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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby albchong » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:08 pm

Thanks kp1966 - I'll try that and let you know...

...It worked just like you said :yesnod:

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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby Grav!ty » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:45 am

Top of the thread updated with the first completed dual boot guide :)
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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby JKo » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:32 am

Everything went well until I tried to boot into XP. I get error saying missing or corrupt HAL.DLL. I do not have a BOOT.INI file anywhere that I can find (nor on my backups). Is that the problem? :sick BTW - running XP-Pro 32bit, Vista Business 64bit, and Windows7 64bit.
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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby Grav!ty » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:08 am

JKo wrote:Everything went well until I tried to boot into XP. I get error saying missing or corrupt HAL.DLL. I do not have a BOOT.INI file anywhere that I can find (nor on my backups). Is that the problem? :sick BTW - running XP-Pro 32bit, Vista Business 64bit, and Windows7 64bit.


Have you made all files and folders visible in Folder Options and unhidden protected operating system files JKo?

The Hal.dll message can be as a result of an incorrect or missing boot.ini but it is highly unlikely that XP will install and not create a boot.ini. I'd suggest check in the System partition and you may need to allocate a drive letter to it in Windows 7 to be able to see the contents if there is no drive letter allocated yet.
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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby jrfree1 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:10 am

It is a known issue in Windows 7 that if you install Windows 7 from booting a DVD (as opposed to starting the installation from within a current Windows installation), that Windows 7 will not assign a drive letter to active system partition. This can be corrected by manually assigning a drive letter through the Disk Manager in the Computer Management console, or to prevent it from happening, install Windows 7 from within a running Windows Vista installation.

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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby Grav!ty » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:12 am

Hey Jeff, good to see you around ^*^

What I'd be really interested in knowing is what MS is wanting to achieve with the way Win 7 handles the System partition. Why is it hiding the partition?
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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby albchong » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:45 pm

I'd be interested in that too, as well as why windows requires a user to change access rights to that volume before it can be accessed.

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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby Destryky » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:01 pm

I have selfbuilt PC with 2 750GB HDDs, original OS is Windows XP and recently installed Windows 7 on the 2nd HDD. All was working well, including a DOS screen allowing me to choose which OS to boot with, then suddenly, the 'choice' screen now appears so fleetingly that a choice is impossible, it proceeds then to Windows XP. How do I get a useable choice screen back?
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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby albchong » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:35 pm

I believe that under System Properties there is an advanced tab. If you select the Startup and Recovery button there is an option to select the "Time to display list of operating systems" which can be adjust to suit your need.

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Re: Dual Boot Windows 7 - Windows Vista - and/or Windows XP

Postby Destryky » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:07 am

albchong wrote:I believe that under System Properties there is an advanced tab. If you select the Startup and Recovery button there is an option to select the "Time to display list of operating systems" which can be adjust to suit your need.

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Appreciate the reply, changed to 75 seconds, however, the choice screen still 'flies' by so I cannot opt for Windows 7, any other suggestions? Thanks.
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