( not really a problem) is there a way to edit whichever boot file comes up so I dont have 2 x windows 7 boot options on the boot menu (just annoys the hell out of me ! lol)
thanks guys

A:dual boot - which boot files to edit ?

Reinstall Windows 7 then use EasyBCD to add a Windows XP boot entry.

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i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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My main program is Windows Vista. (C:/ Partition is 202 GB).
I made a Windows 7 partition (D:/) about 20 GB big.

I can navigate from the Windows 7 (D:/ partition) over to the C:/ partition and create links to some programs like Skype, Filezilla, Audacity and others.
That way I don't have to duplicate the .exe programs on the 7 partition.

But I couldn't get Word 2007 or iTunes to work, so I installed them again on the 7 partition. Now the partition is full and I won't be able to load anything else, should the need arise.

Is there any way out of this?

A:Can Dual Boot share same .exe files?

I would make a Win7 partition no less than 100g.

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hey i just split my (originally xp) hdd to 2 partitions C and D.. i have my regular xp on C and I installed 7 on D..

but the problem is that i dont want any files/folders to be seen when im on xp.. so basically i wanna hide everything that win7 has and when im on xp i dont wanna see the files/folders.. thank you

A:Dual boot - how to hide files

Hello mtg, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below in each OS instead to hide the drive letter as it shows in Computer for the other OS.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I've replaced Win7-32 with 64 a few days ago after formatting the drive. I have four partitions on three discs. The largest dusk has two – a very small one with XP and a very large where I save all my stuff.

The problem appeared when I tried to use Windows Backup to save an image file of Win7. It only allows me to save the backup on the smallest partitions without enough free space, not with Win7 or on the largest one where I have over 600GB free. I checked and found the reason is probably because this partition contains the system files for both XP and 7, So the Backup forbids saving the image file on it as well as on the one with Win7.

I think I need to relocate the Win7 system files from the large partition to the partition containing Win7. I downloaded and installed EasyBCD, as sometime ago recommended to me in this forum to use instead of VistaBoot Pro (now DualBoot PRO), but I never used it. Could someone tell me how to proceed before I spoil the installation, please?

A:Relocate System Files on a Dual Boot

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

You are trying to save a Win7 backup image to another HD and it wants to save both XP and Win7? This means that they share some system files. We can help you recover those into Win7 if this is what you want.

It should become apparently why it won't let you save the image to the larger partition. Can you try one more time and post back the exact error message?

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On a system with Windows xp/vista dual boot,is it safe to open the files on the xp partition from the windows vista partition and vice-versa.

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I have a dual boot winxp on D and win7 on C. Separate drives. Win7 boots fine. XP does not. How do I fix this?

A:How do I fix xp boot files in dual boot pc



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If everything goes well I'll be building my first gaming desktop later this year.
One of the scenarios I'm considering is having 4 hard disks and two OSs,
a1, a2, b1, b2
the a disks would be 128 SSDs each with its copy of Win7,
the b disks would be 1 TB HDDs with data.

I want a1 (when I boot with it) to recognize only b1, the same with a2/b2.
In sum, I want one of the data disks not to be seen/accessed by the "other" OS.

Is this possible, and if yes how?


A:Windows 7 dual boot dual disks

Just remove the unwanted drive letters in Disk Mgmt and it will not be seen in Explorer.
During install of each OS, unplug all other drives. Set preferred OS to boot first in BIOS setup, then trigger the other OS SSD using BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key.
If this isn't to your liking install EasyBCD to add the secondary OS to a Windows Boot Menu. This way the drives will still be independently bootable to come and go as you please. They would not if you leave the other one plugged in during install.

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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My laptop came preinstalled with windows xp.I recently installed windows vista on the laptop making it dual boot with xp and vista.However,after this, certain programs in windows xp are not running properly.For eg-When i open programs like Mcafee anti virus,realplayer,..a dialog box comes up asking me with which program should i open the selected file.Also,When opening my computer system properties,system restore etc..a msg comes saying file not found.I haven't deleted any file from xp.Then why is this occurring.is this because vista was not installed properly.Is it because i tried to to access the files stored in windows xp from vista.When i did the above,a msg came saying i wasnt allowed to access those files...How ever windows vista is working fine.

