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Dual booting the same Windows 7 installation

Question: Dual booting the same Windows 7 installation

~Background~

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

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

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

So I had an idea.

~Idea~

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

I have a 1 TB HDD.

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

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

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

I uninstall all unnecessary programms/games from C.

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

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

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

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

A friend of mine suggested a virtual machine but I want to be able to play games
on the second installation and I heard that you can't play 3d intensive games on
a virtual machine (without at least the neccessary hardware).

I know my idea seems a bit weird, but it would really help me if this were possible.
I would buy a new internal drive and make 1:1 clone of the current one but I'm low
on money currently...

Anyway, I hope someone can help me either with this or with another solution.
Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Dual booting the same Windows 7 installation

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Ok I'm totally new to this Linux deal, but I have to use it for my CIS courses at University. So I figured I would install it on a separate IDE hard drive. However, my windows hard drive happens to be SATA, which Red Hat does not support. So when I'm installing Red Hat it gives me the option to add an another operating system so it will be able to dual boot. But the problem is that my windows partition is on my SATA HD. So is there any way I will be able to Dual boot my system? Any help would be great!

Thanks
 

Answer:Red Hat 9 Installation and Dual Booting

Like this.
 

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I have system with Dual boot (Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux)
I have "Oracle Application installation dump for Linux" in Windows 2000 system
How to access(Install) this dump booting with Linux o/s
 

Answer:How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

You can recompile your kernel with NTFS support or install Captive NTFS to gain access to NTFS partitions.
 

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Recently I purchased a laptop with windows 8 64 bit pre-installed in it. For my job purpose, I needed windows 7 32 bit. After searching the web and also using the information I got from this site, I disabled secure boot, deleted the recovery partition and converted GPT partitions to MBR. Then I shrink the Big partition in which windows 8 was installed to make room for the windows 7 partition. Then I created a new partition and installed windows 7 on it. After this whenever I switch on the computer, a message come up, saying that a required device cannot be found and windows is to be repaired. The only way in which I can start windows is to go to bios, select the boot options and then select boot from notebook hard drive.

Can anybody please tell me how this problem can be solved

Answer:Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

when you created the new partition did you make itin front or behind the existing partition?

If your boot manager is looking to boot Win 8 on Disk 0 Part 1, and you created the new partition in front of Win 8, your Win 7 will now be located on Disk 0 Part 1 which is where the boot manager is expecting Win 8

can you send us a screen cap of your disk management?

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I want to remove Vista from my dual-boot because i dont like vista now.
 

Answer:Dont want Vista, Incomplete installation, Vista remains on dual-booting, WANT to remo

If you're dual-booting from XP then just put the CD in the drive and remove the Vista partition...
 

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

Answer:Dual Booting XP with Windows 7

Hello LadyKeys,

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

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

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

Good luck,
Technine22

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I have just upgraded windows 7 to windows 10...
I've bought a new ssd to install windows 10, but it was installed over my windows 7(in the old ssd) in the process....

Articles in this forum say that you cannot dual boot windows 7 and windows 10, since once you proceed to upgrade, windows 7 key is no longer valid....

If i roll back to windows 7, and install windows 10 using usb in a new ssd that i have just bought, will dual booting work?

And another question... Can i install two windows 10 system on seperate drive in the same computer?

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Is it possible to dual boot Windows 7 Pro, one partition being a 32 bit system, and one being a 64 bit?
I have a program that just won't run on 64 bit, and my processor doesn't allow for Virtual PC, so can I have a separate partition with 32 bit Windows 7 Pro running?

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Yes its possible to dual boot Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit. Install Windows 7 64bit on one partition. Then shrink that partition and install Windows 7 32bit to the new (shrinked) partition. Also, use VMWare player or Sun Virtualbox to run Virtual OS. No need of any Virtualization support CPU.

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Hi, I am considering dual booting windows 32 bit and 64 bit, each on a separate drive. How do I go about this? can I simply pop in the dvd and choose a drive, and it knows to bring up a dual boot menu? Are there any considerations?
Also, I would like to move my games, is this possible? Do i have to install again, and for steam games download them again?
Also, are SSD drives worth it? Thanks and sorry for noob questions.

Answer:Dual booting 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7

Hi,

Yeah you can install two separate OS's on separate drives but why do you want a 64bit and 32bit OS of Win7? Win7 64bit allows you to use 32bit options for installing games etc. anyway so essentially it already does both 32bit and 64bit in the one OS. But if you want to continue then read this post Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on Different Drives?

This I found out for someone just yesterday but they were installing 7 and XP on separate HDD's but i'm sure the principles are exactly the same. As for moving games you would have to re-install the games on the other HDD but you can take the save files from the games folder in C: /Programs/whatever game it is, put them on a flash drive or dvd then copy them across to the exact same folder on the other HDD.

Hope this Helps

Steve

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Hi,

I have the ESD for Windows 10 built 10240 . I need to clean install it on a different drive and dual boot it with Windows 8.1. Can I simply boot with the 10 ISO (in UEFI boot) and clean install it on a different drive?

Would I then be able to dual boot it with my activated 8.1 copy?

Answer:Dual Booting with Windows 8.1

The procedure below will allow you to boot Windows separately or in dual boot configuration.
Here's what I recommend to do:
Disconnect the drive containing Windows 8.1Install Windows 10 with one drive connected.After step 2, reconnect the drive containing Windows 8.1Boot up Windows 8.1. Open disk management and take a note of the drive letter of Windows 10 OS.
NOTE: if you boot up Windows 10, then take a note of Windows 8.1 drive letterOpen Admin command prompt and type: bcdboot X:\windows where X: is the drive letter of Windows 10 (Windows 8.1 if you boot from Windows 10 in step 4)Reboot the PC. You should have a dual boot screen.

NOTE: To break off the dual boot setting, Win+R->msconfig->boot and delete the none default entry on the list.

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hello all, I recently dual booted these to OPs and ive realised I cant open my steam games on the windows 7 harddrive. Is there a way to open these games or not?

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Hello,

Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I am new to this site so please move this if appropriate.

I have recently just upgraded to a new laptop, due to my old laptop (4 years old, running windows 7) has been giving me overheating issues for what seems like an eternity. This new laptop, a HP with intel i7, has Windows 10.

The laptop runs a lot cooler than my old Windows 7 laptop however some of the older games that I have, which work fine on windows 7, do not on windows 10.

Since my laptop has a 2TB hard drive, I am thinking about dual booting Windows 10 and 7 on the same laptop. I know this is possible, but I have never performed a dual boot setup on a laptop before and am worried I might mess things up.

Can someone on here please give me some detailed help on performing a dual boot? This would assume partitioning the hard drive into (C) Windows 10 (approx. 1TB), (D) Recovery partition for 10 (already installed) and (F) 1TB for Windows 7. (The E drive is my DVD writer.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:dual booting windows 7 and 10

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

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I have both windows 7 and 8 installed and reboot to switch from one to the other. If I upgraded one of the windows installations to windows 10; will it affect the installation of the other? In other words, will I still be able to dual boot?

