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Tecra A11 - Win XP and Win 98 multiboot

Q: Tecra A11 - Win XP and Win 98 multiboot


I would like do a multiboot XP / 98 on a TECRA A11.
Do you think it's possible.
Will I have some drivers dysfonction?

Thanks for answer !!

Preferred Solution: Tecra A11 - Win XP and Win 98 multiboot

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Tecra A11 - Win XP and Win 98 multiboot

Well, Win XP installation should not be a big problem because the Win XP drivers seem to be available on Toshiba European driver page.

But Win 98 might be a problem here since its not supported and the drivers are not available? you will need to search for such drivers at your hand and I think this might be a painful time? I doubt you will be able to get Win 98 drivers because this OS is really, really old.

I would recommend installing the Win 98 only using Virtual Machine (VM) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine
or Virtual PC

This is very easy? running Win XP you can open virtual PC or VM and could start the Win 98

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I possess a tecra A10 complete with Windows Vista Business installed (and backed up to an image file using Easeus Todo backup

However I also have access to a Tecra M10 which came with no operating system, although the COA sticker (product key) is likewise for a windows Vista Business.

My question is: would my Windows Vista Business back up from the A10 work on the M10 (ie would it load onto the M10 hard drive and then work properly

If anyone can advise on this matter I would be appreciative please

Best wishes

A:Can I use Tecra A10 OS disk to install OS on Tecra M10?

At first I must say that Toshiba recovery image is created for each notebook model separately and it is 100% created to work on specific model. Why?
Every notebook model has different hardware platform and all drivers, tools and utilities for certain model are part of recovery image. These recovery images are also tested.

Generally speaking if both models have identical hardware platform (hardware parts) it can be used.

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Dear forum
The above says it all really.

I see the two look similar, but one is smaller. Are these two models different in other ways please.

A:Difference between Tecra A10 and Tecra M10

Of course the both notebooks are different.
There are different Tecra A10 models and there are different Tecra M10 units.

For example:
Tecra *A10-13B* supports an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2,26 GHz CPU and Intel GM45 chipset.

Tecra *A10-1D2* supports an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.80Ghz CPU and Intel GM45 chipset

You can find details about different discontinued notebook models here:
Then you can compare all the hardware parts.

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I was having windows7 on my pc and then I installed win xp, but now I don't get the option to start windows 7 or the windows 7 boot manager. How to solve the problem?

A:Xp multiboot on win 7. Help!

It's always better to install newer OS's after older OS's because they can see the older OS and create a boot manager that offers the option to boot to it. Since you've done it the other way around, you can use EASYBCD to do fix that for you:.

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is it possible to multiboot:
openSuSE KDE
Windows XP Professional
Windows Vista
Mac OS X Panther (patched for PCs)
on my computer?


Never tried that many OSes on one computer. Better off using Virtual Box and creating virtual machines for the OSes that you want to play with.http://www.virtualbox.org/VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.On this site, you can find sources, binaries, documentation and other resources for VirtualBox. If you are interested in VirtualBox (both as a user, or possibly as a contributor), this website is for you.

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I have 8Gb & 80Gb hardisks...
on the 8gb I have winME & on the 80gb I have winxpPro...
how can I make the pc - to ask me which windows I want it to boot?


Here is a prog that does what you need
click here

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What can I use to create a bootable usb drive with win 7 x64, x68 and win 8?

I've tried this YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux


XBOOT crashed when it was copying the files over.
SARDU won't even copy the iso's over and YUMI gave me an error when i booted saying something about configuration or GUI (sorry can't be more specific it was at work earlier)

All the ones I can find seem to be for linux...

A:Multiboot USB

The one which always works for me is Universal USB Installer. While it appears to be Linux-based it has Win7 installer in its dropdown and works flawlessly.

Once it formats the stick you can also extract Win8, Vista and other bit versions of all three into folders for each on the stick, then when you want to install one spill the folder contents in the root for that purpose. The seven install folders must be in the root of the stick to boot. All other installers must be in their folders so they don't interfere.

To unlock all versions in each installer delete the ei.cfg file in Sources folder.

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alright, i just installed Mandrake 10.0 on my computer. i also have windows xp on a seperate drive. i am having a hard time figuring out how to boot mandrake from the windows boot screen or windows from the mandrake boot screen.
i edited the boot.ini file in windows to look like this....
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro: yep" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro: safe mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:network
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro: bootlog & sos" /fastdetect /bootlog /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\boot="Mandrake Linux"

but when i select "mandrake linux" from the boot screen i get an error.

ideally i would like to boot from the linux boot screen every time, but i can't get linux to recognize my hard drive with windows on it. the hard drive that has windows on it is a seagate SATA drive, which probably has something to do with it.

does anyone have any suggestions?


