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Windows 8 dual booting question

Q: Windows 8 dual booting question


I have a 2nd unused SSD that I would like to install Windows 8 on to. I already have Windows 7 on another SSD.

Is it as simple as fresh installing as normal on to the other unused SSD? then I can have a choice to dual boot to Windows 8 instead??

Thank you, all help is highly appreciated!

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A: Windows 8 dual booting question

Simple answer is yes.

BTW, Welcome to the Eight Forums. . .

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"Since the Windows 8 boot manager is so different, in a multi-boot configuration, Windows 8 should always be installed last. If you install it first and then other versions of Windows, the new boot manager will be overwritten and you won’t be able to boot into Windows 8. Then, you need to repair the boot manager with the Windows 8 installation disc or use some third-party software to manage and fix your boot entries."

Will anything go terribly, terribly wrong if I have Windows 8 Installed now, install Windows Vista on a new partition, then use EasyBCD to fix my boot manager?
Can it cause any hideous, unforeseen problems?

A:Just to be clear (Question about dual booting Windows 8 with Vista)

If you really need Vista, run it in a Virtual Machine.  The problems lie that if your machine only is made to run 8.x, due to no available drivers for Vista, you will run into issues at the beginning, and for the long term.
Vista had a horrible issue with handling Memory.  It was what is considered a "Cross-over" OS from XP to 7.  Just like how ME was a Cross over OS from 98 & 2000, to XP.  Microsoft had good intentions with both of those Os's, but they messed a few things up.  Such as marketing, trying to use older hardware that was for XP and make Vista run on it.  That is why when 7 came out, everyone jumped the Vista ship and moved over to 7, due to it handles memory better, started working again with devices, that Vista would not work with.

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Hey Guys,
I just built this Computer and I installed Windows 10 on it. I wanted to play a game on it so I wanted to install windows 7 on the hard drive too. And know when the installation finished, none of my drivers from the other os didn't copy to this os. So would I have to re-install the Mobo drivers and my graphics card drivers?

A:Dual Booting Windows 10 and Windows 7 drivers question

As far as I know you have to install drivers for each OS

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Hi i'm new here, and this is my first post

OK here goes. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but i'd like to know if there's a guide on how to boot both Mac OS X on a windows computer.

Im using an Acer 3100
1.0GB Ram
60GB Hard Drive, with plenty of space left.
(Not sure if im missing anything)

Hope this works

A:Dual Booting Question.

If i am not mistaken... to have dual boot means to have more than one partition in a single hard drive. That way you can install windows in partition C and Mac and partition D

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This is kinda a Vista question. I already have Vista Home Premium on my computer and would like to dual boot XP on a different partition. I play mostly games. The question i am having is when i boot in xp do i need to get new drivers for my video card so forth and do i save them on the partition with xp on it? Also when i go to play a game can i just click on the drive with vista(while booted in xp) click on the shortcut to the game? or do i have to install the game again on the partition with xp. My specs are as follows

amd 64x2 4800
2 gb ddr 4200 ram (single channel)
visiontek ati 3870 512mb
320gb hd

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for a great site for idiots like me

A:Dual Booting Question

For instructions on how to dual boot, you can follow this article: Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windows Vista Computer @ the How-To GeekThis article might also be of interest: Easily Set Default OS in a Windows Vista and XP Dual-boot Setup

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Hello, I was following a tutorial on dual booting and the first step was to shrink a partition and create a new simple volume from it. However, while creating the new simple volume, in the end, it gave me this message (See pic.). Is it okay to press yes? I read somewhere that I should never press yes if it says something about dynamic?

A:Dual booting question.

Do not convert the disk to Dynamic as it is not desireable or needed. What I would do instead is convert the data partition from Primary to Logical so you can use another (Limit: 4) Primary partition for your new install.

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD which is the best partition manager for Win7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD Back up your files whenever you work with partitioning.

Boot PW CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick on Data partition to Modify>Convert to Logical, OK. Apply step.

Now boot back into PW CD, rightclick on C to Resize, slide right grey border to the left to make enough room for your new partition, OK.

Now rightclick on the Unallocated space you made for new partition to Create New Primary NTFS partition, type in a label, OK, Apply all Steps.

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Alright, I have a Samsung R720.
With Windows Vista Home Premium x32.

I want to have both Windows Vista, and Windows XP on my PC.
Problem is, when I bought my notebook I never got a Windows Vista, thus it doesn't let me go to Vista recovery so I can add the command to the CMD so Vista boots first.