A:Xp files not opening properly in xp/vista dual boot

Its a registry problem, someone has associated .EXE files with something else and remove it and the registry entry is now invalid.
See http://dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm for fixes.

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I have dual boot Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 8 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 7010 MT.

How can I write two batch files on the desktop of EACH OS to tell it to reboot either into Win 7 or into Win 8? (Four batch files total, two on each desktop.)

Need it because I frequently remote into this machine and have no way of rebooting efficiently into the desired OS.

I now can do the following manually in each OS:
***System Properties - Startup and Recovery - Settings - System Startup - Default Operating System - select which one - OK - manual Restart***
but it takes too long.

I'd like some batch files that do all of that for me.


A:How to do shortcut bat files to choose next login OS - dual boot 7 - 8

It sounds like a mouse macro record/playback freeware would be the easiest way. There are quite a few for download. Start recording then do the mouse clicks and save, for each OS boot. It may be easier to get the mouse clicks right than trying to run batch commands.

Check the free download sites for mouse macro record/playback utilities.

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I have dual booted a number of times in the past with w7/w8/w10 and all worked fairly well but in the end I gave up and went back to single boot w7 home premium.

The issue I always seem to have is that all 2nd boots had issues with file/folder access. I kept getting the "no permission to access" warning.

My OS is on an ssd as C drive and I have another 2tb spinner with 3 partitions for Data, Music and Photos. Backups go to a 4tb spinner and external drives.

How do I solve the "no permission" issues so that a dual boot can have equal access to all files/forders and drives ?

I want to keep my Windows 7 and dual boot with windows 10.

I have a spare w7 retail lic from an unused notebook so I should be able to use that lic key after the w10 upgrade.

A:Dual boot W7 & W10 issues accessing files/folders.

Run an Admin account on all OS's.

When you first try to access a folder on another OS drive, click through the permissions message to see if it will show a green progress bar in the URL box during which time it is transferring permissions as it should for an Admin.

If the permissions are not granted this way then I'd question how the install was done. Look over these steps to do a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 to make sure you're not doing anything differently.

If not then install and rightclick each needed User folder using Take Ownership Shortcut.

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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, My attempt to setup my X1 Yoga (20FQ) laptop to dual boot windows 10 and fedora 24 failed and I am not able to boot on windows anymore  More specifically I installed fedora 24 while already having a windows 10 setup. During the installation the fedora installation manager has configured the partitions for dual boot. The installation was successful but to my surprise the grub 2 entry for the windows 10 didn't work anymore.  I inspected the partitions and found that the windows are untouched. However the ' /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi' file is missing from the boot partition. I think I need to recover it so that I am able to boot again to windows. Do you know how I can recover the file? I noticed that there was no windows 10 installation disk in the X1 packaging. Also what's the right setup for dual booting the two operating systems? Regards, Kostas  

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So, I have three partitions: Vista, Win7, and a Storage Partition.

It seems that Windows 7 and Vista are fighting over permissions to folders I'd like to share between then. So, for the Win7 Documents library I added the Documents partition that I use for Vista. Sometimes I get a message that I don't have permission and I can click Continue to fix it automatically, but how can I prevent this? The user accounts for both OS's are the same, but I know they get different SIDs.


A:Sharing Paritions/Files with Vista Dual-Boot Configurations

Hello muzicman82, welcome to Se7en Forums!

Have a look at this tutorial; at the link below; to see if it will be of use to you.

Take Ownership Shortcut

Be sure to keep us informed!

Later Ted

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I have a laptop setup dual boot. Windows 7 64bit and windows 32Bit (both professional versions). The 64 bit was installed on a partition with drive letter C:, and the 32 bit with a driver letter e:. I like to ghost both partitions, but I notice that the 64bit's "program files (86)" directory shows up on C: when runnig the 64bit Windows 7, but is not listed on C: when I runt he 32bit version of Windows 7. Instead it is on the e: dirve. Where is it really?
Mainly, I want to know what to ghost to get everyting both operating systems need, in two seperate operations (someday I ditch the 32-bit).

