Tweak NO. 4 : Windows 7 and XP dual boot on Dell XPS M1530

04Sep09

win7xp copy

It’s some time since my post about Fedora & Vista dual boot using the Dell Media Direct button and I’ve realized that I don’t use linux at all.

It’s not that I don’t like to – I would love to switch to another more customizable system, but I can’t. Windows binded me with too many applications, 3dsmax, visual studio, Unity- just to name a few and it’s enough to make me stay.

It’s not that hard to setup this dual boot, but one false step can lead you to broking the Master Boot Record and data loss. This guide should protect you from such mistakes, however I still do not take any responsibility for the damage that can possibly be done :P

1. Get needed tools.

2. Get rid of the media direct partition (not really needed, but why to keep it? :) )

3. Partition your HDD in some wise way, like: partition1 – Windows XP , partition2 – Windows 7, partition 3 (extended) – data

4.  Install Windows 7 to the desired partition

5. Run MBRWiz, hide the Windows 7 partition and make the Windows XP partition active, look here for examples how to do that: http://mbrwizard.com/examples.php

6. Install Windows XP to the desired (active) partition

7. Unhide Windows 7 partition

8. If you’ve downloaded GParted then run it and note the partition indexes of Windows 7 and XP (numbers shown after …\sda). If you didn’t download it and you’d like to use a trick then probably you’ll get it working by adding 1 to the indexes shown by MBRWiz – note them somewhere

9. Insert the Dell Media Direct CD, while being on Windows XP and using command line navigate to your CD drive and write: rmbr DELL X Y where X is the index to the system partition which you’d like to run when pressing the regular power button and Y is the index to the system partition which you’d like to run when pressing the Media Direct button

That’s all, enjoy your dual boot dell laptop.

There’s also a way to sync the application data between those two systems so you don’t have to install the applications twice, but I’ll either refer to my friend article when he’ll write it or write it myself someday.

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12 Responses to “Tweak NO. 4 : Windows 7 and XP dual boot on Dell XPS M1530”

  1. 1 Bart

    Thank you! I was searching for a guide like this. I’ll try this soon.

  2. 2 Bart

    Thanks again! It worked for me, but after several times of trying.

    The solution for me was to change the active disk to the other OS. It worked.

    I have Win 7 64 bit on the power button and 32 bit on the mediadirect button.

    I have a Dell Vostro 1500.

  3. nice post, thank’s I’ll be try, it’s very usefull for me

  4. I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. :) I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read….

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  6. 6 dominic

    which version of MBRWiz do I downlaod…. no MBRWiz for windows7.. should I download the 2.0b fir DOS/Win9x or the one for Win XP/ME

  7. 7 dominic

    which version of MBRWiz do I downlaod…. no MBRWiz for windows7.. should I download the 2.0b fir DOS/Win9x or the one for Win XP/ME

  8. 8 Bart

    If you have 32 bit Windows 7, download the XP one. If you have 64 bit Win7, download the 64 bit Windows version.

    If you didn’t know that, I wouldn’t reccomend you to follow this tut. It is not an easy trick and it could wreck up your laptop. Make sure you have an image of your harddisk.

  9. 9 Manoj P

    Thank you for a wonderful article. Can I install Windows Vista and Windows 7 (both x86) on my M1530 in this way? Could you please refer the application sync method you mentioned at the end of the article so that i do not have to install the apps in both versions of windows?

  10. 10 shef

    thank you for your post im looking 4 diz for a long time.,.but i hav a prob.,. my dell media direct button boots on xp and my power button boots on w7 but if i restart my xp it boots on w7 and if i restart w7 it boots on w7 my prob is xp.,. i hav an inspiron 1525 232 hdd.,. i hv 4 partitions 1st primary is my dell utility wc is 47mb the default, 2nd 60gb primary on xp, 3rd on w7 at 140 g on primary and 32g on data wc is extended.,. i move the 2gig unpartitiond space wc the dell media direct cd created to the 30 gig data extended partition.,. i use paragon partition manager server 10 to move, resize, hide and unhide the partition bec im having hard time using mbrwiz sorry am a newbie.,. so pls pls help me im so near geting my dual booting proces perfect.,. thank you very much

  11. 11 Bart

    Have you used Hibernation in the MediaDirect one? That caused those problems for me. Make sure that both versions do a hard reboot.

  12. 12 shef

    thanks ill check on it.,.


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