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Need Help with Dual Boot Drive Setup 2000 Pro

Question: Need Help with Dual Boot Drive Setup 2000 Pro

I have two hard drives, both of them with Win 2000 Pro. The First has been the master in machine one from the start. The second HDD has been in machine twoand that machine has crashed so bad that it is not worth the time, energy or money to fix it. This second HDD has important data on it that is only accessable through older programs that are only on this drive. (It is a church membership data base program and a church financial record program) I have the added problem that no one in the office has a clue where the install disk are for these programs and they are not where they are suppose to be (this was before my time).
I would like to place the second HDD in the first machine and set up a dual boot so the user can choose which drive to operate from. There is the added problem that the computers only have a restore disk that came from Dell and not a full Win 2000 Pro CD.

Can anyone help me with setting up the dual boot?

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i want to install windows 2000 onto my system as a 2nd os, i currently have xp pro installed. the current state of my hard disks/partions and xp location are as follows

my xp pro install is on the c drive

i created the 0 (2000) disk as the intnded target for the 2000 install, as pic shows i have partion magic installed as well as bootmagic.

what do i do from here? if i set my pc to boot from disc and run the windows 2000 installer at startup will that allow me to install it onto the 0 (2000) drive, leaveing the f ang g partions untouched, and still able to boot eiather os with bootmagic?

to any1 good enough to help, please bear in mind that im not very good with pcs and get confused easily by "logical disk/partion/drive" etc etc talk

nody and big ears style step by step instructions would best if possable plz

thanks to any1 that can help


Answer:xp/2000 dual boot setup help plz

I probably will not be able to tell you exactly what to do, but maybe I can give you a little more info.

I don't have a duel boot with two Windows OS's. I have Windows and Linux. When I put in the Linux disk, it comes to a point in the setup where it notices that there is Windows installed. From that point you are asked what partition to install the new OS on. The part I can't answer is if Windows 2000 will prompt you to choose between partitions. What I ca tell you is want to choose to Clean Install then the next step that you want to look for is this, "I want to choose the installation partition during Setup"

If you want clear instructions use this

Duel Boot

Good luck

Always backup


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I have had to reinstall both Windows XP and Windows 7 recently, and was pretty angry to discover that both the partition images I had made via Windows native backup facility and my Acronis images, when it came to the time when I needed them, failed me - both declared corrupt or incorrect! Taken me two days to reinstall everything - and I haven't finished yet. Luckily I am on holiday!

So I am trying Macrium Reflect (Free). My question is probably a daft one, but is there any advantage (with Macrium installed on both O/Ss) to making an image of the XP boot partition when I am in Win 7, and the Win 7 partition when I am in XP? Or would it make no difference at all?

I guess I'd only be able to restore the backups when booted into the O/S in which they were created...



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I have managed to get myself into a situation where the "System Reserved" partition is on a different physical drive from my current C drive. This is, I presume, as a result of creating a dual boot system without fully understanding the consequences.

I need to correct this because I intend to wipe out the older drive (which contains the System Reserved partition which, I guess, is where the boot manager is located.)

Since I'm somewhat confused about the difference between a "system reserved" partition and a bootmgr and which is required where, I thought the easiest way to describe my problem is to describe the steps that got me here with screen grabs where appropriate.

At the start of this process I had a plain vanilla 32 bit install of Windows 7. The system resided on an OCZ 60 GB SSD, that contained both a 100 MB "System Reserved" partition and a second 55 GB partition that represented the C Drive as shown below.

When I periodically created a system image (using "Create a system image" from the Backup and Restore Control Panel) it would require me to include both the "system reserved" partition and the C partition, which was fine and what I expected.

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to move to the 64 bit version of Windows 7 and decided upon installing it on a new second SSD (a Samsung 830) using a dual boot setup to go back and forth between the two OS's during the time required to get all my a... Read more

Answer:My Dual Boot setup has the boot mgr on the wrong drive

Hi hwilker, welcome to SF

I think your half way there, all you need to understand is the boot manager resides at present in sys reserved partition so any backup will require the OS (whichever one your backing up) + boot manager & that can be on either drive.

You can use easyBCD to move boot manager and if you want delete sys reserve partition altogether BUT remember that windows keeps some recovery help in there also so make sure you have win install/recovery disks incase needed and always where possible take backups if your not sure

Hope this helps

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Answer:extra hard drive/dual boot setup

I am thinkink of adding another hard drive to my comp so I can use 2 op systems (Win2Kpro/XPpro)(I can run them both on single drive, but when I install XP service pack 1 it wipes the boot files for Win2k) and was wondering how the boot setup would work with this? would windows sort it out or would I have to use bootmagic/partition magic or something? Also if I get a 7200 drive will my old 40gb drive slow it down? (how do I check speed of old drive?)

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I set up an XP/Win7 dual boot system using 2 partitions on a single hard disk (XP was pre-installed). All seemed to go smoothly, except for the fact that I couldn't boot from the Win7 DVD for some reason. The process would start loading files from the DVD but would keep stalling just after the progress bar got to 100% and disappeared. After several attempts and trying 2 different DVD drives, I ended up just running the Win7 setup.exe from XP and that got the install completed.

The problem is when I boot into Win7 the system drive is designated as "W:\" not "C:\" ("W" is the letter I assigned to it when creating the partition that would hold Win7). I hate this. Some people mentioned in different how-to's I checked out that their dual boot system automatically designates the system drive as "C:\" regardless of which OS they boot into or partition letters assigned to each OS. How can I get that to work?

Everything else seems to be working properly when in either XP or Win7.

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I set up an XP/Win7 dual boot system using 2 partitions on a single hard disk (XP was pre-installed). All seemed to go smoothly, except for the fact that I couldn't boot from the Win7 DVD for some reason. The process would start loading files from the DVD but would keep stalling just after the progress bar got to 100% and disappeared. After several attempts and trying 2 different DVD drives, I ended up just running the Win7 setup.exe from XP and that got the install completed.

The problem is when I boot into Win7 the system drive is designated as "W:\" not "C:\" ("W" is the letter I assigned to it when creating the partition that would hold Win7). I hate this. Some people mentioned in different how-to's I checked out that their dual boot system automatically designates the system drive as "C:\" regardless of which OS they boot into or partition letters assigned to each OS. How can I get that to work?

Everything else seems to be working properly when in either XP or Win7.

Answer:Swapping System Drive Letters in Dual Boot Setup

The problem you are faced with is that by default Windows looks for the boot files on your C drive and that is why you've got a problem.

I'm fairly certain there is no other way round your problem, but to boot into Windows 7 and change the system (Windows) drive letter to C.

I'm just intrigued as to why you dislike the default settings so much.

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I set up an XP/Win7 dual boot system using 2 partitions on a single hard disk (XP was pre-installed). All seemed to go smoothly, except for the fact that I couldn't boot from the Win7 DVD for some reason. The process would start loading files from the DVD but would keep stalling just after the progress bar got to 100% and disappeared. After several attempts and trying 2 different DVD drives, I ended up just running the Win7 setup.exe from XP and that got the install completed.

The problem is when I boot into Win7 the system drive is designated as "W:\" not "C:\" ("W" is the letter I assigned to it when creating the partition that would hold Win7). I hate this. Some people mentioned in different how-to's I checked out that their dual boot system automatically designates the system drive as "C:\" regardless of which OS they boot into or partition letters assigned to each OS. How can I get that to work?

Everything else seems to be working properly when in either XP or Win7.

Answer:Swapping System Drive Letters in Dual Boot Setup

See MS site: Change, add, or remove a drive letter
Not sure if this still applies, but in early development versions, if you had dual boot XP & 7, booting in XP destroyed 7 System Restore points.

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Ive read the Instructions on how to setup XP to dual-boot with Vista...
However, im concerned (and someone mentioned it happened to them in the thread)
that when XP SETUP is finished with the TX part of setup and reboots PC to go into the
rest of setup (GUI XP SETUP)) it wont continue....?
is this right>? ive read elsewhere that if the partitions for XP are created in Vista that it wont boot into the rest of setup....

I could make the partition during XP setup if this will help?


Answer:Vista/XP Dual Boot - Will XP setup continue into GUI setup after reboot of 1st part.?

When I did my dual boot [using win2k / vista] I used an existing partition that was created by vista. No problem at all. It is a little more difficult than say installing win2k after xp however as long as you follow the instructions there are no problems.

As always make an image of your system before you start. This way if something does go wrong, it is a simple matter to restore the image and be back where you started from.

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I'm running a k62 500 and am attempting to install Win2kPro on a 3 gig partition

I started the setup in win 98 and when it rebooted i selected win 2k setup instaed of win 98 dual boot seemed to be workinhg bu whe it continues setup it tells me the boot device is innaccessible

the partition Win2kPro is on going on is 3 gigs fat32 designated d: the version of win 98 on my c: is second edition and the partition is also fat 32 it is a fujitsu hard drive and i intend to use one o when another fails since i do a great deal of experimenting and make a large number of changes on a near daily basis

Answer:[Solved] win 98/2000 pro 2000 pro setup boot device inaccessible (HELP ME)

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I have a computer that is dual booting windows 98 and 2000. Each is installed on a different hard drive. When it is starting up it asks me which I want to boot. Right now the default choice is 98, and if I don't choose 2000 within 30 seconds, it boots that. Is there any way for me to set 2000 as the default choice?

