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A special DualBoot - how?

Q: A special DualBoot - how?

I have now a Windows 7 install in one SSD in MBR-mode
I have also a Windows 8 install on another SSD in GPT mode.

As now I choose which system to buut by BIOS, but I would like to have a boot menu, so I don't have to use BIOS to select.

Is it possible to greate a dualboot menu after BOTH installations is done? If so, how do I do it? Which will be the "main boot SSD", the MBR or the GPT moded SSD?

I know it is a bit backward work that has to be done, but I'm so dissapointed about Windows 8, that I don't want to loose my Windows 7.

Preferred Solution: A special DualBoot - how?

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A: A special DualBoot - how?

The program I use for this exact thing (I have 3 versions of 7 on the same machine) is EASY BCD EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Free for non commercial use. This is NOT a TOY, be careful with the program as it can mess stuff up. If you install the program it will offer you a choice of booting to operating systems. Check out the FAQ EasyBCD Documentation Home - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

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I have two Dell Inspiron 17R 7720 laptops. My "old" one I bought direct from Dell in 2012, the "new" one, advertised as an "Inspiron 17R 7720 Special Edition",  I bought on Ebay a couple of weeks ago. I still have the original paperwork for the old one from when I purchased it from Dell and there is no mention of "Special Edition" in the paperwork. Both are identified only as "Inspiron 7720" on the label on the underside of the computer, and there are no "Special Edition" markings or labeling anywhere on the new computer.
Hardware is pretty much identical, 1TB Samsung ST1000LM024HN HDDs, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000/Nvidia GeForce GT 650M Video/3D graphics, Backlit Keyboard on both. The only hardware differences are the old computer has an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor (specified by me when I ordered the computer) and a 32GB mSATA SSD while the new computer has an Intel Core i5-3210M processor and no mSATA SSD. 
So what makes the "Special Edition" so special? Is there REALLY anything different about "Special Edition" computers, or was that just some sort of marketing hype?

A:What is so special about an Inspiron 17R 7720 "Special Edition"?

The mSATA cache drive was one of the differentiators.  When that system was built, SSDs were appreciably more expensive than they are now.

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Ok is the any good tuts on creating a dual boot system. What I have is two internal hard drives 500 gigs each, one C drive with Xp Pro sp3 32, and, One D drive blank/empty. I just added a usb external 1 terabyte drive for saves and backup along with a 250 gig usb external drive. Since drive D is empty I was wondering how hard it would be to install Windows 7 RC 64 on it, and create a dual boot system. I checked my system and it will run windows 7 rc with no problems. I also have two evga 8800 gts in sli currently not running direct x 10 will I be able to use these with no problems. can I use xp 32bit and dual boot to win 7 64bit? any programs I will need and advice any can offer will be helpful and thanked!!!
Sorry if I posted this in wrong area I thought this would be the right topic to ask.
Thank you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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i have a 500gb hdd with XP installed in it. And it's partitioned to 4 drives, each with specific programs installed in them. Now i'm planning to buy a new HDD maybe 500gb and then installed vista business on it. So here are my questions:
Is it safer or easier to unplug the HDD with XP and install Vista on the new HDD, then plug it back in?
Will it still work as dual boot?
Will the programs I installed b4 vista in the other drives still work while running XP after the dualboot is complete?
Will there be crosslinked desktop icons on Vista, that are on the XP desktop?

thanks in advance

A:Dualboot with a new HDD

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


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

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

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

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


A:Dualboot ME/XP

from microsoft

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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Hi Everyone,

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

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

Thanks for any advice!


A:Fix Dualboot Mbr

Did you install the two on different partitions?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey all.

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

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

I have 3 options at the moment.

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

2: Use my legitimate OSX Lion DVD.

3: Buy Lion from the online Apple Digital Store.

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

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

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


A:[DUALBOOT] Mac OSX and Windows 8?


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I have a dual boot of Vista and 7. My vista is in C:\ and my 7 is in L:\. Can I store my Vista in a Window.old folder if I have have Win7 installed in another drive? If so, how?
Here is My Computer:

A:How to put WinVista in win.old with 2nd OS? (DualBoot)

Strange but doable.

You'd need to Custom install Win7 over Vista which would place Vista's files in windows.old folder situated in Win7 drive root.

