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Windows 7: 2 in 1: Dual booting XP with Windows 7 And how much does XP cost?

26 Nov 2011   #1
vStone1K

 
 
2 in 1: Dual booting XP with Windows 7 And how much does XP cost?

Okay everybody, this is basically a 'multi' thread. Anyway, I'm considering buying an XP installation CD/license. Are these still available? And if so, what's the price? And also, how would I go on about dual booting? I heard you have to shrink your partition to fit the XP installation on (because I only have one hard drive). Is there a tutorial that tells you? Sorry if this all sounds a bit newbish, but I'm not too experienced with this part of computing even though I reformatted my PC about 3 times :0
Thanks in advance!


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26 Nov 2011   #2
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3 View Post
Okay everybody, this is basically a 'multi' thread. Anyway, I'm considering buying an XP installation CD/license. Are these still available? And if so, what's the price? And also, how would I go on about dual booting? I heard you have to shrink your partition to fit the XP installation on (because I only have one hard drive). Is there a tutorial that tells you? Sorry if this all sounds a bit newbish, but I'm not too experienced with this part of computing even though I reformatted my PC about 3 times :0
Thanks in advance!
Hi gln2d3, start here with the tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP the cost of XP can vary depending on the flavour (basic, home, pro) Ebay can be good but be wary !
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26 Nov 2011   #3
vStone1K

 
 

@pebbly Thanks for the link! Does this ebay link look legit? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Microsoft...item1e68b178de
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26 Nov 2011   #4
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Yes the seller looks OK , the software is an OEM product that means there is no support from Microsoft ,but if the need arises we are always here to help
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26 Nov 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I agree. The seller looks legitimate, but do be careful.

There have been many instances where Windows software has been sold on E-bay and Amazon where they are ex-MSDN copies with an expired product key.

As ever: 'Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware'
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26 Nov 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Will you be installing to a Dell PC?
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26 Nov 2011   #7
richyrichuk

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

not tried XP mode? u can get it to work in any ver of win 7 though 7zip.
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26 Nov 2011   #8
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

You have an alternative option actually, but it'll require you to use Anytime Upgrade to change your Windows Home Premium into Windows Ultimate (no reinstall of any kind will be required).

Once you have done that, you can download and install XP Mode for free, which is a virtual machine running inside Windows 7. You'll also get an actual XP Pro with SP3 system included with it.

The main advantages of this method are that you can use both 7 and XP simultaneously, and there's no need to repartition the harddisk in any way.
One disadvantage is that XP mode emulates a generic hardware platform with only basic video capabilities and won't work with resource-intensive 3D games running in XP, if you intend to run anything like that.
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26 Nov 2011   #9
vStone1K

 
 

@Corazon I would upgrade to W7 Ultimate as a friend recommended, but how much does it cost to buy online? (Not actually going to a store and purchasing Ultimate from the box). I also considered buying XP because then I could run W7 and XP at the same time . But XP mode sounds pretty useful.
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26 Nov 2011   #10
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Anytime Upgrade should be in your Start menu - it only works online, directly from Microsoft. They set the pricing - I'm not sure at the moment how much an upgrade from Home Premium costs, but you can find out easily by going there.
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