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Windows 7: Access programs from xp hd ?

28 Dec 2010   #1
Samurai Jack

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Access programs from xp hd ?

Hello guys, Just put win 7ult. on new HD other HD has XPpro the win 7 HD has only the os on it .My anti-virus and games(steam) are on the XP HD.I have it set up for duel boot. How can I get shortcuts from the XP HD on the win 7 desktop,also how do I get Kaspersky to start with win 7. Is this something that can be done or do I have to install all the good stuff from the XP HD. Thanks

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28 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Most applications will not work unless installed.
Anti-virus is one such application.
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28 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

I doubt you'll find many, if any, applications that will work on your Windows 7 install from your XP install.

Creating the shortcuts is simply a matter of either copying them from the desktop / start menu of the XP install or copying the target executable and pasting a shortcut.

But again, I doubt they'll work.
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28 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

As logicearth and priteceth tell's you most of app's will not work. It's better to install them again but on Windows 7.
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29 Dec 2010   #5
Samurai Jack

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hi Thanks for the response was hoping that was not going to be the answer. So I guess there is really no point getting new HD for win7 to duel boot, should just copy over XP HD, because sooner or later you will have to put all your stuff on the win7 HD. Was kind of thinking that win7 would be master and the winXP would be slave so you could go and get what you need,ha ha silly me
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29 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 32 bit

Some non-portable applications can be "dual installed" on more than one OS in the same spot. If they don't put any files in shared folders or dlls in system32.. that type of thing. I used to have multiple windows OS on a drive with some apps installed under both to save space(drives were a lot smaller and more expensive then.) Some things worked pretty well. Others were more trouble than it was worth.

If the program basically has all it's code files in the install folder and uses the registry for settings, you can install under one OS, boot into the other then install again. This has the registry settings for both OS while only having one copy of the code files. But the larger the program, the more the space savings, then the greater the likelihood it will do stuff like install dlls in shared folders etc..

Also it requires the programs be installed on a partition visible from either OS when that OS is booted.

Some programs like news readers and web browsers worked pretty well, but that was back before the Local and Roaming folders for settings. Most apps that needed an install kept settings in the registry.

Uninstall was more of a hassle. You had to uninstall under one OS then use a registry cleaner in the other to remove settings for files that no longer existed.

It's only worth considering if you have some monster program and are tight on space. Otherwise just use portable apps.
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