Dual or Triple Boot XP/7/10 recommendations

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  1. Posts : 4
    Window 7
    Thread Starter
       #11

    Dual or Triple Boot XP/7/10 recommendations-image.png

    All HDD's are the same manufacturer, model and size.

    2TB Sata, only the data on each is different :)

    I'll have to replace one with a blank HDD (Yes I have more) if I need to install clean onto a 3rd and setup a new boot selector.
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  2. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #12

    blcksmth said:
    I don't have a Win10 install disc, but I should be able to install Win7 to Disc2 and then upgrade it to Win10.
    You can download the installer here Download Windows 10 ISO File Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Do you want 10 to be upgraded from 7? You could alternatively just generate GenuineTicket.xml from 7 (on disk 1) and save it to USB. Then unplug all your disks, plug in a fresh disk and clean install. Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Alternatively (if you don't want to reinstall your programs) you could clone disk 1 to another and upgrade that.

    I think I'd triple boot first especially as you have a spare disk. If you find 10 can run everything 7 can (most likely it will) then you can just retire disk 1 and stick a data drive in instead.
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  3. Posts : 1,123
    Windows 10 Pro
       #13

    lx07 said:
    You can download the installer here Download Windows 10 ISO File Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Do you want 10 to be upgraded from 7? You could alternatively just generate GenuineTicket.xml from 7 (on disk 1) and save it to USB. Then unplug all your disks, plug in a fresh disk and clean install. Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Alternatively (if you don't want to reinstall your programs) you could clone disk 1 to another and upgrade that.

    I think I'd triple boot first especially as you have a spare disk. If you find 10 can run everything 7 can (most likely it will) then you can just retire disk 1 and stick a data drive in instead.
    Using some spare Win 7 and 8/8.1 licences, I created a 4-way Win 10 boot. My Production and one scratch OS are on Drive 0. Drive 1 contains the other two scratch OS. I manage everything using EasyBCD 2.3. My drives are UEFI, so EasyBCD functionality is supposedly limited, but I have no problem booting to any of those four Win 10s.
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  4. Posts : 4
    Window 7
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Is it a complicated process to use EasyBCD? I don't want to make my system unbootable. Do you do it from a Thumb-drive or Optical media?
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  5. Posts : 19,209
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #15

    EasyBCD is installed in Primary OS (disk it boots from).
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  6. Posts : 4
    Window 7
    Thread Starter
       #16

    Do you install it before adding the 2nd or 3rd OS?
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  7. Posts : 19,209
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #17

    blcksmth said:
    Do you install it before adding the 2nd or 3rd OS?
    At any time, it doesn't just automatically make Boot Menu, you have to show him where other OSs are and make few other choices to customize boot menu, like for time to be displayed etc.
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  8. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #18

    blcksmth said:
    Is it a complicated process to use EasyBCD? I don't want to make my system unbootable. Do you do it from a Thumb-drive or Optical media?
    That's a primary reason why you should be virtualizing, instead of multi-booting.
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  9. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #19

    blcksmth said:
    Is it a complicated process to use EasyBCD? I don't want to make my system unbootable. Do you do it from a Thumb-drive or Optical media?
    It isn't complicated and your firmware will scout around to find a boot manager.

    You can (if you want) put this on a USB stick. There is a standard way it will look (boot order so Hard Drive, CD, USB) and then after that look in all partitions for a FAT directory containing /EFI/Something. Your Firmware may demand Something has a specific name like EFI/BOOT/bootx64.efi but it may not - it depends who made your Motherboard Firmware. There are some standards here but most people ignore them so if you are replacing the boot manager you may have to guess.

    Your boot manager will then scout around to find boot loader(s) (again looking for all connected drives and give you a choice.

    It is pretty much impossible to make your system unbootable - it just might not work until you get the name right.
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  10. Posts : 26,973
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #20

    CountMike said:
    I'm using VMware Player (the free kind) for several Linux distros each one doing specific job and also for trying out different Linux distros but have never set up file sharing and use USB stick for that although very rarely.
    I also found that it's just as fast to switch between OSs on separate disks, less than a minute on my main system. Once upon a time I had program installed in each Windows that could choose which OS to reboot to but sadly lost it and can't find it any more. That was at the time when I run XP and W7 in dual BOOT.
    @CountMike was this program iReboot? It's also part of Easybcd

    Neosmart - iReboot/

    @blcksmth I find all those options equally appropriate. Done them all (installing on a single drive present, instaling multiple OSes on a same drive, different partitions etc) Also, for beginner, Tools like Macrium reflect are essential. Not only it will give you a system image that you can revert to, if anything goes wrong, its booting environment is also a great boot repair utility.
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