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Dual booting win7/xp - xp install failed, unable to log into win 7

Q: Dual booting win7/xp - xp install failed, unable to log into win 7

Hi

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 per loaded with Windows 7. Tried installing XP on a partition on the same HHD. Installation failed saying "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem ...etc"

The only option i have is to boot off the usb i created with xp iso and press R to take me to XP recovery console. I am so over XP at the moment all i want is to be able to log into Win7 again.

How can i fix this? My understanding is that the MBR is still pointing to the XP partition. How do i change it back to the Win 7 partition (C:\)?

The laptop did not come with any cds or recovery disks but i have a recovery partition on the HDD that i cannot access.

Please help to log back into Windows 7.

Thanks

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A: Dual booting win7/xp - xp install failed, unable to log into win 7

Take a look at Method two of this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Hey guys , this is my first post here .
I've been running win7 x64 for some time now . Now , i needed to install XP 32bit for some programs to run.
I had 3 partitions (C,D,E) on windows 7 which were nearly full(except C which was the boot drive) . So using the Disk Management tool of Win7 , i shrunk one of the partitions which created some unallocated space . Now i created a new partition in that unallocated space and named it K. It is in this drive that i wanted to install XP.

So, when i try installing XP on that partition , it just wont happen. XP recognises it as Unpartitioned space . I tried to select the 'Delete Partition' option to no avail. Im kinda stuck here and any help would be appreciated . Thanks

A:Unable to install XP on win7 (for dual boot)

You can consider this failure a blessing in disguise.
Installing an old OS on new hardware is problematic at best and almost impossible at worst. And that goes double for laptops. The initial problem is that XP does not natively support SATA hard drives which your computer is likely using. Thiis can usually be solved.

Another problem is availability of device drivers. The XP CD will not have drivers for new hardware as it did not exist when the disk was produced. You may or may not be able to obtain them from the manufacturer.

There are usually better options than dual booting with an old OS.

1. Try compatibility more. This is accessible from the programs properties dialog in Windows Explorer.

2. XP mode if is is available for youe edition of Windows 7.

3. Install a virtual machine such as VirtualBox or VirtualPC. You can then install XP under that.

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Hi there, hoping someone can help...

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

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

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

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

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

You need to share your files/folders.

Troubleshoot "access denied" when opening files or folders

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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,
"VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED"

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...
Ronnie

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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I just completed my Sandy Bridge build using the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe MOBO. I installed XP SP3 first on HD #1, and then Win7 on HD #2. The Win7 bootloader defaulted to Win7 64-bit and 30 seconds after powering up would boot into the system. I could then boot into XP from the bootloader without any problems. After a few weeks, the bootloader, after the 30 seconds, would no longer load Win7 by default, it would go to a black screen with no cursor. After a hard reboot, the bootloader would come up again and I could manually select which OS to boot into, and everything was fine; both into XP and Win7.

The other hiccups were the double POSTing, which I fixed with BIOS tweaks that I read about in other forums. And whenever I had to do a hard reboot, before I got to the bootloader, I would get an error message (just below the American Megatrends logo) which said that my overclocking failed and that I had to go into BIOS to correct it.

Today while I was downloading and installing Win7 updates, my internet connection dropped and half the updates failed to install, and it gave me a restart prompt, which I did. Now I can no longer boot into Win7. It tries to boot but it says that it tried to but failed to repair some Windows files. When I try using the recovery disk I
created, that brings me to a screen with options that include using a restore point and restoring a backup image. I don't have a restore point, and though I have a backup image, I want that to be my last resor... Read more

A:Dual Booting XP and Win7 64-bit

Unplug the XP HD, set Win7 HD as first to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD drive), boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, mark Win7 partition active, then run 3 startup Repairs with reboots to write the System Boot Files to Win7 HD.
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair

When Win7 starts up on its own, plug back in the XP HD and boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first BIOS splash screen - on Asus this is normally F8, ESC or DEL. This keeps the HD's independent whereas a Windows-managed Dual Boot interlocks them.

If it won't repair it is likely that System Resore cannot reverse the Updates which were botched. Try running System Restore from the System Recovery Options. If you don't have System Restore points for some reason, you'll need to reinstall or reimage Win7. Make your Paragon boot disk to reimage from stored image.

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I just completed my Sandy Bridge build using the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe MOBO. I installed XP SP3 first on HD #1, and then Win7 on HD #2. The Win7 bootloader defaulted to Win7 64-bit and 30 seconds after powering up would boot into the system. I could then boot into XP from the bootloader without any problems. After a few weeks, the bootloader, after the 30 seconds, would no longer load Win7 by default, it would go to a black screen with no cursor. After a hard reboot, the bootloader would come up again and I could manually select which OS to boot into, and everything was fine; both into XP and Win7.

The other hiccups were the double POSTing, which I fixed with BIOS tweaks that I read about in other forums. And whenever I had to do a hard reboot, before I got to the bootloader, I would get an error message (just below the American Megatrends logo) which said that my overclocking failed and that I had to go into BIOS to correct it.

Today while I was downloading and installing Win7 updates, my internet connection dropped and half the updates failed to install, and it gave me a restart prompt, which I did. Now I can no longer boot into Win7. It tries to boot but it says that it tried to but failed to repair some Windows files. When I try using the recovery disk I created, that brings me to a screen with options that include using a restore point and restoring a backup image. I don't have a restore point, and though I have a backup image, I want that to be my last resort. XP lo... Read more

A:Dual Booting XP and Win7 64-bit

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I've got 2 different HD's (one with Win7 and the other WinXP) for the same computer. Cloned the WinXP, then installed Win7 over it.

