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Dual-booting from a USB thumb drv

Q: Dual-booting from a USB thumb drv

I work on various system (mostly XP/Vista and some Linux...not many Mac's) and I was looking into the possibility of purchasing an 8GB thumb drv and partitioning it for 4GB Windows and 4GB of Linux.

I'm wanting to be able to boot from either partition via a boot loader (providing the BIOS supports it) and then run the chosen OS for diagnostics or for wireless email checking...web browsing...etc.

I havent been able to run across a boot loader or instructions on how to partition the thumb drv.
http://portableapps.com is one site I've found...they have all the apps I need but dont provide details on the partitioning/dual-booting procedure.

Any thoughts/ideas/links would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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A: Dual-booting from a USB thumb drv

Many Linux destros support usb flash drive installs, check the above links. Especially DSL is famous for this ability. I also have heard of Ubuntu running of a usb drive. For windows I am not sure but after some googling I came across the 3d link!




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I'm still running Vista. I recently purchased a thumb drive with Windows 10 from Microsoft (only because they don't sell them on disc anymore, which is easy and I've done a clean install of Vista half a dozen times from CD-Rom).

Anyway, I plug in the thumb drive, I reboot, go to BIOS, set to boot from USB-HDD. Exit that, and a screen comes up with the device (my USB with Windows 10) at the top and Verifying DMI Pool way down at the bottom. But then nothing. It just hangs there. As far as I can tell, it will hang there forever (but at the very least an hour). I can't find a solution, and I've been at this for hours. Thank you in advance for any help, or even pointing me in the right direction.

A:Booting Windows from Thumb Drive

My Vista machine never used to install Windows from USB stick either, so I stuck to burning an ISO to DVD. I assume you want to clean install this time too. If you don't need to access the bit that allows you to add/remove partitions and format the drive before installing Windows, you could try running setup.exe on the thumbdrive from the Vista desktop and follow the on-screen instructions, which should give the option to keep nothing and install Windows.

Alternatively, you can burn a Windows 10 ISO to DVD using the Windows Media Creation Tool (see Option Two at the link below) and then boot from DVD to install Windows 10. Just use the licence key that came with the Windows 10 thumbdrive you bought to activate it.

Windows 10 ISO Download

Windows 10 - Clean Install

You'll may need to install Windows 8.1 graphics card drivers if there aren't any available for Windows 10 and they don't automatically install through Windows Update.

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Hello, I am having issues booting to a bootable usb thumb drive or DVD on my HP Notebook 15-ay009dx. It has Windows 10 on it, although I'm not sure if it's 32 or 64 bit. I have long forgotten the password to the main account on this computer, so I am trying to use Trinity Rescue Kit to reset the password of the main account. I have gone into BIOS and disabled Secure Boot and enabled Legacy Boot mode, saved the changes, and exited. After rebooting and pressing F9 to go into the Boot Device Options menu, the only bootable options I see are OS Boot Manager (UEFI) and Boot from EFI File. I pressed F10 to go back into BIOS. and I see that Secure Boot is enabled and Legacy Support is disabled all over again! I quickly re-disabled Secure Boot and re-enabled Legacy support, saved the changes, rebooted, and the same problem is still happening! When I check back in BIOS, the settings for Secure Boot and Legacy Support are back to what they originally were again. After performing some research, I read that you should be prompted for some 4-digit number after disabling Secure Boot, but I did not get prompted to do so. At a loss, I went to the Security tab in BIOS and tried the Restore Security Settings to Factory Defaults and was prompted to enter in a 4-digit number, but I don't see anywhere to type in the given numbers. I've tried pressing the keys anyways and pressing Enter, but nothing happens. I can only press ESC to exit the Security Feature Reset Request window... Read more

A:Trouble booting to USB thumb drive or bootable DVD on built-...

I managed to resolve this issue. I am now able to boot to TRK on DVD. Thank you all regardless.

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Okay, so ive tried many ways, and Ive finally got stuck with using a VHD.
I have followed countless tutorials, and finally found one. (on this forums somewhere)
I go through all the steps, and it seems like it is working, and then when I boot my system it says this,

things I have done to try to fix this:
Updated BIOS
Enabled Virtualization in BIOS
Please help! I have been trying to get it to work for days...

A:DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8

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So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7.

I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7.

No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual boot screen.

I have checked msconfig, and it shows that there are no OS

A:Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting

After doing some research I have found to get it to show the Os in msconfig, I need to assign a drive letter to msconfig.
However once that's done and I remove the drive leader and restart pc it doesn't appear once again

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Hello there, occassional lurker, first time poster, hopefully someone here will be able to help

I've been setting my laptop to dual boot xp pro, and Ubuntu on a seperate partition. All was going well, until xp decided to die altogther. I don't have that error to hand, but it's gone a little further now.