I suppose you missed the sticky thread at the top of this forum: http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?threadid=214

It tells you how to dual boot Linux using Windows boot menu (and a lot more).

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I have an idea I'de like to bounce off the experts here - please excuse if its silly - I'm still learning - because I hope to learn if it is - or want to understand if it is not . . . . .

Presently I have XP(HDD) and W7(HDD) setup as a dual boot system and all is running very good.

I propose to add a SSD to run W7 from to step up the speed ladder.

Have done a lot of reading and thinking - do you think the following would work? (Yes I know AHCI is not an option and if you see my previous thread you'll see I am happy to live with that.)

Add SSD to the system using spare SATA lead and power lead.

Boot into XP and run EaseUS or whatever to clone the dormant W7(HDD) partition to the SSD.

Boot into W7(HDD) and run EasyBCD to add W7(SSD) Partition to MBR?
I assume this will now offer me 3 OSs at boot stage. All SATA drives will be IDE as I understand XP prevents anything AHCI.

Reboot and select W7(SSD) to run.

That's it - or not

The above seems a nice easy way to achieve what I want, ultimately I guess I will run just W7(SSD) cos it will be the best, with an occasional venture into XP (decreasing with time) until ultimately its just W7(SSD) and the other partitions can be freed up for more storage.

Can you think of any reason why this would not work or might not work - and if not - an explanation would be very much appreciated.

A:Multiboot HDD-W7 + HDD-XP + SSD-W7

Not sure whether that would work because of the current location of the bootmgr. Post a picture of disk management and we'll have a look.

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I was swayed by the dark side and decided to install XP on my multipartitioned disk. I have a partition with Win98 installed (with loads of the kids games etc) but cannot find how to get XP to multiboot.
I've tried going into the Recovery Console and doing various bootcfg commands (e.g. /scan, /list) but this does not seem to recognise I have a Win98 partition set up.
Anyone got any suggestions on how to set up boot.ini to allow me to boot to my Win98 partition?

A:XP Multiboot

I take it you installed winxp after the win98 partition was already there so xp should have seen the other os as long as you didn't install them to the same partition.
I found this in another forum, worth a try

To fix it: Use the "fixboot" command in the recovery console. It will rewrite the BootSector.
To get to the Recovery console: Boot off the WinXP CD, wait until it loads to the point where you are presented with the option to press "R" to enter Recovery Console. Dont be fooled by an early prompt to press F2 to enter some mode or other, just wait. It has to grind a bunch of files off the CD before it gets to the point where it prompts you to enter "R". Once you are in the recovery console (looks suspiciously like DOS) you can enter the "fixboot" command and your bootsector gets re-written.

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i have 2 hardisks...
on the primary master i installed WinXPPro
on the secondary master WinME
i want to boot & to have a menu to choose which os.

this is the boot.ini i made, but i can't boot to the winME disk

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


There's a little more to it than just a Boot.ini file. Preferrably WinME has to be installed FIRST, then install XP and it will do all of the dual boot setup.

But, with some work it can be done:
If XP is on a FAT partition, use these instructions.

If XP is on an NTFS partition, use these instructions.

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Hi there,
Because of compatibility issues with hardware and software with Windows 8, I want to install XP as a second operating system. I've shrunk the existing C: drive on my machine and created a new partition X: (30 GB). However my laptop won't boot from the XP installation CD although I have set Optical drive as first look and switched off unsigned boot ignore. If I run setup.exe then the install XP option is greyed out, presumably because a newer OS is detected. Can anyone point me in the right direction to get XP installed please.
Best wishes ... John N

A:Multiboot Win 8 & XP

You have to install XP first, then Windows 8.
See here: http://www.7tutorials.com/how-dual-boot-windows-8-windows-7-windows-vista-or-windows-xp

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I have a notebook with windows 7 installed. I am trying to install Lubunto OS since my notebook is a bit too slow for Win7 but I still want to keep Win7 for a dual boot.

My notebook doesn't have a CD-drive so I had the Lubuno ISO burned on a flash drive. After doing that, the notebook will not boot from the flash drive but just opened up Win7 normally. I then went and changed the Boot option to boot from the flash drive first. That allowed for the flash drive to be booted and I went through the installation options for Lubunto and it had to be restarted to finish install but because I changed the priority of boot to go to flash drive first it just went back to the flash drive and that didn't allow for the installation to complete.

