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Dual Boot Between Windows XP and Windows 7

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Now that you've downloaded the Windows 7 beta, let's talk about how you can configure your machine to dual boot between Windows Vista and Windows 7, or even Window XP and Windows 7.  The key to multi-boot configurations that involve Windows Vista, Server 2008 or Windows 7 is Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store.  The BCD will make or break your configurations, I walk you through setting up your hard drive to support a multi-OS boot configuration.  Once you've seen the power of the dual boot scenario, I'd like to point you to a few articles that will provide additional detail.  One of the assumptions I made was that an earlier version of Windows already exists and that you will be installing a newer version of Windows (like Windows 7).  In the event that you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 already installed and then you install Windows XP, you'll need to check out this article.  This article holds true for Windows 7 as well as Windows Vista.

Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933179

If you want to learn all of the details of the bcdedit tool, check out:

BCDEdit Command-Line Options

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709667.aspx

and then of course you'll want to check out the faq as well:

Boot Configuration Data Editor Frequently Asked Questions

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721886.aspx

Rob
http://ts2blogs.com/blogs/rwagg  

 

Published Date: March 26, 2009
Presented By: Rob Waggoner

 

 

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