How to install windows 7 onto a Second Partition

Dual Boot Windows 7 and XP 

Today I’d like to give you a walk through guide on how to Dual boot Windows 7 and XP with Windows XP being the first Operating System

 

dual boot windows 7 and XP could not be easier.  If you have Windows XP already installed and want to install another Operating System Side by Side to Windows XP, it is a really easy process.  In the previous tutorial, I showed you how to use a tool such as Easus Partition Master to create a new partition on your existing hard drive, where you had an Installation of Windows XP already installed.  Hopefully, you did not have any problems in creating the partition, and now you have the partition ready to install Windows 7 or any other Operating System.

 

Here is the step by step guide:

1.  Insert your Windows 7 or other Operating System CD/DVD or if installing from USB, insert the USB Drive. 

2. Ensure that you have selected the correct boot order in your BIOS, so your PC can read the source.  If you haven’t I’d advise you to do this step now.  To enter your BIOS depends on your system manufacture, but it usually involves pressing a key on start-up such as DEL

3. Go to the Boot Section of the BIOS and change the boot order. If installing from a USB for instance, make sure that USB is at the top of the list as shown below.

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

4. Then click save settings and exit the BIOS and reboot your system.  Your computer will then reboot and then will ask you to press a key to setup Windows.  Press any key to enter the Windows setup you will then see a screen that says Windows is loading files.

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

5. Once the setup files are loaded you will then be presented with Windows Setup Wizard. It is a simple step by step wizard to follow to install windows.

6. On the Setup screen change your Desired Language, time and currency format and keyboard settings. Then click next to continue.

 

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

7. On the next screen, Select the Install now Icon.

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

8. You will then be asked what version of windows you want to install.  Install the version that came with your license key. In this example, we are using Windows Home Premium x64

 

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

8.  You will then need to click and agree to Terms and Conditions. Click I accept the license terms and click next to continue.

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

9. Then the setup wizard will ask you where you want to install windows to. Select Custom (Advanced).

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10.  This is the MOST important step.

Now we need to choose the Partition to where we are going to install Windows 7 to.  In the list we can see the partition that I showed you how to create the partition in the previous tutorial. So we can choose the second partition where it says W7 OS.  Select Disk 0 Partition 2: W7 OS and Click Next to continue

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

11. At this point the setup wizard will start to install Windows. This will take several minutes.

 

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

12. Once setup is complete, your system will reboot several times before it is completed.  Then once completed you will be presented with another set of wizards to complete the installation of Windows

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

13. Once you have completed the wizard Windows will start and now you have successfully Installed Windows 7 onto the second partition.

 

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

14. To test that dual boot has been successful. Restart your Computer once windows loads.  When your computer goes through the boot process, it will prompt you to select the version of windows you want to start, as shown below. for Windows XP it will say “Earlier version of Windows” or for Windows 7 it will show “Windows 7.  You can now choose the desired operating system you want to start.

 

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There is a way in which you can change the wording in the boot menu from the default name “Earlier version of Windows” to something you want such as “Microsoft Windows XP”

To do this we need to download a tool called EasyBCD.  This is a great tool for modifying the boot menu.  It also has some other great features.  But for now I will show you how to rename the boot menu text.

 

Installing and Using EASYBCD to change boot menu text.

Start up Windows 7 and download and install EasyBCD from here

 

1. When you have downloaded and installed EasyBCD click on edit boot menu, then click the entry you want to rename such as “Earlier Version of Windows” Then click on rename. dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

2. Rename to Microsoft Windows XP or anything you want, and Click on the Save Settings icon below. 

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3.  Shut down windows and reboot your PC. The next time you are at the boot menu, you will see the name has been changed.

 

dual boot windows 7 and xp

 

Final Thoughts

Dual-boot is an alternative method to install more then one Operating System on your computer.  But what if you had Windows 7 installed first and you want to install Windows XP as the alternative OS? We will be taking a look at this in the next tutorial in this part of the series. 

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Anthony Rousek
Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional