Solved How to install Windows xp on Windows 7

May 13, 2016 at 05:15:52
Specs: Windows 7, 8 gb
I have a Windows 7 and I would like to install Windows xp ( duel boot ) but on a separate hard drive. Is it possible to so this and if so then how to go about it? The reason for this is that I have
hardware ( there are no drivers) that will not run on Windows 7 - only only on XP.

Thanks

Korat


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✔ Best Answer
May 13, 2016 at 06:47:04
"It is Sata"
Ok, no jumpers to change.

This is how I do it.

Uncable the W7 drive & install XP on the USB drive, using the built in XP delete partition & format option.
XP - D to Delete the selected partition
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

Make sure both drives work perfectly on their own.

Now I choose which operating system I want to use, by pressing F8 during boot or pressing Del & going into the bios & selecting.
F8 & Del are the keys on my bios version, it does vary from motherboard to motherboard.
If I don't want to change operating systems, I do nothing & it boots into the one I have choosen as default.

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#1
May 13, 2016 at 05:52:28
Korat, I used a boot configuration tool called easybcd to do exactly what you are describing.

Here is a step by step guide:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790...

The software is quite old now so as a precautionary measure I would create an image of your computer as it is now. Another free piece of software to do this is called macrium reflect. I would use this first just to be safe.

Edit: instead of creating a partition for XP you would instead direct the installation to the added hard drive. Make sure the hard drive is installed and recognized by 7 before you begin. There is no need to use the BIOS to make the added hard drive bootable.

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#2
May 13, 2016 at 05:53:00
Hi again Korat.

"Is it possible to so this and if so then how to go about it?"
Yes.

Tell me the exact type of drives you are using ( IDE, Sata, SSD etc )

Make sure you have all your important stuff ( including your address book ) backed up.


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#3
May 13, 2016 at 06:03:52
Actually it is an external hard drive ( usb) connected permanently.... On my boot drive I dont have the space for another partition.

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#4
May 13, 2016 at 06:33:22
"On my boot drive"
What sort of drive is that?

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#5
May 13, 2016 at 06:42:42
It is Sata. I was wondering if I have the original XP installation disk, wouldn.t it give me an option of which drive to install xp and so giving a duel boot option?

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#6
May 13, 2016 at 06:44:59
There are ways to make XP drivers work on Win7. What hardware are you having issues with?

You can do a dual boot (XP with Win7) or you can install XP in a virtual machine. But before you begin, there are a few things you'll need to be aware of - 1.) XP doesn't natively support SATA HDDs so if that's what you're working with, you'll have to know the workarounds to get it to install, 2.) the XP boot manager will overwrite the Win7 boot manager so after XP is installed, you will no longer be able to boot into Win7 until you reinstall the Win7 boot loader, 3.) XP (32-bit) will only use approx 4GB RAM.

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/h...

https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/d...

http://gag.sourceforge.net/


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#7
May 13, 2016 at 06:47:04
✔ Best Answer
"It is Sata"
Ok, no jumpers to change.

This is how I do it.

Uncable the W7 drive & install XP on the USB drive, using the built in XP delete partition & format option.
XP - D to Delete the selected partition
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

Make sure both drives work perfectly on their own.

Now I choose which operating system I want to use, by pressing F8 during boot or pressing Del & going into the bios & selecting.
F8 & Del are the keys on my bios version, it does vary from motherboard to motherboard.
If I don't want to change operating systems, I do nothing & it boots into the one I have choosen as default.

message edited by Johnw


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#8
May 13, 2016 at 07:04:30
I have a fairly ancient HP compact printer and the drivers will will only work on XP. Other drivers that HP suggest to me will not work on Windows 7, 10.
I want to install XP on a external HDD which is permanently connected (usb ).

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#9
May 13, 2016 at 07:10:18
"I have a fairly ancient HP compact printer and the drivers will will only work on XP"
I have the same situation.

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#10
May 13, 2016 at 07:36:05
Have you tried running the drivers in legacy mode?
Edit: compatibility mode

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#11
May 13, 2016 at 07:39:44
tried that.....refuse to work

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#12
May 13, 2016 at 07:42:31
HP tell me to buy another printer.....but they dont make them any more.

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#13
May 13, 2016 at 08:30:28
Before going thru the hassles that I'm sure you're going to encounter by trying to run XP off an external HDD, try this:

- download the XP driver from the HP site
- right click on it & select Properties
- click the Compatibility tab
- under Compatibility mode, check the box for "run this program in compatibility mode for" & select Windows XP (SP3)
- under Privilge Level, check the box for "run this program as administrator"
- click Apply
- click OK

After doing the above, double click on the driver & see what happens


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#14
May 13, 2016 at 08:36:48
There is no XP driver ... the one I have is from the original setup disk ...and that will not install in Windows 7. HP suggested various other drivers which they say should work
but non of them do.

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#15
May 13, 2016 at 08:56:22
"There is no XP driver ..."