I'm worried that if I upgrade my windows 7 to 10 it might identify and remove my windows 8.1 as well.

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Right now as it is, my C drive is divided into C and D. On the C is my Windows ME, under properties tab it says Local disk, FAT32 Used 1.89 GB free space 13.66GB. Under D properties tab it says, Local, RAW Used 48.0 KB, free space 21.66GB. I want to dual boot Me with NT. I put my 3 floppy disks in, everything goes all right, except for a 1024 cyclinders? It says it is not an error but could cause it not to work right, but go ahead and push enter. The other problem that I am having is when it comes to the Partitioning stuff. What kind of information would you need to help me partition this hard drive so it will work. I have tried doing it the way I think, but then it finds and error and tells you to exit out. I'm new at this, but really need to get it to work. Thanks.
 

Answer:Dual booting with Windows ME

The easy way would be to use a program like partition magic. It will allow you to move and add partitions without losing anything you already have on the harddrive. After you create any extra partitions you want, start me and then run the xp setup, select advanced so you can pick that you want to select the drive where you want to install it. You can put it on the D driver and use anyother partitions you created for storage.
 

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I've been following this guide:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

The problem is that when I go to install Windows 8 it doesn't recognize the partition I made. This is the partition I made.

This is what it looks like when I go to install Windows 8 on that partition.

Neither of the 2 partitions I made appear on that list. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated. I would really like to try this out before I decide that I want to purchase it.

Answer:Help dual booting Windows 8

Hello ScoobyDoo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The 39.06 GB unallocated space on Disk 0 doesn't show up since you already have the max of 4 primary partition on the disk. You could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a logical partition with the unallocated space instead that should show up afterwards.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives - Windows 7 Forums

I'm not sure what the unallocated space on Disk 1 is not showing up though. Creating a new simple volume with the unallocated space to format it should have it show up afterwards.

Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I've a version of Windows XP home installed on my comp the way it is. My comp has two harddrives, one an old IDE 80 GB harddrive and another 500 GB sata harddrive that I recently installed. The IDE harddrive is basically full and it has the Windows XP installed on it. Now, I want to dual boot with XP and Windows 7. I'm wondering how I can do this without losing all the junk that I have on my comp.

I think this also means I've to partition the harddrive(s)?? I don't know how to do that either so suggestions would be lovely. I want to be able install the Windows 7 on the new 500 gig harddrive since there is still like 430 gigs of free space on that one.

Any responses are greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Dual booting XP and Windows 7

Forget this, just install 7, and use XP mode??

That's my suggestion.
 

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I have XP and considering having a dual booting system. I'm a bit confused as to whether I need an upgrade version of Windows 7 or a "full version," since they will be on different drives. I'm further confused having read that when up upgrading from XP to W7 using upgrade software, its necessary to do a clean install. Isn't a clean install the same as installing from scratch and therefor a full version of W7 is required?

Answer:Windows 7 and XP Dual Booting

no one as far as I know has successfully upgraded from XP to 7, Microsoft recognises this and have a good tutorial click herethere is a video guide and a pdf tutorial there .the upgrade disc will do a full install to just choose custom during install and choose what drive you want to install on and your away .

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I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installed on my computer on a SSD drive, and I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 on a second hard drive (regular SATA II HDD).

When I boot with the Windows Server 2003 CD, everything seems to be fine... it pops-up the usual blue screen and the drivers are loading, but once the drivers are done loading, I get this error message:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent
damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your
computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption,
and then restart your computer.

Technical informaiton:

*** STOP: 0X0000007B (0XF789EA24, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)"

Any idea why this message pops-up and prevents me from installing Windows server 2003? Is it possible to have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003?

Any help would be much appreciated. If more info is needed, let me know.

Answer:Dual booting with Windows 7?

The generally accepted method, or at least the one I personally use, is to always install the older OS first, then install 7 afterwards.
The win 7 bootmgr won't have issues allowing the older OS to boot. However, the older OS is very likely to cause problems for windows 7 if attempting to write to boot sectors over it.

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I had downloaded and installed Win10 on my notebook. i was really enjoying it, It is far better than that piece of CRAP jokingly referred to as Win 8/8.1, until one morning I discovered that Microsoft had auto-installed a new build on my machine. This "update" caused my machine to immediately Hibernate every time I rebooted my machine Try as I might the only way to cure the problem was to install a new hard drive in the machine since Win 10 had reformatted my HD and I was unable to reformat the old one with either Win 8 or Win 7.
I now have a new HD in place and have 4 new partitions with Win 7 installed in two of the partitions. I want to be able to set up a dual boot configuration. I will keep one as a pure Win 7 disk and want to begin again evaluation Win 10 by running it on the 2nd 2nd Win 7 partition.
I would appreciate any advice anyone can provide.
Thanks
William Sivill

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7

To avoid a similar trouble in the future, I would recommend to run W10TP in virtual - after all it is only a beta version and you never know what it will do. Here is a little tutorial I made that should get you started. It is also a lot handier for daily operations - you'll see when you watch the 3d video.

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Hello, I'm new to the forum and blah blah blah who cares. I'm not a computer expert here, so I thought about coming here seeking for help. Anyways, into the topic, I wanted to ask a couple of things about installing Windows XP Home SP2 Upgrade (not full) on a partition (I'll get a cheap old Windows copy for the upgrade to work), with a pre-installed Windows 8 in the other partition.

1) Has anybody tried it? Does it work well? So far I have found no guides on how to do it, but many on how to install XP on Windows 7. Is it the same procedure?

2) I have heard that installing an XP Upgrade will wipe/reformat an entire HD, both partitions as if they were not partitioned/united. Is that true?

Answer:Dual-booting Windows 8 and XP

No that's not true Windows XP will not wipe both partitions. But you will not have the dualboot option. This tutorial can help I know it is for windows 7 but it will apply to 8 as well Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums

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Hello;
I'm building a Dual boot machine with windows 7 Pro. and 10 Pro.  i dived a 1TB drive, installing windows 7 Pro goes great,7 up and running..... after loading windows 10 Pro on the second Partition..( 10 runs grate) But now  I can not restart windows
7 from the boot menu, The system gives me a "system and or drivers can not be verified"  using F8 to try to Disable vitrification just takes me in a loop to the advanced boot menu..   How can i get past this????......

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I would like to know which is the best way to do a dual booting with 2 windows xp home on same computer. thanks

Answer:dual booting windows xp

If you have 2 hard drives then that would be the best way to go. If not, then I would set up a good partition on the single drive. And if that is not an option for you then I would install one install under WINDOWS folder and the second under a created WINDOWS2 folder

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I've heard some things about windows 8 HATING dual booting with anything, and that after dual booting people could not boot windows at all.

Has anyone heard/ran into these issues?