Answer:Windows 2000/98 dual boot - can I make 2000 default?

I havn't run win2k in a while now but try this and see.

Go to system properties ->advanced tab -> startup and recovery settings and select windows 2000 as the default operating system. You can change the timers there as well. Then hit ok and reboot and see what happens.

(i'm going by what i'm seeing with windows XP so maybe it's not the same but give it a shot).

I believe there is an INI file you can edit as well but I forget which one.

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I?d like to set my Windows 8.1 computer for dual boot.I have 2 drives installed (Windows 8.1 & Vista Home), and I?d like to have the option of choosing which OS to boot with.Is that possible?Much thanks!Windows 8.1Intel® Core? i5-440CPU @ 3.10 GHz12gb RAM64-bit Operating System, x64-based processorIntel® 8 Series/C220 Chipset Family SATA AHCI ControllerSeagate ST2000DM001-1CH164 (Win8.1)Seagate ST3750528AS (Vista Home)

Answer:How to setup dual boot with dual hard-drives?

Your ONLY option is via the bios and setting which drive boots.Otherwise you have to reinstall the 2nd drives OS while the first drive is booting. Then you can do a multiboot.Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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I wanted to do a dual boot up for win98se and w2k. Found instructions online to do it and when it came time to setup the partition for w2k I could not make another partition for w2k. So , I ended up putting on the same partition as win98se. When I boot up I do the the choice of which os to boot to, and have no problem getting into win98se or w2k. But, shouldn' win98se and w2k be in separate partitions?? If so, then how to I do that now?? Do I have to stasrt from scratch??

Answer:Setup dual boot, but both os ended up on same partition?? Still get choice at boot up

Re: Setup dual boot, but both os ended up on same partition?? Still get choice at boo

As far as I know Win2k is unique in that it will allow a second version of Windows on the same partition. I think you're good just like it is.

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

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

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


Xp professional Setup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This happened about two days ago. By going in chronological order:

I used to have a dual-boot setup, a Windows 7 and Windows 8 on two different IDE 80GB hard drives, named Drive A and Drive B, respectively. Both of these hard drives are quite old, and I'm worried that it may be near the end of their life spans.

After buying a new SATAIII 500GB hard drive, named Drive C, I decided that I want to keep Windows 8, and scrap Windows 7 (I like Windows 8, but I digress). So, I burned a CD containing Parted Magic, boot the Live CD, used GParted to copy the System Reserved partition from Drive A (all 100MB of it) onto Drive C. A few restarts afterwards reminded that me that I need to also copy the Windows 8 partition (74.59GB) from Drive B onto Drive C.

Then I removed Drive A (with Windows 7 intact) and kept Drive B in. And this is where I am as of now. I've currently booted into Drive C (meaning that I'm booting the Windows 8 partition that was copied from Drive B to Drive C), and here's what it looks like:

(Can't tell if the image is working, or it's being resized locally on this forum.)

Now, my problem is that if I were to remove Drive B (the IDE 80GB one, if you're following me), Windows 8 in Drive C will crash upon logging in with my account. It is unable to load anything or even provide basic features, such as shutting down, restart, etc. I believed it's because Drive B is labeled as Volume C; If I remove Drive B, Volume D (Windows 8 in Drive C, the 500GB one) wouldn't ex... Read more

Answer:Dual-Boot setup -> Single Boot: How do I fix Windows 8?

How to clone your IDE drive to a SATA drive.
How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Question: Dual Boot Setup


Im currently running a really basic setup, I have WinXP and Dos installed and when I boot up my machine I have a choice beetween the two. However now id like to add Win98SE as well. All I need to know is if I install 98SE normally, onto the harddrive will I recieve any problems? What do I need to look out for and be weary of :P

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Dual Boot Setup

If you already have a dual boot menu with XP and dos, i would just install 98 in the dos partition. you still have access to dos by restarting in dos mode, and you wont have to mess with your boot.ini file to allow triple booting.

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Hi all!!

I currently am running a dual boot system with XP and 98SE. I have two hard drives, a 40G and a 120G. The 40 G is partitioned into two 20G sections.

The layout is as follows:

C: - 20 G partition of 40G drive - Win 98SE
D: - 120 G drive - Win XP
E: - 20G partition of 40G drive

All drives are FAT 32

I would like to upgrade the 98SE to ME, but I REALLY do not want to have to reformat the 120G drive. I have a LOT of stuff on there!

I tried to format the C drive but to no avail. XP would not let me format either C or E drive, and when I boot by floppy the only drives that DOS can see is the E drive which it designates as C.

I used windows explorer to delete the contents of C and E drive, but Windows ME says that C drive is an invalid file format and will not allow me to install.

How can I format C drive and install Windows ME without having to reformat my 120 G drive?

Any help is greatly appreciated!



Answer:Please help with my Dual Boot setup

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How do you create a dual boot system to run XP and Vista?

Answer:How to setup dual boot

go ahead and install xp first, then install vista on a different partition (can be same drive). restart and the vista boot manager will recognize the existance of both installs and everytime you turn on ure comp ull get a choice, either vista or old windows version (aka XP)...

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Question: Dual Boot setup

I have 3 hard drives in my computer. One for Windows XP Professional, one for Windows 7 Ultimate and one just for storage. My question is can I change my Windows 7 installation to 64 bit and still be able to run XP?

Answer:Dual Boot setup

Short answer is YES, you'll have to do a clean install of the 64 bit os with all new drivers but then XP will work just as it did before

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Question: Dual boot setup

I have a dual boot system setup. One each on it's own partition. I would like to delete 1 so it will free up the hard drive space for the other. How do I go about doing this. One OS is server 2000 and the other is server 2003.


Answer:Dual boot setup

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Question: Dual Boot Setup

I want to create a dual boot setup with Windows 10 and Windows 7. I have some older video processing applications which will not run with Windows 10. One, in particular, is no longer produced, but does an excellent job.

I read a lot of articles on the web and browsed hundreds of posts here. Nearly all are about adding Windows 10 after Windows 7. I want to do the reverse. I want to make that clear, to avoid any confusion.

Here, I have my quandary. I have a single 1TB HD which I can split into two volumes. I also have a separate 500 GB drive in the system. I am leaning towards using the separate drive because if Windows 10 goes haywire, as it has done before, the chances of it affecting a separate drive would be less, I would think. Also, Acronis TrueImage may not let me restore one partition, or the other, individually.

In either case the Secure Boot Manager will not let the system boot with Windows 7 DVD, even when it is not at the top of the list in the BIOS. I suppose I could simply disable it, but then, the system might not be aware of the changes being made.

So, I am needing some guidance. I've never done anything like this before, and I want to get it right on the first try.

Thank you!

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Question: Dual boot setup

Hi, Is setting up a dual boot system just a case of creating a new partition and putting a new o.s. on the new partition or is there a little more to it than that.Thanx in advance Chris

Answer:Dual boot setup

Yes, bascially that is all there is to it.Depends though on, firstly, what OS you currently have installed, and secondly, what OS you want to install.If you have Win95/98/Me then you can install 2k / XP easily.In general, the older OS goes on first.

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Question: Dual Boot Setup

Hello all, I am running Windows XP PE on a NTFS hard drive and I have a 40 gig FAT32 as my slave. I want to put 98 SE on the 40 gig and want to have it set up so I can choose which OS from startup. I have two questions about this. First, how do I set that up? Second, will 3gigs of DDR still cause 98 not to load right? I tried just 98 with the 3 gigs before and it wouldent load because of the ram limit, do I need to remove ram everytime I want to start 98? I am doing this because I want to play a few older games that I have, Requiem, Command & Conquer, Ect. Thanks much for any help you can offer.

Answer:Dual Boot Setup

It's best to install 98 1st, then xp (or w2k) for this type of dual boot (unless you opt for booting from either drive via bios and not boot ini.).

98 likes 512ram otherwise you'll have to do some adjustments:
Win 9x is theoretically capable of recognizing and using up to 2GB of physical RAM. However, because of the way it configures itself based on available RAM, it actually shoots itself in the foot when RAM goes beyond 512MB, and will not work properly at all with more than 1GB.

The workaround for systems with between 512MB and 1GB of RAM is to add (or change) the MaxFileCache setting in the [vcache] section of SYSTEM.INI to limit the amount of memory allocated to the cache manager. This is addressed in MSKB article Q253912.

For systems with more than 1GB RAM, the workaround is to add (or edit) the MaxPhysPage setting in the [386enh] section of SYSTEM.INI to limit the amount of physical RAM that Windows will actually use to 1GB or less. This is addressed in MSKB article Q304903.

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Hi,I have a pc running windows xp pro. I want to try and install a Linux os as well. I have come across Ubuntu and like the look of it.I have a 160GB hard drive. What do I need to do to setup a dual boot system so i can choose windows xp or Ubuntu when I boot up. Are there any pitfalls and is it easy to do.Thanks

Answer:How to dual boot setup for a pc

I have recently installed Xandros Linux on an older PC also running 98SE. By default it loads Linux OS but there is an option to load 98SE instead on boot up. When I installed Linux I took the option to keep 98SE as well. I would imagine your installation would give the same options.

