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Dual Booting Pre-installed Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Q: Dual Booting Pre-installed Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Hello, today I am trying to dual boot my Pre-Installed Windows 8.1 Pro with Windows 7. I have chosen "Shrink Volume" in Disk Management and I have created a new partition for Windows 7. Whenever I try to install windows 7 on the selected partition, I get the error that the hard disk is GPT type. I cannot convert it to MBR.
I open DISKPART
I write LISTDISK
I only see "Disk 0"
I write "select Disk 0"
Then I write "List Partition"
My hard drive has 7 partitions. My windows 7 partition is 5
I write "select partition 5"
Now, my question is, if I write clean, will it clean that specific partition or my entire hard drive?

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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







Tip
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.

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/69236-dual-booting-pre-installed-windows-8-1-windows-7-a.html
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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-

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...

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/23338-dual-booting-windows-7-installed-first.html
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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.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/19010-dual-booting-xp-windows-7-already-installed.html
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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).

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/17213-dual-booting-windows-7-windows-8-pre-installed-uefi.html
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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?

Cheers,
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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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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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What do I need to do to get the desired computer setup? Or is it irrelevant which OS was installed first and will a guide describing how to remove Ubuntu from windows work as well for my case.

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shouldn't matter the install sequence if you want to only have Windows. Boot into Windows and then delete (from disk management) the linux partitions. This may leave your computer in a state where you can not boot into Windows. To fix this you'll have to boot off the XP install disk and boot to the recovery console, once there type 'fixmbr' without the '
 

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Then i installed Windows 10 Tech on my SSD drive and all of a sudden it went to this


How do i get it back the other way like the first image

Thank u guys here at MT
 

A:Dual booting Windows 8.1 x64 Windows 7 x64. Then added SSD Windows 10 tech preview

>>Well First u boot to windows 8
>>Open "Run" and Type "msconfig.exe"





>>Under Boot, change the 'default OS' to "Windows 7"
>>And check/tick "No GUI Boot"
>>And check "Make boot device permanent"

Finally Apply and Ok
Hope This helps.
 

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A:Dual Booting when XP is already Installed

Its a simple solution actually, just install a seperate operating system on seperate partitions, you have this option to create different partitions when you recently reformat, just take your 120 GB HDD and decide how much space you want to give each OS, and install an OS just like you would normally do it, Eg. you split your HDD into 3 different partitions ( C:/, D:/, and E:/ ) install Xp on C:/ and when choosing to install 200 or 98 choose the desired "drive" as your main drive, so install 2000 on D:/ and 98 on E:/ and when you load your computer you can select which OS to run. Other custimaztion options will follow.

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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: http://www.3dspotlight.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=823

Note: I have corrected the spelling in the title at least so it will show up when people search for "dual booting".
P.S. - You didn't give a location on where you are from - so I dont' know if English is your primary language, but either way you need to work on your spelling - it took me about 3 times through before I fully understood. Your use of the words was more or less correct but the spelling made it almost unreadable. We realize this is an international forum and not everyone speaks fluent English as well as some of us on the board but the better the spelling is the easier it will be for us to read, and you will get a faster response.
 

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A: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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A:Installed windows 7 on e-sata, internal windows xp not booting anymore

Welcome to the sevenforums! JohnQM

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A:BSOD when dual booting Windows Vista 32bit and Windows 7 64bit

Is Vista Business a full retail version?
Is Windows 7 professional x64 a full retail version?

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A:Solved: Having Trouble Dual Booting Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows 7 ultimate

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A:Windows 2003 Server installation in Dual Boot on already installed Windows 7 Laptop

Couple of things you can do after installing 2003.

Boot from the W7 dvd select repair my computer and do a startup repair, most of the time this fixes the bootloader for W7, but then 2003 may not boot now. So then you need to install a BCD editor software in W7 to get both of them booting properly.

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1


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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us
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A:Dual booting Windows XP home edition and Windows 98

I found this on Microsoft's web site


Quote:




You have to install Windows XP only after installing MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me to prevent these operating systems from overwriting the Windows XP boot sector and the Windows XP startup files.




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A:Windows update, dual booting with Windows 7 - automation?

Something like this? To fully automate it, one can replace the prompts with SendKeys...

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A:{Advice Offered} - Dual booting Windows NT on Windows ME

Greetings

Check out my webpage:
http://www.xperts.co.za/multiboot

I have not mentioned ME (yes, it needs to be updated a little), but for the purposes of Dual booting, it is the same as Win98.

On your system, all you will need is a second partition (or hard drive, your choice), and then you just need to install NT, it will create a dual boot system automatically.