I already made a partition for XP which is empty now, so is there any other way to do this without having the Vista disk?

I have the XP disk though.

A:Dual booting question.

Do you have a Recovery Disk?

see Create a Recovery Disc For More Information

Post back after you have Made the Disk

You will need the Following:

A Computer with Internet accessA Blank CDAn ISO BurnerA CD Burner

Hope This Helps,

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Okay, after I installed Windows 8 RP (I had Windows 8 CP previously installed as sole OS), I went and installed Windows 7 Home Premium from a disk into a separate partition. I am no longer interested in Windows 7 at all and I want to remove Windows 7 from my computer completely. I want to delete the entire partition that houses it and everything it contains and leave W8CP as the sole OS on this computer.
I can't seem to find the partition that contains it so I can format and remove it (in My Computer).
How do I locate this partition, format and delete it without disrupting the partition that contains W8?

A:Question on W7- W8 dual booting:

You will see it in diskmgt

It will be labelled system

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Apologies if this is posted in the wrong section.

I would like to add a second sata HDD which contains Windows7 and was formatted using the same computer.
At present I'm using a sata HDD that contains Windows XP and several Linux distros and I'm using Grub boot-loader to select which ever.
Am I able to install the second HDD and meerly add an extra entry to the menu 1st file on the first HDD and if so what?Or is it more complicated?

This is the entry I have currently in menu1st file to boot XP.

title windows
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Thanks for any help

A:Dual booting question

Hello Sleepy 1.

If the 'new' OS boots independently you should be able to add the second Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and just use the BIOS boot menu to select which OS / HDD to boot from, that would be the best way because you could add / remove HDDs at will and not foul up the system booting.
Be sure to post back with the outcome.

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I now have 3 partitions on my hdd, I want to install windows on two of them, one for everyday use, and the other just so I can back up the files (note: I'm not talking about saving files there, I mean.. this partition would have windows and some software to recover my data on other partitions) of the first partition if I have problems with it.

So.. I kinda have an idea of how to do it but I just want to make sure.

When you install windows you can choose on which partition you install it.. will it work if it detects that windows xp is installed on another partition?

Can I set specific partitions in the boot priority?
Can the boot menu boot specific partitions?

Anything else I have to know about dual booting two windows xp?

and.. What if I want Mac Os X on the 3rd partition.. is that possible? (to install mac os x on a 3rd partition of the same hdd)

If so, how do I do it?

thanks a lot!

A:Question about dual booting

hi, in our default local c hard drive you can set which operating system should be the default and to boot from. you will need a primary partition and you can try partition magic it is very good and i think you get a trail.

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Hi there.

If I dual boot XP with XP and one of them is used for checking viruses/opening viruses, will the other XP be able to be infected? Is there anyway the virus can spread from one partition to the other? Would it be like two totally separate computers?



A:Dual booting XP with XP - question

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Time after time, I keep running into features that I need blocked on all but the most expensive versions of Vista. I'm getting fed up with it, so I want to go back to using XP.

I actually tried to do this when I first got the computer, because I heard that Vista had problems... just to be safe, I called Hewlett Packard and asked them which drivers I need to install to make sure that I don't **** up my computer by switching. All that phone call got me was voiding my software warranty and a reference to a number that would have charged $50 to talk to me. So I called Microsoft, and they wouldn't even talk to me for less than $30.

So, with the recent developments, I'm giving it another shot... What drivers should I install?

I'm using a HP Pavilion Media Center m8100n. I'll provide any specs that you need.

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When Dual Booting Windows Vista and 7

I had a Option on my boot loader like

Windows 7
Windows Vista

(Removed Vista and had a Single 7)

I then had Windows 7 and with the Old Windows 8 Consumer Preview I managed to Dual boot it. The problem i found was after dual booting it.

It went into a different boot menu, the blue screen with Developer Preview screen showing W7 and 8 Preview
When i clicked on Preview 8 It went into 8 Normaly But the problem i had and hated was when i wanted to go into W7 after i clicked it, the whole "thing" restarted went back and reboot again to windows 7 - wasting a lot of time.

So my question is with the new W8 can i dual boot it like the ^^ ( How is it with W8 Pro)

Windows 7 -- Goes into 7
Windows 8 -- Goes into 8

Rather then

1 boot screen showing

8 - goes into 8
7 - Restarts from the start and THEN BOOTS and wasted time from start to 7

Thank You

A:Question about Dual Booting - W7 and W8

Any Help

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I have a laptop running vista and dual booting with xp on the same hdd is there any way i can decrease the xp partition and increase the vista partition with the space gained from the xp partition?


