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Multiboot CD with GRUB or BCDW.

Question: Multiboot CD with GRUB or BCDW.

Hi,I want to make a DVD win7 auto setup. I have a problem with the slection partition to install. I want to make multi boot DVD (use GRUB or BCDW) with the condiction like:- IF exist partition 1 with size 100MB than install windows to partiton 2- ELSEIF install windows to partition 1.So, how can i do that?Thank for your helping!

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Preferred Solution: Multiboot CD with GRUB or BCDW.

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Answer: Multiboot CD with GRUB or BCDW.

This might be better posted here:

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So I got this new hp 6575us laptop from Microcenter and it came with windows vista and a recovery partition.
I shrank my main c: drive in order to get fedora core 6 working.
I could boot both OS's just fine but I had a lot of hardware issues with fedora that weren't really worth my time so I deleted the partitions using vista and re-expanded my c:

However, now when I boot the computer I get to a grub terminal and have to do some weird things in order to boot windows (rootnoverify, chainloader, boot)
I also couldn't mount my hard drive to look for a kernel.

I checked out Microsoft and HP for help and they both suggest using a program that comes with the vista cd.
However, this laptop did not come with a vista cd and I really don't feel up to buying one.

I've tried using some of the older boot fixes but they don't work.

I've also tried using the recovery partiton link from the OS startup (I'm backing up my data in case I have to reformat the computer) but that doesn't work (loads grub)

Is there some way for me to fix this or am I stuck?

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

Answer:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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This is what happens when I turn my computer on. but if restart my computer it fuctions normally. i have an xp os as well as an ubuntu. i was getting this problem even before installing ubuntu. also lately, i am getting a lot of blue screens on my startup asking me to reboot. please help.

Answer:GRUB Loading stage 1.5 GRUB loading?

"i was getting this problem even before installing ubuntu"You won't get a GRUB error on a "pure" XP system. GRUB is generally loaded with Linux, unless you loaded a different distro prior to Ubuntu? Or some sort of boot manager software?"i am getting a lot of blue screens on my startup"Could be a sign of bad RAM or incorrect memory settings. Are there STOP: error codes on the blue screens? Post the error message....

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Question: xp & multiboot

Answer:xp & multiboot

I have my Pc setup (with Partition Magic)five partitions, all Win98SE. I wish to add XP to one partition. Can I do this and keep four of my partitions as they are? (bootable). Also would it be best to upgrade an existing Win98 partition or a clean install. I'm sure that this has been discussed before on the forum but my search didn't find it. Thanks in advance.

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Question: Multiboot

I want to install more than 1 OS, currently i am using window XP Professional, i also want to install another OS which is windows 98 SE, can anyone tell me how to setup and what to do...I got two hard disk - 40G and another is 20G40G is use for windows XP !!Thankz for reading and thinking solutions for me..


Good morning blurdevil. If you go to our excellent search facility and enter Dual Boot, Helproom, All Discussion, Search titles and all postings, you will find 86 threads. Many of which will contain what you are looking for."Thankz for reading and thinking solutions for me.." No probs, you're welcome!

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Question: multiboot usb

ok this might not be the right place to post this but i am trying to create a mulitboot usb i have tried doing this with grub but not such luck

any ideas....

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Question: Multiboot CD/DVD

Can anyone pont me in the direction of a step by step guide to make one of these. I want it to contain WinXP home & pro & Winternals ERD & Knoppix STD.Followed the guide that comes with a program called easyboot but it doesnt seem to work, Keeps askin for service pack 1 disk on the windows options and wont load the ERD or Knoppix disk at all.Thanks in advance.

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Question: multiboot

i have 2 hardisks...
on the primary master i installed WinXPPro
on the secondary master WinME
i want to boot & to have a menu to choose which os.

this is the boot.ini i made, but i can't boot to the winME disk

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows ME"


There's a little more to it than just a Boot.ini file. Preferrably WinME has to be installed FIRST, then install XP and it will do all of the dual boot setup.

But, with some work it can be done:
If XP is on a FAT partition, use these instructions.

If XP is on an NTFS partition, use these instructions.

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Question: multiboot


i have one hd with xp & another with winME,
how can i edit the boot.ini of the xp to do multiboot?
here it is:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

[ps, i used osl2000 & it messed my xp, i had to do a "fixboot"...]


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Hi there,
Because of compatibility issues with hardware and software with Windows 8, I want to install XP as a second operating system. I've shrunk the existing C: drive on my machine and created a new partition X: (30 GB). However my laptop won't boot from the XP installation CD although I have set Optical drive as first look and switched off unsigned boot ignore. If I run setup.exe then the install XP option is greyed out, presumably because a newer OS is detected. Can anyone point me in the right direction to get XP installed please.
Best wishes ... John N

Answer:Multiboot Win 8 & XP

You have to install XP first, then Windows 8.
See here:

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I have an idea I'de like to bounce off the experts here - please excuse if its silly - I'm still learning - because I hope to learn if it is - or want to understand if it is not . . . . .

Presently I have XP(HDD) and W7(HDD) setup as a dual boot system and all is running very good.

I propose to add a SSD to run W7 from to step up the speed ladder.

Have done a lot of reading and thinking - do you think the following would work? (Yes I know AHCI is not an option and if you see my previous thread you'll see I am happy to live with that.)

Add SSD to the system using spare SATA lead and power lead.

Boot into XP and run EaseUS or whatever to clone the dormant W7(HDD) partition to the SSD.

Boot into W7(HDD) and run EasyBCD to add W7(SSD) Partition to MBR?
I assume this will now offer me 3 OSs at boot stage. All SATA drives will be IDE as I understand XP prevents anything AHCI.

Reboot and select W7(SSD) to run.

That's it - or not

The above seems a nice easy way to achieve what I want, ultimately I guess I will run just W7(SSD) cos it will be the best, with an occasional venture into XP (decreasing with time) until ultimately its just W7(SSD) and the other partitions can be freed up for more storage.

Can you think of any reason why this would not work or might not work - and if not - an explanation would be very much appreciated.

Answer:Multiboot HDD-W7 + HDD-XP + SSD-W7

Not sure whether that would work because of the current location of the bootmgr. Post a picture of disk management and we'll have a look.

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Question: multiboot


I have 8Gb & 80Gb hardisks...
on the 8gb I have winME & on the 80gb I have winxpPro...
how can I make the pc - to ask me which windows I want it to boot?


Here is a prog that does what you need
click here

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Question: XP Multiboot

I was swayed by the dark side and decided to install XP on my multipartitioned disk. I have a partition with Win98 installed (with loads of the kids games etc) but cannot find how to get XP to multiboot.
I've tried going into the Recovery Console and doing various bootcfg commands (e.g. /scan, /list) but this does not seem to recognise I have a Win98 partition set up.
Anyone got any suggestions on how to set up boot.ini to allow me to boot to my Win98 partition?

Answer:XP Multiboot

I take it you installed winxp after the win98 partition was already there so xp should have seen the other os as long as you didn't install them to the same partition.
I found this in another forum, worth a try

To fix it: Use the "fixboot" command in the recovery console. It will rewrite the BootSector.
To get to the Recovery console: Boot off the WinXP CD, wait until it loads to the point where you are presented with the option to press "R" to enter Recovery Console. Dont be fooled by an early prompt to press F2 to enter some mode or other, just wait. It has to grind a bunch of files off the CD before it gets to the point where it prompts you to enter "R". Once you are in the recovery console (looks suspiciously like DOS) you can enter the "fixboot" command and your bootsector gets re-written.

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I have WinXP Home installed on a 160gig SATA drive. I added a second 160 gig IDE drive in order to install Windows Media Center Edition 2005.  Both installs work just fine, but there's a catch... In the past when I had set up a multiboot environment with Win98 and XP, I got the option of picking which OS to load at the boot screen. With my current setup, I do not get the option to choose at all. The only way I can access the second drive (or switch back to the first) is through the BIOS. It works just fine, but is a little more cumbersome than just choosing it from a boot menu. Even more unusual, when I am in XP, that drive (SATA) shows up as C:, my DVD burner is D:, and the second drive (IDE) shows up as E:. When I start from the MCE 2005 HD, that drive shows up as C: and the original SATA drive shows up as D:. I've looked at the boot.ini files on both drives and they are exactly the same, other than the naming of each individual OS. The second HD (IDE) is hooked up as a slave with my DVD burner acting as the master. In my BIOS, the SATA drive appears as the secondary IDE master and the IDE drive is primary IDE slave. How do I set this up so that I can access the multiboot screen right from startup? Additionally, is there any way to have consisten drive letters within each OS? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Question: multiboot

I have Windows XP Home and Windows XP X64 installed on 2 partitions on the same drive. I installed the X64 before the older one. Whenever I start up the computer, it just automatically runs the X64 OS and doesn't even prompt to run the other one, any advice?


