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Dual Boot new Advent 2102 w/Win7 and old Cdrive from dead XP machine

Q: Dual Boot new Advent 2102 w/Win7 and old Cdrive from dead XP machine


I have looked through previous posts and some come very close to answering my query but as an unforced error at my end is not acceptable I think it best I ask the experts.


My old (very old) machine running XP snuffed it (MB burnt out). As it wasn't cost effective to get a new MB/CPU combo vs a new machine I opted for the new Advent 2102. Cheap and cheerful and it works well.

I also bought a Dynamode caddy so I could transfer all data via usb from the 'old' Cdrive to a folder on the new machine. This worked reasonably well although for some reason some files were deemed outside of current permissions (seemed to be the odd zip file and modelsupport folders in Delphi projects. I can live with that but I would like to find out why)

So, I have a new Win7 machine and have not lost any data. However what I am now faced with a reinstall of Delphi 2005, Indy and whatever 3rd party components I had and all the updates upgrades etc since the original install.

This can be a pain to get right.


Therefore I want to find out how to Dual Boot into either the current new Win7 drive or the old XP drive (which I can connect via the usb caddy or internally using the unused IDE port of the G31MX-K MB in the Advent)

What steps do you recommend I take?


Preferred Solution: Dual Boot new Advent 2102 w/Win7 and old Cdrive from dead XP machine

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

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

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

A: Dual Boot new Advent 2102 w/Win7 and old Cdrive from dead XP machine

Have a read of those tutorials:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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I have a dell inspiron 1720 whose RAM and and disk space were upgraded recently. The HDD was added as secondary. In one HDD I run win 7 and the other winXP. When I did the WINXP install, I realized I was getting some blue screens when using windows, especially after the system's been in standby mode and then used, so I thought this had to do with the new RAM modules. So I ran memtest but it didn't find anything. I ran the Dell general system test and I found nothing, and today I ran the windows 7 memory diagnostic tool and it says there are no problems with my computer's RAM MEM.

I don't know what this computer has got itself into now. The BOSD began since the hardware upgrade. I'd appreciate any ideas, and I am attaching the requested info you guys explained in one post. I attached all the memdump files and the system reports.

Thanks! Looking forward to your reply

Intel Centrino Duo 2.0
4gb (2 modules) kingston DDR2 667 mhz
250GB Fujitsu drive @ 5400 RPM
160GB Hitachi drive @ 7200 RPM
Creative HiFi external soundcard
Geforce 8600 GT (internal)
Windows 7 ultimate
The whole machine is 4 years old now

A:BSOD in Win7 and WinXP in dual boot machine after RAM and HDDupgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by alejohome


I have a dell inspiron 1720 whose RAM and and disk space were upgraded recently. The HDD was added as secondary. In one HDD I run win 7 and the other winXP. When I did the WINXP install, I realized I was getting some blue screens when using windows, especially after the system's been in standby mode and then used, so I thought this had to do with the new RAM modules. So I ran memtest but it didn't find anything. I ran the Dell general system test and I found nothing, and today I ran the windows 7 memory diagnostic tool and it says there are no problems with my computer's RAM MEM.

I don't know what this computer has got itself into now. The BOSD began since the hardware upgrade. I'd appreciate any ideas, and I am attaching the requested info you guys explained in one post. I attached all the memdump files and the system reports.

Thanks! Looking forward to your reply

Intel Centrino Duo 2.0
4gb (2 modules) kingston DDR2 667 mhz
250GB Fujitsu drive @ 5400 RPM
160GB Hitachi drive @ 7200 RPM
Creative HiFi external soundcard
Geforce 8600 GT (internal)
Windows 7 ultimate
The whole machine is 4 years old now


Your 5 year old Norton. I would remove and replace with Microsoft Security Essentials


Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials

Literally half of the OS needs updating.

These are ... Read more

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My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)

i recently rebuilt this into a new case and it had been working fine. Mainly using the win 7 os but more recently using the win 10 os more and more. The way it has been working is that win7 is the default boot and I have to hit the delete key on startup to select win10 to boot from.

today I was on win 10 but needed to reboot to 7. Upon doing so I hit this message:

Secure Boot Violation The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers.

It then gave me the option to boot to win10 as it is the next boot option on the list. Win 10 is now giving me the blue screen "memory management error" although I have been able to get into win10 after some more rebooting.

I ran SFC scanner and it told me that there were some problems that it cannot fix.

Everything is unplugged apart from mouse, keyboard hdmi to screen and ethernet cable. Unplugging the win10 drive from the mobo and switching the win7 drive to another port has not helped.

Has my ssd failed? has win 10 done an update that has caused this problem? It did update today, in fact the first error message I got was after win10 shut down, and when I booted into it again it installed some updates before launching.
thanks for any help!

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Guys I have a new 500GB HDD & am about to finally conform and install Win7 instead my good ol' XP. My usual approach with XP is to partition the HDD. 50GB for XP and the other partition/s for data storage.

Is there a recommended size to set aside for Win7 as a partitioned Cdrive ??

A:Solved: Win7 & Cdrive GB size

not totally sure but i think reccommended siz is 16gb,your 50gb is absolutely fine.

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Need a Win7 tool to see what is taking up space in cdrive

A:Need a Win7 tool to see what is taking up space in cdrive

You posted in the wrong section, but please see here:

Five Best Hard Drive Space Analyzers

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Hello guys, since now everything was okay, but there is not OEM XPs anymore on market,
What is the problem, installation starts, everything looks good, it ask me for drivers for RAID, my array is just mirror build by embedded ESB2 on-board, I've got such diskette already prepared,
and it continue, it's pretty close probably to final and after last restart it just hangs up instead of loading of settings.
The mentioned machine is SuperMicro 1RU server with 2xXeon 2GB RAM and Adaptec Host RAID. Please advise.