A:Solved: Dual booting question

Managed to solve it by using Acronis*Disk Director Suite.

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This morning I downloaded and burned the ISO of Win 7 vs 7100.0.09042.1700 and intend to dual boot with XP MCE.The basic question is, where do I put W7? I imagine I will have to make a specific partition for it but don't seem to be able to do this in MMC.I have removed partitions with DISKPART, but have not made a new one. Is this possible?Not short of room, LOL, so where is the best place to install Win 7?

A:Question re dual booting XP and Win7

Looks like I can use DISKPART using eithercreate partition primary [size=n][noerr], orcreate volume simple [size=n][noerr].Which one?(I was thinking of using the other internal drive F:)

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Hey guys, I've a pre-installed Window 8.1 but wanted to use Window 7 as well. If I would to install Windows 7, will it affect those software I installed on Windows 8.1? (Like compatibility issues)

A:Question regarding Window 8.1 Dual Booting

No. You can either set up to dual boot or run 7 in a VM. Neither will affect your Windows 8.1.

You could look into these tutorials
Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with,
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
VMware Player - Install Windows 8

Any would do what you want (probably). I find VMs easier than dual boot.

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The original one had Windows Vista on it along with my apps, programs, etc.

I clean installed Windows 7 on a second drive that had nothing on it.

They don't seem to recognize each other and I can only change which one boots through F8 and the BIOS settings.

How do I get them to recognize each other at boot up?


A:Dual booting question: I have 2 hard drives.

Check out this Tutorial

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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My bowels start rumbling at the very concept of having what I guess is two Windows operating systems running on the one PC so what is this passion a lot of users have for dual booting?

I mean if it is great then I want me some of it it but I am kind of lost what is the thinking behind it!

I have been using Windows since V3.1, an old Apple 2C and 5 1/4" floppy and have never had this burning need to want to "dual boot".

What am I missing out on 'cos putting aside the (few seconds) it takes to boot up, there has to be another deep and dark secret you guys are keeping from me!

A:I wanna ask a dumb question on dual booting!!

I use the dual booting when I am beta testing a new version of Windows. I do not have to rebuild the machine with every new build release. Just format the "Beta" partition" and then install the new release.

I have also do this when beta testing a large new program such as MS Office where I still need my real computer for real life.

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Is dual booting betwwen vista and xp good, cause i read somewhere that it was bad for your computer.

thank you all for your help as it is greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Quick question about dual booting

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Hi all,

My main desktop is a W7 installation but my partner still works from a laptop with XP installed.
She has a port replicator connected to my monitor and both our computers feed into it.

I was wondering if this scenario is possible;

Create a disc image of her system and install it on a new drive within my tower. (this will also have the added bonus of convincing her that we need a new bigger monitor!! )

Dual boot W7 and XP.

Is there a way to allow her laptop to ghost the main install so that all files are synced or alternatively allow a ghosting of the whole installation?

The motivation behind this is that should she need to go away - always has a day or so notice, she can just pick up her laptop and know that when she opens it up she will just be able to carry on.

Curveball 2;
The laptop is a dell, so will all the drivers and bloatware that is on her install cause issues if the disc image is installed onto a desktop?

(before anyone asks, I have a retail XP licence which I will rely on for EULA etc.)

Thanks in advance.

A:Dual booting / System Ghosting question

I'm quite sure there will be a problem with the drivers using ghost. The image of the dell laptop will not work on your other computer.
What I would suggest is install a fresh new windows xp in dual boot on your home computer and install one of those softwares that allows you to automatically sync certain folders between several computers. You can also find those kind of syncing softwares for internet bookmarks.

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Greetings, I have a desktop computer in which I have had Windows Windows XP OS until the last few days. I split my 600 GB hard drive in half (used GPartion) and have added Windows 7. I also added Easy Boot 2.2 in order to change the boot time and change the drive letter names. After the installation of Windows 7 i noticed that Windows XP was drive letter C and Windows 7 was drive letter F as I had two CD/DVD drives which remained drive letters D & E as they were with Windows XP alone. I changed the letters to end up with XP as C, Windows 7 as D, and the two CD/DVD drives as E & F. After rebooting I looked at both OS's and I saw something interesting and this leads me to my question. When I boot up with Windows XP it has the drive letter C and Windows 7 has the drive letter D. When I boot up with Windows 7, Windows 7 now has the drive letter C and XP has drive letter D. My initial thought was to change one of them to appear as the other but then I thought maybe Windows always gives the booted up OS the dive letter C and D to the non booted OS. IS my last thought correct or do I need to make changes. Thanks.
Rich Ku