Was going to install xp pro on a 3rd partition, and it started up fine. Now I can boot fine to Ubuntu, and the 2nd version of xp. However, the original xp is still having issues.

Now, when booting up, gets BSOD - bad_pool_caller. Code at the end is: 0x000000c2 (0x00000007,0x00000CD4,0x00000060,0x86F7E1FC)

Everything I've read suggests this is talking about a hardware or software conflict. However, I've not installed any new hardware. I suspect there is a software conflict between the two versions of xp, but I can't see how that can happen.

I can boot into the 1st copy of xp in safe mode, however, explorer.exe fails to start up. Tried running it in task manager to no avail.

I forgot to add - I am using GNU GBRUB to boot between the 3 operating systems.

EDIT 2: Tried it again to boot 1st xp in safe mode - new error for windows product activation - a problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the licence for this computer error code 0x800004005

A:Dual booting laptop crashes booting xp pro.

Are these installations of XP Pro on the two partitions diferent install disks with separate key codes?

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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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I partitioned hard drive and everything. Then I installed XP Pro and Vista. Then I updated both and whatnot. I was on Vista then I restarted and booted into XP. Now when I try to boot into Vista it gets to the loading screen then it just restarts. I can still boot into XP fine.

Also I have lost all access to my BIOS. Does anybody know how to get that back?

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So I'm currently running Windows 8.1 64 bit on an SSD. I need to run a 32 bit OS whether it be windows 7 or 8. The drive I plan on installing it on is a 1tb hdd with two 500gb partitions. I want to use one of them.

I have put windows 7 32 bit onto a USB drive and was able to boot into it while bios was set to legacy mode. But when I went to select the partition to install it on it says they are all gpt partitions and cannot install. So I booted back into windows 8 and tried to convert them to another partition type but got some error.
Next with bootable USB drive with windows 8 32 bit I've tried using the official windows media drive tool and I was unable to boot into the drive for unknown reasons, boot mode was uefi, tried turning safe boot off, nothing seemed to work, also tried downloading an ISO burning it with several different USB installers none worked, I have tried using a different USB port too. I was able to get some ios I downloaded suggested by another to boot but when installation checks began it said ISO file was corrupt. Formatted and reburned it onto drive several times and get same issue. I have spent many hours for the past week trying to get this to work, any help will be greatly appreciates as I've hot a dead end.

A:Dual booting help.

Originally Posted by Xinute

I have put windows 7 32 bit onto a USB drive and was able to boot into it while bios was set to legacy mode. But when I went to select the partition to install it on it says they are all gpt partitions and cannot install.

Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

- Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.

Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

- Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT... Read more

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hello again
after extensie program capatibilities and probs with wine i want to run a dual boot with windows
how do i do this

please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

any help welcome

A:dual booting

I am assuming that you currently have Ubuntu installed and you want to install XP alongside it? If that's not right, please post back with more info.

Anyway, you can see this article which explains how to install Windows XP on a Ubuntu Linux PC with Ubuntu installed first. I have not tried the article, but it should be what you need. Back up any critical data first though before following.

You'll need an XP CD and valid / legal license key code to install XP.


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Hi all. After around 2 years of service with an upgrade from Vista-7 my original OS seems to have simply gotten too old. Boot times are horrendously long. During the PC's life I got a 2nd HDD (Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500GB) which i now want to use as the master disk with its fresh 7 install. How do I make my system boot from that drive and not the old one?

The only way I currently can use the fresh OS install is to disconnect my old drive with all my programs on it....

Thanks all

A:Dual Booting

When you say Dual boot, do you mean it actually gives you a choice to boot from? (When you start up your computer). If this is the case, you can choose one as default by using Msconfig I believe.

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I bought an HP with Windows 8.1 installed. I put in a second hard drive, unplugged the drive with Windows 8 installed, and installed Windows 7 on that drive, then plugged back in the Windows 8 drive.

I installed EasyBCD in Windows 8 and did my best to remove all the non-essential drives, and left Windows 7 & 8, with Windows 7 at the primary boot. I also disabled a few things in the BIOS which I've read on other posts, enabled legacy, etc.

Sometimes I will get the GUI boot manager with Windows 7 & Windows 8 listed. If I choose Windows 7, it goes to the black & white boot manager, with only Window 8.1 listed. Other times it goes straight to the black & white boot manager, with only Windows 8.1 listed.

How can I get it such that both OS are listed, and, I can boot into one or the other? A couple of times I messed around with some boot settings and other things and was able to boot into Windows 7.

