Solved How to get Win XP as a start up option on a Win 7 PC?

October 27, 2014 at 08:56:39
Specs: Windows 7 Home Prem SP 1, AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 925 Processor 8GB
How to install Win XP on WIN 7 HD? Used Windows transfer program to move X P to new Computer. XP files are located on partion J:. Not particularly computer literate. need detailed instructions to have XP as an option at start up.

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October 27, 2014 at 11:16:19
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To clarify first... You wish to have both XP and Win-7 (a dual-boot) on the same computer; and to be able to select one or other to boot as required?

Make and model of computer may be useful here...

Meanwhile... you cannot simply copy (transfer) an XP installation from one hard drive in one one computer to another drive in another computer... It can be done - after a fashion - but requires a repair routine to make it work...; and does depend on the type XP CD you have, and was used to install XP originally in its ho me computer.

If you have an XP cd (full version Retail - not an OEM) then you can set up a dual-boot with that disk. If the copy you have is an OEM then it's tied to the system it was used with from day one; and cannot (easily) be used on another system... Retail versions do not suffer from this irritating limitation...

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October 27, 2014 at 12:58:38
Just to add that the copy transfer can run into issues is that the XP installation is expecting quite different hardware. As per trvlr, maybe not impossible but could prove very difficult. A fresh XP install is the way to go.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 28, 2014 at 12:05:33
Thanks for the quick answer to my question. I had forgotten I still had the original WinXP disc. With a little additional research, I should be able to install WinXP.
Thanks again to both you and Derek.


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October 28, 2014 at 16:03:51
As long as your XP disk is Retail version "not" an OEM...

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October 31, 2014 at 18:36:24
I have come across software that can do what trvlr is asking unfortunately it is commercial software and their are other problems, first off it is called ACRONIS it has the ability to create a backup image of a windows Installation, and store it where ever you want over a network or on another partition, then if you want to RECOVER the image to another computer you have the OPTION of universal restore, this feature resets all the drivers for the hardware to Generic one's the problem is you then have to re-install all the official drivers for your hardware. The Pro's are that at least you will maintain all your user settings and programs, the cons is you might be wise to just re-install due to all the driver issues if your not very computer literate in knowing what drivers to install..

I just need to add, the fact that you have copied your Windows XP to the windows 7 drive means you still have the Original hard drive for you old computer YES ? If so then it might not be too late, if you can get hold of a copy of Acronis you first need a working OLD pc that has the windows XP on it you want to migrate, make a backup image of the old PC XP installation, save it somewhere either on a portable hard drive or over the network to the new computer. Then you need to create a NEW partition at least the size of the old windows XP version NO LESS better bigger than smaller, as Acronis has the feature built in to resize partitions to accommodate a windows image.

Once you have a FREE partition space, you can use either an ACRONIS boot CD or a full installation to do do a universal restore into the new free partition space, but be careful if you do this that you do not over write you windows 7 partition by mistake, one good thing is that the software does have a decent GUI and displays partitions by the names allocated to them, such as OS Install or Data Drive etc for the partition labels good luck.


Hope this helps


PS I am NOT a big fan of Commercial software, BUT in rare occasions with a deeply customised windows installation this can be a life saver

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