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Dual boot on an existing XP machine

Last response: in Windows 7
October 14, 2012 4:54:24 PM

I have a Win. XP machine. The Blackmagic hardware that I am installing wants to be in a Win. 7 64 bit machine.
Can I make this a dual boot machine?

Mike Cox
a b $ Windows 7
October 14, 2012 8:28:30 PM

Hi :) 

Yes if you BUY win 7...

All the best Brett :) 
October 14, 2012 8:52:47 PM

Install win 7 on separate partition and you will be fine.
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a c 371 $ Windows 7
October 14, 2012 8:55:01 PM

What are the specs on the machine.Make and model would help too.
October 14, 2012 9:18:39 PM

I did this a couple of months ago. I dual boot using a 2nd hard drive.

First enter the win 7 control panel > all control panel items > backup and restore
to create a win 7 backup before you attempt to dual boot your pc.

Use the following URLs to find help guides and utilities
Dual-boot with anything you could want.
Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC

I did run into a problem getting my original xp to load in my win 7 virtual pc. Somewhere in these URLs is a statement the multiple core cpus do not play well with virtual pc and disk2vhd, I have a dual core processor.

I use norton for my pc security and had to contact them to get the permission to use my existing copy with both operating systems
a c 371 $ Windows 7
October 14, 2012 9:21:05 PM

Let's see if his machine is capable first.