But, I just want a boot manager to list both OS and allow me to boot into either one.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

A:Some help with dual booting

The directions for how a system boots are in the BCD store. To be able to see those directions, we need to get a copy we can read. You may start an Administrative Command Prompt Window and type in (or copy and paste) the command below. Then attach or zip and attach the resulting text file put on your desktop by using the paperclip on the Go Advanced replies.

bcdedit /enum all > %userprofile%\Desktop\bcdlist.txt

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After microsoft ended it's support for XP and not being able to afford a windows upgrade right now I decided to install a Linux OS, I did look around relevant post's and a tutorial but I keep coming across conflicting advice. So My question being if anyone could help is whether or not I can install Linux (Ubuntu) on a drive that already has XP (*32) Home edition on it via a recovery partition the machine in question is a small 10" 'Netbook' with only 1 GB ram and a 120 GB hdd. Thankyou.

A:Dual booting

Yes, you can. Just avoid deleting the recovery partition if you don't have physical media, unless you're absolutely sure you're never going to want to reinstall XP, and if you ever want to get rid of Linux make sure to read up on how to also get rid of the Linux boot manager (usually Grub) and restore the Windows one.

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One of the workstations here at work has a virus or something that keeps shutting programs down and blocking print commands and since it's the middle of tax season we can't afford to have it down to find the issue. We have a new 7 PC that we are going to replace it with, but the person using the XP PC doesn't want to move over to the new one yet since she has the old one set up how she likes it.

So my question is, what would it take to dual-boot XP on the 7 PC and then copy her stuff over using Windows Transfer?


Edit: They're both running Pro if that makes any difference.

A:Dual Booting XP on 7

FSG you can run xp mode in win 7 pro Download Windows XP Mode
should work ok as a vm I have it on my tower and it played nice

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Hello !

First off i would just like to say that i am very inexperienced when it comes to working with different OS so give me a break.

I am trying to dual boot W7 with XP. I have W7 already installed on my computer.

This is what i have done so far: I made a disk partition and gave it a letter (:F).
I inserted my windows XP cd and rebooted my computer. It starts working a bit and then i get to a screen where it says something like "There is already a version of windows installed in the "WINDOWS" folder, do you want to overwrite?"
Ofcourse i do not want this because this would remove my W7 wouldnt it?

I have seen on tutorials that people get to choose what disk partition to install XP to but i cannot seem to find this, and im a bit scared to try and choose this current WINDOWS folder and see what happens.

I use SATA HD and i have seen on alot of tutorials that i might need to integrate the sata drivers into my windows XP install disk. So i tryed this (Most likely did it wrong). I located the cd i got with my motherboard (Asus - Socket 1156 - ATX Intel P55 (P7P55D)) and inserted it. Then i tryed to locate the driver ".inf" file but i could not find it. The "DRIVERS" folder contained ALOT of them and i think that the disk contained drivers to more than just my motherboard. I tryed integrating the drivers i thought was right and ran the XP install again but there were no difference!

I have no idea what to do now! It feels like i have ... Read more

A:Dual booting W7 with XP!

Do not overwrite Win7 if you wish to keep it and your files

You must install XP to its own partition if you want to Dual Boot. See Method Two here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP. Tell us at what step you are encountering problems.

Let's see what you are working with now. Please go to Disk Management, maximize the windows, open the Snipping Tool in Start Menu and make a rectangular snip of the full drive map and listings, attach file in Reply Box using paper clip icon.

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Good day,

I'm a new user here and thought that I should ask my question here as well before attempting to setup a dual boot with Win 8.1 and Win XP.

Just a quick break down of my current setup:

a) Win 8.1 x64 is currently installed on my SSD on C:\ drive partition
b) On a different SATA hdd I have an old Win 7 x64 installation that I'm not using any more on one partition

I simply want to replace my old Win 7 x64 installation with Win XP. Why do I want to install Win XP you may ask ? The answer is simple, I want to play some older games that aren't fully compatible with Win 8.1 x64 and neither run good in a virtual machine environment on Win 8.1.

The only thing that is stopping me from attempting this is, has to do with the Win 8.1 bootloader. I simply don't want to lose my bootloader, and I'm afraid that when I install Win XP it might overwrite my Win 8.1 bootloader which will most likely leave me without gaining access to Win 8.1. At the moment the Win 8.1 bootloader lists along with Win 8.1 my old Win 7 x64 installation.

Given my setup of hdd's up top, what would be the easiest way for me to load Win XP on my old Win 7 partition that will still allow me to have the Win 8.1 bootloader with a Win XP boot option on the bootloader menu ?

Should I disconnect my SSD and then proceed to install Win XP on the Win 7 partition and then afterward reconnect my SSD and then using EasyBCD add an entry for Win XP to the bootloader? Or will I run into an issue along the way?

