Installing on second hard drive

Hi. I installed the Windows 7 7100 RC on a second hard drive, such that I'm prompted to choose an OS when I boot the computer. When I boot into the Windows 7 OS, none of my programs from the other drive show up in the Programs list--no games, no Firefox, etc. I can still access those files through the Computer sub-menu (i.e. I can click get into my other hard drive), and I can access that drive's files and programs, but, for instance, none of my bookmarks for Firefox (or any other settings) are there, and when I load a game, none of the save games show up. I put Windows 7 on a separate drive so I could use either OS, but I don't want to have to transfer all my pertinent files from the XP drive in order to access them in their proper state. Is there something I can do to alleviate this problem? Could this have something to do with the fact that the C: drive (XP) is set up as the System drive, while the F: drive (W7), is set up as a primary drive? Would formatting the F: drive and reinstalling Windows 7 help? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.



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Hello and welcome to the windows7forums.

I'm assuming you installed XP first. That would make it the System, Boot, Active and and primary partition.

You cannot re-format that partition.

You could try a freeware program called Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies to change you boot order.

What is the final outcome you wish to receive?


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Hi Wiffle. You can't run programs in 7 that are installed on XP . ( one or two may run as executables, but a lot won't)

You need to install them on 7.

You will also need to transfer ( export) your bookmarks while booted into XP - then Import them while booted into 7.

Files you can access - but programs, settings , bookmarks, profiles etc - all need to be installed on 7 to use them in 7.

Thanks for the responses. It looks like I'll mainly be using the beta to familiarize myself with the program.

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