I don't plan on migrating (ever) but it is more of a curiosity thing

Answer:Dual booting and windows 8

Yes and no.

Yes if you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 that has the new secure boot and UEFI. Then it is a pain to get the dual boot working.

No if you install Windows 8 on an older machine without UEFI. Then it acts and operates like you would expect. Just cant use the pretty GUI loader for all OS's.

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Hi guys,

I am currently using Windows 7 but have had to install Windows XP due to some programs not working with Windows 7. I have fully installed Windows XP but at start up it does not give me an option to choose between the two and automatically loads up XP. Is there anyway i can sort this out.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7 & XP

Welcome!

See this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You can also try running a Startup Repair on Windows 7. If the repair doesn't work, try setting the 7 partition as active: http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...-problems.html

Hope this helps,
~JK

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Hi, I have just purchased a new HD and want to install windows 8 on it. I already have windows 7 installed on another HD and I want to know what I will need to do to get them to dual boot. I heard some people have problems getting them to boot when they are on separate drives and I don't want to run into the same problems. Thankyou!!

Answer:Help dual booting windows 7 and 8

This is actually the cleanest method for a Dual-boot setup...and since Win8 is still a Beta i highly recommend it...The basic procedure is to unhook the Win7 HDD and do the complete install of 8 to the other HDD...Once all is up and running then re-connect the Win7 HDD ...This way they won't bang heads...At boot you enter Setup and select which Drive/system you want to boot to at that time...PS file sharing etc. are completely workable in this scenario as well so i'd suggest this is the way to go...Let us know if you have any further questions.

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just wondering about the dual booting. ive currently got windows xp installed and im wanting to do a dual boot with windows 98. if it can be done. i have a 80 gig hard drive and its partitioned into 3 sections. am i able to use my one (partitioned) hard drive to do the dual boot. if so how do i do the dual boot???

 

Answer:dual booting Xp with windows 98

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I have x64 on my machine right now. Problem is, some apps won't run on it. I was wondering if it was possible to install both versions of Windows on the drive and choose which to run at start-up.

I already have the entire disk formatted for x64 so I don't know if it will be possible to do this without reforematting the entire disk. I plan only on using x32 for iTunes and such things like that that refuse to run on x64 at the moment. I just really need to update the iPod. Badly.

Thanks

--Deadly
 

Answer:Dual booting Windows x64 and x32

You can use a prog like Partition Magic to adjust your current partition so that you can just go an install x32. However, if that doesn't work, a standard format + partition is in order.

With that said, I use x64 and iTunes + my iPod work just fine. Maybe the problem lies elsewhere with your system?
 

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I've looked around a bit and I can't seem to find an article on how to do what I'm trying to accomplish. Currently I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on my work PC. Unfortunately a member of our team has decided to take employment elsewhere, and now I'm going to be taking on all of his responsibilities (25 years of experience I get to learn in 2 weeks :banghead). Part of that involves using a software that only works on 32-bit. I've tried using it in compatibility mode, and it seems to crash too often to be productive with.

What I'd like to do is create a Dual Boot between the 64bit version I currently have installed, and a new 32 bit version I'd use solely for this software. Problem I have is, I don't have a separate partition defined already. I've got 33gb of space left on a 150gb drive (almost all data is stored on network drives), of which probably 20gb can be cleaned up if necessary. Can someone help me do what I'm trying to accomplish?
 

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7

You need to create a second partition. Some free tools do this:

http://majorgeeks.com/Parted_Magic_d6107.html

Now configure how to multiboot:

Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2. Click Advanced System Settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

4. Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to use when you turn on or restart your computer.
 

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Hi

I know there is a thread on this related to a very good tutorial which I used to set up my dual boot with DualBoot Pro in the first place. Unfortunately the thread is so long that it gets to the point of not being very helpful so I thought it best to create a new topic.

I tried to use my xp system for the first time the other evening and it wouldn't boot. Just kept booting into Win7 (main system). I got into a bit of a pickle using dualboot pro to try to change the drive for the xp system and I also tried creating a Windows Legacy boot loader on the partition on whcih XP resides. All I succeeded in doing was stopping Win7 from booting as ntdlr could not be found. I fixed this by restoring the win7 mbr from command prompt but now, I need to work out what's wrong.
DUALBOOTPRO boot info - does this indicate what is wrong? Why can I not boot into the XP system when I select it on the start up dos screen?

Windows Boot Manager
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identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {53560040-0fd5-11df-8d26-a656ea69480c}
displayorder {current}
{ntldr}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path ... Read more

Answer:Dual Booting WIndows 7 and XP

Hve you tried Easy bcd??

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I am more or less sure I know how to dual boot, differant partitions blah, blah, blah.

But is it possible to create a new partition for Windows 7 RC without erasing the XP partition? Basically XP is at present using 35.7GB of the 320GB HDD it's on, can I create a 120GB partition for W7RC to run on then install onto it without erasing the XP partition?

That may just be the same question twice but it makes sence to me LOL

Oh yeah, if it is possible what software will I need. I doubt XP will let me do it :-D

:major2-Bit-Geek:major
 

Answer:Dual Booting XP & Windows 7 RC

Yes, it's totally possible to create a 2nd partition without losing your current XP installation, and, no, XP won't let you do it. Download BootIT and create a boot CD. Boot to it. When it comes up, you'll be prompted to install to the hard drive, say "NO" or click Cancel and it will enter 'Maintenance Mode', this is what we need. You'll then see a button for "Partition Work". Select it, then select the "Resize" option to shrink the XP partition. Then use the "Create" option for the 2nd W7 partition. Just to be safe, you may want to back up anything you consider "important" from the XP partition. Playing around with partitions ALWAYS has some risk to it, and the worst scenario is always a very real possibility. However, I have tried the exact same thing you're trying to do (with XP and Vista) and it worked out fine. Be sure to run a good cleaning of the XP drive first (get rid of junk, temps, etc) and run a good defrag or two to try to get as much data as possible into one 'chunk' near the beginning of the drive. You can also try using EASEUS Partition Manager, it runs from within Windows so you don't need to create a boot CD. I haven't used it for this type of project though. Other bootable partition managers are available (like CPM for example) but BootIT is easy to use and utilizes the familiar Windows-type of GUI with mouse functionality. Many of the other bootable par... Read more

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Hi everyone. I was hoping someone could walk me through the process of getting my computer to dual boot XP and Windows 95. See, I had this old Packard Bell Legend 220CD (A 450 model) from back in 93 that was sitting around for years. A few days ago I got curious about what was still on it and tried to boot it up. Battery was dead. Oh well. So I pull out the hard drive and put it in y newer computer and it's still fine. It does have an install of windows 95 already on it and what I want to do is tell my computer to boot only that drive and run the windows 95 instead of the XP already on my current hard drive. I don't know if this is possible but I'll list some information about my current computer to help0 anyone along who may be interested in helping me with this.
Current Computer: Compaq Pressario S6000V
1.24 GB RAM
2.5 GHz Pentium 4
Windows XP Home Edition SP 2
drives are listed as basic and my new hard drive has 147GB's to spare, with one partition.
THe new drive: FAT 32
The Old drive FAT (also it's 850 mb....lol)
I currently have my older drive set to boot first.
Chip Set: 845G
Chipset COmponents-
memory controller: 82845G/GE/GL/GV
I/O Controller: 82801DB (ICH4)

The Drive with Windows 95 was pulled from a box with FOD: 4504x4
I also have access to a variety of DOS bootdisks. I was pretty young when DOS was the way of the world so I never really learned much about, but if they can help, they're at our disposal.
If there's any other inform... Read more

Answer:Dual Booting With Windows Xp

I think it will be easier to replace the battery in the old computer than it would be to get the old hard drive to boot on the new computer.