Is there a possibility of dual-booting these HD's so I can use programs that will only work with WinXP? Both are working by changing up the sata cables from one to the other and back again? This is getting old though.

If I'm not clear, please let me know.

A:Dual Booting with Win7 and WinXP

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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The title sure does not sound as hopeless as the situation actually is. This forum is
my last hope....pls guys help me out....(sry to sound so much gloomy)
pls read through my whole problm...i know its insanely big but plssssss...........

It all strtd with me wanting to have Win xp installed on my Lenovo Ideapad z560, i3 processor along with win7 ultimate which came installed when i purchased my lptp. I went thru diff pages and did a whole lot of research on the subject.
As we will know that winXp does not function with Sata drivers and related hardware on which notebooks and lptps these days are based. Previously i tried to install xp using a normal xp cd(not slpstrmd) by chnging BIOS settngs frm AHCI to AHCI comptble bt being unsuccessful i resorted to slpstrmng process. So i went through all the slipstreaming process....supplying the setup with the SATA drivers and tried to install xp......but it aborted with a BSOD...which must not have happened as i did all the pre requisites properly.
So i smwht tried a mixed approach by trying to install xp with slpstrmd bootable disc with ALSO bios mode chngd to AHCI cmptbl.
The setup wrkd and i was taken to the Xp's setup screen....but that was when it all strtd.
I didnt knew why it happend bt when i selectd the drive D: to be my Xp drive it rprtd tht the drv already had another windows installed on it even though win 7 was installed on my Drv C:. I ignrd the error and i....well.....i installed xp......in a folder inside ... Read more

A:Not booting into Xp in dual boot with win7

Did you make your Lenovo Ideapad z560 Recovery Disks?
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - How can I get a Product Recovery CD or DVD?

Lenovo Recovery
Lenovo Support - How do I recover my factory installed programs and files? - Desktops and Workstations

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
How to
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
How to
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

For help with Partitions, Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots
Screenshot with Paint

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Ok, so I've had W8 RP installed since it's second day of availability, and so far I've had zero problems; until now.

Upon restarting my VAIO, it shows the Windows screen that it shows after you install the RP, it's the loading screen before you choose which OS you want to boot. This screen is now last for probably 5 minutes, and then my screen turns completely off, and then it turns on, but is still completely black, and then it says something like "Automatic repair of drive (D (which is my current W7 drive) and then it, after about 8 total minutes, goes to where you can choose which OS to boot. If I choose 8, everything is fine; if I choose 7, different story. I choose 7, then it gives me the option of Launch automatic repair (recommended) and Start Windows normally. If I choose repair, it shows the background of the auto repair screen, and the mouse appears, but nothing else happens. If I choose Start Windows normally, it shows the W7 loading screen for about 10 seconds, then it goes back to the loading screen before you choose an OS.

Oh, and what makes it better, is if I'm in 8, and I try to explore, view properties of, or basically anything else dealing with the W7 drive, Windows Explorer (and eventually the Desktop) becomes completely unresponsive, resulting in me having to sign out and back into my PC.

Please, please, PLEASE HELP.

A:HELP: dual-booting W7/8, now Win7 will not load

UPDATE: after waiting forever after trying to view the properties and contents of the W7 drive, it eventually says something like "D: is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect."

PLEASE tell me my Win7 isn't completely gone. Seriously. I need those files!

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hi all,

i imagine i've got a bit of a unique situation, but hopefully one of you might be able to point me in the right direction

i've got a macbook running win7, and i want to dualboot it and get osx back on there. should be easy, osx on a macbook, right? **** me.

i did a bit of homework first, and reviewed what other people have done for dualbooting, but all of the threads are ancient and address different specific issues

so here are the steps i went through:

-created a second partition in win7, ntfs, made it active
-rebooted with an authentic osx snow leopard disc
-osx installation startup began
-went into disk utility to format it to "journalled" and get this error:
"Volume Erase failed with the error: Could not modify partition map"

it won't let you install until the disk is formatted correctly...any ideas guys? any help would be huge

thanks!

A:dual booting osx/win7 on a macbook

Hi Crackkadillicus, and welcome to the forums
You can't get much dumber than me when it comes to Mac, but I think you need a different format than ntfs, don't you? GUID I think? And I have seen you need at least 6.5G
I found this tutorial from Apple: "You cannot install Mac OS X on this volume..." alert in Installer
I hope it helps

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Hello, I had windows XP installed for my main OS. I have 2 HDs on my computer, I use one per OS. I installed Windows 7 on the other HD, now making Windows 7 my default OS to load. I do not have the option to get into XP anymore. I know Windows 7 doesn't use boot.ini anymore, so I was hoping someone could help me out and point me in the right direction.

Thanks,
Rutger

A:Dual booting Win7 & WinXP

Hi Rutger, welcome to sevenforums.

You can use EasyBCD as in this tutorial to add the XP boot entry back.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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

A:Question re dual booting XP and Win7

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

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Hello all,

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

Thanks

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

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

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Just what the title says, how do I set up dual booting between Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Windows XP MCE 32 bit, with both OSes already installed on two separate HDDs. It has been suggested that I use EasyBCD to add the XP MCE entries to the Windows 7 boot menu. It has also been suggested that when I want to boot into the XP MCE drive, that I change the boot order in the BIOS.

Would this still screw up the MBR for Windows 7?

A:Dual Booting Win7 HP 64 Bit and XP MCE - Two HDDs, Both OS Installed

Yes you can and no it won`t.

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Hello.

So I'm a computer engineering student and I would love to be able to dual-boot Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on my Dell computer. However, I'm worried things will go terribly wrong and I'll end up screwing my computer up. I'm no expert (yet) when it comes to installation of OS's, partitioning, etc., but I'm pretty sure I could figure most of it out... if I had a guide.