A:Win7 corrupted installation on Dual Xeon machine.

Windows 7 doesn't like RAID very much.

Can you change your SATA controller to ACHI or IDE setting and retry installation with one HD?

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I tried to set up my desktop computer running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit to dual boot Windows XP Home. It didn't go as planned and now Windows 7 will not boot. I get the following error message:

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

I tried deleting the Windows XP partition and double check the boot order in the BIOS but no luck. I'm hoping someone here will be able to help me out. Thanks.

A:Failed setting up dual boot Win7/XP - cannot boot Win7

Set the Win7 HD first to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD Drive.

Boot the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk, follow these steps to mark Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Next boot into DVD Repair console or Repair CD, accept any offered repair. If none offered or Win7 doesn't start after reboot, access System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times
to rewrite the System boot files to Win7 partition or it's System REserved boot partition.

If it fails after 3 times attempting to rewrite to SysReserved partition, change the Active flag to Win7 partition and try repairs again.

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I have a Windows 7 computer with Lotus 8.5 on it and I need to transfer Lotus 8.5 and all it's files and emails and the encryption key to the Windows 8 computer. I do not think that Windows 8 will recognize Lotus 8.5 so I had the idea to partition the Windows 8 computer and install Windows 7 on one of the partitions thus making it a dual boot computer, then install Lotus 8.5 to the Windows 7 partition. My problem is Windows 8 is already installed on the computer and Windows website warns not to install the older operating system second.
Windows website warns, "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." What should I do? I have found some information on installing Windows 7 as a second operating system on a Windows 8 computer thus creating a Dual Boot computer and giving you the best of both worlds and full app compatibility as some of your Windows 7 applications may not be supported in a Windows 8 environment. Thank you.

A:Dual Boot Win7 on a Win8Lotus 8.5-How To Transfer Software from Win7 to Win8 Computer

you question is mainly about how to setup a dual boot on windows 8 PC

do you have an installation CD for windows 8 and for windows 7 ?

i will move to windows 8 forum and need to change the title a bit

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I've researched for awhile now & can't seem to find which is the best way to add winxp functionality to my laptop. I have office xp professional, painter7 & photopaint8 software that worked fine on winxp 32 bit thru sp3.

New laptop is win7 home premium 64bit. Two 500gb hard drives.

Which is better- running the programs under win7 xp mode (ie upgrading to professional) OR installing winxp on the 2nd hard drive?

I am not a techie- but not totally pc ignorant. Any informed advice is truly appreciated.


A:dual boot win7 & winxp separate drives OR upgrade to win7 professional

Welcome to the forum,

Is your XP disc a retail disc?

Since you already have an XP disc, you could try out Windows Virtual PC Windows Virtual PC - Create Virtual Machine

You don't need to upgrade for that so it's free to try and you don't have to dual boot either.

There are other options too which I'm sure others can suggest.

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Hello all,

I have a vaio laptop with a dual boot win7/vista setup. I simply want to format the whole drive back to one large c:\drive, then reinstall windows 7. I have heard horror stories of people saying their boot manager becomes corrupted. or goes missing. I enclose a snapshot of my hard drive config. I would appreciate any advice on this matter.


A:A fresh win7 install over a win7/vista dual boot system ?

is it the only HDD in the laptop (i used to think 1 was the max but i've been encountering people with two recently)? If so, (and if you want to wipe the hard drive completely (don't forget to deactivate any programs, such as iTunes)) just put the install disc in, boot into it (without booting into windows), choose the install option that isn't 'upgrade' (i think it's 'custom' offhand). when it takes you to the partition manager, click 'advanced' on the bottom bit and delete and format all partitions until you have just one big empty disk.
If that doesn't work or if you think it might not, just boot into a Puppy Linux live cd, open up gparted and select the 'new partition table' tool.

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I see Win7/XP dual-boot can have restore points issues so have to ask about best practices for Win7/Win7. Since my drive is partitioned for Win7/Win7/Data is it simply a matter of setting restore points On/Off/Off while in respective OS's?

A:Dual-Boot Win7/Win7 restore points - Any special considerations?

Hello Golem,

Yeah, as long as you don't have system protection turned on for the same partition in both OS's, you should be fine.

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Hi there, hoping someone can help...

I've eventually managed to get a dual boot system going. I've installed Win7 on one hard drive and Win XP Pro on another.
I've still got to figure out how to get a dual boot menu going, but in the meantime I press the F10 key during Boot-up of the machine and I suppose its my Bios that allows me to decide which hard drive to boot from. Both boot-ups in either XP or Win7work fine.

However, when I boot in Win7 I can't seem to save files that I have edited i.e. I can open up the file and make chnages, but as soon as I try to save and replace, I get an access denied message, although I've got admin rights. However on some drives I can edit without a problem. Even on the same drive, for example the c: drive, I can edit and save files in the My docyments folder, but can for example not edit and save files in the Program Files (x86) folder on the same drive ....

If I boot in XP, this problem does not occur and all files are accessbile and can be edited and saved ...

Any ideas? Any help would be extremely appreciated ...

A:Dual Boot - Win7 and XP - Access denied to files when booting in Win7

You need to share your files/folders.

Troubleshoot "access denied" when opening files or folders

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Hi folks.