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Question: Dual Boot Setup

I occassionaly help other residents here at this Assisted Care Facility. Several of them have asked about getting another operating system because of the demise of Win XP.
In this regard, I am thinking of familiarizing myself with a second operatring sytem. I am thinking of dual booting an Ubuntu system. My computer has plenty of space on the hard drive for this. I am running W7 Ultimate without any hardware problems.So, I would expect the computetr to support installing another operating sysytem.
What do you guys think?


Answer:Dual Boot Setup

Good move Bill.

There are 2 ways to do a dual boot of Linux:

1. To the same hard disk - complex
2. To a separate hard disk - easier

The second option also has the added benefit, of it something goes wrong, the Windows installation is not affected in the least - as a Linux beginner, i would recommend this route.

There are a good few free Linux distributions. Some are complex, others not. Those that mimic the Windows functionality to a large degree are LinuxMint and Zorin.

Zorin actually has a useful function to make the entire desktop look and behave like either XP or Windows 7 (incl. a classic Start menu)

I would suggest trying Zorin first.

With an XP look & feel:

With a Windows 7 look & feel:

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Hi. I have a dual-boot setup with w98se on c: and xp on d:. Also on that physical HDD is a third partition for storage. I then have several other drives inside and usb-attached to the machine, including a dvd burner that I might use for backup as I do this (??). I don't need the old OS anymore and would like to reclaim that partition, to get rid of the old Windows 98 and have xp only. I do NOT want to have to re-establish my current xp setup with all the wireless networking setups and software configurations in general I'd then have to re-build.

The option of doing nothing is OK for now. XP boots fine and the only problem is that the old OS is holding space I could use, but don't desperately need. It's just that I never use the old OS anymore; I am totally "migrated" to the newer OS. (That is I already dumped and replace the perfectly good hardware that xp won't support...)

I have Partition Magic v.8 on the machine. If I can use this to dump that whole partition and move all the D: stuff to the newly created setup, that would be good to know. But any help will be greatly appreciated. I repeat that I do not want to have to re-install and re-configure xp, but would like to "move" the existing xp setup to c: after I have got rid of the old stuff.

FYI, I am NOT comfortable messing around in the registry, but will go that route if that's my only recourse, and if I can find VERY explicit instructions that apply to my situation on... Read more

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Hi, I just got a new thinkpad x31 and it has a 40gig HD. I have windows and norton installed and fully patched and everything just how I want it. Now I just got a 60gig from my friend and setup a 5gig partition for Ubuntu on it. My question is 2 parts. 1) Can I somehow transfer my windows XP install from my 40gig to my 60 gig w/o hooking up both hard drives? 2) Can I somehow shrink my 40gig windows partition down to like 5? This way I can have 5gig linux partition 10gig for Windows and games/apps and then set aside 45 for storage. I know for the storage to be accessible by both nix and windows it has to be (I believe) FAT32 but I think also read something about not being able to format FAT32 drives over 30 gigs? I am sure there are tons of different methods for accomplishing this but I really dont know where to start besides doing a fresh install of linux/windows on the 60 which I would like to avoid.

Answer:how to setup my dual boot?

you really need a laptop hard drive adapter to plug it into a normal pc to transfer the windows install over to the other drive. As far as dual booting goes there are tons of options. You can use ntloader to boot to your ubuntu partition. It just takes time and reading. I suggest combing over the ubuntu forums. that should help you find out how to use ntloader if you want to go that route. I personally do not like using grub or lilo to be loaded into the mbr of the drive containing windows. I'd prefer to have linux on a seperate drive if I'm going to do that, so it can be loaded into the mbr on that drive, and I can simply switch my boot order back and forth in the bios.

Its all how you want it to be, as far as dual booting goes.

HAVING to have fat32 to be accessible from linux is false. Linux can read ntfs just fine, but its not very safe to be writing. I've had plenty of luck with reading ntfs, so I can play back my mp3s and such. my pr0n of course

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I have xp 32bit and 7 64bit on a dualboot and 7 is the default, however I want to change that.

Answer:How do I get XP to boot as default on a dual boot setup

Try this out, this is how I set mine to work ..... Intel Software Network Blogs ? Dual Boot Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 should help you. you could also go to Control Panel...System...Advanced System Settings...Startup and Recovery...Settings, at the top is a dropdown to pick default.

Let me know if you need some more help,

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I installed Vista on a slave drive on my machine and it's become my main OS so I wanna change it to master (and move the current master drive with WinXP to slave [and eventually install Ubuntu on it]).

How do I do this?


Answer:change dual boot setup

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Though it all looks less alarming this morning...

I finally got over the initial shock of not being able to load windows XP yesterday...certainly being able to boot to my old familiar W2K helped restore some mental equilibrium (along with the requisite amount of caffeine) and from here I definitely have a bit more hope that I can fix it somehow.

Here?s the quick back-story: At the end of an almost (?) successful setup of a dual boot system (WIN2K Pro is the original OS, I?m adding XP Pro to a different hard drive) I got the following when the installation attempted the last restart to open XP:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file

XP seems to be completely installed, when I access my H drive (the one I installed XP on) I find what looks like the entire directory, when I open the system32 folder in the root directory the hal.dll file is there (all 81,152 delinquent bytes of it) but I still don?t know how to ?reinstall? it or convince windows that it's really a GOOD uncorrupted file...:thrilled:

I cannot get it to boot to XP in safe mode no matter how trickily I manipulate the F8 and Enter keys during startup...

I did manage to boot from the CD to get to a ?repair XP? install and that opened the recovery console, but I haven?t a clue where to go from there or what to type so I exited. There now are 3 options at the boot-loader prompt instea... Read more

Answer:Dual boot setup snafu...please help!

Have a look here for detailed instructions.

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I used too be able too run EasyBCD and tell it too add a name a Windows Drive that I wanted too my Dual Boot Menu, when Windows started.  For some reason though I added, Windows 10, too the option menu but, when I select it not booting into it.  Oxcoooo428  /Sytem32/winload.exe  can not verify digital signature 

Answer:Dual Boot Setup Problem

EasyBCD was made before Windows 10 was released. So it is not fully compatible. For information, you need to check with them. is a relevant link about your problem. v2.2, older one that worked on W7 doesn't work on 8/8.1 or W10 properly.My situation yesterday:Win8.1 on primary boot disk SSDWin10TP on secondary HDD, both bootable by themselves.Updated W10 and boot was screwed up royally. 5 entries at boot and only W10 would boot.EasyBcd was installed on primary disk too. I installed EasyBcd on W10 and set boot order and menu, it was down to two W8.1 and one W10 on the boot menu. I found executable EasyBcd file on SSD with W8.1 and run it while still in W10, set the boot order and everything came out right. Now I can BOOT thru BIOS to either of disks and get exactly same BOOT menu. Myself, I no longer use EasyBCD.  Instead, I use the boot manager of Windows 10 and boot three versions of Windows.

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Had a dual-boot XP/W7 laptop... XP on partition 1, Win 7 on partition 2.

I booted from a USB stick, reformatted partition 1 (XP) and installed Win 8 there. It did not setup a dual boot for me.

I know I should have thought of this ahead of time (my bad), BUT... is there anyway, after the fact, to setup dual boot so I can use Win7 that is on partition 2?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.... THX

Answer:Setup dual boot after installation?

Try this... EasyBCD Download Registration Page &mdash; NeoSmart Technologies link at bottom of page for non commercial free use....

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How do I establish a dual boot system? I am running WinXP on both drives.


Answer:How is a dual boot system setup?

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I was doing well with my Dual-boot setup (Win7/XP) for quite some time now, then eventually i decided to remove (format) XP from its partition and edit(remove the XP Boot Entry) from the Win7 boot menu configuration using EasyBCDE. Having done that, during boot-up in Win7, it still shows the Boot menu although there is only one entry left (Win7). My understanding is that when it holds only one OS, the menu will no longer shows up. Any workaround for this hiccup?? Thanks.

Answer:Please help in Dual-boot setup (Win7/XP)

Delete XP entry in EasyBCD and save settings before you exit EasyBCD.CoolGuy

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I currently have two partitions on my computer with 98se on one and xp pro on the other. They're both formatted in FAT32. I want to get rid of win98se but keep XP pro and all my data. Also I'd like to change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS. Is all this possible?

Answer:getting rid on win98 on dual boot setup

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Hello.I have just set up a dual boot system with WIN XP and VISTA,each on a separate HDD.When the PC boots,I receive the two options to choose which OS.On the bottom of the screen I have an option to go advanced by pressing F8,can you explain what this will offer please.Also there is a message to run I believe a memory test of some kind?. Last question,should I see both HDD's in my computer.I can access all the files on the other HDD ?.Thank you

Answer:New dual boot setup,a few questions please

"I have an option to go advanced by pressing F8,"I have never tried that one ;-)"Also there is a message to run I believe a memory test of some kind?."never seen that one. It could be your AV or other spyware prog running."Last question,should I see both HDD's in my computer.I can access all the files on the other HDD ?."This is the best.With in XP you can view and use folders on the Vista partition.In Vista you will be mainly refused to view or alter any of the files or folders on the XP partition. I find it easier to copy the files from the XP partition on to a memory stick and work on them in Vista.Progress.:-)

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How do i setup a dual boot system. I have XP pro 32 on the first Drive and i want to install vista on another. How would i go about doing that as well as choosing which OS loads at boot up.

