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THE Dual Boot Guide

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OK, I see quite a few people on OCN with no idea on how to dual boot operating systems on the same hard drive. So I thought I'd help!

STEP 1

Install the earliest OS first. For this demonstration, I will be using Windows 7 and Windows XP (So I would install XP first)
Make sure to either make 2 partitions in Windows setup, or leave free space to create a partition later.

STEP 2

Once inside your operating system, install all your drivers and whatnot. This isn't required, but it's nice to have a fully functioning operating system

STEP 3

Place your other OS' disk in the optical drive/Put your pen drive into a free USB slot

STEP 4

Shut down your PC, and reboot into BIOS. From there, there should be an option under one of the tabs for "Boot disk priority" (Or something along those lines). Set it to CD/DVD-ROM if you're using a disk, or USB if not
(Make sure to select "Save and exit")

STEP 5

Your PC should reboot in to your other OS' setup (So mine booted into 7 )
When the time comes, install the OS into the OTHER PARTITION/THE EMPTY SPACE. This is very important, as if you install to the same partition, it'll overwrite it. Anywho, once the install is done, again, install drivers.

STEP 6

Download and install EasyBCD.
Now what we'll be doing is making a boot entry for XP (You may notice you can't boot to it now .)
Click "Add New Entry"
Select the OS you need (I'm doing XP, so I select Windows XP)
Change the drive letter to whichever drive XP is installed to
Click "Add Entry"
Close EasyBCD

STEP 7

Reboot and cross fingers!

FINAL STEP

A boot menu like the Windows one should open with 2 options. 7 AND XP
Just use the arrow keys and press enter on the OS you want, and you're done!

If a mod can make this a sticky, PLEASE do
Thanks again,

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Is there any reason to do this, other than running older XP software?
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Is there any reason to do this, other than running older XP software?
I have yet to even hear of any (32-bit) Windows software that can't be made to run in Windows 7.

Though my real question about this "THE" dual boot guide is, where are the Linux instructions?!
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I have yet to even hear of any (32-bit) Windows software that can't be made to run in Windows 7.

Though my real question about this "THE" dual boot guide is, where are the Linux instructions?!
Linux is easy peasy!

If you have Win-blows installed, it just offers to automatically dual boot, and overwrites the Windows bootloader with Grub (I think...)

And some of my older printers and the like didn't work under 7, so this is mostly for compatability with certain external hardware
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Linux is easy peasy!

If you have Win-blows installed, it just offers to automatically dual boot, and overwrites the Windows bootloader with Grub (I think...)

And some of my older printers and the like didn't work under 7, so this is mostly for compatability with certain external hardware
What if I skipped Win-blows because I heard about all the problems with it and went straight to Windoze?

Yeah, some old hardware drivers haven't been brought forward to Windoze 7 by their manufacturers, often because those manufacturers are no longer in business, or no longer care about their customers, or intentionally want people to make unnecessary hardware upgrades. (Linux doesn't have this problem; once the driver is there it's there forever.)
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I intend to dual boot 32 and 64 bit win7
then scrap 32 after 64bit gets all my stuff
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