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

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

Samsung notebook model: NP300E5C-A08SA

Preferred Solution: dual boot windows vista on a pre-installed windows 8.1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello All,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit Edition installed and working fine on the following laptop

HP-Dv5 64-Bit Core2Duo
Nvidia Graphics Card.

It is the only operating system. I have two partitions in the laptop harddisk. Windows 7 Ultimate is obviously installed on the first partition (C). I have (D) almost empty and I can shrink or expand it based on the requirements.

Now I want to install Windows 2003 SR2 SP2 Server on the same laptop in Dual Boot Configuration.

I have read that installing a Windows Xp/2003 family operating system on a machine after intallation of Windows Vista/7 family operating system corrupts the boot sector and makes Windows 7 unbootable since both have different operating system files.

I know i should have installed Windows 2003 first and then Windows 7 to ensure a hassle free Windows 7/2003 dual boot system . However I want now to save the hassle and do the other way around.

Can anyone guide me with exact steps or to any other working guide which can ensure that both operating systems would live in harmony in the scenario i have described. Maybe someone with a similar experience can share the precautions and consequences.

Thanks for reading and helping in advance.

A:Windows 2003 Server installation in Dual Boot on already installed Windows 7 Laptop

Couple of things you can do after installing 2003.

Boot from the W7 dvd select repair my computer and do a startup repair, most of the time this fixes the bootloader for W7, but then 2003 may not boot now. So then you need to install a BCD editor software in W7 to get both of them booting properly.


If startup repair does not get W7 booting again, there are some commands you can do from the W7 recovery environment to get the job done, (boot from the W7 cd, select repair my computer, then command prompt)


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Hello All,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit Edition installed and working fine on the following laptop

HP-Dv5 64-Bit Core2Duo
Nvidia Graphics Card.

It is the only operating system. I have two partitions in the laptop harddisk. Windows 7 Ultimate is obviously installed on the first partition (C) I have (D) almost empty and I can shrink or expand it based on the requirements.

Now I want to install Windows 2003 SR2 SP2 Server on the same laptop in Dual Boot Configuration.

I have read that installing a Windows Xp/2003 family operating system on a machine after intallation of Windows Vista/7 family operating system corrupts the boot sector and makes Windows 7 unbootable since both have different operating system files.

I know i should have installed Windows 2003 first and then Windows 7 to ensure a hassle free Windows 7/2003 dual boot system . However I want now to save the hassle and do the other way around.

Can anyone guide me with exact steps or to any other working guide which can ensure that both operating systems would live in harmony in the scenario i have described. Maybe someone with a similar experience can share the precautions and consequences.

Thanks for reading and helping in advance.

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I have a new laptop pre-installed with Windows 10 on a primary m.2 disk.
It also has an HDD that I divided into partitions.

Now I have an old laptop that has Windows 7 that holds programs and files that I left behind. I want those programs accessible in a Windows 7 environment. Therefore, I cloned my Windows 7 to a spare partition on my laptop's HDD. Right now, I have Windows 10 on primary SSD and cloned Windows 7 on a partition of secondary HDD.

However, the problem is that, while the disk cloning process went successfully, it's not bootable. So my question is: how do I make the disk with Windows 7 bootable?

A:Dual boot setup with pre-installed Windows 10 and cloned Windows 7dows

Welcome to the forum. Did win7 have a system partition as well as drive as that will contain the boot files? It won't boot unless the partition is set active so you need the boot files on the win10 boot. The other problem is the drivers will all be wrong if it's come from another PC so it possibly any work anyway

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Dual boot XP with windows 7 on 2 Harddrives - (Windows 7 already installed)

I've read that i should install XP first. But I already have windows 7 installed and dont want to wipe that drive clean and reinstall.

Is this possilbe? To add a new sata hard drive and install xp 32bit to an existing PC running Win7 64 bit. With having a boot option at start up?

A:Solved: Dual boot XP with windows 7 on 2 Harddrives - (Windows 7 already installed)

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Hi, I have looked all over for info on what will happen if I try to install windows 7 on a new partition for a lenovo laptop that already has windows 10 installed and this does not seem to be a common scenario. 
I want to install windows 7 side by side with Windows 10 that is already installed, but what I read

HERE made me worried that installing windows 7 on a windows 10 box was not going to be the same as installing windows 10 on a windows 7 box. I was going to do it from windows 10 by mounting an iso, but I could also just do it from a usb boot, whatever
is the easiest. 