Does anyone have/has anyone made a step-by-step Win7/OS X dual-boot procedure that is relatively simple to understand?

* As a note: I will be installing Windows 7 from a CD in about a week when I delete my Vista partition (after backing up all of my files). I'm assuming I would have to order Snow Leopard (a single use license) in order to install it!

A:Dual Booting Win7 and Snow Leopard

try this link:
[How To] Dual Booting Snow Leopard and Windows 7

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Several weeks ago I upped to windows 10 on a dual boot system running windows 7 and XP. Win7 and XP are on different partitions. Over the last week, the XP would not boot unless it was directed to the last successful configuration. I attempted system restore from XP with no success. Then I booted XP in safe mode and did a system recovery "successfully", sort of. Now XP will not boot in either normal mode or safe mode even after letting it sit all night, so I cannot undo the system restore.

I cloned and activated the hard disk before upgrading. I scanned for viruses before system restore.

I was wondering what the best option might be. I could copy the XP partition back from the clone and reactivate if it will let me or I could secure erase the hard drive with the win 10 up and XP and revert to the clone.

Two other questions.

1.) Any other options?

2.) What could have caused this?

GS

A:XP failed after upgrading win7 to win 10 of dual boot with XP

Originally Posted by GSong


Several weeks ago I upped to windows 10 on a dual boot system running windows 7 and XP. Win7 and XP are on different partitions. Over the last week, the XP would not boot unless it was directed to the last successful configuration. I attempted system restore from XP with no success. Then I booted XP in safe mode and did a system recovery "successfully", sort of. Now XP will not boot in either normal mode or safe mode even after letting it sit all night, so I cannot undo the system restore.

I cloned and activated the hard disk before upgrading. I scanned for viruses before system restore.

I was wondering what the best option might be. I could copy the XP partition back from the clone and reactivate if it will let me or I could secure erase the hard drive with the win 10 up and XP and revert to the clone.

Two other questions.

1.) Any other options?

2.) What could have caused this?

GS



Just curious. Is fast boot enabled on the Win 10 install? As I understand things, this should not explain what you are experiencing. It could conceivably cause corruption of the Win 10 partition if XP is booted and the 10 partition is written to in its hibernated state. But it should not cause corruption of the XP partition. In any case, you might try turning it off anyway if enabled.

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Several weeks ago I upped to windows 10 on a dual boot system running windows 7 and XP. Win7 and XP are on different partitions. Over the last week, the XP would not boot unless it was directed to the last successful configuration. I attempted system restore from XP with no success. Then I booted XP in safe mode and did a system recovery "successfully", sort of. Now XP will not boot in either normal mode or safe mode even after letting it sit all night, so I cannot undo the system restore.

I cloned and activated the hard disk before upgrading. I scanned for viruses before system restore.

I was wondering what the best option might be. I could copy the XP partition back from the clone and reactivate if it will let me or I could secure erase the hard drive with the win 10 up and XP and revert to the clone.

Two other questions.

1.) Any other options?

2.) What could have caused this?

GS

A:XP failed after upgrading win7 to win 10 of dual boot with XP

Originally Posted by GSong


Several weeks ago I upped to windows 10 on a dual boot system running windows 7 and XP. Win7 and XP are on different partitions. Over the last week, the XP would not boot unless it was directed to the last successful configuration. I attempted system restore from XP with no success. Then I booted XP in safe mode and did a system recovery "successfully", sort of. Now XP will not boot in either normal mode or safe mode even after letting it sit all night, so I cannot undo the system restore.

I cloned and activated the hard disk before upgrading. I scanned for viruses before system restore.

I was wondering what the best option might be. I could copy the XP partition back from the clone and reactivate if it will let me or I could secure erase the hard drive with the win 10 up and XP and revert to the clone.

Two other questions.

1.) Any other options?

2.) What could have caused this?

GS



Just curious. Is fast boot enabled on the Win 10 install? As I understand things, this should not explain what you are experiencing. It could conceivably cause corruption of the Win 10 partition if XP is booted and the 10 partition is written to in its hibernated state. But it should not cause corruption of the XP partition. In any case, you might try turning it off anyway if enabled.

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I have XP installed on the only hard drive in the PC in a partition that uses all of the C: drive - there is no unallocated space.

I want to install Win7 and dual boot.

[ I have done this on another PC by installing Win7 on a second hard drive. Although it always booted straight into Win7, with no option to boot XP, I fixed this by using EasyBCD to add XP to the BCD.]

So my problem is this: how do I get another partition added to the hard drive on the PC that has a C: drive using up all the hard disk space?

I presume I need to reduce the size of the C: partition first, then create a new partition from the unallocated space that is then freed up.

But I've never done it before and could do with some pointers.

I do have Acronis True Image 11, and thought about making a system image and storing it on a USB drive, wiping the C: drive, re-creating a smaller C: partition, and then restoring the image to this smaller C: partition.

But I'm not sure if Acronis True Image 11 would be happy squeezing an image from a bigger partition into a smaller one, even though the data is much smaller and would fit easily into the new C: partition that I would create.

Any help gratefully received.
 

A:Solved: Dual Booting Win7 and XP - how to create partition?

