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Dual booting XP and W7

#1Fade2black001Posted 11/25/2013 12:36:19 PM
So I created a partition off of my main HDD, installed XP and afterwards gave me no boot option. Then it corrupted my W7 installation by getting rid of BootMGR. Even EasyBCD couldnt find I had XP installed. What could be making XP not show up? Im afraid to install XP again as it might delete my BootMGR from W7 again. Any ideas?

Thanks
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#2lost_withinPosted 11/25/2013 12:38:44 PM
You have to install windows XP first, then Windows 7.
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#3Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 11/25/2013 12:48:08 PM
lost_within posted...
You have to install windows XP first, then Windows 7.


Why? IS there no way around that? So in other words I have format my drive and loose everything then install XP and then Windows 7? Forget that.
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#4Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 11/25/2013 12:50:09 PM
Fade2black001 posted...
lost_within posted...
You have to install windows XP first, then Windows 7.


Why? IS there no way around that? So in other words I have format my drive and loose everything then install XP and then Windows 7? Forget that.


What if I installed XP on a separate HDD then? Would that still work with dual booting and not having to reformat and install 7?
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#5AsucaHayashiPosted 11/25/2013 1:00:02 PM
lost_within posted...
You have to install windows XP first, then Windows 7.


yup.

after days of messing around with easyBCD i figured this was the easiest and most painless option.

this is also why i haven't reformatted my comp in a long while since i would have to start over from scratch on both OS and i just have to make do with regular defrags and the like.
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#6Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 11/25/2013 1:02:33 PM
AsucaHayashi posted...
lost_within posted...
You have to install windows XP first, then Windows 7.


yup.

after days of messing around with easyBCD i figured this was the easiest and most painless option.

this is also why i haven't reformatted my comp in a long while since i would have to start over from scratch on both OS and i just have to make do with regular defrags and the like.


So I can bypass that by installing it on another HDD?
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#7AsucaHayashiPosted 11/25/2013 1:05:51 PM(edited)
maybe, maybe not since it still has to go through the boot loader.

i've only tried with partitions on the same drive and not separate drives yet.
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#8Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 11/25/2013 1:08:46 PM
AsucaHayashi posted...
maybe, maybe not since it still has to go through the boot loader.

i've only tried with partitions on the same drive and not separate drives yet.


OK. Thank you. I wonder if someone else can shed some light on this.
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#9lost_withinPosted 11/25/2013 1:39:48 PM
Fade2black001 posted...
AsucaHayashi posted...
maybe, maybe not since it still has to go through the boot loader.

i've only tried with partitions on the same drive and not separate drives yet.


OK. Thank you. I wonder if someone else can shed some light on this.


No this will not work... the reason being Windows XP simply does not know that Windows 7 does not exist, whether it is on the same hard drive or not... it just does not know anything about it.
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#10WyzeGyePosted 11/25/2013 1:42:33 PM
unplug your windows 7 HDD, install windows xp on a secondary drive. plug the 7 hd back in. and you can choose from the bios which disk to boot from.

it's not the most graceful solution. but it's your only other option.
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