I have searched through the various threads that deal with this topic but have not seen anything that deals with this specifically.

I have a custom built computer I put together last year. I installed Win7 32bit at the time because I didn't want to bite the bullet and reinstall everything. That time has now arrived.

My computer has:

i7 Core 960 2.67GHz
8GB Ram
1TB HDD (Win7 32bit installed)

I purchased an OEM DVD of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and an Intel 180GB SSD drive.

I want to install the SSD drive on the computer and install Win7 64bit OS as a DUAL BOOT. This way I will be able to choose to migrate my applications at my own pace. As I install a 64bit version of my Photoshop CS6 for example, I will delete it in the 32bit OS once I have all my settings, brushes etc. moved over.

Should I ?

1. Install the SSD and get it recognized by the BIOS and the 32bit OS.
2. Boot from the DVD of the 64bit OS and choose the SSD as the location of the installation.
3. Reboot the computer after installation complete

and at that point I should get the dual boot screen?

The above is how I understand the process based on some tutorials I've seen for dual booting XP and Vista. Does this work for Win7 32 and Win7 64?

A:Dual Boot Win7 32bit and Win7 64bit on a second SSD drive

Easy - install the SSD and disconnect all the HDDs. Then install Win7 on the SSD and make the SSD second in the boot sequence (first should be the CD/DVD reader). Then reconnect the HDDs.

When you want to boot from your 32bit system, temporarily change the boot sequence (usually via F12 at power-on).

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Hello all...

My goal is to run a Win7/Win7 dual boot system with one installation for day to day operations (MAIN) and then second installation strictly for gaming (GAMER).

I have successfully installed Win7 twice. During clean install i created 30GB partition (C: ) and put MAIN there. No problems. I loaded that up and from within Disk Management created a second partition on the same physical drive and named it (D: ).

I booted from the Win7 install DVD and then installed GAMER to the (D: ) partition. No problems. I am able to boot into each installation (MAIN and GAMER) from the boot manager without any troubles.

When I boot into the MAIN installation, the system path/partition is (C: ) and the os files for the second installation, GAMER, can be seen on (D: ) just fine.

However, when i boot into the GAMER installation, its system path is also (C: ) and the partition for MAIN somehow got renamed to (G: )

I would like it so that when I boot into MAIN (which was installed to C: ), that partition stays named (C: ) and when i boot into GAMER (which was installed to D: ), that partition stays named (D: ). Eventhough both installations see themselves as (C: ) when i boot into them, it does not seem to cause any problems.

So how should I do my second Win7 installation to a partition named (D: ) and force it to keep that name when i boot into it?


A:Win7/Win7 Dual Boot drive letter trouble

Hello Jeff

So you have two Window7 installs on two different partitions??

Did you have any USB devices plugged in?

Can you boot into Windows at all?

Could you Post a screen shot of Disk Management?

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when i did a clean install and chose the new non partitioned HD win7 ult installed fine. but when i t started it assigned it self as HD C and gave the other win 7 drive a new letter as will ,and wont dual boot and the boot manager doesnt recognize the other windows, so went and booted win7 enterpe and the drive letters didnt change it just assigned a new drive letter to the new HD after many attempts gave up and formatted the new HD and assigned it a letter which ofcours now win 7 wont accept installing it self on a pre partioned.
is it normal that a new win 7 assigns random drive letters or am i doing something wrong .
furthermore neither win 7 detects the other to dual boot .
tried the dual boot installation guide but nothing explains the random drive letters assignment

the first pic shows the HDs on win 7 enter 32 and the 2nd pic shows the HD drive letters under win 7 ult 64

A:issues after installing to dual boot win7 enter32 and win7 ult 64

The first screenshot shows W being booted from XP as signified by XP being marked System. It must have been installed from the XP partition thus locking out C drive letter, or it would always boot as C.

The second screenshot shows C booting from System Reserved.

What I would do is boot into C again, install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required), on Edit OS tab delete all other OS's except the C drive, then on the Add OS tab add XP and Enterprise by their type and drive letter back to the multi-boot menu. This is providing you don't mind having Enterprise on a letter other than C. If you do then I'd reinstall it correctly from boot.

You should also mark Inactive all partitions except System Reserved which is the only one booting all OS's after this operation and hence the only one which should be marked Active, period. Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

How is it you are using Enterprise which is meant for large organizations, and how it it activated when that is only done by special MAK keys administered by IT departments of organizations? If you're not entitled to use it then I would delete its partition.

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Hi guys,
I've temporarily set up a dual boot system (win7/win7) because my old one was really slowing down - even when I cleaned it up, and rather than format and reinstall, I decided to do a fresh install on a new drive.
So I've set up the new install of win7 on a second physical drive "V:/" and got all my applications installed and running the way I like them. Windows is also starting up much faster.

Now I've transferred everything across that I need from the old installation on "C:/", I'm ready to remove the old c:/ hard drive.

I'm worried what will happen to the v:/ drive. Can I revert this to a C:/ drive name without demolishing all the work I've done setting this up?

many thanks

A:Temporary Dual boot migration win7-win7

Go to Start/Search and type diskmgmt.msc, Right click the diskmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Disk Management window, If you are booted into Windows on the new install, it should read as Drive C: Is the C: and the V: drive on separate HDD's? Or on the same Disk?
In Windows 7 there should be a Hidden 100MB partition with no drive letter. This should include the boot file for both Windows 7 installations. So be careful and do not delete this file. If you remove the drive with the old Windows installation it should still work but you may need to repair the boot file. Use the free Easy BCD to remove the old Windows 7 boot file before removing the old Windows drive.