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Here's my situation I recently bought Windows 7 Pro and a new Sata Hard Drive. My intent was to add Windows 7 to the new hard drive and leave my XP installation alone on the other Sata hard drive plus I have another Sata hard drive I use for Storage. At first I tried installing it with the 3 hard drives plugged in but after win 7 copied its files over and restarted I got the "Insert System Disk and Press Enter". So I tried installing it again but it ended up the same way, so I unplugged the other hard drives and installed windows 7 Pro on the new hard drive. So now it loads win 7 on power up and the only way for me to access XP is to change the boot order in bios or pressing F12. I tried installing win 7 again with all 3 sata hard drives plugged in but it still won't give me the dual boot menu. I tried using bcdedit to add XP to Windows 7 boot manager and that did add Windows XP to he boot menu but when I choose XP all it does is restart. So my question is, is there another way to manually add XP to the windows 7 boot manager?

In case this makes a difference:
In XP, it says XP is Drive C and Win7 is Drive D
In Win7 it says Win7 is Drive C and XP is Drive D

A:Dual booting Win7 Pro & WinXP Pro with 2 Hard Drives

I just found out that when I choose XP from the Windows 7 boot menu I get this error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root> \system32\ntoskrnl.exe

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Hello all! I have found a few people with this problem (including myself) . If you have dual booted Windows 7 and Windows 8 (even by using a VHD to boot from) and are getting the 0xc000428 error when booting Windows 7, I have the solution.

1. Insert a Windows 7 Setup disc and boot from it.
2. Choose your language.
3. Click on "Repair you computer" at the bottom
4. Select "Windows 7" for the Windows installation selection
5. At the recovery tools page, click on CMD
6. Enter the following commands:

1. D: (adjust this to wherever your copy of 7 is located)
2. cd \Windows\System32
3. del winload.exe
4. copy "winload~1.exe" winload.exe
5. exit

Now boot into Windows 7, and download EasyBCD. From there, you can add a new OS into the bootloader using a GUI.

Hope this helps!

A:Solution to 0xc000428 when dual booting Win7 and Win8

An even better solution:
Download Visual BCD Editor and change winload.exe to winload~1.exe for Windows 7 loader path.

No need to boot, reboot, delete, copy or whatever.

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Greetings,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have Ubuntu dual booting on Win7. After the bios load, is there anyway that I can make Win7 boot right away without selecting anything on the OS selection? The same way it would boot without dual boot...if that makes any sense.

If the above exists: Let's say I use Win7 all the time, but one day I decide to boot into Ubuntu. Is there a way that I can press a button, before Win7 loads, to make the OS selection come up?

I tried to make myself as clear as possible and I hope that you understand what I'm trying to say.

Please ask if unclear.

A:Booting Win7 automatically, dual boot Ubuntu

Use separate HD's booted via the BIOS:

image or install Win7 to separate HD while Ubuntu HD unplugged,

set Win7 first HD to boot,

then if you want Ubuntu use the BBS key given on first boot screen.

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I posted here earlier (a couple weeks ago) about a painless installation of Win7 on a resized C Drive, which I partitioned into into a C Drive (Vista) and W Drive (Win 7).

All was fine until yesterday - I had been able to login into and out of both operating systems without drama - when out of the blue, for no apparent reason, whenever I try and log onto the Vista operating system, it allows me to logon as Rod with my correct password, but after the logon screen I get the "Preparing your Desktop" and and am presented with a Desktop and icons - but not for me! I get a bubble pop up out of the System Tray that says "Windows had trouble loading your Profile and has loaded up a temporary profile. Contact your administrator".

That would be me! I for the life of me don't know what happened. I have created no new users, nor amended any existing ones. Though, when using Win7 earlier in the day, I had to give access rights and permissions to All authenticated Users in order to access and use files on a separate (D) Drive.

Will this have screwed up my User Profile and login to Vista? How?

Any help and or thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Rod
Perth

A:Dual Booting WIN7 and Vista Home Premium

Does this fix it and/or explain?

A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system

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Hi,
I have recently tried to install a 64 bit version of XP on my Dell Inspiron N5050.
It was running Win7 before and I needed XP for work.
I made the partition, and installed XP and now Windows 7 will not boot. I tried installing EasyBCD but since the drivers were not installed on the new OS, I can't connect to the internet at all.
I just need some help on possibly removing the XP partition and recovering with the win7 recovery partition so I can just run XP on a virtual console.
When I boot the computer it does not give me the option to use the recovery disk or boot windows 7 at all.
Let me know if you need any other information.
Thanks

A:Windows XP 64bit/Win7 dual boot failed

To repair Windows 7
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times



   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US
RouteTo
Dell - Support

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Ok my dell laptop had win7 home premium, i tried to set up a dusl boot with windows xp.
Xp would not boot up correctly and shows a blue screen which mentioned something about graphic display.
I tried a few more xp setup attempts by deleting or formatting the partition and starting over but i still get the same blue screen error.
I got fed up and deleted the partition and just wanted to go back to using win7. However i am no longer able to do so, is it because the xp bootliader has wrote over the win7 one? Can this be rectified without installing xp?
Iv tried to access the recovery partition but i cant get to the option to repair.
Laptop is a dell n5010 all help appreciated

A:Failed dual boot setup now cant get win7 working

It sounds like you can't boot the Dell laptop at all now, right ?

Can you use another PC to download and burn a bootable CD disc ?
If you can,
- download free Partition Wizard bootable CD
-- Partition Wizard bootable CD
- create a bootable CD
- boot with the PW disc
- take a camera pic of your Dell partitions and post the picture in your reply
-- Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

EDIT: Fixed invalid PW link

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Hi, I have a problem which I'm lookin for some advice.
I've downloaded and loaded up ubuntu 11.10 on my win7 laptop.

I assumed I required several partitions to run ubuntu alongside win7 - but having freed up some space (100gb) in gparted ? which then stayed ?unusable? - I then (initially) rebooted back into Win 7 fine (after a 5min chkdsk at startup) - saw my free space, and formatted it as fat32 (why I did that, I?m not entirely sure ? but I supposed gparted could see/use it.

