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DualBoot Windows 10 & Windows 7 on SSD and HDD respectively.

Q: DualBoot Windows 10 & Windows 7 on SSD and HDD respectively.

I want to clean install Windows 10 and Windows 7 in dual boot configuration on separate hard drives.
I have a 240 GB WD SSD completely for Windows 10 and a 1 TB WD HDD for Windows 7 installation.
I have a MSI B85M-E45 ("https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B85M-E45/Specification") motherboard which supports UEFI and UEFI/Legacy mode.

1).Which OS should I install first, Windows 10 or Windows 7?
2).What should be the partition type, GPT or MBR?
3).What mode should the bios be in, UEFI or Legacy?

PS: I may want to do multi boot with any Linux distribution later down the road.

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Preferred Solution: DualBoot Windows 10 & Windows 7 on SSD and HDD respectively.

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I have an OQO 01+, and im dualbooting it with windows 7 and windows XP. When i boot windows 7 everything is fine, and everything is working. I can also boot windows XP.

But when i boot windows XP, and shut the computer down, then i cant boot until i use a recovering CD to repair the bootloader. It simply says "Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart".

It happens after installing drivers on windows 7. Then the problem appears. Before i installed the driver, there was no problem.

So does anyone have an idea, why windows XP destroy the windows 7 bootloader?



A:Windows 7 bootloader get nuked when booting windows XP (dualboot)

How exactly was the Dual Boot constructed? Which OS first? EasyBCD adding XP or Win?

Please also post back a screenshot of your maximized Win7 Disk Mgmt drive map with listings showing all columns, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

How are you repairing the bootloader exactly?

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I've been trying to install Windows 10 as my second OS, but it seems the installer is incapable of figuring out the correct partitioning. Here is my current windows 7 setup (no dualboot yet):

-EFI-System partition
-MSR partition
-Primairy (OS installed here)
-Primairy (partition for data, programs etc...)
-unallocated space (60gb, intended for windows 10)

Now, when I run the windows 10 setup it'll work fine until it gets to the partioning section. I create a new partition out of the unallocated space which all goes fine except for the fact that it also creates a aditional recovery partition and also an EFI-System partition! Causing me to end up with 2 duplicate EFI partitions. And if I press 'next' it'll give an error saying that it cannot find or create a system partition even though there are already 2 Efi system partitions (one from win7 and the other one that the setup created).

If I, instead of manually creating partitions, just select the 'unallocated space' and press 'next' it'll give me a warning saying that the order in which the gpt partitions are set is not recommended with the option of continueing or cancelling. If I continue, it will proceed to the install phase but will shortly generate an error msg with 'The system partition seems to be formatted as ntfs'. Even though DISKPART tells me that it is formatted as FAT32...

So i'm at a loss on how to create a dualboot setup with windows 7 already installed as an UEFI solution...

A:Windows 7 and Windows 10 proper UEFI dualboot method?

Don`t dual boot 7 and 10 on the same machine, it causes problems, it`s discussed at Tenforums.

Use a separate drive for 10 while keeping 7 unplugged. Unplug 10 and plug 7 back in when you want to use 7, it takes 5 seconds.

10 is still a preview and it`s not the same as booting Vista and 7 together or 7 and 8 or 8.1 together, they have no problems.

Windows 10 is not worth screwing up your perfect Windows 7 over, get another drive for 10.

Or install it in a VM, which I don`t recommend at all

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate OEM installed on my Seagate 160GB hard drive. I want to install my Windows XP Pro operating system. (DUAL BOOT of Course)

I followed your instructions to the letter. Once all the files have been copied and it reboots before the installation starts, I get an Error saying to click CTRL ALT and Delete to reboot. I can't get past that point to install Win XP Pro. The only option is to click onto any key to boot to the CD/DVD. I have my cmos set to boot from the CD/DVD. It won't start the extraction and installation sequence to get Windows XP Installed. I have to do a recovery to get back into Win 7 afterwards and set everything back to the settings before I tried to get Win XP to boot by making a dual partition in Win 7 and install on its own partition.

This is ODD. I even used a brand new Win XP Pro OEM operating disk and two other Win XP operating disks, so I know it's isn't the software.

Are you sure you haven't left out something in your instructions I would need to know to get past this error issue to continue the Win XP Pro operating system install?

A:Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows XP Pro Dualboot Error

Welcome to Seven Forums.

The 'Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP' tutorial has been used by a lot of people, very likely +1000, and no errors or problems have been reported.

Just to make sure I understand your description.

You have Win7 installed on one partition of your 160GB HD, you made another partition to install XP on? Is this correct?

In the tutorial, you followed METHOD TWO: When Windows 7 is Installed First, correct?

What size is the Win7 partition?
What size is the XP partition?

Please fill out your system specs, this will help us to solve your problem.

You can down load SIW - System Information for Windows to get all the information about your computer.

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Hey all.

As much as I DON'T like Apple for a lot of things, I do admit that OSX is a fairly tidied up operating system, and I find that it'd be perfect for some of the software we use at college that apparently isn't on Windows, and it would be good for syncing with my iPod Touch (in which I post from most of the time).

Question; is it possible to DUAL BOOT my current installation of Windows 8 Pro with WMC, with Mac OSX Lion? If it is, how? And if not, how could I run Lion virtually?

I have 3 options at the moment.

1: Using the "Niresh" Lion ISO that I downloaded (I'm not a pirate, and I DID buy a legitimate copy).

2: Use my legitimate OSX Lion DVD.

3: Buy Lion from the online Apple Digital Store.

Now, trickiest part is that I'm rocking an AMD processor, and after vivid researching, I've stumbled across the fact that Intel is the way to go for Hackintoshing. That's why I'm opting for the Niresh ISO, but as I said, I still went out and bought a legitimate install DVD.