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So to further explain: I have a Core i7 920 with 4 gigs of RAM, 2 internal HDs. One of the HDs is the Startup Disk, and I had always left some space open for the day when I'd fill it with Win7, for a Dual-Boot machine. Well that day has come.

Question: can I install my same copy of XP (which is currently the Startup System,) onto the new partition, and then go buy an update of Win7, and update the version of XP that has now been installed onto the new partition, thereby giving me a working version of Win7 onto the new partition, while leaving the previously installed copy of XP untouched and functioning on my Startup Partition.

The object here, of course, is to save money. An update of Win7 is $119, whereas the full version is $199. I actually have already successfully installed XP onto the new partition, so I know that that part of the ordeal, technically, is possible. But I've not yet gotten to the point where I have the unreturnable copy of Win7 Update home, I open it up, and then only after I try to update only the version of XP onto the new partition that I somehow find out that, because of some unforeseen licensing round robin with MS, I'm not allowed to update only one of my versions of XP-but instead I have to do both-or nothing.

That wouldn't be good: I need both a working copy of XP and Win7 on my computer. Under the scenario that I've painted, I would then be forced to go out and buy a full version of Win7, while also having to keep the ... Read more

A:Dual Boot XP/XP and want to go to XP/Win7. Do I need to buy entire new copy of Win7/

No, not really legal, you will still have used the same XP license twice, which is not allowed.

Will anyone come arrest you for doing it, no.

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I was running a dual boot XP SP3/XP SP3 until I recently clean installed Win7 32bit on C: partition (while keeping the other XP install). I used a boot manager to "find" my XP install, and I now dual boot Win7/XP. Both OSes start and run like they are supposed to.

My issue is with Windows 7 MyDocuments security. Quite by accident, I discovered that when running XP, I could access, rename, change, and delete files in my Windows 7 MyDocuments folder. I went to Win7/Windows/system32 to see if I could rename or delete system files (yes, I made a backup just in case) but was denied. I booted into Win7 and tried the same thing to XP, but got the familiar "permission denied" popup.

Needless to say this was puzzling and very concerning as well. Why does Windows7 not give me a "permission denied" trying to access Win7/MyDocuments while in XP?

A:why can I access My Documents in Win7 from XP (Win7/XP dual boot)?

Because you are a user part of the Administrators group on Windows XP. Those part of the Administrators group have access to your user directory, its part of the permissions, in the Security tab.

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I have a dual boot Win7 on C drive and WinXP on D. they are separate drives. usually I boot into Win7. today I was doing some work on WinXP. When I completed it and tried to go back to Win7 I got an error at the bottom of the black boot choice screen that said "Boot selection failed because a device attached to the system isn't accessible"

I have a trial edition of AYRecovery on my PC. It is a full version for two weeks. It hasn't expred yet. When I clicked AYrecovery to go back to an earlier time I a reboot and the same error message. When I tried this for every time I had listed on AY Recovery I had the same error.

I tried booting into SAFE Mode. I got the same error message

I tried booting from the Win7 disk I made when I bought it online and it wouldn't give me any choices.

What can I do?

My specs are above in the pc icon. So far I can boot into XP but not Win7

A:Solved: Win7 Won't boot in a dual Win7, Win XP System, HELP!

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Hello folks and good day.

I've searched the forum and read so many different threads that now I'm confused about the proper way to accomplish the task at hand. To prepare, I've done the following: Downloaded and installed Reflect backup, EasyBCD version 1.7.2 and Partition Wizard. I've successfuly backed up the WinXP and Win7 partitions and have a Partition Wizard Boot disk burned to CD.

Here is a pic of my Disk Management screen:
I originally had WinXP then added Win7 in a dual boot setup. I haven't used WinXP for nearly a year so it needs to go. As you can see, XP is the primary partition and Win7 is a logical drive.

If I understand the steps correctly, I need to make C: active with EasyBCD, then I'm safe to format or delete the contents of the current XP partition? This is the point where I get confused. How do I get Win7 to the front of the HDD, or is it even critical to do that? I'm also confused about the proper steps to take with the Partition Wizard boot disk and/or the use of my Win7 DVD install disk.

I've tried to make myself ready to do this, but I think I've researched myself into a stupor. Please, someone straighten me out on the steps and order which I should do them.

Thanks in advance.

A:Remove Win XP from dual boot with Win7. Win7 not at front of HDD.

First you'll need to convert C to Primary using Partition Wizard: How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

Then mark C Active: How to Set Active/Inactive partition -Partition Wizard Video Help.

Then click on HD to highlight and from Disk tab run Rebuild MBR: Rebuild MBR with Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR Video Help.

If Win7 doesn't start outright, boot into Installation DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active labels.

Now that you know Win7 will boot on its own you can then delete XP to recover its space or image Win7 over there.

I would personally want Win7 at the front of the drive, which would need to be achieved by imaging it. You are in luck since having a WD HD qualifies you to use their superior imaging/cloning app at WD Acronis free cloning app. The Manual is there on the downloads page and easy to understand.

If the old install interferes use PW CD to Mark it Inactive until certain the newly imaged OS will start so you can delete it. If it fails to start up run Startup Repair again until it does.

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Hi all,

I've read the great tutorials for many dual boot options.
Though I am missing one (at least I have not found it).
I am seeking advice about installing 2 versions of Windows 7 possibly on one disk to boot from with the bootmanager.
One version for productive use and the other version sort of as a sandbox to play and try apps and things.
Is there a tutorial or advice how to set up such a dual boot environment using the same Windows 7 license?
Thanks for mentioning helpful hints, tips, tricks and traps.