Before I actually start yet another thread discussing why one should not dual boot 64/32bit. I have good reasaons. I must (for work) use obsolete hardware that has no 64 bit drivers. (Note XP compatibility mode and VMWARE will not run the 32bit driver, unless there is something I do not know about VMWARE. These are OK solutions for incompatable hardware, not custom drivers.) In any case, besides using the devices without 64bit drivers, I will be developing new drivers for two devices (that my company created to replace the obsolete hardware), and I need to create drivers for 64bit and 32-bit (in this case Windows 7 64bit, and an embedded 32-bit Windows).

I guess what I'm asking is, what mechanism would make it appear the x86 program files move in a dual boot system?

A:Programs Files (86) seems to switch partitions in my dual boot system

If installed correctly from boot as it must with a different bit-version, when booted either Win7 installation should be on C.

The other installation will appear in explorer with another letter which is virtual and insignificant. What's important only is that the OS is C when booted.

Sometimes it is our own perspective that needs to be changed - from real world to virtual.

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Hi Everybody,

First, I want to apologize for asking the following questions, because I realize their have been many posted questions similar to mine on these forums and elsewhere online. However, I've never done anything like this, and I want to make absolutely sure I know what I'm doing before I attempt it. I thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

When my Dell pre-installed XP machine died a few months ago (expensive fan failure, so there's no HDD damage as far as I can tell), I purchased a new HP pre-installed Vista machine. Mainly I have quite a few files I'd like to get off the Dell and on to the HP, but ideally I'd like to dual-boot with both operating systems on the HP, keeping both OS on their respective drives.

1. I figure this probably isn't legal, but how much of a problem is that potentially? I have a valid 1-2 CPU license, and XP would only be used on one dual-core if I'm able to dual-boot.

2. My primary goal is to copy my XP files to the Vista HDD, whether I can dual-boot or not. How can I do this without buying extra accessories, and in such a way that I don't risk damage to any of my hardware?

3. Will it be possible to dual-boot, and if so, what order will I need to install the drives, what master/slave settings will I need to set, what BIOS settings will I need to set, and will I need to reinstall/restore either OS or reformat either drive? Also, will this dual-booting work with just OEM/restore discs, and will it work with two dif... Read more

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Hey folks,

I've had my Gateway T1628 laptop for a year. When I first got it, it came with Vista installed, but I wiped the drive completely and installed Linux instead. I've been happily using Linux for the past year and have no reason to think there are any hardware problems.

But, now I want to dual-boot Vista/Linux -- installing Vista from the re-installation disc that came with the laptop. I tried using this guide: http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_linux_is_already_installed.htm. But alas, when I get to the "Installing Windows" screen, it hangs at "Expanding files (0%)". When I leave it overnight, it shows an error screen with error number 0x80070017 (and a message saying that the installation failed due to file transfer problems -- sorry, I did not write down the exact message).

Googling this error I find a lot of people who were installing from a badly burned iso -- but I'm trying to install from the disc that came with the laptop, not one I burned myself. People have also suggested removing some RAM if you have more than 2G (I have 3) -- but this is a laptop that I don't really want to open up (not sure I would even know how to take out RAM), and you'd think that since it came with Vista its hardware would already be suitable.

So the other option that seemed likely based on my searches was a problem with the partition I'm trying to install to. I've spent the past few days trying about fifty bill... Read more

A:Dual-boot install problem (Expanding Files 0%, error 0x80070017)

I'd call the company and ask for a new set of disks. They can burn bad disks too. Jazz

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Was trying to delete Linux from my dual boot and I accidentally the whole Windows 8 boot loader (again). But this time is worse.

I have Linux installed to get the boot loader back. Windows appears in the GRUB boot menu, but it is corrupted and will not boot. When I try to boot from it, it now goes to a "preparing automatic repairs" screen followed by an "attempting repairs" screen. I'm given an "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." Then it takes me to the Windows 8 recovery options.

Before it got corrupted, I tried doing a system restore from the recovery options but had to force a shutdown because the restore got stuck and would not end even after 10 hours had passed. That was probably a bad idea.

