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Windows 7: XP wont install!

07 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I'm going to try this on my old Inspiron 1100. I'll let you know what works and what doesn't.

Ok - here's what I did. Remember, this is an old computer with an IDE drive. I really didn't feel like messing around with any of my computers running SATA drives. This is also done using an XP w/SP2 Dell install disc. Again, I didn't feel like digging out my original XP OEM disc I have, so I'm just going to guess the XP sans SP would work the same way.

1. Used the disk management tool to shrink the system partition. My partition was already labeled as C, so I didn't have to assign a drive letter to it.
2. I did not do anything to the unallocated space.
3. I rebooted, inserted my XP disc into the DVD drive, and selected the DVD drive as the boot device.
4. Started the XP install. I selected the unallocated space, did the quick NTFS install, and proceeded to install the OS.
5. When everything was done, I installed .NET 2.0 and EasyBCD, and followed the instructions in the dual boot tutorial on this forum.
6. Rebooted - and I have XP and 7 working perfectly.

I'm hoping that the reason this hasn't worked for you is that you partitioned and/or formatted the new partition while you were using the Windows 7 disk management utility. I recommend booting into 7, going back into the disk management utility, and deleting the partition you created for XP. When that's done, boot up with the XP disc and see what happens.

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07 Nov 2009   #12

Win 7

Ok guys, this what I tried:

I used partition Wizard Home to format the new partition, Windows 7 has already assigned the drive letter D: to the partition.
I selected the CD drive as boot device and XP starts to install BUT what I then get is this:

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Darkelf/Desktop/ALSeeEdit_P6190249.jpg[/IMG]XP wont install!-alseeedit_p6190249.jpg

And then thats the end of it. I have tried installing from inside Win 7 as well as the above but still no joy, Win 7 will not allow me to install XP.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Boot into Windows 7. Go to the disk management utility. Select the partition you created for XP. Delete that partition. Do not assign a drive letter; do not format the partition. Boot up with XP and install. If you have SATA drives, you will need to press F6 when the message appears, and you will need to supply SATA/RAID drivers in order to install XP.
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