Normally for dual booting xp the older OS needs to be installed first, then an XP install will detect the existing installation and let you set up dual booting.

IMHO Win 95 was a horribly buggy OS and deserved to die well before it was replaced by the bug-ridden Win 98.

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I don't need a boot loader do I? I have win 7 as my primary partition and going to be installing win 8.1 on my logical partition

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Answer:Dual booting windows

Windows Comes with a boot loader so it will detect it anyway i think.

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Quick note: All drives I mention in the post ARE partitions. D and E drive are partitions and I only have one HDD.

Hey guys, I'm just wondering about something recently regarding drive letters with dual boots. Lately I installed Windows 7 in dual boot with XP (XP was the OS that was installed first). When I booted to Windows 7, it started off as C drive, and when I booted back to XP, XP was C drive. Okay, that's sweet, I understand that the OS I'm booting to will be the C drive, right?

Now that's really not much of a problem, but I also read on Google that you'd also be able to install XP on a "fixed drive letter" - sorry if that's by any chance confusing, but what I mean is, being able to install XP on E drive, and when you boot to XP, it'll stay as "E " and NOT make itself "C".

Does this particular tutorial achieve that?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/...puter-with-xp/

I'm curious since this Vista tutorial seems to mention XP being on a fixed drive letter:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...ista-computer/

(Scroll down on that link and it says "This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP? so you?ll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system." I'm just wondering if this is the case for the Windows 7 tut as well.)

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

*Bump*

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Hi there,

I recently bought a Macbook Pro and have installed a version of Windows 7 which I purchased to put on my old Vaio laptop.
The installation had no troubles and my product key worked. However, it is now telling me that it is unable to activate windows because the product key is not valid with this version of Win7 (or words to that affect).
IS there a way around this at all? It is clearly a 100% genuine version of Win 7 Professional I bought and downloaded from Microsoft.
Someone has suggested that I uninstall it from my old laptop and try again but i cannot because I am selling my old laptop to my parents.
I hope someone can help
Thanks,

Ben

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 on Mac

You can't use the same key on two different computers.

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My PC is installed with Windows 7 at Drive - C. Today due to necessity I installed XP in Drive - D. After successful installation, I went for restart the system. But after booting, at the firsthand XP is opening. Now there is no scope for me to choose between Windows 7 & XP. How to overcome this ?

Answer:Dual booting with windows 7 & xp

Is this dual boot setup on one single drive or on two different hard drives? Is the XP install activated as the primary drive? Can you post a screen shot of your disk management window?

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Let's say I dual boot Windows 7 and Windows Vista on the same HDD.

If I go into HDD Manage in Vista and go to change drive letter and select "remove" on the partition associated with Windows 7 and also remove the drive letter associated with my bulk storage drive...will this effectively isolate this OS from the rest of my computer.

Basically, no real way for anything malicious to go between my other OS or my data?
 

Answer:Dual Booting Windows

Of course it's possible for malware to remount those drives, unless they are encrypted
 

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Hello,

Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I don't post here that often so please move this if appropriate.

I have recently just upgraded to a new laptop, due to my old laptop (4 years old, running windows 7) has been giving me overheating issues for what seems like an eternity. This new laptop, a HP with intel i7, has Windows 10.

The laptop runs a lot cooler than my old Windows 7 laptop however some of the older games that I have, which work fine on windows 7, do not on windows 10.

Since my laptop has a 2TB hard drive, I am thinking about dual booting Windows 10 and 7 on the same laptop. I know this is possible, but I have never performed a dual boot setup on a laptop before and am worried I might mess things up.

Can someone on here please give me some detailed help on performing a dual boot? This would assume partitioning the hard drive into (C) Windows 10 (approx. 1TB), (D) Recovery partition for 10 (already installed) and (F) 1TB for Windows 7. (The E drive is my DVD writer.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

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hey guys, Im upgrading a computer, went to 1gig proc, new motherboard, ram, etc.. I put in a 60 gig HD and have a 8gig also. the 60 will have win2000 installed on it, the 8 has 2000 already installed, do I have to redo the 8 gig as win 95 or 98 in order to set it up as dual boot? and how do I set it up for dual boot, I cant remember .... please help!!!!
 

Answer:windows dual booting

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Hello. I have looked through the forums, but have not seen this exact problem listed. I hope someone can help me.

I bought a new computer kit last month, and after I got it all together, I installed Windows 7 Pro 64. It has the AMD A8-3850 Quad core CPU, 8gb of RAM, on an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard, and a 1tb SATA HDD. One of the first things I had to do after installing the OS was to flash the BIOS on the MB. I have everything the way I want it on the computer now, and made a backup image of the C drive.

For the most part, everything is good with Win7. The only thing I don't like is with the sound card. I like to sing Karaoke on a website, but I couldn't get the "What you hear" function on the onboard sound card. So I bought a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer. I have the WYH function now, but my voice coming through the headphones has a lag that throws me off. So I have decided that I want to do a dual boot with Windows XP.

I have read many tutorials that tell how to do a dual boot setup, so I set out to do that. When going into the WinXP setup, I was having a problem with the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and install the winXP first, then just install the Win7 backup afterwards.

WinXP saw the hard drive and had me do the partition and format then winxp installed fine, no problems. Ok, one problem. It installed on the C: drive. It didn't give me another option. And I know when I go to put the backup of WIN7 back on, it will want to be on the C: drive a... Read more

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 and XP

Hello ShdwKnght, welcome to Seven Forums!


You really screwed yourself by forcing a 5th partition and accepting a Dynamic disk; XP will probably stop booting before long and I doubt you'll be able to get Windows 7 installed at all as-is; do you have good back-ups of everything on the entire HDD?

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ok guys and gals im new here so go easy on me. i have managed to set up a windows 7 on a dual boot with vista. everything is working properly, but all my drive letters are different. i installed an extra hard drive to store media on. i want that hard drive to be same letter in windows 7 as it is in vista, so i can get my itunes library to work. when i go to disk management the drive letter i want to switch it to is unavailable. any advice would be nice. Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows 7 and Dual Booting

Here's a link to a help item for changing the drive letters in Vista: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...f110521033.mspxAs I understand it, the process is just about the same for Windows 7.Hope this helps.Cheers,RonWindows Outreach Team

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Hello,

Apologies if this is in the wrong area, I am new to this site so please move this if appropriate.