A:Partioning Drive Letter Question For Dual Booting

Quote: Originally Posted by RichKu

Greetings, I have a desktop computer in which I have had Windows Windows XP OS until the last few days. I split my 600 GB hard drive in half (used GPartion) and have added Windows 7. I also added Easy Boot 2.2 in order to change the boot time and change the drive letter names. After the installation of Windows 7 i noticed that Windows XP was drive letter C and Windows 7 was drive letter F as I had two CD/DVD drives which remained drive letters D & E as they were with Windows XP alone. I changed the letters to end up with XP as C, Windows 7 as D, and the two CD/DVD drives as E & F. After rebooting I looked at both OS's and I saw something interesting and this leads me to my question. When I boot up with Windows XP it has the drive letter C and Windows 7 has the drive letter D. When I boot up with Windows 7, Windows 7 now has the drive letter C and XP has drive letter D. My initial thought was to change one of them to appear as the other but then I thought maybe Windows always gives the booted up OS the dive letter C and D to the non booted OS. IS my last thought correct or do I need to make changes. Thanks.
Rich Ku

I think the booted hard drive is ALWAYS C.
Because C is the Windows default drive letter.

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I have a question regarding dual booting windows xp and vista. I've been running this setup for a while now. I have vista on a raid 0 array and xp on a single hard drive. If I want to switch betwen OSes, I have to go into the BIOS and change the boot HDD. The thing is, everytime I boot into XP, I get the new hardward wizard for both drives that are using teh raid 0 array. Then I get a message saying there was an error and they can't be installed. which is fine, since xp was not installed with raid drivers. It's getting annoying though. I just bought a drive identical to the one XP is installed on. I'm debating on setting up 2 raid 0 arrays, (the one I have now for vista, and one new one for xp) If I installed both OSes on raid 0 arrays, I shouldn't get these errors, right? and then I can also boot into the OSes normally, i.e., a screen on startup asking me which OS to boot into, right? Or is raid even worth it? and I could just install them on single drives and have all single drives. I've read mixed reviews about raid 0, some reviews say 20% increase, some say no increase. I have a evga 680i mobo.

A:Question about dual booting XP and Vista in RAID 0 setup

I would have thought that when you installed the second OS the bootloader would have been modofied to give the choice of boot drive on startup.

Perhaps editting the boot.ini would work (an example; http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/30334191/dual-boot--need-bootini.aspx ).

Do some research in that area.

As to Raid performance, this is a VERY informative article as it draws insight into the whole 'speed' issue re the interface between all components;


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Hi folks,

Im right in the middle of installing W7 as a dual boot with Vista.

My Vista is 3 years old and OEM, the W7 is new and full retail.

its just dawned on me that i will need to re-install office that I have. I have this slight dread that office works the same as windows in terms of OEM and retail?

Can anyone enlighten me?

I have Office 2007 Student edition - it came with multiple licences but i cant remember how many
how can i tell if its OEM or Retail?
Whats the score when moving office from:
a) one OS to another OS on the same machine?
b) having the same licence in both OS's on the same machine using dual boot.

Advice much appreciated and happy to find more info if i know what to get and how to get it!


A:Office 2007 and dual booting - licence question

The version of office 2007 I have Purchased is a standard 3 user license. I have office 2007 installed in the exact same scenario as you are now running (Vista + Windows 7).

My interpretation of the EULA for Office 2007 is 1 license for each OS/Partition. = 2 users

I also have my 3rd user license installed on my old Computer with no problems with activating on any of the OS/Partitions

PS: I know most versions of Office 2007 Home and Student retail were sold allowing 3 users (Canada) but with the Introduction of Key Cards I cannot be certain.

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I was wondering if you could help me. I'm currently running a 64-bit Vista Ultimate, and it's a problem because I've still got programs ('SplitCam' and my printer drivers) that won't work on a 64-bit OS. That's why I was thinking of going for a dual-boot setup. I've already gone through the troubles of searching the web, but none of them seem to fit my situation.

Basically I've got 5 hard drives. Here's a screen shot of my "diskmgmt":

I don't have any strict preference as to what OS to dual-boot to, but since I've only got two minor programs to run, XP would be really applicable and sufficient enough.

