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Safest Way to Clone Windows 7 Volume for Dual Booting

Q: Safest Way to Clone Windows 7 Volume for Dual Booting


Can anyone advise on the absolute safest, most foolproof way of cloning/copying an existing Windows 7 volume onto either the same drive, or a separate drive, with a view to creating a robust dual boot envorinment?

I've tried this before and had boot issues afterwards, so I'd be grateful for any advice on:

1. Is it better to clone onto a seperate drive, or a new partition on the same drive or does it not matter?

2. What is the best software to do this with - Paragon, Ghost, Acronis are the ones I'm aware of, which clone volumes and in some cases offer boot manager functionality?

3. Can anyone tell me step by step how they would do this, what advanced settings are important, and critically, how I can avoid creating an environment where I have too identical volumes and MBR's which causes all manner of boot problems?

4. Do the experts consider it safer to use Windows 7's own multi-boot abilities to manage booting, or is a 3rd partry boot manager preferred?

Many many thanks in advance. I've no doubt this information would be helpful for others also, as it's hard to find a definitive guide on this, at least from what I can make out.


Preferred Solution: Safest Way to Clone Windows 7 Volume for Dual Booting

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A: Safest Way to Clone Windows 7 Volume for Dual Booting

Hello again.

To start, it is always preferable whenever possible to use the BIOS to "manage" a dual boot, have a look at the info below for some ideas how to go about that.

The way I would suggest is to purchase a good program like Paragon 11 Home and just start learning how to use it, that's how I started with it.

Partition Manager 11 Personal


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.

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I used Partition Magic 7 to clone a Windows 2K disk (old drive is showing signs of failure). New disk partially boots and hangs in a loop loading personal settings UNLESS the old drive is still connected as D:. Any suggestions for how to convince it that the new drive is all it needs?

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ok microsoft has setup a wierd thing in 200 and xp where your windows installation looks how the file system is on the hard disk platter and if it dont match or isnt connected to original drive it wont boot all the way, the fix i know works for xp, i dont know if it works for 2000 but it should.

what you need is norton ghost 2002 or newer. in the program files \ symantic ghost directory there is a boot disk exe wizard use it and boot ghost in dos and it should work

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I was prompted a while ago to update to Windows 10, but haven't had a reason to until recently, there's a game (Killer Instinct) which is Windows 10 only so I decided now's the time.

When I was prompted for the update originally, I followed a guide on this forum for turning the update file into a bootable iSO, I though this would let me install windows 10 on another partition so I could dual boot, but when I tried it asked me for my product key and didn't accept my original Windows 7 key.

I'm currently running windows 7 from a 120gb SSD, now partitioned in 2 equal half's. I was wondering if its possible for me to clone my existing Windows 7 drive to the 2nd partition, then do the Windows 10 update on either the clone or original drive for a dual boot setup. Is this possible ?

Thanks in advance

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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 have a spanned volume setup with 4 drives. One of the drives is starting to throw read errors which is preventing WHS from backing it up (Yikes!).

Is it possible to clone the drive with the errors and to reinsert a new drive into the array?

Can the new drive be bigger?


A:Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?

You may end up cloning the errors as well. An imaging program capable of handling all four drives at once like the Acronis True Image server edition would be able to handle Dynamic volumes if that's what you are working with there.

The best time for any imaging however is while everything is working 100% to make your backup of the entire setup just in case something like this comes up. The imaging program used would back up each block to be restored on the new identical replacement drive in order to work.

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I cloned the internal drive c, win 10, 128 gb ssd to an external 1tb hdd. got a collusion error . onlined the disk which changed the guid signature. The disk won't boot when i change the boot sequence in uefi . Both drives are gpt. 
If I take the C drive offline before win 10 starts and restore the signature to the clone will this solve the boot problem. I won't use the  disks at the same time to avoid the collusion error.
I think this will only work if I can take drive 0 offline with diskpart. I don't want to take the internal drive out not that handy.
Is there anything else I need to do ? I'm only a novice who has done some reading online but not an expert. So dumb it down for me. lol

