Solved Problems with XP installation onto Windows 7

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March 21, 2013 at 11:08:28
Specs: Windows 7, 4096
Having changed to a new notebook ACER Aspire Timeline 1830 with preinstalled Windows 7 (the old one laptop was scrapped when it fell down from my desktop and the screen was badly damaged) my idea is to have also old "good-hearted" XP on it so I've found my old XP install CD and wanted to start installing it.
But to my highest surprise when the autorun start screen appeared I saw the install option blended out and there was no way to activate this.

My question is: is it possible to install XP on the preinstalled Windows 7?
How shall I proceed to make it correctly?


Thank's in advance for any help!

Zennon


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#1
March 21, 2013 at 12:50:34
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You can but the normal procedure is to install the older OS first. If you install Windows XP with Windows 7 already installed you will wipe out the Windows 7 boot loader and you will need to reinstall Widows 7.

However, as this is an OEM instillation you may not be able to do that, it depends how the Acer recovery disk is configured.. Before you even start to install Windows XP. Make sure you can get drivers for the hardware, particularly the Graphics.

If your version of Windows XP is the professional version your best bet is to install it in a Virtual Machine. A lot easier, more reliable and you can switch between the two without having to re-boot and it also takes care of the driver problem as it will be using the Widows 7 drivers through Windows 7.

Stuart


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#2
March 21, 2013 at 14:12:07
The option to install Windows XP was probably "grayed out" because your hard drive doesn't have an empty partition to install it on. You cannot install any version of Windows on to a partition which already contains a version of Windows or contains existing data.

You need an empty partition on the hard drive to install Windows XP on it.


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#3
March 21, 2013 at 21:44:22
Thank you alll for feedback!
I forgot to say that I have available space on the HD because I've used Acronis Disk Director to delete the original C: partition and I've created a new one having ca.120 GB and there I've restored the OS using ALT+F10 option.
So now I have another partition available with more than 300GB of free space...

Zennon


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#4
March 21, 2013 at 22:18:23
Hi StuartS,
Thank you for this suggestion. I really didin't think on such an option of VM.
It seems to be quite good, especially because of the drivers.
Now the question for me is also which software shall I use to make partition image under Windows 7 (to store current applications that I may have in the future...) but this will be a separate question on this forum.
Thanks again!

Zennon


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