Dual Boot Windows® 7 with Windows® XP
How to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows XP?
Windows 7 is the latest OS released by Microsoft which has got a lot of new features and is compatible with the latest devices. Most of the users who were using Windows XP might have faced difficulty in using new Windows 7 as they had devices and programs installed in Windows XP and those are not compatible with Windows 7. Here comes the requirement for dual boot, which means that Windows 7 and Windows XP can be installed on the same computer and user can select their desired OS at the Start-up. Dual boot can be performed on the same hard disk either by creating two partitions or if there are two hard disks, each OS can be installed on separate hard disks. Enabling dual boot on a computer doesn’t affect the system performance unless and until the user doesn’t have the minimum system requirements to install the Windows OS. When a dual boot is enabled, it asks which OS needs to be selected and if you are not making a decision within a specified time frame, it will go to the default OS which user has set.
Here you will find different ways to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows XP:
- Make CD/DVD as the first boot device
- Installing on a different hard disk
- Creating a new partition
Make CD/DVD as the first boot device
When you put Windows 7 DVD for an installation, you need to ensure that the first boot device is set as CD/DVD drive in BIOS. Boot sequence needs to be altered in order to do a fresh installation from Windows 7 DVD so that the CD boots before the hard disk does. BIOS set-up can be entered by pressing 'Del' or 'F2' key at the start up.
Installing on a different hard disk
If you already have two hard disks on the same computer, then you can format the other partition and then install the Windows 7 from the DVD, if Windows XP is installed on one hard disk. You can start installation from the CD at the startup and when Windows installation asks for a partition, you need to select the drive onto which Windows 7 needs to be installed and installation will be completed. After the restart, you will get the prompt which OS needs to be selected.
Creating a new partition
When you are installing the Windows 7 onto the same hard disk in which Windows XP is installed, then you need to create a new partition to do an upgrade installation of Windows 7. If there are multiple partitions on the same computer, you can select that drive. Windows 7 provides you the option to create multiple partitions and if you have difficulty in creating a partition, you can try using third party software such as Partition Manager to create a new partition prior to installing Windows 7. Once the drive is partitioned and ready to be installed, you can proceed with the Windows 7 installation.
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