See if you can edit the boot.ini file.E.G.[boot loader]timeout=10default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetectmulti(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetectC:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

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hello all,

I want to create a multiboot system with XP pro and XP pro x64 on the same machine.
I have two partitions ready and I've already installed winXP pro.
what do I have to do exactly to install winXP x64 and have multiboot options? do I have to change the boot.ini file? or do I just reboot and install on a different partition?
Step by step instructions will be much appreciated.

thanks a million.

Answer:multiboot XP and XP x64 help please!!...


Originally Posted by guymonzy

hello all,

I want to create a multiboot system with XP pro and XP pro x64 on the same machine.
I have two partitions ready and I've already installed winXP pro.
what do I have to do exactly to install winXP x64 and have multiboot options? do I have to change the boot.ini file? or do I just reboot and install on a different partition?
Step by step instructions will be much appreciated.

thanks a million.

Hi guymonzy, Welcome to TSF!

What you are trying to do is a virtual impossibility, as a x64 installation requires far more superior hardware configuration than a 'standard' x86 installation.

Unless your system is x64 compatibile;then, its a fairly costly excercise to change it.

The differences between the two Operating Systems are negligible; therefore, not worth the hassle of having the both of them on the one machine.

There are no 'magical' extras included with a x64 installatioon that is not already included with the x86.

Kind Regards,

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I have two hdds on my Dell Dimension 4600 computer. The new one is 300GB with 4 partitions. I am constantly concerned about the C drive going out because, like me, it isn't getting any younger. I had the idea of putting another copy of Windows XP or perhaps Vista on the larger hard drive and then booting to it in case something happened to my older drive and keeping duel file copies on both drives. It would be like having two computers with the same files. My computer is working great since I installed a gig of ram so I am hesitant to putz around with it. What is your recommendation for a backup system that doesn't stop dead in the water if your OS drive goes out. I have tried making a bootable CD but can't for some reason so that is out. Am I nuts for having the duel OS drives or is this something to consider. Also, Can I use the same Win XP on both drives since they are on the same computer without copyright problems. Thanks folks for the help

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Question: multiboot xp help?

ive installed xp on both of my sata hard drives. before i use to get 2 choices for which hard drive i want to boot in to but ive reinstalled c: drive and now it just boots in to c : drive and the menu at the start does not appear. i have to change the hard drive boot option in the bios but how do i get that menu back at the start?

Answer:multiboot xp help?

When you reinstalled XP on the C drive you also removed the dual boot option in the boot.ini file. You can repair this. I need to know what your boot.ini file looks like - click Start > Run - type msconfig and click OK. In msconfig - click BOOT.INI - copy the text and post back including that. It should look something like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional Eng" /FASTDETECT
c:\="Windows 98SE"

As you can see I have a multi boot with XP and 98 (and Vista, but that's another story).

Also - please tell me where the second XP is located (drive, partition).


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Question: multiboot

alright, i just installed Mandrake 10.0 on my computer. i also have windows xp on a seperate drive. i am having a hard time figuring out how to boot mandrake from the windows boot screen or windows from the mandrake boot screen.
i edited the boot.ini file in windows to look like this....
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro: yep" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro: safe mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:network
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP Pro: bootlog & sos" /fastdetect /bootlog /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\boot="Mandrake Linux"

but when i select "mandrake linux" from the boot screen i get an error.

ideally i would like to boot from the linux boot screen every time, but i can't get linux to recognize my hard drive with windows on it. the hard drive that has windows on it is a seagate SATA drive, which probably has something to do with it.

does anyone have any suggestions?


I suppose you missed the sticky thread at the top of this forum:

It tells you how to dual boot Linux using Windows boot menu (and a lot more).

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Question: multiboot

Ok I installed a version of xp pro then windows x64. when i try to boot i get the menu for what one i want to load. The problem is it will boot xp pro but not x64. I messed with the partition it loading in the boot.ini but couln't get it to work. But if i put in a windows disk when its loading and don't push a button to load from cd it pops up a different boot.ini that i can load x64 and xp pro. I was wondering if anyone knows how to get it to load where i don't have to have a windows disk in the drive.


You probaby should re-partition it. Im not positive though. Possibly you did it wrong?

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Question: Multiboot OS


I have a 16GB flash drive and I want to make it bootable for multiple OS like Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
I tried various tools available on internet. None of them worked successfully.

Please guide me.


Answer:Multiboot OS

It's very difficult to create a multi-boot USB flash drive. It is much easier to use a small USB hard drive or, even better, drop a small SSD into a USB case.

Drop in a $25 SSD and you'd be good to go.

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Question: Multiboot OS


I have a 16GB flash drive and I want to make it bootable for multiple OS like Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
I tried various tools available on internet. None of them worked successfully.

Please guide me.


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I was having windows7 on my pc and then I installed win xp, but now I don't get the option to start windows 7 or the windows 7 boot manager. How to solve the problem?

Answer:Xp multiboot on win 7. Help!

It's always better to install newer OS's after older OS's because they can see the older OS and create a boot manager that offers the option to boot to it. Since you've done it the other way around, you can use EASYBCD to do fix that for you:.

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I have a notebook with windows 7 installed. I am trying to install Lubunto OS since my notebook is a bit too slow for Win7 but I still want to keep Win7 for a dual boot.

My notebook doesn't have a CD-drive so I had the Lubuno ISO burned on a flash drive. After doing that, the notebook will not boot from the flash drive but just opened up Win7 normally. I then went and changed the Boot option to boot from the flash drive first. That allowed for the flash drive to be booted and I went through the installation options for Lubunto and it had to be restarted to finish install but because I changed the priority of boot to go to flash drive first it just went back to the flash drive and that didn't allow for the installation to complete.

So I'm stuck not sure what to do.

Answer:Need help with multiboot

Hi MoeAlza, try following this guide:
Installing Lubuntu: A step-by-step guide to dual-booting | Launch into Linux

Another one but its technically for Ubuntu however it should be very similar:
Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

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Question: Multiboot USB

What can I use to create a bootable usb drive with win 7 x64, x68 and win 8?

I've tried this YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux


XBOOT crashed when it was copying the files over.
SARDU won't even copy the iso's over and YUMI gave me an error when i booted saying something about configuration or GUI (sorry can't be more specific it was at work earlier)

All the ones I can find seem to be for linux...

Answer:Multiboot USB

The one which always works for me is Universal USB Installer. While it appears to be Linux-based it has Win7 installer in its dropdown and works flawlessly.

Once it formats the stick you can also extract Win8, Vista and other bit versions of all three into folders for each on the stick, then when you want to install one spill the folder contents in the root for that purpose. The seven install folders must be in the root of the stick to boot. All other installers must be in their folders so they don't interfere.

To unlock all versions in each installer delete the ei.cfg file in Sources folder.

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I am planning on installing a second Windows on my computer (Multiboot). I read a few articles on how to do it, and on how to delete ONE, of the two Operating Systems.

However, I am not sure what to do, if I wanted to get rid of BOTH Operating Systems, and install a "fresh" Windows again?!



Answer:How to get rid of Multiboot all together?! (Not just one OS)

To get rid of both, simply format the entire disk after backing-up any data you want to keep, and then perform a clean install.

Clean Install Windows 7

If one of those operating systems was a Linux distro, then I would also recommend performing a CLEAN using DISKPART during the clean install:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Question: Multiboot USB\HDD

Hello all,
Im sure its been grind well enough but i have found no answer for my problem, only more problems
I would like to create a multi USB with the following ISO's:
Win 10
Win 7
Kali linux
and a few more normal ISO's.
Well ive tried XBOOT, YUMI, Easy2Boot and many other.
With every one there is a different problem, i would love to have your take of this issue and how u solved that.
Thank you !

Answer:Multiboot USB\HDD

I am the author of Easy2Boot. Over 1000 Easy2Boot USB drives are made every day.
If you have a specific problem, please give details.

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Question: multiboot

is it possible to multiboot:
openSuSE KDE
Windows XP Professional
Windows Vista
Mac OS X Panther (patched for PCs)
on my computer?


Never tried that many OSes on one computer. Better off using Virtual Box and creating virtual machines for the OSes that you want to play with. is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.On this site, you can find sources, binaries, documentation and other resources for VirtualBox. If you are interested in VirtualBox (both as a user, or possibly as a contributor), this website is for you.

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Question: Multiboot


I have 2 different windows 7 installs on two seperate hard drives in my desktop....Can I make a boot menu to boot into the two different installs...and if so how?


The answer is yes... your multiple operating systems to be presented in the Boot Manager menu do NOT need to be on just one physical hard drive. They can be on any partition of any drive.