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A:Dual booting Win 8.1 x64 and Win XP

I can't believe that after 64 views and 11 hours later, nobody hasn't replied yet . I'm not expecting an essay for a reply, just a simple "yes, your suggested method could work" or "no, rather do this or that instead" or "watch out for this".

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I am working on my father's pc. He currently has windows 7 pro 64-bit. He loves games..all kinds of them and of course has the issue of getting the old ones to work on windows 7. Some of them work in virtual XP..some of them dont. I want to eliminate that problem altogether and just install a dual boot with XP. My problem is with the partitions. He currently has System, OS and Recovery. I tried shrinking the C and adding a new partition for the XP but of course it wont let me create a 4th primary. (and rather then telling me reasons I shouldn't, etc...) can someone please tell me the workaround for this? I simply want a dual boot of windows XP and 7.


A:Dual Booting

Make the other partitions (except the active partition) logical partitions. Only the active partition has to be a primary. It is a bad habit of the manufacturers to make all partitions primaries. There is absolutely no need for that.

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I have been getting mixed messages about dual booting Win 10. I have an older computer with only Bios and I would like to dual boot with Linus Mint. If this is really OK should I boot it next to the Windows partition as I have a few partitions already there or even better install a second HD (I have room for another?

A:Dual Booting

The older Dell desktop that I'm on right now has a legacy BIOS and is set up so it can dual boot either Windows 7 or Windows 10.
I've never used Linux, so I can't address any questions about it.


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Hi everyone. I have time on my hands so I would like to dual boot Windows 7( Inspiron 560MT) and Windows Vista. Windows Vista is 32 bits. Can I install it with windows 7 which is 64 bits. I quickly read the tutorial concerning the above, but what drivers do you use when you get Vista installed. Do you use the Windows 7 drivers or the 32 bit Vista drivers. Any help will be appreciated. deanie44

A:Dual booting

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista - Windows 7 Forums

Follow the steps above. Once you get your partition formatted, you'll have to boot the Vista installer to install if another bit version. The installer should configure the Dual Boot menu. If not, use EasyBCD 2.0 to add Win7 from Vista.

Use the drivers given by the installer, then updated via optional Windows Updates. If any drivers are then missing in Device Manager, import them from the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your service tag under Vista drivers.

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I've a question that is WAYYY above my tech know-how and could use some help-

I've dual-booted Ubuntu with Vista (largely unsatisfied with Vista) on my laptop and partitioned my HD to contain a separate NTFS "drive," holding the majority of my files as a precaution. (4 partitions- Ubuntu proper, Win Vista proper, NTFS partition, "backup" partition [automatic with my laptop])

Ubuntu was loaded first.

At the moment, I'm
-low on hard drive space, partially due to the dual-ing
-planning on switching to Windows 7

Ubuntu's proven too demanding and convoluted for my current schedule and tech know-how. I want to get rid of the Ubuntu, merging the Ubuntu space with the main "Vista drive." From what I remember reading (it's been over a year), deleting the Ubuntu partition'll frag the whole boot-up process.

Is there a way to get rid of the "Ubuntu drive"/partition without
-messing with the boot-up seq., and
-reformatting EVERYTHING?

Thanks in advance!

A:Un- Dual-Booting Help

Ok. Problem solved. A quick google search seemed to solve that prob. Another one that isn't as apparent did show up though-

I've a Vaio that partitions 6-7 gB of HD space for backup and recovery purposes. I've already created separate recovery disks and would like to actually get to use that space. With Vista's partitioning software (located in CPU management), it's listed first (all the way to the left); I can't seem to extend the primary drive to take that space over. (So, in order: Unallocated [6.5 gB] - C:\ [45 gB] - G:\ [6x gB]) [It looks like you can only extend your drive via Vista's partitioning software when the unallocated space is to the right, at least w/ my sys.]

W/ Diskpart-
Disk 0: Size- 112 GB; Free- 6.7 MB | Disk 1 No media | Disk 2 No media

After Disk 0's selected and the vol.'s listed, a total of 6 volumes (0,1,2,3,4,5,6) are listed. Two are DVD, two are removable, and the remaining two are my NTFS partitions. The NTFS partitions show 44 GB, and 61 GB for the full "size."
A) The math doesn't seem to add up
B) Can I extend one of the volumes to take that extra space up or am I stuck with it (the "free 6.7 gB"/backup space)

Again, thanks in advance!

