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Windows 7: One Computer Using 2 Different Operating Systems On 2 Different Drive

3 Weeks Ago   #1
unsure

XP Home 32 bit
 
 
One Computer Using 2 Different Operating Systems On 2 Different Drive

I have myh main PC with WIN7 and has a 2nd HD used for misc storage. I also have a old dell business desktop (no graphics card) with XP I use to play my old games which I enjoy. Is it possible to have my WIN7 on it's existing drive and install XP on the other?

TIA

Gil


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Yes, however if the old Dell XP is an OEM version (almost all OS supplied with a PC from a PC Vendor is an OEM version), the OEM version is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

The other issue is whether XP drivers are available for the Win 7 PC. For example the Win 7 audio driver is not compatible with XP (unless it is a multi-OS version that includes XP).

My PC is a Triple Boot, Win 7, Win 10 Pro and Win 10 Preview (Insider) version. Each on a separate SSD.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
unsure

XP Home 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Yes, however if the old Dell XP is an OEM version (almost all OS supplied with a PC from a PC Vendor is an OEM version), the OEM version is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

The other issue is whether XP drivers are available for the Win 7 PC. For example the Win 7 audio driver is not compatible with XP (unless it is a multi-OS version that includes XP).

My PC is a Triple Boot, Win 7, Win 10 Pro and Win 10 Preview (Insider) version. Each on a separate SSD.

Thank you for your quick response. I am not tech savvy as you will understand from what I'm about to say...I assumed with both OSs being on separate HDs it wouldn't matter about drivers since each would have their own.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Yes, each will have their own, but you must have Windows XP drivers for the hardware. XP drivers from an old PC are not compatible with the Windows 7 PC's hardware. As I noted, for example, the sound driver you have for Win 7 is not XP compatible.
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

What Fireberd is saying is:
- Every computer has a different hardware. This means that new computer (with Win 7) requires hardware drivers that probably doesn't exit for Win XP.
- He also explained that Win XP wont activate on the new computer (with Win 7) as the license is chained to the old computer.

You can try to install Win XP on a Virtual Machine under Win 7. As I never did it, can't help you on it.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
unsure

XP Home 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Yes, each will have their own, but you must have Windows XP drivers for the hardware. XP drivers from an old PC are not compatible with the Windows 7 PC's hardware. As I noted, for example, the sound driver you have for Win 7 is not XP compatible.
Ah now I understand.


Well I guess its plan B. I now play my old PC games on a old business XP small factor Dell PC with no graphics card. I hoping not to scour the earth for a low profile AGP 4X card who’s power requirement meets my pitiful 180w PSU.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Yes, each OS will have it's own drivers. But that isn't the issue at all. The issue is where are you going to get those drivers.

Device drivers must be designed for both the hardware and the OS. In the case of an old OS on newer hardware that is often a problem. The XP install media was created in 2001 when XP was released or at most few years later. Logically this media cannot include drivers for hardware that did not exist when it was released. The likelyhood that the media has suitable drivers ranges from slim to none.

That means you must obtain XP drivers from the hardware manufacturer. Writing device drivers is not a simple thing but requires considerable time and effort. For an older OS manufacturers often consider it just isn't worthwhile.

If you really must run XP on newer hardware it is usually best to run it under a virtual machine such as VirtualPC, VirtualBox, or VMWare. Free versions are available for all of these. You will need a legal copy of XP, just as you would for dual booting.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Have you tried installing one of the old games, on your Windows 7 PC in a Win XP Compatibility mode and then running the program the same way, in a Win XP compatibility mode? If not, give that a try with one and see if it will work.
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
unsure

XP Home 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
If you really must run XP on newer hardware it is usually best to run it under a virtual machine such as VirtualPC, VirtualBox, or VMWare. Free versions are available for all of these. You will need a legal copy of XP, just as you would for dual booting.
A VirtualPC was my PLAC "C". Would the games take advantage of my EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC 4GB?
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
unsure

XP Home 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Have you tried installing one of the old games, on your Windows 7 PC in a Win XP Compatibility mode and then running the program the same way, in a Win XP compatibility mode? If not, give that a try with one and see if it will work.
hats the first thing tried with no luck, I get the play screen then nothing. I even lowered my screen res and still no luck.
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