So I'm stuck not sure what to do.

A:Need help with multiboot

Hi MoeAlza, try following this guide:
Installing Lubuntu: A step-by-step guide to dual-booting | Launch into Linux

Another one but its technically for Ubuntu however it should be very similar:
Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

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i have one hd with xp & another with winME,
how can i edit the boot.ini of the xp to do multiboot?
here it is:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

[ps, i used osl2000 & it messed my xp, i had to do a "fixboot"...]


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I have 2 different windows 7 installs on two seperate hard drives in my desktop....Can I make a boot menu to boot into the two different installs...and if so how?


The answer is yes... your multiple operating systems to be presented in the Boot Manager menu do NOT need to be on just one physical hard drive. They can be on any partition of any drive.

Furthermore, they (including the typical C-partition on your boot drive along with the small "system reserved" which is marked as "active" and IS a PRIMARY partition) do not have to be PRIMARY partitions. In contrast to the "active" partition on the Boot drive which MUST be PRIMARY, any of the actual true system partitions (e.g. C typically) which contain a Windows operating system can actually be LOGICAL or PRIMARY partitions.

The only partition which truly has to be PRIMARY is the "active" partition on the BOOT DRIVE (as specified in your BIOS as the #1 hard drive in the boot sequence). This is typically the small 100MB "system reserved" partition which doesn't even have a drive letter, but is where the Boot Manager programs and files are stored. And because this is the "active" partition it's where the machine/BIOS goes when you boot (and IT MUST BE A PRIMARY PARTITION), to load Boot Manager which then presents the Boot Manager menu if you have two or more items to select from.

So, in my opinion the easiest way for you to add a second bootable OS to your environment is to use the wonderfully easy to understand and use EasyBCD Free Version (for non-commercial use). Once you install it you will then be able to instantly and... Read more

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ok this might not be the right place to post this but i am trying to create a mulitboot usb i have tried doing this with grub but not such luck

any ideas....

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I have a 16GB flash drive and I want to make it bootable for multiple OS like Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
I tried various tools available on internet. None of them worked successfully.

Please guide me.


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hello all,

I want to create a multiboot system with XP pro and XP pro x64 on the same machine.
I have two partitions ready and I've already installed winXP pro.
what do I have to do exactly to install winXP x64 and have multiboot options? do I have to change the boot.ini file? or do I just reboot and install on a different partition?
Step by step instructions will be much appreciated.

thanks a million.

A:multiboot XP and XP x64 help please!!...


Originally Posted by guymonzy

hello all,

I want to create a multiboot system with XP pro and XP pro x64 on the same machine.
I have two partitions ready and I've already installed winXP pro.
what do I have to do exactly to install winXP x64 and have multiboot options? do I have to change the boot.ini file? or do I just reboot and install on a different partition?
Step by step instructions will be much appreciated.

thanks a million.

Hi guymonzy, Welcome to TSF!

What you are trying to do is a virtual impossibility, as a x64 installation requires far more superior hardware configuration than a 'standard' x86 installation.

Unless your system is x64 compatibile;then, its a fairly costly excercise to change it.

The differences between the two Operating Systems are negligible; therefore, not worth the hassle of having the both of them on the one machine.

There are no 'magical' extras included with a x64 installatioon that is not already included with the x86.

Kind Regards,

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ive installed xp on both of my sata hard drives. before i use to get 2 choices for which hard drive i want to boot in to but ive reinstalled c: drive and now it just boots in to c : drive and the menu at the start does not appear. i have to change the hard drive boot option in the bios but how do i get that menu back at the start?

A:multiboot xp help?

When you reinstalled XP on the C drive you also removed the dual boot option in the boot.ini file. You can repair this. I need to know what your boot.ini file looks like - click Start > Run - type msconfig and click OK. In msconfig - click BOOT.INI - copy the text and post back including that. It should look something like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional Eng" /FASTDETECT
c:\="Windows 98SE"

As you can see I have a multi boot with XP and 98 (and Vista, but that's another story).

Also - please tell me where the second XP is located (drive, partition).


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I am planning on installing a second Windows on my computer (Multiboot). I read a few articles on how to do it, and on how to delete ONE, of the two Operating Systems.

However, I am not sure what to do, if I wanted to get rid of BOTH Operating Systems, and install a "fresh" Windows again?!



A:How to get rid of Multiboot all together?! (Not just one OS)

To get rid of both, simply format the entire disk after backing-up any data you want to keep, and then perform a clean install.

