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Dual-booting Win XP and Windows 7 Questions

October 14, 2010 at 19:26:11
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+
I currently have 1 hard drive (SATA) with Windows XP. I am thinking of installing another SATA hard drive, and loading Windows 7 on it, in an effort to dual-boot.

Q1: Can I just run the Windows 7 setup to accomplish this?

Q2: Are there any drawbacks to this?
I browsed the forums and saw one issue that can arise where this is done, but you remove one hard drive, and the boot loader gets wonky. I've also heard that this can sometimes mess up the boot loader.

Q3: I heard that if I access the WinXP drive while in Win7, the file permissions can get messed up, especially when back in WinXP. Is this true?

Q4: If Q3 is true, is there any way to avoid this? Like making it so the WinXP drive cannot be seen while in Win7, and vice versa?

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October 15, 2010 at 06:12:58
Q1: Yes, just use the 'Custom' install option to specify the drive to install it on and Dual boot so that it will install the correct bootloader.
Q2: The Bootloader, etc. will be installed on your current bootable drive, so if you decide to later remove the XP drive, or format it to use it as a storage drive, you will need to do a 'Repair' to your Windows 7 install to fix this so it can be used as a stand alone operating system.
Q3: On this I am not as sure. (wait for additional info from others) I know that Windows 7 is MUCH more picky about permissions than XP is, so the problem may only be one way. I can tell you that when I installed Windows 7 on a new built computer and installed my old drive from the old XP system to copy over all of my files prior to reformatting it as an extra storage/back-up drive, Windows 7 had no problem with this (I did not try saving anything back to the XP drive, or using it again as XP and formatting it made it part of the new system after that anyway).
I hope that this helps you.... as far as it goes anyway.

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October 15, 2010 at 20:15:12
Thanks very much for the reply. Much appreciated. Before I do anything I think I'll see if anyone else has any thoughts.

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October 20, 2010 at 18:29:48
Anybody have any ideas for Question 4?

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