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Question: how to create multiboot system with dual hard

I have 2 hard drives in my laptop . I would like to have XP w/office 2007 on one partition and XP w/office 2010 on a second partition. On the second drive, I would like to have Windows 7 w/office 2007 on one partition and Windows 7 w/office 2010.I would like to be able to multiboot into any one of these 4 operating scenarios. Please help!

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Answer: how to create multiboot system with dual hard

There are many sites which will give advice about this (apart from the related posts here) - just google.Basically you need to install the XPs first and second then the win7s (if you want to use Microsoft's boot manager - as earlier o/s always need to be installed before later for this to set up properly).You could also try the virtual machine approach (MS virtual PC, vmware, virtual box) - then you can run whatever you want from within the host system (ie, no rebooting to access other o/s)

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To add Windows 7 to a system alongside an existing version of Window, you first need to make sure that you have an available partition (or unformatted disk space) separate from the partition that contains the system files for your current Windows installation.
The target partition can be a separate partition on the same physical disk, or it can be on a different hard disk. If your system contains a single disk with a single partition used as drive C, you cannot create a multiboot system unless you add a new disk or use software tools to shrink the existing partition and create a new partition from the free space. (The Windows 7 Disk Management console, Diskmgmt.msc, includes this capability; to shrink partitions on a system running an older Windows version, you?ll need third-party software.) The new partition does not need to be empty; however, it should not contain system files for another Windows installation. Run the setup program, choose the Custom (Advanced) option, and select the disk and partition you want to use for the new installation...
... And finally, how do you remove Windows 7 (or Windows Vista) from a dual-boot installation and restore the Windows XP boot loader? Insert the Windows 7 DVD and type the following command at a command prompt (substituting the letter of your DVD drive for d): d:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 all
For the full tutorial visit Install Windows 7 alongside an older Windows OS for a Multiboot System

Answer:How to Create a Multiboot System for Windows 7

Thanks for this informative post Andy

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I dual boot win 2k and XP and will be adding Linux at some point. Every so often I like to clean everything out and reinstall everything. Generally I use the settings and files transfer wizard but I was wondering if I can do an unattended installation using a sysdiff difference file or if the multiboot configuration would hamper that. If I run sysdiff /snap after I install 2000 I would want to run sysdiff /diff after I finish customizing that install correct? But then I will not be able to use sysdiff to create a difference file for win XP because it will take a snapshot of the xp install and the 2000 install correct? Is that going to cause a problem? Ah, and then there is the Linux installation. What will become of that in a difference file? Let me know if you have any experience with using sysdiff on a dualboot system. Thanks.
 

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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. YUMIhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System...http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-m...

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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

http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/m..."The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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So, is there any software that will allow me to accomplish this?

For the longest time, I wanted to make a USB stick that could store bootable images of Linux LiveCDs, Windows CDs/DVDs, and other bootable utilities. The stick would provide a boot selection manager from which I could select these aformentioned images to load. I guess it would be similar to how that Ultimate Boot CD works except with USB sticks and customizable boot options.

I haven't given this a thought until recently when I received a 16GB USB stick from someone. I haven't used it that much but I thought that this task would put it to good use as I'm always losing my Linux or Windows CDs for when I need them the most, especially with the laptop.
Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:I want to create a multiboot USB stick...

Awesome idea.
I too have wanted something like this for the longest time. Would be extremely useful to have one drive that had bootable instances of different Windows versions, Linuxs, rescue tools and etc.
Extra bonus points if its easily updateable. Like dropping an iso in a directory and maybe editing a config file.
 

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Can a Windows 7 Pro upgrade kit be used to create a multiboot system with XP or Vista?

Or does one need the full Windows 7 Pro kit to create a multiboot systyem?

Answer:Can Windows 7 upgrade create multiboot?

That will be interesting to see since you can run the installer while booted in Vista for a custom install to a D primary while there. For XP?

That's takes a boot off of the full version disk as a rule to custom install to a second primary if XP is already on the same as with Vista except you can run the installer while booted in Vista but can not when booted in XP! 7 is the upgrade for Vista being the next version inline there.

For setting up a dual boot with XP or Vista installed after 7 once the upgrade takes place where you then add one or the other into the 7 BCD you will need to review the two guides written on dual booting.

For a dual of XP along with 7, Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

For a dual boot of Vista with 7, Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

The upgrade kit will simply be the upgrade disk itself along with a paperback boot included in the retail package on 7. That's typically seen with any retail purchase of any version of Windows.

The first to know about upgrading Vista is that the Business edition of Vista would allow the immediate upgrade to 7 Pro. The Home Premium or Ultimate editions will not! The editions have to match for that to work.

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Hello everyone,

I'm not entirely sure where to post this, so if I'm in the wrong section please tell me. I'm tasked with creating a triple boot setup using the OSs mentioned in the title. All operating systems must be installed on the same drive with a fourth partition to be accessible by all 3 (for sharing of files). The triple boot MUST be done using the Windows 7 boot manager, so EasyBCD and other managers are out of the question. I'm in desperate need of help as I've never even heard of the latter 2 operating systems and need it done by Tuesday if possible. This is very important, so any help what-so-ever would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Please Help Create Multiboot: Windows 7, OpenSUSE & KolibriOS

Hi,

I'm only thinking about this so I don't have the solution.

But a couple questions have come to mind. One is that BCDedit is just a program with an easy to use interface to change the actual Windows boot loader. So using it to change the bootloader options would still be using the Windows bootloader when finished.

Is this a school project that has specific requirements? The reason I ask is that KolibriOS is a tiny OS taking only about 3mb. Now mostly it would be used from a floppy or CD. It can also run in parallel with another OS sharing the same partition. Is it a requirement that it be on its own partition?
Also, I haven't actually installed Linux for several years but if I remember correctly it needs a separate partition(s) for swap files or such so it actually takes more than one partition. I don't think these extra partition(s) have to be primary partitions but I believe it/they have to exist which would push the number of partitions on the drive above the 4 you listed.

I just want a better idea if your requirements are musts and you have to limit yourself to 4 total partitions and if Kolibri must be on its own partition.
 

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Hello everyone,

I'm not entirely sure where to post this, so if I'm in the wrong section please tell me. I'm tasked with creating a triple boot setup using the OSs mentioned in the title. All operating systems must be installed on the same drive with a fourth partition to be accessible by all 3 (for sharing of files). The triple boot MUST be done using the Windows 7 boot manager, so EasyBCD and other managers are out of the question. I'm in desperate need of help as I've never even heard of the latter 2 operating systems and need it done by Tuesday if possible. This is very important, so any help what-so-ever would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Please Help Create Multiboot: Windows 7, OpenSUSE & KolibriOS

Not a lover of mixing Windows & Lunux.

Take a look here:
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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I have now created this as an actual tutorial that can be viewed at this link below. --> System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot <--


   Note

This method goes with this tutorial at the link below but it was too much for the main body of the tutorial as it made the entire work, as a whole too long and involved a process to follow easily.

Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD

This is what I started with, I'm going to use the free, bootable Partition Wizard CD to shrink the C:\Vista partition to create a partition for the Windows 7 "System Reserved" and a partition to install Windows 7 to ahead (to the left) of the C:\Vista partition.click any image to enlarge

1) Boot the PWBD and right click the partition you want to shrink and click "Move/Resize" do not try to shrink an existing Windows Operating System (OS) smaller than its actual, current size as viewed by clicking the Computer button in the Windows start menu.
2) In the dialog box that opens, click and hold to drag the left slider to the size you want to shrink the C: partition.
3) Then in the left pane "Operation Pending" column click Apply and then Yes for the "Apply Changes" conformation dialog box.
4) You will get a Pending dialog box, just relax and let it work; it may take a while depending on your current partition structure.
5) You Must restart the PC after the shrink has completed so the existing OS can accept the changes to the partition stru... Read more

Answer:System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot

That's a great addition.

You should put this in the Tutorial section, maybe as: Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD Part 2 - System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot

Thanks for taking the time to write this up.

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Hi, I want create a dual boot system my Windows XP pro PC.
I can create partitions okay (using Partition Manager 8.5 se) but I don't know how to set up, or edit, the Master Boot Record or whatever else is involved.
I shall want to make a clean install of another XP OS.
If there is some (preferably free) software that assists with this that'd be good.
I have a spare PC on which I can make my mistakes too!
Would you tell me how to go about this please?
Thank you.
Tim
 

Answer:Solved: I want create a dual boot system

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I have a new Toshiba Qosmio X770 laptop with Dual 120 Gb SSD drives. From the factory it had Win 7 Home. I upgraded immediately to Win 7 Ultimate x64. I set up the VM to use XP (Have to use XP because current dev projects with work are stuck in old ages on XP for the time being). I can run the XP Mode in VM fine and even Visual Studios functions fine. There is a problem with the 3rd party drivers for the USB comm boards we are using, the USB drivers apparently cannot be shared across the VM environment for the particular ones we are using.

I have been trying to install a clean install of Windows XP on the 2nd drive, but the system BSOD's when XP is trying to start windows from the installation CD.

Has anyone seen this before? Do you have any suggestions?

thanks,

JCJLKJ

Answer:BSOD when attempting to create Dual Boot system with XP and Ult 7 x64

There are pages of comments dealing with this in Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP.

XPired doesn't have many modern SATA controllers and requires them being inserted using ancient floppy support - there are generations who don't even know what a floppy is.

This requires SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD.

Be sure to use XP SP3 installer for your version - which must also be OEM- or retail-specfiic.

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I need to dual boot both 64 and 32bit windows 7.. I have a device that just will not work on 64bit..

So, I'm trying to put a 32bit install on a 50gb partition of one of my disks.
However, when I go to select the partition, the install says
Windows was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition

Can I have some help, here? :X

Answer:Unable to create/locate system partition.. Dual boot

Please post what device this is. And have you checked to see if that device will work at all with Windows 7? Could be it doesn't have drivers for 7. As far as I know there are no Devices that would not work on 64bit 7 and would work on 32bit 7. It either works on 7, 32 or 64 bit, or it doesn't.

