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Windows 7: Need Help w/ Dualbooting to an Older OS


06 Aug 2012   #1

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Need Help w/ Dualbooting to an Older OS

I have Windows 7 64 bit installed. I need to dualboot and add Windows XP 32 bit. How would i go about doing this?

I know i need to make a new partition on the harddrive, i'm going to make a 50 GB one right now.

Will i run into any problems doing this? is there something specific i need to do to make sure this works and i dont **** anything up?

anything you guys want to add on and tell me that'll help will be much appreciated! thanks!

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06 Aug 2012   #2

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My C: drive has Windows 7 64 bit, i just made a 50gb partition and labeled it J:
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06 Aug 2012   #3

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

i made the partition, but in disk management it says logical drive, not primary partition. i put my xp cd in and started it up but got a BSOD, is that why? because it says logical drive and not primary partition
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06 Aug 2012   #4

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i guess that cant be the reason, because i didnt even try to install it and i got the bsod, im going to go look at the error code again and search google for it
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06 Aug 2012   #5

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fixed the bsod problem so just forget all about that.

things i still need help with:

partition in disk management says logical drive, shouldnt it say primary partition?
will i run into any problems with this? anything i should know?

thanks
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06 Aug 2012   #6
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Hello SupermaNn, welcome to Seven Forums.



Post a shot of the Windows 7 disk management for us to have look at; have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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06 Aug 2012   #7
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If it crashed then you likely need XP SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

This is more trouble than it's worth for an XPired OS. Have you considered trying to virtualize XP in Windows 7 using free XP Mode, VM Ware, Virtual Player or similar?

You can also get most XP programs to run in Windows 7, if necessary installing them in Compatibility Mode
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06 Aug 2012   #8

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Using a virtual XP wont work for me, i have a piece of hardware that only has a 32 bit driver, and in a virtual XP it would need to be installed first on my 64 bit before it would work in the virtual machine right?

It crashed but i went into the bios and changed the sata mode and it worked fine, didnt get the bsod so i fixed that.

heres the screenshot of my disk management.



it says logical drive, but shouldnt it say primary partition?
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06 Aug 2012   #9
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In that case if XP installs you might be able to change the Windows 7 SATA mode to match it, or change XP to AHCI after install when installing it's AHCI driver is easier:

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista - Windows 7 Forums

Change IDE to AHCI in BIOS - Much better performance - Windows 7 Forums

Enable AHCI in Windows XP After Installation - Bootbeta
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06 Aug 2012   #10

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can anyone tell me why it says logical drive instead of primary partition? is it safe to install xp onto logical?
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