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Windows 7: How much space does XP need?

13 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
How much space does XP need?

Can someone give me a ballpark figure? iv picked up a copy of XP from ebay for my parents computer (as they have lost the original disks and its borked to the point where only a format will do) but i want to test it on my machine first to check its not dodgy, can anyone remember roughly how much space i need to allocate to the new partition to get it on there?

edit: never mind i cant do a dual boot anyway dont have the right SATA drivers and no floppy disk drive
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13 Mar 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If your PC is set to AHCI you can set it to IDE before you boot the XP disk then set it back to AHCI after to boot back into Win 7.

The XP came on a floppy?

Here's a snip of the disk space of my fully patched 32-bit XP Pro SP3.

How much space does XP need?-xp.jpg


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13 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

the disk starts, then just after "windows is starting setup" it bluescreens, i changed the HDD mode to SATA (dont have IDE im guessing their the same thing in this regard?) and slipstreamed the drivers into an iso but its still bluescreening

no the floppy bit was to do with the loading SATA drivers tutorial, but gregrocker supplied a link on how to slipstream them, still not working though
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13 Mar 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You don't have an AHCI option in the BIOS under something like "storage settings"?

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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13 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

under the Integrated Peripherals>HDD>AHCI bit of my BIOS i have 3 options, SATA, RAID, and AHCI, the default setting was AHCI, if i change it to SATA it still bluescreens and obviously RAID just refuses to work full stop because i dont have a raid array
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13 Mar 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Do you have the BIOS set to "no restart on system failure" so you can view the error code.
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13 Mar 2010   #7

 
 

You could install VirtualBox first, then XP in VirtualBox?
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13 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

the error code is 0x00007B according to: Advanced troubleshooting for "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP its to do with sata controllers, i downloaded the XP drivers directly from Nvidia, and no luck
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13 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

thats not a bad idea iseeu i might do that later
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13 Mar 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

One option is to install Microsoft Virtual PC , which is free, and then install XP to a virtual disk. It will make removal a lot easier too when you want to get ride of it. If I remember correctly Virtual PC will select the proper size virtual drive for you.

EDIT: I forgot to ask the obvious, why do you think it may be dodgy? If it's not an official Microsoft CD then you got ripped off.
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