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Windows 7: Dual Boot Win7 & Winxp

21 Aug 2011   #1

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Dual Boot Win7 & Winxp

I have a Gateway computer, 64 bit, DX4822-01, with Intel pentium E5300 Dual Core, 2.6GHZ each, 6GB ram, and 1TB HDD, running Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 bit.

I want to add Winxp Pro for a dual boot. What all do I need to know and what to watch out for to accomplish this? Is there any trouble to repartition drive C for enough space to add this?

Thank you!

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21 Aug 2011   #2
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Follow the steps in Method Two: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Most modern SATA controller drivers are not in the XP CD so need to be added during install or slipstreamed into the XP CD: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

If you have XP programs which won't work in Windows 7 try installing them in Windows 7's XP Compatibility Mode

Or try virtualizing XP within Windows 7 using freeware like Virtual Box, Virtual Player or VMWare. Much easier.
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22 Aug 2011   #3

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information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.

System Repair Disc - Create

Have you made the Gateway Recovery Disks?
Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:'s%20guide/Acer%20eRecovery%20Management%20English.pdf

You can Order Gateway Recovery Disks from here:
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