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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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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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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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Hi all - so very sorry for the lengthy post but I feel giving necessary information ahead of time can help a lot...........I spent the better part of yesterday running around the Net and even here for instructions on how to set up a dual boot setup. While what I found was great the instructions weren't very helpful to my specific situation. I've never set up a dual boot system so every part of this is new to me and while I'm not a novice with computers when it gets into "installers" and the inner workings of Windows I get lost.I have a 7-1/2 year old super Gateway desktop that came with XP Pro, changed it to XP Pro Retail, but only have gone as far as SP2 because SP3 always gave me problems. The system has royally passed the Windows 7 Advisor test except for a couple of printers I have connected to it but the hardware is just fine. At the time of purchase in July 2002 the system cost me $6,000 - half of that was for the 22" LCD digital/analog display alone. I've gutted it out as much as I could over the years and while I'd love to upgrade the board, processor and memory, it being a Gateway is pretty much impossible given the proprietary way they make their systems. The system is a 700XL desktop, was considered their top-shelf machine at purchase, and now has 2 Gigs of Rambus memory (came with one gig), I swiped out the OEM video card for an nVidia GeForce 6800, 128 Meg AGP 8x/4x, changed the OEM sound to the Creatives Live Drive Bl... Read more

A:Dual Booting XP with Windows 7

Hello LadyKeys,

I'm by no means the authority on this subject, but I have been success in completing this very task of dual booting XP & 7. I currently dual boot Win. XP 32bit & Win 7 64bit.

Solution: The trick, as with all basic Windows dual boot setups (without using special boot manager software), is that the older OS must be installed first, in this case Windows XP. Also, I believe Windows XP must be installed on the primary drive (I have all SATA drives and I did not get the dual boot menu when XP was installed on the drive assigned to port 1 vs port 0. I had to specify in the BIOS which drive to boot from in order to get to the specific OS). After you have Windows XP installed then install Windows 7 on the secondary/slave drive and that should be it. At boot up you should get a boot menu with an option to boot to an "Earlier Version of Windows" or Windows 7.

Note: Both drives should be connected when you install Windows 7 so that Windows 7 will detect the Windows XP partition and setup the boot manager accordingly. Finally, take care not to install Windows 7 on the same drive/partition as Windows XP during the Windows 7 installation.

Good luck,

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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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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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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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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

A:Dual booting Windows 7 with XP (XP second)


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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 currently have XP, considering upgrading to 7 (64bit)

I'm a little scared i'm not going to like 7 so want to hang on to XP as a back-up.

What I want to know is, using cloning software (I think i'll either use the seagate software as I have a hardrive or two of theirs (Acronis) or XXClone) can I clone my XP system on to a separate hardrive, upgrade to 7 from there and boot from the separate HDD's while I decide?

Will the licences get grumpy cos i'm running from the same copy of XP?

I've never actually tried cloning before so i'm also a little worried that the XP clone wont work to start with (after forking out for a new HDD to clone to)

Thanks in advance

A:Dual Booting XP Windows 7

The best way would be to make another partition for Windows 7 then do a clean install of Windows 7. But make sure your system will handle and is compatible with Windows 7 before installing using Windows 7 Advisor.

How to setup dual boot for Windows XP and Windows 7.

Note in the illustration it shows to use Windows 7 DVD. I recommend using Windows XP to shrink the volume (Partition) Partition Wizard Home Edition to resize (Shrink) the volume to make a suitable partition for Windows 7 I recommend at least 60GB for Windows 7. Make sure your Hard drives or the partition which XP is on is big enough and has enough room to make a partition for Windows 7.

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Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I am new to this site 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!

A:dual booting windows 7 and 10

Hi spotify95, welcome to Ten Forums. These are from the tutorial forums. The first to add a partition. Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Help Forums . The second to dual boot. Just substitute win 7 for win 10 where it appears since the tutorial is for adding a win 10 to an existing win 7 system. Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums .

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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???


A:dual booting Xp with windows 98

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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Okay Guys, I Was Trying To Dual Booting My Computer...
Originally It Was Windows 7..
And I Wanted To Add The Mac On It..
I Used A Program Called: "iATKOS v7" Or Something Like That..
Everything Worked Just Fine (After I Try It Around 3 Times...)
I Restarted Finally My Computer, Found 2 Lines:
1- Windows 7 Ultimate
2- NTS Mac OS

I Was So Happy That FINALLY The Dual Boot Worked!!

When I Pressed It... One New Problem Put An End To My Happiness...
On The Screen We Can See That:

"Before You Begin...
Press the key immediately to the right of the Shift key on the left side of the keyboard that can't be identified.

