Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows 7 & XP Dual Boot Installation

04 Aug 2016   #1
SteveKG

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 & XP Dual Boot Installation

I am building a new machine with an ASUS Z97-C motherboard, Intel Z97 Express chipset, Intel Core i5-4590 CPU, and a WD 500 GB Black HDD. I want to partition the HDD into 2 primary partitions and load XP SP2 (32 bit) on one and 7 (64 bit) on the other to create a dual boot machine. I have read numerous articles in the forum, and elsewhere, and the general consensus seems to be that I need to install XP first, and then install 7. Yes? No? Issues I might need to address with that? My concerns are over the controversy surrounding IDE vs ACHI and how to get XP to acknowledge and work with ACHI defined drives? What drivers, if any, might be needed to make this happen? If I use the XP install to partition my HDD, will that create issues for 7? This is not my first build, but it is my first attempt to create a dual boot machine. Thanks in advance for all assistance.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
04 Aug 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Your best bet is to run do under free virtual box as a virtual PC that say you don't need to mess with booting etc and it's safer you just install 7 install virtual box install xp
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Aug 2016   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

To use all the benefits of your Z97 MB, you should set BIOS to:
- SATA=AHCI
- OS=Other
- Storage Boot and PCI device to UEFI only
- Boot Win 7 installation media (USB or DVD) in UEFI so it will install win 7 in UEFI mode and your disk will be GPT.


The problem is that Win XP 32 isn't compatible with UEFI and GPT.

Not sure if you can install Win XP 32 (drivers) but you have to configure your BIOS:
- SATA=AHCI
- OS=Other
- Storage Boot and PCI device to Legacy only
- Boot Win XP installation media (USB or DVD) and it will install win 7 in MBR mode and your disk will be MBR.


My suggestion is:

Create two BIOS profiles:

Profile 1 - Win 7
- SATA=AHCI
- OS=Other
- Storage Boot and PCI device to UEFI only
- Install Win 7 on your main HDD (WD 500 GB Black)

Profile 2 - Win XP
- SATA=AHCI
- OS=Other
- Storage Boot and PCI device to Legacy only
On another HDD install Win XP

I don't know the reasons you want to install Win XP, but most win XP programs will run under Win 7.
In my case, I also loved Win XP, so I fist moved to Win XP 64, but some new programs didn't work properly, so I gave up and moved to Win 7 64.
As you have a great MB and CPU, you should consider installing Win 7 64 and programs on a 128G SSD and use the WD 500 GB Black HDD for data.
PNY CS1311 120GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive Black SSD7CS1311-120-RB - Best Buy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

06 Aug 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, always install older operating systems first.

Ideally, you should install each OS on its on drive, while the other drive is unplugged. Set one OS as your default, then just use the boot menu to boot into the other OS whenever you want to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows 7 & XP Dual Boot Installation




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP This will show you how to install Windows 7 and XP to dual boot with when you already have either Windows 7 or XP installed first.With a dual boot installaton, you will have two operating systems (OS) installed. When you start the...
Tutorials
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista This will show you how to install Windows 7 and Vista to dual boot with when you already have either Windows 7 or Vista installed first.With a dual boot installaton, you will have two operating systems (OS) installed. When you start...
Tutorials
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and 7 on 2 separate HDD
1. I have Windows 7 (64 bit) ALREADY installed on a SINGLE hard drive. 2. I have a clean blank other SINGLE hard drive upon which I will install Windows 7 (32-bit). 3. Please understand this is TWO individual hard drives, I want an Operating System installed on each individually. (win7 on ONE,...
Installation & Setup
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
I used to have a computer with Windows XP on which I could use Microsoft Works 2002 "Picture It 7". I now have a laptop with Windows 7 which does not have Microsoft Picture It and I believe that application was discontinued. I still have the old software but cannot use it with Windows 7 only with...
General Discussion
Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot
Hello, I'll give the "2 cent version" of my situation. I have a dual-boot system (XP on mechanical HDD / Win 7/64 Pro on SSD). Recently, I had a series on infections damage my XP installation irrepairably and it is now time to move everything over to 7. I've just purchased a larger SSD to...
Installation & Setup
Can't Get a Dual-Boot Windows 7/Ubuntu Installation Going
I have two hard drives on my computer, one for my OS and apps (C:), and one for my data (D:). I recently reformatted my C: drive, re-installing Windows 7. I want to set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 10.04. The problem I am having is that the Ubuntu installer recognizes my D: drive but not...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:50.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App