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This article describes how to create a separate System partition and configure the boot environment to start both Windows Vista and Windows 7. The System partition is the disk partition marked as Active and contains the boot files used to start Windows. Windows Vista is usually installed on a disk partition that is marked Active.
Installing Windows 7 to a new partition on the same disk does not change the Active partition. However, creating a system image backup from Windows 7 includes critical boot files from the System partition, which may also include Windows Vista files. Using a disk configuration with a separate System partition for boot files supports a multiple boot configuration and allows a system image backup of Windows 7 without Windows Vista files.
Full tutorial on Technet.

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I need to dual boot both 64 and 32bit windows 7.. I have a device that just will not work on 64bit..

So, I'm trying to put a 32bit install on a 50gb partition of one of my disks.
However, when I go to select the partition, the install says
Windows was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition

Can I have some help, here? :X

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First off, great forum and first rate replies. Have been reading for a couple of years now. User name. retired and live fulltime in an RV.
System specs not completed as I am updating computer. I would like to have separate OS's on separate physical HD's and DO NOT want to use W7's integration system. I know that this should be easy but I want to do it right this time with a clean install of everything.
Thanks all Art.

Answer:Advise requested for dual / multiboot setup

Hello Art, welcome to Seven Forums!


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

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

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

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


Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer – F12
Packard Bell
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Gigabyte – F12
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button

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The Background:
Yesterday a computer in our office started misbehaving. Over the weekend, several Windows updates were installed. On Monday the user would open windows explorer and within 30 seconds or so he was prompted with a message saying something to the effect of, "windows encountered an error and had to close". All the windows including software such as Outlook and AutoCad would then close. There was no restart or shut down, just everything closing. This happened repeatedly.

I instructed him to find a restore point. He later told me the only restore points available were from Friday and then over the weekend, so he chose the latest one, that being Friday. After the restore was complete, the machine began to run through the normal boot process. However, once the windows symbol fully displayed, it would go to the black screen that normally briefly appears before your desktop appears, but the desktop never appears. The machine beeps and then re-boots. After the re-boot, you get the normal screen that prompts you with two choices, launch a repair or start normally. In either case, you get the same result as I just mentioned.


The Question:
Unfortunately, a system image of the troubled machine was never created. I pulled the hard drive and with a SATA adapter I connected it to a working machine and was able to read the drive with no problems. Can I create a system image of the now "external hard drive"? I would then use that syste... Read more

Answer:Create System Image of an external hard drive

Try this: Imaging with free Macrium

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Hi I am running a new latitude e6510 64-bit and I am trying to create system image to a new hard drive I purchased when I bought the new computer for back up. The new drive is WD Blue Scorpio. I loaded win7 pro on the new drive and did create system image. When I tried to restore system image it says restore failed. I called WD and they said I had to remove win 7 pro and only do a format then create system image. I tried that and now it will do the system image but when I load it in to my computer it can not find (bootmgr is missing) and I have to shut down.
I am doing the system image through my USB port onto my new hard drive.
I have done this before with no problems, now I have been trying for over a week and it still won’t work. Can you tell me where I can find information on creating a system Image and Restore on a New hard drive?
TIA
harriet

Answer:create system image and restore New hard drive

Can you clarify
1) You have a PC with Windows 7 Pro installed?
2) You bought a new HDD as a "cold" standby / backup drive in case the normal drive fails?
3) You don't plan to have both HDDs installed together?
4) What is the size of existing and new HDDs?

5) What's the partition structure of your existing HDD
Partition descriptions, Sizes
screen shot from disk management would help but don't worry at this stage if you don't know how to do it.

Suggest you delete your personal email address from the post. Communicate through the forum.

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Hi, im having a problem trying to create a system image and store it in my external hdd.
This isnt the first time i use the windows backup to create a system image, ive done it before using this external hdd with no problems at all.
But now, for some reason it wont detect this hard drive, it only gives me the option to store the image on a dvd, i dont know why?, i tested the hard drive on a different computer and IT WORKS, i tried to create an image and it does work.

Heres a picture so you guys can see the problem:


sorry the image is kinda big, but as you can see on the left, windows DOES detect the hard drive, BUT when i try to create the image, it simply doesnt, it only gives me the dvd option.
i hope you guys can help me here, thanks a lot

Answer:Create system image won't detect external hard disk

You have not stated the App you are using to create the sysrem image. Please tell us.

I have experienced the same thing once in a way with Acronis but the issue always gets resolved by restarting Acronis. You may try to restart your imaging App to see if the matter gets resolved. But I suspect that you may have already done that to no effect.

The next thing to do would be to change your image back-up App. This might succeed. Please try it out and let us have the results.

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I need some info on using two hard drives and two different OS. I would like to use XP Home and 982nd. Thanks Bruce
 

Answer:Multiboot with two hard drives

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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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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.

~Jonathan

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My X60 came with Vista pre-installed and no installation disks! My hard disk is nearly filling up so I bought a bigger one to install. I know how to physically install it and I have been advised not to use ghost or other cloning software on a disk that is a different size - that its best to freshly install the operating system and then copy the data over afterward. How can I get the vista operating system off my current installed drive? Is there a way to create install disks? How? Thanks

Answer:Upgradng my hard drive myself - how can I create operating system install disks from my X60?

I should add that this is my second HD upgrade. I created one set of recover disks that time (which I can no longer find). I don't see a "create installation or recovery disks" link in thinkvantage manager now.. i've looked!

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How to Create Your Own XP System Restore Disk Guide + dual boot guide.

This guide is for XP users with home built systems. It may also work for others, but I have not tested it on any brand name systems.

Everybody knows that there is nothing sweeter then a fresh installation of XP. Your computer starts and runs faster. It almost never freezes up and crashes. Everybody also knows that as time goes by; your computer starts to slow to a crawl. You run the gambit of system utilities (defrag, registry cleaner, garbage cleaner etc), but your system never runs like it did when you first installed XP, and deep down you know that it never will until you do a complete reformat and reinstall of XP. So what is holding you back? Well, you also know that it will take a lot of time to reformat, reinstall windows, reinstall all of your favorite programs, and download the truck load of updates that have occurred since you first bought your system and your programs. And let?s not forget about your system drivers. Now if you bought a brand name system, it most likely came with a set of restore disk or a restore partition on your hard drive. Or it may have a program that asked you to create the restore disk when you first started it up. In any case, you may already have your restore capabilities if you have a brand name system. But even then doing a system restore would only take you back to the original OEM created system. I personally hate brand name computers because of... Read more

Answer:How to Create Your Own XP System Restore Disk Guide + dual boot guide

How to Create Your Own XP System Restore Disk Guide + dual boot guide. Part 2

One additional note I want to add before finishing this guide, is that if you plan to use this to dual boot, there are some additional steps you have to take to get it to dual boot. Since, when you do the restore as a dual boot option, you are not running the installation process, windows will not modify the boot.ini file to add the new XP installation as a boot option at start up. With out this, you will not be able to boot from the new XP system. In order to modify the boot.ini file you will need to go through several steps. I will give you two ways to do this below. The first one is the best and safest way to do it, the other is faster but there is some risk involved.

Option 1: This option uses the Windows Recovery Console. The simplest way to start the recovery console is to pop your XP CD into your CD drive and restart your computer. In most case you system should come with a black screen after the post process and say ?PPRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD ?.. You really need to pay close attention during the restart process to catch this screen as it only stays up for a few seconds. Of course you need to press a key, any key on your key board while this screen is up. If you don?t see this screen you need to do one of several things. Depending on your motherboard brand it may be a simple as press one of you F keys during the post process to bring up the boot menu screen, where... Read more

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Hello again to all. Can anyone please explain because this a little bit confuses me, CREATING a SYSTEM IMAGE, now that I have a DUAL BOOT win7-win8 OS.

>>I want to know if I CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE via windows 7 (my default OS), and then later, if ever I RESTORE THIS CREATED SYSTEM IMAGE, will the setup on WINDOWS 8 & WINDOWS 7, still be the same working on DUAL BOOT?

>>OR IS IT THAT I HAVE TO CREATE THE SYSTEM IMAGE via windows 8?

thanks again for any info.

Answer:Windows 8: Create a System Image on a Dual Boot OS Windows 7

when you create a system image of your computer, yes it will recreate everything it sees on your computer, including multiple OS's and of course the boot loader to let you choose which OS to run.

Please follow the instructions carefully of your imaging software.

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*First off, I don't know whether this is the right forum for this topic, but if it isn't could a mod please move it to the appropriate forum?*

The scenario:
In the fall I will be going off to college, so my parents are getting me a laptop. This particular laptop has 160GB HD space, so I thought I'd try a few new OSs besides MS's products. The laptop will have Vista Ultimate on it and I have copies of Ubuntu 7, Solaris 10 and am getting a copy of OpenSolaris. I may also purchase a copy of XP Pro (it's only $70 through the college). All data will most likely be stored on a separate partition. Installed programs will also have their own partition. I believe this ends up being 7 partitions. I also plan on buying a 500GB NAS for my dorm for backups and off-system storage, so storage space is not an important factor.

The questions:
1. Is there a difference between OpenSolaris and Solaris 10? If so, what?
2. How much HD space should I allocate to each OS?
3. How should I go about partitioning the HD? (The scheme mentioned above or something different)
4. Is this even a good idea? If not, what should I change (and don't say drop all MS products...just wanna have em there in case)?

Thank you to all who help me configure my first multiboot system.
 

Answer:Multiboot System Questions

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I have a new X301 running Windows 7 Professional but I need to run a program that only works in Vista.  I bought a cheap copy of Windows Vista Business and I've figured out how to create a new partition, and install Windows Vista onto that new partition.  However, when I go to use the optical drive while running Vista, the system does not recognize that the DVD drive is even there.  Am I missing something.  It is very important that I can access the DVD drive while running Vista, and Lenovo support refuses to let me downgrade temporarily to Vista.  Where can I get the drivers for the DVD drive???  any ideas?

Answer:HELP! Configuring multiboot system

Did you try the application compatibility mode for your app?

