Hello, Excellent tutorials! I've read through most
of the pages in this thread
, but can't seem to figure out where I
go from here. I'm sure it's simple, but now I'm a bit confused....
I had Win XP 32 for years on computer, then recently purchased upgraded mobo, CPU, memory, and SATA 320Gb HDD (all 64), to accommodate a fresh, clean install of Win 7 64 Pro, also purchased.
With previous help on this wonderful forum, I was able to complete installation of 7 on newly built system (without SATA 640Gb XP HDD present), and it works fine. I've configured new 7 system to most of my liking, and now want to set up a dual boot configuration, if only to access/copy/burn old data files.
I wont need an "easy" dual boot setup for regular use, as it seems some do for legacy programs/games. Can I just shut down PC, remove 7 drive, install XP drive, and boot up old XP? I know that I may have to Repair Install XP from orig. disc, and will most likely have to validate seriously upgraded system. Or, can I just shut down system, install old XP drive, turn system on, and get access to XP drive from some boot access method? Will 7 "see" the XP drive at boot up or in BIOS, so I can select XP drive and boot straight from it instead?
My 7 year-old has her own XP desktop which I built for her, so I can always access burned pictures or data files from discs on it, I presume, if necessary, then I can proceed to wipe XP from my old drive and incorporate it into new 7 system.
Again, it's probably right in front of my face, but I'm confused nonetheless, and do NOT want to mess up my wonderful
new Windows 7 system.