So, is it possible? I WAS able to use OSX Snow Leopard in VirtualBox, but some stuff I needed required Lion. If it comes down to it, could I DUALBOOT using SL instead?

Sorry that I'm posting this on a Windows forum, but it will also be posted elsewhere.


A:[DUALBOOT] Mac OSX and Windows 8?


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I have downloaded the Mac OS X image and now i need a way to install it onto another partition and use it as a secondary OS, how would i do this?

A:How To Dualboot Mac OS X And Windows 7

Just to mention i havnt got an 8gb stick

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Currently I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium x64.
I want to install a second copy of windows on a separate partition on the same drive.
I've searched the forum and found how to do it, but I'm wondering if the 2 partitions will be visible while booted in either of the OS's. So I can acces files from the install other install, regardless of which one is currently running.

A:Dualboot 2 Windows 7 installs

If the Other OS partition has a drive letter assigned in the Current (booted) OS, you can see files in the Other OS.
If you do not have a drive letter assigned for the Other OS, you won't see that partition in Explorer.
You will still see the partition in Disk Management...

Why do you want to access files from the Other OS?

This tutorial may help:

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So before I always installed linuxmint through windows. But now I installed it by burning the iso file on a DVD. I Installed linuxmint 17.
First problem was that it coudn't install it next to windows 8, so i had to do the partionning myself. I followed a tutorial and linux got installed.
Normally when you start your computer the (sorry if i'm wrong) GRU bios thing comes up for you to select your os. Now that doesn't come up. Normally what I did was launch windows go to the system startup settings and choose linux there. Now when i go to that option menu I can only choose Windows 8.1.

What can i do to get the GRU thing when i start my notebook.

Details: ASUS F552L pre-installed with windows 8

A:[HELP] Windows 8.1 and Linux dualboot

Where did you tell it to install the boot loader ( GRUB )?

Usually it would be sda.

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The wife's laptop runs Windows 7 with a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of memory. Now she wants to dualboot windows 7 and Fedora 17. Would welcome any help and advice.

A:Dualboot Windows 7 and Fedora 17?

Hi,Before you begin, take a look here: How to: Install Fedora 17 on Windows 7 Dual Boot.Caveate: Before actually attempting the the dual boot, make sure that you have a solid backup of important data, just in case. I would recommend that you image your existing OS to an external hard drive before starting the installation of a second OS. Bleeping Computer has a forum for Linux & Unix. This would be the forum to ask any additional or follow-up questions in. Good luck.

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I'm about to install XP 32 again alongside Windows 7 because certain apps that are very important to me don't run properly on 7(which ones is not important, they just don't),

I've found a ton of information about this, but mostly about installing 7 after installing XP.
I know how the process goes, but I just want to make sure before I f*ck up.

Anyone has any tips/experiences that I should note?

A:Dualboot Windows 7 64bit RTM +XP 32 bit

Hi there

I'd go about it this way.

1) Backup your W7 with something like Acronis True Image / Norton Ghost - so if all goes wrong you can restore and still have an OS so you can try it again.

2) Install Windows XP (Wipe your W7 installation and create an XP partition -- probably 10 / 12 GB should be enough. Leave the rest blank as the W7 installation will format this when you come to install it.

3) Clean install W7 - use the spare space that you left unpartitioned.

4) job done.

(If your PC has SATA drives you'll have to slipstream them into XP before you start -- use Driverpacks and nlite for slipstreaming - just google as the process is too long to describe here - it's not difficult).

Advanced -- you can restore your previous W7 installation after the XP install. Unless you have to I wouldn't bother since a clean install is usually the best mechanism for this,

Use Acronis / Ghost etc to restore W7 to the spare data area on your disk -- change partition type from ACTIVE to PRIMARY (the dual boot mechanism is actually the active partition).

If W7 fails to boot either use the repair option or easyBCD to fix it (google again).

BTW depending on your XP requirements setting up a Virtual machine for XP could be a better solution than dual booting - note that sometimes you will have to dual boot for certain hardware but typical legacy apps will run fine in a Virtual machine.


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This afternoon I went ahead and tried to do a Windows xp and 7 dualboot setup. I installed Windows 7, resized the partitions, and loaded up xp. Only problem was that because I installed 7 first, the xp installer overwrote the bootloader, so Windows xp was the only thing I could boot. I found a tool called "EasyBCD" and went with the instructions in this tutorial to restore the Windows 7 updated bootloader. At this point, It booted straight to 7, so I signed in, did the "BCDEDIT" thing in the command prompt so that it would give me a reasonable amount of time to actually select xp and label it as something other than "Earlier Version of Windows". Only now I found that it could not find the xp bootloader ("ntldr"). So, now I'm stuck with the opposite problem. Is there any way to just make it as if I had not made the mistake of installing Win7 first "go away"? LOL!


- 2 Bunny

A:Dualboot Windows 7 and XP issues...

Hello 2 Bunny.

There's nothing wrong with the way you did it, you just used the wrong tutorial.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

In less the XP boot files have been messed up in some way all you need to do is add an entry for XP to the Windows (dual boot) boot menu from within Windows 7 for XP using EasyBCD, have a look at this snip below.

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.click to enlarge

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I wish to install and dual boot windows 8 x32 and x64 bit, side by side on the same hardisk.

Now, installing once windows 8, it will create a "hidden" system reserved partition with files needed for recovery, one important file I understand that it is an image named which contains a "mini-small windows" with a recovery enviroment in it named Winre.wim

- Installing only x32 bit it gives me in the boot/system reserved partition an Winre.wim with the size of 197 Mb
- Installing only x64 bit it gives me in the boot/system reserved partition an Winre.wim with the size of 238 Mb

But as I wish to dual boot betweem x32 version and 64 version, and I wish to keep only one boot partition (system reserved).