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Hello guys! When i got my pc, i installed Windows 7 on it and after a while i switched to Windows 8 but still had W7 on dual-boot. A while later, i got Ubuntu too and now have 3 OS's. My question: How can i delete the partition W7 is installed on (for adding the space to another partition)? I found something online about moving the bootmgr to the other partition.. or duplicating it. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:Delete first OS from multiboot system

which boot process is the system using
Grub
or the windows boot manager
and are all three OS on the same hard disk or are there two hard disks
a make and full model of the computer would help
As it had 7 installed first - one may presume that all OS are installed in MBR but that is not necessarily the case - as if 7 was 64 bit and the MB is UEFI/BIOS they could be installed UEFI
which is correct please
 

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Need wisdom and insight from the members of HardForums on which Microsoft OS's to use for my future multiboot gaming system which will also do work related tasks/applications when needed. The actual completed system won't be finished until next year, but I've started buying stuff which won't change in price that much... such as the case, fans, etc.

1) If you could use any combination of Microsoft OS's for building a multiboot gaming system which ones would you select and why?

2) Any specific improvements adjustments and tweaks within any or all of the OS's?
I'm currently planning:
Windows2000 Pro (necessary for some older games)
WindowsXP Professional_64bit (main gaming environment)(w/ SP1a... possibly SP2)
WindowsVista Ultimate_64bit (backup gaming environment and possible future main gaming environment pending worthy DX10) (w/ SP1 if there's no bad side effects)
Windows2003 Server R2 Enterprise_64bit w/ SP2 (gaming for environments which benefit from greater than 4GB of RAM)
............... *future system estimated to have 6GB of RAM... maybe more. (remember this is not just a gaming system)
I would like to also add this will be legit. Any advice would be appreciated!! Thanks!
 

Answer:Choosing the OS's for MultiBoot system

I would probably drop two OSes out, since that seems to be massive overkill. If Vista x64 isn't able to handle some older games, such as some of the original Star Wars games, I'd probably dual boot it with WinXP x86, strictly for the older games, and do my current, regular gaming in Vista x64. I don't know where the status of SLI is right now in Vista, but for single card setups, it's just as good as XP. Why make a mountain, when a molehill will do just fine?
 

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Hey, this really bugs the crap out of me.
ok so ive done a lil experimenting with multibooting and stuff like that and installed diffrent os's on the same system just diffrent hard drive.
the problem is i reformated the other os on the new hardrive but its still up on that list to select on start up. so i now only use windows xp home an yet i have to go down the unwanted list of 6 diffrent os's. some please, oh god please! let me know how to berid of the os list which is unwanted!!

P.S i tried fixmbr in the windows recovery

thanks for your help in advance!!

Answer:OS List On MultiBoot System

start, run type msconfig, go to boot.ini and click on check all boot paths, click ok to remove the invalid entry and then reboot

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If I purchase the RETAIL Windows 7 Upgrade:

1. On a system with Windows XP, can I install the upgrade into a 2nd partition to create a multiboot Windows XP/Windows 7 system? I do have retail Windows XP Pro media full version.

2. On a system with Vista, can I install the upgrade into a 2nd partition to create a multiboot Vista/Windows 7 system? I do not have Vista on media, it was pre-installed on the system.

3. On a notebook computer running Vista, should I choose to do so, could I install Windows 7 over Vista? Might I get into trouble due to proprietary notebook drivers?

4. On a notebook computer running Vista, should I choose to do so, could I uninstall Vista and then install the Windows 7 upgrade? Might I get into trouble due to proprietary notebook drivers? Also, since I do not have Vista on media, how would I prove that I qualify for the Windows 7 Upgrade?

Answer:Creating multiboot system

It's early days yet - no one has an upgrade disc to try.

From what I understand so far - The 7 installer will recognize you already have a qualifying version of windows on the hard drive.

If you do not have that installed, apparently, you can put a cd/dvd in the drive of 2000 or XP or Vista when the 7 installer asks.

Another way is to do a double install - we believe this will work with 7 also.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/68...ade-vista.html

You might need to download the drivers from your notebook manufacturer onto a cd before you start .

You can also back them up using this free program :

BooZet Freeware | Double Driver - backup and restore installed drivers

I assume you will be getting the pre order deal? Premium or Pro Editions only on that deal.

Hope it helps

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Hi all,

I'm looking at purchasing a Gateway ID58 series (http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668296.php) 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.

Best
 

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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 I have installed a 40 gig in a beater without removing the orig. 9.5 gig and would like to know how to use them in unisyn?I have ME on the 9.5 and would like to slave the 40?Is this a simple (N) i don't want to enable large disk support at the install?It boots fine when the end of the ribbon is plugged to original but not when the middle is?Is there a switch or boot order? If so where?I knew how  on my thinkpad but dont on my pc?the placement of the drives within the tower makes it hard to run the ribbon differently?If u have an answer ? please help thanks?!

Answer:?Dual hard drives in 1 system?

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000413.htm

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Help anyone? I have a win7 / win10 dual boot system, win 7 on a hdd, win 10 is on ssd, bootmgr is on win 7 drive, now I want to clone win 10 to a bigger ssd but tools I have tried failed with message 'boot volume and system need to be on same drive' how can I get win 10 to boot and remove win 7 from my system?

Answer:ssd upgrade clone from multiboot system

We need to see a screenshot of disk management:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of General Tips Tutorials

and please make sure to widen all the columns so that we can see all the data in the columns.

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I am trying to set up a system with multiple partitions and MS multiboot.
Here's the steps that I have completed:

1) installed XP on partition 1 (booted and worked fine)
2) hide partition 1
3) installed Windows Server 2003 R2 on partition 2 (booted and worked fine)
4) unhide partition 1, but leave partition 2 active
(Windows Server on partition 2 still boots and works fine, with the
Windows/system drive still seen as C:, partition 1 is Z
5) change active partition back to 1/XP, edited partition 1 boot.ini for
2 choices: XP & WinServer
(when I choose XP/1, XP still boots up fine)

Here's the problem:

When I choose WinServer (partition 2), the system hangs with a blank screen.
I added /SOS in boot.ini, and I see many drivers loaded from the partition 2
windows/system directory. The last driver loaded/attempted is crcdisk.sys.
If I switch the active partition back to 2, again Windows Server loads
fine. I just can't get the boot menu from the 1st partition to launch
Windows Server on the 2nd partition successfully. One other thing,
bootcfg /query returns everything OK.
Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Trouble getting a multiboot system working

If you had not hidden XP back in the first part, 2003 would have set up the dual-boot menu for you and there would have been no problem. I suspect that since you installed 2003 second, it controls the boot process. Try doing what you did, only in the 2k3 installation and not XP (edit boot.ini and make the 2k3 partition active).
 

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I have a multiboot setup that seems to be running fine except when I use the standby function while running in Windows XP Professional SP3.

I have 2 physical disks: sda (HDD with WinXP Pro as primary partition, Ubuntu on second partition) and sdb (SDD with Win7 on the only partition) both connected using SATA AHCI.

I'm using Boot-US as my bootmanager (currently it runs from a floppy disk as I didn't want to overwrite my MBR just yet) so that I can boot from my 3 different operating systems.

Before I added the second disk with fresh install of Windows7, I used GRUB to choose between WinXP and Ubuntu at boot time. If I don't use Boot-US (floppy disk), I can boot into Windows XP using GRUB. Regardless of bootmanager used, the standby issue is present.

Everything seems to be working fine, except when I put the machine into standby while running in WinXP; then the machine will not resume successfully. Fans spin, lights illuminate, and even the monitor senses signal (powers on but stays black), but nothing is displayed and the keyboard inputs are not recognized. My only option is a hard reboot.

If I disconnect my SDD drive from the motherboard, standby and resume works fine in WinXP. How can I get this setup to work with both drives connected?? It seems the motherboard or Windows XP won't tolerate the presence of a second boot drive during the resume process. Any ideas?

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I have (perhaps I should say had) a multi-boot system. Originally I installed my 6 Windows OS's and then installed my two favorite Linux distros. I like the ability to customize the Grub menu which Linux gives me. Unfortunately Grub did not detect all 6 of my Windows installations but one of the boot options it did detect took me back into my original Windows menu which showed all 6 of the Windows systems. So that's the setup which I have been using successfully for the past few months. (One boot menu which boots into another). Today my Windows boot menu has become unusable and probably corrupt. At first I had the problem that I was only able to boot into Windows 8.1 (no windows menu at all). Then I used EasyBCD which I had inside Windows 8.1 At first EasyBCD indicated an inability to load any boot file at all. Subsequently after rebooting into 8.1 a few times more I tried it again. It then showed a boot menu but with only Windows 8.1 listed. I subsequently was able to use the add operating system function to add all the other Windows systems again. I then clicked save to save the new configuration. Now I do see all six Windows systems at boot but neither of them, even Win8.1 will boot. Would you please tell me where I should start to get back into one of these six Windows operating systems so that I can possible use the EasyBCD repair function to access the others. I think I had EasyBCD installed inside each Windows OS At the moment I am dependent on Linux alo... Read more

Answer:Cannot access either Windows OS in multiboot system.

I since used command line controls bootrec /rebuildbcd whereupon I booted directly into Windows 7 without any menu. I opened EasyBCD inside Win7 and the boot menu is the same as always. Win 8.1 has shrunk in size since I tried the reset command from the DVD. I pray that there is at least one expert in these forums who can guide me out from this spot. Now that I am at least into one of the 6 Windows OS's I will not reboot until I get some response from someone. As I said earlier, I am not too familiar with all the do's and don'ts of EasyBCD. I-m afraid to touch it, especially the risks of clicking the save button. It is strange that when I ran the bootrec/scanos command from the Win8.1 dvd it said it found 0 (zero) Windows operating systems! I am thinking bootvirus. Will run antivirus check overnight.

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I just got my xp/vista dualboot machine back up. I want to put in a second hd.
will both vista and xp both be able to properly use the drive? It woudnt be locked to vista or xp?
I will be using it only for data storage or a working folder for video conversion. No games or program installs.
Thanks! for any advice

E1200 celeron Dual core
Gigabyte GA 945 GCM -s2c
2gig DDR2
WD 320 XP/Vista Dual boot SATA 2 HD
Athena 400 watt MATX psu
8400GS
samsung 16 x PATA DVD burner
 

Answer:second hard drive in dual boot system

Format it to NTFS and it should automatically show up on both OS installations
 

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I have two hard drives on my computer. One hard drive (Master) has Windows XP Home Edition and the second hard drive (Slave) has Windows XP Professional.How can I get the black screen where I can decide which OS I want to be on without opening my computer and changing the jumpers from Slave to Master?Do I leave the jumpers alone or do I change them both to Master for the dual boot?