Press the key only once and do not hold down the key for a long time.
When the key is recognized, the next panel will appear."

And A Picture Of Shift And A Button On The Right Of The Shift Key Is Marked Like They Say To Me To Press It..

And In The Bottom Of The Page, They Say: Identifying your keyboard...

It Had Been Around 2 Hours.. And Nothing Appeared..
I Tried All Keys In The Keyboard, And Nothing Shows Up!!!

Any Help Please!!
I Will Really Really Really Appreciate It!!

And, By The Way, The Key On The Right Of The Left Shift Is Not The "Z" Key??

A:Please HELP!! I Need A Help In Dual Booting: Windows 7 + Mac OS X

Why not use bootcamp?
Apple - Support - Boot Camp

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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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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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I recently upgraded my harddrive as I needed the space and backed the old one up with macrium reflect then just copied everything to the new hard drive.

i was thinking, I might uninstall most of the programs on my old drive and tweak it for use with pro tools 10 so that it runs better.

My question is, if I do that, how do I install it into my comp so that both drives are bootable and I can select drive 1 for general use and drive 2 for pro tools? (Obviously avoiding any conflicts because they are more or less the same cloned drive?)

A:How to Dual boot in Win 7 from clone?

There is no tweaking suite that will improve Win7 performance if you have a perfect Clean Reinstall on adequate hardware. In fact most will ruin the OS beyond repair. It is already a perfectly optimized OS with nothing that can be tweaked at all beyond some visual effects if you have low hardware resources: edit out animation, fading, sliding, dragging intact and selection rectangle without noticeable effect using Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums.

You'll need a second license to run a second copy of Win7. Image it to another HD or partition, then from the extant Win7 add it to a Dual Boot using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required).

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I have an older laptop with a 60GB drive and in a dual boot configuration of XP and Windows 7 32 bit. I ordered a 120GB SSD and I?d like to make a clone of the existing drive on the SSD. I did some reading and I?m now discovering this may not be so easy and is certainly not the same as cloning to another HD. My thinking was to use the Windows 7 backup feature to make an image of the entire 60GB (source) drive and then simply restore this image to the new SSD (target) drive. I?ve read that the partitions on the SSD must be ?aligned? which is different than a standard HD which doesn?t care about that. The problem is that the windows XP partition on the source drive is not aligned in my case. I understand that Windows 7 backup will create partitions on the target drive featuring the same alignment as originally seen on the source drive. Ergo, this method will create a problem on the SSD unless the partitions on the source drive are aligned from the start. Here?s my question. Is it possible using DISKPART or some other utility to align the XP partition on the source drive prior to creating the image? If this is possible then the restored image should also have aligned partitions on the SSD and all should be good. If I can align the XP partition on the source drive what do I need and how is this done?
Thanks for reading.

A:Clone Dual Boot on SSD

I "transferred" a multi-boot PC from a HD to an SSD using this tutorial by whs.
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

After the transfer, I found i made a mistake and the SSD alignment was wrong.
I fixed it with this tutorial and help from whs:
SSD Alignment
That "re-alignment" took a lot of time, and i learned.

If you use Macrium Reflect to "transfer" the OS's to the new SSD, make sure you choose SSD alignment rather than XP.
I think that's where i made my mistake, i didn't change the alignment to "SSD".
It copied my HD alignment to the new SSD, and was not right for the SSD.

whs helped me and got me fixed, but he is not available right now on SF as far as i know.

a screen print of Macrium that might help in the transfer

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There were some power failures last week which caused some errors on my hdd and I spent 3 days reading this forum, trying to fix my windows 7 boot.

I finally fixed it after running chkdisk through a Windows repair disk after trying various other solutions to no avail. Thankfully, no files were lost (Besides the most important stuff was backed up)

I have an anxiety disorder and I work solely on the PC.
This incident was very hard on my health so I want to make sure that whatever happens I can get to work.

So I had an idea.


A while back I was reading about dual booting and it seemed quite interesting.
So, I've had this idea.

I have a 1 TB HDD.

It has two partitions, "System Reserved" and "C".

I create a new partition called G of let's say 100GB.

I then transfer my music, videos, photos to an external drive.

I uninstall all unnecessary programms/games from C.

I make sure C has about 50-60 GB of used space.