Answer:Dual boot setup installationquestion

How to dual-boot Vista with XP (with XP installed first) - step-by-step guide with screenshots

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I installed Vista to the second (D) of my three internal HDD.Upon a reboot I was automatically given the choice of which operating system to boot from, earlier version of windows (XP) or windows (Vista).I had too many problems with Vista and decided to get rid of it.I reformatted drive (D),but upon each reboot I am still asked to choose which operating system to boot from.How can I make this stop and just boot straight to XP ?I had a nose around in the bios but can't see any options to stop this.ThanksGazza

Answer:How do I undo a dual boot setup

Start - run - type msconfig - press on boot.ini tab, then check all boot paths. click ok.should boot to XP ok next time.

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My current mail program on XP is Mozilla Thunderbird. I have W7 on it's own partition on the computer and would like to use Thunderbird with W7 but share all the profiles and mail from XP. Ideally, if I access mail when on XP it would show up when back on W7 and vice versa. I googled this but either the info is really old or primarily for doing this with Linux and XP.

Answer:How to setup Thunderbird on dual boot XP/7

As I recall, you can do this by setting up TBird on one OS, then (from the other OS) you'll change the profile store information to point at the profile on the OS that you set it up on.

I did something similar by setting up my profile on a separate hard drive - but found that things were too confusing in the long run. I ended up using PopPeeper on all my systems to check my email, and kept TBird only on one system (for actually receiving it). If necessary, I'm able to respond to emails in PopPeeper or I access the webmail server for my different email accounts while on the other systems. FYI - I use Hotmail Popper (last freeware version) and YPops for my TBird installation.

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I used too be able too run EasyBCD and tell it too add a name a Windows Drive that I wanted too my Dual Boot Menu, when Windows started.  For some reason though I added, Windows 10, too the option menu but, when I select it not booting into it.  Oxcoooo428  /Sytem32/winload.exe  can not verify digital signature 

Answer:Dual Boot Setup Problem

EasyBCD was made before Windows 10 was released. So it is not fully compatible. For information, you need to check with them. is a relevant link about your problem. v2.2, older one that worked on W7 doesn't work on 8/8.1 or W10 properly.My situation yesterday:Win8.1 on primary boot disk SSDWin10TP on secondary HDD, both bootable by themselves.Updated W10 and boot was screwed up royally. 5 entries at boot and only W10 would boot.EasyBcd was installed on primary disk too. I installed EasyBcd on W10 and set boot order and menu, it was down to two W8.1 and one W10 on the boot menu. I found executable EasyBcd file on SSD with W8.1 and run it while still in W10, set the boot order and everything came out right. Now I can BOOT thru BIOS to either of disks and get exactly same BOOT menu. Myself, I no longer use EasyBCD.  Instead, I use the boot manager of Windows 10 and boot three versions of Windows.

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So I have both Windows 7 Home premium 64 and 32 bit installed on a split partition on my hard drive, but when I try go to boot, both editions just say: Windows 7.

How do I change of the operating systems to boot to for the BCD File in Windows 7 so that perhaps one of them says Windows 7 32-bit while the other says Windows 7 64-bit.

I know that in XP it is just a text file you have to edit, but in 7 it seems a bit more difficult.


Answer:A name change for a dual-boot setup, help!

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager

1. Hit the windows button
2. Type "command prompt"
3. right click on Command Prompt > run as administrator
4. type "bcdedit"
5. next type "bcdedit /set {current} Description YOURDESCRIPTIONHERE"
6. restart

This way you can tell apart the two upon start-up.

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I have a system which was initially set up a while ago as a dual boot, Win98SE/Win2K. I had a need for the Win98SE side of things then, but now that has gone but the Win98SE partition is the boot of course.

I want to be able to do away with the Win98SE partition completely and ideally add the space to the Win2K one, maybe leave it as a clean NTFS partition if that makes things easier. This would mean that I would end up with a drive with a single boot partition holding Win2K. This of course is not a trivial process as the drive letter of the boot partition will need to change. (I do want that drive letter change incidentally).

Can anyone offer advice on the feasibility of doing this? I could just reinstall everything but I have a heck of a lot of stuff installed as the machine has to act in home/play/work modes.


Answer:Removing Dual Boot setup

If you're saying that your Win98 disk/partition is drive C: and you now want your Win2k partition (let's call it D to become C: after you blow out the 98 install, you're out of luck. Many programs (including a number of Windows components) are going to be hard-coded in the registry or their configuration files to look for paths on D:. Changing the drive letter to C: is going to break any number of things. You could assign C: as a secondary drive letter to the existing partition, but I'm not sure if there's any value in that.

As far as formatting the Win98 partition, the 2k boot files are going to be located on that partition, so if you plan to reformat that partition, you had better have a strategy for putting the files back. Optionally you could delete the 98 files and CONVERT the partition to NTFS.

Overall, a re-install would probably be easier to accomplish what you want, IMO.

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After setting up partitions per Shawn's tutorial for dual booting Windows 7 and XP, the Windows XP installation disc boot did not show "Welcome to Setup" screen or "Windows XP Licensing Agreement" screen or the list of partitions screen. Instead it went directly to a "Windows Setup" screen and after loading several drivers it gave a "Starting Windows" screen. Immediately the BSOD appeared with errors 0x0000007b, 0xf78d2524, 0xc000004 and 0x00000000.

I tried two different Windows XP setup discs nd got the same result with both.

Answer:Dual Boot Win XP BSOD at setup

Are you loading the SATA drivers for your hard drive?

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

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Good day all.

I would like to reverse the dual-boot capability I set up on my test machine.
The original machine is Windows XP SP3. I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium on partition D.
When the machine now boots, I am given the option of Windows 7 or Older version of Windows which is of course Windows XP. Works great. Now I would like to remove the Win 7 installation and have it boot straight to Windows XP as before. Not exactly sure how to do this.
Don't want to render the machine unbootable or maybe mess up the MBR.
Many thanks gang.

Answer:Reverse dual-boot setup.

Which drive is your boot drive now? If you originally had XP on C: and loaded Win 7 on D: and put the boot partition there, it could be as simple as just making C: the first boot drive now. If, however, you loaded Win 7 onto D: and put the boot partition on C:, then you can fix it with the following:

1) Disconnect the D: drive
2) boot from the Windows XP cd
3) At the setup screen press R to enter the recovery console for your C: drive
4) At the command prompt type "fixmbr" and hit enter, then type "fixboot" and hit enter
5) Type "exit" and the system will restart, hopefully, into Windows XP

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I have dual booting on my PC with Vista home premium on a 500 Gb SATA disk and XP Pro on a 250Gb SATA, both internal.
Vista no longer holds terrors for me and I'd like to get rid of XP and regain better use of the 250Gb HD.
Can I just remove XP from the control panel in the XP boot or is it a lot more complicated?
I don't really want to re format the XP drive as I'd have to transfer a lot of data and files.
Any advice please?


Answer:Removing dual boot setup.

This generally requires you to edit the [boot.ini] (start, run, "msconfig", boot.ini tab, [operating systems]. I've never had a dual boot setup, but under [operating systems], you should see 2 entries, one for Vista, one for XP. If you delete the one for XP, that choice should no longer be available. Check out

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Ok, here is my dilemma. I have for ages been trying to install XP Home Edition as a dual boot setup with Windows 7 on a HP dv6-3019ax. I cant even get the setup to run and have gone through exactly 40 CDs trying do acheive this. I cant find the appropriate SCSI or SATA drivers so windows can recognize my HDD, no even on the HP website. So i searched for other possible drivers i thought might work, but no luck. I am attaching 1 driver at a time with .INF format.

Heres what happens....

1. Windows Boots from the CD
2. whem checking for hardware configuration, it goes real quick...nothing loads.
3. I press F6 for third party SCSI driver, nothing is found then i press S to specify a driver. Still nothing found
4. I press ENTER to continue loading windows setup, then get the blue screen of death.

Ive tried multiple drivers, tried disabling nativeSATA settiings in the BIOS, but wasnt supported by the BIOS, so tried updating the BIOS, but with the latest version, still not supported.

HP told me this exercise was impossible, as there are too many compatibility issues, and that i was unable to partition the HP drive C:, and I have found avaliable XP drivers for my hardware. I dont beleive them.

Can i slipstream multiple AHCI SATA drivers to my XP installation CD?

Please can someone help put an end to my hell!! I need XP as i have an uncompatible program i need for work.


Answer:Windows 7 / XP Dual Boot Setup

Read your other thread:
HP dv6-3019ax

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Or should I scream: Help! help!! help!!! HELP!!!! HELP!!!!!