Answer:How do I dual boot two Hard drives system?

Leave the Master/Slave jumpers alone - edit Boot.ini to reflect both OS.If both OS were installed on your pc the necessary Boot.ini entries should have been created during the install. If you have simply added a system drive from another pc it probably won't boot.

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Hello.
I have a Windows 7 on C: and Windows 8.1 on D:

A few weeks ago I received Black Screen of dead with mouse cursor (No Task Manager/Safe mode) in Windows 7, so now i want to get format drive C and do a clean install.
Should I just format drive C:? will i be able to boot windows 8?

Here's a screenshot of Disk Management. I know it's a mess.

Answer:Reinstall/Format Windows 7 on a multiboot system

If you're sure that D is large enough for your Win7 needs, then yes you can just format it during booted Clean Reinstall
Windows 7.

If not then I'd move the data off of F, during install use the Drive Options pictures in steps 11/12 of Clean Install Windows 7 to delete both D and F, then create a New Win7 partition of the size you want, followed by a new F partition in the remaining space. Format both partitions, be sure to choose only D to begin install.

This should configure a Dual Boot with Windows 8. If not install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to add Windows 8 to a boot menu.

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I want to set up a multiboot for 3 OS's ... 98, 2000 and XP. I have 2 HDD, an 80gb and a 2.5gb. I would like to partion on my 80gb into 3 parts, one for each OS and one for where my software will go, I would like to keep my 2.5gb all together as you use that drive to store stuff which I have downloaded, or which I need to burn to a CD. The problem is that I would like to know if you could partion a disk into multiple File System's, I would like to use NTFS for 2000 and XP but I would need to use FAT32 for 98, is that possible to do? IF so how do I do it? (I have Partion MAgic 8)

I would also like to know which order to install the OS's and would I be able to order the Drive Letters to C:\ for XP, D:\ for 2000, E:\ for 98, F:\ for my 2.5gb dump drive, G:\ for DVD ROM and H:\ for my CD-RW ... Is this possible and if it is how hard is this to do?

Thanx in advance
AngryClip

p.s. any links to any useful information on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Questions about Multiboot, partions and file system ...

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(I have been advised to make this post in this section (Installation and setup subforum.)
because this is not BSOD related and I have been told that there are members more specialised in this specific situation.)

I have (perhaps I should say had) a multi-boot system. Originally I installed my 6 Windows OS's and then installed my two favorite Linux distros. I like the ability to customize the Grub menu which Linux gives me. Unfortunately Grub did not detect all 6 of my Windows installations but one of the boot options it did detect took me back into my original Windows menu which showed all 6 of the Windows systems. So that's the setup which I have been using successfully for the past few months. (One boot menu which boots into another). Today my Windows boot menu has become unusable and probably corrupt. At first I had the problem that I was only able to boot into Windows 8.1 (no windows menu at all). Then I used EasyBCD which I had inside Windows 8.1 At first EasyBCD indicated an inability to load any boot file at all. Subsequently after rebooting into 8.1 a few times more I tried it again. It then showed a boot menu but with only Windows 8.1 listed. I subsequently was able to use the add operating system function to add all the other Windows systems again. I then clicked save to save the new configuration. Now I do see all six Windows systems at boot but neither of them, even Windows 8.1 will boot. Would you please tell me where I should start to get back into one of these... Read more

Answer:Problems with windows bootloader in multiboot system

I since used command line controls bootrec /rebuildbcd whereupon I booted directly into Windows 7 without any menu. I opened EasyBCD inside Win7 and the boot menu is the same as always. Win 8.1 has shrunk in size since I tried the reset command from the DVD. I pray that there is at least one expert in these forums who can guide me out from this spot. Now that I am at least into one of the 6 Windows OS's I will not reboot until I get some response from someone. As I said earlier, I am not too familiar with all the do's and don'ts of EasyBCD. I-m afraid to touch it, especially the risks of clicking the save button. It is strange that when I ran the bootrec/scanos command from the Windows 8.1 dvd it said it found 0 (zero) Windows operating systems! I am thinking bootvirus. Will run antivirus check overnight....Today I notice that upon rebooting all the menu choices are there but only 3 or 4 of the 6 takes me into the named OS. The others just cycle back to the menu without trying to load anything... Please help!

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Ughh. I installed windows 7 OS on my pc thinking it would be like windows office. NOT THE SAME. Now, my computer has created a partition for Windows 7 and has two other partitions containing unknown data- as I don't know how to access. In the mean time, It's telling me that all of my previous data (I'm not sure if it means operating system or files) are saved under Windows.old- in my newly created "0"participation. My question is "Is it possible to back up all of my data- then restore or undo or revert back to my old Windows Operating System?"
 

Answer:Recovering Previous Windows OS from Multiboot System

Certainly should be possible to back up your data--at least any data still on the hard drive.

You can then install your old OS if you have the installation CD or DVD. Or you can "recover" or "restore" to factory defaults if you have the Recovery DVDs/CDs. Or maybe you can still purchase Recovery media from the PC manufacturer.
 

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I posted my hardware specs in this other thread. Here I will start by describing my partition layout:

*All linux partitions are formated as ext4, all Windows partitions are NTFS

Disk 0: Vertex2 80GB SSD 2.5" (MBR partition scheme):
1 - 500MB boot for Linux grub2
2 - 65GB Windows 7 Ultimate
3 - 5GB OpenSUSE root
4 - 5GB Linux Mint root

Disk 1: Toshiba 680GB 2.5" (GPT partition scheme)
1 - 98GB Programs (Linked to Windows 7 Ultimate for Program Files*, ProgramData folders)
2 - 98GB Users (Linked to Windows 7 Ultimate for all Users folders)
3 - 32GB Linux swap partition
4 - 20GB OpenSUSE /usr partition
5 - 77GB OpenSUSE /home partition
6 - 20GB Linux Mint /usr partition
7 - 77GB Linux Mint /home partition
8 - 70GB Windows 10
9 - 100GB space for VMs1

Disk 2: White Label 1TB 3.5" (all NTFS partitions)
1: 500GB Archive space
2: 240GB Video Vault
3: 200GB Extended partition
4: 200GB Logical partition for VMs2

Disk 3: Seagate 1TB ST31000528AS (just upgraded drive firmware to CC49 from CC45)
- 230GB unallocated space
1: 20GB Express-Recovery NTFS & grub4dos boot loader
2: 150GB Windows Home Premium
3: 100GB OpenSUSE 12.2
4: 200GB NTFS-Risky
- 230GB unallocated space

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I have a computer with a dual boot system. I have Win ME on the C: drive and XP on the D: drive. I want to remove the smaller of the drives containing Win ME and just run Win XP from the larger D: drive (which would obviously become the C: drive) but when I remove the smaller drive and reboot I get an error saying NTLDR is missing. I searched on another computer running Win XP and it is in the folder I386 so I copied the whole of this folder to D: and removed the small C: drive again but still get the same error. How can I get the drive with XP on it to be the sole drive and get windows to load without errors??

Answer:Remove hard drive from dual boot system

In your dual boot, all the boot files are on C. D has no boot files. If you don't mind the drive letter changes, try the following.Your hdd where XP is installed needs 3 files: ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.iniNtldr and ntdetect.com are in the i386 folder on the XP CD. They are also on the ME partition.Reinsert your ME hdd and boot into XP.Copy the 2 files from the CD or from C drive to the current D drive (so that they become d:\ntldr, d:\ntdetectcom) - copy, not move the files.The boot.ini file, you can either use XP's Recovery Console (bootcfg command) or do it manually using Notepad.First have a look at the existing c:\boot.ini file. click Start, Run, type c:\boot.ini and press Enter. Just have a look at the format of the text file. Don't change this file. Close this file.In Notepad, create a new file by typing:[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 Home Edition" /fastdetectSave it as d:\boot.ini (DO NOT overwrite c:\boot.ini).Click Start, Run, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.Right click your XP partition and see if there is an option to mark partition as active. If so, select it. I suspect it's greyed out, that's OK.Turn off computer. Disconnect ME hdd. Set XP hdd as master. Restart to see if it will load XP.If it doesn't load XP, post back error message.But in the meantime, you can insert XP CD and restart from CD. Press R for Recovery Console, press ... Read more

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my pentium 4 Hard disk drive (XP) is not Running on Dual core System. it is showing blue screen. what is the problem plz help me i am using that sysem on my Embroidery machine. My machine is not running.

Answer:Old Hard disk(XP) not running on new dual core system

You can't run a system that was installed on a Pentium 4 on a newer motherboard/processor combination. You will have to reinstall XP, or do a Repair Install.

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If I have two HDDs hooked up to the computer with two different OS's on each one, will it automatically become a dual-boot system? Or will it just load up the master drive? If it's the latter, how would I set it to ask which one to boot from?
 

Answer:Can you make a dual-boot system with two hard drives?

Here's one workable, although not so elegant way of doing it. Check your BIOS options and see if there is an option to select which drive boots.
 

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I have a new machine with 64 bit windows 7 and is running just fine. Another machine is running windows xp pro 32 bit and I want to take it's C: drive with xp running and stick it into my new machine and use it for a dual boot drive without messing up the register.
I have several apps running on that machine that would like to keep running just as they are but under the cover of the new machine.

Both machines are sata drives. I can put the old C: drive into the bay on the new box but obviously can't run the XP apps that I want to run.

I also do not want to mess up my nice new windows 7 OS. Are any of the tutorials addressing this where the XP OS is already installed?

Answer:want to dual boot with a xp system hard drive from another machine

Welcome!

You probably will have issues with drivers, moving a hard drive from one machine to another. I have to recommend a clean install of XP.

