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Installing Xp after windows 7 on a seperate partition

Last response: in Windows 7
June 7, 2010 9:49:23 AM

Hello,plz help me out how can i install windows xp on sep partition having windows7 installed already
a b $ Windows 7
June 7, 2010 9:59:06 AM

not going to happen, you can install XP and then Win7, Win7 writes a file into the MBR that causes XP to not operate, sorry
a b $ Windows 7
June 7, 2010 1:25:17 PM

If its a seprate hdd then just disconnect the win 7 drive then install and then reconnect the 7 drive
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a b $ Windows 7
June 7, 2010 2:37:43 PM

yes, buying a new HDD would make it possible, but he said Partition
June 10, 2010 12:47:55 AM

Hello farrukh,

Cannot install Windows XP after Windows 7.

You cannot downgrade from any higher SKU to a lower one just by using a key. You will need to do a full reformat since there's no option for downgrading, only upgrading (via Windows Anytime Upgrade). You however can still save profiles and settings by using Windows Easy Transfer, but unfortunately, you will need to reinstall all softwares you're using.
Hope this helps.

John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team
a b $ Windows 7
June 10, 2010 4:04:09 AM

you can with 2 HDD's, install XP on the other HDD, disconnect the HDD with Win7 and have only the "clean" HDD hooked up, install XP,shut down the computer and hook up both HDD's, reboot, the "impossible" done again