Furthermore, they (including the typical C-partition on your boot drive along with the small "system reserved" which is marked as "active" and IS a PRIMARY partition) do not have to be PRIMARY partitions. In contrast to the "active" partition on the Boot drive which MUST be PRIMARY, any of the actual true system partitions (e.g. C typically) which contain a Windows operating system can actually be LOGICAL or PRIMARY partitions.

The only partition which truly has to be PRIMARY is the "active" partition on the BOOT DRIVE (as specified in your BIOS as the #1 hard drive in the boot sequence). This is typically the small 100MB "system reserved" partition which doesn't even have a drive letter, but is where the Boot Manager programs and files are stored. And because this is the "active" partition it's where the machine/BIOS goes when you boot (and IT MUST BE A PRIMARY PARTITION), to load Boot Manager which then presents the Boot Manager menu if you have two or more items to select from.

So, in my opinion the easiest way for you to add a second bootable OS to your environment is to use the wonderfully easy to understand and use EasyBCD Free Version (for non-commercial use). Once you install it you will then be able to instantly and... Read more

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Hello folks

Need a little help with something.

I used Yumi Multiboot usb creator to create a bootable usb key with various isos on about 6 months ago.All worked fine it was a really handy usb.Unfortunately last night I needed a usb stick and by accident formatted it for some data I needed to carry.
So come this morning I thought I would recreate it using the new version of Yumi as I got rid of the old one.YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux.
Well bugger me Ive tried all day to get it to boot and it just wont.I get a black screen with the authors name and a bit of text asthough its going to boot the choices screen but it doesnt.
Im using the same 4gig usb I used previous wiped and formatted it just wont boot.
If I install the paragon recovery software that boots from it fine.

Am i missing something or is it this version of the program that isnt working.Does anyone have a link to the old version.

Any help appreciated

Thankyou Danny

Answer:Multiboot usb creator

Those Linux USB Creator,are use once, put in bin. I have test a few all USB Pendrives are in the bin.

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This might not be a big problem but I can't figure out how to tackle it on my own.

I have a PC with 2 HDD's, a 250 GB Sata, and 160GB IDE. My setup historically was: 60 gig partition on the Sata for booting. I had one version of windows installed.

Recently I added to more partitions to the 160GB IDE bringing it to a total of four. The 2 new partitions were 5 and 15 GB respectively. I installed 2 more versions of windows XP on those, Micro XP on the 5GB and a nlite trimmed version of XP on the 15GB. At that point I had 2 partitions on my SATA, a 60GB and a ~190 GB, and 4 partitions on my IDE. When I booted up I had three OS's to choose from.

The problem is that I wanted to replace the 60GB XP partition with the 15GB installation as my primary. I reformatted the 60GB partition without thinking thoroughly and thus deleted the only boot file on my system, because that 60GB partition was my original windows install.

I got my computer back up and running by installing fresh onto the 60GB but I want to move the 15GB installation over to it, instead of starting fresh. Is there anyway to do this?

The other installations are no longer being detected.

Sorry for the ridiculously long post...

Answer:Win XP intallation multiboot

Micro XP? This is a chopped down version you download from the net and is illegal. This forum does not supply support when there are illegal operating system and or applications involved.

A moderator should close this post.

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Here's a new laptop, Acer Aspire Model 5732Z , preloaded with W7 Premium Edition.
I want to load XP to dual boot.
I installed Ntdetect and Ntldr, then partitioned the HD with BCDEDIT.
When I tried to install XP on the new partition, the boot disk loads the installation files then goes to BSOD, saying, amoung other things, "your computer may be infected with a virus".
I wiped the HD with Killdisk and tried to install XP on the clean HD - same result.

Is the BIOS set to not recognize XP?

Answer:Can't load XP on HD for Multiboot

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Question: Multiboot system

My present PC is configured:
Systempartition C:, Fat32, 5GB, active, with ntdetect, boot.ini, ntldr
for two OS.
The OS are in the following logical partitions:
D: NTFS, 30GB, free,
E: NTFS, 30 GB; XP1 for working,
F: NTFS, 30 GB, XP2 for testing,
Is it possible to install win7 in D: without destroying the present microsoft bootmanager in C: for the two old OS? Do I have to convert PartC: to NTFS before?

Many thanks

Answer:Multiboot system

Welcome to SevenForums!

I am afraid that will not work. Windows needs to be installed on a Primary partition. Otherwise, you could not boot.

Good thing you asked, though. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want.


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Well I'm working on a customers computer, the order was originally to simply upgrade from 98 to XP but as we do not HAVE a full version of XP, we cannot upgrade (only allows us to install to a separate directory) .. [which I did.] I then modified boot.ini so that it would display before booting either OS. I try to boot 98, and it dies. Says hal.dll is corrupted or missing. Which it is, because hal.dll does not exist on 98.

Again, I did not repartition, I'm not allowed to lose the data on this drive. I simply installed XP to C:\WINXP... There doesnt seem to be any documentation I can find regarding this issue through google... so I have to ask here! Hep! I want to go home!! long f'n day!!


<edit> my ghetto quick fix idea was to simply transfer all the documents and install new copies of the software the customer had on his 98 install, giving it the appearance of a complete upgrade... but that would be a pain in the ass and not much of a "quick" fix...

Answer:HAL.DLL missing, trying to multiboot 98/XP.

Well... if you're charging people to fix computers, you should know how install XP without breaking things & be using a real copy of XP. That and you posted fairly late on a Friday night.

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Question: multiboot question

Is it possible to install Windows Server 2003 on a partition of a machine that already has Win XP Pro on it? I'm trying to install an evaluation copy of Server 2003 on my home PC. The files get copied to the partition successfully, then the install program reboots, but then my XP Pro comes up. The install doesn't seem to be writing anything to boot.ini, which an install of other Windows platforms does, so that the install would automatically resume. Anyone have any ideas, please? How do I get back to the install?

Answer:multiboot question

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Hi, I decided to have a go at setting up a multiboot system on an old PC. I read the info on Microsoft's site that said oldest OS first. I wasn't sure if I should use the fdisk on a copy of MS DOS V6.21 I have, so I tried it out on an old 20GB disc that I don't need. FDISK /status reported 8000 odd megabytes in one partition and 64 in the other. Then after typing FDISK on its own, the PC froze (not sure if there is something wrong with the copy of DOS). After that I couldn't use the hard drive, setup in Win98 and XP couldn't access the drive to partition it, so I binned it. My question is, the drive was old, is it possible the drive just failed at that time, or will a HD fail if you use MSDOS fdisk on it? Thanks

Answer:Multiboot question XP, Win 98, DOS

If the drive had been used, I'd fdisk, select 3 and delete everything, then at the main menu select 1 create , 1 primary. Then format c: /s or sys c:
Fdisk will not kill a drive, you might try a free partition tool see if you can fix it.
PartitonLogic or gparted. Also might find useful.

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I have a shiny, new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with a 128GB SSD and Windows 8 factory installed. I would like to create a multiboot setup on this computer with Windows 7. Anyone have any input with regard to issues, how-to guide, etc? Also, consider using a drive image for the Windows 7 OS.

Answer:multiboot new Win 8 omputer with Win 7

Is your hard drive partioned in 2 parts or it is 1 partition only? If 1 partition than first make a backup image of that hard drive parition using such as, macrium reflect. Make sure you make that image and save it on a external drive if available. Than install and burn DBAN (google dban you should find the download link) on a CD and boot your PC. While you are booting press f12 and select boot option from cd rom.

it is very self explanatory to wipe your hard drive using DBAN. After dban is done than use windows 7 cd or usb whichever you have. When you put the cd/usb than hit f12 again from the boot cd rom or usb usb device.

While you are installing windows 7 than do a advance install and create 1 partition and assign your desired space. It should be 16GB plus.

After you create the paritiion just select that parition and install windows 7.
Once you are done with windows 7. Than install macrium on windows 7 and this time we will use your external drive or wherever you had put the windows 8 stored image. We will use the restore option in macrium and browse for the windows 8 image you created in beginning. And after restore restart your PC you should be prompted for either booting to windows 7 and windows 8 you select it. :)

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I have three IDE drives(20 Gig Fat 32-Primary,80 Gig NTFS-Slave on controller #1)(DVD-Primary,120 Gig NTFS Slave on Controller #2) all of which have XP Pro on their first partition.I rewrote the boot.ini on the 20 gig for a MultiBoot operation about a year ago and all has worked well until recently.Now when I restart(reboot) the Post operation stalls after detecting the Drives and slowly goes(about 10 minutes) to where I select the boot drive I want and then stops.If I turn off the computer and then turn it on all is normal, as the Post operation is quick(no stalling) and I can select the drive I want.Also....If I remove the 120 gig on the second controller all is normal as I can select from either of the remaining 20 Gig or 80 Gig drives from a reboot or from returning from a complete power off state.