I'm stuck in the MIDDLE of trying to set up a dual boot system (W2K Pro and XP Pro). The XP setup seemed to go as it should have up to the point where the computer was rebooting for the second time (after the OS was actually copied/installed on the specified partition...I think) but then I got the following error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file​

The file IS there -- at least in the WIN2K root directory -- so does that mean it's corrupt? Or is the message referring to the XP root directory? I'm in deep water here...

SO, here I am with a partial install of XP Pro and the XP CD is still in the drive. I CAN boot to WIN2K by choosing it from the multiboot menu but XP just ain't gonna go.

SO...what's next? I certainly don't want to get in any MORE trouble: specifically I don't want to end up unable to boot to W2K.

(I downloaded a supposed "fix" from the following link -- it's a paid link that shows up on Google's first page when I query about my problem, but I'm certainly not going to try it without some knowledgeable guidance... a peek and tell me what you think, I am very wary of any regfile "fixes", th... Read more

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sir i wish u help me.i had win 7 installed in my laptop.then i tried to install win xp on it.i booted from xp cd and installed xp on separate time my lappy started there was no win lappy was running win xp.tell me now how cud i run both xp and win 7 on my lappy..pls explain step by step and in detail

Answer:XP & W7 Dual boot setup mishap

How to install Windows XP after Windows 7 in a dual boot.Get instructions from here:

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I have win 2K on the 1st partition of a 2 partition Sata HD.I installed a secon Hd with 3 partitions and after disconnecting the 1st hd tried to install Win XP - despite setting BIOS options to boot from CD first and then HD - no response - sys diak error. Tried several times with Sata cable on different MBoard slots - same story. In frustration decided to install XP on 2nd partition of !st HD ( With 2K on its 1st partition) Before the install got to the installation stage I panicked, fearing it would overwrite 2k etc, so cancelled setup. So I should have only one OS ie 2k but whenever I boot I get firstly a wrong sytem disk -press any key error and then an option to boot from 2k or XPI would like to get my system back to where it was - no errors no options - just a straight boot to 2k - HOW DO I DO THIS .... PLease help.Najila

Answer:Failed dual boot setup

Presumably - as is so often the case... - you don't have valid W2K ERD? So...Boot up via W2K CD to access Recovery Console); run recovery console - fixboot/fixmbr routines... reboot to W2K; (via the path detailed below to edit boot.ini) set W2K as default OS to boot; and then edit boot.ini to remove references to XP etc... via:MyComputer\Properties\Advance\Startup-shutdown-option - settings...There is an "edit" (boot.ini) button at that location...Once able to boot tp W2K as per norm... make and keep safe an ERD for W2K. Keep it up to date - as in if you make changes to the system; renew the ERD - and label and date it too?

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I'm getting there, I've downloaded the .ISO file, I've made 2 images of my C:\ drive (using 2 different backup programs) and I've created a 100 GB partition on my second hard drive labeled Windows 10.

Now I'm going to create the install DVD.

I'm hoping that someone else will report how they did it and if they ran into any problems with the boot menu etc.


Answer:Anyone done a dual boot setup of Windows 8 and 10?

Hey Mike,

I just finished, and typing in Windows 10 now. Using a USB instead of a DVD would help it go faster for you.

If you have Secure Boot enabled, then you would want to disabled it until after Windows 10 is installed though.

Other than that, it went pretty smoothly. I just selected to install Windows 10 with UEFI on a second hard drive.

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hi all,

I want to dual boot windows 7 and windows xp pro. What is happening
is - the OS that was most recently installed is the one that works.
I don't get any choice to choose during boot-up.

I didn't have this problem with the windows 7 RC1. How can I set
this up so I can choose the OS during boot-up?



Answer:How do I get a dual boot setup to work right?

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I currently have 3 o/s on my dual (triple!) boot system:

C\: XP
F\: Vista
H\: Windows 7 RC 7100

Come 6th August - MSDN release day (perhaps!) I want to replace XP with Windows 7.

So my question: If I overwrite XP with the new WIndows 7, what would I need to do to retain the Vista in the boot menu, or will it still be there on reboot?

If I lose the ability to dual boot to Vista then its no biggie as I plan on only having a single boot system in the future anyway. I just would need to locate my installation disks and keys for the stuff on Vista before installing Windows 7



Answer:Dual Boot Setup question

I had a similar situation to upgrade from XP to 7, and Vista stayed in the boot menu.

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I am at a bit of a loss here in regards to partitions, as I've never really done it, and would like some assistance.

I want to configure a new system setup under the following circumstances:

SSD(1): (dual-boot OS drive)

+ Partition 1: Windows 7
+ Partition 2: Windows Server 2012

SSD(2): (program / file drive)

+ Partition 1: one large single partition for application / program storage; e.g., Visual Studio 2012 and SharePoint Server 2013.

As you may have noticed, I need to have an instance of Windows Server to use SharePoint Server. At times I will want to run the server set-up to facilitate TFS and SharePoint with a very small team of developers, school related for example. And at other times I would like to boot into Windows 7 Ultimate so I can have a normal browsing experience and play games, etc. But of course I could also develop with VS11.X in Win 7 environment if needed.

My question, is what I'm proposing possible? I want to use Windows 7 normally most the times, but at others I will require Server 2012 to use SharePoint. Can I share the same program resources on the second SSD regardless what OS I boot into? What issues may rise if I tried running SharePoint (or just having SharePoint) while booted into Windows 7?

I've searched high and low for answers elsewhere but no luck. =/

A friend of mine said that I will have to create two partitions on the 2nd SSD, a copy of apps for each OS due ... Read more

Answer:Dual-Boot SSD and Application SSD Setup

Since you can't share programs between the OS's, another method to consider is install each OS to a HD with the other unplugged, then after plugging both back in boot choice of HD's using BIOS boot order in BIOS or the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

Then you can install each OS's programs to its partition which avoids issues.

Only if you have a lot of User folders to take up the second drive would that seem to make it necessary to install the two OS's onto the Primary HD booted via the Windows Boot Menu.

Either way you would want to link any User folders copied to another partition by rightclicking it to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums to avoid issues with moving the user folder which then makes the target partition a System folder.

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when I first got XP Pro , instead of installing it over ME I configured machine to run both OSes. ME is on C drive, XP on D and a data partition on E. How do I remove ME totally and just have XP and the data partition on the machine and still have it boot up? It was pretty easy installing them but removing it is not so easy. I've tried using Partition Magic to make the D drive active but when I reboot it cant seem to find XP and I have to go back in and make ME active in order for machine to boot up. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


Answer:removing OS from dual boot setup

You need to Search the Knowledge Base.

Edit the boot.ini

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I had a Windows XP/98SE dual boot setup I no longer need the 98SE part of it. I have removed 98SE and re-sized the harddrive into one partition, my problem is removing the multiple choice on boot up, I have looked at the boot.ini file but I am not sure what entry should be there if any, also where can I find a guide to the DOS commands that are available on Windows XP Pro, and last but not least does anyone know where to get cheap cables as I am sure that £15.00 for a ATA 133 IDE ribbon cable is well over the top, especially when they only cost $1.95 on an American website.Thank For Any Help Recieved

Answer:Removing Dual Boot Setup

this is my boot.ini for xp pro only[boot loader]timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetectso if you have another entry which states windows that needs to be deleted but make sure you back up the boot.ini before tinkering

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adding new hard drive (D), secondary, formated fat32, would like to add win2k to this hard drive and dual boot with (C), primary with xp pro. will i have any problems?

Answer:dual boot xp pro & 2000

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Hello!I am right now installing windows 2000 on one of the PC with Windows XP installed here at the office. I am planning to do dual boot with this PC. However, I?ve read from one site that you have to installed WIndows XP last to enable dual boot. Is there a way that I wont reinstall again XP?Thanks in advance!  Specs are as followsAsus P5L VM1394, 1Gig RAM, Intel Core2Duo 1.8Ghz, 80Gig HD which is:C:=WindowsXP=20GigD:=Windows2000=20GigE:=data drive=40GigThanks in advance!!

Answer:Dual boot XP and 2000

The only simple way is to install 2000 and then XP.  If that's not possible, you may be able to find 3rd party software to make the computer dual boot after installing 2000.  I don't know of any off the top of my head, but using Google I once found software to do this with installing Vista and then XP which is kind of the same situation.

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What is the best way to set up a dual boot for W2000 Pro with XP Home already installed?

I'm running XP Home which was pre-installed by OEM. I need to run IIS and I have a copy of 2000 Pro so I would like to setup a dual boot. I purchased a new HD and am about to install it, but I realize that the order of OS's for dual boot is not going to be correct, and I imagine that the bootstrap files for 2000 will probably not recognize XP. What should I do. I don't really have a convenient way to do a backup of my system, so I looking for a way to do this which is as safe as possible. If I do the following would a repair adjust the bootloader to dual boot?

Using just the new drive, install 2000 Pro.
Jumper the 2000 drive as master and the XP as slave
Boot using the XP CD
Select Repair and hope that the repair allows a dual boot.

I'm hoping that this would simulate installing XP after 2000 Pro.

Is there a better way?


Answer:Dual Boot 2000 after XP

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Dear Geeks,
Win 2000 Pro SP4 on c: working fine...

Win XP SP2 installed on d:, worked for awhile, then system.dat crapped for
whatever reason ?, copied an old one, boot from d: ends up with a bsod 50...

