Solved Install different OS on second hard drive

January 11, 2012 at 13:08:27
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6 GHz/ 4GB
I have windows xp home on my Dell desktop pc on drive C:. I want to install windows 7 on a second internal hard drive that I currently use for extra storage . Drive D: Can I install windows 7 on my second hard drive and have the capability to booting up to either OS I choose?

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#1
January 11, 2012 at 13:36:18
Yes you can. As long as your computer will run Windows 7.

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#2
January 11, 2012 at 13:53:45
I OK, I ran upgrade advisor on my C: drive, which has xp home, and the results were mostly favorable except I need to upgrade to a Direct X graphics processor to take full advantages of win 7 features. Does this mean I have to purchase and install another Video Card or can the one I have be upgraded with software?

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#3
January 11, 2012 at 14:20:13
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It depends on what you have, you didn't list your system specs. Check the specs of your video chip or card and make sure it's Direct X 9 at least. Click Start/Run and type dxdiag in the box. This will give you the specs on the card or chip. You may need a new video card to use the graphics on Win 7. Post your system specs for help on that if you need it. You can still use Win7, but without all the eye candy.

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#4
January 11, 2012 at 14:31:00
Grasshopper is correct u need at-least shader model 2 to be able to run aero.
If u plan dual boot u need to install win 7 when win xp is active.

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#5
January 11, 2012 at 15:06:00
I do have direct X9.0c Also, I'm not too concerned with higher graphic enhancements. I work mostly with word and text files. I can deal with the other upgrade changes. I was mainly concerned with having to purchase a new Video Card. Thanks for your help!

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#6
January 11, 2012 at 15:08:26
By active do you mean I need to log on to my windows xp and then begin installation of win 7 on my second drive?

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#7
January 11, 2012 at 15:12:22
Yes

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#8
January 11, 2012 at 18:04:22
"By active do you mean I need to log on to my windows xp and then begin installation of win 7 on my second drive?"

Exactly. Make sure you have the 2nd HDD partitioned, formatted & ready to go. Boot into XP, pop the Win7 disk in the drive, then direct it to install on the 2nd HDD.


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