What I'm feeling anxious about is that before I've had countless problems on booting, i.e. missing NTLDR/BOOTMGR etc. All how-to's and guides I'm finding on the web are only for one hard drive scenarios, but not for multiple hard drives.

I guess the basic question would be: is it alright to install XP/Vista (X86) to my other hard drives and not worry about the booting stuff?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Dual-booting and multiple hard drives question

Anyone in here?

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This is my first posting in the EightForums, having spent most of my time the past few years in the SevenForums. But now I have Win8.1 and so I'm here.:cool:

I have a dual booting question about what I want to do and how to do it. I've read many of the docs on these forums about dual booting Win7/Win8...but I'm unclear about how it will work in my situation.

My rig previously had Win7 Ultimate x64 that was clean installed on a single hard drive. I recently clean installed Win8 Pro x64, then upgraded to 8.1 Pro, on a twin hard drive (both drives are same make/model of WD). So now, I currently have both operating systems on their own separate hard drives.

If I want to boot to the Win7 hard drive, I plug it in and unplug the Win8.1 hard drive. If want to boot to Win8.1, it's vice versa. In other words, I never have both drives plugged in...because I just don't know what would happen if both were plugged in. I'm leery of plugging both in (though I do have backups).

Another thing that makes me unclear is that the Win7 drive has a System Reserved, while the Win8 drive does not. So I don't know how this will affect a dual boot. I took screen shots of each in Disk Management (below) for examination by someone.

Both drives are in their own hot swap bays, so it's easy for me to pull a drive depending on which O/S I want to boot to. I just undock one hard drive from its bay when I want the other hard drive to boot.

Win8 is plugged into SATA Port 0 of the motherboard
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A:Question about Dual Booting Win8.1 Pro and Win7 Ultimate

Bump...anyone? Over a hundred views and no one has any input?

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Recently I purchased a laptop with windows 8 64 bit pre-installed in it. For my job purpose, I needed windows 7 32 bit. After searching the web and also using the information I got from this site, I disabled secure boot, deleted the recovery partition and converted GPT partitions to MBR. Then I shrink the Big partition in which windows 8 was installed to make room for the windows 7 partition. Then I created a new partition and installed windows 7 on it. After this whenever I switch on the computer, a message come up, saying that a required device cannot be found and windows is to be repaired. The only way in which I can start windows is to go to bios, select the boot options and then select boot from notebook hard drive.

Can anybody please tell me how this problem can be solved

A:Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

when you created the new partition did you make itin front or behind the existing partition?

If your boot manager is looking to boot Win 8 on Disk 0 Part 1, and you created the new partition in front of Win 8, your Win 7 will now be located on Disk 0 Part 1 which is where the boot manager is expecting Win 8

can you send us a screen cap of your disk management?

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Hi guys,

I am currently using Windows 7 but have had to install Windows XP due to some programs not working with Windows 7. I have fully installed Windows XP but at start up it does not give me an option to choose between the two and automatically loads up XP. Is there anyway i can sort this out.

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:Dual Booting Windows 7 & XP


See this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You can also try running a Startup Repair on Windows 7. If the repair doesn't work, try setting the 7 partition as active: http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...-problems.html

Hope this helps,

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Hi, I am considering dual booting windows 32 bit and 64 bit, each on a separate drive. How do I go about this? can I simply pop in the dvd and choose a drive, and it knows to bring up a dual boot menu? Are there any considerations?
Also, I would like to move my games, is this possible? Do i have to install again, and for steam games download them again?
Also, are SSD drives worth it? Thanks and sorry for noob questions.

A:Dual booting 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7


Yeah you can install two separate OS's on separate drives but why do you want a 64bit and 32bit OS of Win7? Win7 64bit allows you to use 32bit options for installing games etc. anyway so essentially it already does both 32bit and 64bit in the one OS. But if you want to continue then read this post Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on Different Drives?

This I found out for someone just yesterday but they were installing 7 and XP on separate HDD's but i'm sure the principles are exactly the same. As for moving games you would have to re-install the games on the other HDD but you can take the save files from the games folder in C: /Programs/whatever game it is, put them on a flash drive or dvd then copy them across to the exact same folder on the other HDD.