Below is the Boot.ini from the 20 gig Fat 32

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 80 Gig Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 20 Gig Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 120 Gig Professional" /fastdetect

Any thoughts on this problem?


Answer:XP MultiBoot Problems

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Hi all.
I have finished my new build and would now like to set my system up with the following:-
4 separate Sata hard drives for:-
1) Windows XP in English
2) Windows XP in French
3) Windows 7 in English
4) Windows 7 in French

All are legal versions before anyone asks.

I do not want to use any third party software to do this as it should not be necessary.

So, how do I go about it? What order do I install the OS's? What do I format the drives as before installation? And a few etc's!

Answer:Another multiboot question

Start with Windows 7 and then Windows XP, all drives or partitions should be Formatted NTFS. You can add a second language to each OS if you like, unless you need to have everything on the computer to be in another language. I know you don't want to use 3rd party utilities but if you get in to trouble Easy BCD would make this a breeze.

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How to burn multiple ISO's on single CD/DVD for multiboot and where do I get the boot image for doing so? Can i use boot image of Windows or any bootable CD/DVD for doing so?

Answer:How to make MultiBoot CD/DVD?

There is a little program that I like to use called xboot that will accomplish what you need. It'll do USB sticks too.

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I Wanted To Know How Do You Unistall A Second Installation Of Windows (vista). It Was Installed On My D Drive. I have an e-machine model T5226 Intel Pentium D Dual Core Processor. 250GB Sata Drive II 7200RPM 8 MB Cache.

Answer:A Multiboot Senario

Is Windows vista installed on both partitions? If you have important information on your d: drive, you could use a partition manager software, and easily delete, format, or copy partitions.
Or you could simply boot from your windows vista, or xp disc and delete the partition you have for the D: drive.

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I would like do a multiboot XP / 98 on a TECRA A11.
Do you think it's possible.
Will I have some drivers dysfonction?

Thanks for answer !!

Answer:Tecra A11 - Win XP and Win 98 multiboot

Well, Win XP installation should not be a big problem because the Win XP drivers seem to be available on Toshiba European driver page.

But Win 98 might be a problem here since its not supported and the drivers are not available? you will need to search for such drivers at your hand and I think this might be a painful time? I doubt you will be able to get Win 98 drivers because this OS is really, really old.

I would recommend installing the Win 98 only using Virtual Machine (VM)
or Virtual PC

This is very easy? running Win XP you can open virtual PC or VM and could start the Win 98

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I understand that I can use multibootusb
to make this, unless there is a better alternative, mainly I want a USB pen with 32 plus 64 bit versions of Linux mint, but would also like macrium reflect as well.

is there a solution


Answer:Make a multiboot USB pen

reddwarf4ever said:

I understand that I can use multibootusb
to make this, unless there is a better alternative, mainly I want a USB pen with 32 plus 64 bit versions of Linux mint, but would also like macrium reflect as well.

is there a solution


YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator | USB Pen Drive Linux

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Question: Multiboot whoas...

I hope this fits this forum I didn't see one for Multibooting issues. That being said here is my delema: I have a multiboot system (xp, vista, win 7). When I put this system together I had 3 smaller drives that the os's were scattered across. I want to place them all on a single 1TB drive WITHOUT reloading. I've used partition wizard to create the needed partitions and copied the os partitions over. I then tried to use easybcd to redirect the boot process. But, when I boot the machine it reverts back to the original boot drive. I've reconfigured it several times to the point that it is obvious that I'm missing something. Any suggestions? Thanks

Answer:Multiboot whoas...

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Recently I installed Windows 7 Beta but because it's only a beta I removed it. I installed it on a partition hard drive. I removed it but still have one problem when I turn on my pc it gives me the choice to boot in Windows 7 or older versions of Windows which is Windows XP. So how can I get rid of the Windows 7 option during boot.


Answer:[SOLVED] Multiboot help

Never mind found a software called easybcd. Everythings back to normal.

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guys i'm running windwos XP and windows 7 in a multiboot settings....
i downloaded windows 8 consumer preview 32bit iso...
first thing is i need a partition so i shirinked my existing and made a unallocated space of 17GB..but windows isn't making it a volume...its saying maximum partitions already's the screen of it...

I don't need that 9 mb and system reserved and want that 17 GB unallocated one to be a partition..! guide me the way..! that g: with 12 gb is xp and c: is windows 7 and d: is my data ..i shrinked that volume to gain space...
But suddenly i thought i can remove that 9 mb partition by shrinking g: and will extend it but reverse happened that 2 gb that i shrinked from G: added in 17 gb unallocated...

Now i want a 17 gb partition for windows 8 and 2 gb back in g:....

i also want to know how to multiboot those 2 Os with windwos 8..!

Guide me////

Answer:Help with partition and multiboot

OMG no one knows here????how this come possible here????

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I need to refresh OS on a multiboot PC
I did it on one of the OS but onthe other on could not doit
Tried torun it from the OS , but it sayd that yhe environment is in correct, tolog from disk
loged from diskand tried torun from Repair but was told that the disk is closed
whatto do?

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I currently have a lojack-like program on my computer. However, if my computer is stolen and reformatted, the program gets erased. So far I have done the following, to ensure my laptop's recovery:1) Password protected the program's uninstall wizard.2) Added a password to 1-key recovery3) Password protected bios, to prevent changes in the boot sequence. Now, the last thing I am missing is to disable or password protect mulitiboot (which can be accessed by pressing F12). I don't want a crook to boot into a CD and erase the OS (where my program lives). Please help, the bios on the laptop is useless (a piece of sh*t if I may say so). Honestly, why did Lenovo (a company that really caters to computer geeks) cripple the bios? On a side note, is there a bios update that can unlock some features? Thanks in advance,Rich If it matters, I have a Lenovo Z570.

Answer:Disable F12 multiboot

i don't think there'll be bios update to unlock some features.

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Question: Multiboot Problem

I read that I could run XP on my Vista computer, so I found out how to get it installed at one of the other Help Forums online.

Here is my problem:

I got XP installed on a seperate partition. It would not work because of ntldr file. So I got that copied from my XP disk to the Root of the XP drive.

Then I got the VistBootLoader and set up the correct path for my XP drive.

Now when I choose the option to boot from XP, it just loops back to the same menu.

Vista loads fine and works as it always did, but XP will not start up.

Any Ideas?

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Im looking to run 3 OS's on my pc
my current setup is as follows
C2D e6600 @ stock for installs
P5WDG2-WS pro
2gb crucial ballistix pc2 8000
x-fi xtrememusic
my HD setup is 2x 36gb raptors in raid 0 on the ich7r controller for xp pro

and the remainder of my 3 sata drives on the marvell controller in ide config.
and in order to see them i have to install the marvel driver.
1 200gb wd
2 250gb wd

the 200gb is split in half 1 partition for vista the other for ubuntu. (havent gotten around to installing that yet)

now here is my dilemma i know it would be easier to have the raid config on the marvell controller but for some oddball reason when the raid 0 is on the marvel controller
i go to install windows press F6 as necc, then when time comes select drivers and install them. comes to the windows format and install screen. i format the array. it begins to copy the files but for some reason i get an error cannot copy mv6xx. sys/inf
so im confused. i even trien using nlite to slip stream the drivers into windows.. no luck i see the specified driver but doesnt take effect.

is it possible to install on one raid array with all neccessary drivers then move the array from the ich7 to the marvell controller and still be able to boot?

Answer:Help with multiboot setup

You generally can't move a RAID from one controller to a different one. You could do a backup and then install that, but you'd still need the Marvell RAID drivers. I did a little searching and all I found is that the Marvell lacks Vista WHQL drivers, which will likely cause problems indefinitely, or at least a lot of people had trouble with it.

I looked around and found some drivers for it, though, and zipped up the Vista txtsetup ones here (dated 5/22/07):

Sorry, it's up now.

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Question: Multiboot Problem

I have Installed Vista and Xp All is ok ...But i downloaded EasyBCD edit and Uninstalled the Vista Os Selection Screen and every time I restart There isnt a menu ...
And boots Aytomatically into Windows Xp ... So How can i Made A Os selection Screen to appear Again in the boot...? :S

Answer:Multiboot Problem

Here do this.

Startup Repair

Then open EasyBCD in vista then add Xp so you will get the boot screen.

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Question: [SOLVED] Multiboot

Very grateful for hep!

Processor: AMD 1.80 gigahertz Athlon 64 2800+,64 kilobyte primary memory cache, 512 kilobyte secondary memory cache.
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. K8S-MX
SAMSUNG SP4002H [Hard drive] (40.06 GB) -- drive 0,
ST380211AS [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 1, (SATA)

The Samsung IDE drive is the older one, and WinXP Pro SP2 is installed on it.