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I've recently built myself a new pc for which I installed Vista Premium 64-bit. Its a great operating system, but having used it for a while now I've realised its still very buggy and sluggish with some of the programs/games I use. I've read on various forums that dual booting is probably my best answer to get the best out of both systems, and by the sound of it the best way to do it is to start a fresh. Wipe the drive, install XP, partition it, then install Vista. What I want to know is when I partition my harddrive for each operating system do I have to install the programs I want to use twice (once for each system), or will they both recognise it if its installed just on one system? Or could I partition the harddrive into 3 and have all my programs on the third spare drive that both or the systems would use?

A:Dual booting???

Thats a tricky question.

Some basic programs will run independant of which partitoin you are using. But more complex programs such as games, office suites, etc will have to be reinstalled again on the respective partition. It depends on the software, but think of it this way: The bigger the program, the likelier it will not run on another partition because of all that registry business that I dont want to get into

This brings me to my other point: Dont install identical software on two OS's. Its really redundant. Install the core programs that you need on your inactive partition and thats it

Installing a dedicated partition for PROGRAMS will not do you any good. However, you can install a seperate partiton for storage. What I mean is you can create a sepeate partitoin to back up your documents, pictures, files, etc that will not get affected if your current partition gets screwed over(unless its hardware failure, in which case everything will be screwed over lol)

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Recently bought a new Samsung laptop with Windows 8 installed and would have preferred to have been able to use my Microsoft Windows 7 installation disk so I could dual boot between the two systems but when I visited forums for information on how to do this the replies frightened me to death as to an old rookie such as me they appeared very complex and involved and way beyond my capabilities,pity.

A:Dual Booting

First thing, what type of Windows 7 install disc do you have? If it is an "OEM" version that was supplied with a PC or an OEM version that you purchased, it can only legally be installed on the original computer.

Dual booting with two OS' is not that hard. There are many tutorials on this and most of it is automatically done by the Windows install program. You do need a separate hard drive or at least a separate partition on the existing hard drive to install Win 7.

Check out the instructions in this thread from theog Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

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Hi all,

I am new to the forums. I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. Currently, my system is running Windows 10 Home 64 bit (upgraded from Windows 8.1). I prefer Windows 7, and was wondering if it was at all possible to dual boot. Upon browsing the web, I have found that it is apparently tricky to do so. I'm not really sure why it's seemingly so easy to upgrade from an older version of windows to a newer version of windows, but tricky to do things the other way around. I would think that if my machine can support Windows 8.1/10, then surely it would run Windows 7 just fine. This is just my reasoning.

I haven't upgraded the system at all, so the system specs on the following page are basically my own system's specs.

ThinkCentre M93p Tower Desktop | Desktop PCs for Large Enterprise | Lenovo US

Again, I'm just wondering if is at all possible/safe to install Windows 7 on my machine. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

A:Dual booting Win 10 and Win 7

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
If you have a spare slot i would recommend adding a device like this or this
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

10 does not play well with other os's nor sharing data drives
A dual hot swap will give a separate ability to keep both separate
This is how I dual boot doesn't matter if it Linux or win-10

Your spec's say 7 pro is compatible
I would also advice disabling fast start inside win-10 so it does not use Fake shut down and in your bios,
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I have 2 hard drives that each have an installation of windows xp on them. I was wondering how I can make it so I have a choice of which hard drive I want it to boot to without having to unplug one drive. I have two SATA drives. Thanks

A:dual booting

I use this:


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Hey TSG!

I am trying to dual-boot 7 & XP together

BUT I have one problem, when it says boot from CD/DVD, nothing happens and automatically boots from Windows 7 I restarted, tried again pressing spacebar. Instead of going to the DVD immediately goes to the Boot Manager

Please Help!

NOTE: I'm not sure where this thread goes.

A:Dual-Booting 7 and XP

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Can i Dual boot same operating system on same volume?

A:Help me about dual booting

Erm... I'm not entirely sure what you're asking, but I'll give it a whirl I'm assuming that you want to have two instances of the same operating system installed on your computer, both occupying the same logical volume of your hard drive.I know that it's possible to have multiple kernels installed on the same partition under Linux, a setup wherein you choose which kernel you want to use at bootup. As for Windows... I don't know. Windows is a lot less modular that Linux is. One cannot simply create multiple copies of ntoskrnl.exe and expect NTLDR to know what to do about it.It maybe possible, however... gimme a sec to think on it...Ok, I think I've got it!Warning: I've never done this. In fact, I have no idea whether this will actually work at all. This is something I just pulled out of my.. um.. brain two minutes ago and could potentially hose your system. Proceed with caution (and backups, of course) in place.1. Install Windows as normal.2. Boot into a LinuxLiveCD that supports reading and writing NTFS partitions. Mount the C: drive (should be hda1 or sda1)3. Create a new folder at the root of the C: drive called WINDOWS14. Copy everything win the C:\WINDOWS folder over into the C:\WINDOWS1 folder. You should now have two folders, WINDOWS and WINDOWS1 with exactly the same contents.5. Still in Linux, open the boot.ini file. You should see something like this:[boot loader]timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\... Read more

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I have a quick question here:
My desktop was originally installed with Windows XP. I recently installed Windows 7 on another partition, and I like it enough to where I want to completely remove XP and just make Windows 7 my default OS. How do I go about this? Do I completely erase the Windows XP partition? I don't really have any files on there that I don't have on 7, so I don't need to back anything up.. or do I? Are there any important core files I should get off there beforehand since XP was my original system?