PS: also thanks a ton to the many really helpful tutorials - great forum!

A:Dual Boot Win7-Productive & Win7-Test

It would be the same as this: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

You will likely need a separate license to do what you want. But you can try it for 30 days to see if you want to keep it.

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OEM SSD Win7 64 bit on C: I installed a new SSD with Win7 64bit to use as a test drive, but I can't boot to it. I can see the new SSD drive when I am in C:. It is labeled as E: I never gave it a drive letter. Does Win7 issue drive letter sutomatically? When I go into the BIOS at boot up I can't see it. I can boot to it if I remove the power to the C: so it can only boot to the new SSD.

A:Dual Boot issues.. Win7 64 bit & Win7 64bit

Post a snapshot of a full screen Disk Management:

To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

See here: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Once you have the image saved, click on the Paperclip Icon next to the Smiley Icon.
In the Manage Attachments window, click Browse and navigate to where you saved the image and select it.
Click the Upload button.
Close the Manage Attachments window.
Click on the Paperclip Icon again and select the image you uploaded. It will be placed in your post.

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I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

A:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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Sorry for the long post but I'll try to give as much info as I can...

I've just installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and Linux Mint 12 on a Compaq Presario CQ60.

I created a 25Gb partition for Windows, a separate partition for data (around 180Gb) and then installed Linux Mint 12 on another 25Gb partition.

Edit: just to clarify I installed Windows first.

Windows was working fine - I installed all the necessary drivers, security software and Windows updates etc before installing Mint 12.

After installing Mint 12 I booted back into Windows to check everything was fine and to format the data partition to NTFS from within Windows. After this I restarted the machine and booted into Mint to check all was fine on that side of things - it was.

I then left the PC for a while but when I came back to it I tried to boot into Windows and it just keeps restarting the PC when it gets to the Windows logo. It happens over and over again.

I tried booting from the Windows disk to do a start up repair but that doesn't work either.

The one thing I did notice though was that the start up repair tool reports that Windows is now residing on drive E instead of C!! This is weird as it had definitely assigned drive letter C to the main Windows partition last time it booted. Perhaps this is the root of the problem?

What I don't get though is that after installing Mint I booted back into Windows and everything was great. So now I don't know if Windows, Linux or perhaps GRUB is to blame fo... Read more

A:Win 7 stuck in a boot loop on dual boot machine

I've never used Linux so in that respect I'm no expert, but you might want to check these tutorials,

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

UNetbootin - Create Bootable Live Linux USB

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

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This is like an odissey and I really hope someone can help me.

What I want to do look quite simple at a first glance: I want to make a dual boot system with win 7 in the main partition and win xp in a small and secondary partition.

I used Paragon Partition Manager to make C: (native with win7) and a small and empty D: where I want to install win xp.

However when I start my PC and boot from CD, win XP start to load his files but, after some minutes, a blue screen appears with:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down
*** STOP 0x0000007B (0xF78DE524, 0xXC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

a) I know I've a SATA HD and this is a problem, however the version of win Xp I "obtained" should have the drivers incorporated. It may not have the specific drivers of my motherboard, so I can try to incorporate them in the installation CD using NLITE but I don't know where to find them (not in the HP site obviously)

b) It may also be the installation CD is corrupted but I don't know how to check it

c) I don't want to use the paragon software to make a dual boot system because it will disable the partition with C: if something goes wrong with the installation of win Xp, I will not be able to boot win 7 so my PC will be useless (they suppose I will intall the software also in the XP installation, and from there load their boot manager)

d) I don't have floppy

e) I don't want to use a virtual machine

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A:Dual boot XP and win7 - win7 native

One other thing: I know for sure the ISO image of my XP is not corrupted (it worked for a virtual machine) but I don't know how to check the integrity of the CD where I burnt the image (this gave my some problem, but later in the installation and not in the setup loading process).
So IMHO it may even be the XP CD is corrupted, but I don't think this is the problem at this step.

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Anyone try this yet... I have both Burned and was thinkin' of tryin' it...

System is a Gateway GT5026E PentiumD820 W/ 500gb Drive and 2gb Memory with Win7 32bit Clean Installed last week... Likin' the x86 Version and wanna see both without losin' the First...

Any program Issues I should watch for with Office2003 and the likes...???

A:Win7/Win7 x64 Dual Boot Partition

Hello oldewolfe,

You shouldn't have any problems with dual booting the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 on separate drives or partitions. You can just install the other one on the other drive or partition and have the option to select either one at boot when it's done.

I'm not sure about Office 2003 though.

Hope this helps,

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This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way:

Disk 1 (600 GB)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go)
Disk 2 (1 TB)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

So, when I start the PC, I can choose to boot from C: (System: normal usage) or from D: (Music). When I boot from D:(Music), it is to use my music production environement, on a lean system (no internet, no A/V).

I just bought a new 1TB drive to replace my 600 GB drive (#1 above). What I would like now is to configure the new disk that way:

Disk 1 (1 TB) (New drive)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (Win7, bootable) (100 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (100 GB) (unchanged)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (800 Go) (unchanged)
Disk 2 (1 TB) (Unchanged)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

I am willing to reinstall everything on the C: partition, but I would like to avoid to do it for the D: partition as I want to keep it the way it is now. A simple mirror copy would be ok I think. Same for the E: partition (Samples).

My question: How do I proceed in order to still have a dual boot (this time a Win7/XP instead of XP/XP), without reinstalling XP and softwares on my D: partition?

