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Compatibilty issues for reinstalling XP with Win 7

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March 10, 2014 2:12:03 PM

Process of installing Win 7 - 32-bit on Dell Inspiron 530 which was running Win XP. I was able to clean install Win 7 OK with all settings & files saved; but now unable to reinstall Win XP so that I can still run old programs (now incompatible with Win 7) & hardware with XP.

When inserting the original Dell Operating System XP Home Ed - SP2 disc, and select 'Install Windows XP' I get a warning that the program is blocked due to compatibility issues. Does anyone have a solution to reinstall XP?
March 10, 2014 2:19:35 PM

gilde said:
Process of installing Win 7 - 32-bit on Dell Inspiron 530 which was running Win XP. I was able to clean install Win 7 OK with all settings & files saved; but now unable to reinstall Win XP so that I can still run old programs (now incompatible with Win 7) & hardware with XP.

When inserting the original Dell Operating System XP Home Ed - SP2 disc, and select 'Install Windows XP' I get a warning that the program is blocked due to compatibility issues. Does anyone have a solution to reinstall XP?


Create a separate partition in disk management, located in windows 7. Then attempt the install onto that partition.
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March 10, 2014 2:58:54 PM

Important please read to resolve problem.

Its down to the order you installed the two Os you have.
Windows by native intervention will not let you install a new os like windows 7
And later attempt to install windows xp.

It must be done in the order of windows xp first.

And then windows 7.

It will then create a multi boot extended menu for the os you wish to run.

Technically it sees it as downgrading.
Since the existing OS installed, Windows 7 super seeds XP.

And why Xp fails to install with a compatibility error message. Xp was made before windows 7.
Windows 7, as far as XP is concerned is not compatible it was never programmed to see it as a compatible Os. it does not have a clue what windows 7 is.

XP first os installed : Windows 7 install next.
Create`s multi boot os selection menu.





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