Can i use two operating system in my computer

February 3, 2011 at 07:51:28
Specs: Windows 7
I am using Windows 7 in my laptop. But some programs like C are not running in it. So i need to install win xp also in my system. How can i do this? Will it cause any hazard to my computer?
If it so suggest me any other way to run the program. Thanks

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#1
February 3, 2011 at 08:26:24
Yes you can set up a dual boot machine, but it does need some expertise, especially with win7 already on (easier if xp on and adding win 7), and does have risks (which you can guard against, but again easier with expertise).

Easier approach might be installing something like virtual PC, vmware, virtual box or similar, in which you can set up and xp virtual machine to run older programs. In fact if you have professional or ultimate versions of windows 7, virtual PC 2007 will integrate into the operating system allowing you to run apps in the xp vm directly from win7. Other versions of win7 can still run virtual PC, but you'll need to run the apps inside the xp vm. Try googling to find out more details. Also a lot less risky than dual booting, and you don't have to reboot machine to use the other operating system.


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#2
February 3, 2011 at 09:08:49
An even easier way, if it works, is to run the application in compatibility mode. You can access this with the "compatibility" tab of the executables properties. Failing that, running the app under a virtual machine would be your best option. Dual booting with XP would be the most difficult.

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