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Windows 7: have windows 7 installed now want to add xp pro

17 Nov 2009   #1
Total

Windows 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 
have windows 7 installed now want to add xp pro

have windows 7 installed now want to add xp pro , dual boot . How can I do this without erasing my windows 7 . thanks everyone .


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17 Nov 2009   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

A Google search turned up this tutorial: Install Windows XP in Dual Boot with Pre-Installed Windows 7

Reading through it, this is not something for the faint of heart to attempt, unless you add a 2nd hard drive and install XP there, then it gets somewhat easier.

It would be much easier to install XP then install Windows 7. That would automatically create a dual boot setup for you.
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17 Nov 2009   #3
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

Just found this link in a later post here: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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17 Nov 2009   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Any reason that XP has to be done in a dual boot environment...versus using some virtualization software and running XP as a virtual machine?
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17 Nov 2009   #5
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Total View Post
have windows 7 installed now want to add xp pro , dual boot . How can I do this without erasing my windows 7 . thanks everyone .
Depending on the version of 7 you have, you can install Windows XP Mode and not need dual boot.
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17 Nov 2009   #6
isen

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Total View Post
have windows 7 installed now want to add xp pro , dual boot . How can I do this without erasing my windows 7 . thanks everyone .
Depending on the version of 7 you have, you can install Windows XP Mode and not need dual boot.
Download details: Virtual PC 2007
try thi link. You can download a free virtual pc there.

The disadvantage that I can see in installing XP in virtual pc is
if the virtual pc got corrupted you might not be able to retrieve your data.
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17 Nov 2009   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Use Method Two in this excellent tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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18 Nov 2009   #8
Total

Windows 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for all the replies Appreciated
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18 Nov 2009   #9
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

Re: XP in a virtual machine. It's not as easy as it sounds. I've been messing with Sun's Virtual Box off and on for a month or so and though it works well, some things are very hard to get working right. USB is a chore as is using the CD-RW or DVD-RW drive. Printer support is also a pain at times.

I've had no success at all getting my HP scanner to work in the XP VM.

Also, if Windows 7 dies for any reason, you lose XP as well. Dual boot will at least give you XP.
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18 Nov 2009   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Exactly what programs will not run correctly in Windows 7? Most all Xp programs can be run in Windows 7, or in compatibility mode.

Windows 7 doesn't "die" - with a Win7 backup image stored on secondary or external, it takes 15 minutes to reimage the HDD or a replacement, including your dual boot if you go that route.
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