The SATA drive was added later- ASUS has its own driver, but the m/board sees it as a SCSI RAID. When I boot, a screen tells me that the Primary Master is a SCSI drive "74 GB UDMA 6" and no SCSI device is detected on the Secondary Master.

I recently tried to install WinXP on the SATA drive, but there was a problem in that the WinXP installation disk could not see the SATA drive - we had to burn the ASUS driver on to a floppy, and also disconnect the IDE drive, but I now have WinXP installed on the SATA drive also, and the intention is eventually to make it the default boot drive, because it should be faster than the IDE drive. But I would like to maintain the dual boot facility because I have a couple of programs which interfere with each other, so I will keep them on separate instances of WinXP.
Right now, to choose which instance I will boot into, I have to go into "BIOS Setup", and change the sequence of the boot disks. And then of course, all the drive letters change! The boot volume on the SATA drive becomes C:/.
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Answer:[SOLVED] Multiboot

Hi, welcome to TSF.

Let's start with the dual boot question.

I assume you want XP on the SATA drive as default:
Boot to that XP installation.
Post a screenshot of Disk management telling us what drive is the SATA.
If you post a copy of the boot.ini text I'll edit it.

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I just got vista and installed it on a spare hard drive to try it out. I currently switch between XP and Vista by changing hard drive boot priority in BIOS, how do I set up multiboot thing the proper way?
3 hard drives:
80gb IDE - XP Pro SP"
18gb IDE - Vista
250gb SATA - Storage photos, mp3's etc


PS, Specs in profile thing by my name ^

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Question: Multiboot System

Greetings all,

It's been a while since I posted, which is good since I haven't had any problems lately.
I just bought a brand new laptop (HP Pavillion dv7-3060US) and I am anxious to dual/triple/quad boot it, however I've got quite a few questions before I do so. It currently has the default OS of Windows 7 Home Premium, and its a 64-bit dual core processor.

1) Will XP (32-bit) work on my processor? I know 32 vs. 64 is a bit tricky but so far I've been able to install most 32bit software without much trouble. I have read about Windows XP x64 but first I'd have to buy Win XP Professional, THEN upgrade to 64bit of that, just to have XP back the way I want it.

2) Can I restore GRUB when I dualboot with Win 7? I know from past experiences that windoze likes overwriting the MBR, and I usually restore GRUB but win 7 is newer and might use a different system?

3) Can OS X or OS X Leopard work on an AMD processor or is that only Intel?

4) This is my major question. This computer didn't come with recovery discs, but instead has a 20GB recovery partition. I used the built-in HP Program to burn a physical copy of my recovery software (I'm old-school like that) and it came up to 4 DVD's. The only thing that stopped me from wiping and dual booting the very first night was the trepidation of wiping out the recovery partition. On my sister's laptop, I had wiped HER recovery partition and it was a pain in the *** to find drivers when she needed to restore drivers and stuff. I... Read more

Answer:Multiboot System


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I have vista ultimate installed on a spare drive that I use just for testing.

At the moment I have to disconnect the cable and power supply from this drive and re-connect my xp drive to use one or the other

Can I put this drive into the pc and then connect both drives together on the same cable and use either to boot from.

I think I would need a new boot.ini file but how to write one manually without re installing or changing any software.

And if it can be done which boot.ini to change the one on the xp drive or the one on the vista drive or both?

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Multiboot on different harddisks

Just to let you guys know I have achieved what I wanted to do by using a little free boot manager program available here.


After it is installed it works completely independent of any operating system. It becomes the first boot device and then you go where you want from it.

It will also fit on a floppy and in that case you just boot the floppy.

Try that first and if you like it put it on the Master drive. Or just always boot the floppy.

I made my xp drive the primary and the vista drive the slave.

As soon as I did this and booted with the floppy I made of the program it showed both operating systems and I can boot with either using the floppy.

If I take the floppy out then the secondary booting device is the xp drive which starts.

I think I will use this method as I don't want to save any configurations to a hard drive that may be hard to remove.

It has made using my computer a lot easier as I take vista for a test drive before deciding if I want to use it permanently.

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I've run into a snag that I'm not quite certain of the solution, because it involves 2 different OSs. For whatever reason, XP x64 would not allow me to format any of the partitions as FAT32. I understand that x64's OS needs NTFS. but the reason that I want to use FAT on the other partitions, is because I want them to be accessible to SuSe. Therefore, I set the partitions with x64, but did not allow it to format them. When I rebooted into SuSe and used the partitioner, initially it saw the partitions as FAT16. But I reset that to FAT32 and formatted. This seemed to work, but when I ran a defrag earlier, it said that the cluster size was 16kbs, which is 4 times larger than the NTFS partitions. Assuming that this was due to the procedure that I described above, I started looking for a way to change this to something more normal, but so far, no joy.

I also had a blue screen crash, which rebooted the computer, which oddly produced a screen during bootup, which said that there was an inconsistency on one of these partitions, and wanted to check it. Since that partition contains only an archive, and no OS, I'm guessing that the cluster size is the problem. Therefore, my question is twofold, how do I fix the cluster size? And if that is not possible, how do I cause x64 to format it as FAT32? I have both OSs (x64 & SuSe 10.0) installed prior to these partitions...could it be that the Linux installation at that location is the problem?

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I installed osl2000, good compact fast ...I like it and I want to use it, but...

If I boot the first prim part on HD1,using OSL2000 of course, I get to the ntloader (boot.ini) and can boot all the different OS that were installed before I installed OSL2000.
But if I boot the 2nd prim part (using OSL) it does not boot up my win xp on that partition, same for the 2nd and 3th part on HD2. I do not run Linux.
How do make OSL2000 see all my winxp which are installed in primary partitions? It should see it right from the start,right?
I does load my 98 on HD2 though!

HD1 pri1 xp (boot.ini files etc placed here)
pri2 xp for internet
HD2 pri1 98
pri2 xp games
pri3 testing os

Thanks for your help

Answer:multiboot bootmanager

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i want to have a multiboot on my computer with vista (already installed), 7 and XP. i installed windows 7 and i have a dual boot everything works fine, but when i install xp i can only boot in XP not the other OS. vista and 7 are still listed in "my computer" but i dont have an OS choice at the boot screen.

Answer:help with multiboot vista/7/xp

Hi,If you have more than one operating system on your computer, you can set the operating system that you want to use as the default one for when you start your computer: Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings. Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to start when you turn on or restart your computer.Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds for which you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts automatically. To manually edit the boot options file, click Edit. Microsoft strongly recommends that you do not modify the boot options file (Boot.ini), because doing so may render your computer unusable.

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I'm trying to create a multiboot USB stick. The goal is to have 3 .WIM files on the USB and get a menu where I can choose what windows I want to install (All are W7, but with different SW installed, ...) during boot.

I've tried Easy2Boot, Xboot, both didn't work as suspected. Anyone has this kind of USB drives, and how did you make them?


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After a lengthy time I have finally taken the plunge and I am trying to get my computer into the multiboot situation that Reuel described on his website.

Currently my hard disk is partitioned as this:-

25MB Fat16
1GB Fat32
4GB Fat32
4GB Free Space (I am going to resize the Fat32 partition to use that)

I installed the MiniDOS 6.22 onto the small C partition. I installed Win98 onto the 1GB Fat32.

Then, as the website told me to, I made the 1GB Fat32 drive hidden.

When I tried to install Win2K I had a problem.

My Win2K CD isn't bootable. The CD-ROM drive was drive D: which was very strange.

When I went into the i386 directory I typed winnt to install Win2K. The program opened and then it checked the directory to find the Win2K files was D:\i386. That was correct so I said yes.

THEN... there is an error message that says:-

"Windows 2000 requires a hard drive volume with at least 215 megabytes of free disk space. Setup will use part of this space for storing temporary files during installation. The drive must be on a permanently attached local hard disk supposrted by Windows 2000, and must not be a compressed drive. Setup was unable to locate such a drive with the required amount of free space. Setup cannot continue. Press ENTER to exit"

How can I get around this?

My drive is physically only one drive in the computer. I thought that I had followed the instructions properly....

