Windows® 7 dual boot installation
Do you want to create a dual boot installation with the Windows 7 and Windows XP operating systems?
Dual boot installation of Windows 7 and Windows XP needs the original copy of both the operating systems. Another important thing you need to have is a system with enough space to occupy both operating systems in the hard disk. Important software you need to have is boot loader which is suitable to boot the Windows 7 and Windows XP operating system. You should also make sure that your system possesses the minimum system requirements to install the Windows 7 operating system. To install Windows 7 your system needs to have 1 GB memory, 16 GB free disk space, support for graphics card with 128 MB memory and a DVD drive. Graphics card with memory is needed to enjoy all the advanced graphics features of Windows 7.
Ways to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows XP are given below:
- Windows XP partition
- Windows 7 partition
- Installing Windows 7
Windows XP partition
You need to partition the hard disk to install both operating systems. Partitioning your hard drive in Windows XP needs downloading of some sort of third-party partitioning utility. GParted is one of the software utilities which comes under the category of partition management software. To create a partition in Windows XP, you need to download the software and reboot your system from CD. Then resize the partition which you are going to install the Windows 7 operating system. You could apply changes to partitions accordingly.
Windows 7 partition
For Windows 7 partition management you could also apply partition with the help of the partition management utility. Windows 7 provides safe way to partition using the built in utility in Windows 7. You could do either deletion of partition or merging and make enough space to install both the operating systems.
You could set the one operating system in Windows 7 or Windows XP as default one. That is if you did not specify which one to be loaded when asked, the default operating system will be loaded. You could set this feature from Control Panel. From 'Start' menu, select the Control Panel and choose 'System' and double click on it. From 'Advanced' tab you could access 'Start up and Recovery' and then click on 'Settings.' From system start up you could select one of the operating systems. You could also select the time up to which the computer should wait to load the default operating system.
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