Dual boot XP & Win 7?


K

Kenny

I have a 250GB Sata HDD divided into C: 35GB with XP/SP3 installed and the
remainder as D: for storage.
I also have 2 IDE drives for storage.
Would like to install Win 7 on D: allocating about 35GB for it.
I have Acronis Disk Director to create partitions etc., when I run it it
asks the type of partition to create, Active, Primary or Logical.
Which should I select considering that I would like the choice of which OS
to load at boot up?
I have run the Win 7 Upgrade Advisor and only minor problems with graphics
and sound which updated drivers should resolve.
Replies appreciated.
 
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Rich Barry

Kenny, your D partition is Logical. You can easily divide that up into a
number of logical partitions. You will get your choice of
which OS to load up at boot from the Win7 bootloader. Make sure that the
sound and graphic drivers do exist for Win7
 
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Doum

I have a 250GB Sata HDD divided into C: 35GB with XP/SP3 installed and
the remainder as D: for storage.
I also have 2 IDE drives for storage.
Would like to install Win 7 on D: allocating about 35GB for it.
I have Acronis Disk Director to create partitions etc., when I run it
it asks the type of partition to create, Active, Primary or Logical.
Which should I select considering that I would like the choice of
which OS to load at boot up?
I have run the Win 7 Upgrade Advisor and only minor problems with
graphics and sound which updated drivers should resolve.
Replies appreciated.

Will you be using a Win7 upgrade disk? I did a dual-boot with an OEM disk
but my understanding is when you use an upgrade disk with an XP
installation, it creates a Windows.old folder, removes the XP installation
and do a clean installation.

In other words, can you do a dual-boot XP/Seven with an upgrade disk?

Just curious.
 
S

Shenan Stanley

Kenny said:
I have a 250GB Sata HDD divided into C: 35GB with XP/SP3 installed
and the remainder as D: for storage.
I also have 2 IDE drives for storage.
Would like to install Win 7 on D: allocating about 35GB for it.
I have Acronis Disk Director to create partitions etc., when I run
it it asks the type of partition to create, Active, Primary or
Logical. Which should I select considering that I would like the choice of
which OS to load at boot up?
I have run the Win 7 Upgrade Advisor and only minor problems with
graphics and sound which updated drivers should resolve.
Replies appreciated.

Any reason to do dual boot over virtual machine in your case?

(Curiosity.)
 
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Rich

I created a dual boot with a Windows7 Pro Upgrade Disk. The key is to choose
a partition separate from the partition that Windows XP is installed on. I
formatted a blank partition in front of the XP partition first. I booted
with the Windows7 disk. When I arrived at the point to select to which
location to install Windows7, I selected the blank partition in front of the
XP installation. Upon completion, Windows7 had created a dual boot with XP.
If I am not mistaken, the creation of the "Windows.old" folder would occur
had I chosen the existing XP partition for the installation of Windows7.
This would also have eliminated XP as a usable operating system on my
computer. If others on the group know this to be incorrect, please correct
my information.

Rich

Will you be using a Win7 upgrade disk? I did a dual-boot with an OEM disk
but my understanding is when you use an upgrade disk with an XP
installation, it creates a Windows.old folder, removes the XP installation
and do a clean installation.

In other words, can you do a dual-boot XP/Seven with an upgrade disk?

Just curious.


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