What should I try next?

A:Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

if you have a windows 8 disk, you can try a startup repair.

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Hey guys, I am having an issue when installing the consumer preview. So, I downloaded the W8 iso, off of Microsoft's site. I burned it to a DVD with 4.7 GB free of storage. I even bought a new set of DVDs. Anyways, I downloaded the iso, I downloaded the USB/DVD download tool, there I burned my iso to the DVD. So, I then create a partition on my computer (I gave the new partition 200 GB of storage). I rebooted my computer, pressed F12 and access the burned DVD. So, I click custom installation, and I install the new OS, onto the partition with 200 GB. I named it the partition Windows 8, so I wouldn't get confused. I clicked it, and installed Windows 8 onto it. Anyways, once it extracts the data and installs all the updates, my computer screen goes black, for a few seconds. Then, it load's the fish icon, and then goes black. It loads nothing, and it just stays there. I have tried using the startup repair, and it cannot fix it. I decided to reinstall the OS, but format the partition, and then install...It does the same. exact. thing.

Anyways, how do I get rid of the black screen? Windows 8 won't boot up. : (

(I allowed a dual boot, by the way, so I still have windows 7, but I really want to try Windows 8.)I followed this guide if anyone was wondering.

A:Windows 8 dual boot installed, Windows 8 won't boot up. Black Screen!

I'm having similar issues with Vista and W8. I put W8 on an empty and freshly created partition.
I can get W8 to run but then on every restart or reboot I can not get back to Vista from the "blue dual boot screen". I select Vista as the OS, the laptop goes to the Acer splash screen and then the screen goes black and the HDD light goes off completely. And that's it. Have to do a forced shutdown holding power button and then on next reboot it will go to Vista.
Fortunately I have full Acronis disk images so I can just revert back to before all this but like you I really want to try W8.

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How to Install Microsoft Windows XP on a Dell Studio 1747,
turning it into a dual-boot (multi-boot) Windows 7 and Windows XP computer

Disclaimer: I am a not a computer guy. I learned how to do the following by searching all over the internet, some of which is no longer available online. The following instructions worked for my Dell Studio 1747. I install Windows XP Professional 32-bit.  I did NOT have to unistall Windows 7. These instructions do not apply to any other configuration.    These instructions are mostly for me just incase I ever have to do this again.

1.         Back up all files you do not want to lose.
2.         Create a new partition (volume) on the hard drive.
                        -Make it minimum space to install Windows XP and whatever over XP programs you eventually want to install.
                        -I made mine 20 Gb in size. I think you need a minimun of 10 Gb to be safe.  But keep in mind to make it big enough for all the software you will use on it, i.e. adobe, microsoft office, roxio,  etc.
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A:Studio 1747:dual-boot (multi-boot) windows XP and Windows 7

I want to add little bit more thing in above article. You can make a simple bootable usb of your desire Windows XP, or Windows 7. It is very simple just download the yumi bootable software first then download Windows 7 from here fileswiper.info/.../
or get Windows XP from here fileswiper.info/.../.
these setups have all drivers of dell laptop and dekstop PC.
after getting the download setup you just need to select your Operating system and browse your setup file by using yumi bootable software.
It will create your bootable USB with in  15 minutes. and you are able to install your operating system using your USB drive..

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I am trying to dual boot with 2 different hard drives and 2 different systems. One is Vista x64 and the other is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. After installing the hard drive with Windows 7 which came from a different computer, I used EasyBCD to configure the boot order. Windows vista still works, but when I want to switch to Windows 7 I get:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

The Op seems to have similar problem as me. I just don't get all the follow up instructions in the thread dealing with bootrec since I haven't encountered it before (I think...). Any thoughts?

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

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this is not desireable, then set Win7 HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, install easyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

Before doing this delete any EasyBCD listing for the other HD you've already made in Edit OS Menu tab.

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Hey guys i installed windows 7 and windows server 2008 in different partition. I first installed windows 7 and then installed windows server 2008.(I dont know if that makes much of a difference). However ,
-----after installing the server i could not see the windows 7 in my boot loader so i had to turn the windows 7 partition to active- to boot from windows seven.
-----It turned my server 2008 partition to logical and could not see the server os in boot loader.