I have recently just upgraded to a new laptop, due to my old laptop (4 years old, running windows 7) has been giving me overheating issues for what seems like an eternity. This new laptop, a HP with intel i7, has Windows 10.

The laptop runs a lot cooler than my old Windows 7 laptop however some of the older games that I have, which work fine on windows 7, do not on windows 10.

Since my laptop has a 2TB hard drive, I am thinking about dual booting Windows 10 and 7 on the same laptop. I know this is possible, but I have never performed a dual boot setup on a laptop before and am worried I might mess things up.

Can someone on here please give me some detailed help on performing a dual boot? This would assume partitioning the hard drive into (C) Windows 10 (approx. 1TB), (D) Recovery partition for 10 (already installed) and (F) 1TB for Windows 7. (The E drive is my DVD writer.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:dual booting windows 7 and 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance

Answer:Dual Booting XP Windows 7

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

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

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

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I have a hackintosh and I'm getting a 300gb Velociraptor tomorrow, I was going to partition off 80gb for Windows and the rest for OSX. Would I use bootcamp to do this? Previously I've been dual booting on separate HD's so I just manually choose which HD I wanted to boot to.

I game on Windows and would benefit from the velociraptors load times but at the same time I could see it being very useful on my OSX apps.
 

Answer:Dual booting OSX & Windows XP... ?

Bootcamp is for Mac's to dual-boot Windows... It has absolutely nothing to do with Hackintoshes. Seems like you need to do some research, and seeing as how we aren't able to discuss how to install OS X on a PC here, you need to go here: http://www.osx86project.org/
 

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Hi and thanks for reading and helping.

I created a new 300gb partition on my 1tb hdd currently running windows 7 and installed XP Pro onto the new partition using the standard methods.

After the XP install everything booting into XP and has been working fine, all drivers are installed and 2 hours later everything in smooth as butter...

Except I can't figure out for the life of me (after 10+ google searches) figure out how to get back into my original windows 7 install. I can't seem to get windows boot manager to come up when I boot.

Suggestions?? ^_^

Answer:windows 7 dual booting help.

Run the Windows 7 Startup Repair.
Startup Repair

Once you're running Windows 7
Add XP with EasyBCD
EasyBCD - Take control of your boot loader | NeoSmart Technologies
No need to register, just select "Download"

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Hi, I am currently using a lenovo G570 running windows 7 and it comes with all partitions fuul so i can not create a new one. from what i know i need to install windows 8 in another disk partition but i cant create one... how can i do the dual boot or modify the existing partitions?

Answer:dual booting windows 7 & 8

If your harddisk is full, you cannot create another partition. You need to format the old one and install it in newly formatted partition. (warning! All data on the formatted partition will lost!) But move out all important data before doing so.
 
Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Why not use bootcamp?
Apple - Support - Boot Camp

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i have a computer with xp already installed but would like to put windows 98 on it a nd dual boot it. Is this easy to do?

Answer:dual booting xp and windows 98

You need to buy a new Hard Drive and set it to master, then remove the xp drive and fit the new one, then load 98se on the new drive, set xp drive jumper to slave refit the drive then use a dual boot program I use Acronis OS Selector Program, this is part of Acronis disc Director Suite. but you should be able to download a free dual boot program off the net.I dual boot the above but did it the other way round98se was on main drive and I put XP on a new one

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Hi

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

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

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

Or is this a complicated way to do things?

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

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

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

Cheers

roz

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

Hello Rozel and welcome to the Sevenforums.

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

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

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

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

If you fullfil the following criteria:

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

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

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

bcdedit /delete {ntldr} /f

Done.

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i had redhat linux and windows piartitioned in my system(pentium m). so i wanted to instal suse linux, when i did it overrride the linux dual booting sector to OPENSUSE dual booting sector for suse and windows. please how can i get the red hat linux dual boot sector back?

Answer:Dual booting Windows XP & Linux

While not able to help you with this one... - not played with dual boot linux/windows (yet)...It would be useful if you can clarify (explain more clearly) what you had installed; what you added in and what you actually hope/wish to have installed when it's all working correctly?That way others here can and will help you, more easily - and successfully...

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

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

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

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Hello All,
I wasn't sure wther to post in the vista forum or the NT workstation forum but as the current OS I am using is Vista I will post in this.
I was wondering if it was possible to dual boot Windows NT 4.0 Workstation with Windows Vista (Windows Vista being the current OS, which is one of the problems as it blocks me running setup). I tried running setup in safe mode which it let me do, it then copied files needed to install to the hard drive, and when it restarted nothing came up and vista booted as normal.

Any Ideas, or is it not even possible and am I wasting my time LOL.

Thanks :)

Answer:Dual Booting Windows NT 4.0 Workstation...

Hello luke,

Not sure that would be worth the time or effort.

As the system is running Vista now probably isn't gonna run with NT4. Different hardware

requirements and not gonna find the drivers.

You can't run the install from within Windows. You would need to boot to the cd to run

the setup process. Depending on the disk that you have you will need the setup floppies

Also earlier version of windows will need to be installed first and then later version .

So IMO this would be a waste of time to even attempt. Not saying that it will even work.

Just my thoughts on it.

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

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Hi,

I've just built my desktop and I'm trying to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04.

I've already partitioned my hard drive, and installed Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04, but I'm trying to get to a place where I can choose what OS to start whenever I turn on my computer.

At the moment, I can run both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04 if I go into the BIOS and rearrange my boot priorities, but that's just a huge hassle. Is there a convenient way to choose at startup, similar to how Windows 8 had this?

Thanks

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04

libertax said:

Hi,

I've just built my desktop and I'm trying to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04.

I've already partitioned my hard drive, and installed Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04, but I'm trying to get to a place where I can choose what OS to start whenever I turn on my computer.

At the moment, I can run both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04 if I go into the BIOS and rearrange my boot priorities, but that's just a huge hassle. Is there a convenient way to choose at startup, similar to how Windows 8 had this?



Thanks



I don't realy understand what you have done.
As you said you have create a new partition in order to install ubuntu (you probably have create a swap partition too).
Those actions are telling me you have installed both Operating Systems on the same hard disk.So if you are setting boot priority from bios it means you have install each one on separated hard disks with separated bootloaders or you simply have install only linux bootloader on an other disk.
In any case you can setup grub to boot every OS you have installed on any hard disk.

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Hi

I'm planning to create a new 120 Gigabyte partition on the internal hard drive that doesn't have Windows 8 on it and then installing Windows 9 in it.

I've done this several times in the past, with XP and 7, then 7 and 8, but not since the change to the UEFI bios.

Does anyone here who's more technical oriented then I am, know if it will be just a simple to do it now.

