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Thread: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide




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    Default Re: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide

    I cant say Ive used windows XP 64BIT but I can vouch for Vista 64Bit, its a lot better than 32bit. But Windows 7 64bit rocks. Its like xp on steroids. Upgrading OS's has always been crap. Just buy the Full version and start fresh.
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    Default Re: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide

    Great guide! I just have one problem.

    Windows7 installed on first hard drive. Only 1 partition on that drive.
    WindowsXP installed on second hard drive. Only 1 partition on that drive.

    I can boot into 7 fine.

    When I try to boot into XP, I get a missing hal.dll error. I know the file is there so I'm sure it's a boot.ini error. Thing is, my boot.ini seems fine.
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by ArferDaley View Post
    i have installed win7 vista and xp on seperate harddrives but bcdedit wont reconise the commands in the guide has anyone done this yet if so can u help i can boot into vista and win 7 now just cant sort the last bit to get xp into the boot as well
    drives are as listed below hope someone can help as would rather be on seperate drives if possible thanks

    vista = c:\
    Win 7= D:\
    XP = E:\
    I think I have the same problem or I do this totally wrong. In the picture you can see how the prompt reacts when I enter the data.

    my drives are:
    Win 7 = C:\
    XP = F:\

    All help is much appreciated!
    Peace!

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    Default Re: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide

    Just came on to post as this topic frustrated me this weekend on a Windows 7 install followed by a WinXp install.
    Firstly yes the syntax is wrong -XXX should be /XXX etc...
    Secondly the "ntldr" must be created hence first try this:
    bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "WinXP"
    Thereafter you can follow the steps in the guide.. (note the drive in the /set command is that of your XP install).
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    Default Re: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide

    What about if I want to install Windows 2000 too? (2000,XP,Vista AND 7).

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Windows 7 and Vista (and XP) Simple Multi-Boot Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltd0g View Post
    Hey cameron, thanks for the guide, can i multi boot the 3 operating systems onto 3 seperate hard disks...one is 160gig and the 2 others are 120gig rather then partitioning???
    actually you can start with xp then vista ang last windows 7. that way your boot manager will be windows 7.

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