So, how would i add both of them in the boot loader so that i can select one of the two after i boot.

I had to download acronis disk director to turn the logical drive to primary again.

So the question is how is it possible to , get both the boot OS in the boot loadter.

I don't want to do a dual boot through vhd , just in case someone suggests me that.

screen shot of my disk

Update: i changed the windows server partion back to active and tried to boot now it says bootmgr is missing .....

A:Dual boot Windows 7 pro and Windows Server 2008 - boot loader

I don't know how marking Win7 Active to repair it so it would start would convert the Server partition to Logical. I've never heard of such a thing.

To add the missing OS, install EasyBCD to add it on the Add New Entry tab.

EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)

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Hi all,

I followed some instructions to remove the Windows 8 Dual Boot by just deleting the Windows 8 Partition and that there was no need to edit the boot menu as everything will be done automatically after restart.

Now, when I tried to reboot my computer, the computer hangs at the screen where you are suppose to select to boot up Windows 7 or Windows 8.

As I had deleted Windows 8 Already, it should not prompt me to select to boot Windows 8 but rather directly boot into Windows 7.

How should I proceed from here ? I am currently installing Fedora Dual Boot on my laptop so hopefully I am able to do some salvaging from there....

Thanks in advance !

Warmest Regards,

A:Windows 7 Crashes at Boot Manager after Deleting Windows 8 Dual Boot

Take a windows 7 installation DVD/USB thumbdrive, boot from it, select "I want to repair my computer" and then do a "startup repair".

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot


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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

A:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,

A:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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My current windows 10 installation is too bogged down to play games properly. I've tried all the traditional solutions to speed up my PC but none of them made any noticeable difference, so I'd like to try a fresh OS. I'd prefer to avoid doing a "Reset My PC" option and having to re-install all my apps. So I'm trying to install a second windows 10 onto a new partition that will just be used for playing a couple games.

The media creation tool USB option doesn't work on my pc. The USB gets ignored when I boot normally. If I try to boot it directly from the boot menu, I get a "selected device failed to boot" error (with both windows 10 and windows 8 media creation tools). I used a brand new USB drive and tried it immediately after installing the tool onto it. I also tried re-installing the tool a second time.

I tried running the setup.exe at the root of the USB drive, which started properly. However, all the guides I've looked at say that I should get a "custom install" option when running this tool. This is where I would have the option of selecting the partition I want to install windows to. I don't get that option. It just asks me for the basic language/architecture fields, then gives me the "keep everything/keep files/remove everything" options. There are no options after that. If i I click install, the installation begins.

I tried using the windows 8 setup.exe on the USB, but it asks me for a product key. My computer came with wi... Read more

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I wanted to set up Ubuntu on my computer, and followed the instructions in the first answer to this thread: dual boot - How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7/8 - Ask Ubuntu

As instructed, I created a logical partition using EaseUS software. I did this on my H:/ drive, a hard disk drive (whereas Windows 7 was installed on C:, and SSD).

After a mandatory reboot for the new partition changes, I did not immediately go to install Ubuntu, although I had Live USB to do so. Instead, if I remember properly, I booted into Windows to make sure everything was OK, but only to find out that some "Windows could not boot properly", giving me the option to 'Launch Startup Repair' - which I did, but to no avail. All it did was reported that some 2 system files were missing or corrupt.

I then installed Ubuntu on a third drive because I still needed it to perform some benchmarking. I did this using the 'install alongside windows 7' option.
But now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, all I am interested in is getting back to Windows, while keeping all the files and programs intact.

How should I go about fixing this? Delete the logical partition on the other drive? I also have that Windows installation CD, and I'm thinking its repair options could be useful - but not having a whole lot of self-confidence, I don't know what steps exactly to take to preserve my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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A:Wanted to Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu - Windows Won't Boot Anymore

Hi I Am User,

Upon inserting the Windows installation disk you should be able to install a new Windows and be able to select Upgrade and it should create the Windows.old folder on the new Windows.