So far so good (or so I thought). Fired up ubuntu, set the install partition (mount "/" - ex4, etc) - but with no swap partition. So I repeat the process - resize the main Win7 sys partition by another 5 gb - and then try and reboot into win7...

And now nothing. I load the Win7 recovery environment - and startup repair states chkdsk fails due to "system volume on disk is corrupt". load up diskpart - select the dist - but now shows the main hdd has no volumes - and status is invalid. Also - there is an * denoting it's a dynamic disk. ???

If I reload ubuntu from a dvd- all ok, from gparted - I see in disks: the ntfs partitions with all the data -and the 100gb free for ubuntu (all of which are unaccessible in windows recovery env - or so it seems).

how can I repair the win7 boot option? I'm not too fussed about the ubuntu (and wouldn't have ventured if I'd have known what lay in store) - however, it all seemed straightforward at the time, and I'm drawn by a quick boot time, et... Read more

A:Problems dual booting with ubuntu - now Win7 wont start

Ouch! Yep, you have to be a bit careful dual-booting Windows and Linux, in that order, but it can be done quite easily - I have Windows 7 and Linux Mint 12 dual-booted, although I chose to go to separate disk for the Linux installation.

Do you have the Windows 7 installation DVD handy? I speak under correction, but I believe it is possible to fix the bootmgr from the Windows 7 DVD, but I've never done it myself....and certainly never after a borked Linux installation. I'll see if I can find someone that has, and point them this way.

Help has been requested - locate your Windows 7 installation DVD and sit tight.....

Regards,
Golden

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New to Win8 and this forum...

Using my Server 2008 R2 host, created a Win8 VM/VHD and it boots, works fine. I followed instructiong using BCDEdit to add the VHD to my boot options. When i reboot and select the VHD it begins to load then fails. I end up in the recovery option tools. Looking through the advanced info I believe the root problem is "failed to find osloader" or something close to that.

Most of the tutorial's have the VHD added to the Win7 boot screen, but, thats' not my scenario.

Is there something I missed in getting this working? Has anyone used a VHD created in Win Server 2008 R2 to use as a native boot VHD?

Would love to get this working.

Machine is a Lenovo T510, 8 Gig memory.

Thanks.
Tim

A:Boot Win8 VHD, already dual booting Win7 and Win Server 2008 R2

Originally Posted by timhenn


New to Win8 and this forum...

Using my Server 2008 R2 host, created a Win8 VM/VHD and it boots, works fine. I followed instructiong using BCDEdit to add the VHD to my boot options. When i reboot and select the VHD it begins to load then fails. I end up in the recovery option tools. Looking through the advanced info I believe the root problem is "failed to find osloader" or something close to that.

Most of the tutorial's have the VHD added to the Win7 boot screen, but, thats' not my scenario.

Is there something I missed in getting this working? Has anyone used a VHD created in Win Server 2008 R2 to use as a native boot VHD?

Would love to get this working.

Machine is a Lenovo T510, 8 Gig memory.

Thanks.
Tim



The process of creating and using a VHD under Server 2008 R2 is no different to the same process under Windows 7. Admittedly, I haven't tried creating a VHD for Windows 8 under the server platform, but I've created several Windows 7 VHDs under Server in the past.

The method I always use involves WAIK Creating Bootable Virtual Hard Disks and when installed simply use:

bcdboot x:\Windows - where x: is the drive you declared for the VHD

To add the VHD to the boot options.

I'll try adding a VHD to Server 2008 a little later today...

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

A:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
 
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.
 
https://www.boyans.net/dual-boot-repair-windows-10.html

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Hello, again, i'm a technician at an electronic repair shop. A customer wanted to have Windows 7 and Windows XP dual booting on their Acer Aspire 5253 laptop. Win7 was pre-installed on the device, and a co-worker managed to add WinXP alongside it before i was told about the project.
Problem is, there's no longer any boot options, aside from what's normally in the BIOS settings. There's no screen to select whether to boot Win7 or WinXP, and it just automatically boots in XP.
Things i've tried to fix that:
- Burned the program PLoP boot manager to a disc, and attempted installing it on the hard drive
- The program runs, but only from the disc, as there is no option to install it. Official website says it should install itself automatically, but it seems to not be doing that. It also doesn't allow me to save changes to settings in the program, though this may be due to it not being installed on the computer.
- Furthermore, the program doesn't see Win7 among the installed OS, only WinXP. I had thought this was maybe because my co-worker had accidentally installed XP over Win7.
- Next i burned the program EasyBCD 2.3 onto a disc, to try installing that on the hard drive
- This one would run in XP, but not during booting (like PLoP does). Didn't concern me, because it had more options that seemed useful
- Found i was wrong before when i thought XP had been installed over Win7, because this program sees Win7 among the installed OS.
- However, it shows them both n... Read more

A:Dual-booting Win7/WinXP, boot options not showing

Boot a Windows 7 install disk. When you get to the screen with the Repair Computer link in the lower left click it and select Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts before Windows 7 completes the repair.
 
Edit: If three attempts do not fix the problem use this tool. Select Automatic Repair. Permission is required when using in a commercial environment.
 
https://www.boyans.net/dual-boot-repair-windows-10.html

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I am unable to open Win7 64 bit normally. This has been an escalating problem for about
a month. It began as a problem every 4-5 times I started Win7. It got more frequent and
then, about two weeks ago, I was unable to open Win7 normally at all. I can get to Safe
Mode. When I try to open Win7 normally, I get the Windows logo and Starting Windows,
then the screen goes black. The red light indicating hard drive activity continues to flicker
but the screen will remain empty for as long as I want to wait.


