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Windows 7: Running programs from 2nd hard drive.

05 Jun 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Running programs from 2nd hard drive.

I have two hard drives. Win 7 on the main and XP Pro on the secondary.


When I built this pc, I installed the xp drive, intact, as a backup. Since it was running with different hardware, it does not want to boot in this setup.



Is there a way to run my Office XP Pro in Win 7? I can't get the software to play nice when installing it on the 7 drive and am not familiar with installing software in compatability mode (or if that would even work).

Or...better yet...is there a way to get the xp drive to boot?
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Thanks!

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05 Jun 2013   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi lena9221, have a lokk at this excellent tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP this may help you
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05 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

there's a solution to put the xp pro onto the new pc. check this link :
Redeloy/restore/migrate system to dissimilar hardware for Windows Server 2008/2003/2012 and Windows 8/XP/Vista/Windows 7 with EaseUS Todo Backup
But notice that the free latest edition of easus todo backup doesn't support this feature, it's available for the paid version. however, the older version, version 4.0 has this feature built-in for the free edition.
About the office xp pro inside 7, i haven't tried it myself but, i think you can try installing the software while in 'xp mode' of windows7. if you haven't enabled this, you can download the installer from microsoft website.
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05 Jun 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Now I'm confused...LOL!

Is there a way for me to install the drivers for this mobo on the XP hdd? In retrospect I guess I should have asked how to get the xp drive to boot in this system.

I set up a dual boot before, but both drives and OS's were set up with the same hardware, so it was easy.
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05 Jun 2013   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

There's an xp mode in 7?!
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05 Jun 2013   #6

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Here you go lena Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup Should have thought of that myself
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05 Jun 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks! Remember that you have to have virtualization turned on in your bios first! LOL I was reading the "do this before downloading and installing" instructions. I think I already have it enabled, but I'm going to restart to be sure. I'll check in afterwards to let you know how everything goes.
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05 Jun 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If nothing helps, you can always run XP in virtual. That is nearly as good and in many respects better than a dual boot.

Here is an excellent tutorial by Shawn describing how to deal with VMware Player. He uses Win 8 as example but it is exactly the same for XP except that you have to select XP during the installation.

VMware Player - Install Windows 8

I have made a little video describing the advantages of such a setup. I also use Win 8 as example but it applies to any OS - I am also running 6 different Linux distros that way.

VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo
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06 Jun 2013   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you! I can now use my older Photoshop also! A few games as well. Virtual pc is in working order.
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06 Jun 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

glad everything's working well
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