You must install the older operating system first, and then install the more recent operating system. If you don't (for example, if you install Windows Vista on a computer already running Windows 7), you can render your system inoperable. This can happen because earlier versions of Windows don't recognize the startup files used in more recent versions of Windows and can overwrite them.
Can anyone advise as to whether or not this is a true danger, or if there is a way to get around the problem? This is a work machine, which is why I want to do this over the weekend because I can't afford to be offline during the week testing this kind of
Thanks for the help!
Reasons for doing this: 
I am a developer and my new laptop came with Windows 10, I tried in the beginning to get some of the pre-installed bloatware removed with mixed luck (tried sev... Read more

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How do I do this? I tried following a tutorial in the tutorial section, but the option to delete volume in grayed out.

A:Remove Windows 10 from dual boot with Windows 7, Win10 installed first

It`s grayed out because it`s the Active partition and has the system files on it, if you were to delete it then Windows 7 would not boot anymore.

The Windows 7 partition must be made Active and the System files have to be written there before you can delete Windows 10.

The proper thing to do is backup your files, wipe out the entire drive and reinstall windows 7

Partition - Mark as Active

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I installed Windows 8 RP on my laptop on another partition but my Windows 7 in C:/ got lost. How do I install it again?

A:HELP! Installed Windows 8 (dual boot) but lost Windows 7 Basic

My dual boot works, Win7Ultimate64 on C and Win8Enterprise64 on D, I just hope you did a system image or back up before installation, not unless you are sure of what you are doing.. Before Win8 installs it will ask you the location where you will have it installed, if Win7 really got lost maybe you mixed up the installation.

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

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

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

A:Dual Boot on pre-installed windows 8

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

Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I also have a full version of Windows 7

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thanks for reading my post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Dual boot XP with windows 7 already installed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi All,

I Just bought a new Dell Inspiron 3268 which comes with windows 10 pre-installed.

The machine is for my dad who also needs windows 7 32bit to run some legacy accounting software.

I have created a partition on the HDD and wanted to install windows 7 to it so it will allow me to dual boot.

The plan was to just put the DVD in the drive hit setup and install to the new partition..... but it's never that easy right?! As soon as i click setup I get an error "Windows Setup Experienced an unexpected error. To install windows, restart the application"

Plan B was to reboot into BIOS and boot from the CD but even that isnt as easy as i remembered. I cant see anything under "Boot Sequence" Except windows boot Manager and I cant change the boot list option from "UEFI" to "Legacy"

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I have a brand new Dell XPS 8700 with windows 7 pro installed. I am trying to install windows XP pro to be able to dual boot. I have already succesfuly set up new partition and am having trouble with the XP install. After a little while into the installation I get the following message "file acpi.sys is corrupted" and the installation ends and windows 7 reboots. I have done research online and haven't been able to find a specific solution to this error message. I have been given several links to dual booting instructions and none of them include this specific error message. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Dual boot windows XP with windows 7 installed

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Hi All.
Recently I installed Windows 8 Pro on my system (in a SSD), after a few weeks I noticed that the OS isn't compatible with certain programs I use, so I wanted to install Windows 7 Home Premium alongside it.

Since I don't really want to clean install 8 after installing 7, I installed 7 onto a separate HDD within my case.

I've now got to the stage of the black background/white text boot menu, which shows Windows 8 and Windows 7, but whenever I select Windows 7 it just reboots the PC back to the Boot Splash screen (Bios/Post screen)

I've repaired the install with Windows 7 discs and with Windows 8 discs and neither seemed to help. I've used EasyBCD installed on Windows 8 to create the boot menu and that doesn't help anything either.

When in Windows 8 the Drive letters are such
C:/ is Windows 8
W:/ is Windows 7

Short of clean installing I really don't know quite what to do.

Any suggestions?

Before it is asked, that drives have been in that case since I built it and not moved from a seperate machine.

Thank you for your help.

A:Dual Boot Windows 7 & 8 (With Windows 7 Installed later)

Welcome to EightForums.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management from Windows 8?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums
For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.

Filling out System Specs - Windows 7 Forums

System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Forums

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Hello I'm new here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Try

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

2nd Try

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

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

Please suggest.

Sumit Rastogi

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

Welcome to SF!

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

Then, run a startup repair on Windows 7.