Install Scenario1 (tested)
I have noticed that installing the 64 version first I get in the first boot/sys reserverd partition the 238 image, then the second installation side by side was the x32 version of windows 8.
I have noticed that in the system reserved (boot partition) the image remained the one of 238 Mb which was created by the x64 bit installation.

Install Scenario2 (not tested, assuming)
I assume that If I will install first the 32 bit version in boot/system reserved I will have the 197 Mb winre.wim then installing the 64 bit version in the boot/system reserved I will have the 238 image created by the x64 version.

Conclusion, If I will install x32 and x64 bit, or installing the x64 bit and installing x32 bit I will always get the 238 mb v... Read more

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A couple of days ago I followed a YouTube video on dualbooting Windows 7 and Windows XP with Windows 7 installed first and I have done it once but my PC needed a reinstall of Windows because my partitions where messed up and this time after the Windows XP setup finishes copying files it will restart and then it will display and error saying something like, "A disk read error occurred press CTRL + ALT + DEL."  I have tried several times reinstalling XP and it keeps outputting this error upon reboot and I always have to put Windows disk in and repair it but then the Windows XP boot entry will not show up and there is a program called EasyBCD but I am nervous on mistakenly messing up or choosing the wrong option the current bootloader and then this time can't repair the bootloader from the disk.  I would really appreciate some suggestions and help on resolving this issue.

A:Windows XP and Windows 7 dualboot problem

I multiboot XP, Win 7, and Win 10.
I install each in the proper sequence...XP, Win 7, then Win 10.
My basic suggestion would be to install XP first...then install Win 7.
If you have properly installed each O/S, even if you followed someone's instructions for installing Win 7 first...then you can use EasyBCD to change the boot order.  If you have not properly installed the O/Ses, then EasyBCD won't help.
In order for EasyBCD to work, you must have a recognizable Win 7 install.  It doesn't matter if EasyBCD is installed in XP or Win 7...as long as it sees a Win 7 install, it will work properly.
If you install XP first then Win 7...the Win 7 Startup Repair would normally correct most boot issues.  The XP Recovery Console, if used to try to repair an XP install that is dual-booted, will only break your dual-boot, making your Win 7 install unbootable..  Installing EasyBCD on the XP install would facilitate any repair caused by such.

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I have partitioned my hard-drive and installed Windows 8 release preview, but now my windows 7 installation wont start to goes into automatic repair and when i try to do a system repair it oesnt find anything wrong.
I have checked disk management and it seems to have changed my drive letters also.

Has anyone had this problem and can give me advice.



A:Windows 7 dualboot with windows 8 problems

You will have to fix your dual-boot problem manually. From my experience (I always mess up my dual-boot some way or another lol ), automatic repair has never worked for me so I have to do everything by using command prompt. Since Windows 7 is more important than Windows 8, use the Windows 7 Setup DVD and:

1) Set Windows 7 as "Active" partition
2) Rebuild BCD
3) Fix MBR
4) Fix Boot

You can find easy instructions here. Bootmgr is missing - Fix - Windows 7 Forums

*Just remember that you won't see the nice blue metro style boot screen anymore, but you will still be able to boot to Windows 8 from the list. If you want to get the metro boot screen back, that is another thing but it is possible. I've done that before.

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I have a UEFI machine and I unable to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
I disabled Secure Boot.
Windows 7 gets to the start orb and then crashes.

I have an AMD a55/a60m motherboard

A:Wanting to dualboot windows 8 and windows 7


When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

If you shink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.
You DO NOT WHAT Dynamic partitions.

Take a look at this, ASUS K55

Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker

I recently installed WIn7 in a Dual Boot with Windows 8 on that model Asus laptop, and it required booting into UEFI BIOS via the Advanced Boot Options as Theog displayed in order to disable Secure Boot. If this will not work then I would contact Asus Support for the help necessary for entering BIOS setup.

In BIOS setup>Boot tab there will be two settings changes available for Secure Boot. I had to disable the second one before it would change the first one.

You can then either install, or test if Win7 is to your liking in a Dual Boot by shrinking C to create a Logical partition for install.

When I had done this due to other dissatisfaction with the laptop I removed the Dual Boot and returned it. If you run into Problems you can also run Asus Factory Recovery via F8 Repair console.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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My HP PAVILION 15 laptop has windows 8.1 installed, itried to add operatins system in to it using windows 7, i partitioned the memory so that on the other partition i will install the windows 7. but when i install the windows 7 in the partitioned memory, the windows 8.1 is deleted and the there's no longer partitioned memory. on windows 7 is installed.

A:Dualboot: pre installed windows 8.1 with new windows 7

First of all, please do not type in caps.
Unless you wiped the drive, your recovery partition should still be intact. Hit F11 during POST and that should start the recovery manager. Note you may have to disable any quick boot or fast boot option in the bios in order to access the recovery partition/recovery manager.
Do be sure you have backups of anything important on the hd ie docs, pics, etc. The recovery mgr will put the system back to the state it was in when purchased.

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I'm new to the forums, so I'm very sorry for the mistakes I make. Anyways, I'm wondering if I can install Windows 8 onto another hard drive and have that dual boot screen, as shown below. I am currently running on Windows 7. I want 2 OS's on my PC, on two hard drives. If possible, can some please give me instructions? Thanks.

A:On Windows 7, install Windows 8 onto another HD, Dualboot?

Hello kvboss, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, you sure could dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 with each installed on separate hard drive. The tutorial below can help show you more on how to.