Clean Install Windows 7

If one of those operating systems was a Linux distro, then I would also recommend performing a CLEAN using DISKPART during the clean install:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Hey guys,

In my current pc, I have 4 partitions (all primary)- System Reserved, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Abhishek (Personal Data).

Now I want to install ubuntu on another partition, so how do I create it because I already have four primary partitions. If I convert Abhishek to logical then I will have 3 primary and 1 logical partition. Still I cannot create a partition(neither primary nor logical).
Space is not a problem.
So now what to do.

A:Help required - Multiboot

Convert E to Logical using that feature on Easeus or Partition Wizard to set partition Logical.

Then shrink E as needed to add as many adjacent Logical Partitions as needed: Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help

If you need to add or borrow any space from another partition - even if it's not adjacent - use the cool new PW feature to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help. I would use the PW Boot Disk which has never failed, while all others except Disk Mgmt can fail with data loss during resizing - so make a backup image first!

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After a lengthy time I have finally taken the plunge and I am trying to get my computer into the multiboot situation that Reuel described on his website.

Currently my hard disk is partitioned as this:-

25MB Fat16
1GB Fat32
4GB Fat32
4GB Free Space (I am going to resize the Fat32 partition to use that)

I installed the MiniDOS 6.22 onto the small C partition. I installed Win98 onto the 1GB Fat32.

Then, as the website told me to, I made the 1GB Fat32 drive hidden.

When I tried to install Win2K I had a problem.

My Win2K CD isn't bootable. The CD-ROM drive was drive D: which was very strange.

When I went into the i386 directory I typed winnt to install Win2K. The program opened and then it checked the directory to find the Win2K files was D:\i386. That was correct so I said yes.

THEN... there is an error message that says:-

"Windows 2000 requires a hard drive volume with at least 215 megabytes of free disk space. Setup will use part of this space for storing temporary files during installation. The drive must be on a permanently attached local hard disk supposrted by Windows 2000, and must not be a compressed drive. Setup was unable to locate such a drive with the required amount of free space. Setup cannot continue. Press ENTER to exit"

How can I get around this?

My drive is physically only one drive in the computer. I thought that I had followed the instructions properly....

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A:Multiboot question...

why do u need so many partitions? just curious...
and u are aware that the NTFS partition for ur win2k pro can't be seen by the win98 fat32 system?
install win98 first, that's what i would do... then win2k pro... b/c w2k pro can be run from the 98 o/s and when u install w2k it asks u where u want to stick the OS info..

does ur CMOS let u boot from a:\,cd-rom,c:\?

u can use a regualr win98 boot disk to boot to win2k as well... as long as that boot disk has cd support... and from a prompt type in the cd rom drive letter and setup...

sorry i am just babbling here and i dun know if i told u anything u don't already know...

good luck dude

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ok, this might be in the wrong place but my main concern is lack of internet access. i have a toshiba satellite 4010 cds that came with win98. i upgraded to win2000 and the internet (through cable router to modem to yes, comcast) and could not establish a connection. then i reinstalled win98 and then win2000 for multiboot (i don't think i partitioned the computer though. they are both on the C:/drive. if anyone knows how to do a multiboot correctly please let me know.)

the internet worked but was very slow, almost dial-up speed. then i tried upgrading to winXP (i have a large hard disk) and same thing happened. there is internet on win98, slow internet on win2000, and no internet on winXP. i can't use win98 now for internet because the new wireless modem (d-link g630) is not compatible. little help please. thanks.

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I was just wondering if someone could confirm something for me. Or if it is not the case suggest the best way forward.

But i am planning after some problems formatting my entire hard drive and reinstaling windows.

What i was planning though was to set up a multiboot mutli-OS situation on separate partitions on my hard drive. Such as i was considering 2x XP's and 2x 2000's all on their own partition.

I was also going to have Linux on two partitions on a second USB hard drive.

One thing that has concernemd about about the windows multiboot. Is will each of the four OS's load up with its main partiton where that OS is installed will it be automatically set as C: for that drive and the others be seta as something else. Or can i only have one of the four being set as C and for all the other windows OS to be installed have to be called something else.

Also one other thing is Antiviruses. If i set up an antivirus for one OS on one parition and another completely separate for one of the other OS. Each on its own windows paritions. Would there be any conflicts or problems doing this.


A:Multiboot of Win XP and 2000

i would suggest installing 2000 first and then xp. it would be more difficult to install an older windows OS after a new.
ALL OSes can boot from a single kernel.....if you were to install linux i would do that after a windows OS as linux can boot from it. windows cannot boot from a linux boot kernel

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I'm trying to create a multiboot USB stick. The goal is to have 3 .WIM files on the USB and get a menu where I can choose what windows I want to install (All are W7, but with different SW installed, ...) during boot.