Cheers

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

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Website: www.xperts.co.za/reuel/multiboot

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

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A:Solved: Dual boot XP with windows 7 on 2 Harddrives - (Windows 7 already installed)

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/solved-dual-boot-xp-with-windows-7-on-2-harddrives-windows-7-already-installed.902342/
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The Windows 7 partition must be made Active and the System files have to be written there before you can delete Windows 10.

The proper thing to do is backup your files, wipe out the entire drive and reinstall windows 7

Partition - Mark as Active

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/401647-remove-windows-10-dual-boot-windows-7-win10-installed-first.html
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Yes you can and no it won`t.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/233160-dual-booting-win7-hp-64-bit-xp-mce-two-hdds-both-os-installed.html
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http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/64551-dual-boot-windows-vista-pre-installed-windows-8-1-a.html
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A:Dual booting vista/xp can i share the installed games

they have to be reinstall. in addition you need to read their eula to see if you can legally have two installs of the the same game.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f217/dual-booting-vista-xp-can-i-share-the-installed-games-312987.html
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A:Windows 7 / XP Dual boot PC not booting into Windows 7

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings showing all columns, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Label what's on all partitions. We will give you the steps to recover Win7 and/or your Dual Boot - do you wish to keep it?

Is this factory preinstalled Win7, with XP added to another partition as a Dual Boot? Do you have Recovery Disks, a Win7 Reinstallation DVD (or access to any Win7 installer), and your XP CD or a backup image of either OS?

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/195240-windows-7-xp-dual-boot-pc-not-booting-into-windows-7-a.html
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Thanks.
 

A:Dual booting Windows 7 RC and Windows Vista SP1

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A:Dual booting Windows Vista and Windows XP

Once XP has copied files it does reboot and you will see press any key to boot from CD again only now you do not press anything and setup should continue at that point.

Do you already have Vista installed on your PC?

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/dual-booting-windows-vista-and-windows-xp-423043.html
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A:Dual Booting Windows 2000 and Windows ME

What I would recommend doing is installing Windows Me on the slave drive first, making sure it is bootable and what not. Then installing Windows 2000 on the master drive. Windows 2000 should see the Windows Me installation and pick it up. Then when you go to boot your system the Windows Operating System loader will appear and it will ask you if you want to boot to "Windows 2000 Professional" or "Windows Me".

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http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/products/overview.jsp?pcid=sp&pvid=pm80

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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/dual-booting-windows-2000-and-windows-me.528350/
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A:Dual-Booting Windows 8 and Windows Vista

Welcome to EightFurums.

How full license's do you have?

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/16246-dual-booting-windows-8-windows-vista.html
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Hi Rudolph, welcome to the forums
Can you give more details? Have you been able to install Windows 7? Did you already have XP installed? If not are you trying a clean install or upgrade? Have you started booting from the DVD or running setup.exe

Can you also double check the message? There seems to be nothing about "TFGHT"

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A:Dual Booting Windows 7 and Windows Vista

You could try Easy BCD. But more then likely you will have to download the Iso and do a startup repair.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/217057-dual-booting-windows-7-windows-vista.html
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A:Problems dual booting windows 8 and windows 7

The ASUS - - ASUS P8P67 DELUXE has a uEFI/BIOS firmware.

How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
or
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http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/19541-problems-dual-booting-windows-8-windows-7-a.html
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A:Dual-Booting Windows XP and Windows 7 Issues

You may have installed Windows Seven in the AHCI mode.
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http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/221625-dual-booting-windows-xp-windows-7-issues.html
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A:Dual Boot Windows 7 & 8 (With Windows 7 Installed later)

Welcome to EightForums.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management from Windows 8?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums
For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.

Filling out System Specs - Windows 7 Forums

System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Forums

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A:Dual booting Windows 7 on Mac

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

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/70912-dual-booting-windows-7-mac.html
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A:Dual booting with windows 7 & xp

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http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/259714-dual-booting-windows-7-xp.html
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A:Dual-booting Windows 8 and XP

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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.

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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A: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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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?

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Why not use bootcamp?
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How to setup dual boot for Windows XP and Windows 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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Hve you tried Easy bcd??

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A: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.
 
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A:windows 7 dual booting help.

Run the Windows 7 Startup Repair.
Startup Repair

Once you're running Windows 7
Add XP with EasyBCD
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A:Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

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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.
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Welcome!

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

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

Hi

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

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

Hello Rozel and welcome to the Sevenforums.

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

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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.
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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.
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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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xlanou said:


Hello everryone!
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Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3


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A:Dual booting, Windows XP and SATA

Hello, welcome to TSF !

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