Is there a reg cleaner that can fix reg on d: while booting from c: ?

Can XP be re-installed on d: without having to re-install the programs (a lot
of them) already installed on d: ?

How to protect c: if I decide to re-install XP on d: ? I cannot loose c: ...

Cheers and ... have a great geek day,

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Question: dual boot 98/2000

got a win98 computer that had win2000 added to it.
the winnt directory was "deleted" in an attempt to remove win2000, but the OS select menu still appears during boot-up.

how can i get rid of the menu and make it go straight to win98 or at least fix it to where win98 is the default system selected for the timeout?

Answer:dual boot 98/2000

You should have a boot.ini on the c drive. It will list the dirve and o/s to start. Put the win 98 first and it should start win 98 as the default.

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I have managed to install xp pro in addition to 2000 pro. How do I undo this? I'd like to stick with 2000.

thank you thank you thank you thank you

Answer:xp pro/2000 pro dual boot

this way you'll lose data and have to reload all programs.

in bios, boot to the cd as the 1st boot device.
use the 2k cd, delete the partition/s, create/format ntfs or fat 32, install 2k.

good luck.

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Currently have 98 se on 30 gb hard drive with an 80gd slave drive.Can i install win2000 on 30gb drive and format 80gb drive to ntfs?

Answer:win 2000 and 98 dual boot

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I've installed 2000 with 98 for dual boot. Was working fine for about 2 weeks then all of a sudden when it boots up and I tell it to load 98 it gives me error non system disk and won't boot to 98 but will boot to 2000. Can some one please help?

Answer:Dual boot with 2000 and 98


It is possible that you have deleted your Bootsect.dos file from the root of your c: drive. Or, it points to the wrong partition.

Do us a favour, paste thye contents of your Boot.ini file here, and then tell us how you have partitioned your HD(s). We need the type of partition (Primary or Extended), the file system used (FAT16, FAt32 or NTFS), the drive letter assigned in Win98 AND in WinNT.

If you do not have a bootsect.dos file, then you can download my bootdisk. It is in a zipped format. Unzip it, and run the program. The program will format a stiffie and make it into a boot stiffie. On the boot stiffie is a program called BOOTPART.EXE which can only be run in NT or DOS6.11 It will recreate your bootsect.dos file.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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Question: Dual boot 2000/XP

I did a search and only found one thread and that didn't sound too promising. OK. I'm wanting to add XP Home to my perfectly good running 2000Pro machine. There seems to be a lot of apps that won't run on 2000. I want to put XP on a separate internal hard drive. Trying thru Windows tells me 2000 is not a supported OS to upgrade to XP. I knew XP was a downgrade but I want it on a separate drive. It won't let me that way. So, I tried to boot from the XP CD and it thinks about it for a while and then loads 2000 without getting into the XP install screen. Any ideas on how to get this done without screwing up my 2000? Or maybe there's a program that will "trick" applications into running on 2000? Thanks for any and all suggestions and guidance.

Answer:Dual boot 2000/XP

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I am trying to dualboot windows 2000 and xp pro.I have installed the them onto seperate partitions, 2000 on C and xp on D.I installed 2000 1st and have used it as a single OS for some time.since installing XP i cant get 2000 to load. it comes up with a message 'windows can to start because the following file is missing or corrupt./winnt/system32/config/system(it may have a leading C, and the slashes sould be reversed dodgy keyboard!>)I have tried to repair using the repair option on the 2000CD, with no success.can anone advise?

Answer:dual boot 2000 and xp

Windows 2000 is based on NTFS whereas with WinXP you have a choice of NTFS or the FAT system, what I'm getting at, when you installed WinXP did you choose NTFS or FAT? if you chose the latter then this could be the cause of your problems, I suggest a clean install WinXP first, (because this is the newer OS) then Win 2000 both NTFS.

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Question: dual boot xp-2000

was thinking that since 2000 isn't as much of a memory hog as xp. why not use 2000 to play call of duty or far cry online. sound idea or too much trouble to bother with?????????????

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Question: XP/2000 Dual Boot

How difficult is it to setup a windows2000/XP dual boot? Some web links to point me in the right direction would also be helpful...thanks

Answer:XP/2000 Dual Boot

Actually pretty easy.
Just take a clean Hard Drive, Install Windows 2000 FIRST, then after that, Install Windows XP. It should all set up nice. But here are the official instructions:
Windows 2000
Windows XP

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I have a dual boot operation system with windows 98 and 2000 and I wanted to know that if I uninstall 98, will 2000 be affected?

Answer:Dual Boot: 98/2000?

this article tells you how to remove 98 How to Remove Windows 98

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I have an Acer Aspire Laptop which has Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed. The HDD is 320Gig and there is only one Drive (C:\ of 285GB size) which has about 150GB free space remaining. Now I want to create a partition and have a dual-boot without disturbing the existing Win 7 and its user configurations. Is there any way I can create a partition to install another OS or is formatting the Hard-drive and starting afresh the only option? Pls Help!

Answer:How To Setup Dual-Boot on Acer Aspire

Hello Airywind, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing the full layout of your HDD. This way we will be able to give you the proper advice.

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I've been working on computers for a long time, and I must admit, I've never cared to learn anything about Linux, and been happy with my Windows home. But as of late, the high school in my town has geared a few of their networking classes towards using Linux. Therefore, as a part time tech at the high school, I need to learn Linux, or at least get a fundamental understanding of it.

As of right now I dont have a secondary rig of my own to devot to Linux, but I have about 30GB of free hard drive space that wont be used for ages on my main rig, so I figure it's time to take the plunge.

This system consists of two HDs, they are not in any RAID setup. One is a 80GB OS/applications HD, the other is a 200GB media HD. I was planning on installing Linux onto the 80GB, because if something goes wrong then I dont have any issues formatting it, but I cant loose the data on the 200GB.

So, what's the easiest way for me to set this up? What programs should I use and where can I find them and guides to using them? What's the most safe way of protecting the data on the 200GB HD?

I will be using Ubuntu if that is of any help.

Looking forward to everyones help.

Answer:Easiest Way to Setup Dual Boot System

Ubuntu automatically detects Windows partitions and configures the bootloader for you. The data on the 200 GB should be fine, just pay attention to the Ubuntu installer if you use automatic partitioning and see that it doesn't attempt to partition and format your 200 GB drive. Also, if they are NTFS partitions on the 200 GB, never mount them in writeable mode and actually try to write to them.

Ubuntu has a pretty slick package manager (apt, from Debian) so chances are almost everything you want (unless you have specialty needs) will be in apt repositories. However, what kind of programs are you looking for exactly?

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I would like to remove windows XP from my current dual boot setup and have had a few failed attempts already.

My system:
- Originally 1 HDD in 3 partitions, primary having XP
- Added 2nd HDD in 3 partitions, primary having Win7

I've included an image from Win7 Disk Manager.

My first attempt to remove XP I followed this guide:
Video: Remove Windows XP from a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7 | TechRepublic

I was following the steps fine until I tried the BootRec /fixboot command which returned an "element not found" message. After quitting the process there, I could not boot into either OS.

My second attempt, I tried to follow the steps provided by gregrocker under post 5 of this thread:
Removing Windows XP SP3 on Dual Boot with Windows 7
After I deleted the XP partition and booted off the Win7 disk, Win7 did not recognize any drives that had Win7 installed. I could not select anything to repair as a result.

I have my Win7 and XP partitions backed up with Acronis and have restored both partitions after each attempt. I'm posting this from the same box.

I'll continue to read through posts/guides on the site here. Any suggestions in the mean time would be appreciated.

Answer:Trouble Removing XP from Dual Boot Setup

Hello wnyluke, welcome to Seven Forums!

It's much easier than you believe, all that needs done as the Windows 7 partition is marked "Active" is the 3 separate startup repairs outlined in this tutorial at the link below; and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Then the XP partition can be removed though I would suggest a wipe secure erase first, have a look at Method Four of this one.Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

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hi everyone. i have just sorted some problem i had and i thought i would post it here if some other people have the same problem. i had xp installed on my laptop and i decided to try Linux UBUNTU the new one ver.7.10 so i could have dual boot setup. i have used partition manager to to create another two small partitions for UBUNTU one for system and one for swap files. now all went well i have installed new system and restarted and voalaa i had linux perfectly running on my laptop. i was happy till i tried to boot back to XP :( and it would just go to the XP start logo and than it would just restart back to the main boot menu. i thought that i will have to reinstall windows so i was not happy at all but when i tried to boot from XP install CD i just couldn't get anywhere it wouldn't work as i always did :( now the solution : the good part :) what actually happened was that partition manager hide the main windows partitions so what you have to do is to is unhide partition using ULTIMATE BOOT CD click here . once the partition is unhiden than you can boot back to XP without any problem. hope this will help someone who is in position as i was. cu JARO

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Hello Guys:

Have a ?
Here is my situation, right now I have XP Pro SP2 updated to latest of everything.
I might be able to get me a OEM FULL version of Ultimate & want to know if I can install it in a DUAL BOOT configuration setup without messing up XP Pro? In other words, can I run both OS's on the same PC without any problems whatsoever? Both will be FULL versions, no upgrades.

