Possible? Windows 7 64 Bit partition on Windows XP 32 Bit drive?

I want to know if its possible to Partition some of my C: (With windows xp 32 bit on it, about 80 GB free) and have Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate installed on the partition for some sort of dual boot. I want to use windows 7...or to test it really with new games and stuff for some functions(like bitstreaming through my Onboard sound or being able to use my full 4GB of ram) but I dont have the money to do a full New PC upgrade right now... Is this possible by any means or methods? And if it's possible...is it even advisable? Thanks!
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  1. U just need to create partition of size 16GB for x32bit or 20GB for x64bit version.
  2. You may try to use virtual XP mode in the Win7.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
  3. Very possible, I used to do exactly that. here is a nice how-to guide:

    http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista

    Getting rid of XP after you move to 7 can prove to be a bit of a headache, so just keep that in mind.
  4. Herr_Koos said:
    Very possible, I used to do exactly that. here is a nice how-to guide:

    http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista

    Getting rid of XP after you move to 7 can prove to be a bit of a headache, so just keep that in mind.


    What are the downsides of doing it this way? Thanks very much to both of you by the way!
  5. Not many downsides that I can think of, it's mostly a painless process. The real pain, as I mentioned, is getting rid of XP for good. It's easy if you format and start from scratch, but if you want to lose XP AND keep your W7 installation, it requires a bit of work.
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