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Answer:Multiboot question...

why do u need so many partitions? just curious...
and u are aware that the NTFS partition for ur win2k pro can't be seen by the win98 fat32 system?
install win98 first, that's what i would do... then win2k pro... b/c w2k pro can be run from the 98 o/s and when u install w2k it asks u where u want to stick the OS info..

does ur CMOS let u boot from a:\,cd-rom,c:\?

u can use a regualr win98 boot disk to boot to win2k as well... as long as that boot disk has cd support... and from a prompt type in the cd rom drive letter and setup...

sorry i am just babbling here and i dun know if i told u anything u don't already know...

good luck dude

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ok, this might be in the wrong place but my main concern is lack of internet access. i have a toshiba satellite 4010 cds that came with win98. i upgraded to win2000 and the internet (through cable router to modem to yes, comcast) and could not establish a connection. then i reinstalled win98 and then win2000 for multiboot (i don't think i partitioned the computer though. they are both on the C:/drive. if anyone knows how to do a multiboot correctly please let me know.)

the internet worked but was very slow, almost dial-up speed. then i tried upgrading to winXP (i have a large hard disk) and same thing happened. there is internet on win98, slow internet on win2000, and no internet on winXP. i can't use win98 now for internet because the new wireless modem (d-link g630) is not compatible. little help please. thanks.

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Hey guys,

In my current pc, I have 4 partitions (all primary)- System Reserved, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Abhishek (Personal Data).

Now I want to install ubuntu on another partition, so how do I create it because I already have four primary partitions. If I convert Abhishek to logical then I will have 3 primary and 1 logical partition. Still I cannot create a partition(neither primary nor logical).
Space is not a problem.
So now what to do.

Answer:Help required - Multiboot

Convert E to Logical using that feature on Easeus or Partition Wizard to set partition Logical.

Then shrink E as needed to add as many adjacent Logical Partitions as needed: Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help

If you need to add or borrow any space from another partition - even if it's not adjacent - use the cool new PW feature to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help. I would use the PW Boot Disk which has never failed, while all others except Disk Mgmt can fail with data loss during resizing - so make a backup image first!

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I operate a triple boot system and today I tried to add a stick of 256 ram to replace a 128 stick. the machine seemed to work well on 98 and w2k but continually brought on errors in xp. some as soon as the desktop launched and some as soon as I clicked on anything..Could there be some issues with hte setup in xp or is this simply a compatability issue ?

Answer:multiboot ram issues

Over the period of about an hour of switching slots, changing the other stick , reseating, etc I had several errrors from irq not les than or equal to bsod (ooooooo7) to actually not being able to boot ino the os itself.

The two 128 sticks that were in the slots before i started were apacer and kingston.SinceI only had two slots I tried each of them.

At one point I took out the 256 stick, cleaned the contacts and dusted the slots then inserted it into a different slot. Xp then booted and was online for about 15 minutes when i figured i wiould start opening some programs to test it. The first program after IE and outlook express was Irfanview. Thats when It gave a BSOD and began memory dump. Iremoved it , inserted my original 128 stick and vowed to try and return it..

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I know for multiboot one should FIRST have installed the older Windows version then the new one. But I already have Windows 7 installed on my new machine and I want to install the good old XP on a partition. But there's no way to uninstall WIndows 7! And when I try to do it through the XP installation disc, it goes to a blue screen in awhile and freezes up. So, IS THERE ANY known way to overcome that situation, or I must opt for buying a separated HD and install XP on it?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.


Answer:Multiboot in a reversed way

What BSOD are you receiving when you boot off of the XP disc? You probably need SATA drivers for your motherboard. You'll need to find the right SATA drivers, and either have a floppy disc handy, or slipstream them into a new XP disc, using nLite.

You can install the older OS after the newer one; you'll just have to manually add Win7 to the bootloader using something like EasyBCD.

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Greetings all. I've searched far and wide for information regarding my problem but have come to the conclusion that I may be the only one.
I installed windows 7 on a primary partition that I assigned z, it is NOT listed as active. All seams to work great. The boot screen works as it should and I am able to boot into either OS with only one problem. Every second or third time I switch between vista 32 and 7 64 I end up needing to do CHKDSK on various partitions. All my data(pictures, music, etc..) are on a separate disk(partition)

Disk 0=55mb (EISA configuration)---15GB (E Recovery (primary)---197GB (C vista(primary,active)---85GB (D windows 7 (primary)

When switching between OS the active one becomes C and renames the other one. Perhaps they are communicating and making changes between one another? Then when I switch OS it doesn't agree with the changes?

I tried easybcd and ireboot with the same results. Not really sure I installed them right? I installed them on vista, do they need to be installed on both? I don't think so.....Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:vista 32+7 64 multiboot

Quote: Originally Posted by dmakalaster

When switching between OS the active one becomes C and renames the other one. Perhaps they are communicating and making changes between one another? Then when I switch OS it doesn't agree with the changes?

Welcome dmakalaster,

This is normal. There's no renaming or changes going on though. When each OS boots, they check the drive letters assigned by the OS. C: just happens to be what each of your OS has made it.

In dual boot scenario like this, one OS does not communicate or tell the other anything. So there's no intelligence as far as that is concerned.

Have you checked the event viewer, under windows logs then system, for anything with a red ! here? Find any related errors or yellow exclamation points?

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Question: Multiboot problems

I have a test HD that is partitioned into 3 drives. It used to have 3 different XP Pro - type OS setups. I formatted the C: drive and installed Win7 onto it. When I rebooted, there is no multi-boot screen, but it boots right into Win7. I tried some of the suggestions in the tutorial section, but none address my problem. When I leave Win7 on the C: drive, then try to reformat the D: drive with XP, the XP install goes just fine until the first reboot, when that happens, it reboots straight to Win7. I did it again, but in bios, I set the computer to only boot onto the CD (instead of hitting F12 like the last time). When I re-formatted the XP drive (D and it does the first reboot, it gives me an error message of missing operating system. Any ideas? Also, my third drive (E contains an operational XP system. Will I be able to get that one back?

Answer:Multiboot problems

Do you have some tools like partition manager? (I like the one by Acronis called Disk Director)

You will want the C: partition to be marked as active, and you want all partitions to be primary partitions (not extended or logical partitions).

If you have multiple drives, make sure any jumpers are set correctly.

You might also try a tool called Vista Boot Pro. It can help fix the Windows XP and 7 bootloaders without messing with command line.

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Question: Multiboot YsbDrive

plz help me ..
can u tell me how can i Create Multiboot USB Drive: Install Windows Vista,Windows 7 From Same USB Drive..
i reaaly need ur help ..
plz sumbody help me..

Answer:Multiboot YsbDrive

Have you looked at google yet ?

YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

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Question: MultiBoot Question

Hi chaps, I have win98, XP Home, and XP Pro triple booting on my second computer.

THe question is if I perform a repair install on the XP home OS will my MultiBoot goodness be screwed up?

I need to do the repair because javascript is completely nonfunctional. (unless anyone is a XP Javascript expert and can suggest something else).

Answer:MultiBoot Question


What browser are you using? Try re-installing your java software from here... .

As for performing a repair on one of your XP partitions, it won't mess up your multiple boot configuration. However, if you do find that the boot loader fails to detect multiple operating systems, you can rectify it very easily in the Recovery Console using the bootcfg command.

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Having purchased a new HDD I set about loading my copy of XP Pro. On returning to the room I found that the installation had stopped, incomplete. I then restarted the install from scratch and this time it worked perfectly. However, when I boot up I get a screen that asks which OS I want to use, with a choice of two Windows XP systems. The first one works, the second doesn't. How do I get rid of this annoying message? Any help much appreciated.

Answer:Multiboot problem with XP

I'm afraid the only certain way is to re format drive, and start over.This time stay with it as it does require configuring.

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i want to multiboot 2 different windows 7 os. is it possable? if so how can i do it

Answer:how can i multiboot 2 windows 7 os?

Quote: Originally Posted by sender

i want to multiboot 2 different windows 7 os. is it possable? if so how can i do it

Sure which?
Make two partitions

Install one in the first

Install the second in the second (a menu will be created to let you choose)
What else specifically are you trying to do?

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I have problem finding a solution of getting a simple "boot text menu" (a view alike what Win XP boot.ini gave) right after boot loader (\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi) has ran.
How is that possible?

Having Windows, as default, using 10 seconds before getting into the default graphical menu, where it's possible to make the choices of which installation to enter.
If picking one which isn't the default installation, it takes 4 seconds before it reboot, and then on top of that 15 seconds before getting into non-default-installation two.
Next time, after a new reboot, and I want to pick installation three, it will again takes 4 seconds before it reboot, and then on top of that 15 seconds before getting into non-default-installation three.
As I'm running test on several installations, I'll need to go in and out of these installations quite often. I don't want to spill my time waiting before I'm able to choose my installation.
(On the other hand, it's no problem that the startup, after done my choice, are taking some time (I'll then have time to pick a cup of coffee)).