Check out this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You may try adding the XP boot entry into 7's boot loader using EasyBCD 2.0: Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hi, I have an Envy 700-215xt, with UEFI, and WIndows 7 on it's original 1 TB drive. I've added a 2 TB internal drive, initialized as GPT, and installed Fedora 22 on it's first 500 GB. The UEFI boot order is set to boot to Grub2 on the second drive, which lists Fedora and WIndows 7 in it's boot menu. This setup works fine so far. I have an "Anker" hard drive docking station (which has it's own power supply) connected by an eSATA cable and an adapter to the one remaining SATA connector on the IPM87-MP mobo, and with a 2 TB WD SATA drive installed in the docking station, with the intention of installing a bootable Ubuntu 16.04 on its first terabyte. My first question is, should the new drive be initialized as GPT as well? It should work for that drive, but if I was to get  another drive later and want to use that in the same docking station, is there a possibility of a GUID conflict when UEFI's boot manager tries to boot the same entry for the docking station? Secondly, if there is a possible conflict in the above scenario, will initializing the drive as MBR prevent such a conflict and allow installation of Ubuntu normally, and for it to show up in the Fedora's boot menu by using Fedora's grub2-mkconfig, and still be able to later install another new drive in the docking station, without any UEFI/GUID conflict? Thanks in advance,HPAlum 

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Multiboot system with Windows 7 on 1st partition and Windows 10 on 2nd partition-same drive. Using the fancy blue Bootmanager Selection screen that comes with win10. Win 10 is the default OS. If I select windows 7 from the bootmanager selection screen the system does a complete bios reboot then goes directly into windows 7. Selecting windows 10 does not do this reboot, just starts win 10 as would be expected. Is this normal?? I have had Multiboot with Win 7 and XP and do not remember this happening.
FYI
Win7 partition is marked "Active" (first partition on drive) bootmgr file is on this drive I think
Win10 partition is marked "Inactive" (second partition on drive)
Tried turning off Fast Boot in Win 10 == No Help

Any ideas?? Its annoying and time consuming to go through another complete bios boot up every time I select my Win 7 OS.
Any help will be greatly appreciated
Mike

Answer:Multiboot system does another bios boot when selecting non-default OS

Found the problem. It was the fancy new boot manager selection screen that comes with windows 10. The blue one with the different available OSs in big boxes. Going back to the original black and white Boot manager selection screen solved the problem, goes right into Windows 7 now without the extra system boot. To get back to the old B/W menu run Command Prompt Administrator and type:
"bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

To go back to the Blue Fancy Screen type:
"bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard"

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I have 2 hard drives, the first has Win 7 RC1 and the second has XP and Vista in their own partitions. The Win 7 boot loader gives me the choice of Win7, Vista and XP when I boot up. The question is: If I install Ubuntu onto the second HD in a currently unoccupied partion, will GRUB (which is sure to take over the booting process, from past experience) still leave me with the 3 choices I have now (assuming I do not select the Ubuntu prompt). I wwould hate to lose the ability to get into the 3 Win systems !

Thanks, Errol

Answer:Install Ubuntu on a xp,vista,win7 multiboot system

  
Quote: Originally Posted by errolgreer


I have 2 hard drives, the first has Win 7 RC1 and the second has XP and Vista in their own partitions. The Win 7 boot loader gives me the choice of Win7, Vista and XP when I boot up. The question is: If I install Ubuntu onto the second HD in a currently unoccupied partion, will GRUB (which is sure to take over the booting process, from past experience) still leave me with the 3 choices I have now (assuming I do not select the Ubuntu prompt). I wwould hate to lose the ability to get into the 3 Win systems !

Thanks, Errol


Grub loader will give you two boot option one that will boot to Ubuntu and another that will load Windows 7 boot loader(normally denoted by DOS os). From there you should be able to boot into the three windows os.

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I have a multi-boot system Windows (xp, vista x86, vista x64, win7, win 8, and win 8.1) along with two linux distros (the latest Mint and Ubuntu). Everything seems to be working well this past month or two but there are some threatening issues regarding backup and restore capability that I have become aware of. First of all Windows Restore Points are systematically deleted by Windows upon rebooting. Oddly enough, the oldest system, Windows XP, is the only one that keeps its restore points regardless of how many times you reboot. No wonder so many users will need to be electronically blocked from booting into XP before they will stop using it. All the other Windows systems end up getting most or all of their system restore points deleted such that if and when the need to use a restore point happens, I will almost definitely get the message that there are no restore points available. There is never any notification that this is happening or has happened, of course In addition to this, the Win 8.1 does not offer the option to create a recovery disk to a cd or dvd. It must be a usb drive and this computer cannot boot from a usb drive. I am also a bit vague about system recovery disks, vs. images, vs. restore points. I find it difficult to see MS as trying to make the process of creating and restoring system restore points as more convenient and not more difficult. I'm surprised they even provide a graphical multiboot menu from Windows 8, one thing that is nice and po... Read more

Answer:system recovery issues (especailly in multiboot systems)

I seem to have fixed the system restore point deletion following this link: System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete (applies to Win8 as well). The only downside is that by turning off the mounted volumes blocks access to the same volumes in XP; for example, when I am into Windows XP, I can only see the names "local disks" for Vista and Win7. I can't open or see anything inside these "local disks." This is not usually a big issue for me, as I can always use another storage drive on the computer for data transfer. Alternatively (a PITA) I can turn the registry settings on and off each time I need to access the other system volumes. There is no problem when in OS's other than XP. I don't know if the registry edit effects anything else such as program installation or disk maintenance. On the second issue I was talking about "making an optical recovery drive from Windows 8.1" there must be a way to copy the data from a bootable usb drive to make an optical disk (perhaps with Nero). I wonder if it would work to copy system restore points to a usb thumb drive and back to the system drive again when needed. (anyone?)

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My current configuration is a multiboot system with three partitions on my system drive (disk 0). Partition D/Windows XP, Partition E/Data Set Partition, and Partition C/Windows 7. My secondary drive, which is not really relative to this dialog has 4 partitions for system backups, system and application paging areas, and a frees space area. This system works flawlessly, with Windows 7 managing the initial boot process.

My primary goal, and the basis for this posting is to find the best way to replace my Windows XP partition with Linux Mint. Which of the following makes the most sense, or is there yet another less hazardous path?

1. Install Linux over XP?
Should I just clean format the current XP partition and install Linux Mint over it, leaving the windows 7 partition in tact? Will the Windows 7 boot menu still function even though it is actually thinks it is offering an XP boot option which in reality would be Linux.

2. Ground Zero approach?
Should I reformat the entire drive and set up the three blank partitions followed by a clean intall (yikes) of Windows 7, Followed by a clean install of Linux, and then, I am guessing installing Grub to manage the boot process.? I don't think I can use an image file backup of windows 7 (image for dos) since it will be expecting an XP boot option. Windows 7 will not allow me to backup/restore Win 7 without Win XP.

Disk map is attached.

Help

Answer:Replacing Windows XP with Linux Mint in a Multiboot system.

First, I would install EasyBCD in Windows 7. Then I'd install Linux over XP - pick 'something else' during the partitioning stage and you can tell it exactly what to do - check the box to 'format' that partition to ext4. . On that same screen, make sure to specify that grub be installed in that same partition as Linux, not the MBR. I'd also create a small swap partition on the second drive where you say you have some free space, 4GB or so.

Boot to Windows, use EasyBCD to delete the XP entry and create a grub2 Linux entry EasyBCD will automatically detect the correct partition.

That should do it.

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All right. This is my first post so hello to all! I'll try not to make this too long, but I have sort of a strange problem with my pc. I have the following configuration:

Windows xp sp2 fully patched on both C: and D: drives (see below)

1 100 GB IDE HDD as primary master on motherboard integrated IDE controller this drive is labeled C:

2 160 GB IDE HDD on a PCI add-in RAID controller. These are in RAID 0 configuration labeled drive D:

PCI RAID controller is made by SIIG - has the latest drivers from the website

I recently reformatted all drives. I started by formatting the 100 gig drive (C and installing windows xp and patching the system. Then I formatted and installed xp on the RAID 0 drives. My default operating system is the raid 0 drives.

Now, when I boot directly to the D drive I do not have any problem. I can view and access data on the c: drive. However, when I boot into the c: drive, I get the error that some or more of my disks needs to be checked for consistency. I cancel this check for reasons I will explain. When the OS boots up, the computer recognizes that there is a D: drive, but when I try to access the information it says that the file system is corrupt. I am trying to figure out how I can access the information on the raid 0 array from my single HDD. Anyone know how this can be done?


Other annoying things happen with my raid 0 array. If disk check runs on boot before the OS loads, the operating system is comp... Read more

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I posted this on a Toshiba-specific forum too, but I'm thinking I'll get more responses here...

I have a few questions: (first background questions, and then I'll get to the heart of the issue)

First, on a new Toshiba laptop with factory installed Win7, there are 3 primary partitions - a 1.5GB "MBR-0", a ~10GB "recovery" partition, and the main installation partition. What is the 1.5GB one for, and what's on it? An MBR certainly doesn't need 1.5GB. Does Win7 create that, or is that something unique for Toshiba?

If I'm using a 3rd party boot-manager (BootitNG via an EMBR on its own partition), can I just wipe that 1.5GB partition? And, can the recovery installation be set up to create the Toshiba-Win7 recovery partition (and that 1.5GB one) as extended volumes within the Win7 primary partition, and not to make them as its own new primary partition? But would they function as extended volumes?
And now to the main problem: (the gist of it is, how many partitions will the Win7 recovery disks create? and can I customize it?)

I have a new toshiba c655 laptop that came with Win7 installed. I created the one-time recovery DVDs first thing (it made 4 of them - Disk 1,2,3, and "64-bit environment").

I then wanted to set up a multi-boot system between Win7, and 2 instances of XP (one of which is a fresh install, the other being an image backup off a computer that died). I want each OS on its own primary partition, where each only sees/know... Read more

Answer:Recover/install Win7 on multiboot system- too many primary partitions?

All of this could be avoided by virtualizing XP in Win7 using Ultimate's XP Mode, Virtual Box or Virtual Player. Most XP apps and drivers which balk can be made to run using Win7 Compatibility Mode

Depends also on how badly you want to keep the current partitioning. The 1.5gb is likely your System Active boot partition (check in Disk Mgmt) containing utilities that you may not even want since Win7 has better versions. You can see what's on it by showing hidden folders. I would also check the free space because you could keep it, since its best to have a boot partition with multi-boots - which can be installed to Logical Extended sub-partitions as long as there is a boot partition marked Active for them to place their boot files upon.