But, you can neither count on a windows.old folder definitely being created, or it being able to roll back to Vista if you later try that using this method: How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

If you let us in on what your purpose for doing this is, maybe we can suggest an alternative plan.

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Hi.. I'm new here , and first of all "sorry my english"

I have dualboot XP SP3 and Vista Ultimate on my system,,and now i want to install Windows 7 over the XP OS. I wish to keep Vista with W7 without reinstalling Vista.
Can I just install W7 over XP , or should i be careful for MBR,or boot....

A:Dualboot question !

Welcome to Seven Forums!
You can load 7 over the top of XP but you will lose all the data. Make sure you backup everything you need first. Other than that you should have no problems.

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I've read many posts regarding this subject but have not find a solution so I hope you'll be able to help me.

I have Windows 7 home premium 32bit (genuine of course), and have installed windows 7 ultimate 64 bit yesterday.
After ultimate finished installing everything worked fine. I restarted and booted the 32bit to set up the boot names and order in EasyBCD, but the windows 64 bit option was not there. I went to the boot tab in MSCONFIG, And what was there is:
Windows 7 32bit Current OS deault OS
Windows 7 32bit Current OS deault OS

That's right, twice!
I restarted and sure enough I had 2 options to go to my windows 32bit OS, both leading to the exact same OS, I checked, and NO windows 64bit option! The files are all there on drive E (32bit was installed on C So I installed ultimate on E), but for some reason the computer had forgotten that it was installed, and decided to think that there are two default current 32bit windows 7s.

I'm stumped, please help me.

A:Dualboot 32/64 bit problems

Looks like you installed two 32bit's.

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I have 2 hard drives inside my computer. A 150 GB Raptor and a 320 GB Seagate. Both are SATA2 and they're both functioning properly. Knowing of the issues of trying to set up an XP/7 dualboot when 7 was installed first, I wiped both drives after backing up all my stuff, and installed XP on the Seagate. That went fine. Then I installed 7 on the Raptor. That went fine as well, but now when I reboot, Windows just goes right to 7. There's no Windows Boot Manager screen asking me what I want to boot into, so I installed EasyBCD 2.0, and XP's not there, it just says "Windows 7". Does anyone know what happened and what may have gone wrong? Cuz I'm at a loss.

A:Don't know how I messed up this XP/7 dualboot but...

Remove the Raptor, and see whether XP boots well or not
And I hope, you used EsayBCD properly. Click on add/ remove entry button, then add an entry for windows, click on the arrow, select windows nt/2k, xp/2k3, and finally add entry .

Now reboot to see if it is included in your mbr .

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Hello all,

I can't figure out how to set up dual boot with two complete, but seperate drives already running respective OS's then add 7 on a third drive..

I have two seperate HD's, one with XP, one with Vista Ultimate already on them. I want to be able to dual-boot these but all I can find is setting up dual boot when installing one or the other (Vista w/XP already on or XP w/Vista already on). I have EasyBCD on hand.. Yeah, I know abt changing the bios to select which hd to start with..

Thanks, TJ

A:How to dualboot XP & Vista now, then add 7

Add XP from Vista using EasyBCD 2.0. On add/remove tab, add XP, accept boot files, Save, restart to dual boot menu.

Next install Win7 with both other HD's plugged in and it should correctly configure the Multi-Boot for all 3.

If you instead want the HD's to remain independent, set the preferred HD to boot first in HD boot order, then use the one-time Boot menu key given on first bootup screen (usually F12 or F10) to trigger other HD's. If you want to use this method of booting via BIOS, unplug other HD's while installing win7.

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sorry i didnt no where to put this so i put it here
hey there

i currently have a 150gb hdd (in pc) with two partitions , one for XP (111gb) and the rest is for Windows 7 , yesterday i had some malware on my xp partition that programs couldnt find/remove so i decided to format the partition xp was on and reinstall xp which i did a few hours ago as im currently on xp now. The problem i have now is when my computer boots, it doesnt give me the dual boot menu anymore and instead boots straight into XP

Is there a way i can fix this and make it dual boot again ?
thanks , tttechie

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Hi, i recently decided to give W8 a try. I did not want to install it to my primary system drive, as it is only 90GB SSD drive and there is not much space left. So i shrank 200mb from my other hard drive and created appropriate partition for W8 out of the shrank space. Once i installed W8 on that partition, it booted once for the first time boot, but as soon as i restarted my PC, it boots back to W7 with no dual-boot choice. Just straight to W7. I tried even changing HDD boot priority in BIOS to the HDD with W8, but no luck.

