|You are supposed to install the older operating system FIRST, XP in this case, then the newer one, Windows 7 in this case, in order for the built in multi-boot feature of the newer operating system to work automatically. |
You CAN repair the ability of Windows 7 (or Vista) to use it's built in multi-boot feature when you have installed XP second,
HOWEVER, there is a PROBLEM with doing that that may concern you.
When you have a system that is multi-booting XP and Windows 7 (or Vista) by using Windows 7's (or Vista's) built in multi-boot feature, ALL of the existing System Restore restore points in Windows 7 (or Vista) are DELETED, EVERY TIME you boot XP !
If that concerns you,
- if you have a more expensive version of Windows 7 (or Vista) such as Ultimate that has the built in bitlocker (bit locker ?) feature, you can use that feature to prevent the problem. The Microsoft web site has info about how to do that.
- if you DO NOT have a more expensive version of Windows 7 (or Vista) that has the built in bitlocker (bit locker ?) feature, you are MUCH better off if you use a third party multi-boot program instead of the built in multi-boot feature of Windows 7 (or Vista) that can be set to HIDE the partition Windows 7's (or Vista's ) Windows itself is installed on while booting XP.
E.g. I use BooIt N.G. to multi-boot (XP) MCE 2005 and Vista.
It's now called BootIt B.M. these days.
It's NOT free, but it's reasonably priced.
Support for it:
See this video
Prevent Losing Vista Restore Points when Multi-Booting with Windows XP (video)
The same probably applies to multi-booting XP and Windows 7
NOTE that whatever third party multi-boot program you use, it MUST be a recent enough version to be Windows 7 (or Vista) "aware" (compatible) , AND it must support the operating system's support of ACPI features properly, otherwise Windows 7 (or Vista) may NOT come out of Standby or Hibernate mode after it has gone into it.
BooIt N.G. (and BootIt B.M.) meets those requirements for sure.
You have another alternative that does not require that you use the built in ability of Windows 7 (or Vista) , or a third party multi-boot program, to multiboot XP and Windows 7 (or Vista).
- Delete the partition you installed XP on by booting the computer from the XP CD
- Repair the ability of Windows 7 (or Vista) to boot itself. If you have a Windows 7 (or Vista) DVD you can probably boot the computer from it and do that.
What are the system recovery options in Windows 7?
( for Vista -
What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista?
- Then you install a virtual machine program in Windows 7 (or Vista) , then install XP in that.
E.g. A very good one is Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007.