I've tried Easy2Boot, Xboot, both didn't work as suspected. Anyone has this kind of USB drives, and how did you make them?


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I have problem finding a solution of getting a simple "boot text menu" (a view alike what Win XP boot.ini gave) right after boot loader (\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi) has ran.
How is that possible?

Having Windows, as default, using 10 seconds before getting into the default graphical menu, where it's possible to make the choices of which installation to enter.
If picking one which isn't the default installation, it takes 4 seconds before it reboot, and then on top of that 15 seconds before getting into non-default-installation two.
Next time, after a new reboot, and I want to pick installation three, it will again takes 4 seconds before it reboot, and then on top of that 15 seconds before getting into non-default-installation three.
As I'm running test on several installations, I'll need to go in and out of these installations quite often. I don't want to spill my time waiting before I'm able to choose my installation.
(On the other hand, it's no problem that the startup, after done my choice, are taking some time (I'll then have time to pick a cup of coffee)).

MS Windows 8.1, eng, x64

Laptop, ASUS X550ZE (R510ZA-XO032H) 15.6''

DISK UEFI/GPT native (non CMS):
Disk0, part1, (sda1), EFI, 100 MB, FAT32
Disk0, part2, (sda2), Recovery, 900 MB, NTFS
Disk0, part3, (sda3), MSR, 128 MB
Disk0, part4, (sda4), Win 8, 75 GB, NTFS, C:\ < - - - installation one
Disk0, part5, (sda5), Document, 120 GB... Read more

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plz help me ..
can u tell me how can i Create Multiboot USB Drive: Install Windows Vista,Windows 7 From Same USB Drive..
i reaaly need ur help ..
plz sumbody help me..

A:Multiboot YsbDrive

Have you looked at google yet ?

YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

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I have a test HD that is partitioned into 3 drives. It used to have 3 different XP Pro - type OS setups. I formatted the C: drive and installed Win7 onto it. When I rebooted, there is no multi-boot screen, but it boots right into Win7. I tried some of the suggestions in the tutorial section, but none address my problem. When I leave Win7 on the C: drive, then try to reformat the D: drive with XP, the XP install goes just fine until the first reboot, when that happens, it reboots straight to Win7. I did it again, but in bios, I set the computer to only boot onto the CD (instead of hitting F12 like the last time). When I re-formatted the XP drive (D and it does the first reboot, it gives me an error message of missing operating system. Any ideas? Also, my third drive (E contains an operational XP system. Will I be able to get that one back?

A:Multiboot problems

Do you have some tools like partition manager? (I like the one by Acronis called Disk Director)

You will want the C: partition to be marked as active, and you want all partitions to be primary partitions (not extended or logical partitions).

If you have multiple drives, make sure any jumpers are set correctly.

You might also try a tool called Vista Boot Pro. It can help fix the Windows XP and 7 bootloaders without messing with command line.

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Greetings all. I've searched far and wide for information regarding my problem but have come to the conclusion that I may be the only one.
I installed windows 7 on a primary partition that I assigned z, it is NOT listed as active. All seams to work great. The boot screen works as it should and I am able to boot into either OS with only one problem. Every second or third time I switch between vista 32 and 7 64 I end up needing to do CHKDSK on various partitions. All my data(pictures, music, etc..) are on a separate disk(partition)

Disk 0=55mb (EISA configuration)---15GB (E Recovery (primary)---197GB (C vista(primary,active)---85GB (D windows 7 (primary)

When switching between OS the active one becomes C and renames the other one. Perhaps they are communicating and making changes between one another? Then when I switch OS it doesn't agree with the changes?

I tried easybcd and ireboot with the same results. Not really sure I installed them right? I installed them on vista, do they need to be installed on both? I don't think so.....Thanks in advance for any help.

A:vista 32+7 64 multiboot

Quote: Originally Posted by dmakalaster

When switching between OS the active one becomes C and renames the other one. Perhaps they are communicating and making changes between one another? Then when I switch OS it doesn't agree with the changes?

Welcome dmakalaster,

This is normal. There's no renaming or changes going on though. When each OS boots, they check the drive letters assigned by the OS. C: just happens to be what each of your OS has made it.

In dual boot scenario like this, one OS does not communicate or tell the other anything. So there's no intelligence as far as that is concerned.

Have you checked the event viewer, under windows logs then system, for anything with a red ! here? Find any related errors or yellow exclamation points?