MS Windows 8.1, eng, x64

Laptop, ASUS X550ZE (R510ZA-XO032H) 15.6''

DISK UEFI/GPT native (non CMS):
Disk0, part1, (sda1), EFI, 100 MB, FAT32
Disk0, part2, (sda2), Recovery, 900 MB, NTFS
Disk0, part3, (sda3), MSR, 128 MB
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I am going to istall on my 2nd HDD Win7 while in the other i will have Vista.
So, i am going to make a clean install.
My question what i must do that when the computer boots this familiar menu starts when i can choose the OS to start.
I imagine that i cannot do anything now because i have not istalled 7 yet.
I just whant to make something that after installing 7 i will have access still to Vista.

What i must do regarding that?

Answer:Multiboot With Vista

Yes you will have a choice of OS's when you boot. It will make the new disc the "C" disk in Win 7 and when you boot to Vista that disc will become the "C" disk. In order to see the Vista boot disc you will have to go to "Computer" right click on it and "manage" go to storage and assign a letter to the hard disc that Vista is installed on, don't worry this will not affect your Vista install, it will just allow you to see that disc when using Win7. If this explanation is unclear to you there are numerous other explanations on this forum regarding assignment of a letter to the disc you can't see.

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I was just wondering if someone could confirm something for me. Or if it is not the case suggest the best way forward.

But i am planning after some problems formatting my entire hard drive and reinstaling windows.

What i was planning though was to set up a multiboot mutli-OS situation on separate partitions on my hard drive. Such as i was considering 2x XP's and 2x 2000's all on their own partition.

I was also going to have Linux on two partitions on a second USB hard drive.

One thing that has concernemd about about the windows multiboot. Is will each of the four OS's load up with its main partiton where that OS is installed will it be automatically set as C: for that drive and the others be seta as something else. Or can i only have one of the four being set as C and for all the other windows OS to be installed have to be called something else.

Also one other thing is Antiviruses. If i set up an antivirus for one OS on one parition and another completely separate for one of the other OS. Each on its own windows paritions. Would there be any conflicts or problems doing this.


Answer:Multiboot of Win XP and 2000

i would suggest installing 2000 first and then xp. it would be more difficult to install an older windows OS after a new.
ALL OSes can boot from a single kernel.....if you were to install linux i would do that after a windows OS as linux can boot from it. windows cannot boot from a linux boot kernel

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Question: multiboot problem

I have a multi boot pc, with 98, 2k Pro, XP pro. The other day I had to reinstall win 2k. After doing so at first all Os's were working, the only difference I noticed was the boot menu order. But now when I click on Win xp, win 2k tries to start instead and it is giving the same error message that I was getting when I had to reinstall 2k. The error message is...winnt\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt. If I click on the boot menu win 2k......I get win 2k it starts. If I click on the boot menu win 98...I get win 98. But for some reason clicking on Win 2k tries to start but can't. If I run win 2k and look in computer management it shows all 3 os's in their proper drive and says they are all working. What I did to fix this so far hasnt worked. I used the recovery console to replace the file with a new one from the Win xp cd. Then when that didn't work I was going to install XP overtop of it self, but instead of getting the option to repair it said it didnt reccomend installing the os on that volume because another os was already there. That just doesnt make sense to me. I have my volumes are named C: WIN98, D: WIN2k, E: MYStuff, F: WINXP. Its like the computer thinks that Win 2k is insltalled on F also which it isnt. When I reinstalled 2k, I installed it to the same volume. I didnt mix it up thats why I name them by their os. Plus like I mentioned all 3 OS's were working right after the reinstall of 2k. What do you suggest.

Answer:multiboot problem

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I have ISO files of 1. AVG rescue CD2.Windows Xp3.Windows 74.DSL5.Puppy6.Slitaz7.VMware-VMvisor-4.1.0.U03 x86_64I need to put all these into a single bootable cd (ofcourse 8.5gb).I have tried Magic ISO but with no successTried SARDU - I could get it to work for all linux distros not for windows..Xboot - is not working in my windows 7 32bitI dont want to spent on ezboot.I would prefer getting help on using Magic ISO or on SARDU. I could go upto creating a .mbi file in magic iso, then I tried many ways to create iso file, but nothing boot correctly...If anyone has created a multiboot cd with windows and linux in it, please guide me..And any suggestions to include or exclude any iso is appreciated.

Answer:I need help to create a multiboot cd.

Sorry, no experience on what you want to do."Xboot - is not working in my windows 7 32bit"Requirements: NET Framework 4. YUMI

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Question: multiboot problem

i was having a multibooting system but i formatted my d drive where windows 7 was install.....................but still there is a windows 7 option on multiboot screen whiling to remove the windows 7 option from multiboot screen.... its urgent

Answer:multiboot problem

Do you have any operating system installed? If so you can remove it from windows by doing the following...'1. Click start.2. Right click my computer and go to properties.3. Go to the advanced tab.4. Click the settings button under Startup and Recovery.5. UNCHECK "Time to display list of operating systems:"Thats exactly how it is done on Windows XP, if you only have Windows 7 then we must hope that is the same or similar.Manufacturer: Dell computer corporationModel: Optiplex gx270 OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional CPU/Ram: 2.793 GHz / 1024 MBVideo Card: Sapphire HD 3650 AGP

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Hello all,

I want to do the making of the USB MultiBoot and I want her to work on the UEFI, the UEFI is required FAT32 USB stick.

If I used any program , who is on the Internet does not accept the Ver. of Windows 7 or Windows 8 because its size is greater than 4 GB and FAT32 not allowed to do so.

Is there a way to work more than operating system "7 and 8" on a USB stick and be supported UEFI

Windows 7 x86 and x64 ESD
Windows 8 x86 and x64 ESD


Answer:Inquiry: Multiboot USB

Your thread before.

How to open windows 7 without knowing password?

Exactly what computer are you using to attempt this?

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I'm looking to install a few different OS onto one hard drive and just need a bit of help with what to and what not to do =]

Operating systems:

Windows XP Professional 64-bit
Windows Vista Business 64-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
*Maybe* Ubuntu but I'm not 100% sure on that yet

Ideally want it on one partitioned hard drive. I already have Windows 7 64-bit installed on the hard drive, but I have left a large chunk of unallocated space for new partitions.

I'm getting some conflicting information from the internet (what's new!), with some saying you should install the oldest OS first and some saying the newest first. I also heard that BIOS only boots from the first 1024 cylinders of the hard drive.

How shall I go about doing this and will I need to re-install windows 7 again?


Answer:Multiboot several OS on a single HD

ideally you should install oldest first, logically vista and windows 7 werent invented when xp was so why should it know how to incorporate them into boot ?

if you already have windows 7 installed you can still install xp then vista np, but you will then need to to get all of the OS working in the bootloader using bcedit, personally i use easybcd which makes life a lot simpler.

so partition all drives as primary , assuming windows 7 is at the start of the drive and this is where the bootloader will live ..... then install xp to 2nd or 3rd partition , then install vista to the next and booting into vista download and run easy bcd and identify windows 7 and xp incorporating them into your bootloader.

you should then have 3 options on boot , one for each OS ............

having a recovery disk for vista or windows 7 is a good idea just incase it all goes pear shaped so you can always get back into your win7 install :)

google for specific issues and post back here if you can't get xp to work ?

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Question: Multiboot defrag

Well, don't know if this is software side question.. Didn't find any System Tweaking side here so here it goes...

Been wondering for sometime now since Running Windows 9x/ME/XP/2000/2003 systems together alot in like hundreds of computers. Well only Windows XP creates the layout.ini which shows defragmented which are the files used in system boot & System Run (if ofcourse the Boot/Apps are both in prefetch settings in registry).

Here's Example:

Machine 1: HDD1: Windows XP (Active Partition, Cluster Size 4k)
Machine 1: HDD2: Windows 2000 (Active Partition, Cluster Size 32k)

Now I want to defragment Complete list of system boot & files commonly run from Windows XP for Windows 2000 Partition. I can list the DLLs & Autoruns with complete list with tools like Sysinternals 'Listdlls' & 'Autoruns'.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Multiboot defrag

If someone didn't get the point why would I want to do such thing or why in example the Windows 2000 Cluster size is 32 which windows 2000 API doesn't even support. Here's answers:

-Windows 2000 Side is running mainly huge size programs where 32K cluster size is faster than smaller 4k which is not "ideal" in this case.

-Why would I want to defragment system files in one location like partition start? Well, when windows system loads it loads alot of files in boot up progress, if these files are all over HDD even if the HDD is defragmented it takes alot of time to windows to search those files it eneds to load also in this case I need some of the software in partition start because those are software which needs to load in system start.. To speed up entire progress.

-what would the idea solution for me? That someone here would know or find the way to add entire Folder & filelist in to Windows XP / 2003 Layout so that Defragmenting softwares could identify second drive files as system files and add those to start of second drive primary partition. (adding list to layout.ini in Windows XP won't help since if you test it doesn't do anything which you can see tools like Perfect Disk.)

