Tri-Booting, Windows 7 & XP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Inconsequential, May 30, 2010.

  1. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    Right setup is as follows:

    Intel SSD: OS X
    500Gb HD, three partitions:
    1. 150Gb Windows 7 x64
    2. 100Gb Windows XP x32
    3. Macintosh HD 5 (rest)

    Now, both systems are installed but currently it doesn't give me an option to boot from either Windows 7 or XP, it just goes straight to Windows 7.

    How do I get a boot selection screen up?

  2. Inconsequential thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    Not what I mean.

    On the option screen "OS X" And "Windows" comes up.

    Selecting "windows" make it immediately boot into Windows 7.

    I need to know how to find out how to add W7 and XP separately to the Option Boot Screen. OR.
    Find out how to sort out the MBR/Bootmgr so that I get the Windows Boot Option screen.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Do the two Windows OSs show up separately in System Preferences -> Startup Disk?
  4. Inconsequential thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  6. crazy frog macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2007
    Install refit

    I had a smilar problem. Solved this by installing refit from the snow leopard os.

    I did the following.
    1. Partition to three separate partitions 1st as hfs+ and others as fat
    2. Install snow leopard on 1st partition
    3. Install windows 7 on 2nd partition reformatting as ntfs during install.
    4. In windows 7 go to "disk management" and set 3rd partition to active.
    5. Install windows xp on 3rd partition and reformat as ntfs(quick)
    6. Now when you boot a refit boot screen should show up.

    Note if refit doesn't show the other partitions just reinstall it in snow leopard

    btw email me if you have any problems, but google it first.

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