How do i fix this please? I would like W7 to be my primary OS, but still be able to choose on startup. My guess is that bootmg did not get updated for some reason, but i have no idea how to proceed.

Thank you very much in advance.

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Hi guys,

First, I know this is the 10000th topic about this subject, and I looked through almost every single one of them, but still can't find a solution for my problem.

Problem is this:

After working on Win 7 for some time, I installed XP on a new partition. After the install I followed Brink's steps in his tutorial, but it still boots only XP.

Here's a screenshot from easybcd, see attach files, windows 7 is linked to C:\ and XP to J:\ which is correct. I have no idea what BCDID or Bootloader path means, so dont know if that is oke.

Hope you guys can help me with this one, because I don't want to loose my Win 7

Thanks in advance


A:Win 7 lost after Dualboot with XP

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map with listings: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Do you have a Win7 DVD or Repair CD? Sometimes it is necessary to mark Win7 active, then run Startup Repair 3 times from the booted DVD/CD to start Win7, install Easy in 7 to add XP, accept offered boot files, let autocomplete, Save, restart.
Partition - Mark as Active
System Repair Disc - Create - Windows 7 Forums.URL
Startup Repair - Windows 7 Forums.URL

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So my question is. How can I make my Windows C drive have more space right now it has 50 gb and my Linux has 100. Since I don't use Linux that often is there a away to lower the hard drive for the Linux and give the space to the Windows. Also I will be fine with deleting it but I don't know how. Thank you.

Basically is it possible to partition after I have already partition ones?

Also now when I click on the HOME FOLDER (in Ubuntu), and under devices on the top left it says that Windows is Mounted but that is the UBUNTU hard drive.

A:Win XP and Ubuntu dualboot.

I assume that this is the same pirated Windows XP, right?

Show another MGADiag if you found time in the last day to purchase a legal genuine version.

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Thanks in advance for any thoughts,
I have a dualboot win 7/10 machine, each system is on it's own ssd, programs are in 2 different folders on a 3rd ssd,all is working fine except:
when i'm in 7 I can see the 10 drive but i cannot see 7 from 10. Is this because both drives are labeled as "C"?
Can I safely change the letters. I can see the 7 from 10 in disk management

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Beloved intelects
i am runing xp and win.7.now i would like to use wista instead of xp
(vista and vin.7) & that is by downloading a trial version.
Boys please help this old man

best regaurds
thank you

A:(win 7/xp) dualboot t0 (win 7 vista)

Take a look here:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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I've had Windows XP installed on my desktop for quite some time and I wanted to dualboot with Win7 for Dx10/11 support for some games. I have three HDD's, with XP installed on "1" and the new Win7 installed on "2", "3" is purely for mass data storage. I decided to install Win7 on 2 without formatting the drive and almost everything went as well as one could hope.

However, Win7 changed the name of the drives (all three are SATA btw) so that now 2 is C: and 1 is D: and XP won't start at all. I tried using EasyBCD from this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

but when I try to start XP it gives me the "NTLDR missing" error. I'm wondering if the problem lies within Win7 changing the drive letters for me (I had no fingers in that happening, I'm sure.) and XP refusing to boot from anything but C:

So I'm asking if there's another solution or how I should go about changing the drive letters without messing everything up even more.

A:Dualboot problem


The drive letter change is normal; each OS will change the letter of its volume to C.

Try marking the Windows 7 partition as active and running a startup repair.

Hopefully that will add XP to the boot loader.

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Hello forum!

I have had a lot of great success on this forum before. Typically I can get myself out of most computer situations but am having an especially difficult time figuring this one out.

Here's what I want:

A dualboot system that I can boot XP Home 32bit and 7 Home 64bit

I use XP for older games that run poorly on 7.


I had this set up quite well for about a week. Both XP and 7 had their respective Hard Drive partitions on a 2TB HD (i gave them both 200gb).

