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Use HP recovery partition to reinstall XP to dual boot with Windows 7

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  • I have HP XP media center tower in which I've recently installed Windows 7 on. I did not delete XP recovery partition. would like to figure out how to boot from that partition drive letter and use it to reinstall XP again as dual boot with the Windows 7. I've done my homework on the actual install just need to address getting it to boot from the recovery partition.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 5:30 PM

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  • So did you wipe xp when you installed your full version of win7? or did you install win 7 on another partition?

    the best practise for dual boot is have 2 partitions to begin with or even better have two hard drives, one for each operating system.

    use a cd and install windows xp(always install the lower OS first)

    then install windows 7 on the other partition

    then if it doesn't come up with the dual boot option there are programs like EasyBCD to make the option come up after bios posts

    but really when you install xp from a cd delete that hidden recovery partition that HP made

    once everything is set up do a full backup so any issues down the road reload your backup

    another concern is why you would even want xp if you have windows 7 (if you have pro or higher use XP Mode)

    windows 7 is the xp / vista replacement... and when installed right will be the best OS MS has made

    no need for a xp/win7 dual boot

    • Marked as answer by GoGetphuct Monday, March 22, 2010 4:16 AM
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 9:50 PM

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  • If you purchase a Windows 7 "Upgrade" product then you can no longer use Windows XP since the upgrade in effect retires your XP product key.

    If however you purchased a "Full" version of Windows 7 then you can create a "Dual Boot". But assuming you only have one Windows partition plus the recovery partition I would first "Shrink" the existing Windows 7 partition to a resonable size for using XP and create a new partition for Windows 7. I'm assuming that the XP recovery process may not give you the option to select partitions and you will be force to install XP to the partition currently in use by Windows 7. If that is the case thew Windows 7 will need to be reinstalled and activated.

    JS
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    Sunday, March 21, 2010 5:54 PM
  • Its a full retail version. as i recall recovery does give partition install options. I have set up for dual boot install also per guide on this forum. just need to figure out some kind of command to boot from paticular partition. bios is not an option either as its options only refer to the HDD as a whole not breaking it down to seperate partitions. When Hp XP os was the only os on cp it gave an option to enter recovery mode upon booting but thats no longer there either since Win 7 install.  
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 6:05 PM
  • I have to step out for an hour or more so if I don't respond to reply immediatly please don't consider solved. Be back shortly. Thanks
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 6:09 PM
  • EasyBCD:
    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

    This should help you create a boot menu from which you can pick which OS you want to boot.

    JS
    http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 6:37 PM
  • So did you wipe xp when you installed your full version of win7? or did you install win 7 on another partition?

    the best practise for dual boot is have 2 partitions to begin with or even better have two hard drives, one for each operating system.

    use a cd and install windows xp(always install the lower OS first)

    then install windows 7 on the other partition

    then if it doesn't come up with the dual boot option there are programs like EasyBCD to make the option come up after bios posts

    but really when you install xp from a cd delete that hidden recovery partition that HP made

    once everything is set up do a full backup so any issues down the road reload your backup

    another concern is why you would even want xp if you have windows 7 (if you have pro or higher use XP Mode)

    windows 7 is the xp / vista replacement... and when installed right will be the best OS MS has made

    no need for a xp/win7 dual boot

    • Marked as answer by GoGetphuct Monday, March 22, 2010 4:16 AM
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 9:50 PM
  • JW, thank you I will look into BCD.

    Jackal, Yes I did install over Xp with the Windows 7 Pro install. At first I was looking into this because there are devices that I need to do firmware flashes on that 7 just doesn't and won't ever support. Second reason to try to get install from recovery was the fact that I do not have XP disk. Now your response has made me think if I can get a copy of XP media center edition disk I can install it and use my license key from sticker on tower. I have a couple of concerns there, first is there certain version XP disk that I would need to obtain second would be install drivers, SATA in paticular(because without those you can't install) where the recovery would have the drivers catered to its specific hardware. I have thought about XP mode also, this is a HP m7557c would the hardware be capable.

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00711192&lc=en&cc=ca&dlc=en&product=3220013&lang=en#

    I have made the following upgrades

    Processor to AMD Athlon x2 6000+

    Graphics card nvidia 9800 Dx9 ( I have access to cards with Dx10 if need be )

    RAM 2x2GB DDR2

    I'm asking about hardware compatability because I won't have access to CP until tommorrow otherwise I would use Microsofts "compatability tool" Thanks.

     

     

    • Edited by GoGetphuct Monday, March 22, 2010 12:58 AM just remeberd
    Monday, March 22, 2010 12:42 AM
  • XP media center edition is just XP pro SP3 with some added stuff use any OEM / retail XP sp3 cd to install and it will take the COA key
    for XP media center edition.

    And with the new relase of VPC there is no  specific hardware needed.

     

    Monday, March 22, 2010 1:49 AM
  • The new release of VPC must have been pretty recent. I think it has been less than a month since I checked it out for an AMD 939 socket MOBO CP and the app wouldn't run for me saying something about my hardware being inadequate. I'm going to check it out. Also I've come up with a XP M.C.E. 2005 sp2.disk.That shouldn't make any difference if its sp2 or sp3, shoult it?
    Monday, March 22, 2010 2:52 AM
  • Windows XP Mode now accessible to more PCs
    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/default.aspx

    JS
    http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
    Monday, March 22, 2010 3:01 AM
  • Appreciate all the great info. I have all the options now. Of course thats why I come here FIRST.

    Thanks again

    Monday, March 22, 2010 3:22 AM
  • you would be suprised at what legacy devices windows 7 will find drivers for.

    alot of times you don't need extra sata storage drivers but win7 doesn't see you drive then you will need to know what kinda controller it is and use those drivers if you can't find win 7 drivers ....vista drivers will do most times.

    if you want to save your initial set up with recovery, buy another drive for the win 7 install that would probably be the best route to go but i'm not sure if it would render it useless

    looking on hp's site it shows drivers for vista 32 and 64 bit for your machine, which is very good for you because what ever doesn't come in a win 7 update you can try using the win vista driver for it so atlest win7 can reconize what the device is and use the vista driver and /or find a win7 on it's own

    ummm going back and forth here.... i personaly would just dump xp and use win 7 unless you need a certain xp program????  or is there another reason for keeping xp?

    there should be no issue with installing a win7 only install on this HP... but this just my opinion and if it craps out please don't blame me lol

     


    my answers or disscusion points might not always right but they may have points not yet looked at. If you feel insulted by any points this is not my intention, i'm trying to help
    Monday, March 22, 2010 3:35 AM