Dual boot XP and Win 7

  Ollyolly 08:30 08 Jan 2010

I've just added an additional hard drive into my PC and installed Win 7 Home Premium onto it.

I was expecting that at boot up to be given the choice of booting into XP or Win 7.

That is not the case. The PC goes straight into XP.

When in exploer I can see the partions that I created while installing Win 7.

Can someone explain how do I get the option of booting into either OS?

Thank you.

  rawprawn 08:58 08 Jan 2010

Have a read here click here

  Ollyolly 20:10 09 Jan 2010


Thanks for the link.

A lot of reading and I'm not too sure I feel comfortable messing around in DOS.

I'll have another read tomorrow and hope I feel better about it.

  Zeppelyn 20:33 09 Jan 2010

click here and download EasyBCD, it will add Win 7 to your boot menu by creating the necessary boot files. Choose Add/Remove Entries then on the pull down select Windows Vista (dont worry Vista and 7 use the same boot files so will work)

Alternatively boot from your Windows 7 DVD and select Startup Repair.

  Ollyolly 16:22 10 Jan 2010

Thanks for that Zeppelyn.

I've just downloaded it and run it in XP.
It didn't like it, I think from the message it was because Vista isn't loaded.

Next time I'm in Win 7 I'll have another go and let you know how I get on.

As far as booting from the Win 7 DVD, I don't remember having a 'startup repair' option.

  Ollyolly 11:29 12 Jan 2010

Zeppelyn & Rawprawn,

Thanks for your suggestions.

My solution has been to make space on the first hard drive and install Win 7 there on a seperate partion to XP. I now get an options menu when I boot the PC.

Tonight I'll copy my data partitions from the first hard drive to the second. Then reinstall my apps on the second hard drive. When that is running smoothly I can delete the data and apps from the first hard drive.

This should result in:
# hard disc 1 having two OS on it and me getting a menu on boot up.
# hard disc 2 holding my apps and data.

Thanks again

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