Install Win XP onto my new Win 7 PC to run simultaneously

January 9, 2012 at 02:58:54
Specs: Windows XP
I want to install Windows xp onto my new windows 7 computer to run simultaneously.
How do i do it?

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January 9, 2012 at 03:43:25
Setup a virtual machine as MS Virtual PC or open source VirtualBox (both free), install inside the virtual environment a legal copy of XP and you can run XP and 7 concurrently, XP as an application window. The process is easy to do, fully explained on the related sites and absolutely harmless for the hosting PC.

Ignore a warning message about the unsupported operating system: VPC works perfectly under Home Premium too.

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January 10, 2012 at 02:21:09
thank you i am unfarmiliar with the "related sites" you mention i still have the xp disc to the old pc but i was told i cannot use it twice also why are people suggesting in a 10 page speell to" duel boot onto the hard drive"then download easybcd

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January 10, 2012 at 03:36:02
To run two operating systems you need a legal copy of both installation disks. The previous statement is true regardless any method you want to follow to achieve your target. Basically you can

1- Set up a Dual Boot i.e. partitioning the hard drive into two logical volumes each holding an OS e.g. XP and Seven. This enables you to choose at power on what environment to start, XP or Seven, however they are exclusive not concurrent;

2- Setup a virtual machine as MS Virtual PC and install XP inside the virtual environment; in this way you can run both systems concurrently since XP acts as an "application" for Windows 7.

Dual boot is more complex to setup than VPC an may lead to a unrecoverable damage of the system if you do not have appropriate know-how. VPC is pretty easy to perform, just download Virtual PC 2007 from Microsoft site, start installation and follow wizard's instrucrions. If anything fails, there is no danger, just restart the process.

As I said at the beginning however you need a legal copy of Windows XP. Why do you want XP togheter Seven? Almost all XP applications can run under 7 (using compatibility mode if problems arise).

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January 10, 2012 at 03:51:09
Also with dual-booting they do not run 'simultaneously', you choose at boot which you want to use.

The virtual machine as previously described is the method you want. If you have the higher versions of Win7 - Business or Professional for example - they have virtualPC built in and you can download XP Mode from the MS website - you don't even need a copy of XP.

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January 10, 2012 at 13:01:05
It is getting very difficult for even expert users to install xp on new systems. Forget it would be my vote.

Get either of these. VirtualPC, VMplayer or Virtualbox. All are free ways to run a second OS at the same time as the W7.

As for the xp disk it may or may not work. Only real xp disks can be loaded in the new virtual machine. The disk usually states if it can be only used in such and such computer. If it doesn't say so then it may work.

Why do you want to run a 12 year old OS?

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