Any insights would be appreciated.


Answer:Vista Ultimate In A Dual Boot Setup

yes, you can, i work on laptop LS 30730 celeron M1,3 ghz., and i have xpmce on first partition, and vista
ultimatum on sec. part. without any problems, you must know vista want 15 gb or more for instalation, your secund part. must be big enough...

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Wondering what it the best option here. I have two pc's with xp, office, and Norton that have been activated. Therefore, I do not really want to re-install xp and go through all of that additional hasstle

I have searched and found several good threads and articles, but nothing yet that is the exact same as my situation. I still have much reading to do. It looks Like I have two options to start with. One is to creata an additional partition on my existing HD and install 98 on it and switch between them with a boot manager of some sort. The other option, that I am leaning towards, is to install a 2nd HD from an older pc that already has the os and the software I need to run on it. I would just update some of the drivers and use a boot manager to switch between the two

I have partition magic 8.01 that can allow for dual booting and partition manipulation. But I wonder if there is a better "freeware" option if I go with the 2nd drive and will not need to manipulate any partitions.. I might be answering my own questions here, but maybe there is someone with some relevant info for me to consider.

On other option is to try to figure out how to get one of the critical aps to run on XP. I get a popup message that there is a type missmatch. This is from the program itself and not the OS. The program is a small semi custom program that cannot be updated and is obsolete. This program would not run on 2000 either. I fugure this is a longer shot that getting a dual boot s... Read more

Answer:Solved: Yes, another dual boot xp/98 setup. I have some ?'s before I jump in.

If it helps, the pc's already have the factory drive partitioned. The 1st partition is a 39 MB FAT, in addition to the NTFS that the OS is on. Not sure if it is FAT16 or FAT32. I would gess 32.

Some pages I am looking at. It recomends FAT16 as the 1st partition. is another multi-boot program. Oh, the choices. Lots of stuff going on here.

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I'm trying to configure my system to dual boot with Windows 7 and 8.1 installed (defaulting to 8.1).

I did this earlier in the week installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise first and when I installed Windows 7 second, Windows 7 wouldn't boot correctly. Then was told that you should install the older OS first.

So, starting fresh, I installed Windows 7 Enterprise and partitioned my Crucial 256GB SSD into two and the install went fine.

Then installed Windows 8.1 Enterprise on the unallocated partition and 8.1 installed fine.

Each time I booted, I would be greeted with the OS selection screen and if I choose 8.1 it boots fine.

Then decided to go back into Windows 7 and after selection Windows 7 it gives me a screen where it says 'Performing Repair' and then gives me an error about my Windows can't verify the digital signature for winload.efi.

Not sure what is going on as I've never had any problems doing a clean install, though I can't remember the last time I tried to do a dual boot setup. I'm not sure if is a BIOS thing as I personally find the ASUS BIOS pretty confusing for most of it so I could have a setting not set correctly.

Both Windows 7 and 8.1 are UEFI installs if that makes a difference.

Hoping there might be an easy way to fix it without having to start over. While not the end of the world, I've already wiped and reinstalled about 6 times in the last week due to a variety of reasons already so if I can not do it again, it would be nice.

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Answer:Problems booting into Win 7 after dual boot setup

Originally Posted by Fr3lncr

I'm trying to configure my system to dual boot with Windows 7 and 8.1 installed (defaulting to 8.1).

I did this earlier in the week installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise first and when I installed Windows 7 second, Windows 7 wouldn't boot correctly. Then was told that you should install the older OS first.

Yes, that was your first mistake. The second "may" be that you installed Win 7 on the partition that held Win 8 the first time around. This is just an educated guess.

I would suggest you go to Terabyte Unlimited and download Copywipe, which is free. There are versions for Windows, DOS and a PEBuilder plugin. Hard Drive Copy and Secure Wipe Software - CopyWipe

Copywipe will wipe your hard drive squeaky clean; Back when I was beta testing operating systems for Microsoft, if a newer version of Windows had been on a hard drive, the older version would no longer install at all, and sometimes would install but not properly. I don't have that experience with Windows 8, since all the "rank and file" volunteer beta testers were "fired by" Steven Sinofsky.

If I remember correctly, I used the DOS version because it's just easier. The instructions are written on the boot heel. If you can't understand the DOS one, use the Windows one. My memory has aged right along with my body, so I could be wrong about which version I used. I haven't had to use it in awhile.

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Hello Forum!

Im new here. I browsed this forum for a bit and decided this is a good place to learn about new things and to get help with problems.

Well i have a problem.

I currently have a pc with Windows 7 64bit installed on it.
Now im tryin to install another Windows 7 64bit on a newly shrinked partition i created - The size is 103gb

When ever i try to install on the newly created parition i'm gettin this error:

"Setup was unable to use the existing system partition because it does not contain the required free space"

Im have lots of free space on the new partition..But i was told that my SYSTEM RESERVED 100mb is whats causing the problem because i only have 1mb free on this partition.

Im pretty much lost now..Could anyone here provide some advice on how to install
Another Windows 7 64bit on a newly created partition?

Many Thanks!

Answer:Setup Windows 7 64bit - Dual Boot

Quote: Originally Posted by phillizee

Hello Forum!

Im new here. I browsed this forum for a bit and decided this is a good place to learn about new things and to get help with problems.

Well i have a problem.

I currently have a pc with Windows 7 64bit installed on it.
Now im tryin to install another Windows 7 64bit on a newly shrinked partition i created - The size is 103gb

When ever i try to install on the newly created parition i'm gettin this error:

"Setup was unable to use the existing system partition because it does not contain the required free space"

Im have lots of free space on the new partition..But i was told that my SYSTEM RESERVED 100mb is whats causing the problem because i only have 1mb free on this partition.

Im pretty much lost now..Could anyone here provide some advice on how to install
Another Windows 7 64bit on a newly created partition?

Many Thanks!

You simply need to point the installer to the new empty partition. It is now trying to install in the 100 system partition with no success.

Ken J

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If so is there any special way I have to go about doing this?

I've never partitioned a dual-boot before, and i've googled a few methods i'm just wondering if anyone wants to share their wisdom of the best way this can be done. Thank you.

Answer:[SOLVED] Can I Partition XP 32-bit and XP 64-bit as a Dual Boot setup?

Also I have an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+ btw, everything i've read on the net so far leads me to believe it has "64-bit computing capabilities" as it is termed, however I have an IT tech mate who reckons you need an intel chip to run XP 64-bit. I'm thinking hes wrong though. :/ Confirm/deny?

I can't edit posts for some reason.

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Hello. I want to undo my dual-boot setup of Win98 with WinXP. They are installed on 2 HD's, and I want to take out the one with Win98 and leave only the one with WinXP in place. The way I've had it is Win98 is on C: drive on my master HD. On my slave HD is WinXP on the H: drive. (you might think H is a bit weird haha) But I've never really logged into Win98, I've always just used XP, so I figure it's useless, and I want to undo this whole thing. I took out my master HDD, set the slave one (with XP on it) to master... and now the computer won't boot. I booted from my XP cd into the XP setup screen, and saw that the drive letters changed so that the XP partition is now the C: drive. That must be the issue. Apparently, changing Windows's drive causes problems. So, how can I achieve my goal without going through an XP re-install?

Here it is again, succintly: I want to take out my HD with Win98 on it (that HD had the C: and D: partitions), and I want to leave in just my HDD with the WinXP installation. How can I do that without re-installing XP?

Help greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Undoing a dual-boot setup = headache! Any help plz?

Your drive with Win98 on it was the active boot drive and therefore had the boot sector written to it.

Leaving the Win98 drive out and the XP drive as the main drive, boot off the XP CD, go to the recovery console and try (I believe) fixmbr and fixboot. That should write the boot information to the MBR on the XP drive and you will then be able to boot from that drive.

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So i bought a brand spankin new Toshiba A305-S6862 the stats:
Intel 2 Duo with 2Ghz
2x 250GB Hard drives
windows Vista Pre-installed

I decided to do a dual boot setup with XP. So I went ahead and did that. After going on a crazy driver hunt for 5 hours, i am finally done but some problems still exist:

1)My Video/Display Driver is missing and is showing an error, I tried to reinstall...nothing works, its an intel chip thats all I know.
2) Windows update shows 7 updates but when try to install it gives me an error saying "Something in your PC is preventing the update", doesnt say what.
3) When I go into "Control Panel ---> Performance ----> System" it only shows 2.99 GB of ram....the laptop came with 4GB where did the rest go? What am I doing wrong here?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I have an eMachines ET1331G that came with Windows 7. I have setup a dual boot (partitioned the disk and put XP on the partition). The dual boot works fine except that I cannot access the internet when I am on the XP side. I tried downloading all the drivers that eMachines had on their website for this particular model but it did not help. Any ideas???

Answer:XP internet issues on dual boot setup

In XP, go to Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager, scroll to the Network Adapter, right click it and go to Properties. Click on Update Driver and if that fails, or downloads the same one again, click the Details tab and note the four characters which follow VEN and the four after DEV.

Go to and input the details into the relevant boxes for Vendor and Device and you should be led to the maker's website and, hopefully, a driver which will work in XP. If one isn't available, a cheap wireless dongle might be your best workaround.


