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 [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7

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PostSubject: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:09 am


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Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7
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You will need:
  1. XP Install CD + Key
  2. Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 (from here) or Vista/7 Recovery or Install DVD
  3. EasyBCD (from here)
  4. About 2 hours of time (half of it will be waiting time).

Save the files (just the files, not the CD/DVD's) somewhere on your hard drive that you remember. You will be able to access your Vista/7 files from XP.


Obtaining Network Drivers
  1. Right-click on Computer > Properties > Device Manager.
  2. Click on the > on the categories to expand. Those are your devices. Make a screenshot and save it to your hard drive.
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  3. Find the drivers for the devices under Network Adapters (for XP) online now and save them to your hard drive. This is very important - if your computer is new enough for the XP CD to not have drivers for your computer, you will not be able to connect to the internet while on XP.


Splitting Your Vista/7 Partition
  1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Classic View > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management
  2. Right-Click on the hard drive in the bottom list > Shrink Volume. Shrink the hard drive to as much space as you would like your XP hard drive to have. Windows XP requires about 10GB of space for the operating system alone. You will be able to access your Vista hard drive while in XP.
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  3. Right-Click on the new hard drive > Format. Name the XP hard drive whatever you’d like. Set NTFS as the file system and Default as the Allocation unit size. Perform a quick format.
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  4. Right-Click on the XP hard drive > Change Drive Letters > Change. Change the new hard drive to
    D: and move your CD/DVD and other drives down one letter (you will have to move those down
    first as you can’t have more than one drive with the same letter).
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Installing Windows XP
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD. Restart your computer.
  2. If your computer is an older PC (2008 or older), you can skip this step. If your computer is relatively new, or is old and high-end, you will have to enter the system BIOS (by pressing ESC, F2, F10, F12 when the manufacturer logo appears; the key varies by manufacturer). The BIOS is a blue menu. Change the HDD Mode to IDE or Compatibility. AHCI mode is not supported by XP and your computer will crash when trying to install XP with AHCI mode. Save changes and exit. Your computer will restart.
  3. The computer should start the CD instead of Windows Vista/7. If it doesn’t, go to the Setup menu (by pressing some key noted at the very first screen when you turn on your computer) and change the Boot Order to CD/DVD first.
  4. Hit any key to boot from CD when prompted. XP setup will load drivers.
  5. When prompted to repair or to install XP, choose install.
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  6. Hit F8 to agree to the Terms of Agreement. The partition menu will appear (reminiscent of the Vista Partitioning above).
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  7. Choose to install XP onto the newly created drive. Be sure to choose the newly created partition and not your main partition (where Vista/7 is installed) or XP will overwrite Vista/7 (keeping all your files and moving Vista/7 files into another folder; not the worst thing possible but terribly annoying).
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  8. Go through the installation process. Enter information as prompted by the installation. When prompted to enter a product key, enter your XP key. If you don't have one, choose to not enter one now.

XP has now overwritten the Vista/7 Boot Menu and you are no longer able to access Windows Vista/7.


Fixing Windows Vista/7 Boot Menu (with Vista/7 Recovery/Install DVD)
  1. Insert the Vista/7 Install DVD or Recovery CD/DVD. Restart your computer.
  2. If the recovery system does not automatically prompt you to fix the boot process, select ‘Fix Boot’ when prompted for a choice. Restart your computer. Remove the CD/DVD. Vista/7 has rewritten the Boot Menu and your computer will now only boot Vista/7.
  3. In Vista/7, install and start EasyBCD.
  4. Go to Add New Entry. Select Windows XP as Type, input Windows XP for the Name, and choose D: as Drive. Click Add Entry.
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  5. Go to Edit Boot Menu. Make sure Vista/7 is the Default. If the Vista/7 entry does not exist, create it with the same method you used to create the XP entry (above).
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  6. Go to View Settings. Make sure the XP block of text is Entry #2 and below Vista/7 (Entry #1).
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When you start up your computer now, the Vista/7 Boot Menu will appear for 30 seconds prompting you to choose between booting Windows Vista/7 and Windows XP.


Fixing Windows Vista/7 Boot Menu (without Vista/7 Recovery/Install DVD)
  1. In XP, install Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 and EasyBCD (EasyBCD requires Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 to work).
  2. Start EasyBCD.
  3. Go to Add New Entry. Select Windows XP as Type, input Windows XP for the Name, and choose D: as Drive. Click Add Entry.
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  4. Go to Edit Boot Menu. Make sure Vista/7 is the Default. If the Vista/7 entry does not exist, create it with the same method you used to create the XP entry (above).
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  5. Go to View Settings. Make sure the XP block of text is Entry #2 and below Vista/7 (Entry #1).
    Spoiler:
     

When you start up your computer now, the Vista/7 Boot Menu will appear for 30 seconds prompting you to choose between booting Windows Vista/7 and Windows XP.


Obtaining Drivers
  1. Restart the computer into XP.
  2. Navigate to the location where you saved the drivers.
  3. Install the Network drivers.
  4. Go online and find the rest (or at least just Display and Sound).


Updating Windows XP
  1. In XP, go to Start > All Programs > Windows Update. It will open a Internet Explorer window to the Microsoft Update site. The update will take a bit of time and require a restart at the end. Repeat this process until all updates are complete (may take 3 or 4 runs).
  2. If you have not already inputted a Key and activated Windows, go to Start > All Programs > Activate Windows. Do this within 30 days or XP will stop working.



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PostSubject: Re: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:21 pm

Woo me, i'm too fail to make the drivers work for XP even though the partitions and all that fun stuff work just fine X_x

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PostSubject: Re: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:14 pm

I know we went through a lot of methods Andy, but...
  1. Get the driver from the computer manufacturer (not the network device manufacturer).
  2. Run the file to extract the file.
  3. Open the extracted directory and find the setup executable, run it. If none exist, skip to 5.
  4. Go to Device Manager. If device working properly then finished. Otherwise skip to 5.
  5. Go to Device Manager > Other. Double-click the network adapter > Reinstall. When prompted for driver location, navigate to the extracted directory.
  6. If device working properly then finished. Otherwise skip to 7.
  7. Repeat with a driver from the device manufacturer. If using said driver, skip to step 8.
  8. Google it.
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PostSubject: Re: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:34 pm

You know how when you install XP to dual boot, If you're running XP when you originally had Windows7,would the drivers you need to install support XP or Windows 7?
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PostSubject: Re: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:16 pm

They'll need to be XP versions. Some newer devices don't have XP drivers anywhere =/
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PostSubject: Re: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:32 pm

blehhhhh :[ alright ill figure something out.
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PostSubject: Re: [Guide] Dual-Booting Windows XP onto Windows Vista/7   Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:27 pm

i fail too much at this to make sense of anything said...

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