i have vmware and im already dual booted. (win7 xp)
was just wondering if it was possible without using a VM
Not to raise a topic from the dead but if you use 32 bit windows look into coLinux. It runs the linux kernel as a process inside Windows. Essentially letting you run linux natively on top of Windows which uses barely any resources and can be used with either an ISO or a physical partition on your hard drive. Now, if you could learn to live with linux and find it to work the same as or better than xp for you then you're set. If not and need 100% xp you have two options. VirtualBox or other virtualization software (what I ended up doing with my internal linux partition since coLinux only works on 32 bit and I only run 64). It's a decent setup since I have my normal Windows 7 desktop on the main workspace and then on a second workspace I have the virtualbox window set on seamless mode. If you have a virtual desktop setup in Windows then this makes it like you're switching OSs at the push of a button. The only other option would be two seperate machines.