If your version of Windows 7 supports it, I suggest the Windows 7 XP Mode. It's free and would be the safest thing to install. No need to mess with partitions.
Windows 7 can shrink an existing partition so you can use the space to create a new one for the purposes of installing another operating system, such as XP or Linux. It's likely those three partitions are the 100 MB partition Windows 7 uses for booting - leave that alone. Then the biggest is the your main C: drive - that is safe to shrink with the Disk Management tool. The third is likely a recovery partition that Gateway installed to allow you to restore the laptop to the factory configuration - leave that alone too.
Quote: Originally Posted by Computergeek78
I hope I am posting in the right area. I am trying to turn my friends gateway laptop into a dual boot. But... I am running into a small problem that I can not find an accurate fix for. This system is windows 7 has 3 primary partitions and I need to remove one or something to install XP. I have searched the web for 2 weeks now looking for a fix that would work. Any insight that you might have for me would be great.