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    Default windows xp and windows 7 dual boot issue: they won't

    I read the complete step by step how to on setting up dual booting windows 7 and xp. I prepared all my partitions beforehand, and labeled them accordingly so there would be no confusion i. I installed windows 7 on my new SATA drive. Everything went OK, except that I never got a boot menu presented - to 7, it was as if XP was not there i.
    I downloaded and installed, and ran, easybcd, and tried to add the xp menu entry manually. It asks for the drive, and the drive with xp on it is now, under windows 7, drive D (it is E when I boot xp). All necessary files (ntldr, ntdetect.com, boot.ini) are all on this drive. But when I try that menu entry, all the computer does is reboot. It will still only boot windows 7, unless I go into the BIOS settings and change the boot order of the hard drives (in this list, if I make the one with the Win7 partition nr 1, I can boot windows 7 and only that; if I make the one with the XP partition nr 1, I get my regular old boot menu from boot.ini (which also gets me into my wubi install of ubuntu). i
    I would like to be able to boot into XP from the windows 7 boot menu, or, alternately, would like to boot windows 7 from the xp boot menu. (that would be even better). Does anyone have any pointers for me?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: windows xp and windows 7 dual boot issue: they won't

    Boot in 7 and run XP in a shell, pretty sure you want VMware Workstation- http://www.vmware.com/products/works.../overview.html
    then you start that up and install XP inside it, doing this you are running two OS's at the same time so it is good to have a bit of RAM.

    I went down the same route as you and found that my laptop can accept a HDD in the DVD bay so I put a 2.5" drive in there and I can dual boot if I need to.

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    Default Re: windows xp and windows 7 dual boot issue: they won't

    As long as you have Win7 pro or ultimate then xp mode is a download away, and it works really well for most software back to even dos days. I have been messing with it at work a bit and haven't hit any issues yet. Mainly I will use a new version of software under windows 7 if available and then use xp mode for the stuff that crashes under win7.

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    Default Re: windows xp and windows 7 dual boot issue: they won't

    Ohhh yeah I forgot about that, I went from XP to 8 so my use of 7 is pretty limited.



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    Lol, my main system is mythbuntu but thankfully I do use win7 at work a bit.

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