Afterwards, I make a system image using either the Windows 7 built-in tool
or Macrium Reflect/Acronis and transfer all my media back to C.

Could I then restore that system image on the new partition?

The end result I want to achieve is to have a "backup windows 7 installation"
If something happens to my Main installation, I can get to work on the second one.
Of course I backup my work to an external drive everyday.
I don't want to lose any more working days...

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I have a new HP 14-al061nr laptop with Windows 10 installed on it and I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a separate partition. I created a bootable USB stick with Windows 7 on it using Rufus, and when I finally managed to change the boot order so the USB booted first, I got an error message saying, "The selected boot device failed".

I was unable to find any solutions to this problem, and in desperation, I decided to try this page's advice and start the Windows 7 installation process from inside Windows Explorer. Everything seemed to be going all right until the computer restarted. For a few seconds, I had a black screen giving me the option of which OS to boot -- Windows 10 or Windows Setup. Then the screen changed to this:

I was able to get back into Windows 10, but I'm a bit lost as to what's going on, and I figured I should ask for help before I accidentally made things even worse. Does anyone know what's going on and what I can do to fix things?

Thanks in advance!

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It seems impossible to configure a dual boot on this machine, even when disabling EUFI and Secure Boot.  Has anyone had any success creating a dual boot with these OS's?  I have a new Win 7 DVD and a 500 GB Primary partition all set to go and installation hangs every time on the first reboot.
Seems to be failing because the bootloader fails.

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Well nobody in the Ubuntu forums could help me so I thought maybe you fine folks here could. I have a 120 g ssd that I have tried several times to install Ubuntu on and cannot do it, no way , any way, whatsoever! I know the disks I have burned are good. I have a GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Gigabyte motherboard. I have changed settings in the BIOS and any thing I could think of to no avail. I have dual booted Ubuntu on every computer I have ever built but not this one! Huh uh! Anyone have thoughts on this? It's totally unnecessary, I just like to play around with Ubuntu. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks

A:Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.2

Try this - just substitute LinuxMint for Ubuntu:

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

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Hello guys,

I have recently dual booted windows 7 alongside my preinstalled windows 8 edition. The problem is that I have no network , USB bus drivers, or graphics adapter. I have the page with my computer specs, but I am not sure that hp has drivers for windows 7 on the driver support page.

HP 15.6 Laptop Win 8 AMD A6 Processor 8GB RAM 1TB HD ? QVC.com


A:Need help! Need windows 7 drivers after dual booting!


Assuming you installed Windows 7 x64 , please try the below drivers.

Chipset : AMD Chipset Drivers

Display : http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp63501-64000/sp63910.exe

or ( if the above one failed to install ) Mobile

After installing/trying these drivers, please upload a system information report to identify the missing drivers. To do that enter Msinfo32.exe in the RUN dialogue and Microsoft "System Info" tool will open. Choose "File -->Save" and attach the report with next reply.

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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!

A:Windows 8 dual booting question

Simple answer is yes.

BTW, Welcome to the Eight Forums. . .

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I'm trying to dual boot Windows XP Pro 32-bit and Windows 7 with Windows 7 installed first; but this isn't the problem.

The problem is trying to boot Windows XP so it can install. I booted XP from an installation CD, then a blue setup screen appears, with some files apparently being loaded at the bottom of the screen (this is around the time pressing F6 to load drivers comes up). Then boom, I get blue screened with this error and cannot proceed:

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 to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try chaging video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E

I've been driving myself crazy trying to come up with a solution. My theory so far is that my SATA HDD can't be recognized by the Windows XP installation CD, therefore I need to add driver files to the CD (somehow?) so that they're compatible.

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A:Dual booting, Windows XP and SATA

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Hello Can anyone help

How can i setup dual boot windows xp and windows NT
(current) (2nd OS)
Except with the 2nd OS completely hidden from the first OS, So no such files can be accessed from the firsy OS???

because last time i tried this dual boot, I could access all folders on NT while actively using XP

A:Dual Booting Windows XP, with 2nd OS hidden


You can use a program called Acronis Disk Director to hide partitions until you want to unhide them.

hope that helps :)

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I have been dual booting XP Pro 32-bit and Vista Ultimate 64-bit for some time now but haven't really found a good way to delete XP Pro (my first installed os) leaving my Vista os able to boot up normally. I have scoured the forums and was about to delete a lot of files from the XP partition but leaving the loader files and root files alone. This would enable me to free up a lot of drive space. Currently the 2 os's reside on a RAID setup one partition for XP and another for Vista.