When booted into Windows XP
My Computer
Local Disk (C:) [this contained XP installation]
Local Disk (D:) [this contained 7 installation]

When booted into Windows 7
My Computer
Local Disk (C:) [contained 7 installation]
Local Disk (D:) [contained XP installation]

I'm not sure if that's normal or not, but it seemed abnormal and inconsistent to me, so I tried fixing it by changing the drive letters in Windows 7's disk manager.

Whatever I did then started a whole mess of events and I was unable to boot into any of my windows installations.

I decided to try to re-do everything and eventually got windows 7 and xp installed again - this time on separate hard drives. However, this time I installed 7 first, then unplugged that HD and installed XP. After XP was installed I reconnected the 7 HD and restarted my computer. I was not given an option to load either OS as I led to believe from a post on another forum.

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A:Need Help Setting Up XP and 7 Dualboot


When booted into Windows XP
My Computer
Local Disk (C:) [this contained XP installation]
Local Disk (D:) [this contained 7 installation]

When booted into Windows 7
My Computer
Local Disk (C:) [contained 7 installation]
Local Disk (D:) [contained XP installation]

This is perfectly normal.

Windows considers the drive where the OS is installed to be the C: Drive (primary)


If I could get a simple step-by-step guide of how to cleanly install both Windows 7 and XP and be able to dual boot into either OS I would be very grateful.

You'll find a no. of guides on this.

Here are two to get you started:

- The definitive dual-booting guide: Windows 7, Linux, Vista and XP step-by-step
- Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP/Vista in three easy steps - TechSpot

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All of a sudden when I boot winxp I get a screen that shows 2 winxp's and it wants me to select 1 to boot. I tried to get rid of this problem by using a disk wiping utility (BCWipe) and then using my Western Digital CD to prepair my drive to install Winxp. After installing Winxp I am still getting this dual boot screen how can I get rid of this problem ?

A:dualboot problem

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Got Win7 installed. I used easybcd to add a windows XP entry pointing to NTLDR on D:\, but it just restarts the computer when i select that option. Pulled up the recovery menu on DVD, it doesn't detect that XP exists.

What did I do wrong?

XP is on 40GB IDE drive, 7 is on 160GB SATA drive.

It shows the D:\ drive in My computer.

A:Win7 not seeing XP to Dualboot?

please open an elevated CMD prompt and type:
Bcdedit > C:\bcdupload.txt
Then upload the text file from the root of C:\

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

A:How To Dualboot Mac OS X And Windows 7

Just to mention i havnt got an 8gb stick

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I have Windows 7 on one SSD, and Windows 8 at another SSD. They are both installed seperately of eachother, and as now, I'm switching between then with the Boot-menu in BIOS.

But I want a boot menu, where I can select which OS I will start, so I got the EasyBCD tool, made the settings (I think) and saved it. It is made in the Windows 7 installation.
Windows 7 starts fine, but when selecting Windows 8 I get an error about the file <system>/system32/winload.exe has not a legitime certificat.
If I select Windows 8 from bootmenu in BIOS, it boots just fine. I have NOT installed classic shell or other OS-changing software.

What do I do wrong?

A:Win 7 + win 8 dualboot problem

Try using
EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
in Windows 8.

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I would like to learn some linux and for that i need a secondary OS, I want to keep my Internal as my W7 drive and that has boot priority but i want the linux to run from partition 2 (or 1) on an external HDD

is this possible

A:How To Dualboot W7 and Linux

Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux

Never tried to run Linux from an external HDD, but you could try out the Linux Distro of your choice on a flash drive as well.

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I was running Win 7 on my pc and could not get a game to run so I installed XP on a separate HDD, while Win 7 HDD was disconnected.

I wanted to dual boot them and connected both drives with Win7 as 1st boot drive. Used EasyBCD to edit the bootloader.

When I start the PC I get the bootloader and select XP. On enter all my pc does is restart and back to bootloader. If I select Win7, it starts normally.

Thank you

A:XP Not booting on dualboot?

Launch EasyBCD and go to Add New Entry: Select Type: ?Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3? Then click "Add Entry" button. The box should already be ticked to find the correct drive automatically.
Reboot the system and you should have XP and Win7 in the menu now.

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Hi, I have Windows 7 64 bit and Windows XP 64 bit installed on my aging 1TB HDD which I want to make a exact clone out of on to a new HDD., that I can just plug and play.