Ps Sorry for my bad english...

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hi experts..i wanted to make a multiboot DVD that will contain: "windows xp sp3,ubuntu 10,linux mint 10,hiren's 12.0,avg rescue cd"i tried with magic iso but i could not make it and i have a program called aerostudio can i use it to achieve that.......plz helpthx in advance

Answer:create multiboot DVD"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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Is it OK to have Vista Ultimate on one partition and 7 Professional on another? Do both operating systems have to be the same level? Can they be 64 bit and 32 bit?

Answer:Multiboot with Ultimate and Professional?

Is it OK to have Vista Ultimate on one partition and 7 Professional on another?Yes.Do both operating systems have to be the same level?Not sure what you're asking.Can they be 64 bit and 32 bit?I'm pretty sure the boot loader allows this, yes. How To Ask Questions The Smart Waymessage edited by Razor2.3

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I'm an IT student and I want to create a Multiboot USB drive with everything one may need when diagnosing and installing windows.

So, I went ahead and downloaded the ISO-s, and merged them all into one big ISO file.
BUT, I want for the installer to automatically install apps I have put on the USB, and not only that, I want it to do it automatically without my intervension, and I want it to mount my driver pack and start scanning for drivers automatically.
I do not want for the setup to download anything, I want it just to install as if there was no internet connection. I can easily update and activate Windows later.

I have created a separate Office 2016 installer with only one language that I require.
I want it to be installed after the OS installation has been completed.

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Hello there, I have a situation and I need some help.

On a system with 2 HDD's (please find attached print screen) I just wanted to know how can I remove without any boot problems, the SYSTEM G: partition which is a sector by sector clone of SYSTEM D: made by EaseUS Todo Backup partition tool in order to have a final scheme like :

Disk0 : Win7 x64 drive C: , Database D,E,F
Disk1 : System (XP) drive G: ,Database H,K

As far as we can see, the drive D it's found as a System in the status field.Not so sure why the clone of this drive , is not found as a System too...

Second, I'm not sure if the Win 7 is started by boot files/sequences found on drive D.

If help, the bootloader listing looks like this :

There are a total of 3 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
EasyBCD Boot Device: D:\

Entry #1
Name: Earlier Version of Windows
BCD ID: {ntldr}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \ntldr

Entry #2
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #3
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {747ea207-04b9-11e2-8fb5-0019d18ff996}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\easyldr1

Should I edit somehow the bootloader to avoid any future problems if I remove the drive D ?
Please ignore the unallocated space, the free space will be realocated.

many thanks,

Answer:Multiboot configuration, XP and Win7

If G is a bootable XP OS (which you don't say for sure) then it is indeed booting off of D since it doesn't have its own System flag. So it can be deleted in Disk Mgmt and have the entire space created into a new Partition.

The partitioning is very messy with a 50gb System partiition which is typically only 100-200mb - was this previously a System Recovery partition? - and the rest including Win7 all collected into an extended Logical partition.

You should consider moving the data off to wipe the HD and competently reinstall Win7 to the first partition closest to the disk reader for faster read/writes.

Here are steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Until then you can give the 25gb Logical partition a letter to access it's space:
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

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Hello, I have a strange problem with my partition table and bootloader. First of all, I have 2 OS: Windows 7 and Linux Ubuntu.
When installing linux, I choose to put the grub bootloader(which sees windows 7 loader) into the system reserved partition (belonging to windows).

After finishing the install I wasn't able to boot into windows 7 again. So, I used a tool, called boot-repair (run under linux) to repair the mbr of windows.
I thought I repaired all the problems, but then, when I opened windows explorer I've observed another partition called System Reserved(on drive lettter E.

Also, Grub used to identify windows 7 on dev/sda1. Now I also have sda2 partition. I must mention that previous I had the following partitions:
-> System Reserved (I believe here is located the bootloader). ;
-> C: with windows 7 ->
->D: for storage ->
->linux partitions...
The question is if I could use something like EasyBCD to write MBR (as my laptop came with the system preinstalled, and I don't have a CD), set windows 7 as default OS and hide the system reserved partition? Also, I was wandering where the windows bootloader is right now?
I will post a screenshot, maybe it helps.... Thank you in anticipation.

Answer:Partion table - multiboot

It's explained here: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7 and to set it up from scratch Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums .

It's impossible to make sense of your Disk Mgmt screenshot when you cut off the listings box with all of the labels, and we can't even see all of them or drive letters.

To start Win7 Mark Partition Active System Reserved and run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times . Remove the drive letter from System Reserved in Disk Mgmt.

Then follow the steps from Barman in first link above to add Ubuntu to Dual Boot menu.

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I am multibooting Ubuntu 16.04, Windows 10 Insider and Windows 7
My main OS for work is Windows 7, Ubuntu is for university, and Windows 10 is for fun (testing and gaming).
I am using Firefox (stable) with ReHIPS for work.
Cent (portable) with Sandboxie with container folder in ramdisk is for web browsing.
Firefox Nightly is for testing new functions.
Extensions are tweaked to work together.

Updates are automatic, but they are delayed for 1-3 days to avoid problems.
I am using mainly portable apps and I have USB "toolbox" which contains additional program/tools like scanners, archivers, editors, browsers, ...

Tools in USB "toolbox" won't be in config, only programs I have in PC are there.

Windows 7 Tweaks:
Avast ? Hardened mode
VoodooShield ? Always On
ReHIPS ? Standard, lockdown mode ? Without GUI only
WFC ? Medium filtering, secure boot
DNS only via DNSCrypt or VPN
Cent browser can connect only via VPN (firewall rule)
Disabled IPv6
Disabled AutoPlay/Autorun
Disabled Remote Assistance
Disabled Remote Registry Access
Removed Internet Explorer
Blocked Processes: cscript.exe, wscript.exe, powershell.exe, powershell_ise.exe

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Spoiler: Windows 10 config
Operating System: Windows 10
OS Edition: Pro
OS Build: Insider Preview build 15055
OS Architecture: 64-bit
User Access Control: Default
Firewall: Windows Firewall
OS Security Updates: Automatic Updates
OS File Reputation: Smartscreen for Windows 10
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Answer:Ozone's config (multiboot)

Great config thanks for sharing it

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When I built my first multiboot I remember reading an article that said you should install the OSs in the same sequence that they were released, I.e. Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP. I have a machine with Vista on it and I intend to install Windows 7 on the next partition. If I want to put Windows 10 on later, would I need to first install Windows 8? I don't know if this machine will take Windows 10 but recently I've seen some articles where people were saying that Windows 10 may be able to be installed on machines previously thought to be incompatible. So, does it matter if all previous versions of Windows are not installed if you want a multiboot with Vista, 7, and 10 or are you OK as long as the next version you install is later than the one before it?

Answer:Multiboot with earliest to latest OS?

To make the above a little clearer: My objective would be to have a multiboot with Vista, 7 and 10. There would be no Windows 8. Would this work or would there be an issue with the boot record? Thanks.

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Hi all,

I'm looking at purchasing a Gateway ID58 series ( with the specs in my profile. In the field I work however, I'll need to be able to boot either Linux or Windows Vista. I may also be running CAD or other design software. I'm not positive of the max memory of the Gateway ID series, but it maybe 4 GB unless I can get a hold of 4 GB soDIMM modules. What I really want to know though is if 4 GB will be enough to be able to multiboot. And, if it's not, what is a good amount? Anyone know of any good Gateways for this? Thanks in advance.


Answer:RAM Requirements for Multiboot System

Multiboot is not affected by RAM amount. It has nothing to do with it. The amount of RAM you need is the maximum that would be required by any of the booted OS's. A booted OS has no connection whatever to any other OS's on the machine that are not booted.

If you have a 32-bit operating system, it will not support 4 GB's or over, so installing it would be a waste of time, electricity, and money.

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Has anybody tested this before?

YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

It appears to promise a way to boot from USB to multi and select-able ISOs?

So the software would format the USB drive for me once, and I could then add ISOs for Windows 7 pro, Ghost and GParted?

If this works.. I would not need CD/DVDs devices or media on newer desktops..

too good to be true? Will it be deadly slow?

Answer:Yumi Multiboot USB Creator - Anybody try this?

I use Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu to format the stick with all versions 32- and 64-bit, spilling the one I need at the time into the root. I can also add any other tools but not a tool which isn't booted by bootsect /nt60 formatting.

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Alright, I just installed Windows XP Professional so that I could fix my Windows XP Home installation, and now I've got two versions of Windows XP, and I need to get rid of Professional. How do I get rid of the XP Professional install and leave my XP Home install? They're in different directories, so there SHOULD be a way...

Answer:Uninstalling a Multiboot XP Installation

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