XP64 and Win7 x64 Dual Boot Questions

Discussion in 'Paragon Partition Manager Product Line' started by GrumpyAeroGuy, Oct 9, 2009.

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  1. GrumpyAeroGuy

    GrumpyAeroGuy Registered Member

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    Just a few questions:

    AMD64 Xenon Quad Core, 8 gigs of RAM.

    I have a 750Gb hard drive (along with a second 500Gb hard drive, if this is relevant or germane in any way to this discussion).

    Partition1: Primary, Active, 375Gb, XP64, C:\

    Partition2: Logical, 375Gb, NTFS, empty/blank, D:\

    Want to install Win 7 to this partition, partition 2, and a create dual boot scenario.

    If I understand correctly, I need to (assuming I am in xp64):

    a) Mark part1 as hidden and NOT active.....

    b) Mark part2 as active/primary

    c) Reboot to Win7 install CD

    d) Install Win7, then boot into Win7

    e) either via installation of paragon BM into Win 7 OR Linux recovery CD and re-boot TO that CD, activate/set-up Paragon BM correctly, then I have a dual boot machine.

    Am I "off the plantation" here, or do I have it down, pretty much, correctly?

    Anything I am overlooking/missing?

    BTW, just ditched Acronis for several annoying reasons. I like paragon much better thus far...FWIW. Too many annoying quirks with Acronis --- too many "undocumented features"...lol

    Also, of course I have a Paragon backup image of my present HD configuration.

    Thanks in advance for any insight.
     
  2. SIW2

    SIW2 Registered Member

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    I believe you need to Hide 7 from XP - not the other way round.

    Paragon BM would then hand the active flag to whichever o/s partition you selected from the Paragon boot menu.
     
  3. GrumpyAeroGuy

    GrumpyAeroGuy Registered Member

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    Update:

    Utilized the built-in "Install new OS" functionality, and, works like a charm.

    I now have a WInXP64 and Win7x64 dual boot machine working beautifully with boot manager.

    I am still interested in the question I raised above relative to doing it manually. When I do something with built-in automation, I still find value in understanding what the steps would be if it were to be done traditionally.

    "Hats off" to paragon. I am having much better experiences with your package than with Acronis. MUCH easier. The bootable media are excellent and rock-solid.

    Thank you for an excellent product.
     
  4. SIW2

    SIW2 Registered Member

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    I like the Paragon much better too.

    The manual methods usually involve using 7 bootmgr, adding an XP entry to 7 bcd and hiding the 7 partition from XP.

    Ther is one here for installing Vista after XP - ( same applies to installing 7 after XP)

    http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_xp__stepbystep_guide_with_screenshots.htm

    Neosmart have a handy utility for hiding partitions called HNS:

    http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1341

    Manual instructions :

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926185
     
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