Hope this Helps


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Hi everyone. I was hoping someone could walk me through the process of getting my computer to dual boot XP and Windows 95. See, I had this old Packard Bell Legend 220CD (A 450 model) from back in 93 that was sitting around for years. A few days ago I got curious about what was still on it and tried to boot it up. Battery was dead. Oh well. So I pull out the hard drive and put it in y newer computer and it's still fine. It does have an install of windows 95 already on it and what I want to do is tell my computer to boot only that drive and run the windows 95 instead of the XP already on my current hard drive. I don't know if this is possible but I'll list some information about my current computer to help0 anyone along who may be interested in helping me with this.
Current Computer: Compaq Pressario S6000V
1.24 GB RAM
2.5 GHz Pentium 4
Windows XP Home Edition SP 2
drives are listed as basic and my new hard drive has 147GB's to spare, with one partition.
THe new drive: FAT 32
The Old drive FAT (also it's 850 mb....lol)
I currently have my older drive set to boot first.
Chip Set: 845G
Chipset COmponents-
memory controller: 82845G/GE/GL/GV
I/O Controller: 82801DB (ICH4)

The Drive with Windows 95 was pulled from a box with FOD: 4504x4
I also have access to a variety of DOS bootdisks. I was pretty young when DOS was the way of the world so I never really learned much about, but if they can help, they're at our disposal.
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A:Dual Booting With Windows Xp

I think it will be easier to replace the battery in the old computer than it would be to get the old hard drive to boot on the new computer.

Normally for dual booting xp the older OS needs to be installed first, then an XP install will detect the existing installation and let you set up dual booting.

IMHO Win 95 was a horribly buggy OS and deserved to die well before it was replaced by the bug-ridden Win 98.

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I know there is a thread on this related to a very good tutorial which I used to set up my dual boot with DualBoot Pro in the first place. Unfortunately the thread is so long that it gets to the point of not being very helpful so I thought it best to create a new topic.

I tried to use my xp system for the first time the other evening and it wouldn't boot. Just kept booting into Win7 (main system). I got into a bit of a pickle using dualboot pro to try to change the drive for the xp system and I also tried creating a Windows Legacy boot loader on the partition on whcih XP resides. All I succeeded in doing was stopping Win7 from booting as ntdlr could not be found. I fixed this by restoring the win7 mbr from command prompt but now, I need to work out what's wrong.
DUALBOOTPRO boot info - does this indicate what is wrong? Why can I not boot into the XP system when I select it on the start up dos screen?

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {53560040-0fd5-11df-8d26-a656ea69480c}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
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A:Dual Booting WIndows 7 and XP

Hve you tried Easy bcd??

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Hello. I have looked through the forums, but have not seen this exact problem listed. I hope someone can help me.

I bought a new computer kit last month, and after I got it all together, I installed Windows 7 Pro 64. It has the AMD A8-3850 Quad core CPU, 8gb of RAM, on an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard, and a 1tb SATA HDD. One of the first things I had to do after installing the OS was to flash the BIOS on the MB. I have everything the way I want it on the computer now, and made a backup image of the C drive.

For the most part, everything is good with Win7. The only thing I don't like is with the sound card. I like to sing Karaoke on a website, but I couldn't get the "What you hear" function on the onboard sound card. So I bought a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer. I have the WYH function now, but my voice coming through the headphones has a lag that throws me off. So I have decided that I want to do a dual boot with Windows XP.

I have read many tutorials that tell how to do a dual boot setup, so I set out to do that. When going into the WinXP setup, I was having a problem with the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and install the winXP first, then just install the Win7 backup afterwards.

WinXP saw the hard drive and had me do the partition and format then winxp installed fine, no problems. Ok, one problem. It installed on the C: drive. It didn't give me another option. And I know when I go to put the backup of WIN7 back on, it will want to be on the C: drive a... Read more

A:Dual booting Windows 7 and XP

Hello ShdwKnght, welcome to Seven Forums!

You really screwed yourself by forcing a 5th partition and accepting a Dynamic disk; XP will probably stop booting before long and I doubt you'll be able to get Windows 7 installed at all as-is; do you have good back-ups of everything on the entire HDD?

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Right now as it is, my C drive is divided into C and D. On the C is my Windows ME, under properties tab it says Local disk, FAT32 Used 1.89 GB free space 13.66GB. Under D properties tab it says, Local, RAW Used 48.0 KB, free space 21.66GB. I want to dual boot Me with NT. I put my 3 floppy disks in, everything goes all right, except for a 1024 cyclinders? It says it is not an error but could cause it not to work right, but go ahead and push enter. The other problem that I am having is when it comes to the Partitioning stuff. What kind of information would you need to help me partition this hard drive so it will work. I have tried doing it the way I think, but then it finds and error and tells you to exit out. I'm new at this, but really need to get it to work. Thanks.