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Hope this helps,

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I currently have a dual boot between windows 7 and ubuntu 12.10 (both x64)
Before this setup i had windows 7 and windows 8 dualbooting, but i decided to remove win8 and install ubuntu.

When i boot up my pc it goes to ubuntus grub bootloader, but in it i dont see a win7 entry. Instead i see a win8 entry(even though i removed it already). However when i click on it, the pc boots to win7 properly.

I now want to remove ubuntu and install win8 onto that partition. Is it as easy as deleting the ubuntu partition with disk management? Or is it necessary to do anything else? Im wondering since everything seems a bit weird with win8 showing up in the bootloader.

Ive also attached a screenshot of my diskmanagement.
1st partition is the 100mb partition that gets made when installing win7
2nd partition is win7
3rd partition is swap for ubuntu
4th partition is ubuntu

Thanks in advance.

A:Remove Ubuntu from Windows 7 DualBoot

Hi Chromium, and sorry for the wait.

You should be good to boot the Win8 installer, delete the last two partitions, format and install Win8 in that space. Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums

The only problem will be if GRUB corrupted the bootloader which sometimes requires wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean Command. Then you'd have to reinstall both.

But go ahead and install WIn8 to see if it's boot loader asserts itself with the Metro-style boot menu for both.

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Hi everyone,Stressing out over an issue I'm having with my laptop. The problem seems rather complex to me, even though it might not be to any of you, probably just because I've been trying to figure out a solution on my own for 2 days and have encountered countless errors and issues. So, I will do my best to explain what I'm trying to accomplished, how I tried to accomplish it, and the issues below.----------I'm on a Toshiba Laptop, to which I have the Toshiba Vista Basic installation disk. It's not a disk with just vista on it, it has all of Toshiba's included software, drivers, etc. I've recently reformatted the laptop completely to all unallocated space in order to create two separate partitions, each containing a separate copy of vista. My reason for doing this, is I want to encrypt one partition containing Vista with Truecrypt, while leaving the other partition unencrypted. The partition that is encrypted will be smaller (50GB) and contain only work related programs and files, where as the larger unencrypted partition (approx 120GB) will contain all of my personal files.So far, I've formatted, and installed Vista through the Toshiba install disk to the smaller of the partitions (the one I want to encrypt), since this was the first Vista installation, it set this partition as drive "C:", I'm not sure if this is what I wanted to happen, because in Truecrypt, when I'm am attempting to encrypt the partition, it asks if it is the default boot drive, and if it is, th... Read more

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There wasnt a 7 forum, so i went for the xp one as i am currently running that (home version)

I plan on installing windows 7 on my laptop which currently has xp on it , i already have a key and the iso.
I just didnt have the time to install it before now

1. Can windows 7 damage the hardware of the laptop/ the motherboard/ harddrive and hence essentially 'brick' my laptop?
I dont mind removing windows 7 if its troublesome (constant BSODS) and reverting back to xp.
So, do i have a safe passage from 7 to xp if 7 messes up?
Or in short, can 7 damage my pc to that extent and it cant run xp/linux anymore? (or with expensive repair?)
2. How do i remove windows 7 (which i will have to at some point) and reclaim my partitioned harddrive space. Will simple merging partitions work or will the data be lost forever?
3. Because i am running xp on a 4 year old laptop (never had vista on it) will i have a driver problem when i upgrade?

You now, just cautious that i dont mess up when installing and some guy in school (stupidly) installed win7 over vista(upgrade) and crashed his graphics card and went on to buy a new pc

Specs of my laptop

Hp dv1000 series
1 GB ram
Intel centrino pentium M
2.0 Ghz processor
Intel mobile 915/GMS Chipset (graphics card)
I plan to give it the required 16-18 GB HDD space

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Hi guys,

I have already read lots of similar posts but none like mine, hope you guys can help me.
I have a notebook with a single 500GB Hard Drive. I split the drive in two partitions of the same size, one partition I have installed windows XP PRO SP3 32 bits and on the other partition I have installed windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bits.
They are flawlessly working on dual boot.
Now I want to resize the partitions, shrinking the windows XP partition and extending the windows 7 partition and of course without loosing data or damaging my OS install.
How can I do that?

*PS: I have read here on the forums that the tool "bootable Partition Wizard CD" is really usefull, I just don't know if this is the one I must use since the OS are so different.



A:How to resize a windows partition in dualboot (XP and 7)?

Yes... you should download/burn the MiniTool Partition Wizard standalone bootable CD ISO (choose on the left side of the page, and then click on the link to "download ABSOLUTELY FREE" down a bit on the resulting page in the "how to get MiniTool Partition Wizard bootable CD" section).

When you boot to this CD (which is actually a Linux disc, which then launches the Partition Wizard application program), you will be able to do ANYTHING YOU WANT in terms of resizing or deleting or creating or any other functions on any/all partitions on any of your hard drives.

There's no concern about the OS nature of any partition, or the contents of any partition for that matter, or the logical/primary nature of any partition, or the FAT32/NTFS/etc. nature of any partition. Partition Wizard handles anything.

