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Windows 7: need help partitioning hard drive....

27 May 2010   #31
rome

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
rome,

The great master himself, Brink, wrote a tutorial on installing Win 7 and XP on the same computer, covering both Win 7 first or XP first.

Here's the link:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
i am currently reading the link...n on a personal note i really do want to move on to win 7 but i am having issues with a couple of old games me n my frnds still enjoy on LAN like Red Alert 2, Tiberian Sun to name a few that are not working on win 7 so its making me hesitant to move on to a system that is running only win 7


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27 May 2010   #32
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

rome,
after you've got Win 7 on there, then we will go over getting XP programs to run under Win 7. There are several approaches available. When I was doing some testing, I installed XP as a virtual machine and never looked back (except to delete the virtual machine after I'd proven to myself that it worked).
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27 May 2010   #33
rome

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

karlsnooks,

win 7 is on and that is what im running currently but i find my self repeatedly going back to my old laptop that is running on xp for certain programs n that one is a really ancient config
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27 May 2010   #34
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rome View Post
karlsnooks,

win 7 is on and that is what im running currently but i find my self repeatedly going back to my old laptop that is running on xp for certain programs n that one is a really ancient config
So to resume what you would like to do...

You already got W7 installed
You want Dual Boot with XP to play games that are not compatible to W7.

First, Grab few DVDs, then create with the tools you've got in W7 and /or from the manufacturer some restore discs (neverknow, in case a failure during the process).

Second, follow what's karlsnooks showing you.

Third, install your XP in your new partition and then decide on boot, which system you would like to start!
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27 May 2010   #35
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Once you first install XP to the new primary to be created in the space now vacant 7 won't load up at first until you repair the mbr entries and other boot information. Having a set of recovery disks made up will not allow you to restore the preinstall of 7 but also use the repair tools for things like the automatic startup repair.

The option for simply burning the repair tools onto a cd-r is found in the "Control Panel>Backup & Restore" section there. This is one thing many still are not aware of apparently.

If the laptop is still under warranty you will also want to preserve the small recovery partition at least until you follow the manufacturer's instructions for creating the set of recovery disks before ever wiping the entire drive being that you are also rather new at partitioning to begin with.

First you want to know that you can restore the preinstalled version of 7 before ever considering wiping the entire drive as someone suggested earlier. Once you are a bit more confident from setting up drives in different fashions for multibooting different versions and know how to restore the OS or even a System image of the drive which would be an idea here if you have a second spare drive onhand(external) to safeguard that. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup


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27 May 2010   #36
gregrocker

 

Follow Method B in Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP to shrink your Win7, then create a Partition for XP.

Use booted XP CD to format the partition as the partition table is slightly different in XP.

After XP is installed, add Win7 to the Dual Boot using EasyBCD 2.0 beta after doing quick registration in their forum to use the beta. You'll also need to install Net Framework 2.0 to use EasyBCD in XP.

If there are problems, we can help you start WIn7 back up to add XP from the WIn7 side, as it sometimes works better.
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27 May 2010   #37
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The XP cd lacks the separate format option later seen with the Vista and 7 installation disks. If you already used the free Partition Wizard live cd for resizing you can easily use that a second time to create the XP primary and see it formatted when booted from that.
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28 May 2010   #38
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

rome,
as recommended by both myself and GregRocker, follow the procedure given in the SevenForums tutorial.

The one thing first is to take a snapshot of the window displayed by DiskManagement.

The reason for this is to make meaningful and accurate recommendations regarding further partitioning and possibly shrinking of existing partitions.

To take a snapshot of the DiskManagment dialog:

Use the snipping tool which is a part of windows.

To run the snipping tool:
WIN | type Snip | Enter key

To run DiskManagement:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | Enter key

be sure and maximize the DiskManagement display before taking the "snip".
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