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I am going to istall on my 2nd HDD Win7 while in the other i will have Vista.
So, i am going to make a clean install.
My question what i must do that when the computer boots this familiar menu starts when i can choose the OS to start.
I imagine that i cannot do anything now because i have not istalled 7 yet.
I just whant to make something that after installing 7 i will have access still to Vista.

What i must do regarding that?

A:Multiboot With Vista

Yes you will have a choice of OS's when you boot. It will make the new disc the "C" disk in Win 7 and when you boot to Vista that disc will become the "C" disk. In order to see the Vista boot disc you will have to go to "Computer" right click on it and "manage" go to storage and assign a letter to the hard disc that Vista is installed on, don't worry this will not affect your Vista install, it will just allow you to see that disc when using Win7. If this explanation is unclear to you there are numerous other explanations on this forum regarding assignment of a letter to the disc you can't see.

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Hello all,

I want to do the making of the USB MultiBoot and I want her to work on the UEFI, the UEFI is required FAT32 USB stick.

If I used any program , who is on the Internet does not accept the Ver. of Windows 7 or Windows 8 because its size is greater than 4 GB and FAT32 not allowed to do so.

Is there a way to work more than operating system "7 and 8" on a USB stick and be supported UEFI

Windows 7 x86 and x64 ESD
Windows 8 x86 and x64 ESD


A:Inquiry: Multiboot USB

Your thread before.

How to open windows 7 without knowing password?

Exactly what computer are you using to attempt this?

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Here's a new laptop, Acer Aspire Model 5732Z , preloaded with W7 Premium Edition.
I want to load XP to dual boot.
I installed Ntdetect and Ntldr, then partitioned the HD with BCDEDIT.
When I tried to install XP on the new partition, the boot disk loads the installation files then goes to BSOD, saying, amoung other things, "your computer may be infected with a virus".
I wiped the HD with Killdisk and tried to install XP on the clean HD - same result.

Is the BIOS set to not recognize XP?

A:Can't load XP on HD for Multiboot

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I installed osl2000, good compact fast ...I like it and I want to use it, but...

If I boot the first prim part on HD1,using OSL2000 of course, I get to the ntloader (boot.ini) and can boot all the different OS that were installed before I installed OSL2000.
But if I boot the 2nd prim part (using OSL) it does not boot up my win xp on that partition, same for the 2nd and 3th part on HD2. I do not run Linux.
How do make OSL2000 see all my winxp which are installed in primary partitions? It should see it right from the start,right?
I does load my 98 on HD2 though!

HD1 pri1 xp (boot.ini files etc placed here)
pri2 xp for internet
HD2 pri1 98
pri2 xp games
pri3 testing os

Thanks for your help

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Recently I installed Windows 7 Beta but because it's only a beta I removed it. I installed it on a partition hard drive. I removed it but still have one problem when I turn on my pc it gives me the choice to boot in Windows 7 or older versions of Windows which is Windows XP. So how can I get rid of the Windows 7 option during boot.


A:[SOLVED] Multiboot help

Never mind found a software called easybcd. Everythings back to normal.

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I Wanted To Know How Do You Unistall A Second Installation Of Windows (vista). It Was Installed On My D Drive. I have an e-machine model T5226 Intel Pentium D Dual Core Processor. 250GB Sata Drive II 7200RPM 8 MB Cache.

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Is Windows vista installed on both partitions? If you have important information on your d: drive, you could use a partition manager software, and easily delete, format, or copy partitions.
Or you could simply boot from your windows vista, or xp disc and delete the partition you have for the D: drive.

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Very grateful for hep!

Processor: AMD 1.80 gigahertz Athlon 64 2800+,64 kilobyte primary memory cache, 512 kilobyte secondary memory cache.
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. K8S-MX
SAMSUNG SP4002H [Hard drive] (40.06 GB) -- drive 0,
ST380211AS [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 1, (SATA)

The Samsung IDE drive is the older one, and WinXP Pro SP2 is installed on it.

The SATA drive was added later- ASUS has its own driver, but the m/board sees it as a SCSI RAID. When I boot, a screen tells me that the Primary Master is a SCSI drive "74 GB UDMA 6" and no SCSI device is detected on the Secondary Master.

I recently tried to install WinXP on the SATA drive, but there was a problem in that the WinXP installation disk could not see the SATA drive - we had to burn the ASUS driver on to a floppy, and also disconnect the IDE drive, but I now have WinXP installed on the SATA drive also, and the intention is eventually to make it the default boot drive, because it should be faster than the IDE drive. But I would like to maintain the dual boot facility because I have a couple of programs which interfere with each other, so I will keep them on separate instances of WinXP.
Right now, to choose which instance I will boot into, I have to go into "BIOS Setup", and change the sequence of the boot disks. And then of course, all the drive letters change! The boot volume on the SATA drive becomes C:/.
I would like to be able to choose from the options thrown up by... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Multiboot

Hi, welcome to TSF.

