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November 2, 2011 12:53:54 PM

hi guys..
can you teach me how to install another os to my computer..
i have currently using windows 7 ultimate..
then i want to install win xp sp3..they say on google to partition first..well i have a 2 separated partition the other one is 30 gb and other is 40 gb..is it ok to install a two os in this size of hdd??

heres my specs
amd sempron 140 processor 2.75 ghz
1 gd ddr2 memory ram
geforce 210 1 gb 1000ghz ddr3
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a b $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 1:38:16 PM

I think you'll like having a dual boot computer.

I know I really like my multi-boot system.

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a c 233 $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 1:51:16 PM

Chainzsaw said:
You have windows 7 Ultimate.

I would suggest using Windows XP mode.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

This allows you to install windows XP inside of Windows 7. Basically it's a virtual computer.


If you plan on gaming, this isn't a viable option. The VM doesn't virtualize D3D.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 1:56:11 PM

According to the OP's specs. I dont think he can do much gaming anyways.

Oh well - it was just a suggestion. He doesn't have to do it. Plus the OP doesn't even mention why he want's a dual boot system.
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a c 233 $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 1:58:46 PM

I undertsand. I just wanted to make sure the OP was aware of the VM's limits.
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November 2, 2011 2:02:39 PM

Always install the latest OS last. That way they recognise the older OS and do all the hard work for you.
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November 2, 2011 2:29:22 PM

WR2 said:
Hello MIKO30;

Those partitions are on the small side, but yes, it's doable.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Look for Option Two: When Windows 7 is Installed First


im very confuse of those steps sir...
hmm can i just insert the windows xp dvd and reboot my computer then install it to another partition??cause my win 7 is on the drive C...can i just put the win xp on the drive D sir??


hmm yup my pc specs is not good enough but im running any games without lag haha..ahmm im playing assasins creed brotherhood and dirt 2..and the rest is online gaming like project blackout with max settings..
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a b $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 2:37:37 PM

You can just put the XP disk in and run it, but you'll lose the ability to load win7.

It's not that difficult, give it a try.
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November 2, 2011 2:44:45 PM

4745454b said:
You can just put the XP disk in and run it, but you'll lose the ability to load win7.

It's not that difficult, give it a try.


ok sir what do you mean i will lost the ability to load win 7?? example if i installed the xp then the win 7 will not boot??
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a c 233 $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 3:09:58 PM

joedastudd said:
Always install the latest OS last. That way they recognise the older OS and do all the hard work for you.


MIKO30 said:
ok sir what do you mean i will lost the ability to load win 7?? example if i installed the xp then the win 7 will not boot??


As stated, you must always install Windows OS's from oldest to newest. There are ways around it, but it involves more than just installing the OS and is more tedious.
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November 2, 2011 3:14:47 PM

MIKO30 said:
ok sir what do you mean i will lost the ability to load win 7?? example if i installed the xp then the win 7 will not boot??

Correct, after you install XP it will break the booting win 7. Don't worry, no data is lost or anything on win 7 it just can't boot at the moment. If you look at step 7-11, under "When Windows 7 is Installed First" on the page provided by WR2, it will explain, how to fix win 7 boot using EasyBCD.

Also if for some reason your XP install didn't work, you can grab a win 7 disc and run a repair and it will fix win 7 booting for you.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 5:48:35 PM

Catsrules said:
Also if for some reason your XP install didn't work, you can grab a win 7 disc and run a repair and it will fix win 7 booting for you.
Correct; XP and 7 have different boot loaders.
If you have the Win7 disc you can run Repair after you install XP.
That repair will make the Win7 boot loader the primary one.
After a reboot you'll see both option.
If you don't have a Win7 install disk the EasyBCD program can fix it too.
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November 2, 2011 10:14:35 PM

ahh.,,ok..,i allready created a system recovery tool for my win 7...
ahmmm ok i get it now sir haha tnx for your effort for teaching me what you all got there..:D  hehe sory for my english im not good enough..:D 
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a b $ Windows 7
November 2, 2011 11:45:36 PM

I used the EasyBCD program when I had this issue with my wife's machine. I would go that route. I was a bit unsure what I was doing, but it was easy enough.
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November 2, 2011 11:59:52 PM

hey sir what if you wanna remove the other os..??do you know how to remove it??
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a b $ Windows 7
November 3, 2011 12:01:52 AM

Not sure, never tried to remove one. Usually I just format the drive. I've never tried to remove an OS from a 2+ OS computer.
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November 3, 2011 12:54:28 AM

oww men i cant connect to the internet..i cant even open easybcd in the win xp..now how can i get back to win 7..help guys..!! im on my moms loptop now..deym...
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November 3, 2011 1:20:37 AM

sir...i cant connect to the internet..and some programs dont work on it..i installed the windows xp..and i cant even update the drivers on it...i solved now how to get back to the win 7 and im using it now...the problem is why cant i connect to the internet so i can download some updates...
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a b $ Windows 7
November 3, 2011 2:25:51 AM

Use moms laptop to download EasyBCD. It's a small program and should be able to move right over.
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November 3, 2011 2:51:12 AM

ok..i installed the xp and get the easybcd and manage to boot on windows 7..but sir how can i connect to internet using xp..i cant download the right driver,,
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a b $ Windows 7
November 3, 2011 2:58:24 AM

Probably because XP doesn't have the driver for your network card. Figure out what NIC you have and download the driver on a different machine. (If win7 can go online, download the driver and save it to your harddrive somewhere.)
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November 3, 2011 4:04:42 AM

i dont know what you mean sir..,,i cant even set up my internet connection in xp mode..
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a b $ Windows 7
November 3, 2011 5:30:28 AM

I understand that. Probably because XP doesn't have a driver for your network card. If you load the driver for your network card (NIC) then you can go online. I have no idea what NIC you have, it's probably built into the motherboard your using.
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November 3, 2011 9:49:30 AM

how to check my NIC??
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a b $ Windows 7
November 3, 2011 11:18:59 AM

With Device Manager:
Click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
Any Warning Flags on Network Adapters?



Does your ISP give you instructions for setting up your internet connection under XP?
Follow those instructions.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 3, 2011 11:23:34 AM

There might be red or yellow warning symbols or a yellow question mark.
Notice the yellow question mark here.
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November 4, 2011 3:08:37 AM

yes i have that one...and XINPUT1_3.dll is also missing when im playing some games..,,it is a directx problem or what..and what is your direct x installed on your pc sir WR2?? it is dx 9??
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a b $ Windows 7
November 4, 2011 3:35:25 AM

Windows 7 SP1 = DirectX 11
Windows XP SP3 = DirectX 9.0c
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a b $ Windows 7
November 4, 2011 3:36:17 AM

MIKO30 said:
yes i have that one...
Which one is 'that one'?
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a b $ Windows 7
November 4, 2011 3:38:18 AM

XINPUT1_3.dll - are you trying to use an Xbox 360 gaming controller in WinXP?
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November 4, 2011 3:58:31 AM

ow the one that yellow question mark there sir..ok i will download the dx9.oc
about the xinput1_3.dll when i open a game like nba 2k11 the xinput1_3.dll pops up and say its missing and need to close..
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November 4, 2011 4:00:21 AM

sir can you give me the link where to download the dx9.oc
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November 4, 2011 12:40:04 PM

no i didnt use an xbox controller sir..,just when i open my nba 2k11 then the xinput pops up..
i search on google and it say that its a directx problem...,,im trying to download a dx9 or 10 to fix this problem... thanks for all of you guys for helping me with this problem..
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