Also, you can also install the Windows version of free Partition Wizard on both XP and Win7, if you want to run any function while booted to either OS. The only limitation is that operations affecting the current boot partition for the OS you're in cannot necessarily be completed while you're currently booted to that OS (e.g. if you want to resize the XP or Win7 boot partitions while running in that OS). In this case you can start the process within Windows, and when you push the APPLY button it will prompt you to authorize a re-boot to complete. At re-boot time Partition Wizard will kick in to complete the previously specified operation(s), and then when comple... Read more

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Hello there, I've had this problem for quite awhile, where after turning on or restarting my PC, it would sit at a blinking cursor after running the POST. I had Windows 7 running on a different partition, (and even a different drive) for some time, next to my Windows XP SP3 drive. For some reason, Win 7 took over and slapped on it's own boot screen. Then I removed the Win 7 partition completely, but it's boot screen remained, so I put in the Win XP install disk, and ran fixmbr and fixboot. That's when my pc wouldn't boot up at all, where it would sit at the cursor. I finally acquired three boot files, and put them on a flash drive, which then allowed my pc to boot up. Funny thing, that my computer required a dinky little flash drive to completely boot up. So here I am, depending on a 64MB flash drive. Now after some looking around, it looks like Windows 7 may have messed with this BCD on my hard drive. I'm currently looking into fixing that, but does anyone else know what I can do?

Thanks much in advance!


A:[SOLVED] Removing Windows 7 Dualboot from XP

try this http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1160/...ot-in-windows/

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I am upgrading to windows 7
but i seriously want to keep my xp operating system - faster for gaming

I have xp installed but i want to install windows 7 too (as seen above)
now i read online about doing a dual boot on the same HDD's
But i want to do a dualboot from 2 HDD's
xp on one HDD
and win7 on another HDD

how do i do this, Help please

A:I need to create a dualboot windows 7/xp system

Connect both hardrives to your computer. Double check that they are seen in bios.

Put in your win7 disk.

Install win7 to your NEW harddrive. (CLEAN INSTALL)

Once you can boot into win7 download Easy BCD

Point a second boot for windows xp to your other hardrive. select which one you want to boot by default.



If you have any questions fire away

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My computer is setup to dual boot with Windows 7 64 and windows Vista 32 (original OS it was "born" with). Both OS runs with no problems for months too. Anyways today, I was going trying to boot into windows vista to use some program installed in the OS, but was a bit too late in choosing the OS from the bootloader screen. In the panic to "pick" the OS, i accidentally place my slightly heavy headphones on the power button (lol/facepalm) while it was starting to boot into windows 7. The computer turned off, of course, interrupting the boot process. I turned it back on and booted into vista to do my business...

Later on, I wanted to go back to my Windows 7, it failed to boot, and WinRE tried to fix it. It rebooted a few times and just kept at it to fix the problem until it says it can't fix it. Here's the report it gave me:
Problem Event Name:StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: -1
Problem Signature 05: Autofailover
Problem Signature 06: 1
Problem Signature 07: NoOsInstalled
Os Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

Also can't help it notice that it refers to my windows drive as 'E:' which was supposed to be 'C:'. But I have multiple partitions in my master HDD so its prolly just labeling it intrinsically.

Also safemode just loads winre.

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A:Windows 7 won't boot, cannot be fixed in winRe, Also in a dualboot

I dualboot Windows vista 32 and Windows 7 64. One day while loading windows 7, the power was interrupted and win7 wasnt able to load anymore so startup repair did its business. It restarted a few times till it says "Start up repair cannot automatically repair this issue" with the following errors: "Autofailover", "NoOsInstalled', and "No OS files found on Disk. repair action - Partition Table Repair". I also tried the safemodes, Last Known good configuration, and also restoring to previous restore point (which did not find any restore points at all) and none of these worked--it just starts Stat up repair. I was able to still boot into Vista with no problems and used it to check my BCD:

Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {default}
Drive: \Device\HarddiskVolume3
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

Entry #2

Name: Microsoft Windows Vista
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows
I noticed windows 7 uses HarddiskVolume3 which I checked with DISKPART as actually the "Vista recovery volume" from the manufacturer. Is this the problem why it can't find the OS and the restore points?

I'm kinda careful to edit the BCD because I might screw it up making vista unbootable too. I'm not too experienced in this area.

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As you can see in the screenshot, I have one drive with three partitions.
I want to remove a system partition (D:) that contains a windows 10 enterprise demo that has expired,

and merge it with E:, which is my data partition.

But Windows Disk Management wont let me use the delete function (greyed out). I suppose it's because it's marked as "Active" and "System", so my MBR is on there, right?

I already removed the Windows 10 start menu entry in msconfig.

So how do I do this?

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Ok so i originally had windows 7 and i decided to install win8 in a dualboot.
I wasnt expecting to use win8 to be very good, and i didnt plan on using it too much so i only gave it a 50gb partition.

Now i want to make it bigger (probably around 100gb)
So how can i extend the partition into my win7 partition?
Do i need to shrink the win7 partition then merge the unallocated space it makes with my win8 partition?

Also i really prefer to use disk management, and no thrid party hard drive software.
I've had some bad experience with Easeus in particular (see my older posts for more info if youd like)

Ive attached a screenshot of my disk management for a visual reference


A:How to increase size of windows partition in dualboot?

You should be able to shrink the C: drive and it will free up un-allocated space: Partition or Volume - Shrink

and then extend the d: drive. Just read through both tutorials. I am not an expert on this, but there are many on this forum that are. Hopefully one of them sees this and can confirm and walk you through it.

Partition or Volume - Extend

Both tutorials rely on built in windows functionality.

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is there some easy program for windows that can detect my linux partions and modify the bootloader to add an entry for linux?
i had only linux on my netbook, recently i have installed windows, and naturally it has overeritten linux bootloader so now i can onlt boot windows....

A:win7 linux dualboot, change it from windows?

Use EasyBCD Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Sorry, but I don't know if this question relates to windows but it kind of does but it's more of a hardware question. So let's say I have windows 7 as my main operating system on a 500 GB hard drive. But then I dual boot with linux which took away 200 GB. So I'm left with 300 GB on my Windows OS. One day however, I went out and bought a 1 TB hard drive. So then I clone my 500 GB hard drive to my 1 TB hard drive using a boot software. But what happens to my Windows OS? Will I get more space on my Windows OS which had 300 GB before? What happens to it? This kind of a small question, not really a huge one.