In the past all you had to do was install the version of Windows where you wanted it and the boot menu and everything would appear automatically.

I know that it's more complicated installing things like Linux in a dual boot setup on computers now with Windows 8 and the new bios.

What about doing so with Windows 9?

Mike

Answer:Questions about dual booting Windows 8 and 9?

I had no problems setting up Windows 8 & 7, or Windows 7 & 8 in UEFI.

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Just installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 and its asking me if I want to start Windows 7 or 8. Anyone know what happened? Done a quick search and didn't find much. I don't have it setup for a dual boot but it thinks it is for some reason. How do I disable it?

Thanks for any help!

edit: I have installed Win8 several times and this is the first time its done this to me. New build with a Asus Maximus Gene VI though. Something in the BIOS? New to X86.
 

Answer:Windows 8 thinks its dual booting?

Did you try booting Windows 7 and seeing what happens?
 

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Hi there,
I had windows 7 installed on a new partition on my pc which had XP Pro on the C drive. After removing windows 7 home premium and deleting the partition, I still get a choice at bootup -
use older windows version
0r windows 7
I have to choose the older version every time I boot up which is very annoying.
My question is does anybody know a fail safe way of removing this 'choice' so it boots straight in to XP?

I do have an XP disc but it's only XP Pro Sp 1. I downloaded Sp2 and 3 from the Microsoft website and put them on a CD.

Audrey
 

Answer:Dual booting problem-XP and windows 7

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I currently have 1 hard drive (SATA) with Windows XP. I am thinking of installing another SATA hard drive, and loading Windows 7 on it, in an effort to dual-boot. Q1: Can I just run the Windows 7 setup to accomplish this?Q2: Are there any drawbacks to this? I browsed the forums and saw one issue that can arise where this is done, but you remove one hard drive, and the boot loader gets wonky. I've also heard that this can sometimes mess up the boot loader.Q3: I heard that if I access the WinXP drive while in Win7, the file permissions can get messed up, especially when back in WinXP. Is this true?Q4: If Q3 is true, is there any way to avoid this? Like making it so the WinXP drive cannot be seen while in Win7, and vice versa?

Answer:Dual-booting Win XP and Windows 7 Questions

Q1: Yes, just use the 'Custom' install option to specify the drive to install it on and Dual boot so that it will install the correct bootloader.Q2: The Bootloader, etc. will be installed on your current bootable drive, so if you decide to later remove the XP drive, or format it to use it as a storage drive, you will need to do a 'Repair' to your Windows 7 install to fix this so it can be used as a stand alone operating system.Q3: On this I am not as sure. (wait for additional info from others) I know that Windows 7 is MUCH more picky about permissions than XP is, so the problem may only be one way. I can tell you that when I installed Windows 7 on a new built computer and installed my old drive from the old XP system to copy over all of my files prior to reformatting it as an extra storage/back-up drive, Windows 7 had no problem with this (I did not try saving anything back to the XP drive, or using it again as XP and formatting it made it part of the new system after that anyway).I hope that this helps you.... as far as it goes anyway.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.If all else fails, read instructions.

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

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

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

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi everyone. I have Windows 7 64-bit and I want to install Windows XP 32-bit for extra cross-compatibility. I know 32 bit apps can work in 64 bit but I also need my printers and other devices working.

I need help with a guide to dual-boot operating systems but I can't find a guide that includes Windows 7 as the first operating system. Could anybody help me by pointing me in the right direction?

Thanks,

-DarkPacMan77-

Answer:Dual Booting with Windows 7 Installed First?

Here is tutorial:Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
See option two

Edit: Method two...

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Guys need help...newbie here..pls respecti want to dual boot my z410 with win7 64 bit.When I install my windows 7 on sepearate partition it says there that windows 7 cant be intalled because it GPT partition style?.....what should i do first?I cant disable secure boot beacause its not there in the uefi bios.I already switch the bios to legacy.Can someone give a clear step by step process on how to dual boot?I have already partition my hard drive. Thank You =)













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Answer:Dual Booting on Pre-installed windows 8.1

vinzjl wrote:Guys need help...newbie here..pls respecti want to dual boot my z410 with win7 64 bit.When I install my windows 7 on sepearate partition it says there that windows 7 cant be intalled because it GPT partition style?.....what should i do first?I cant disable secure boot beacause its not there in the uefi bios.I already switch the bios to legacy.Can someone give a clear step by step process on how to dual boot?I have already partition my hard drive. Thank You =)See this link.

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I have a problem and would greatly appreciate any help.

I'm using a new hard drive, and doing a completely fresh install. I started with Windows 7 - all went fine. After sorting out drivers, rebooting a few times etc, I created the partition for XP, rebooted and installed. Told XP setup to install to the new partition. It got to the point where it finished copying all the files and rebooted. Then I got the "error loading operating system" error.

It will load neither XP nor 7. I tried booting from the 7 disc and doing a startup repair so I can fix things within 7 using EasyBCD, but it didn't work - the repair software says it can't find a problem, and upon rebooting I still can't get into XP or 7.

Any suggestions?
edit: I tried the advice in this post, but it didn't help: http://forums.techarena.in/operating...tm#post4306972

edit2: For some reason, Windows 7 startup repair utility detects its installation as being on F: - my DVD drive, when it is in fact installed to C:. XP is installed onto a partion allocated to G:, and its own repair console recognises that correctly, as well as also detecting 7 as being on F:.

edit3: The driver letters keep changing. I've just gone into the XP partition setup in the recovery console and in the install menu both a couple of times in a row, and they keep changing! Also the boot order just got changed in the BIOS, and my OS drive somehow moved to the lowest priority hard drive below my two storage drives.

Answer:I'm having a problem with dual booting XP and Windows 7

Well, I got back into Windows 7 by deleting the XP partition. All ship-shape in disk management. Not sure what to do now to get XP running as well, though.

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Hi, I think I made a grievous error last night. I was installing Windows 7 Pro (x64) onto my computer. The installation went well, but when I got into the OS itself, I noticed it wasn't installing anything onto the Win7 Partition. Instead it was installing programs into the WinXP partition. I initially thought it was because I didn't set the Win7 partition as the active partition, so I went into Disk Management and made it the Active Partition. BIG mistake because that erased the dual boot function. I received the BOOTMGR is MISSING msg and I had to repair via my Win7 Dvd.. Problem is my Win 7 repair just recovered the Win7 OS - and now I can't dual boot into XP. Is there a way to restore the dual boot functionality?
 

Answer:Problems w/ Windows 7 Dual Booting with XP

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

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

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

Help is greatly appreciated.

Jim

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

jim1931 said:

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

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



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

Help is greatly appreciated.

Jim



Hi there.

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

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

Cheers
jimbo

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Hello guys,

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

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

Thanks.