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

A:Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive

Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7 with only the new HDD plugged in, from Steps 7 and 8 create and format your Win7 partition leaving space for XP left unformatted for later recovery using a backup image.

From Win7 use a reliable flexible imaging program like the Acronis premium app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, or free Macrium - Image your system. You should be able to clone or image over the XP partition from its HD while attached, to the new HDD Unallocated Space. Do not tell the app to mark XP partition Active or to copy Track0 MBR.

Once XP is imaged onto the new HDD, from Win7 add XP using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). If this fails confirm Win7 is still Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will add XP to Boot Menu, or if needed to restart Win7 for some reason.

Let us know how this goes.

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This is My first time I post anything in my life so pardon me if I do not explain things the correct way.

Anyway, I was given a task to dual boot win7 pro on two separate HDD on our workshop PC.

Both of the drives were already having Win7 Pro installed on the drives so the only thing which I needed to do was to add the drives, connect SATA and power, set the boot sequence in BIOS...Press power button and pressing F11(mo-bo Super C2SBC-Q) to boot menu-> chose which HDD I want to boot from and voi-la....and... one of the OS always crashes. To be more specific the PC loads the fancy flashing colorful "Windows" logo and the second it should display the "WELCOME" screen it goes to loop and keep restarting at this point. If I remove one of the drives from the SATA connector the other installation has no problem to boot and vice-versa. It dont matter which sata port or which HDD and its Win7 instalation I use as long as its only one of them connected. If I add the secondary HDD and choose to boot the OS from it does the above explained boot loop. Any kind of advice is very welcome.

A:Dual-Boot Dual HDD WIN7 Pro Crash at boot

Hi Vincent82,

As a starting point, are you able to access safe mode successfully in the OS installation that is looping?


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do u use Linux and Windos dual boot machine?

A:dual boot machine?

No, I dual-boot Vista and 7.

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well the pc is a
HP Pavilion a6113w
(P5LP-LE (Leonite2)

* Northbridge: Intel 945G
* Southbridge: ICH7DH

what i did?
open disk manager
shrink the vista hard drive
now i have 3 particions
c: vista
d:hp recovery
e:raw particion
formatting e: from disk manager -one error after format*

boot xp home sp2 cd
formatting again - no error this time
copy all files setup complete
1 reboot
and system lock up in press any key part

go to bios and change sata controller from.. raid to ahpi = same error
go to bios and change sata controller from.. raid to ide = xp boot with a blue screen
something like check if you have inserted a new hardware or check for virus etc ..

wow now i can't enter to vista home
i can't enter to xp

*i dont have the vista dvd - oem pc
*i dont want lost my vista ...have a lot of documents here

any help ..?

A:Really Really Help Needed(trying to do dual boot with xp and now pc completely dead)

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I've read many items relating to this, but none that addresses exactly what I want to do, so here goes. I presently have a dual-boot machine with the old XP system on the C drive and the new one on the G drive. That allowed me to continue to use the old system while the new was being built. Now that I'm happy with the system, I'd like to be able to remove the C drive for another purpose. I understand a bit about how the dual boot stuff works and the boot.ini file is on the C drive.

If I just remove the C drive, the first thing I'm not sure about is how the G drive will be treated. Will it remain the G drive and will the hardware boot from there OK ? Or - is there something missing from the G drive software that will have to be installed to allow the system to boot from there? There must be some sort of info somewhere that tells Win XP that it's really the G drive and not the C drive. Or - maybe I'm screwed and will have to live with the dual boot startup forever and just leave the C drive in place?

What's the best approach, given that I want to remove the existing C drive with the old system and just boot from the G drive (new system) in the future?

A:Undoing a dual boot XP machine

The problem is that the boot sector for both is on the C: drive.
You have several options.

Option one would be to leave the C drive, just delete the windows folder there and boot to the G drive and go to start/ run and type msconfig and on boot.ini tab click verify all boot paths. It should remove the invalid one.

Option two would be to copy the boot.ini file from the C: to the G: drive; remove the C: drive and change G to master .
Now you will need to boot to the Install cd and boot to the recovery console on it.
Once there at the command prompt you run the command
(you type fixboot and hit enter) this will create a boot sector on the drive.
Then you type
and hit enter
This will make a master boot record.
Then you should be able to boot to the G drive all by itself, (note that the G: will now be C or HD0 so the boot.ini for your C: will now be the valid path to boot to what was once G:)
Again once booted you can run msconfig and verify boot paths to remove the invalid entry.

The third would be to remove C: , set G: as master, boot to your install CD and choose to do a repair install.




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I'm going to be primarily running vista business, but i also want to run ubuntu. Would it be better to install both and dual boot, or to run a virtual machine with ubuntu on top of vista? I would be using VirtualBox from sun and as far as i am aware, you can install programs on a virtual machine and use them normally. is this right?

A:dual boot or virtual machine?

Virtual Machine will not be as fast as just dual booting, because you are running another OS inside a OS, which creates a lot of overhead.

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Hi there,
I've a 64 bit machine. I would like to have this machine dual boot with Windows 8 32 bit and Windows 8 64 bit installed on it.
Is this possible? What are the precautions/ steps I have to take?

A:Can I dual boot a machine with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit?

Yes you can, but be aware that 32-bit Windows will not take advantage of all your RAM if you have more than about 3.5GB.

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The machine is functioning fine in OSX AND in Windows 7, BUT I cannot set the default boot system to Windows.

Neither Windows (loaded using "Option" F8 key) nor OSX will let me reset the default system to Windows.