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

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

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I am writing this on another computer. I can assure you, that I have never found myself in this kind of frustration when it comes to computers. I have a computer which has Windows 7 installed on it. I have some old games and applications I've always wanted to use, but couldn't because of compatibility issues. I decided to follow a tutorial here on this forum to install Windows XP using dual boot. Now, my computer has two internal drives. An SSD of 120GB with Windows 7 on it, and a 1TB drive which I split into two partitions in order to be able to install Windows XP. I have also supposedly slipstreamed the drivers into the installation. All went fine in the setup, until it had to restart. It restarted and I was greeted by the Windows XP Pro loading screen. I was proud of myself that I had managed to do it.... oh wait... only 3 seconds passed, and this beast BSOD pops up. Error code 0x07B. I tried to restart again, and noticed I am stuck on Windows XP now, something that has to do with the bootloader from what I've read. I tried inserting the Windows 7 OEM disk and performed a repair, used the bootrec commands (Kept saying no element found), made the partition active using diskpart, searched for COUNTLESS hours on the internet, maybe something on some forum could be of some help, nothing. And finally, MY WORST MISTAKE, was deleting the partition I "installed" Windows XP on. When I try to boot, I'm now stuck with: Windows could not start because of a computer disk hard... Read more

A:Problem with Dual-boot, installed XP on a computer with Windows 7

If you have separate hard drives then you should have unplugged the Win7 SSD to install XP on the other hard drive so this could not happen. Then boot your choice via the BIOS.

Now unplug all other drives and peripherals besides the Win7 SSD, confirm the 100mb System Reserved (if you have it) or the Win7 partition (if you don't) is Partition Marked Active,

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts.

If you want to install XP, unplug all other drives except the drive you want it installed upon. Using the XP CD, I would delete its partition, create and full format new to make sure you have the XP partition table.

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Hello Everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Windows 8 Desktops - How to Disable Secure Boot - YouTube

Enabling the boot device menu

Originally Posted by Acer

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


Enabling the F12 function:

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

How to Enable or Disable Secure Boot

Originally Posted by Acer

This article only applies to: Windows 8 Desktops

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

Use the following steps to change Secure Boot:

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

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My pc info -

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

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

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

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


I have windows 7 installed on c drive.

I would like to dual boot with winxp.

I slipstreamed with AHCI driver.

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

It shows my whole HDD as one partition.

The partition is like - Partition1 Unknown.

WinXP is not able to read the hard drive partition.

How can I fix this ?

Thanks and Regards

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

Thank you, Jacob

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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

A:Dual boot xp with vista installed first

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

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

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i have win 7 and it is working fine with lots of programs, paid and free and many without discs etc.
i expect to set up a dual boot ... win 7 and win 10
i have never created a dual boot before and i'm not a "techy"

#1 can the win 10 find what ever it needs and run the "installed" win 7 programs?

#2 should i just plod along with the win 10 and gradually download and install programs on win 10 while using win 7 for most of my work until i get most of the programs running in win 10?
i can't afford to buy a bunch more programs and i'm getting too old to just jump in and find and download/install a bunch of programs all at once

#3 how will auto updates of windows and other programs and drivers work with the dual boot setup?

thanks for your comments/advice


A:Solved: win 10 dual boot can win 10 find and run programs installed by win 7 "Windows

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This is my dual boot windows XP pro with Vista installed first. After I done everything and step into installing drivers for sound, graphic, network, etc on Windows XP that has just installed. So I've search on Google for compatible drivers it says Realtek 8101E Driver is compatible for XP for my motherboard. After the installation, the driver name I saw was totally different, it turns into Realtek PCIe FE Famiyl Controller. With this newly installed driver I always get disconnect after few minutes. And I need to restart the computer / modem in order to get into internet and repeat the same thing (it keeps disconnect after few minutes later.) But before the disconnections occur, the internet is really really 5 times slow than my normal. And I able to connection to skype / msn / online games (existing country only) without disconnect till I close it. Then I re-open the programs back it couldn't connect. And another thing is while I playing those games, I alt-tab and try to surf internet browser it says not found and I still able to go through internet and play games. .. Am I using the wrong driver? I'm following the driver that what supports my motherboard.

Motherboard model : 945GCT-HM
Compatible Drivers : Realtek 8101e
Computer Retailer : HP
OS Installed on Motherboard : Vista
OS Installed on Motherboard (Dual Boot) : Vista (Original) , XP (2nd OS)
Reference OS : XP

Isn't I'm using the wrong driver or my computer has gone wrong? I don't think so because it's just install... Read more

A:Windows XP (Dual Boot) keep disconnect after few minutes on newly installed drivers.