I used Maricum Reflect to Clone my old hard drive entirely to the new one, Didn't use EaseUS as it was trying to change the partition sized for some reason instead of making a exact clone.. After cloning it I was able to boot into Windows 7, but Windows XP started to freeze at the welcome screen. Got many errors trying to repair install windows XP and it messes upa lot no to mention the boot manager. To top it off it also displays as Drive F instead like when its on windows it used to automatically changed its path to C.

Can any body help me Clone my drive so I can just plug and play and get back instantly?

A:Help me Clone Win 7 and Win XP Dualboot to a new HDD


Is there no Software that can instant get this task done? Or do I need to do a fresh install of both OS's which defeats the purpose of a clone anyway.

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I'm sure I should remember how to do this... oh well.

Finally got the still-Microsoft-supported Windows XP installed, currantly dualbooting between it and Windows 2000.

Annoyingly, if I want to run a program from anothe rpartition I end up having to reinstall it due to lack of DLL files.

So is there a way I can transplant the DLL files from Win2K into XP without buggering things up? Simply C&P-ing the folder won't work; too many active files.

A:Dualboot woes

try creating a shortcut to it,i do this with the different vista installations,i have the programs on their own drive and put a shortcut into the taskbar of the version of vista i am in,works 98% of the time

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I succefully dualbooted 2 windows 7 installs on seperate partitions on the same physical drive.
I was wondering if it's possible to hibernate one of them while still being able to boot into the second one.

--Thanks in advance, Cyragia

A:Hibernation with dualboot

Unfortunately, I do not believe that is possible.

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Hello everyone. I will try to install Vista Ultimate from a Vista boot DVD on my laptop. Currently, I have installed XP SP2 on partition C: and I will try to install Vista Ultimate on D:, which is completely empty. Because of the fear that I will run into a problem, I would like to ask the Enlightened ones: What do I need to make sure is done if I want to install Vista properly (with no complications and errors); and to be able to choose which operating system to load at every boot after the successful installation?

A:Dualboot: XP and then Vista

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Greetings all:

I have a brand new HP Laptop that came with Vista Home Premium preinstralled ,and as many of you encountered there's still a good bunch of softwares that is not running under Vista so I thought about adding Windows XP SP2 as a second OS ,I thought that it would be an easy process but I was very wrong.

My laptop has two partitions ,the (c) partition with Vista installed and the HP RECOVERY (d) drive ,I used the SHRINK feature in windows vista to get an un allocated space of 10 GB to install XP on it ,I put the XP cd in the CD ROM drive and booted ,first problem was that XP will not detect my harddisk ,after quick googling I disabled the SATA option in the BIOS and the setup started normally ,I gave the prtition the (H) letter and formatted it with NTFS system ,the setup went on as usual and in the last phase before opening for the first time I noticed it was installing something like(RAID DRIVER) or something like that ,suddenly the laptop restarted and then it came up with the screen of the (safe mode ,safe mode with networking..etc) options to choose from ,and every time I choose any option it will restart and stop at the same screen ,I put the winxp cd again and tried to use the repair console but there is no repair option and worse of that it doesn't detect that there's any previous windows installations already there ,not the vista nr the incomplete xp installation but it can see all the logical partitions with the letters and the free ... Read more

A:Dualboot problem


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Hello everybody,

I installed Seven Beta on a dedicated partition in my laptop so that now my hard disk has the following partitions:
C=VistaOS default OEM Operating System
D=Data for documents, pictures, etc.
E=SevenOS Seven Beta

This is when I read my HD from Vista, but from inside Seven the partitions are like that:
C=SevenOS, D=Data, E=VistaOS

My problem is that I CANNOT boot Seven as there is no dual boot menu showing at all during boot time.

I downloaded BCDEdit and added a menu entry for Seven, but that did not work. Again, no dual boot menu showing at all.

So here's my question: how can I set up a dual boot process using the standard tool of Vista, for BCDEdit didn't work and at this very moment I cannot boot Seven?

Thanks a lot to the community.


A:Can't Dualboot Seven, Vista;

how did you read the hard drive allocations from seven

but from inside Seven the partitions are like that:
C=SevenOS, D=Data, E=VistaOS

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I already have a W7-W8 dual boot machine.

I want to upgrade w8 to w8.1

Are there any major considerations I need to be aware of when upgrading w8 to w8.1?
Does the w8.1 upgrade handle and cope with an already dual-booting machine?
I don't want to wreck/lose my w7 installation at all.


