TweakHomePC

Dual-booting all versions of Windows and Linux

   Dual-Boot    |    Win 8    |    Win 7    |    Vista    |    Win XP/2K/NT    |    Win9x/Me    |    How to    |    Legacy 9x Tweaks    |    SiteMap   


 

Here: Home > Dual-Boot > Dual-Boot Windows 7 with other Operating Systems >


continuation . . .
Next Install Windows 2000 in this Windows 7 Dual-Boot

Last reviewed: July 2011

October 2013: This is the new location for this page on this site. Please update your link or bookmark.

Caution: You must have selected and then completed the first page before continuing here.

Now Install Windows 2000 and Dual-Boot with the installed Windows 7

Installing Windows 2K on a Windows 7 computer puts the 2K boot loader (NTLDR) in charge. This will be corrected by booting from a Win7, Vista or Recovery DVD and executing a simple Startup Repair. EasyBCD (run in Windows 7) will then add Windows 2K to Windows 7's boot loader menu. Selecting this menu entry will boot directly to Windows 2K.

  1. Bootup from the Windows 2K installation CD.
    • Install Windows 2K on the w_2K partition.
      - check both the label and the size to ensure you select the correct partition.
      - select Format the partition using the NTFS file system when installing.
    • After installation label the Windows 2k drive back to w_2K (it contains the WINNT folder).
    • Only Windows 2K boots for now. Install any required device drivers.

    The Windows 2K boot loader is in control instead of Win7's so we change that now.
  2. Bootup from any Win7/Vista installation DVD or even NeoSmart's free Windows 7 System Recovery Disk.
    It must be a 64-bit version if a 64-bit Windows 7 is installed.
    • Press a key when you see Press any key to boot from a CD or DVD.
    • Select your Language and then Time....
    • Select Repair your computer (bottom left of the Install now screen).
      An automatic check of your system will run.
    • Highlight Windows 7 and select "Use recovery tools ..." (usually the defaults). Click Next.
      Now click Startup Repair
      Click Finish when it's complete and remove the DVD.
      Windows 7 will boot normally.

    Now we use EasyBCD 2.1 to add a Windows 2K boot option to the Windows 7 boot loader menu.
  3. With Windows 7 booted,
    Install/Run EasyBCD 2.1 (click Yes for "User Account Control").
    • Select Add New Entry in the left pane.
      Select the Windows tab in the upper right pane.
      • In Type, select Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3 in the drop-down.
      • In Name, enter a name like "Windows 2000"
      • In Drive, you'll see it is "Automatically configured". Ignore it for a moment.
      • In Automatically detect correct drive, unticked it (disable it).
      • Back in Drive, select w_2K's drive letter (when in Win7) in the drop-down.
      • Click the Add Entry button in the same pane.
    • Optionally, you can now modify the timeout of the boot loader menu
      - click the Edit Boot Menu (left pane) and set the Boot default OS after to about 5 seconds.
    • Exit EasyBCD.
  4. Restart computer. Windows 2000 has been added to the Windows 7 boot loader menu.

[top of page]

Repair Windows 7 Startup

You will not have any problem if you follow the instructions as stated above. However you might encounter some freak occurrence like a power failure during an installation. Windows 7 will boot again if you execute the following procedure.

  1. Bootup from the Windows installation DVD or even from NeoSmart's free Windows 7 System Recovery Disk.
    It must be a 64-bit version if a 64-bit Windows is installed.
    • Press a key when you see Press any key to boot from a CD or DVD.
    • Select your Language and then Time....
    • Select Repair your computer (bottom left of the Install now screen).
      An automatic check of your system will run.
    • Click Repair and restart
      Windows 7 should boot normally (very likely). If not, continue here.
  2. Bootup from the Windows 7 installation DVD again
    • Select Repair your computer again.
    • In System Recovery Options, select Windows 7, and click Next.
    • Click Startup Repair.
    • Click Finish when it's complete, and then Restart.
    • You must let CheckDisk run if requested.
      Windows 7 should boot normally.

If still stuck for a solution, boot again from the installation DVD, select Repair your computer, highlight Windows 7, get to a Command Prompt, use DIR command (DIR C: or DIR D: etc.) to identify drive letter allocations (sizes and Labels will help), and type in:
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd
X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:
  (where X: is your DVD drive letter, and C: is the installation drive for Windows 7).
EXIT, and click Restart. Remove the DVD.

[top of page]

Related Reading

[top of page]

Please remember that you alone are responsible for the consequences of any changes you make to your computer hardware or software.

Copyright © LarryM 1998-2015 thpc@mail.com