What is the exact model number of the HP system?

Look on bottom label if laptop; label on back if desktop.

Regards. . .



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Hi there,

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

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

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

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


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

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Hi everyone,

I'm hoping someone can help me out with this situation, I've scoured the internet for answers but with no luck so far.

On 3/3/12 I replaced some faulty memory in a laptop that I had not used for ages. Due to the fact that I had not used the laptop in a while there were many windows updates that needed installing (over 100). Due to the system restarting/rebooting to install these updates, many system restore points were created. Unfortunately, after installing one automatic update, I restarted but was then unable to boot back into Windows. Due to installing/uninstalling soooo many updates/software, a fully-functioning restore point that would have been available, was no longer available.

Since then I have tried running startup repair (numerous times with no success, startup repair recognises that there is any error but does not what it is), and also the 'repair your computer' option with a Windows Vista recovery disk, neither have repaired the problem. Unfortunately I am unable to login to Windows in any shape or form, safe mode won't boot either, so I am unable to remove this update!

With Windows XP I know it is possible to view installed updates and uninstall updates via the command prompt in the recovery environment, is this possible with Vista? I can't seem to find exactly where the update files are stored in the Windows directory (somewhere in C:\windows\softwaredistribution), and if yes, can you view the dates the updates ... Read more

A:Automatic Windows Update installed, now I can't boot into Windows Vista!

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Hi friends,
I have following h/w config:-

ATA 70 GB Hdd

I first installed 2003 server on 70 GB hdd and then vista on one partition of 320 GB hdd. When i restart I do not see the os dual boot menu to select from vista/2003 server. Rather, the pc starts with vista.
Any help would be appreciated.


A:Windows vista windows 2003 server dual boot

Try running this in vista and use it to add a boot entry for 2003.
Link at the bottom of the page.

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Is it possible to set up a dual-boot system with Windows Vista OEM on one hard drive and install Windows 7 Upgrade on another hard drive? Windows 7 would be the primary and Windows Vista would be the secondary.

A:Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Easiest is to install each with the other HD unplugged, then set preferred as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, trigger other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps each independent to come and go as you please.

If you don't like that method then you can install EasyBCD to Win7 to add Vista to a Win7 Dual Boot menu which will leave them independent.

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

thanks alot guys,

A:Installed 7 with vista, dual boot selections?

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

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

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

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

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I have Windows 7installed on one drive and Windows Vista on another drive. When I boot up the computer it goes directly to Windows 7. It recognizes the second hard drive in Windows Explorer but it doesn't give me a choice as to which operating system to run from. New computing appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7/Windows vista no dual boot up choice

Did you have both drives installed when you installed each OS?
Or did you do each install with the other drive disconnected?

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Hello all,

Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here....

I've got a dual boot system at the moment - screenshot attached of my Disk Management screen if that helps.

I would like to remove the Vista OS and reclaim the space now that I've transferred everything over to 7 and have a backup.

I've deleted the Vista Boot entry in msconfig's Boot section, and have looked at these posts on this forum but don't seem to be getting anywhere -

Dual booting vista and windows 7, want to remove vista all together

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

As you can see from my screenshot - E: is the old, 32bit Vista partition (system active, primary partition). C: is the new, 64bit Windows 7 partition.

I'd like to remove E, and expand C, but I don't have the option to format E: when I right click.

If anyone has any tips or can point me in the right direction, it would be most appreciated. Have downloaded EasyBCD 1.7.2, although from their website I don't see Windows 7 as being supported

Thanks in advance,

A:Removing Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Welcome to SevenForums, Darren!

It looks as if you have Windows 7 on a logical drive. While it is possible to boot to Windows on a logical drive, it would require the 100MB system partition Windows 7 creates on installation.

How hard would it be to start over? You do not want Vista anymore, so if you start the installation process, you can delete the Vista and 7 partitions, and create a new, Primary one.

Let us know if you need help, and we will be happy to assist you.

