How to Add Windows XP on a Win7 PC

March 9, 2011 at 01:50:17
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz
I have a PC running Win7.
I would like to install Win XP on my second Hard Drive so my daughter can play some old games on it.
I don't want to change anything on my Win7 as it runs perfectly, and it should stay my main opperating system (the one starting up when pc starts).
Any help would be appreciated.

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#1
March 9, 2011 at 06:53:54
Ideally you should install XP first - as win7 install will then create a dual boot menu for you. The best way otherwise IMO is to use a third party boot manager (I use www.boot-us.com - there is a free version with restricted function, there are a fair few out there if you google). Using boot-us, you would install xp on the second drive with the first drive disconnected (very important that its disconnected). Once XP up and running ok, reconnect first drive & boot from it (system should default to first drive). Install boot-us on win7, then run it (need runas administrator) to create the boot menu. Can store the menu in several places - you'll see the prompt. If you store it in the boot sector or free partition, you'll just get the menu every time you boot machine (there is option in boot-us to remove the boot menu too). If you store it on a floppy (probably don't have one!) or a CD (need to burn the image file it produces), you'll get the menu if floppy/CD in the drive and machine is set to boot from it. This method leaves both operating systems independent, so problems with one will not affect the other.

Another possible approach is virtual PC (or other virtual machine software, like virtual box/vmware). Here you install XP in a virtual machine that runs under win7 (win7 professional & Ultimate versions have a special win7 version which will integrate the xp so that apps installed on xp can be run directly from win7. Other versions you'd need to use virtual pc 2007 or one of other virtual machines.


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#2
March 9, 2011 at 13:42:37
I'd use a virtual PC. It is really the most easy way to do what you want to try if you have an xp disk.

If the games are real old try dosbox.

Many games can be played on windows 7 if you have the 32 bit version.


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#3
March 10, 2011 at 02:30:58
thanks guys,
I think that the second option will be better for me.
is there any difference between "virtual PC" you have suggested and "Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC" I found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi... ?
Do I need the "XP Mode"? or just the Virtual pc is enough?
I will give it a try.

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#4
March 10, 2011 at 06:05:19
Unfortunately, it seems that my system does not support hardware-assisted virtualization which is needed for the virtualization. tried to look for it in the bios settings but could not find it.
I have Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E7400.
I've been to Intel's site ant it says that only SLGW3 Spec Code have it, but how the hell can I find this code??

Anyway I really want to try the "Virtual PC". Any idea?


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#5
March 10, 2011 at 10:59:12
The restrictions on win7 versions seem to have been lifted! The site now allows any version of win 7. They've also removed the necessity for hardware assisted virtualization. So http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

The 'standard' virtual pc 2007 can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...

Its a bit more limited (eg, no usb support) but should do fine for running games.


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#6
March 10, 2011 at 14:01:22
http://ark.intel.com/MySearch.aspx?... to be sure.Also bios and motherboard is needed for full vm support but I have used VirtualPC on a very old computer and it worked OK.

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#7
March 10, 2011 at 14:09:12
Which version of Windows 7 do you have? I could not get it to work on Windows 7 Home, I think it only works on Professional or better. I use Oracles VM Virtual Box works great on Windows 7.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/s...


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