Install 2n hd drive w/xp a Windows 7 computer

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September 11, 2011 at 11:38:18
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, Quad core 3 gig
installing 2nd hard drive w/xp on windows 7 computer

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#1
September 11, 2011 at 11:44:45
No answer so far that answers my queation

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#2
September 11, 2011 at 12:03:47
Are you saying you have a spare hard drive with XP installed on it and you want to use it on your Win 7 machine? What kind of hard drive is it, IDE or SATA?

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#3
September 11, 2011 at 13:34:33
if the new drive is already set up with XP, then hit whichever key allows you to choose boot device, and you will be able to boot into xp or win7,
if you are adding a drive and intend to install xp after, then do a search here, because how to install XP as a 2nd Os has been covered many times in great detail.

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#4
September 11, 2011 at 16:51:29
Installing as a second hard drive is the easy part, but if it has XP on it and you plan to use it on a different computer you will need to reinstall it since it is on different hardware, plus you will need a new license for XP since that one is tied to different hardware as far as Microsoft and the laws are concerned. Then you will need to find out if there are drivers made for your hardware that supports XP, most new hardware does not have driver support for XP. With MS withdrawing support for it soon and very few are building systems for XP there is not profit in doing that much work for a very limited audience.
Again, if you just want to add it as a spare drive for more storage space, that is easy. Otherwise follow advice already given but I would recommend against it (too much work, not likely to succeed, not much use with Windows 7 being much better).

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#5
September 12, 2011 at 06:44:54
Thanks for all the info. The reason I want to install my IDE drive with XP is that it has programs on it, specifically a Parsons Address book 7, that Windows 7 will not accept. I am using Windows 7 Ultimate version. I understand the comment on MS tieing OS program to a specific piece of hardware.

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#6
September 12, 2011 at 07:14:18
You have Ultimate, you can run an XP within a virtual machine within Ultimate and install your favorite programs there. Google or search MS site for details (I don't have Ultimate but I know the option is there but you may need to download something from them). Others may add these details also if you wait.

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#7
September 12, 2011 at 14:29:13
My old computer used XP. My new computer has Windows 7 Ultimate. I want to take it out of my old computer and put it in the new one. It is a IDE. Can this be done without being a expert.

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#8
September 12, 2011 at 14:34:02
The only reason for wanting to install the XP drive from my old computer is that I have programs on it that will not load on Windows 7. I am somewhat of a novice so if it more difficult in setting up I perhaps will pass on it or take it a computer guru.

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#9
September 12, 2011 at 20:48:57
Installing the drive is not difficult IF your motherboard has an IDE port. You MAY need to reset something in your BIOS if it is not recognized immediately, but that MAY effect the access speed of your current hard drive (depends if your board is capable of using full speed SATAII and the slower IDE without slowing the SATA ports to match the IDE drive (not sure on this, and not sure how different boards treat this, I have a Gigabyte board that appears to do this OK). BUT you will only be able to access this drive for files unless you reinstall Windows XP AND all of the programs and you can get XP drivers for your hardware. Then you will have to do a start up repair on the Windows 7 installation or it will not then boot up, but this repair should then allow the dual boot option. If you just want to use this drive for extra storage or as a back up drive, then that is easier. As I said installing XP as a virtual machine within Windows 7 will be better and easier and you will not be asked to pay for a new XP license when you activate it like you will going the other route (usually when you go to do your first update or service pack upgrade).

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#10
September 13, 2011 at 07:15:11
W7 Ultimate does provide a way to use xp software, I tired it, got lost on all the do this stuff that I gave up. I guess I will also give up on installing my xp hard drive. Although one question that was mentioned was the drivers. Would they not be on the xp drive?

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#11
September 13, 2011 at 19:48:34
The drivers need to be specifically for the hardware you are running it on. The drivers you have on your old installation were for your old hardware.
As mentioned earlier most modern hardware does not have XP drivers written for them by the manufacturers.
An operating system installed on one computer will not work on another system without reinstalling it unless the systems are practically identical.

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#12
September 14, 2011 at 07:40:26
I have given up, I can and have hooked up my old computer and used it . A
little messy. The only driver i would need is the printer and its the same printer that I use on Windows 7.

Thanks for your info, to bad you don't live next door.

Chet


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#13
September 19, 2011 at 07:18:28
Best answer- No. 4

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