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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

28 Apr 2009   #879
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


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12 Sep 2010   #880
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Antares,

It's not going to make any noticeable difference in performance on which OS is installed at the beginning of the drive.

To make it easier, you could just install Windows 7 on a 2nd hard drive to dual boot with your existing XP installation. This way all you would have to worry about is installing Windows 7 and all of the drivers and programs for it.
Thanks Shawn, the only issue is that for some reason that I don't know my PC is unable to boot from the 2nd hard drive (the BIOS settings do not have the 2nd drive as a boot option, only the main drive), so I will be forced to install both OS in the main drive.

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17 Sep 2010   #881
sdm197

W7 64Bit Home premium
 
 
W7 Partition Size.

Hi

Thanks for the tutorial, I am about to install Windows XP Pro on my machine currently running Windows 7 64bit Home premium.

my question is I only expect to use XP for my Film and photo scanner, what size of partition would the OS need? I can calculate how much extra space I will need for my scans and photos.

thanks in advance

SDM197.
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17 Sep 2010   #882
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I have 12.9GB in use with basic programming installed.

SP3, AV etc. My ASUS drivers and utilities which is less than 300MB.

There is no photo software, pictures, videos or games installed yet.

So if you allow for 13GB for your basics you should be good.
Did a snapshot for you also.
Mike
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17 Sep 2010   #883
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sdm197 View Post
Hi

Thanks for the tutorial, I am about to install Windows XP Pro on my machine currently running Windows 7 64bit Home premium.

my question is I only expect to use XP for my Film and photo scanner, what size of partition would the OS need? I can calculate how much extra space I will need for my scans and photos.

thanks in advance

SDM197.
Hello SDM, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, here is a link below for XP requirements. XP needs at minimum 1.5 GB, but I would give it at least 10% more than your total space needed to give XP some working room.

System requirements for Windows XP operating systems

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Sep 2010   #884
sdm197

W7 64Bit Home premium
 
 

Hi,

Thank you both for your replies,

SDM197.
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17 Sep 2010   #885
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome SDM. I'm glad that we could help.
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23 Sep 2010   #886
m0y

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello!

This is by far the best dual boot tutorial I've found.

I've some questions:

1.- Which one is recommended or less-troubled to be installed first? (I'm starting from scratch a dual boot project)

2.- I'm installing this on my 80 GB HD and this will be only for OS and Program Files, how do you recommend to partition it? (talking in % or GB's)

3.- If I point both OS's to the 250 GB HD, can they share "My Documents" folder? Or is recommended to partition this one too and point each OS to different partition?

4.- Can I add Ubuntu later?

Thanks in advance
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23 Sep 2010   #887
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello M0y, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Answers inline.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by m0y View Post
1.- Which one is recommended or less-troubled to be installed first? (I'm starting from scratch a dual boot project)
Using Option One with XP installed first is the easiest way.
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2.- I'm installing this on my 80 GB HD and this will be only for OS and Program Files, how do you recommend to partition it? (talking in % or GB's)
It depends on how much you plan on installing along with each OS on the two separate partitions, but I say about 20-30 GB for XP and the rest for Windows 7.
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3.- If I point both OS's to the 250 GB HD, can they share "My Documents" folder? Or is recommended to partition this one too and point each OS to different partition?
No. You do not want to have two separate OS's sharing a folder like that. It will cause to many problems trying to do so. It would be best to have each OS use their own separate folder instead.
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4.- Can I add Ubuntu later?
Yes, you can do a triple boot with Ubuntu later if you like. I do not know the details of doing so since I have never used Ubuntu though.
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Sep 2010   #888
m0y

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks for answering so soon Brink, tomorrow I'll start and give feedback about it.
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23 Sep 2010   #889
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome M0y.
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