I have run Startup Repair booting from the installation DVD. It either finds nothing wrong or
fixes something and tells me to restart, but I can't. I have tried System Restore three times
with no luck. I'm just going around in circles.


The only things new to the computer are more RAM and an nVidia graphics card but these
were installed after the problem began.


I have 2 hard drives, one with Win7 and one with Ubuntu Linux installed. The Llnux side
works fine so I have internet access.


I have run Malwarebytes, SuperAntispyware, something from Kaspersky that looks for rootkits.
I have run hardware diagnostics. I have Norton 360 on the Win7 drive. All are up to date.
None can find anything wrong.

Last week I took it to trouble-shooting session at HAL-PC (Houston Area League of PC users)
and it worked fine plugged into their CRT monitor and wired keyboard and USB mouse.
When I brought the set home, it still didn't work Is... Read more

A:Unable to open Win7 normally even booting from DVD.

Can you boot Win7 if you unplug the Linux HD and assure Win7 HD is set first to boot in BIOS?

If not Mark Partition Active the 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or WIn7 partition then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times from the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk .

Try running that way to see if the problem persists before plugging back in the Linux HD to boot itself via the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot. Uninstall GRUB if it still messes with Win7.

If these fail then I'd borrow a wired keyboard and mouse to try that.

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I've installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit in a dual-booting system alongside Windows XP SP3 (also 32-bit). It was a clean install of Win7.

My data - ie, documents, music, pictures, etc - is stored on a second hard drive and, after installing Win7, I relocated its documents, music, pictures, videos and downloads folders to the relevant locations on the second hard drive so that this data could be accessed from both Win7 and WinXP.

Trouble is, when go back into WinXP and attempt to open one of these folders, say the music one, a box pops to tell me that "D:\Steve\My Music is not accessible. Access is denied."

It would appear therefore that Win7 is locking these folders in some way or other.

To see if it made a difference, I went back into the properties of the music, pictures, etc, folders in Win7 and switched them back to the default location, which is of course on the C-drive.

Rebooting into WinXP, however, I found that the folders were still inaccessible.

How do I configure Win7 so that my data folders are in the location I want without also preventing my other operating system from being able to access them?

I've no wish to set up a network throughout the house; I just want to access these folders on the same machine whether I'm using Win7 or WinXP.
 

A:Win7 denying access to data holders in dual-booting computer

When you are booted into XP is the D: drive really where the data is or is it the partition containing Windows 7? If the latter you cannot access "My Music" because it is some kind of place holder to make some older applications work; you should be able to access D:\Users\Steve\Music.

If D: really is the data drive, did you store your music with that identification? Is Steve also your user account on the XP machine?
 

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Hi all, I'm a bit of a noob and this is my first post here. Here's my problem:

I have an Acer Travelmate 6293 and have been dual-booting XP and 7 (on separate partitions) for about a year. Suddenly today, when I tried to boot up my laptop into XP, I got a BSOD with the error message 'UNBOOTABLE_PARTITION' or something along those lines. So then I restarted my laptop, and managed to get into the 7 Built-In Recovery Partition. So I went into that and selected Startup Repair. When it said it was completed, I proceeded to restart my laptop and I was greeted by a message: 'A disk read error has occurred. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart.' Again, I did this and when it restarts it shows the same message. I then rebooted and inserted my Windows 7 Disk and went into Repair Your Computer. However, when it searches for a Windows installation, it finds no Operating System and I am prompted to Load Drivers, so obviously I can't Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier. So I restarted my computer, and booted up again from the Windows 7 Disk. On the language screen, I opened up a Command Prompt using a shortcut which I found on the internet (ALT + F10 IIRC). I then typed in diskpart, and then list volume. This is what comes up...

Volume 0 F UDF DVD-ROM 2386MB Healthy (Windows 7 Disk)
Volume 1 C RAW Partition 90 GB Healthy (This is my XP Installation)
Volume 2 D NTFS Partition 48 GB Healthy (This is my Windows 7 Installation)
Volume 3 E RAW Partition 10 GB Heal... Read more

A:Dual Booting Problem (XP & 7) [Startup Repair Failed]{A disk read error has occurred

Have you performed any ChkDSK yet? If not do so. Use your Windows 7 Disk Go into command prompt type in

CHKDSK /F

When completed.

Then CHKDSK /R

Reboot.

If that don't work go back to your Win7 disk at the command prompt type
bootrec.exe /Fixboot
bootrec.exe /Fixmbr

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Hello everyone!

I've made my Sony VAIO into a dual-boot machine (Win7 64-bit and Ubuntu Linux) and I'm having trouble getting into the BIOS.

When powering up, even though I repeatedly press and hold down the DEL key it always goes straight to the GRUB menu:



And then when I select to load Windows 7, I keep pressing DEL but it goes straight to Windows.

It doesn't seem to matter how fast I am on the keys - I can't get into the BIOS.

I have a should I be trying to enter the BIOS before getting to the GRUB menu, or after?

Also, (and this may be irrelevant) I've checked my registry to determine what kind of BIOS I have (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / HARDWARE / DESCRIPTION / System ), where I found that the SystemBiosVersion variable = Sony - 20110905 BIOS Date: 09/05/11 11:20:58 Ver: 04.06.03

(I would have thought the BIOS would be something like American Megatrends!)

Anyways... is there any way I can get into the BIOS from Windows, i.e. after Windows has loaded? Do I have to remove Linux from my computer? I hope not!

Thanks so much for your help and have a great day.

