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Windows 7: 7 kills setup of XP

22 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, SP 1
 
 
7 kills setup of XP

I have a Toshiba laptop - Satellite L755 - S5107. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit pre-installed.

It doesn't have XP mode, and anyway I want to run XP directly. As soon as I try to run the setup of XP (SP3), 7 gives a message that there is already a newer version of Windows installed, and it stops the setup from proceeding.

All my internet searches have given results for SATA drivers, but my desktop computer also has a SATA HDD, and XP installs easily on that one.

So is there any way to install XP on a separate partition? I already know how to set up dual boot with EasyBCD.



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22 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

You must boot the XP CD.

If it fails to see the partitions to select the one where you want XP installed, then it needs the SATA drivers added. SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
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22 Apr 2012   #3
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Welcome aboard SyZy

How many primary partitions do you already have in your disk ? Can you post a screenshot of your full screen disk management window ?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Seeing it, it will be easy for our experts to guide you the way to dual booting.
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23 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, SP 1
 
 

There was one big C Drive earlier, apart from a recovery partition. I resized them, and this is how they stand now:

The first is a primary 1.46 recovery partition, this is not assigned a drive letter and is not visible.
The second is C Drive, 100 GBs, primary, containing 7.
The third is D Drive, 50 GBs, primary, blank at the moment, where I want to install XP.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth are roughly 150 GBs each, E, F, and G Drives, all logical, where I'll store data, and maybe install Ubuntu.

My problem is not with dual boot, I'll settle that, if it arises. Right now, the installation just doesn't start. Isn't there any way 7 can be told not to interfere with the XP installation?
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23 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SyZy View Post
My problem is not with dual boot, I'll settle that, if it arises. Right now, the installation just doesn't start. Isn't there any way 7 can be told not to interfere with the XP installation?
..You boot from the CD. You don't install it from within Windows...FYI, its not Windows 7 that is interfering with the installation. It is Windows XP's installer on the CD that is.
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23 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, SP 1
 
 

My laptop came with Win 7 pre-installed. It has a sticker at the bottom that has the product key. Suppose I format everything, install XP first, and then use the key to install 7, will I have to activate the product as well? And if yes, how do I do it?

Second, is there any way to download 7 Home Premium from the Microsoft site itself? Because I didn't get any OS DVD, there were just five recovery DVDs.
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23 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this excellent tutorial, which explains how to clean install and activate Windows 7 using an ISO download and your computer's COA product key.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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23 Apr 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center
 
 

Have you even noticed that both Gregrocker and Logicearth here above told you NOT to start XP installation from Seven desktop (which wont work), but instead boot your computer with XP CD to start installation?

This way you should be able to install XP on another partition, leaving Seven intact.

Kari
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23 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, SP 1
 
 

That's what I am finally going to do. Just needed a link to download 7 in case XP faces driver problems.
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23 Apr 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Let us know how it goes when you get around to booting the XP CD.

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