Dual Booting XP SP3 / Windows 7 build 7057

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by isd503, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. isd503

    isd503 MDL Novice

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    A lot of people are complaining about things that do not work correctly for them within Windows 7. Here is one thing you can do to give yourself quick access to a proven operating system (OS):

    From a clean hard drive, load XP first, and then load Windows 7 last. Just like with Vista, you will see far fewer problems dual booting these OS's if you load XP first.

    I have used this setup through the various Windows 7 builds and it works great. Also, I suggest you do not upgrade your OS. Always complete a fresh build from scratch. If you follow this method, you will be able to overwrite your Windows 7 partition (as new builds are released) without negatively affecting your XP partition. I have done this about seven times with no problems. Good luck!
     
  2. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    an even better solution if you are not going to be playing games is to capture your XP install as a VHD, then since Windows 7 supports VHD mounting natively, you can just install virtual PC and use XP, and when there are files from the XP install you need and vise-versa you can just mount the VHD like a normal drive.