A:can't enter BIOS when booting (Win7 / Ubuntu Linux dual boot system)

Best to keep in mind that the BIOS is completely different from ANY operating system. There is no connection between the two things, other than the BIOS handing off control to an OS.

You press DEL (or whatever key enters the BIOS) before any operating system begins to start up.
You can start pressing the key repeatedly (once a second) just as soon as you hear the POST beep or see anything happen on the display screen.
Once you reach the Grub loader it is too late. Start over.

You can't get into the BIOS from an operating system. You can only shut down and/or restart.
Nothing in the operating system's registry has anything to do with your system's BIOS, other than communicating with it initially.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi, I am having a problem that seems more like a Win XP problem, but since its part of my migration to Win7 and many people these days may be trying the same I dare to pose the question here in this Win 7 forum:

As I said, I am in the progress of migrating to Win7. As a transient solution until I have transferred and re-installed everything under Win7 I want to have a dual boot capability, i.e. I bought me a larger HD, created two partitions on it, installed Win7 on the first partition, and then I used a disk-imager (Acronis Disk Director) to copy my entire old XP disk 1:1 to the second partition of the new HD. I then set things up so I can choose between the two partitions using the Win7 boot manager. After some fiddling the choosing and booting in principle works fine.

BUT, when I try to start WinXP, I have the very strange effect, that the system at first boots and starts WinXP up fine up to the point where it presents the login screen. When I then enter my name and password my credentials at first seem to be accepted, i.e. I get a "Loading your settings..." dialog but to my dismay only seconds later that dialog always turns into "Logging off..." ([email protected]#@$&!) at which point the system hangs for some long period. If I wait long enough (~5 minutes) it eventually returns to the login screen again. I also tried to login as Administator but that failed as well (the error message mumbled something about no domain server to verify my id which is comple... Read more

A:Dual-boot Win7 & XP: unable to log into XP partition

Boot into the XP installer and run a Repair Install. This is not the "Choose R for repair" console first offered.

Proceed as if to install until it discovers the installation, highlight that and then choose Repair.

It will appear as though it is doing a new install but will save all of your programs, files and settings (everything except activation and Updates) while reinstalling XP and it's boot over the problem copy.

When it is finished, you need to then download EasyBCD and add the Win7 OS by name, drive letter and type as given in Method 2, Steps 7-15 here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Let me know if you have any problems as I am running one right now.

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Hello Y'all,

How do I explain my delema, I have a dual boot system running Win98 on drive "C:" and XP on drive "D:", all running on a PII 434 MHz computer with 512mb pc 133 sdram.

My question is as follows: I want to format drive C: and install a fresh version of Win98 SE, I believe this may cause boot-up troubles as it may not understand that my "D:" drive also contains an O.S. (WinXP), how will this effect getting XP up and running again, or will 98 SE's install just know it's there and do setup with a boot-up screen as it is now?

I don't reall use 98 much these days, but when trying to install XP only on this older computer, it came up with a page of troubles as it would not install. Thus a member of TSG told me about dual-booting and puttin a second O.S. on yet another clean drive. I want to now install Win98 SE in order to use a professional sound editing program I have recieved from my brother. Can anyone explain what needs to be done, I can't afford to not have XP there after 98 SE has been re:installed.

Help, help, help.... please?!!! Wogster.
 

A:Dual Booting, with a re:install?

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i have windows vista business installed on my laptop but also want to install windows 7 on it. i have already partition the hard drive into 3, one was for the vista, one for the windows 7 and the other for storing my files. the windows 7 cd is bootable. can someone show me how to install the windows 7 on my pc so i can have 2 operating systems on my pc. thank you
 

A:how to install dual booting

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I have an old XP machine.

An Acer Aspire.

I put Win7 Ultimate on it but it hasn't taken. Always gives me an error message and asks for the install disk again - which was a USB stick - but when i provide it nothing changes.

So I need to get it off and start again.

I have 3 physical disks divided into 4 virtual disks.

Disk manager describes them like this:

Disk 0: 20G Fat32 System. That's C drive
Disk 1: 75G NTFS Active That's D drive
Disk 2: 98G NTFS Active That's E drive
135G NTFS Boot That's G drive.

WinXP is installed on the G: boot drive.

I had 20G free on the D drive and I just let Win7 find it and install itself there.

All the advice I find on the web says delete the partition of the Win7 OS you want to remove. Well I don't want to delete that partition because it has gigabytes of data already existing before Win7 installed itself there.

So how do I go about it?

Is it simply a matter of deleting the Windows Folder and editing the boot manager text file?

There was another old XP OS on that drive used before I installed this one on G: and win7 has renamed it windows.old. That's fine. There's also a Program.data folder that seems to have been made at the time of this win7 install. That should go too?

There's also a Program Files folder that doesn't seem to have been made by Win7, because of folder dates. I don't know about it. Is it part of that ancient XP install or is it part of the new Win7 install?

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A:How Remove Bad New Win7 Install from Dual install with XP machine?

Post a maximized/resized screen print of Disk Management so all info is displayed using these instructions:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image






Quote:
I had 20G free on the D drive and I just let Win7 find it and install itself there.


I'm not sure what that really means, or what would happen installing an OS that way.

I install Windows into a pre-defined empty partition, or into unallocated space.

I suggest using WizTree free so you can more easily see all files/folders on a partition.
It displays hidden and protected files without making any Explorer view changes.
They have a Portable Zip available, no installation needed.
Antibody Software - WizTree finds the files and folders using the most disk space on your hard drive

To me it sounds like your Disk Management is a mess and needs cleanup

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I am in a bit of mess. I downloaded and burned solaris 10 in a dvd and kept in my dvd drive by mistake and shut my vista computer off. When i restarted the system solaris started to install inself and then it got stuck itself in the middle of loading. I had to shut the computer by the switch off button after waiting few hours and then when I restarted it the computer is powering on but screen is remaining black. I cant access the boot from cd/dvd/hard disc option even. Any idea how can I get out of this situation. please help.