A:Dual booting with Windows ME

The easy way would be to use a program like partition magic. It will allow you to move and add partitions without losing anything you already have on the harddrive. After you create any extra partitions you want, start me and then run the xp setup, select advanced so you can pick that you want to select the drive where you want to install it. You can put it on the D driver and use anyother partitions you created for storage.

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Hi and thanks for reading and helping.

I created a new 300gb partition on my 1tb hdd currently running windows 7 and installed XP Pro onto the new partition using the standard methods.

After the XP install everything booting into XP and has been working fine, all drivers are installed and 2 hours later everything in smooth as butter...

Except I can't figure out for the life of me (after 10+ google searches) figure out how to get back into my original windows 7 install. I can't seem to get windows boot manager to come up when I boot.

Suggestions?? ^_^

A:windows 7 dual booting help.

Run the Windows 7 Startup Repair.
Startup Repair

Once you're running Windows 7
Add XP with EasyBCD
EasyBCD - Take control of your boot loader | NeoSmart Technologies
No need to register, just select "Download"

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hey guys, Im upgrading a computer, went to 1gig proc, new motherboard, ram, etc.. I put in a 60 gig HD and have a 8gig also. the 60 will have win2000 installed on it, the 8 has 2000 already installed, do I have to redo the 8 gig as win 95 or 98 in order to set it up as dual boot? and how do I set it up for dual boot, I cant remember .... please help!!!!

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My PC is installed with Windows 7 at Drive - C. Today due to necessity I installed XP in Drive - D. After successful installation, I went for restart the system. But after booting, at the firsthand XP is opening. Now there is no scope for me to choose between Windows 7 & XP. How to overcome this ?

A:Dual booting with windows 7 & xp

Is this dual boot setup on one single drive or on two different hard drives? Is the XP install activated as the primary drive? Can you post a screen shot of your disk management window?

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Quick note: All drives I mention in the post ARE partitions. D and E drive are partitions and I only have one HDD.

Hey guys, I'm just wondering about something recently regarding drive letters with dual boots. Lately I installed Windows 7 in dual boot with XP (XP was the OS that was installed first). When I booted to Windows 7, it started off as C drive, and when I booted back to XP, XP was C drive. Okay, that's sweet, I understand that the OS I'm booting to will be the C drive, right?

Now that's really not much of a problem, but I also read on Google that you'd also be able to install XP on a "fixed drive letter" - sorry if that's by any chance confusing, but what I mean is, being able to install XP on E drive, and when you boot to XP, it'll stay as "E " and NOT make itself "C".

Does this particular tutorial achieve that?


I'm curious since this Vista tutorial seems to mention XP being on a fixed drive letter:


(Scroll down on that link and it says "This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP? so you?ll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system." I'm just wondering if this is the case for the Windows 7 tut as well.)

This is probably the most important thing I want to know though - if I do want to have XP on a "fixed drive letter&quo... Read more

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ok guys and gals im new here so go easy on me. i have managed to set up a windows 7 on a dual boot with vista. everything is working properly, but all my drive letters are different. i installed an extra hard drive to store media on. i want that hard drive to be same letter in windows 7 as it is in vista, so i can get my itunes library to work. when i go to disk management the drive letter i want to switch it to is unavailable. any advice would be nice. Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 and Dual Booting

Here's a link to a help item for changing the drive letters in Vista: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...f110521033.mspxAs I understand it, the process is just about the same for Windows 7.Hope this helps.Cheers,RonWindows Outreach Team

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Hi, I am currently using a lenovo G570 running windows 7 and it comes with all partitions fuul so i can not create a new one. from what i know i need to install windows 8 in another disk partition but i cant create one... how can i do the dual boot or modify the existing partitions?

A:dual booting windows 7 & 8

If your harddisk is full, you cannot create another partition. You need to format the old one and install it in newly formatted partition. (warning! All data on the formatted partition will lost!) But move out all important data before doing so.
Thank you.

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Is it possible to dual boot Windows 7 Pro, one partition being a 32 bit system, and one being a 64 bit?
I have a program that just won't run on 64 bit, and my processor doesn't allow for Virtual PC, so can I have a separate partition with 32 bit Windows 7 Pro running?

A:Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Yes its possible to dual boot Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit. Install Windows 7 64bit on one partition. Then shrink that partition and install Windows 7 32bit to the new (shrinked) partition. Also, use VMWare player or Sun Virtualbox to run Virtual OS. No need of any Virtualization support CPU.

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I've been following this guide:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

The problem is that when I go to install Windows 8 it doesn't recognize the partition I made. This is the partition I made.