After installing and imaging XP to Logical Extended sub-partitions created as fourth partition in Disk Mgmt, you'll need to add Win7 and the XP image to the multi-boot menu using EasyBCD 2.0 Add OS tab. This will need to be done from the installed XP since it will capture the boot when installed last, or you can mark Win7 active and use Startup Repair from the Win7 Repair CD to start Win7 and add both XP's using EasyBCD 2.0 which works better from Win7:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
System Repair Disc - Create
Welcome to EasyBCD 2.0! &#x2014; The NeoSmart Files
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

What I would do is make my Recovery Disks, wipe the HD and clean reinstall Win7 for much better p... Read more

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Hi SevenForum,
I intend to exchange my Intel mobo (LGA 1156) for an Asus one (LGA1150).
In fact, I never dared to do that but after reading Kaktus nice tutorial I thought I'll give it a try.
But having a multiboot setup as an additional difficulty I thought I'd ask you before I proceed.
OK, here's my setup:

so you see on disc 0 are Win7 32bit and Win7 64 bit installs,
disc 1 has two partitions for files,
on disc 2 there is another Win7 32bit install and three partitions for files,
disc 3 has two backup partitions,
disc 4 holds two WinXp partitions.

My greatest concern is that, after connecting the HDs to the new mobo, Windows will assign new drive letters
With the file storage partitions H,I,E,F,K,Y,Z I think this won't be an issue as I can rename them later on in Windows.
But I'm worried about the partitions where the OS's are on: wrong drive letter=OS won't boot.

An additional issue is that the 'Sys2' Win7 install which has the drive letter D, has on its own partition the drive letter C, which makes no problem atm, but maybe will do when installing the new mobo.

What do you think?
Maybe it would help to connect the drives successively?
Is the (physical) position of the SATA connectors on the mobo important / should be 'copied' from the old mobo?

It would be a real pita if I would have to reinstall the whole mess, so I really would like to use the P2P_adjust_OS way, if possible.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:MoBo swap in multiboot system using Paragon Adaptive Restore

Ok, I think I'll proceed as follows:
1 backup all important files on DVD
2 having the Paragon P2P iso CD ready
3 dismount old MoBo, Cpu + memory
4 mount it on new MoBo
5 connect just the Win7 32bit hd which was on disc 0,
6 boot system with p2P iso as documented in Kaktussoft's tutorial
7 if it works, I'll repeat these steps with just the drive connected where the other Win7 32bit system was on (formerly disc 2)
8 if I'm successful again, I'll 'just' have to bother with the former Xp installations; therefore I'll connect the remaining harddiscs, use Paragon iso etc...EasyBCD should help to get them bootable.
sounds easy but I'm sure I'm getting trouble somewhere..

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DIY desktop computer used as test box. Both production (build 10586) and development (build 14322) installed.

I use storage spaces (two 1TB drives pooled in two-way mirror, ReFS formatted) with build 10586 for backups and archives.

Whenever I restart into build 14332 the storage spaces drives show constant disk activity and Storage Spaces does not appear in the This PC window in build 14332. When I return to build 10586 I again have a lengthy period of disk activity once more. However the Storage Spaces does appear in the This PC window in build 10586 as expected and I can access the space just fine. I get messages that Storage Spaces needs attention and when I access the Storage Spaces window via the Control Panel the drive statuses show that repair is under way. After a few minutes the drive statuses change to OK. However, the status bar at the top of the Storage Spaces area remains orange and I have a warning message. This status persists over restarts of build 10586.


Question 1: Since the physical drives section shows that the devices are OK, where can I check further for the exact problem?

Question 2: How can I clear the warning message if in fact ReFS has fixed itself?

Question 3: Is there a method to preventing this the next time I boot into a preview build short of turning off or physically disconnecting the pooled drives?

I have posted feedback, although I mistakenly left the type as "suggestion."

Here is the disk management panel (... Read more

Answer:Preview build causes errors in storage spaces on multiboot system

The thing that springs out at me is that the pooled storage is attached by ATA for the WD, and by USB for the ST.

There will be differences in speed and protocols in getting the data synced over both drives.

They would surely be better if both were attached directly by SATA using a single protocol?

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DIY desktop computer used as test box. Both production (build 10586) and development (build 14322) installed.

I use storage spaces (two 1TB drives pooled in two-way mirror, ReFS formatted) with build 10586 for backups and archives.

Whenever I restart into build 14332 the storage spaces drives show constant disk activity and Storage Spaces does not appear in the This PC window in build 14332. When I return to build 10586 I again have a lengthy period of disk activity once more. However the Storage Spaces does appear in the This PC window in build 10586 as expected and I can access the space just fine. I get messages that Storage Spaces needs attention and when I access the Storage Spaces window via the Control Panel the drive statuses show that repair is under way. After a few minutes the drive statuses change to OK. However, the status bar at the top of the Storage Spaces area remains orange and I have a warning message. This status persists over restarts of build 10586.


Question 1: Since the physical drives section shows that the devices are OK, where can I check further for the exact problem?

Question 2: How can I clear the warning message if in fact ReFS has fixed itself?

Question 3: Is there a method to preventing this the next time I boot into a preview build short of turning off or physically disconnecting the pooled drives?

I have posted feedback, although I mistakenly left the type as "suggestion."

Here is the disk management panel (... Read more

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Heres my situation: I have Windows 7 already installed on my computer, but i want Windows Vista installed as a second OS. I thought it would be simple, make a primary partition and install it. But it wasnt even close to being that easy. I have a preset partition called "system" that was set by HP. This is set as the active partition. When I try to install windows vista i get an error:
this computer does not have enough space for temporary files.
Windows installation needs atleast 481 megabytes (MB) of space on
any partition for temporary files. To install Windows, free enough space
and restart the installation.

Error Code: 0x80070103

I found out that when i was trying to install vista that it was looking at the active partition to place temporary files. The system partition only has 199 MB. I tried to extend the system partition, but the option is browned out. I tried to extend it from the command line next using diskpart, but still i was not able to extend it. So i just made a new partition with enough space to install vista and set that as the active partition. When i did that, i could no longer boot windows 7. Its an either or thing, it just wont let me have both. I cannot delete the active system partition because it contains boot files for windows 7, which is why when i changed the active partition i was not able to boot windows 7. I do not want to rebuild my machine, i just want to force the system partition to extend to 5 GB. What can i do?
I also tried ... Read more

Answer:I want to extend a preset partition called system to make a multiboot.

Hello Z012495, welcome to the forum

Have a look at this; Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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(Win98se, Athlon 1.4.)
Hi, I have two mobile racks with my primary C: in one and I put my backup D: in the second to make a Ghost Clone for backup weekly.
To test the clone I have to pull both hard drives out of their racks and switch master slave jumpers. (As compared to just switching the two mobile racks which I think I could do with cable select.)
I am using an 80 pin, primary cable with a red edge on it, there are no markings but one of the cable to hard drive connectors is white and the other is black.
Question 1: Will this cable work with Cable Select and how do I use the Cable Select setting so I won’t have to switch jumpers?
Question 2: Is it possible to open and slide those connectors along the cable if they won’t reach one of the mobile racks or will I have to buy another cable?
Thanks in Advance, Meta
 

Answer:How To Setup Cable Select For Dual Mobile Hard Drive System

Meta, if i understand your question right you need to make both drives cable select ? . If that is the case will need to either look on the drives and should see some kind of schematics which should tell you how to move the jumpers to make it cable select.
If there is no drawing on the hdd cover, get to the site of the manufacturer and should see under Support how to make a hdd cable selected enabled.
As for your second question i don't quite get it... Which connectors are you refering to? The ones in the mobil rack or on the hdd itself..
 

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Hello guys,'ve looked for everything that google and not found my solution.

Is giving the following error when trying to install windows 7 in HD:
"setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"

I've tried to do some procedures, but also can not create partition, do not know what else to do.

I've tried also to give a "clean" and nothing also, can someone help me?

Thanks!!!

Answer:Setup was unable to create a new system partition - I can not create p

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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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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I essentially decided to use my hard-drive for two different forms of Windows XP 32 and 64-bit. This was some time ago, and it ended up with the 64-bit partition (C:\) as my system partition. The 32-bit partition (E:\) was considered a logical drive, and I used it almost entirely, due to the fact that my CD Key for 64-bit will no longer work, for whatever reason.

Eventually, I decided that I needed the space from the old, unused 64-bit partition, and since both partitions had Windows installed on them, I thought it'd be no problem to just delete 64-bit and merge the remaining space with my 32-bit partition.

Unfortunately, before I got that far, I found out that my 32-bit partition no longer will boot. After reading up on it, I found out about the system partition and all that stuff that I messed up by deleting the 64-bit partition.

I've tried to use the recovery console via boot CD, but when using BootCFG, the /SCAN function doesn't recognize the 32-bit partition. I've verified that the files are still there (installed another partition with windows and checked via explorer), but even with an edited boot.ini, the Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit partition won't boot beyond the blue screen, windows logo after "Welcome".

Is there anyway to salvage and fix the partition? I'd rather avoid losing all the driver installations and registry keys I have on the other partition, and would much rather just make that drive the system partition... Read more

Answer:Multiboot, Accidentally deleted System Partition. Cannot boot other partition

Oh. Also, when in Windows Setup, the 32-bit partition in question can be seen, and is stated as "in a format not suitable to Windows Installation" or similar. I can enter it in Recovery Console, but it does not recognize that Windows is installed on it. Partition table?

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Hi, I have a multiboot setup, with XP on my C: drive and Win7 on G:, but I want to remove the hard drive with XP on it and just stick with Win7. Problem is, C: is considered the "system" disk, so I can't remove the hard drive and just have Win7, which is what I want to do.

Here's a screenshot of my setup:
C: = XP
E: = Partition on the C drive
D: = various data, no OS
G: = Win7

Can I use the same bootsect.exe solution that SIW2 recommended for another user who posted here (Drakmyth)? I would greatly appreciate any help before I do something stupid and accidentally nuke my computer.

Thanks very much in advance,
Andy

Answer:Changing "System" disk on an XP/7 multiboot setup

Welcome!

It is actually pretty simple to remove the XP drive. Just unplug it, and run Startup Repair if 7 won't boot.

