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Can I install XP over Preinstalled Windows 7?

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Last response: in Windows 7
December 29, 2011 1:46:26 AM
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December 29, 2011 1:56:06 AM

no, it is not possible to downgrade
December 29, 2011 2:08:17 AM

You'll have to start fresh. You can reformat (erase) the drive and install XP on it then. Make sure you back up all of your data.
December 29, 2011 2:19:23 AM

You can always format your Win7 partition to install whatever you like. But if you want to keep both, you have a handful of options--

1: Install WinXP within VMWare.

2: If you have two physical HDDs, disconnect the one with Win7, install WinXP on the oher, now connect both HDDs and select boot device from boot menu at each boot.

3: Install WinXP on another partition whence Win7 will be lost from list of OSes. However, you can boot from Win7 partition by using Super Grub Disk.

4: You can try installing Ubuntu as a third OS which installs the GRUB bootloader and see if Win7 is found on the list of OSes in the GRUB menu.