Let's start with the dual boot question.

I assume you want XP on the SATA drive as default:
Boot to that XP installation.
Post a screenshot of Disk management telling us what drive is the SATA.
If you post a copy of the boot.ini text I'll edit it.

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I have a shiny, new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with a 128GB SSD and Windows 8 factory installed. I would like to create a multiboot setup on this computer with Windows 7. Anyone have any input with regard to issues, how-to guide, etc? Also, consider using a drive image for the Windows 7 OS.

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Is your hard drive partioned in 2 parts or it is 1 partition only? If 1 partition than first make a backup image of that hard drive parition using such as, macrium reflect. Make sure you make that image and save it on a external drive if available. Than install and burn DBAN (google dban you should find the download link) on a CD and boot your PC. While you are booting press f12 and select boot option from cd rom.

it is very self explanatory to wipe your hard drive using DBAN. After dban is done than use windows 7 cd or usb whichever you have. When you put the cd/usb than hit f12 again from the boot cd rom or usb usb device.

While you are installing windows 7 than do a advance install and create 1 partition and assign your desired space. It should be 16GB plus.

After you create the paritiion just select that parition and install windows 7.
Once you are done with windows 7. Than install macrium on windows 7 and this time we will use your external drive or wherever you had put the windows 8 stored image. We will use the restore option in macrium and browse for the windows 8 image you created in beginning. And after restore restart your PC you should be prompted for either booting to windows 7 and windows 8 you select it. :)

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I'm looking to install a few different OS onto one hard drive and just need a bit of help with what to and what not to do =]

Operating systems:

Windows XP Professional 64-bit
Windows Vista Business 64-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
*Maybe* Ubuntu but I'm not 100% sure on that yet

Ideally want it on one partitioned hard drive. I already have Windows 7 64-bit installed on the hard drive, but I have left a large chunk of unallocated space for new partitions.

I'm getting some conflicting information from the internet (what's new!), with some saying you should install the oldest OS first and some saying the newest first. I also heard that BIOS only boots from the first 1024 cylinders of the hard drive.

How shall I go about doing this and will I need to re-install windows 7 again?


A:Multiboot several OS on a single HD

ideally you should install oldest first, logically vista and windows 7 werent invented when xp was so why should it know how to incorporate them into boot ?

if you already have windows 7 installed you can still install xp then vista np, but you will then need to to get all of the OS working in the bootloader using bcedit, personally i use easybcd which makes life a lot simpler.

so partition all drives as primary , assuming windows 7 is at the start of the drive and this is where the bootloader will live ..... then install xp to 2nd or 3rd partition , then install vista to the next and booting into vista download and run easy bcd and identify windows 7 and xp incorporating them into your bootloader.

you should then have 3 options on boot , one for each OS ............

having a recovery disk for vista or windows 7 is a good idea just incase it all goes pear shaped so you can always get back into your win7 install :)

google for specific issues and post back here if you can't get xp to work ?

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Greetings all,

It's been a while since I posted, which is good since I haven't had any problems lately.
I just bought a brand new laptop (HP Pavillion dv7-3060US) and I am anxious to dual/triple/quad boot it, however I've got quite a few questions before I do so. It currently has the default OS of Windows 7 Home Premium, and its a 64-bit dual core processor.

1) Will XP (32-bit) work on my processor? I know 32 vs. 64 is a bit tricky but so far I've been able to install most 32bit software without much trouble. I have read about Windows XP x64 but first I'd have to buy Win XP Professional, THEN upgrade to 64bit of that, just to have XP back the way I want it.

2) Can I restore GRUB when I dualboot with Win 7? I know from past experiences that windoze likes overwriting the MBR, and I usually restore GRUB but win 7 is newer and might use a different system?

3) Can OS X or OS X Leopard work on an AMD processor or is that only Intel?

4) This is my major question. This computer didn't come with recovery discs, but instead has a 20GB recovery partition. I used the built-in HP Program to burn a physical copy of my recovery software (I'm old-school like that) and it came up to 4 DVD's. The only thing that stopped me from wiping and dual booting the very first night was the trepidation of wiping out the recovery partition. On my sister's laptop, I had wiped HER recovery partition and it was a pain in the *** to find drivers when she needed to restore drivers and stuff. I... Read more

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How to burn multiple ISO's on single CD/DVD for multiboot and where do I get the boot image for doing so? Can i use boot image of Windows or any bootable CD/DVD for doing so?