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I am planning on doing a reformat/reinstall of Windows 7 on my computer and would like to try a dual boot configuration with Linux Mint. I will install Windows first creating 3 partitions: one for Windows, one for data, and one for Linux. When I install Linux, do I really need to create an additional separate "home" partition (if I plan on storing all my data on the data partition to be shared by Windows and Linux); can I just map my "home" directories in Linux to the shared data partition? I will probably go ahead and create a small "swap" partition to be on the safe side, but really need advice on whether a "home" partition is needed.

Answer:Linux Dual Boot Setup Question

If you want to share data between the systems, YES, you need a separate Partition for Home directory. Although you MAY be working too hard to accomplish this. A potential problem with sharing a Home partition is that Windows reads/writes in NTFS formatting, while Linux uses EXT4 formatting. Linux will "see" the NTFS partition and will allow you to access/read the directory; however, Windows will NOT see the Linux partion. I have copied my entire Windows Home directory into Linux Home without ever leaving Linux OS, thereby recreating every file in its existing directory structure in my Home directory in Linux. But I'm not sure what would happen if I accessed a Win Home file, modified it, and saved it in its native Win directory. What you are asking is NOT recommended (shared Home directory on a single drive), especially for a Linux newbie, but it can be done. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

In that spirit, would you be willing to have your Home directory on an external USB device, formatted in FAT? If you are "trying out" a dual boot config, this would be the most painless way to accomplish it.

Otherwise, this could be a very tricky proposition, as files such as Word docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, etc... are likely to be in proprietary MS file formats, such as *.doc, *.xls, and *.ppt formats. MS Office is NOT available in Linux (unless we use WINE, but that is another lengthy topic, and not recommended as a long-term solution), as LibreOffic... Read more

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my system is Windows 98 1st edition and XP Service Pack 3.I wish to remove windows 98 and incorporate the space into the XP system. I do not want to have to re-install XP and all the associated programs. Windows 98 is on the C: drive and XP on F:D and E are ,respectively, DVD Rom and CD Rom.What is the cleanest way to do this?

Answer:removing one system on a dual boot setup

I assume that booting into XP and going to computer managerment, you can delete the C: partition and then format to NTFS....1) Click Start2) Right Click "My Computer" or with Vista/Win 7 then right click "Computer"3) Click Manage4) Click Disk Management

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I currently have 2 hard drives, with Windows XP SP2 installed on one and Windows Vista x64 on the other. I would like to index my drives to speed up searches. If I just activate the indexing (by checking the box in the drive properties window) on both drives from both OS's, will this cause any problems? Will XP and Vista be able index the drives together without conflict?

Answer:Indexing drives in dual boot setup

Hi dyst0pia

I don't believe there should be any conflict letting Vista index the XP drive. I think (but I'm not completely sure) that Vista's indexing method stores that data on the Vista system. The service, of course, will only index while Vista is running.

Should you find that the indexing doesn't speed your searches enough to justify any performance penalty it exacts, you can remove or disable it from "Programs & Features" in the Vista Control Panel. Alternatively, you can set the Indexing Service to only monitor particular folders that you wish indexed - this can negate any performance penalty (rather a "best of both worlds").

Here's a blurb (from IBM) on tuning the Indexing Service for specific folders:


Open Indexing Options in control panel and click the modify button, and then Show all Locations. A directory tree listing of hard drive folders. This is where specific folders can be selected or deselected for searching. There are several folders that are suggested. The Users folder, or your user ID under C:\users. This will encompass the My Documents folder, My Pictures, My Music and other user or application created files. The types of files can also be adjusted by clicking on the advanced button and selecting or deselecting specific file types.

Best of luck!
. . . Gary

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Hello all,

I can't figure out how to set up dual boot with two complete, but seperate drives already running respective OS's fine.. I had two seperate HD's, one with XP, one with Vista Ult. already on them. I want to be able to dual-boot these but all I can find is setting up dual boot when installing one or the other (Vista w/XP already on or XP w/Vista already on). I have EasyBCD on hand..

Thanks, TJ

Answer:How do I setup Dual Boot XP/Vista w/two HD's, not partitions?

The very easiest approach is to install each system seperately (just disconnect the other HDD during installation). To switch between the 2 HDDs (2 systems), you just switch the boot sequence in the BIOS.
Advantage: No headaches with the MBR, you can delete each system independent from the other, switching the BIOS boot sequence is fast, etc.
Also, if you create a seperate data partition on one of the HDDs, you can share the data from both systems and do not have to worry about copying/synchronizing the data.

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I am formatting my HD with a fresh Vista x64 install and also installing x64 Windows 7 for dual OS. However since this is a clean slate how should I go forward regarding partitions? Should I install Vista on C:, 7 on D: and all my subsequent programs on E:? I have a 750 GB HD, how much should I allocate for each OS?

If I want to delete one of the OS in the future I think I can just delete the partition right?

I have rebuilt my pc numerous times and would like to manage all my info rather than backup and recopy over every time.

Thanks for your help!

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I just reformatted my laptop, heres my process, for what its worth. I'd like any suggestions, criticisms, etc. The machine is a Dell Latitude D820, Intel Duo, 80 gig hd.

First backup. I created c:\backup_c and h:\backup_h and dragged all files from respective drives into these directories and backed them up. Also backed up Firefox profile C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Moxilla\Firefox\profile. Stilll don't know how to backup windows settings :-|

Insert OS CD and boot to CD. Install scuzy and raid drivers (if applicable), then delete existing partitions. Create new partitions: 12.5 gig for windows OS, 5 gig for Ubuntu, 50 gig remaining for windows data, 1 gig for Ubuntu swap, 1 gig for encrypted data, remainder un-allocated.

Install windows.....

Finish windows install. Set up windows users: one administrator and one limited. I recommend not using real names here because they will be used in cookies. Dont set admin password yet, because you will have to restart upteen times in next steps.
Install drivers for hardware. My dell latitude D820 recommends chipset, video, comms, input, audo, misc.

Format data drive. Install firewall. Patch windows.Install Firefox. Install Sun's Java. I also create dircetories on data drive (F:\) for Documents, Downloads, and Pictures and put shortcuts to these directories in all user's desktop and "My Documents" to ease saving files off C (windows OS) partition and onto ... Read more

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Im trying to get a dual boot setup going on my laptop, but Im having a lot of trouble with the installation. I want to have 2 installs of Windows 7 64bit, running on 2 partitions on the same SSD. One partition/install of Windows for audio production, the other completely separate for my own personal use. The audio partition/install will have no networking devices enabled, no antivirus or any other clutter, just my audio software and thats it.

I have tried making the partitions in the Windows 7 installer, installing into the first partition, then once thats done installing into the second. I have tried installing the first time across the whole HD, and then once Windows is running, in the Disk Manager utility running a shrink on the HD, then rebooting and installing the second install into the newly created partition. For some reason I keep getting all manner of weird behaviour though. My SSD isnt getting recognised on boot, its hanging during the Starting Windows splash animation, a couple of times I think the SSD wasnt even seen by the BIOS.

Heres my specs to start:
MSI GT680 Laptop with
- Intel i7 2630QM 2.0GHz,
- 16GB DD3 RAM,
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB,
- Micro-Star International Co MS-16F2 Motherboard

I got a Samsung EVO 840 SSD, with 500GB of storage, for my primary drive, and a HGST 7200RPM 1TB for my secondary. I have tested the Samsung SSD and the HGST with SeaTools, using Short and Long tests, no problems. I have an old Intel SSD and an old WD H... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Dual Boot Setup Issues

Work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Try new media written to stick with tool in Step 4.

Check for firmware update for the SSD and BIOS update for the PC.

Do you have UEFI BIOS? Check in BIOS setup for any sign of UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS and Boot Priority settings for UEFI.

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Hello folks,

been having a issue in trying to install a dual boot OS setup on my Dell XPS 8500. I have copied over my files to a seperate drive so no worries about data loss from the pre-installed HDD. However due to circumstances I wanted to clean install my system and add a second OS (WIN XP HOME) along with Windows 8.1 but having trouble in getting started with XP.

My PC is a Dell XPS 8500
Service Tag: 4C7GpW1
CPU: Intel I7-3770 3.40 GHz
1 TB HDD, ST31000524AS
Memory: 12288 MB.

Here's the message I've been getting either via non-safe mode and safe mode after the xp screen:

Answer:[SOLVED] Trying to setup Dual Boot on XPS 8500

I'ts late in the night for me right now, but I'll be around tomorrow to check for responses. Thanks in advance :)

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Hi all,

Just looking for some advise on the above.

Currently running a dual boot setup with Vista and XP. The machine has three hard disks, a 750GB, a 500GB and a 250GB. The 750GB runs Vista, the 500GB runs XP and the 250GB is just used as extra space for either OS.

What I want to do is just remove Vista completely. Is this just a case of formatting the 750GB drive? Will this remove the boot menu at startup though?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.


Answer:Help - Uninstalling Vista from a dual boot setup

Ok please answer these:

1. Is your Vista your first boot drive?
2. Can you boot your 500Gb if you set it as first boot drive?

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