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First off, hello
Now for the fun. I've got a new rig I'm building and I want Windows Vista on one of two 300GB HDD's, while I want Windows XP on a RAID 0+1 thats setup on four 250GB SATA drives. I started with vista and then setup the raid 0+1, everything went smooth. I proceeded to install windows xp on the raid, which also went smooth. But I couldn't boot into windows Vista anymore, so i repaired that and now I can't boot into windows XP. Whats goin on?
Windows XP Pro w/sp2
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
4GB DDR2 5300 (i think)
2x 300GB maxtor IDE
4x 250GB Seagate SATA in raid 0+1 (mirrored + striped)
Asus M2N4-SLI
X1300 All in one wonder
What yall think?

A:Dual Boot, Windows XP, Windows Vista, IDE and SATA

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I followed the advice from this link:

How To: Install Windows 7 Beta from a USB Key! | Maximum PC

Essentially booting from a USB drive, I used my iPod to carry the Win7 files and about 25% into the loading process where it's loading the files initially during the boot it says there is an I/O error with the iPod.

I know that there isn't anything wrong with the system because I have re-tested copying files back and forth from the iPod back on Vista and there seems to be no problem, I tested it with an XP system as well.

Any suggestions? My DVD burner is stuffed so it's unlikely to work that way and the files are too big for any USB drive I have currently.

A:Dual boot Windows 7 (7057) and Windows Vista

Nvm, I got my DVD burner to work.

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Hello everyone.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate, not the beta, the real thing. I have Vista on my Hard Disk taking 465 GB (almost my entire hard disk) with Linux Ubuntu taking only 9MB (used Wubi Linux Installer). I want to shrink my main partition to be able to install Windows 7. The smallest I have tried to shrink it by is 40GB (it says I can shrink it up to 131GB), (using Vista Disk Management) but it says there isn't enough room to be able to perform this task. I have never shrunk my own hard disk before and my disk is formatted in NTFS file system. Does it matter that I have virtual OS running virtually on my computer using Sun Virtual Box? I have about 11 on Virtual Box. XD Back to partitioning my hard disk, the layout for them is basic and it says they are healthy, It just wont shrink it. I really want to dual boot Windows 7 and I only get one install remember? Can anyone please offer some suggestions? Thanks,


A:Windows Vista and Windows 7 Dual Boot Problem

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ok here is my problem. I recently got windows vista business edition through msdn. I install it on my sata hard drive and everything worked great. well i desided since there are still some bugs in vista and that all the drivers arn't done yet i'd partition my hard drive and put xp on it to. Well i did this by using disk management in vista and shrinkiing the partition first then nameing a new one. I then ran the xp installation and it went throguh the copying of files and eveything. Thern when it went to reboot the bios stops right after pickiing up the drive. I left it sitting for over 30 mins and nothing. I tryed resetting the bios everything. It just sits there. can anyone help me? I even put the drive into a never computer i have with a newer bios just to see if that was it and still it sits. it comes up that it has detected it and that it is S.M.A.R.T compatable and that the status is ok. And then nothing the bios stops and doesn't finish to go into the boot. I really need help here guys i don't have money for a new hard drive. anyone have any suggestions?

A:SATA, windows vista dual boot windows xp

I've heard of this problem a few times now, but can't remember where I saw it or how to fix it. Bottom line, don't install Vista and XP on the same drive.

Try using the repair console in vista. Put the DVD in the drive and boot from it. From there use the recovery console. This will search for boot level errors and hopefully fix it.

If these are fresh installs and you have no data to lose, just erase it and choose one or the other until they can play nicely.

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I am trying to remove Windows Vista which is my active and main OS that came with my laptop and I had my uncle install Windows 7 for me. He had installed it onto my Recovery Drive so I had to shrink my C: (Windows Vista) and add some space to D: ( Windows 7). Now that I have the space and have been using Windows 7 for a few weeks I would like to get rid of Windows Vista but after reading some things online I do not know how to get rid of Windows Vista because of the boot files that are on them? Is it possible to remove windows Vista and then expand D: with the space that was used for Windows Vista and how would I go about doing this? I am not very technical about computers so please do give clear steps that I can follow by please.
P.S. I created another partition RECOVERY A: because Windows 7 gave me a notification that I should backup my files, but that partition is too small. So how much space should I leave for Recovery? I can not free up any more space from C: (Windows Vista) but I can free some up from my D: (windows 7)

Here are some of the images of the partitions and etc.

A:Remove Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Also I am trying to get this done tonight so my replies will be almost as right away after you reply unless I'm following your instructions on doing something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 2: Performance
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A:Dual boot Vista XP with Vista installed first.

Hello Paulo, Welcome to TSF!

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

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

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

Kind Regards,

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

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