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

Hi

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

Chipset : AMD Chipset Drivers

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

or ( if the above one failed to install ) Mobile

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

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In the firm i work in.I was asked to install Windows XP and win 2000 pro on a Pentium IV machine
with 80 GB hdd.I was also instructed to load XP as primary partition(as C and then win 2000.
After installing windows Xp and then installing win 2000,i find that i am not able to boot into Windows XP(although the dual boot screen appears)
this is the message i am getting
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
\windows\system32\config\systemd start up options for windows"
Why is this? I was told that windows 2000 has to be loaded before Win XP but the project requirement dictates that Win XP has to be installed on C: .
please do suggest how i can accomplish this.
 

Answer:dual booting windows XP and win 2k prof

Partition the drive, install W2K on D: first, then install WXP on C:, problem solved.
 

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Hello,

I have a 2nd unused SSD that I would like to install Windows 8 on to. I already have Windows 7 on another SSD.

Is it as simple as fresh installing as normal on to the other unused SSD? then I can have a choice to dual boot to Windows 8 instead??

Thank you, all help is highly appreciated!

Answer:Windows 8 dual booting question

Simple answer is yes.

BTW, Welcome to the Eight Forums. . .

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Is it Possible to dual boot XP and Vista just using the upgrade disk, or do I need to have full versions of both? I just finished building a computer and was wondering this because I intend to game, and apparently, Vista is kinda bad at that. I want to dual boot the OS's, but I want to be cost effective at the same time. (I have already partitioned my HDD).

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

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.2

Try this - just substitute LinuxMint for Ubuntu:

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

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Hello everryone!
I am running Windows XP and would really like to share the hard drive with another OS "Linux" and dual boot. Trouble is i don't have a clue so would appreciate any help or even a tutorial that this old git can follow. Thanks folks
 

Answer:Dual booting Windows XP and Ubuntu

xlanou said:


Hello everryone!
I am running Windows XP and would really like to share the hard drive with another OS "Linux" and dual boot. Trouble is i don't have a clue so would appreciate any help or even a tutorial that this old git can follow. Thanks folksClick to expand...

Hello there i see you would like to dual boot with another operating system, this is a rather simple process.
Choose which operating system you would like to dual boot with windows (in your case this is Ubuntu)

Next boot off the Ubuntu live cd and wait till it enters the main desktop where it gives you the option to install it.

Then just follow the instructions, thats all I did and it worked fine.

When you come to the bit where you need to partition let Ubuntu do it automatically as i think that it does have that feature.

When you have installed it and rebooted you will get a grub loading message then you will get the chance to boot windows xp or Ubuntu and away you go.

Let us know how far you get and we will try and help
 

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I only got 1 HD, WinXP is currently installed. How would I proceed to dual boot Fedora 13?

thanks
 

Answer:Dual booting Fedora 13 and Windows XP ?

Create a new partition and install Fedora on it. The grub loader will allow you to switch between windows and linux at boot.
 

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I have a custom built PC that is currently running Windows 7 Ultimate. I am interested in doing a clean install. The problem with that is that I would like to install my free Windows 10 upgrade alongside my copy of Windows 7. That way I could slowly configure 10 and migrate my stuff over from 7 myself and then delete the Windows 7 partition later.
Is there any way I could do this without having to actually buy Windows 10? It would be much easier for me, quite possibly other people too.
Thanks in advance.
Nathan

Answer:Dual Booting my Windows 10 Upgrade

Its a lot of work and you need some extra storage space depending on you 7 Install size, but make a image of your 7 setup, upgrade to 10 make a new partition and restore the 7 image to your new drive? That seems like it would work..

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Hey,

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

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

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

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

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

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E

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

I have a:
Intel(R) PCHM SA... Read more

Answer:Dual booting, Windows XP and SATA

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At present I am dual booting Windows 7 on my C drive and Windows 8.1 on drive W.
I am intending to upgrade to Windows 10 on top of Windows 8.1. How can I make sure that W10 upgrades W 8.1 NOT W 7. ( I have some adapted legacy programmes on W7 which I cannot afford to lose) so I can still dual boot W7 and W10.
Thanks

Answer:Advice on dual booting windows please

First I would create an image of W7 using Macrium Reflect, or similar, then I would be inclined to disconnect the W7 drive, if possible, and boot to W8 and upgrade from there. This however would leave you with the problem of adding W7 back into boot options.
An alternative solution would be to install W10 and then install VirtualBox. Create a virtual W7 installation and set up the legacy programmes on the virtual W7. This avoids the need to reboot between Operating systems. Most hardware will be useable on the virtual W7 installation.

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I have both windows xp and linux on my system. Everytime I start up I get a drop-down list for the two operating systems with linux being the default one that always starts first. How can I make Windows xp start first without having to select it everytime. Please help, thanks

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how do i dual boot windows xp and fedora15

Answer:dual booting of windows xp and fedora 15

Install XP.Install Fedora.The Fedora install should recognise the XP install and set up a menu to boot into either. Post back if you have problems with this.

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Hi guys .  . . .  I was wondering if i download the windows 7 beta  , is it possible to install it off a usb memory key or maybe even install it from a virtual drive  IE daemon tools  ? I only ask because i can't burn to disk at the moment . . cheers

Answer:dual booting vista and windows 7

A few good links out there, such as this one:http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/625-boot-vhd-using-windows-7-a.html

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I am thinking of running windows xp and linux on the same hard drive. I know I load windows first, but is there a boot loader that will allow me to choose which os I want to load up at start up?
 

Answer:Windows Xp and Linux dual Booting

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I need to setup a laptop with CentOS(32) and Windows 7(32), which one goes on first?
And does order even matter anymore?
Thanks
 

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 + CentOS, which one goes first?

I'd probably go with linux second, grub or which ever bootmanager you install generally is more flexible and will automatically detect the windows install.

whereas the windows boot manager only detects other windows installs?
 

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

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

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

Help is greatly appreciated.

Jim

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

Originally Posted by jim1931


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

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



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

Help is greatly appreciated.

Jim



Hi there.

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

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

Cheers
jimbo

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I partitioned my HDD, c: as fat 32 running ME, D' as NTFS with XP. XP starts as default, but does'nt see ME. I think I need to edit the boot.ini, but I am not sure of the correct format to write. has anyone managed this successfully?Help please, as XP does not support my Canon FS2710 film scanner (I checked with Canon)Frank

Answer:Dual booting Windows ME and XP problems

1 solution - get rid of Millenium Edition.JanuszP.S. Concerning the scanner, I came accross this problem yestrday - I don't think it support's fast user switching so try setting it up on all users that access the computer - I realise there is only 1 registry but this is what Canon told me

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Hi guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please can someone help me to get my W8 working

Thanks

Answer:DUAL BOOT - Windows 8 not booting

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

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8...rt_Download_36

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I'm not quite sure where to begin. First of all, I'm currently running Windows 98. We recently purchased a camera for a very good deal and came to find out that the camera does not work with Windows 98. We're having to install Windows XP. However, we do not want to lose any information on Windows 98 and wish to keep it on the computer.

