I'd like to say thanks for the great tutorial, as it worked great for me except for one thing...
(This is in reference to using a SINGLE drive for dual boot) Has anyone come up with a solution for folks who install 7 first, and have the unfortunate side effect of XP assigning the C drive letter to the "System Reserved" 100mb partition?
Everywhere I look, I read that it is impossible to change the letter of the boot drive. Assuming that this is a universal issue (I certainly found plenty of unsolved examples of it online) I think it would be a great service to readers if the post author would add this caveat into the instructions for dual booting with 7 as the initial installation.....or maybe a note encouraging users NOT to install 7 first if at all possible.
For the folks who may ask the question "why does it matter if your boot drive is F and not C?", it is because some older programs (ostensibly the reason one chooses to dual boot XP in the first place) do not offer the option of choosing which drive they install to, and default to C: Program Files.
As it stands, I'm looking at a weekend of removing 7 from my HDD (which I had gotten nicely settled into already and all set up) as well as XP, and reinstalling them in the reverse order. To be completely honest, this is a bit frustrating, considering that I feel I followed the instructions to the letter, only to receive a nasty surprise at the end.
Sorry about the venting, and I really do appreciate the help I've received so far from this forum...I'm just bummed cos this could've been avoided so easily, considering that I started with a fresh HDD and chose to install 7 first, all things being equal, because the directions looked easier. Unfortunately, all things were not equal.