In my disk manager, my partitions are ordered like this: XP - 240GB, 7 - 240GB, - RECOVERY - 20GB.
Would I be able to completely remove the XP partition without messing up my system?

Thank you.

A:Dual Booting: XP and 7

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This computer orignially had Windows 7 installed on it. I have just now installed XP on a second partition. I was expecting bootmanager to come up every time I booted, asking for either XP or 7. To my suprise, it boots straight onto Windows XP. Does anybody know how to resolve this, or how to modify msconfig (via XP) to add the W7 boot?

A:Dual booting W7 and XP

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I have a desktop with two hard drives. XP Home on C drive and Drive E, I use as a backup drive. I would like to make drive E a boot-able drive with XP Home operating system on that drive also. My questions are: First of all is this possible? Second, can I use the same Operating system disc I used in drive C without breaking any laws?! If I can, could some give me a step by step procedure on how to do this? I have mediocre computer experience. Thank You

A:Dual Booting

Boot to the XP CD. The install routine will begin. Just answer the questions regarding what you want to do and where (which disc) you want to do it. After installing, remember you need to install all drivers (starting with the chipset driver), install an anti virus app, and download & install all Windows updates (except for hardware & driver updates, which you never want to get from Windows Update).

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I'd like to run a dual-boot setup on my drive using Windows XP and 7. What I want to know, is the following:

1. Which software would be the best for making a partition to do this? or does the W7 installation have the ability to do this on its own after being inserted into the DVD drive?

2. I currently run XP in 32-bit..I planned on trying W7 in 64-bit. Other than having to get the 64-bit versions of all my drivers, what software conflicts should I expect if any?

Example being, since everything I have installed currently is, for all intents, 32-bit software, and I install 64-bit W7 on a new partition, would I be able to simply just make shortcuts for all of my software and run it normally? (assuming I had all the 64-bit drivers installed)

This will be my first time doing a dual-boot setup. thanks. :)

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hi guys,

im (hopefully) getting a new computer soon, which i want to dual boot. I know it's possible to dual boot vista and xp (http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/about88231.html).

however, I have some more OSs i want to DB:

Windows NT
Windows 2000 Pro
Windows XP
Windows Vista.
is it possible to DB ALL of them?


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Yes it's possible, but it'll entail separating them, each on their own partition - then using a boot manager to access them.

I'd suggest installing NT first, then 2000 (to see if 2000 auto-detects the NT installation) - if not, let us know and we can work through this. XP will notice the 2000 installation, and Vista will notice the XP boot loader.

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I have this machine that was dual booted with XP and Win 7. Everything was working gravy. I put up the RC on the machine and now I get NTLDR erros when trying to get into XP.

Physical setup is as folows:

Sata Drive with three partitions (XP, Storage, Storage 2)
IDE drive with One partition (Windows 7)

Boot order is Sata, then IDE.

The boot loader comes up and I can get into windows 7 no problem, but when I choose the XP I get NTLDR errors.

I redid the boot loader with easybcd, but I still get the errors, I've copied NTLDR and NTDETECT.com on just about every drive except my card reader (haha).

Can someone walk me through getting XP booting again? I tried doing the /fix mbr thing but I can't remember the password for the XP install to get into the recovery console.

A:Need some help with dual booting(XP/W7).

Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus

I have this machine that was dual booted with XP and Win 7. Everything was working gravy. I put up the RC on the machine and now I get NTLDR erros when trying to get into XP.

Physical setup is as folows:

Sata Drive with three partitions (XP, Storage, Storage 2)
IDE drive with One partition (Windows 7)

Boot order is Sata, then IDE.

The boot loader comes up and I can get into windows 7 no problem, but when I choose the XP I get NTLDR errors.

I redid the boot loader with easybcd, but I still get the errors, I've copied NTLDR and NTDETECT.com on just about every drive except my card reader (haha).

Can someone walk me through getting XP booting again? I tried doing the /fix mbr thing but I can't remember the password for the XP install to get into the recovery console.

The password for the recovery console should be an administrative password, or most of the time it's blank... Did you attempt to run a xp repair installation, that might fix the booting issue form xp's side, but then you might need to use the windows 7 disc to fix your windows 7 boot. just food for thought...

