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AnthonyPhillips
06-21-2015,
Ok, first off this is an old nw8440. Not much but all I've got right now, and this thing has been extremely reliable for me so far. Anyway I will explain that I had put a new harddrive in it and a copy of Win7 that had been collecting dust since I'd gotten rid of a newegg custom build a while back.

Reading into it, its supposed to work mostly fine but really nw8440 doesn't support Win7 and I've had a couple minor issues, so I want a dual boot with XP on it too. So yesterday I proceeded to start installing XP on the 2nd partition, the D drive. This is actually the original installation cd that came with the computer.

As you know, after doing the basic stuff, it is supposed to then boot you into Windows XP and finish the installlation. Well I guess it was stuck, I got the "could not read from selected boot disk" error. I tried messing with the repair option a few times, to get the bootcfg working, but nothing, the computer wouldn't run. So I gave up there and popped the Win7 cd in to do the quick repair, and now I'm able to start the computer again. There's some files there in the D drive from the attempted XP install.

So, how can I get XP working now? I think I might be getting closer, I've used EasyBCD 2.2 to add Windows XP from the list, and on restart it gives me a choice. Choosing XP just gives me an error, but I've noticed the path is all wrong, it tells me:
For Win7:\Windows\system32\winload.exe
For XP: \NST\easyldr1

There's no winload file in the XP directory, but I'm hoping I can point into to something there, and it should load up, I will have the installation cd in, and it will finish the install like normal

AnthonyPl
06-21-2015,
I suggest reading the entire instructions provided at Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html) - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html%C2%A0). Then, follow the instructions for Option Two.

Once both installs are complete...you can use EasyBCD to correct the boot files.

The XP boot files are inferior to the Win 7 boot files...in effect, the XP boot files are worthless when dual-booting with a Win 7 install. The Win 7 bootloader takes over and fooling around with the XP boot files will break any dual-boot that may have existed before which involves XP and Win 7.

Louis

Anthonyobed
06-21-2015,
Okay wow, overwhelming let me read into this....why there were a few things I ran across that simply told me to "install XP on partition and boom your done" is beyond me. VirtualBox is looking better, I had that going but I figured it probably isn't a good idea unless I had a better PC.

Thanks for the links, I have a question about the second one, it just brings me to the SevenForums main page, is it supposed to link to another tutorial?

AnthonyNota
06-21-2015,
Hamluis link is correct, but not working for me either. Maybe direct link is disallowed.

Go here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/257-windows-7-tutorial-index-2.html?

Move down the list to find "Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP". I must admit, It's usually a breeze to do.

AnthonyOt
06-22-2015,
Alright after reading through, turns out all of t

Mike.Tech, on 21 Jun 2015 - 12:01 AM, said:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_images/master/snapback.png (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?app=forums&module=forums&section=findpost&pid=3739847)

Hamluis link is correct, but not working for me either. Maybe direct link is disallowed.

Go here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/257-windows-7-tutorial-index-2.html?

Move down the list to find "Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP". I must admit, It's usually a breeze to do.


Ok I get it, just link to the first tutorial I see, and after reading it more thoroughly, I see what you mean it is fairly simple and, in fact, these are the exact steps I took and have gone through successfully, although WinXP will still not boot for me, even though I can choose it.

Probably because the one step I skipped, I guess, the RAID or SATA drivers, idk this whole thing confuses me. well let me start somewhere, is it safe to say at the link I have to my computers drivers:

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=1839208&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=1093

In the dropdown section "Operating System-Enhancments and QFEs" the Intel SATA AHCI Controller Driver is the one I need?

admin
06-23-2015,
Yes. The SATA driver will be a floppy for XP.

Do away with the floppy requirement: http://www.proposedsolution.com/howto/create-windows-xp-cd-sata-drivers/