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I plan to dual-boot XP and Windows 7 in a single drive because my XP drive seems to be dying and a replacement is still underway. I'll be using an HDD(320gb) with an existing W7 setup. Usually I'd wipe the existing W7 setup, install XP and then while in XP install W7 in a separate partition.

BUT I'd like to ask if I can use an XP image and a W7 image instead of formatting again.(to reduce/save time).

Can someone check if this will work(or based on the scenario, can you write me a better way of course using the system images I have of XP and W7):

Plan 1. Windows 7 existing

a. Shrink the W7 (which is 320gb)drive to 120gb so I will have space for XP. (from that I will have an unallocated of roughly 200gb)
b. I will create a partition in that unallocated --200gb and restore the XP image there.
c. Use EasyBCD to add the XP boot via Bootloader setup>Write MBR(Install the Windows XP Bootloader to the MBR)

Question: Will W7 boot? I seem to remember it will not (maybe wrong here...)


Plan 2. Two clean partitions (one HDD 320gb). Partition A (200gb)for XP. Partition B(120gb) for W7.

a. Restore XP image in partition A.
b. Restore W7 image in partition B.
c. Upon boot to XP, use EasyBCD to add W7 boot via Bootloader setup>Write MBR (Install the Windows Vista/7 Bootloader to the MBR)


a. XP will boot right?

About EasyBCD.

a. Does setting the Bootloader only to add 'Windows Vista/7 Bootloader or Windows XP Bootloader' be enough?

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A:Making a dualboot using backup images of XP and Windows 7

Try Plan 1, imaging XP to it's partition from the Win7 desktop then adding it using EasyBCD 2.02 from Win7. It should reboot to a Dual Boot menu.

As long as XP image is not marked Active, XP has no ability to steal 7's boot away when it is merely imaged onto a partition and not reinstalled.

The way I like to do this is use Acronis's premium imaging app (which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix) installed to Win7, or free Macrium Reflect or Paragon 11.

Unplug XP HD, make sure target HD is set first to boot in BIOS, Image XP to its partition from image stored externally, Add XP using EasyBCD, boot into Dual Boot Menu.

Let us know how this goes.

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Here's what happened...
I made a dual boot system with Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 7 (with a GRUB boot loader) on my 1 TB HDD allocating about <100 GB (including all proper partitions) to Ubuntu and 200 GB to Windows (since I read that it's better to install the OS to a smaller partition) leaving the ~700 GB of unallocated space, thinking I could partition it later since I was busy at the time.
The system ran perfectly fine until I decided to partition all of the unallocated space using Disk Management on Windows 7 (probably not the greatest idea ever). It took some time, so I went on to do other stuff. Next time I checked, I saw an "endless" stream of command lines such as:

[     39.353475] Out of memory: Kill process 684 (systemd-udevd) score 119 or sacrifice child
[     39.353549] Killed process 684 (systemd-udevd) total-vm:520776kB, anon-rss:494072kB, file-rss:2560 kB
until a blank screen appears.
After restarting the computer, I tried booting Windows and it hangs on the "Starting Windows" screen. Trying to boot Ubuntu results in the same "Out of memory...." failure.
Safe mode with networking doesn't load either, gets stuck on "CLASSPNP.sys"
After this, I've tried connecting the HDD to an another computer with Windows 7 (since I only need the files). Strangely, whenever the HDD is connected to the other computer, the Windows 7 from the other HDD also hangs on the "Starting Windows" screen. After disconne... Read more

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I have a i5 laptop, 4GB ram with Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit running on a single partition, which takes up the entire 240Gb HDD.

I would like to keep this OS, and install a second OS - W2K8R2-64 bit. (I want the W2K8R2 OS to be a nice stable area for running DJ software)

Would the best way to achieve this be to shrink the current partition, and literally just put in the W2K8R2 disc, and install it on the newly created partition? Or, am I going to run into problems? Will W2K8R2 cause problems to my current Windows 7 install?

I don't want to go the VHD route...

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Windows 7 32 bit, - want to add W2K8R2-64bit to make dualboot laptop

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I've never seen or heard of anyone having both 32 and a 64 bit system on the same machine in dual boot :/

Seems you'd have a better chance with the 64 bit installed first but would it work either way ?

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i have dual boot 7 and server 2012r2 . i changed windows 7 mode to ahci using this article . only to discover that i cannot convert the server to ahci . the only solution was to uininstall srver 2012r2 adn tehn install it again ..

now using easybcd i removed the boot entry for server 2012r2 .. but i cannot delete the files/data of server.
i cannot delet the windows // program files// users etc folders .. i get permission error ..

i cannot format the entire partition as it has a lot of data and i have no spare hard/partition/space to swap the data there and format it ..

so how to selectivly remove it ?

any script or method ?

A:how to remove windows server 2012R2 from dualboot setup?

Do you have server on a separate partion or just 1?

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit installed on my laptop, if i get Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, can i install that on a partition and dualboot Home Premium 32bit and 64 bit?

i have some usb hardware that can only work on a 32bit system so i was wanting to know if this is possible. ive already got the partition made i just want to know if its possible before i burn another dvd

A:Dualboot, Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit, 64bit help

And will i be able to use the same key from the bottom of my laptop on the 32 bit version and at the same time?

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How would one go about installing Windows 7 (assuming one has a legitimate Windows 7 CD) on a dual boot, on a computer that has only Linux (precisely Linux Mint) as an OS?