Hope this helps,
~JK

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I have sony vpceh3aen laptop with windows 7 home basic.
I have IOS file of embedded windows 8.1 industry pro with update via dreamspark.com.
just now I run windows 8.1 upgrade assistance and its says "your pc's firmware doesn't support secure boot so you won't be able to use it in windows 8.1". Some persons says that not a problem.
I not like to upgrade my OS but I want create dual boot with windows 7 home basic and embedded windows 8.1 industry pro.

my questions:
1. can I possible to dual boot? if possible how to create it and what are changes(in BIOS and windows 7 settings) needs to make in my laptop?
2. I have pen drive and DVD, which is best for create dual boot with IOS file?
3. I have 100GB free logical partition. that is enough for embedded windows 8? if not how much need to increase?

Answer:how to create dual boot?

Well "windows 8.1 industry" is not really intended for private computers and I don't know if it would work there but :
Yes you can dual boot W7 and W8.1 providing you have all the drivers for it.
Pen drive is better and faster to install windows, dual boot or not. More flexible too.
100 GB is more than enough for win8.1 but depends of how many programs you need to install.

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Hi Everyone.I hope ime in the right forum as this involves xp and 98se. Ille try to keep it short but it is a bit involved.
I have 3 pc,s. The one ime on now,online is xp home and is fine,not in the story. I have another xp home which developed a problem and started turning itself off at random,although the power supply fan carried on and the power light on the pc sometimes stays on.this got more and more frequent to the point where it hardly stayed on at all, allthough it would stay on in cmos/bios all day!!! Safe mode was ok but that clicks off at times now as well. I have tried a new power supply but no change, I even went and bought a new hard drive. 80g exactly the same as the original and while I was installing the system from the cd,s it was perfect!! I thought Great,fixed it. BUT as soon as it was completed, CLICK! off it went. Frustration isn't a strong enough word for it. Ime no expert but I thought what the heck and took the whole thing apart finally removing the motherboard to look for any damage or burnt components, cleaned the processor fan and heat sink and even removed the processor but cannot see anything wrong. Put it all back together and exactly the same.
Here's where my 3rd pc comes in. Its windows 98se and works perfectly but what I would like to do is use my 80g xp hard drive with the 98 system. Ive tried master and slave, but the 98 system didn't recognise it, ive tried various other methods but nothing works. Then I realised that window... Read more

Answer:create dual boot.

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I am experiencing a problem that has got me baffled.
I have legal copies of windows7 and windows 8,at the moment windows 7 is installed and i wanted to install windows 8 on a separate drive (i have 5 in the pc) but when i put the disk in it does not give me the option of where to install it will only install on the (C) drive which means i loose windows 7.
I suspect it is a bio's problem but so far have been unable to find it.
I even used Acronis to recover a backup to another drive (E) and it installed but does not show up when i start the PC where earlier i would have the option which choose which copy to boot.

Any ideas please
Bill
 

Answer:Cannot create a dual boot

I guess these five drives are partitions of a single drive rather than physical drives? I think your problem relates to the crazy way Windows sets up a dual boot, always naming the system partition C, and always putting the boot files for both systems into the first partition, which is your Win 7 partition.

I would first try renaming your partitions with short but meaningful names and trying again, as I cannot remember whether the installation process uses only drive letters or also shows drive names, in which case you would be sure which partition you are installing to.
 

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Question: Create Dual Boot

I have Windows XP installed on one Hard Drive and Windows 7 installed on a second Hard Drive (both are Sata Drives).

Presently I switch Operating Systems by internally switching the wires inside the case.

I would like to setup so that I am given the option of which Operating System to run when booting up.

Is there any easy way to do this?

Answer:Create Dual Boot

Yes, there is. Use EasyBCD 2.0 to add the XP boot entry into the Windows 7 BCD.

EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

You will need to register for an account with Neosmart before you can download. It is free, however.

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I have an older windows xp laptop that i use only for traveling, basically just for using at hotels for general websurfing,
 
occassionally i have been running linux mint on it from a usb stick,
 
what i would like to do is install linux mint with the windows xp on the hard drive and give the option to boot to either one,
 
i have nothing on the hard drive that i need, so wiping the drive clean and starting from scratch is not a problem, i have the windows XP and mint install ISO files already and can create bootable usb drives, just not sure how to create the dual boot?

Answer:How To Create Dual Boot ?

Google Says...
 
Louis

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I would like to know how to create a HD partition to install a dual boot of XP & "98
I am running Win ,98 2nd edition on an intel Celeron 4,1715MHz. My HD is 80G @ has 60G free. My RAM is 512MB of DDR 5D. My Internet is dial up IE 6.0
I have a Win XP Home Edition Disc reg to me.
Thanks for your consideration Nev.
 

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If you're running an IDE hard-drive and upgrade your PC by adding a SATA hard-drive, you may want to load a fresh installation of Windows onto the SATA and then copy all your files from the old OS to the new.

I did this with the intention of formatting the IDE once all the files were copied. However, when I formatted the IDE, I wiped out all the boot files which were on the IDE, and the SATA would not boot.

In a previous thread entitled "Dual Hard Drives", pcaceit kindly helped by showing me how to copy the boot files from the IDE onto the SATA, and run various "fixmbr and fixboot" commands under XP CD Recovery Console. Once this was done, he suggested I delete the IDE partition to remove it's active status, then re-create it and format it. I did all this and it worked fine.

Then quite by accident I discovered a much quicker and easier way to do it. Once you have transferred all your files from the IDE to the SATA OS, simply delete the IDE partition. Windows XP then automatically creates new boot files in the SATA OS.

If you only format the IDE partition as opposed to deleting it, it still retains it's active status and the PC will still try to boot from it, but there are no boot files as they were lost when it was formatted.

I tried this on two PCs and it worked fine on both. One had an ASUS P5LD2 SE mobo and the other had an Intel D915GEV mobo. I can't guarantee this will work on all mobos, but it does seem to be... Read more

Answer:Dual Hard Drives - Shortcut to safely remove dual boot

Yes in all my posts on these subjects, I always state to remove the partition(s) and continue Windows setup

Unless of course one of the partitions is a recovery partition
You wouldn't want to delete that
 

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After looking through several posts on this and other forums it seems that everybody that operates with two hard drives has they smaller drive as the master and the larger as the slave. Is there any reasoning behind this?I have two hard drives, but I have the larger as the master with three partitions separating the operating system (XP pro, Sp2 etc) from the installed program files and my files and folders (documents, media etc.), while using my smaller, slave as a backup for my files.Can anyone advise me which arrangement, if any, is better and why?Thanks

Answer:Dual dual hard drive, master/slave arrangement

No, entirely up to you how you arrange them. Many people start off with just one drive then buy a larger drive at a later date. This will explain why the O/S is on the smaller of the two drives, but of course there will be other reasons as well.If I was to reformat a system with two drives, I think I would separate the smaller drive into two partitions, anything upto 10Gb for the operating system and drivers required for hardware then a similar or slightly larger partition for all the applications such as Office etc.Second or slave drive would be in two or three partitions, first one for a backup of everything on the C: drive then two partitions for all my data.There are no hard and fast rules for this and many members will have their own preference, some with the opinion that with modern machines and operating systems there is no need to partition a large drive and in fact better not to. You can also mix drives of different speeds on the same IDE channel and the IDE controller will let each drive run at its respective speed.So, some people will have their master hard drive and one optical drive on one channel then their second or slave drive on the other channel with another optical drive.

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Hi everybody,

I have the following Issue.

IDE0-Master Windows Xp
Slave DVD
IDE1-Master Windows7
Salve-None

So far I have to get into my BIOS and configure manually the booting hard drive.
How can I make my system use a multiboot menu after POST?
Prefer to Avoid GRUB or LILO and stick to Windows alternatives.

Thank You,
 

Answer:Windows 7 and Windows Xp multiboot-Different hard Dirves

unless you have an extremely old motherboard, you should be able to press F12 during post to get the boot selection menu of your motherboard and pick the hard drive to boot.
So, you don't have to enter the BIOS every time.

You can give priority to the OS that you boot most of the time in the BIOS. Then, most of the time you don't have to do anything. Only when you want to the boot the other OS, will you need to use the boot selection menu.
 

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I've been attempting to install Windows XP on a PC from ACER which has Windows 7 pre-installed. Problem is that I'm trying to install it but haven't got any spare partitions on HDD, although Disk Management in Win 7 says I've only got 3 partitions, whereas when I go to install WinXP, the setup screen is saying I've used up all available partitions (4). WinXP setup says I've got a partition which is only 1MB in size, but this doesn't show up in Disk Management in Win 7. I can't delete the 1MB partition because its a dynamic partition and doing so, WinXP setup is telling me if I delete that one 1MB partition, I will lose all the data on the other 3 partitions which contain the System Re-install files (on Partition2 totalling 14GB), the current install of Win 7 and other programs/data (on Partition4 which has a capacity of 266GB) and the System Recovery partition of 100MB which I understand is needed to ensure Win 7 works property. When going to install WinXP, it is telling me that I've got 265GB of unallocated space, but in Disk Management, that shows up as Drive D. I was originally thinking I could put WinXP on Drive D.

Anybody got any ideas?

Answer:Trying to create dual boot with Windows 7 and XP

Can you give us a screen shot of your disk management ?

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I've got a Win2000 machine with a FAT32 C drive and a NTFS D drive (slave I think). I would like to add xp to this system. Can I add it to the NTFS D drive?

Answer:Create W2K/XP Dual Boot (W2K installed first)

Well...boot up from the XP CD, select D:\ Partition for installation, format it using NTFS, and let the installation to complete....Google is your friendwww.google.com-----------------------Keyboard not present,press F1 to continue...

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I just upgraded to W10 from W7 using the free upgrade from MS. All is well. I would like to entertain a dual boot scenario to put W7 back on my HD. I have created a new partition for it, however, W7, and all the apps that came with it, are on 4 recovery disks that came with my CTO. Would I be able to install W7 to the new partition using these 4 disks?

Thanks

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Hi all,
I have two computers, one has xp home o/s and the other has xp pro o/s. What I want to do is just have one computer, the one with the xp home on it. My question is , can I take the hard drive that has xp pro on it and just install it in the other computer and somehow create a dual boot situation? The two drives are SATA, ...........................Thanks anyone for some input, Dan

Answer:somehow create a dual boot situation?

It sounds possible as long as you have another slot available to do this...what are the sizes of the hard drives?

