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Dual Booting with Windows 7 Installed First?

Q: Dual Booting with Windows 7 Installed First?

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?



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A: 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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I have found guide for dual booting Windows 7 with XP or Vista already installed, but not the other way around.

I allocated some free space from my C drive for the XP install. I installed XP, but when I restarted my computer, I got this error, "A disk read error has occurred; press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart dual boot".

What am I doing wrong?

A:Dual booting XP with Windows 7 already installed

Alright, I'm going to try using EasyBCD. Hopefully that will work.

But please give me your input still.
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okay, i got a computer as a gift that had windows 98 on it, so i wanted to put windows xp (home edition) on it. i installed it correctly and everything works fine, but when i turn it on it asks me to choose the operating system and i'm being given the same choice twice:

select your operating system:
1. Windows XP Home edition
2. Windows XP Home editionClick to expand...

how do i uninstall the other windows XP or disable this screen so i go through start up normally?

thanx in advance for any help

A:Windows XP appears to be installed twice (now I have a dual booting screen)

The hidden file C:\boot.ini contains the settings for bootup. You can remove the second entry from this, but BE CAREFUL and don't remove the one that works.
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Hi guys.

Thanks for looking at this thread.

I have a few questions about dual booting windows 7 and windows 8 preinstalled (UEFI) on my Dell laptop.

1. Can I install a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop, if so how?
2. Will installing a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop break it?
3. Can I use EasyBCD for UEFI?
4. How do I create a UEFI windows 7?

Thank you

A:Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

Really no point in dual booting since they are essentially the same OS like 7 to Vista.

Choose one and stick with it, Windows 7 will be supported till 2017 (mainstream) and 2020 (security).
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Just after a bit of advice, my girlfriend has recently got a new laptop and unfortunately she doesn't like it, despite me loving Windows 8.1.
She would like to try Windows 8 but is going back to Uni soon so would like Windows 7 as a back-up dual booted.

I've shrunk the partition and created a simple partition for Windows 7 but really unsure about Installing Windows 7 on a Windows 8 Laptop, it's an ASUS X550CA-XX417H. I've checked power shell with SecureBootUEFI and result is True.

What would be the best way to dual boot?


A:Dual Booting Windows 7 with pre-installed Windows 8 Laptop

As this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.

You will need to buy Windows 7.
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A:Dual Booting Pre-installed Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Originally Posted by armenh7

Whenever I try to install windows 7 on the selected partition, I get the error that the hard disk is GPT type.

Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

- Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.

Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

- Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.
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A:Dual Booting XP and 98 after XP installed on 2 HDs

Your boot.ini is incorrect

Could you post the contents of your boot.ini? I believe that if you have an install of 98 on a second hard drive and you are getting to the choose OS menu that at least some of what you have done is right. Your boot.ini is most likely pointing to an invalid location. How did you get 98 installed? Hopefully it was on the same computer and you are not just bringing a 98 hard drive from another computer.

We also have a search feature on this site, dual booting has been discussed many times, including having the OSes on different hard drives and installing 98 after 2k/XP.
Here is a link you might want to read over:

Note: I have corrected the spelling in the title at least so it will show up when people search for "dual booting".
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A:Dual Booting when XP is already Installed

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

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A: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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A: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.

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A:Dual Booting With Windows Xp

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A:Dual booting 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7


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A: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

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Run the Windows 7 Startup Repair.
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Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3

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xlanou said:

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

Originally Posted by jim1931

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

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

Next steps:
I insert the Win7 install disk and reboot using F12 to select the WD disk.
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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.


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.

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This may help with some of the information that you need:
How to delete OEM Partition | Jared Heinrichs

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go into linux.

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The best way to configure a dual boot with separate HD's is to unplug the first HD and install to target HD. This way you boot via the BIOS, setting the preferred HD as first HD to boot in BIOS boot order, then using the key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu to trigger the other HD instead.

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Originally Posted by kiatisak

Hi all,
I set up a dual boot installation with Windows 7 and Windows 8. But I have a problem when booting into Windows 7. Pls, help me.

You will need to turn off secure boot in the bios.
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Welcome to the sevenforums! JohnQM

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