Windows 7 Multiboot XP

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January 19, 2009 at 16:35:45
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.392 GHz / 510 MB
(I posted here because 7 is built on the Vista kernel)
I was lucky enough to be one of those chosen to BETA test Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7. It says that the license for the beta download will expire August 1st and to have an older OS handy to be ready for install. I said "Why not just install 7 on a separate partition?" so that is what I did. The only thing in that I can't load 7, only XP. It doesn't give me an option to load 7. Any help? I assume the steps will be the same for Vista. Thanks!

Will
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#1
January 19, 2009 at 18:17:52
Oh, you are lucky indeed.

I'd' say use VirtualBox from Sun or Vbox site or get VirtualPC from MS. It will run W7 within a program that is a software computer at the same time you are running xp.


Since you are just playing with it anyway. You don't even have to create a DVD from the ISO image. You can use the image to boot to the "Virtual Machine".

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
January 19, 2009 at 22:28:38
You need to repair the Win7 bootloader.

When you install XP afterwards it defaults to XP.

At least that's the way it works with Vista.

If the confuration is the same as Vista you'll be able to repair the 7 bootloader to include XP with the guide linked below:

http://www.syschat.com/dual-boot-vi...

Start from step 3, this screen is the one that comes up when you put the install CD in.

Let us know how you go.


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#3
January 20, 2009 at 12:20:12
btk1w1:
It worked! Thanks! I had to modify the steps a little bit for 7 but I managed. Thanks!

Will
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#4
January 20, 2009 at 18:18:52
Excellent!

I'm glad you managed a work-around for the dual boot.

How do you find Windows 7 so far?... I really like it and will be queueing up when it is fully released.

I have put it through its paces and haven't found any incompatibility issues yet with hardware or software. I really like its speed too. Surprising for a beta release actually.


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#5
January 21, 2009 at 06:49:52
I absolutely love Windows 7. In fact, I am writing this with it right now! I have found a few minor compatibility issues with older software that I have (like Jasc Animation Shop, which isn't that old) and it won't work, mainly because it won't work on Vista and 7, after all, is built on the Vista Kernal. Right now I am working on using Virtual PC to work around that and if I can figure that out, I will stick with 7! So far, I feel that performance is much faster than XP Pro, but it takes a while to boot.

Will
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#6
January 21, 2009 at 15:28:09
I'm not sure if you have tried this... but have you tried right clicking the program icon and clicking on the compatibility tab to run it in "Compatibility Mode for Windows XP SP2"?

There is also a "troubleshoot compatibility" option in the right click menu. I've never tried this so I'm unsure how it works.

Last thing you could try is reinstalling Jasc Animation Shop by adjusting the compatibility mode before installing, then once installed check to see if it is running in the compatiblity mode you selected.

Might pay to do a backup before experimenting with this though if you haven't tried it already.


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#7
January 21, 2009 at 15:39:34
Yeah, I hae tried it already, with no success. It appears that the installer package extracts a seperate installer onto the HDD and installs from that, not giving me any opportunity to change the compatibility for that file. On the site, it says that it is not compatible with Vista...

Will
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