When I try using System Preferences in OSX, I get the screen with two systems shown, "Mac OSX 10.7.2" and "Untitled Windows."
When I highlight the Windows, and click restart, I get a popup window that says "You can't change the startup disk... The Bless tool was unable to set the current boot disk."

I need the machine to boot into windows by default.

I am a novice, so details will be needed.

Help appreciated!

A:Cannot set Win 7 as default boot, Dual Boot OSX Win 7 machine

Type msconfig into start/search and hit Enter. Go to the Boot tab. There you can change it. If that does not work, let us know. There are other ways too.

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Did a search of the forums and could not see this question answered.

I have a copy of Win7 ultimate. I have a pc with multiple hard drives, running xp. I have a 32 Gig SSD (OC).

What I want to do is put Win7 on the SSD, and then run dual boot so that I can still use the XP operating system.

What procedure should I follow for this situation?

Technical level is fairly high but am new to trying a dual boot.


A:Adding a SSD to XP Machine and loading W7 Dual boot

This is what i did. Maybe it will help. I installed 2 HDD's C: and D: Then installed win 7 on the C:/ and then installed XP on the D:/ . There are a few steps to take after the install of XP, so you can dual boot. I would use the SSD for drive C:/ Windows 7. You can always add a 3rd bigger HDD for games and apps. This may not be what you want to do, but i thought it may help.

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I have Win 10 x 32 activated for a while and now have Win 10 x 64 on another drive in the same both as a dual boot.

The new 64 install has just asked me to Activate it.

I need access to the original x 32 version as it has my programs, shortcuts on it so I know what to move to the x64 one.

Will I lose access to the 32 if I active the 64 or can I have to two going at the same time.



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Firstly - this forum is the best. I have had amazing help here. Thanks again...

OK I have a couple of questions please:

1. I have a FUJITSU MHZ2160BH G2 2.5 ATA Hard Drive which is an moving parts hard drive. Id like to replace this with a Solid State much large hard drive. Are all 2.5 Hard Drives the same in terms of the generic size? I.e. do I simply just screw the back of the laptop, take out the old and put in the new?

2. I have a three partitions that I would like to clone. I have a dual boot, Windows 7 and Ubuntu laptop with shared hosting. Is Clonezilla the best for this do you think? Its a little complicated in that Id like to copy the existing hard drive and then in the new hard drive increase the partitions by 15 gig each - and then copy the 3 partitions in.

Hope that all makes sense!!!!!!!

THANKS AGAIN - U guys are all very friendly and knowledgeable!

A:Cloning Dual Boot Machine and Question on SSD

ad1) answer is yes. Just be aware that there are also some (rare) 1.8" SSDs.

ad2) for cloning I would prefer Paragon or Acronis. But if you do not make an original installation of Win7 on the SSD, you have to make all the preparations yourself - e.g. alignment, shutting off Defrag, etc. Some more info is here, else ask.

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I know that this probably has been posted and asked to death , but i was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction.

I'm presently running a machine with Xp Pro and am in the process of building a new machine and would like to install Win 7 on the new drive that's coming with the box, but also keep my Xp installation to migrate folders and such over to Win 7 at my leisure and also be able to boot into Xp to run some programs on it.

What would be the steps i would be best taking to do this, and also would it give me the option at the boot screen to boot into either.

I also heard that it could mess up my restore points, not sure on both or one installation, is that true and how do avoid this?

Would i be best to move the Xp over first as normally don't you have to run a repair of Xp in a new box to get the new mobo to recognize the install? Then would i unplug that drive and install a fresh copy of 7 onto the new HD?

Thank you to all for any information forthcoming that will make this install run smooth for me.


A:New machine and wanting to Dual Boot Win Xp and Win 7 on 2 drives

While it may be possible to put the XP HDD in a new box and get it to recognize the different mobo, personally I'd prefer a clean XP install.

My method for dual boot on 2 HDDs - check which F key gets to the boot menu (so you can select which HDD to boot from). Then with just one disk connected, install XP. When everything's checked and working, disconnect 1st drive and connect 2nd. Install Windows 7 on 2nd drive. When that's OK, connect both disks. Reboot and go into BIOS to set the default OS/HDD eg set to normally boot W7. Then when you need XP, use the F key to access the boot menu and select the XP disk.

If the 2 HDDs are different brands, its easier to identify them in the boot menu.

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Hi, I have a dual boot XP Pro setup on my boot drive and I want to reinstall my E drive while preserving my C drive. I've done a couple of Windows 7 reinstalls but never an XP reinstall. I'm just a little nervous about the dual boot setup, I don't want to lose my C partition.
I have a Macrium image of the drive and also the partitions, in case I botch it . I have also backed up a number of files from My Documents etc. in case I need some of them later.
What pitfalls should I be wary of?
I have a Service Pack 2 CD, Academic Edition.

A:Reinstalling single XP Pro on a dual boot XP Pro machine

OK, I went ahead boldly with confidence & it was pretty straight forward, seems to have worked out ok as far as basic set up is concerned. I used the wrong disk, I could only find one of the two, so instead of using the cd key I had previously used for that OS, I had to use the key that was on the disk sleeve, so it's possible I've now used the same key for both setups so I guess I'll be getting a message from Microsoft once I set up my internet connection.

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I recently installed XP on my w2k machine. To make sure it would work I chose the dual-boot option. It has been working fine for a week or so. I'm low on disk spavce and would like to remove the old w2k install. Can anyone tell me how to do this? How much disk space do you think I can recover this way?

A:Remove Win2k from w2k/xp dual boot machine?