This is what it looks like when I go to install Windows 8 on that partition.

Neither of the 2 partitions I made appear on that list. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated. I would really like to try this out before I decide that I want to purchase it.

A:Help dual booting Windows 8

Hello ScoobyDoo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The 39.06 GB unallocated space on Disk 0 doesn't show up since you already have the max of 4 primary partition on the disk. You could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a logical partition with the unallocated space instead that should show up afterwards.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives - Windows 7 Forums

I'm not sure what the unallocated space on Disk 1 is not showing up though. Creating a new simple volume with the unallocated space to format it should have it show up afterwards.

Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,

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Hello, I'm new to the forum and blah blah blah who cares. I'm not a computer expert here, so I thought about coming here seeking for help. Anyways, into the topic, I wanted to ask a couple of things about installing Windows XP Home SP2 Upgrade (not full) on a partition (I'll get a cheap old Windows copy for the upgrade to work), with a pre-installed Windows 8 in the other partition.

1) Has anybody tried it? Does it work well? So far I have found no guides on how to do it, but many on how to install XP on Windows 7. Is it the same procedure?

2) I have heard that installing an XP Upgrade will wipe/reformat an entire HD, both partitions as if they were not partitioned/united. Is that true?

A:Dual-booting Windows 8 and XP

No that's not true Windows XP will not wipe both partitions. But you will not have the dualboot option. This tutorial can help I know it is for windows 7 but it will apply to 8 as well Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums

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Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I don't post here that often so please move this if appropriate.

I have recently just upgraded to a new laptop, due to my old laptop (4 years old, running windows 7) has been giving me overheating issues for what seems like an eternity. This new laptop, a HP with intel i7, has Windows 10.

The laptop runs a lot cooler than my old Windows 7 laptop however some of the older games that I have, which work fine on windows 7, do not on windows 10.

Since my laptop has a 2TB hard drive, I am thinking about dual booting Windows 10 and 7 on the same laptop. I know this is possible, but I have never performed a dual boot setup on a laptop before and am worried I might mess things up.

Can someone on here please give me some detailed help on performing a dual boot? This would assume partitioning the hard drive into (C) Windows 10 (approx. 1TB), (D) Recovery partition for 10 (already installed) and (F) 1TB for Windows 7. (The E drive is my DVD writer.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I recently bought a Macbook Pro and have installed a version of Windows 7 which I purchased to put on my old Vaio laptop.
The installation had no troubles and my product key worked. However, it is now telling me that it is unable to activate windows because the product key is not valid with this version of Win7 (or words to that affect).
IS there a way around this at all? It is clearly a 100% genuine version of Win 7 Professional I bought and downloaded from Microsoft.
Someone has suggested that I uninstall it from my old laptop and try again but i cannot because I am selling my old laptop to my parents.
I hope someone can help


A:Dual booting Windows 7 on Mac

You can't use the same key on two different computers.

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I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installed on my computer on a SSD drive, and I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 on a second hard drive (regular SATA II HDD).

When I boot with the Windows Server 2003 CD, everything seems to be fine... it pops-up the usual blue screen and the drivers are loading, but once the drivers are done loading, I get this error message:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent
damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your
computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption,
and then restart your computer.

Technical informaiton:

*** STOP: 0X0000007B (0XF789EA24, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)"

Any idea why this message pops-up and prevents me from installing Windows server 2003? Is it possible to have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003?

Any help would be much appreciated. If more info is needed, let me know.

A:Dual booting with Windows 7?

The generally accepted method, or at least the one I personally use, is to always install the older OS first, then install 7 afterwards.
The win 7 bootmgr won't have issues allowing the older OS to boot. However, the older OS is very likely to cause problems for windows 7 if attempting to write to boot sectors over it.

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just wondering about the dual booting. ive currently got windows xp installed and im wanting to do a dual boot with windows 98. if it can be done. i have a 80 gig hard drive and its partitioned into 3 sections. am i able to use my one (partitioned) hard drive to do the dual boot. if so how do i do the dual boot???


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I'm building a Dual boot machine with windows 7 Pro. and 10 Pro.  i dived a 1TB drive, installing windows 7 Pro goes great,7 up and running..... after loading windows 10 Pro on the second Partition..( 10 runs grate) But now  I can not restart windows
7 from the boot menu, The system gives me a "system and or drivers can not be verified"  using F8 to try to Disable vitrification just takes me in a loop to the advanced boot menu..   How can i get past this????......

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