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Okay, replying to the poll didn't work, but my curiosity is piqued, because you OS types brought it up:

I have a PC with two hard drives on it, basically had one running Win 98, bought a new one, installed Win 2k, just never removed Win 98 from the old. So have two bootable HDDs. I've had tons of problems with multimedia stuff (random sound card junk, Creative SoundBlaster PCI 128, and an ATI Rage Fury 128 which still won't run its DVD player correctly under Win2k using DVD genie, but that's a separate issue perhaps...), and so still boot periodically into Win98. But through my IDE RAID BIOS, which is surely not the most efficient way (switching the master HDD).

Anyone know how I can, given these parameters, get a dual-boot screen and choose each time? Without reformatting either HDD, because that I can do with good ol' Reuel's help.

Thanks in ad-vance. You are all the best.
 

A:Dual booting POST install?

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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.

Jim

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.

Jim



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.

Cheers
jimbo

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I have a little problem I was wondering if someone has some suggestions to fix.
Problem:
I have a D/R Win7 upgrade disk to install Win7. Have successfully installed Win7 from within XP, but wanted to reformat harddrive before install. So, I tried to boot from disk. I'm able to boot from disk, get long white bar at bottom of screen, but after that just get flowery screen and nothing else happens. My computer is a Dell 8300. I tried disk in my laptop, Dell, and was able to boot-install Win7 on that, so disk is okay.

Any help would be greatly appreciated for my computer knowledge is beginner/novice.

Thanks,
Mar

A:Can't install Win7 when booting from Disk

  
Quote: Originally Posted by colnago


I have a little problem I was wondering if someone has some suggestions to fix.
Problem:
I have a D/R Win7 upgrade disk to install Win7. Have successfully installed Win7 from within XP, but wanted to reformat harddrive before install. So, I tried to boot from disk. I'm able to boot from disk, get long white bar at bottom of screen, but after that just get flowery screen and nothing else happens. My computer is a Dell 8300. I tried disk in my laptop, Dell, and was able to boot-install Win7 on that, so disk is okay.

Any help would be greatly appreciated for my computer knowledge is beginner/novice.

Thanks,
Mar


Hi and welcome

I have an 8300 as well. It might be either a video driver or BIOS upgrade.. It is after all a bit old

Is there an OS on it now? can yoou safe boot (F8)? Can you go into bios (F12/F2)?

Let me know I can always boot mine

Ken J+

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I just tried to install XP onto a computer currenly running windows 2000, and had the install fail after it copied the files to the hard drive and rebooted into the install program. Now, whenever i reboot the computer, i have to go through the dual boot menu where i have three seconds to select 2000. Is there any way that i can delete that install program and set it to automatically boot to 2000. Thank you.
 

A:getting rid of dual boot after failed xp install

Right click my computer, properties, advanced, startup and recovery, settings, select default boot.
 

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OK so heres the story:
I run win7 on my comp and my firned was having problems with his computer . So I plugged his hdd into my comp to format it and reinstall winxp but the installation of winxp kept crashing (blue screen of death). So i ended up putting it back in his and installing windows (which worked fine and what i should have done start with).

The problem is now when i try to start my computer it gives me the message;
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information"

Now i guess this is because it is trying to start up the winxp install that failed but all i want to do is just boot into win7 like normal.

How do i stop it from trying install winxp onto a hdd that isnt even plugged in?
or is it a different problem all together?

thanks
 

A:can't boot win7 after failed xp install

XP has to be installed on the machine that will run it. Even if you had succeeded, XP would have booted but 7 would not boot any longer.

XP has probably removed your MBR. Run Startup Repair or Reinstall Windows.
 

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Greetings all,

I know there are a ton of resources available on how to clean install Windows Vista with an upgrade disk, and tons of resources available on how to dual boot Windows Vista and Windows XP. I am looking for something that combines the 2 and tells me how to clean install Vista on a pc with a copy of XP already installed and set it up for dual booting. Has anyone found anything to that effect? If not, is there anyone who would take the time to write me a step-by-step. I am sure I could put 2 and 2 together myself, but since I don't have a test box I am afraid of anything going wrong (Even though I have backed up my entire hard disk already). I am a system admin who wants to compatibility test Vista on his home computer, but I want to keep XP. I have a Microsoft Vista Express Upgrade Premium Edition that I was sent for free for buying an XP PC shortly before the release of Vista. I am running Windows XP Media Center Edition if it makes a difference, but I doubt it would. Also, does anyone know if the Vista Express Upgrade DVD is any different than a normal Vista upgrade disk? Thank you so much in advance for the help.

-Josh
 

A:Solved: Install with upgrade CD AND dual booting XP

You have to have some empty space to install Vista onto. Either a partition of your boot drive, or a second drive. Boot from the Vista DVD. It will offer to upgrade your XP or install clean on the empty partition. Once you do that, you will have a dual boot system, Vista and Older Windows. In Vista System Properties, you can alter the default boot system and the timeouts.

I just did this. When booted from Vista, your XP drive will show up as D:.
 

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Hi Techies.. I had purchased dell XPS15 with win7 professional,
where dell is no more providing os installation media i made a recovery disk.

First i want partition C: drive without formatting it. and then

How can i install dual booting os with this recovery disk?

A:How can i install dual booting os with Recovery disk?

As you have Windows 7 professional try:
Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup


First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

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