A:How to make MultiBoot CD/DVD?

There is a little program that I like to use called xboot that will accomplish what you need. It'll do USB sticks too.

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I hope this fits this forum I didn't see one for Multibooting issues. That being said here is my delema: I have a multiboot system (xp, vista, win 7). When I put this system together I had 3 smaller drives that the os's were scattered across. I want to place them all on a single 1TB drive WITHOUT reloading. I've used partition wizard to create the needed partitions and copied the os partitions over. I then tried to use easybcd to redirect the boot process. But, when I boot the machine it reverts back to the original boot drive. I've reconfigured it several times to the point that it is obvious that I'm missing something. Any suggestions? Thanks

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I read that I could run XP on my Vista computer, so I found out how to get it installed at one of the other Help Forums online.

Here is my problem:

I got XP installed on a seperate partition. It would not work because of ntldr file. So I got that copied from my XP disk to the Root of the XP drive.

Then I got the VistBootLoader and set up the correct path for my XP drive.

Now when I choose the option to boot from XP, it just loops back to the same menu.

Vista loads fine and works as it always did, but XP will not start up.

Any Ideas?

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I just got vista and installed it on a spare hard drive to try it out. I currently switch between XP and Vista by changing hard drive boot priority in BIOS, how do I set up multiboot thing the proper way?
3 hard drives:
80gb IDE - XP Pro SP"
18gb IDE - Vista
250gb SATA - Storage photos, mp3's etc


PS, Specs in profile thing by my name ^

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I have vista ultimate installed on a spare drive that I use just for testing.

At the moment I have to disconnect the cable and power supply from this drive and re-connect my xp drive to use one or the other

Can I put this drive into the pc and then connect both drives together on the same cable and use either to boot from.

I think I would need a new boot.ini file but how to write one manually without re installing or changing any software.

And if it can be done which boot.ini to change the one on the xp drive or the one on the vista drive or both?

Any help appreciated.

A:Multiboot on different harddisks

Just to let you guys know I have achieved what I wanted to do by using a little free boot manager program available here.



After it is installed it works completely independent of any operating system. It becomes the first boot device and then you go where you want from it.

It will also fit on a floppy and in that case you just boot the floppy.

Try that first and if you like it put it on the Master drive. Or just always boot the floppy.

I made my xp drive the primary and the vista drive the slave.

As soon as I did this and booted with the floppy I made of the program it showed both operating systems and I can boot with either using the floppy.

If I take the floppy out then the secondary booting device is the xp drive which starts.

I think I will use this method as I don't want to save any configurations to a hard drive that may be hard to remove.

It has made using my computer a lot easier as I take vista for a test drive before deciding if I want to use it permanently.

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This might not be a big problem but I can't figure out how to tackle it on my own.

I have a PC with 2 HDD's, a 250 GB Sata, and 160GB IDE. My setup historically was: 60 gig partition on the Sata for booting. I had one version of windows installed.

Recently I added to more partitions to the 160GB IDE bringing it to a total of four. The 2 new partitions were 5 and 15 GB respectively. I installed 2 more versions of windows XP on those, Micro XP on the 5GB and a nlite trimmed version of XP on the 15GB. At that point I had 2 partitions on my SATA, a 60GB and a ~190 GB, and 4 partitions on my IDE. When I booted up I had three OS's to choose from.

The problem is that I wanted to replace the 60GB XP partition with the 15GB installation as my primary. I reformatted the 60GB partition without thinking thoroughly and thus deleted the only boot file on my system, because that 60GB partition was my original windows install.

I got my computer back up and running by installing fresh onto the 60GB but I want to move the 15GB installation over to it, instead of starting fresh. Is there anyway to do this?

The other installations are no longer being detected.

Sorry for the ridiculously long post...

A:Win XP intallation multiboot

Micro XP? This is a chopped down version you download from the net and is illegal. This forum does not supply support when there are illegal operating system and or applications involved.

A moderator should close this post.

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Is it possible to install Windows Server 2003 on a partition of a machine that already has Win XP Pro on it? I'm trying to install an evaluation copy of Server 2003 on my home PC. The files get copied to the partition successfully, then the install program reboots, but then my XP Pro comes up. The install doesn't seem to be writing anything to boot.ini, which an install of other Windows platforms does, so that the install would automatically resume. Anyone have any ideas, please? How do I get back to the install?

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