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I'm going to be completely wipe my laptop harddrive and reinstall windows. My harddrive has two partitions right now, a windows partition and an Ubuntu partition. I want to:

1. Format Ubuntu Partition
2. Format windows partition
2. reinstall windows

Is there anything I have to be aware of in regards to the dual boot? If I simply go into my computer and format the Ubuntu partition from there, will I then be able to boot my machine like normal and have it go straight to windows? Because when I initially start up the machine, it gives me a choice to pick Windows or Ubuntu in DOS. So I am wondering there is anything else I need to get rid of before I proceed. If you need any more information just let me know!

Thanks!

Answer:Need advice for wiping entire system dual that dual boots ubuntu.

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.
Cheers
 

Answer:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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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 upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

Answer:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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Hi,
I have 290GB free space on my Logical Drive c: (wherein resides my W7 OS). Can I:
a) merge the free space into c: or
b) create another partition, add another OS and then dual boot

I have been reading other posts and tutorials about partitioning but have not seen a similar issue.
Please can you help me?

Answer:Merge or create partition & Dual Boot

Hi Evil Yes you can. Try this : Partition or Volume - Extend or this: Partition or Volume - Create New

Alternatively you could download something like gparted :GParted -- About and burn it to a live CD.

If you boot from the live disk you can arrange your partitions as you want them. A version of this comes with most Linux distros so if you're intending a dual boot with, say, Linux Mint you can just burn the image to disk and go ahead with the install.

Back everything important up before trying any of this

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I already have a W7 installation, and I'm trying to set up a Windows 98 next to it. Yes, I know, I did it backwards. However, I didn't know a bunch of my old games wouldn't work in W7, so I've had my OS set up for about a month now. I'm really quite averse to wiping and starting all over again.

So I installed Win98 on a VHD and got it set up the way I wanted. Then I attached the VHD using Disk Management and copied the files onto a new partition that I'd set up for it. I run the proper bcdedit commands to create a second entry.
Only problem is, I try to boot and it tells me there's no bootsect.dos in the partition. I check, and it's right, there isn't. There isn't even one in the VHD that failed to copy. I've done some googling, but haven't found a good way to create a bootsect.com

Limitations:
I have no CDs to burn. I DO, however, have a USB key that can boot into DOS. Or boot into anything, I guess, but DOS is what's set up right now.

Answer:Trying to create bootsect.com for dual-boot of Win98

  
Quote: Originally Posted by DeathWalking


I already have a W7 installation, and I'm trying to set up a Windows 98 next to it. Yes, I know, I did it backwards. However, I didn't know a bunch of my old games wouldn't work in W7, so I've had my OS set up for about a month now. I'm really quite averse to wiping and starting all over again.

So I installed Win98 on a VHD and got it set up the way I wanted. Then I attached the VHD using Disk Management and copied the files onto a new partition that I'd set up for it. I run the proper bcdedit commands to create a second entry.
Only problem is, I try to boot and it tells me there's no bootsect.dos in the partition. I check, and it's right, there isn't. There isn't even one in the VHD that failed to copy. I've done some googling, but haven't found a good way to create a bootsect.com

Limitations:
I have no CDs to burn. I DO, however, have a USB key that can boot into DOS. Or boot into anything, I guess, but DOS is what's set up right now.


Hello DeathWalking, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

Have you considered installing 98 using Sun's VirtualBox? Quite simple.

Cheers!
Robert

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I've been using 98SE for many years supported by Partition Magic. You know - you complete the installation then create a copy somewhere else on the HD using PM8. Then, when the existing system degrades too far, you simply delete it and copy back that saved original to get a quick clean system.So far so good.I've just installed XP as a dual boot arrangement, and, in the same manner, taken a copy using PM8. Now here comes the rub. It seems that you only get one bootable system, so if SE is bootable, XP is not.I have now identified the following:1. You cannot over-write your XP partition with a saved version (PM8 actually warns you about this and hides the partition, which you then have to unhide) - somehow, I can only assume that, immediately you delete the existing partition, the OS tells the bootable partition that XP is no longer there and, when you replace it, doesn't bother to mention that its come back.2. You cannot over-write the 98SE partition - somehow, even if you've saved the dual boot information, that's it!!3. You cannot delete the 98SE partition and directly go to a single boot XP, because, as already mentioned, this XP is not bootable.4. However, if 98SE becomes damaged, you CAN reinstall it over the top and it somehow WILL still remember that it boots 2 systems.So my question is how do you get round all this - short of using a different Dual Boot Manager (PM8 does provide one). For example, in what order are programs run nowadays in order to get the OS to load. ... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot systems create problems of their own

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I was trying to install Windows 2008 server (I said Windows 7 in the title because it's essentially the same) on a Yoga 11s in dual boot configuration with the factory-installed  Windows 8 upgraded to 8.1, and as expected it's a pain in the butt. I ran into the catch-22 that you can only boot from a USB external optical drive in legacy mode, and then Windows refuses to install on a GPT-type partition.  Dead end there. As plan B, I tried installing from my MSDN DVD from within Windows 8.1.  It chugged along for a while, but then hung after the second restart.  It reached a state where the machine is dual boot, and goes into Windows 8.1 OK, but 2008 server hangs on startup even in safe mode.  Probably it's a driver problem.  I downloaded all Windows 7 drivers for the Yoga 11s from the Lenovo website, and they would work fine for 2008 server if there was a way to put them in place. I have been through the process twice before on previous machines.  After getting the server OS to install, none of the devices work well or at all, but I could patiently install the drivers using device manager.  This is the first time where I can't get the server OS to install to a bootable condition.  Is it hopless, or might there be documentation somewhere about how I could manually place drivers in the right folders to enable the OS to start? Plan C might be to follow Lenovo's instructions to create a UEFI bootable USB flash drive a... Read more

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Hello,

I am trying to install Windows 8 on my computer dual booting with the Windows 7 that is already installed. My troubles are when trying to format the existing hard drive with Win 7 installed to make room for the new OS. I shrank the existing partition and now have 20GB of unallocated space. I then put in the Win 8 disk and tried to put it on that unallocated space. It gave me a message saying it cant install it on this partition and that the dynamic volume was not supported. I then tried taking that unallocated space and made it a simple volume with the same results. I remember reading somewhere i need to make a second system partition but dont remember how to do that. I guess what im looking for is help on how to create a dual booting computer with Windows 7 and Windows 8. I really appreciate all responses and thank you very much in advance!

Answer:How to create a second primary partition to dual OS on a computer.

You cannot install an operating system on unallocated space, you have to create a primary partition first.

You also need to be using a basic volume and not a dynamic one and 20GB is the bare minimum for installing Windows 7, let alone Windows 8.

Although this tutorial shows how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Vista, the same principles will apply to a dual-boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Please post your disk management layout so that we can advise you further.

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[Monitor 1] [Monitor 2]
{Taskbar 1} {Taskbar 2}

I want to have it so if I open Chrome is Taskbar 1, it'll open on Monitor 1... and same with Taskbar 2 on Monitor 2.

Right now, they all open on Monitor 2 (primary). Any ideas how to make it if I click on an icon on T1 it'll always open on M1 and T2 on M2?

Answer:Dual monitor - Create independent screens.

I am having the same issues did you figure it out?

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I have a VAIO that came with Vista 4bit - I upgraded to Win7 Home Prem 64bit but now wish to create a dual boot system with XP Pro 32bit and Win 7 64bit. I have legacy software that I need to run and it wont work on a 64bit platform.

I have tried to install XP but get an 0x7b error when the installation files are being loaded and I have not found a workaround so the eimpleest thing is for me to reformat, install XP, create another partition, reinstall Vista and then upgrade Vista again to Win7. I have no data to save so there is no issue there.

Problem is, I have not been able to format the hard drive so I can start clean. I tried to boot from a USB floppy but it just hung. Can anyone point me to a program that will let me format the HDD?

Thanks

Answer:Create dual boot with XP - need to go back to Vista fir

Are you booting the XP CD to install, as it will not run from a 64 bit OS? Did you preformat the XP partition; if so, delete formatting and use XP installer to format.

The installer may need an IDE storage driver to load. Here are the troubleshooting steps for this error: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103

Once you install XP, follow the further steps in Method Two here to add XP to dual boot menu:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

If none of this works, then you don't need to reinstall Vista. Just clean install Win7 after XP: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

But you'll likely get the same error so best to troubleshoot it now and save the Win7 reinstall.

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I have my house wired for 2 separate gigabit Ethernet networks. I want to create one network, let's call it "A" that everyone can get at for backups, AV files, etc. That network would have specific, physically separate hard drives in the Win 7 server. I want to then create a second network, let's call it "B" that is only for SOHO stuff. It too would have physically separate drives in the server. Can I do that?

Also, do I need anything special with the dual NIC arrangement? I can use a x1 dual NIC? or get a board with dual NIC's ? And, of course, I have 2 different gigabit switches as well.

I am guessing one network would need to be 192.168.1.X and the other 192.168.0.X, which is fine.

The main thing I want to do is make sure that the hard drives assigned to network A can't be read or altered by network B, and vice-versa. As a matter of fact, I don't want A drives shares visible on the B network, or vice versa.

What do I need to do in terms of IP range, static or DHCP, subnets, drive assigning, etc? I've never tried something like this before. I don't want to do something like give drive shares different passwords because all that does is create "forbidden fruit" and such. If the drives are never seen, they are never wondered about.

Thanks for any thoughts.
 

Answer:Dual NIC Win 7 Machine - Can I Create 2 Diff. Networks?

Yes, it's doable. The layout (wiring) can be two variation:

Code:

(A)
modem == router----pc----NAS/hd's
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+------- other devices

(B)
modem == router1---- pc
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+---- router2 --- other devices

Whether wired or wifi connected, the controls are similar - - which layout to you favor?
 

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Have a dell latitude e6410 with windows 7 professional I7core. Following instructions from this forum on creating dual boot with xp. Xp disc begins to boot then get message "File \i386\ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded The error code is 7." Found advice to repair registry. Ran a couple free programs. Then read such programs are dangerous to run. Still have problem afraid to run more reg repair programs. Also read message could mean bad memory. But it runs great in windows 7 no problems whatsoever.

Answer:unable to create windows7 and xp dual boot

Don't have specific solution but the conventional wisdom is to always install the oldest version of Windows first then the newer version should be settable for the boot choices.

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