I hope you installed one of them in a separate partition, or they're all tangled up with each other. Tell us more about the installation.

I suspect if they're on separate partitions that XP is not on C:, so you'll be stuck with that partition anyway, since the boot files are always on the first partition...

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

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

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

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

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

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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

Hi I Am User,

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


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Hello everyone, I have a Dell Optiplex 760 SFF that has both win 7 and win 10 installed on a 1TB hard drive in the following partition order:
500 mb system reserve, 100gb win 7, 750gb data, 80gb win 10
I've also disabled the metro bootloader, as it wastes times when booting to win 7.

Whenever I reboot to Win 7 after booting into Win 10 before, the system requires a chkdsk of the Win 10 and data partition. I looked around the forums here and the win 10 forums, and have disabled fast boot in Win 10 as mentioned throughout, but it still results in chkdsk being required.

I've tried to do this on other computers such as an MSI laptops with Win7, with similar results.

Is there something else I need to do so that Win 7 doesn't do disk check?

Thanks for all the help in advance.

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I have a dual-boot setup on a Dell XPS 8900 that I've had since Feb/March. The dual boot setup has been working fine, with zero issues since then, then this week I just booted into Win7 a couple days ago and it ran chkdsk automatically, erased some files, restarted, and booted into Win7 fine. I used my OS with no issues and shutdown. But this morning I tried to boot into Win7 and my system can't find the operating system.

I bought the computer from Dell with Win10 installed on their standard 1TB HDD and added a WDC 2TB HDD and installed Win7 in Legacy. I can still boot into Win10 with no problem in UEFI, and while using the OS I can see my other Win7 HDD, all the files are still there and I can access them. My system can even detect Win7 in UEFI mode and will begin to boot to that OS (but of course, freezes at the logo screen because Win7 won't run on UEFI). The BIOS detects both HDD's and diagnostics says that everything's fine with both, but when I try to boot into Win7 in Legacy mode I get a no boot device error.

I've run the Windows7 install CD to try to run diagnostics and repair startup files, but all the diagnostics, including chkdsk, come back with zero issues, except 0x01f and 0x495 which only says that something was changed, but nothing specific...

I can't tell if the problem is with my startup files, MBR, or BIOS...

I've already backed up my Win7 HDD, but I'd rather not have to reinstall Windows cuz all my gaming stuff is on that HDD...

Can anyone help?

A:Dual-Boot Win7/Win10 on seprt HDD's - Both HDD's detected, 7 wont boot

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Dual booting with all hdd's connected can be problematic
I personally use one of these to simplify the task after many mishaps dual booting on the same disk.... I never found a better/ more reliable way other than this,
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

Installing each os you'd want to remove the other disk completely so each os would have it's own boot loader.
Even though 10 can access win-7 I would not do it this will often trigger check disk to run in win-7.
Not to mention Fast start in win-10 will trigger it too
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

So yes disable fast start in win-10 is a must do.
Also for good measure disable fast or quick start in your bios too.
I would not share data disks either.

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Hi I updated my Lenovo ThinkCentre m92p tiny 3237-A1G to the BIOS version 9SKT59A.I use an OCZ SSD with GRUB2 and Linux/Win7 dual boot (GPT/UEFI) without any problem.After the BIOS update there was SecureBoot enabled and I couldn't obviously boot GRUB2.Then I disabled SecureBoot and changed the Boot order, but when I try to include the SSD with x it disappears in the list of the excluded boot devices but don't appear in the included devices. Now I am only able to boot via USB stick where a grub2 is also installed. I am pretty sure this is a BIOS bug!Anyone else can confirm that or solved such a probem? Cheersmijenix


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A:M92p Tiny - no Disk boot after update BIOS to 9SKT59A (dual boot Linux/Win7) GPT/EFI

Hello, I also have same problem on Lenovo M92p 3212-BL3 with BIOS version 9SKT39A. I use an OCZ SDD Vertex 2 with Windows 7 x64 only. The SSD disappears from the list on included and excluded boot SATA devices. The SATA ports still appears but with empty device.  It seems BIOS issue, hope Lenovo will fix this issue ASAP. 

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I have XP (x86) installed on one partition.

Last night I installed Windows 7 (x64) on a separate partition.

Anytime I had tried this in the past, using Vista, it always detected the Windows XP partition, and gave me a boot menu with "Earlier Version of Windows" option to boot to.

This is not so with Windows 7.

How can I get the boot menu to show both options, to boot to XP or to Win7?

Thank you

A:boot menu doesn't show up - XP and Win7 dual boot

Try this tutorial.

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Guys..!!! i was trying installing xp sp3 in xp..!!! got a fatal error (Boot Manager not found) which left me a dual boot menu, ie

"Which os u want to run
Xp professional
Xp professional setup "

now i installed win 7, thnx to a software named "EASYBCD" got rid of XP but still it shows dual boot..!!


Xp professional Setup

how to get ride of this setup frm boot
can any1 help me...????

i havn't isntalled the os in different drives..!! everthing was i C drive
eventhought i deleted the windows.old folder..!! which contained the xp files.

How to get rid of this Xp professional setup frm the boot guys..??

A:Dual Boot ( Xp professional Setup with Win7 ) in boot menu

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool ni STart Menu.

Do you remember which partition you tried to install XP upon? Normally you would just delete that partition in Disk Management, providing it is not already System Active. So let us see the Disk Mgmt screenshot, and tell us what is on each partition.

EasyBCD does not get rid of the partial XP install you have on there, just the boot listing. You still need to find and delete it from where it was installed.

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