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Dual Booting with Win7 and WinXP

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#1 Hawkeye4


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 01:29 AM

I've got 2 different HD's (one with Win7 and the other WinXP) for the same computer. Cloned the WinXP, then installed Win7 over it.

Is there a possibility of dual-booting these HD's so I can use programs that will only work with WinXP? Both are working by changing up the sata cables from one to the other and back again? This is getting old though.

If I'm not clear, please let me know.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 06:18 AM

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 06:46 PM

Good link.

If you removed one drive...while you installed Win 7 on the other...then you have two different boot files. One for XP on its hard drive, one for Win 7 on its hard drive.

If you had both drives in when you installed Win 7...you should already have dual-boot options, since the Win 7 bootloader (which is now the default) would have picked up the XP install on the other drive.

I believe a simple way of correcting this...would be to use Easy BCD to just add the XP install to your Win 7 boot files. I believe it's worth a look.

Of course...both hard drives must be installed at the same time for this to be effective.


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Posted 02 April 2010 - 07:01 AM


I'm have the same issue as Hawkeye4.

I have a new Windows 7 system but I can't get windows 7 to run Flight simulator X with my chosen add-ons.

As these programs ran just fine in Windows XP I wish to place the HDD from my old XP box inside my shiny new Windows 7 tower.

I've downloaded and run EasyBCD and pointed it at drive F: (where windows 7 sees my old drive) but I can't get XP to boot. It just takes one look at the drive and reboots.

I am aware of the issues around under installing a new motherboard on my XP disk (I followed the advice given here http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2007/...ng-windows.ars) and my XP drive is still bootable in my old box.

Any ideas, please as this is just drivin' me :huh:


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