I have Win7 in one drive and WinXP in another drive.How to setup dual boot

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At the moment i have to run setup(delete during boot up)to choose correct operating system as i have winXP and win7 on different drives. i would like to setup dual boot without having to select access BIOS during bootup.Is this possible.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to I have Win7 in one drive ...

and set XP as the second drive.

Disconnect the drive with Vista, set the new drive as Master if it is IDE and and insert it into the PC. Boot from your XP CD. You will have to do a Repair/Install http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341 of XP then set it up with appropriate drivers EG: Motherboard CD should have these drivers, Chipset, Video, Lan and USB. If not you will have to find them on the internet.

When it is running properly remove the drive and set it as Slave or connect it to the second Sata port. Reconnect both drives and boot into Vista.

Download this file VistaBootPRO v.3.3


Below is how to locate the ntldr, NTDETECT, and boot.ini while in Vista

1. Open My Computer

2. Click on "Organize" and then click on "Folder and Search Options"

3. Then click on the "View" tab

4. In the list under "Advanced Settings" you need to find "Hide protected operating system files" and uncheck it and then click "Ok"

5. Once back into My Computer open your XP drive and you will now see more "protected" files

6. Select the three files in question and right click and then select "Copy"
7. Go back and open your Vista drive and right click and then select paste into C

I have added this section.

Open VistsBootPro and select Manage OS Entries
Add New OS Entry

OS Name = XP
OS Type = OS Legacy

OS Drive = XP Drive letter
Change Boot Drive = the drive with XP

Click on Apply when you are ready.

8. Go to the "System Bootloader" screen

9. Select "Windows Vista Bootloader"

10. Select "All Drives"

Note: Before continuing quit any I/O sensitive applications.

11. Select Force Install and then click on "Install Bootloader"

End v.3.3

10. Once done exit VistaBootPRO and reboot your system


You will have to modify Boot.ini to reflect the drive. rdisk(1) instead of rdisk(0)

This is modified for XP Pro

[boot loader]



[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

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