I've read up on this a bit and I'm not quite sure what it means by partitioning volume in order for the Op Systems to not be running one on top of the other. Can someone lead me to a possible program that does this and what exactly I will encounter once the partition is complete?

Thank you.

Answer:Dual-booting - Adding Xp To Windows 98

What exactly is it that you want to keep from Windows 98

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Hi,

I currently have XP x64 installed on my S-ATA hard drive and an installation of Windows 2000 on a 20GB IDE hard drive. I had been running the system from the 2000 disk for the first few days that I had it and would like to reboot into 2000 to recover some data. Another reason for wanting to boot into 2000 is that MacDrive, an application for recognizing Mac formated hard drives attached to PCs, doesn't seem to work under x64 and my other S-ATA hard drive is a Mac drive that has a load of data that I need to access, which I was able to access under 2000.

But now that I have installed XP, I am not even given the option to boot into 2000.

So, question is simple I guess; How do I dual boot Windows 2000 and XP?

Thanks guys.
 

Answer:Dual booting between Windows 2000 and XP x64

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=289022

you can see in there how they list more than one operating system, and how the default is chosen. I don't know how your pc is setup, and I'm lazy when I do it myself, so I just like list 5 or 6 different ways, changing the rdisk and disk multi etc numbers from 0 to 1 etc etc and then reboot til I find the right one, then I just remember which one it was I tried. Then I go delete the others. It can get confusing which way its actually setup, because for me it seems to change depending on my boot order in the bios
 

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I currently have windows 2k installed on my computer. I have two hard drives. The bigger one (6 gb) is formatted in NTFS, and the smaller one (1.5 gb) is formatted in FAT32. Windows 2k is installed on the NTFS drive, and I just want to install windows 95 on the other drive (to make playing my old DOS games much easier). I've checked other places on the web, and I am under the impression that (in order to do this kind of dual boot) I have to install Windows 95 on the correct partition (in this case my smaller hard drive) first, and then I have to REINSTALL windows 2k.

I would think that it would be much easier than that. But can someone give me some details into what I have to do? I don't mind reinstalling windows 2k (if that's what I have to do), but I just want to know if I really have to. And when I reinstall windows 2k, would it just overwrite the old win 2k files?

It would be great if someone could give me some detailed instructions as to how to go about this operation, but if not, that's ok, because I'm sure I can figure it out. But I would like to know about my main question. Thank you for your time.
 

Answer:Dual-booting Windows 2000 + 95

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Hey,

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

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

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

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

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

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E

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

I have a:
Intel(R) PCHM SATA AHCI C... Read more

Answer:Dual booting, Windows XP and SATA

Hello, welcome to TSF !

Enter the BIOS at startup and set the drive controller mode to IDE (or ATA or PATA) instead of SATA. Disable native command queuing (ncq) and AHCI if you see those settings. Then retry with the XP CD.

If this doesn't help (or if the settings aren't there) you'll need to slipstream the SATA drivers onto your XP CD :
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-installation/

you'll need the sata drivers but I couldn't find your motherboard here :
http://support.alienware.com/Support...downloads.aspx
What chipset does it use ? If you can find the drivers use the one called SATA/RAID or 32bit configuration floppy, if it's an executable file you'll need to find a way to extract the .inf, .cat and .sys files. See if your chipset is listed on this link, if so these are the drivers you need : http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...=2101&lang=eng

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Is it possible to dual boot Windows 2000 and windows XP home edition...if so how?

Please help.

Answer:Dual Booting Windows Flavours.......

Zag,,

if you have XP running,, just go into the help file and do a search on dual boot,,

the menu will give you the step by step process,, and open all the necessary windows that need openin'

it is fairly simple,, tooo long to type out,,

check out the help files,,

cheers,

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I want to dual boot both Windows 7 and 8. However, I have two separate SSD's and I have installed both operating systems on either one. Every time I start up my computer, it will automatically boot into Windows 7, and if I want to boot into Windows 8 on my other SSD, I will have to press F12 and select the drive to boot from there. However, I wish to have a boot screen asking me which operating system I want to choose from, is there a way for me to do this, without having to reinstall Windows 8?
 

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7 & 8 on separate SSD's

Does your motherboard have SecureBoot/UEFI?

I'm not familiar with the specifics of how bootloaders work, but you can almost certainly do this with GRUB (which you can skin with BURG if you want to).

I believe this guide will get you to where you want to be:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic244714.html
 

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I wanted to install vista with dual-boot and was wondering what's the best way to go about doing it.

-I have 3 partitions currently(2 hard-drives). My windows partition has 17 gigs on it total and backup partition(both on same harddrive) has 131 gigs. My second hard-drive(which I use for backup also) has 75 gigs on it total. How do I create another partition on one of those harddrives on the empty space without formatting the whole harddrive? Somebody said partition magic does it so I can prolly figure out how to do it myself but the next question is more important and I am not sure if partition magic does anything about it.

-Perhaps there is a way to create 2 small 10 gig partitions on each hard-drive and combining them so I don't have to delete stuff from any of the partitions? (Don't have any full 20-25 gigs empty on any of my partitions atm). I searched on google for this and didn't get much helpful information.
 

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Okay everybody, this is basically a 'multi' thread. Anyway, I'm considering buying an XP installation CD/license. Are these still available? And if so, what's the price? And also, how would I go on about dual booting? I heard you have to shrink your partition to fit the XP installation on (because I only have one hard drive). Is there a tutorial that tells you? Sorry if this all sounds a bit newbish, but I'm not too experienced with this part of computing even though I reformatted my PC about 3 times :0
Thanks in advance!

Answer:2 in 1: Dual booting XP with Windows 7 And how much does XP cost?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3


Okay everybody, this is basically a 'multi' thread. Anyway, I'm considering buying an XP installation CD/license. Are these still available? And if so, what's the price? And also, how would I go on about dual booting? I heard you have to shrink your partition to fit the XP installation on (because I only have one hard drive). Is there a tutorial that tells you? Sorry if this all sounds a bit newbish, but I'm not too experienced with this part of computing even though I reformatted my PC about 3 times :0
Thanks in advance!


Hi gln2d3, start here with the tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP the cost of XP can vary depending on the flavour (basic, home, pro) Ebay can be good but be wary !

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Ia this possible? I have XP Pro on C:, and I'd like to put Windows 2003 Server on D:Thanks.

Answer:dual booting with Windows 2003

as long as you set up 2 partitions sever will be on d then your cr romm will be on eDavidw

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I tried to install Linux on a separate partition in my HDD which is already having windows 8 pro, but while installing instead of showing the free space(which I've partitioned ) it's taking entire HDD into consideration. How can I install Linux without formatting HDD or removing windows 8.

Answer:Dual booting (Windows 8 pro and linux)

Here is a nice tutorial for installing Linux Mint 17 with Windows 8.1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uh...If you are new to Linux, Mint is an excellent "starter" distribution.Don C

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