Recently, a nasty virus on my Windows 7 partition basically destroyed its boot system (dual-boot with a ~500 GB hard drive, 30 GB allocated to Linux Mint 17.1). Upon restarting the computer, the computer would become stuck on a blank screen with a flashing cursor on the top-left; not even the GRUB menu would show up (and F11 recovery option is basically obliterated). Currently, I have/I am using a USB with Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela burnt onto it.

Rather than go through the hassle of repairing the Windows system, I am considering installing Linux Mint as the sole system (thus formatting the drive), and later installing Windows 7 as a dual-boot system. My main concern is if that is possible.

A:Installing Windows 7 alongside Linux (Mint) (dualboot)

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This situation is a bit messy but anyways:

So I dualbooted Windows 8 Developer Preview with my OEM Windows 7 Home Premium years back and removed it thereafter, together with restoring the MBR and everything. So now, whenever I press the F8 button at startup to access the Advanced Boot Options, it shows the usual Windows 7 black-and-white options.

^ After pressing F8 key at startup, this shows. (thanks to SevenForums for the image)

The problem comes when I select the "Repair Your Computer" option, which shows me the Windows 8/Technical Preview "System Recovery Options", instead of the Windows 7.
^ this shows up (thanks to EightForums), instead of...
^... this. (thanks to SevenForums)

While I have created the Windows 7 System Repair Disc to access my Windows 7 options, this bugs me a little as the "refresh" and "reset" options don't apply to me, several options like System Restore doesn't work and my OEM options to access the recovery partition isn't there. Furthermore, I'm prepping for the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade and am worried that the upgrade will further mess up the current situation.

So, is there any way that I can recover/restore the Windows 7 System Recovery options?

A:Recover/restore Windows 7 System Recovery Options after dualboot

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Tell us which partition had Windows 8. Did you correctly delete that partition which is how an OS is best removed?

Do you remember how you "restore[d] the MBR" exactly? Did you move the System boot files to Win7 or its System Reserved partition, and how? Has Startup Repair been run from 7 disk and what did it report?

If you deleted or formatted the Windows 8 partition and it's System Recovery Options remain then was the remaining System Reserved partition originally for WIndows 8 and only updated when Windows 7 was installed? This is the only way I can think of that Win8 SysRecovOptions would remain.

Seeing the screenshot and knowing the answers to these questions should make correcting this possible if the boot manager isn't corrupt. Keep in mind that any factory installed Win7 is a grossly inferior install to begin with, larded with bloatware and duplicate factory utilities that have much better versions built into Win7. Most tech enthusiasts choose to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 with the Product Key on the COA sticker.

As a last resort if you've lost Factory Recovery via F8 and that is the method to boot Recovery for your model, you didn't make the Recovery disks, but Recov partition is still intact, we could show you how to Boot Recovery Partition using EasyBCD to set the rig back to factory condition. Then you can Clean Up Factory Bloatware

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I currently have installed Windows 7,and I'd like to make dualboot with Windows XP.I have 2 partitions more,I'd need to shrink one of them and there I'd install Windows XP.What software do I need and how to dualboot it.Thx.

A:dualboot Windows 7 & Windows XP,how to?

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I have SUSE 9.3 Installed on a 19GB partition of a 40GB hard drive. I heard that it is possible to dual boot with Windows with Linux being the first installed OS, but it's complicated. Can anyone tell me if I can pull this off without having to make Windows the first installed OS? Here is how I have my partitions:
hda1=1GB [swap]
hda2=17.8 / [root]

A:Linux/Windows dualboot machine with Linux first?

The easiest way: Make hda1 bigger and install Windows there.

You will have to restore GRUB later using the SuSE CD and also create the GRUB menu entry for WIndows..

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I have a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium x86 and I want to DualBoot!!! Tell me: can I do this?? If I can, tell me how!!!

A:Can I DualBoot Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Vista Home Premium??

Well to do this you would need two product keys. Since you can only use one key on one installed system, to dual boot two vista OS you would need a seperate product key for each one, if you have two keys all you need are two seperate partitions to install them on.

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I currently run a high-end computer under Vista Ultimate x86. I've finally realized (well, actually I realized this before I actually bought this with it preinstalled) that it requires too much out of my computer - but I'm not ready to uninstall something worth about $200-$300 (no install disc).So, I was wondering if I'd be able to dualboot (as in boot into XP from the boot screen like alot of people do with Linux kernels etc) into XP. I have a couple of questions, but here are my specs first:(current OS is Windows Vista™ Ultimate (6.0, build 6001))Manufacturer: Acer Model: Aspire M3100 BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PGAMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ ~2.8GHz3070MB RAM (4259MB page file)ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 512MB (32bit) (60Hz) [for some reason dxdiag says it has 1780MB memory]Realtek HD Audio528GB available [most of it is on D: drive (NTFS), so if I have to partition I could do it on that one, right?]Onto questions now ..Is there any risk damaging part or all of my current contents in my hard drive or Vista which requires reformatting etc?Is it possible for my computer to dualboot into Windows XP?Do I need anything before/after setting up XP? If so, where and are they available for my computer?If I dualboot into XP, will I still receive performance drops of which I'd receive in Vista, or would it be the same as if it were XP? (eg. games require 2GB in XP and 2.5GB in Vista, if I dualboot into XP do I still need 2.5GB?)Is it a ... Read more


Windows XP Home and Professional are about the same for gaming.

Yes, dual booting will reduce the game requirements for Grand Theft Auto IV down to the requirements of XP.

No its not a very hard process, it takes how ever long it takes your computer to install an operating system + drivers.

After setting up XP you will need to install drivers for your hardware or you will have a bunch of problems.c

Yes, most all computers can do a dual-boot.

