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Windows 7: Dual Booting XP & 7


19 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Dual Booting XP & 7

i have alot of games that windows 7 doesnt support. and i was wondering how i could dual boot 7 & XP.

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
250 GB HDD
3GB RAM
Bios - Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor - AMD Athlon Dual Core Processor 4450e (2 CPU's) 2.3GHz

I have Windows 7 and XP on Disks


i just need a tutorial on how to do it. i am kind of new to this kind of stuff...although i know how to successfully install an OS.

i just need a detailed tutorial.


Thanks

-Collin

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19 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

It is possible...

Brink, one of the admins here, wrote this tutorial on how to dual boot those 2 os.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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19 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Collin.





The best way is to install them to separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and boot them independently from each other using the one time BIOS boot menu; install one OS with only one HDD connected and when that one is booting good disconnect that HDD and install the OS to the other HDD while it is the only HDD connected, when finished and that one is booting good connect both HDDs and they will boot independently using the one time BIOS boot menu and not have dependency issues.
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19 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

I shall not say on how to Dual boot, but what i can say is that all the games i have had for xp have ran on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 for me, i mostly had problems with the beta versions. There is usually a work around for some windows 7 games.
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19 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

i dont have 2 HDD's and i cant GET NFS HS to run. i got it to run on vista. but on my 32 it says cant run 95 games...and i tried all compatibility things too :'(
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19 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Since you have Ultimate, 3GB of RAM, and a CPU that supports virtualization, you could try XP Mode.
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20 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

i heard XP mode is risky.
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20 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Collin View Post
i heard XP mode is risky.
Risky it's not but it's not designed for games, it's designed for Line of Business applications. You can try running some really low requirement games but most games will not work. VMware Player would be better suited for that.
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20 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

whats VMware Player and how do i get that? is it free?
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20 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, VMware Player is free and you can get it right here: VMware Player: Run Windows 7, Chrome OS - Free Download for a Virtual PC
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