Please post the model & model number of the printer. If there are no XP drivers, it must be extremely old. Maybe you should take HP's suggestion & buy a new (2016) printer?

"HP suggested various other drivers which they say should work but non of them do"

You have to use the steps in response # 13

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#16
May 13, 2016 at 09:07:07
The model is hp 130 photosmart the- it is almost 20; years since I bought it

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#17
May 13, 2016 at 09:41:13
Definitely an oldie. I just did a search & found a discussion in the HP forums that said all you have to do is connect the printer to a Win7 computer via USB, then run Windows Update & a Microsoft generic driver will load. If that doesn't work, I found these:

http://www.helpjet.net/files-HP-Pho...

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/...

http://support.hp.com/us-en/product...

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...


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#18
May 13, 2016 at 17:08:24
Another method could be to extract the setup executable from the installation CD then running it in compatibility mode as described in riider's #13 response.

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#19
May 13, 2016 at 17:14:06
I read all the HP discussions and apart from complaints to HP non seems to work.....the printer only connects via USB period and trying when installing from windows update it detects only the usb drivers and not the printer drivers.

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#20
May 13, 2016 at 23:21:29
I tried to run in compatibility mode ( and normal mode ) but the computer will not recognize the printer and fails half way through.

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#21
May 14, 2016 at 07:50:19
OK, try this - unplug the printer's USB cable, then follow the steps in response #13. Do NOT plug in the USB cable until after the driver has been installed or unless prompted to do so during the driver installation.

Did you check ALL the links I provided in my last response? Did you see there are Vista & Win7 drivers available?

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#22
May 14, 2016 at 08:14:55
I tried most of the drivers for other printers which hp said should work but dont. When installing at some çççccccçpoint connecting the usb is requred otherwise the installion hangs.
As I do need another hard drive I will install and then put xp on the new drive. The question is if I will get the duel boot option.

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#23
May 14, 2016 at 09:58:04
Installing an older OS after a more recent one (XP after Win-7) may (will as I recall) require you to restore/rebulid the Win-7 bootloader.

This is one approach; which is using the current drive only... The basics are the same even for a second drive... All you need to do is to ensure the drive shows in Disk Manager in win-7. Might be useful to preformat the second drive (as ntfs obviously via win-7) and then set about installing XP to it.

http://tinyurl.com/yeel4u6

The above link is to the same site posted earlier by btk1w1.

The link below is to another site discussing the same approach - and using a second physical drive.

Just make sure you know what the drive letter assignment for the second drive is; so as to ensure you install to it - and not the current C drive.

This is a "how to" using only the current drive - or installing to a second drive...

http://tinyurl.com/ctfncw

As always... ensure you have safely duplicated/copied any/all important personal files etc. off the system as - first...! Typically to DVD at least; but to an external hard drive too is nice(r). Don't rely on flash drives for this; and don't trust to luck that "nothing" will go wrong with your project and thus lose your personal files... Safeguard those first...

(Very odd but I edited this response twice but it never actually changed - until this third time... Likely digitus troubilis per moi...).

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#24
May 14, 2016 at 11:06:44
"The question is if I will get the duel boot option"

Personally, I think you're doing something wrong when attempting to install the drivers. The easiest solution would be to get a new printer.

There are several ways to go about this dual OS setup but I think the following will be your best option.

1. temporarily disconnect the Win7 HDD
2. connect the HDD to be used for XP, boot the system, enter the BIOS & change the SATA controller setting to IDE mode.
3. reboot & install XP to the HDD. After the installation is complete, install the AHCI/SATA driver. I can't tell you which driver you need because you never provided any system info or specs. (NOTE: if you have 8GB RAM installed, it might be a problem so be prepared to temporarily lower the RAM amount to 4GB or less to get thru the XP installation).
4. after XP & the ACHI/SATA driver is installed, reboot, enter the BIOS & change the SATA controller setting back to AHCI.
5. reboot & confirm that XP is now working in AHCI mode.
6. install all the latest device drivers, antivirus, Windows Updates, etc & then make sure your printer is setup & working properly.
7. once you've got XP setup the way you want it & have confirmed everything works as it should, shut down & install the Win7 HDD.

You should now have two fully functional Windows installations on two separate HDDs but you will not have a dual boot option at startup. So you will either have to use the steps Johnw mentioned in response #7 or you can install a boot manager such as GAG or EasyBCD.

https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/

http://gag.sourceforge.net/

If you don't like those options, just install XP in a virtual machine on a 2nd HDD.


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#25
May 14, 2016 at 16:22:13
There's no driver for my printer. Now what?
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Inkjet...

Another way, I use this on every comp with driver problems.

SlimDrivers
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://slimdrivers.com/
http://i.imgur.com/iXZx7kX.gif


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#26
May 15, 2016 at 08:55:21
Hey Guys
I completely forgot about an old computer I have just lying around so today I tried to "breath some life" into it. I finally succeeded to get it working - formatted the hard drive
and then installed XP and the "ancient" printer. It took me a while to get XP installed but once I did the printer its working like a charm :)

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