A:Upgrading a W7/W8 dualboot machine

In my case, everything went smoothly, as far as dual boot is concerned, nothing was different. Do you have both on the same physical drive or separate ones.?
P.S. Check if you have all the drivers for 8.1, there were some changes to how some drivers work in 8.1. Video cards most affected, specially older ones. If you find newer drivers install them first. There were some reported problems related to WiFi adapters too. Use 8.1 update readiness tool if in doubt.

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i have a question involving shrinking the xp partition to make room for windows 7 (aiming for half and half of the harddrive).

following: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html

i got stuck at the step shrinking xp partition. the problem was my computer is brand new with 320gb hdd with xp on it. but when i "querymax", i get "The maximum number of reclaimable bytes is: 30 GB (30941 MB). i read somewhere else that this might be fixed with the right defrag strategy so i basically (and blindly) tried a few free defrag softwares (the default windows degrag, O&O, and Autistic or something lol, dont remember exactly the third one) but ended up with the same result. actually graphically my drive looked worse after all the defrag -- with some files away from the main cluster of files, but i dont know what that means.

anyway, if this is not the right direction then tell me what else i should do.

A:Shrink XP partition (for xp/7 dualboot)

What make/model? Do you have a "hidden" recovery partition on the drive? Do you have recovery disks?

The best idea would be to boot from a bootable CD and see what the current situation is. If you make any changes, you may lose access to recovery. But if you have the disks, that won't matter.

Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)

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

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

Anyone has any tips/experiences that I should note?

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

Hi there

I'd go about it this way.

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

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

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

4) job done.

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

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

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

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

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


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Hi there, great forum you have, I am a comparitive n00b and have a problem as follows:

I have single HDD with
D: data
E: empty

I installed Win7 RC to E: and it works great, but now does not give me choice of OS to boot, and E: thinks its now C:

However when I use Win7 or XP install disk to "repair" it shows Win7 still in E: and XP in C:

So I tried BCDEDIT as googled below
Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide Installing Windows XP :: TweakTown

However BCDEDIT "cannot find file specified", google (in relation to Vista actually) says its because Win7 partition is not active in order for BCDEDIT to work. Windows only allows 1 active partition per disk.

This is what storage manager shows from Win7

So how do I get WinXP back as a bootup choice?

Thankyou for any help

A:Dualboot problem: Cant regain XP

Win7 force your "E" partition to be recognized as"C" (Vista did same thing)
Try to go to system properties, then in advanced system settings, then to advance, then to startup and recovery and see if you have XP in system startup.

Probable solution:
Try to install XP first on "E" partition & then Win7 on "C" partition...

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

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

Details: ASUS F552L pre-installed with windows 8

A:[HELP] Windows 8.1 and Linux dualboot

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

Usually it would be sda.

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I know that dualbooting is (of course?) possible with, for example, W7 and W10. This is what pretty much all my google research has led me to, even though I was looking to find out something more specific:

What I don't know is: Can this free upgrade essentially turn one OS into two?

I wouldn't mind having Windows 10, but due to compatibility problems with software I need for work, I *cannot* lose my W7 for now.
Also, I just plain like W7, so if I have to choose between 7 and 10, then 7 it shall remain.

But again, and maybe to rephrase the question: how would I get from one W7 (single boot system) to one W7 AND one W10 (dual boot system)?
Would I first have to buy a second W7 licence, turn my existing system into dualboot with 2x W7, then upgrade one of them? That would be a pain.

A:Upgrading W7 to W10 (free), any way to end up with dualboot?

Not unless you get another licence for Windows 7.

The original licence is the basis for the upgrade, hence no longer valid once you upgrade.

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

A:Dualboot Windows 7 and Fedora 17?

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

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Hi all,I have a question,I have dual booted many times before but only with windows os.I downloaded an ISO of linux mint and burned it to cd.Would like to know if it would be the same process as dual booting
windows os.Don't want to run into any surprises,thank-you.

A:Dualboot 8.1 and Linux Mint

I can't say if it would be the same process since you didn't describe what you did before.  However, this article is the one I followed to install Linux Mint alongside Windows.  You should note that there are certain steps that are specific to dual booting Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint on a UEFI system.

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