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Old 09-24-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Dual boot xp and windows 7

Okay, so last night, I tried to set up windows 7 and xp on dual boot. A quick google search brought to my attention that you are supposed to install xp first, so I would have to start from scratch. The problem I have is the 2nd partition on my hard drive is for backup, as I cant afford a separate drive for back up yet. My question is this, do I have to fully format the drive before hand, as obviously this would pose problems for my backed up data
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You could install XP right over it if you wanted, the best way is to create a folder for all your backup data, chuck everything into that then install XP. But when you do make sure you select Leave current partition intact when prompted for format options.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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Default Re: Dual boot xp and windows 7

Are you open to virtualization? If you already have Windows 7, you can install XP using hypervisors like VirtualPC, VirtualBox or my personal favorite, VMWare.
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Yes I'd do it virtually and OhSnapWord said use VMware and it's quite good. Although you need a fairly good machine to run it.
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Default Re: Dual boot xp and windows 7

Thanks everyone for the replies, by the time I realised there was a reply I had actually solved my dual boot problem, although I reformatted my windows 7 partition which resulted in massive amounts of time sorting out backed up data, installing updates/programs, trying and failing at getting Steam to send the activation email before it expires. So I have yet to get round to finish off sorting out xp to see if my game works, I have now found out it won't play Theme Hospital on a 64 bit system as well, so it looks like this xp dual boot was a good idea after all. The method I ended up using was a program called easy bcd, it was excellent, I just added xp to the boot list, annoyingly I found this out after formatting my windows 7 partition, so I didn't need to format after all, thanks again everyone for taking the time to reply.
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