You could possibly erase your files if you format your drive of Vista and put XP on your computer, however you can partition your hard drive (Basically cut it in half) And install XP on that and your Vista will be unharmed.

Yes you would have to partition it on your main drive (Drive D:/ in your case)

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Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me out here. I have two partitions on my hdd and wanted to install a second operating system on the other partition. It all went fine, its just that I installed windows Me second on the other partition while having XP already installed on the first partition. Now it always boots to ME and I dont know how to get it to give me a boot choice. I know it would have worked better had I done it the other way around, that is, install ME then install XP second, but it was too late when I read that. Thanx for any help.


A:Dualboot ME/XP

from microsoft

When you start your computer, the boot menu does not appear and you are unable to start Windows XP.

This issue may occur if you install Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me after you install Windows XP.

To resolve this issue, repair, or reinstall Windows XP.

You can try the repair option but I don't give it much hope

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i allready have partition on my hard drive, i have windows 7 installed on my c drive and i wanted to install windows xp on my d drive which i all ready have is it possible to do so, i also would like to have an option on bootup for as which windows to chose, i have 2gig of ram, shall i load 32bit or 64bit windows xp, what is the best an easy way to do so. please help.


It is not clear by C drive and D drive, whether you actually mean drive 0 and drive 1 or partition C and partition D? If you have multiple drives, then I recommend that each OS be installed on separate drives, while all other drives are disconnected during the installation, and reconnected afterward. This will eliminate the boot loader and selection would be via the F8 BBS Popup menu. You would select the drive, instead of the OS. From each OS's perspective, they would be the only OS installed. This can eliminate some issues that are known to develop in some instances, plus it insures that if one drive goes awry, that the other is still available...assuming there isn't a massive hardware failure.

If you are going to install on separate partitions of the same drive, ideally XP should be on the first partition, but it may work okay on the second. XP should automatically create a boot menu with W7 included, so selection should be easy.

If all goes well, then no problem, but as you know, computers are something like the plans of mice and men, and will often go astray, so I recommend making a backup of W7 before commencing the installation of XP.

EDIT: I need to correct myself...I should have said that XP should be installed prior to W7 in terms of time, not location, so this makes the backup of W7 even more important. Of course, this installation sequence is not a factor if installing on multiple drives.

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i am running windows xp and need to dual boot windows vista installed on another partition

A:dualboot on xp

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Hello I have 3 Hard Drives. I had 2 Win XP on two different hard drives. I have formated one of those hard drives and put Win 7 here. But each time I turn on pc there is no OS choosing. It just boots to the Win 7... How to enable choice of OS I want boot to?


Quote: Originally Posted by termikxs

Hello I have 3 Hard Drives. I had 2 Win XP on two different hard drives. I have formated one of those hard drives and put Win 7 here. But each time I turn on pc there is no OS choosing. It just boots to the Win 7... How to enable choice of OS I want boot to?

It will only dual boot if both operating systems are on the same HD.

From what you have said, one HD has only Windows 7 and is set as the primary boot device, correct?

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Hi Everyone,

Just been playing around with installing Vista and different versions of XP... Not ready for Vista yet, and I am trying to dual boot 2 installs of XP.

Now when I boot up, I am not getting the option of choosing what XP loads - it is like my MBR has no record of multiple operating systems, and does not allow me to elect the first XP install I did, it just defaults to the most recent one. I really would like to be able to get back that first XP OS as an option to boot to.

Thanks for any advice!


A:Fix Dualboot Mbr

Did you install the two on different partitions?

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Hi I have made a parition of about 31gbs and I was planning on installing another OS on it XP or something, and is it as simple as just installing it to that partition and thats it? I have vista on my main partition of 111gbs so If I install Xp or something else on the 30gb one can I switch back and forth between OSs freely?


Also any reccomendations on an OS I can mess around with? I just wanna experiement, and if It goes wrong My Vista will be fine. I was thinking some kind of ubuntu or xubuntu or something.

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I currently run a high-end computer under Vista Ultimate x86. I've finally realized (well, actually I realized this before I actually bought this with it preinstalled) that it requires too much out of my computer - but I'm not ready to uninstall something worth about $200-$300 (no install disc).

So, I was wondering if I'd be able to dualboot (as in boot into XP from the boot screen like alot of people do with Linux kernels etc) into XP. I have a couple of questions, but here are my specs first:

(current OS is Windows Vista(TM) Ultimate (6.0, build 6001))
Manufacturer: Acer Model: Aspire M3100 BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ ~2.8GHz
3070MB RAM (4259MB page file)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 512MB (32bit) (60Hz) [for some reason dxdiag says it has 1780MB memory]
Realtek HD Audio
528GB available [most of it is on D: drive (NTFS), so if I have to partition I could do it on that one, right?]

Onto questions now ..
Is there any risk damaging part or all of my current contents in my hard drive or Vista which requires reformatting etc?

Is it possible for my computer to dualboot into Windows XP?

Do I need anything before/after setting up XP? If so, where and are they available for my computer?

If I dualboot into XP, will I still receive performance drops of which I'd receive in Vista, or would it be the same as if it were XP? (eg. games require 2GB in XP and 2.5GB in Vista, if I dualboot into XP do I still need 2.5GB... Read more



I have been dualbooting xp and vista for a couple of months now and never did I have a problem

For an easy way to dualboot xp and vista do this:

1.If you dont have another partition then make one on the same hard drive(you will have to do a clean install of vista...sorry)
2.Install xp on the new partition
3.After installing xp succesfully reboot and launch vista disc
4.select repair and choose startup repair
5.Install easyBCd on both os'ses and set up easybcd
6.Restart and choose which os to boot
More info @ http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_vista_and_xp_with_vista_installed_first__the_stepbystep_guide.htm

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