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  1. #31


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    1) Install Windows XP.
    2) Install Windows 7.
    3) Install Windows 8.

    The oldest OS needs to be installed FIRST,
    Why is this though-just seems strange to me

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  2. #32


    Most likely because of bootloaders.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    Ok-must be because the newer systems know how to work with the older systems(backwards compatible) but the old systems don't know how to interact with the newer systems
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  4. #34


    Posts : 3
    Win 7 Pro x64


    I have a similar situation in mind but I want to do something different. I have a dual boot XP / Win 7 x64 system with XP loaded first. I want to have a triple boot config with XP. Win 7, x64 and Win 8 x64. However, XP is on an (older) separate drive. Win 7 is on an 120 gig SSD which I want to keep as my primary drive (with Win 7 and Win 8 OSs). So I would like to:

    1) Shrink the SSD C: drive partition (Win 7) to create a new 40 gig partition for Win 8 . I plan to do this with PerfectDisk 11 Pro (I tested it and with some tweaking it appears like it will work).

    2) Install a fresh copy of Win 8 x64 on the new partition, in a triple boot XP/Win7/Win 8 configuration for software compatibility testing. Keep the XP OS on the older drive for programs that don't like to play along with Win7.

    3) Assuming there aren't any issues with win 7 / Win 8 compatibility, uprgade the existing Win 7 OS to Win 8 to preserve programs, settings etc. without losing the original Win 7 installation. In other words now it will be a triple boot XP/original Win 7/ Win 8 upgrade from 7. I've already tried the Win 7/8 upgrade on a laptop and it worked just fine, but it doesn't have the software I need to test for compatibility. If I can I'd like to do this overtop of the fresh Win 8 install since I won't be needing it anymore.
    I assume I am going to have to do this with some defrag like PerfectDisk, a bootloader pgm, and probably something to image the Win 7 install (I have Acronis backup & Recovery 10). Does that sound about right? Anyway I'm not sure how to do it without blowing some/all of my PC to bits
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  5. #35


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Double, triple or multi boot - one click repair:
    "Dual-boot Repair" tool (runs in XP and later) from Visual BCD package.

    FYI:
    MBR boot: Every Windows OS boots from FIRST disk + ACTIVE partition !
    GPT boot: depends on settings in firmware boot manager.

    Once Windows boot manager is started all depends on BCD contents.

    You can view and edit complete contents with Visual BCD Editor.
    Creation of any Windows loader - one click - no parameters, drives or whatever to specify
    tool searches for Windows installations and adds them to boot menu.

    Hope this helps.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 3
    Win 7 Pro x64


    All well and good but were you replying to my question or something else in the thread? I don't see how what you suggest applies except at the very end when I have to set up the triple boot options.
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  7. #37


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Quote Originally Posted by Orerockon View Post
    All well and good but were you replying to my question or something else in the thread? I don't see how what you suggest applies except at the very end when I have to set up the triple boot options.
    1) shrink and create new partition - no need for special software - Windows 7 Disk Manager can do.
    2) copying of partition contents - trivial - no need for special software - xcopy can do (see parameters in command help)

    3) it is not very clear but what you want is:
    a) keep XP
    b) keep Win 7
    c) have a copy of existing Win 7 to new partition which is later upgraded to Win 8
    Right ?

    If 3)c) is performed last then upgrade should pick up XP and Win7 and create triple boot.
    If something is not as expected - my previous post could help.
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