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Hi guys, Im new to the forum and firstly want to say thanks for your help with a few things i was able to search and read up about.

Ive been thinking of using two o/s's. One HDD would be solely to run win xp and the other Linux. Could anyone tell me if there is a way of being able to pick and choose which o/s i'd like to run at start up. is this something that can be done in the BIOS or am i going to have to swap cables to master on each drive every time i want to use a different one? I was reading an article about updating the boot.ini file...but as i understood that'd be used to boot from a partitioned single drive for each o/s?

Thanks for your help..as i said i'm new to this. Any help is much appreciated


A:Dual booting

I had a dual boot system for XP (english) and XP (Japanese) and each time I switch on, it would ask me which OS I wanted to load up. Assuming this could also be done with linux as one of the OSs, I did a quick google for you, and found this:


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Hi, I have a windows 7 ultimate pc, and would like to know if there is a way to dual boot windows 7 without buying new hardware, and if not, i would like to know if there is a program that can be downloaded for free, that can do it. Also, i would like to know if there is a place where mac os can be downloaded for free, though I would be fine buying a copy.

A:Dual booting with mac osx

There are a ton of walkthroughs and instructions on dual booting,, trust me, you will not lack the absolute wealth of info through google or bing.

As for MAC OS X,,, you can not legally install OS X on non-apple hardware, It is a violation of their EULA.
Can it be done? Yes.
Are you allowed to? Nope.

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I am trying to do a dual boot with windows 10 on my main drive, then Linux on my other one. The one with Windows 10 is a SATA. And the other drive I will be putting Linux on is a IDE drive.

Can someone let me know what is the best configuration is for this kind of set up?

(If I posted this in the wrong section, Admin can move this thread please.)

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Probably been asked before, but I had a quick search and couldn't find much.

On my system, I have Linux Mint as my primary OS with XP for gaming. Is it possible to install 7 to a custom location so it doesn't overwrite the existing installs?

A:Dual booting Win 7?

I would think that you could create another partition and install it on there.

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Hi, Is it possible to run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on my (C) drive and MacOS X Mavericks on my ( D ) drive?

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Welcome to the forum.

Installing any Apple OS on non Apple hardware is a violation of Apple's license agreement.
If you want to run OS X buy a Mac.

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Hi guys, I am looking to create a dual boot on my laptop that is currently running Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) so I can also boot into mac os x. I have never dual booted before so I am pretty confused by the process.

On my laptop I have a 500gb Hard drive. It contains all of my programs and documents etc.

If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. I also need to know what program I should use to make the partition and when I do so if I would have to format my drive. What about the risks involved? Losing data? My windows 7 installation messing up. Basically I need a basic step by step.

Thanks guys.

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About a year ago I installed Win 7 (on its' own HD) as dual boot on my computer. At that time I could boot into Vista or Win 7, no problem. Since I installed all my new software on to Win 7, I stopped using Vista and it is listed as drive G. I have some older Income Tax programs loaded onto the Visa drive that I need to use to do back taxes but now it wont let me boot with VIsta. When I restart the computer I get the screen showing both hard drives but when I press CTRL + I only Win 7 is displayed as a choice. What do I need to do to be able to get back into Vista?

A:Dual Booting with Win 7

Boot to Win7
Create a repair disc (Start...All Programs...Maintenance...Create a System Repair Disc)
Boot from the repair disk
Select the Command Prompt entry from the menu
Type these commands - press ENTER after each one

bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /rebuildbcd

That should recognize the Vista installation and allow you to boot to it. If not, post back here and we'll try other stuff.

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Hi guys. I just got my hands on Windows XP 64-Bit. I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit installed on my C drive. The last time I formatted my PC was roughly just before the 10th of January, (the 8th, I think), and I tried to install Dual-Booting with XP Pro 32-Bit, and Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit. But the install for XP screwed it up and XP wouldn't start-up, due to I believe was that XP 32-Bit couldn't handle more than 3gb of RAM, which I have 4GB. So I figured I'd need XP 64-Bit to install for me to use XP on my machine.

Now, I have a couple of questions about installing XP 64-Bit on one of my partitions, even though I'm pretty computer literate; I don't want to accidentally screw up my system. I've had Windows 7 32-Bit on my system since Jan, of this year without much problems (besides maybe a few BSOD's here and there). I also have 2 physical drives in my machine, and 4 letter drives. My E and F drives are roughly about 75% or 80% full of stuff, my D drive is only roughly 60% or 65% full. I want to install XP on one of my drives (preferably E or F). My D drive is mostly just games, and my E/F drives have mostly "downloads" I accumulated over the past few years. (I tend to keep files on my computer in case I might need them later, I'm what you could call a "pack rat" when it comes to computer files).