OK so I have found the Windows 7 forums and thinks that it would be good idea to replace XP with Windows 7 but the upgrade options for the Beta do not allow upgrade to Windows 7 from XP.

If I upgraded XP to Vista 32-bit what would happen to my boot files etc etc and could I then further upgrade to Windows 7 leaving that and Vista 64-bit dual booting together?

Or is this a complicated way to do things?

What I really want to do is delete XP Pro - I am rather fond of Vista now and seems very stable. But I do not want to be faced with boot problems after deleting.

I currently have installed on both os's, Acronis's OS Selector and BCD Edit.

I really need a very accurate method rather than a theoretical answer - someone who has done this successfully please. I have spent too long wading through forums looking for a way of successfully deleting XP and receiving maybe this will work or maybe that type of answers.



A:Dual Booting but Want to Replace XP with Windows 7

Hello Rozel and welcome to the Sevenforums.

Deleting an XP installation while already having a vista one, is very simple.

You probably are already using Vista's BCD boot loader to boot your PC with the 2 OSes.

So, you should be able to simple delete the XP folders on the XP partition and you're done.

You won't have any problems with Vista booting, and even if you do, the "startup repair" option does the trick from the Vista's Boot DVD.

If you fullfil the following criteria:

a) 2 partitions, one having XP , one having Vista
b) Booting with Vista's Boot Loader (BCD)

then you just delete the XP partition or folders completely, and you're done.

After doing so, you might want to delete the boot entry also, so you don't see a non-existing OS selection at startup. To do so, log on to Vista and open Command Prompt with administrative rights and type:

bcdedit /delete {ntldr} /f


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My Specs. Built newsystem last weekend and everything is BRAND NEW!!

1 SATA Western Digital Caviar 500GB HD 16 MB Cache
1 SATA Western Digital caviar 750GB HD 32 MB Cache
Athlon 955 Black Quad Core 3.2 MH
GeoForce 9400 GT Video
Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade (3 licenses)

Background: I use my computer for 2 reasons. One is for general (internet, MS office, etc...) The other is for serious Digital Audio recording using Cakewalk Sonar and 100's of plugins and effects. My xp systems I have always dual booted xp with xp. One for fun and one for music. XP system for music was tweaked and optimized for music (no internet, no email etc.)

My Problem. I bought the Family pack (3 Pc's) upgrade knowing that I would install at least 2 versions of Win 7 on my computer.

My first installation (Sunday) went fine and was installed on the 500 GB HD. Startup was fast. On Monday night I bought another HD (750 GB) and installed another version of Win 7 on the new harddrive for my music stuff. It was working fine. 2 new versions of Win 7 on new brand new sepatate HD's.

Yesterday (Tuesday), I got home and booted up to Win 7 Music system and was told to run chkdsk which it does and noticed the startup was much slower once it rebooted. So I try to install some of my music programs and I get an error that the file system is now corrupt. I cannot install programs or even copy things from another drive to that partition. When I tried to install programs another ... Read more

A:Dual Booting with 2 Windows 7 OS on same computer

Hello Tracy, welcome to Seven Forums
I have installed W7 on 2 partition on the same drive on my PC.
I haven't run into this problem.
Have you performed a repair Install?
When you get home from work, maybe have a look at event viewer and upload any relevant logs you find.
It might be worth running chkdsk on the drive too.

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Hi guys

I have a big problem since 9/9 and I just can`t fix it.
I have a dual boot system and use Windows 8 as my main OS and on the other ssd I have ubuntu 12.10 installed.

My issue started because I completely forgot that I had ubuntu installed on the other ssd (didn`t use it anyway) and tried to raid the ssd...so now I can`t boot anything and I do need to restore my w8.

I have a usb recovery disk which allows me to use cmd but I don`t know how to use to recover my W8 so that`s why I am here.

I ran diskpart on cmd it it shows both disks and both are ONLINE.
Ran chkdsk /f but i keep getting an error and chkdsk does not run

I have asus P8Z77-V LX UEFI Mobo
Intel rapid Smart technology (RST), Intel Smart Connect Technoly is disabled.
CSM is ENABLED ( it was AUTO) and boot device control to UEFI and LEGACY OpROM.