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I have a dual-boot system Ubuntu/Windows 7. The Master boot loader is GRUB.
It worked fine until yesterday when, for some reason, Windows 7 refused to load anymore. I tried to repair with chkdsk, found and repaired some disk errors, but now the boot loader is damaged. The problem I have is that after selecting Windows from the GRUB list I get the installed version entry but I can't have access to Repair through F8 and thus I am not able to continue on the installation DVD. The problem I think would be simple, by writing a new boot using bootrec, but I don't have access to the console.
I've seen a solution/tutorial on this forum except that it requires to remove Linux, which is not at all my scope.

A:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

NOTE: As you have Linux installed, the above only works for 1 in 1000, must likely you will need to reinstall.
Good luck.

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Just curious, but is there option for me to enable uefi boot of my Windows 10 Professional installation on my HP xw6600 dual quad core E5450 machine which holds two Samsung 850 Pro SSD's, one for Windows 10 and the other completely for Ubuntu LTS 16.04.When possible,  how to go about it. How do I enable this option. Yours truly, 

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Hi there guys,

Originally i had windows 7 installed on my laptop and i had four partitions on my computer.

C - Windows 7 installed system,primary parition
D - logical partition - where windows xp was installed
E - logical parition - where my documents word files and so on
K - 160gb for applications to be installed (primary partition, system)

i installed windows xp on drive D after formatting and everything was working but when i installed easybcd to add windows 7 to boot...i encountered a problem. I cannot have xp + win7 together in the boot due to windows xp installed on a logical partition and its boot file is in a unknown primary partition. I Decided to convert Drive K to Logical and Drive D(XP INSTALLED) to primary. After my computer restarted., it brought up a new error saying no boot device(S) FOUND...

i ran windows 7 setup cd to repair but no operating system was found....i ran cmd repair typed in bootrec.exe /scanos - it found windows 7 then i tried bootrec.exe /fixboot - not working, tried /rebuildmbr computer restarted but same error. I Ran windows XP CD it said no installation sources available/found that means no harddrive. however windows 7 setup repair option i saw all the drives but i can't install a freash copy of windows on any of partitions.

Can anyone help me with this problem. what i have done wrong and how can i fix a problem like this...
thanks in advance


A:windows 7 b& xp dual boot and no boot device found error

Sounds to me that you now have no system (boot) partition. If you can't fix this (mark one of the partitions "system" or "boot") with the Windows 7 installation DVD or the XP installation CD use a bootable partitioning program, such as GParted.

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Working in a corporate environment, we use Windows XP now but are needing to upgrade to Windows 7. I have dual boot Windows XP and 7 machine, thats the easy part, but I need to hide Windows 7 from the boot menu OR have a keyboard shortcut that can boot Win 7. The goal is I do not want users to know about Windows 7 until it has been tested and when we go live its already installed and working.

So my objectives are: Working Win 7 install, Hide from XP and boot menu, Be able to boot into 7 at a later time, eventually remove XP from the boot and have 7 the only OS.

Is this possible?

Thank you

A:Dual boot WinXP/7 - How to hide Windows 7 from boot loader and XP?

In Control Panel\System and Security\System\Advanced System Settings|Advanced tab\Startup and Recovery\Settings set XP as default OS, uncheck Time to Display OS Menu.

Now to boot Win7 you'lll need to go into that setting in XP to enable the Dual Boot menu (with 5-10 sec timeout) so that you can reboot into Win7 via the Dual Boot menu.

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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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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

A:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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I have dual boot with Xp and windows 7.when i log into my Xp all the restore points being deleted from windows 7.
when i check the disk management information in 7 it shows windows 7 create a logical drive with my Xp primary drive.even i am hide the drive from both windows means Xp drive from windows 7 and vice verse.
So i like to unmount or remove the drive partition of windows 7 from Xp and Xp primary from windows 7.So that they dont affect each others system files with being deleted the partitions.
So suggest some software or cmd commands to do that.
thanks in advance

A:Restore points missing from windows 7 after i boot in Xp(dual boot)

Hello Ari, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to prevent your restore points in Windows 7 from getting deleted every time you startup XP.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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