Even though I want to use E or F as my XP drive, I think D is more realistic due to it having the biggest space remaining.

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A:Dual Booting

The best arrangement for a Dual Boot when you have multiple HD's is to install each OS on separate HD's.

In your case, empty a partition for XP, unplug the Win7 HD, set XP target HD as first to boot in BIOS setup, install XP using it's CD to full format the partition first.

After XP starts up, plug back in Win7 HD, set the preferred HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu f-key to boot the other OS HD when needed.

I doubt whether the issue with XP install was too much RAM. If you have an install fail during this attempt, take a camera snap of the error message or write it down and post the verbatim text.

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Hello, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate as a primary OS and I want to dual-boot with XP. I followed this tutorial..


So I did as everything such as created the additional partition to install it on and everything, however on the dual-boot screen when I try to load XP it tells me to insert the cd and some crap about it can't boot.

Implying I did try booting it with the cd it still gave me the same thing..

So when I booted back up on 7, I ran EasyBCD from it here and normally it chooses "winload.exe" to run the OS. I did a search under my installation of XP to see if winload.exe was in there and indeed it was'nt. So it's almost like it was booting off of the CD, wtf..

Anyways I'm just trying to see if there's a solution to this without having to try and install xp all over again.. Maybe download and put in the winload.exe file manually?

All help is greatly appreciated ahead of time.

- Hoss

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Hi everyone. I installed Fedora 14 on the free space of my PC. It was running fine until today. I tried to boot into Fedora and it was not there. How many logical partitions can you have on disk? I installed another logical volume to place videos in and the Fedora partition will not load. Should I delete the recent partition or is there another solution? Here is a picture of my disk management console. Any assistance will be helpful. mary.

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You can have as many Logical subpartitions to the Extended (first) Logical as there are remaining letters.

Are you sure you didn't wipe out Fedora with the new video partition? Is it still in the partition to the right which Win7 Disk Mgmt cannot see? See if your Linux disk can see it..

If it's there, you might try adding it from Win7 using EasyBCD 2.02 Add OS Entry tab, choosing the Linux tab. EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

Otherwise you may need to access Fedora with your Linux disk to reinstall GRUB or reinstall Fedora: Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker

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Is Dual Booting Harmful for the Computer?
Have any of you ever faced problems with Dual booting any 2 Os's after you've used them for a long time? Nothing wrong with mine but just wanted to know

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You didn't fill out your specs, so I don't know what kind of computer that you have or how many hard drives are available, but the only problem that I ever had were due to the boot loader going bad, particularly when the OSs were in different partitions of the same hard drive. I now always install each OS on separate drives, while all other drives are disconnected, until the installation is complete, then install the other OS in like manner on another hard drive.

Doing this eliminates the boot loader, an insures that one OS is always available, unless there is a massive hardware failure. The only difference is that instead of using a boot loader, you have to use the F8 BBS Popup Menu, to select a hard drive to boot, instead of an OS.

It sounds as though you already have the OSs installed (probably with a boot loader, so I would not change that...until it becomes necessary to reinstall one of the OSs...if you have multiple hard drives.

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Hello all,

I had 2 operating systems running in my laptop, Win98SE installed on C:\, and WinXP Pro installed on E:\, both have 4001MB in partition

Could you please show me the proper way to get rid of Win98SE without clean install of XP.

I did try to do this on another machine a while back, by using Norton Ghost to clone E:\ to C:\, when it done, machine reboot & I get the the famous error message: NTLDR is missing, press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

I ended up with the clean install solution, which also means I lose all my personal data stored in WinXP

I think what I did was unorthordox, there must be a way, thus I need help/advise from you masters

Thank you for spending time to help



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I used this article a little while ago to dual boot Vista and XP (With Vista installed first), and it worked like a charm.


Would this also work with Seven instead of Vista?

A:Dual booting XP and Seven

HI HikerRemastered,

The simple answer is Yes - Vista and Windows 7 both use the same boot technology so that the steps in that tutorial still apply

See also:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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Just bought a Asus G75VW-9Z39611 and find it has Windows 8,which I am not enamoured with.As there is three drives D,E and F with nothing on would it be possible to install my Windows 7 Home Premium from the disc I have to one of these drives without causing any problems.If the answer is no then could I remove Windows 8 and reinstall my Windows 7 from my disc without any problems.If the answer to any of my questions is positive then could someone who knows what they are doing guide me through the process as I am no technocrat and need all the help I can get.

A:Dual Booting

Is your Windows 7 Home Premium in use?


When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

If you shink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.
You DO NOT WHAT Dynamic partitions.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in UEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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