Secure Boot is disabled and I changed the OS type to OTHER OS and also tried WINDOWS UEFI MODE.
The setup mode is EZ MODE.

Please can someone help me to get my W8 working


A:DUAL BOOT - Windows 8 not booting

Set you bios to UEFI defaults and follow the instructions in your mobo manual for creating a raid set and configuring the associated raid options. Now, if you "tried all that already", then consider just changing you sata mode to ahci and do the install to a single drive just to get you up and running. You manual offers clear and concise instructions on how to do all of the above. Download the manual here:


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I have Windows 10 installed on HD1 (Samsung) and working will.
I had a second HD2 (WD) with Win7 installed for a dual boot operation.
For some reason, I could never successfully boot into Win7. Out of frustration I decided to format the Win7 drive and start over.

The problem now is I cannot install Win7 on the HD2 drive. When I choose F12 on boot up and select the WD disk, a screen appears saying "Windows Boot Manager" It instructs me to insert my Win7 install disk an reboot.

Next steps:
I insert the Win7 install disk and reboot using F12 to select the WD disk.
The "Windows Boot Manager" screen appears again with the same instructions as above!
If I reboot again and do nothing, the system will boot to Windows 10.
My question, how to install Win7 on the WD disk and then setup a dual boot operation?

Help is greatly appreciated.


A:How to install Win 7 on a second HD for dual booting with Windows 10 ?

Originally Posted by jim1931

I have Windows 10 installed on HD1 (Samsung) and working will.
I had a second HD2 (WD) with Win7 installed for a dual boot operation.
For some reason, I could never successfully boot into Win7. Out of frustration I decided to format the Win7 drive and start over.

The problem now is I cannot install Win7 on the HD2 drive. When I choose F12 on boot up and select the WD disk, a screen appears saying "Windows Boot Manager" It instructs me to insert my Win7 install disk an reboot.

Next steps:
I insert the Win7 install disk and reboot using F12 to select the WD disk.
The "Windows Boot Manager" screen appears again with the same instructions as above!
If I reboot again and do nothing, the system will boot to Windows 10.
My question, how to install Win7 on the WD disk and then setup a dual boot operation?

Help is greatly appreciated.


Hi there.

is the HD2 a GPT drive -- I think W7 can't boot to a GPT formatted drive but can of course use them. If I'm wrong on this (I don't dual boot any more --preferring to use VM's or simply slide a HDD caddy into one of my bays on a microserver) I'm sure there's some sort of restriction with GPT and W7 --maybe the GPT HDD has to be the first one.

If I'm 100% wrong here - then please ignore - but I do remember something in the past about W7 and booting from GPT HDD's.


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I Have a CPU it was Windows 7 Home Premium installed , i Got windows 8 downloaded from Microsoft . I installed it without a CD . I Extracted the .iso file and Just Click Setup.exe , it was really slow so i left it at my house , when i ome Home it enters windows 8 Home Screen . I am really confused , i thinks its gonna ask me Custom or Upgrade but when I'm home it just ask me what color do you want for your theme . I Inserted the windows 7 CD and Installed on drive B: ( B is a hard disk i made with diskmngmnt.exe ) and it boots to windows 7 , i want to shut down my CPU . I turned it back On ( Restart ) and it just shows me a black screen . Any help Please ?? ASAP

A:Windows 8&7 Dual Booting Won't Start-up

oh man... tell me why did you really install window 7 ? windows 8 installation was completed and it was just asking how to personalize... try startup repair with your win7 DVD(do it 3-4 times separately, with a restart between each repair time )... and also boot into windows 8 and turn off fast startup.
hope it helps.

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Sorry if this is not in the correct section, I just didn't really know what to put it. A year ago I installed windows 7 and XP (Dualboot) and now I want to remove XP because I stop using completely (for the last 8 months). The problem is that my hard drive is partitioned into 3 sectors (Windows XP/Windows 7/ SOFTWARE). Anyone know how i can format the XP sector or delete it? When I try to remove folders from the XP sect while I am in 7, it gives me errors, and I've tried to format it while in 7 and it doesn't work. Any Ideas on what I can do?
Thanks for the Help

A:Dual Booting Windows XP and 7, Want to remove XP

when you setup the dual boot what order did you install the os?

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