Add XP to new PC with Win7 preinstalled

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January 14, 2010 at 06:47:43
Specs: Windows 7 Home, amd 6g
I have just bought a computer with Windows 7 installed on a hard drive with a single partition. What is the exact procedure for creating a separate partition on the drive and then installing XP and making it bootable.; assuming 7 permits this.. I have a XP CD (not latest version) but no drivers. I will need to boot between 7 and XP. Will Driver Max program tell me what drivers I need to suit my motherboard? I see lots of comments on the forum but not exactly addressing what I want to know.
Thank you

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#1
January 14, 2010 at 06:56:35
This may help:

http://www.pronetworks.org/forums/i...

Just realize that depending on how new your machine is, there may NOT be XP drivers available for all hardware.


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#2
January 14, 2010 at 14:06:52
You should consider using a virtual machine before you try a dual boot.

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#3
January 22, 2010 at 09:11:12
Thank you all for your responses.
I would like to use virtualisation but my Windows 7 is only the Home version and I believe you need the Professional version to run the Microsoft virtual PC software. I thought of using SunVirtual Box but this requires XP as a host. Are there any free virtual programs that can be used in Windows 7 as the host and supports XP?
Thank you

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#4
January 22, 2010 at 10:00:15
The latest Virtual Box 3.1.2 supports Windows 7 as a host. i'm running it on Windows 7 64bit with no problem.

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Down...

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#5
January 22, 2010 at 18:22:07
oldmannorman,

The normal way to dualboot XP & Windows 7 is to install XP first & Windows 7 last. Installing XP after Windows 7 requires rebuilding Windows 7's BCD store after installing XP since that installation will render Windows 7 unbootable.

Here's a link describing the process in detail & here's another one.

Windows 7 News!


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#6
January 23, 2010 at 10:08:50
Thank you all for your replies. If I use windows 7 as the host drive for Sun Virtual Box and then install XP do I have to then load the motherboard drivers for XP from within XP or does the host take care of how the motherboard performs.
If I mount my CD Rom in XP and insert a disc with an executable program on it, will the program still try to load into Windows 7 or just XP? You can see I am a novice at this partly groping my way around but learning all the time.
Thank you.

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#7
January 23, 2010 at 17:29:39
Well XP will load most of the native device drivers in Virtual Box, but you may have to install other devices drivers yourself.

the Disc will execute under XP, because XP in Virtual Box is the active desktop at the time while Windows 7 on your pc becomes backdrop.


Also make sure if you have Virtualization to enable it on your processor in the Bios.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#8
January 25, 2010 at 07:38:24
Thank you everyone for helping me out. I have enough information now to try both installing in a separate partiton and in virtualisation mode. Hope I don't encounter problems with Microsoft activation while attempting all this.
Best Wishes to you,all.

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